Officials have said that California is feeling the brute force of the coronavirus as the state has reported breaking its highest daily coronavirus count.
Governor Gavin Newsom said this past Monday that hospitalizations in the state have increased by 43% over a two-week period. As for intensive care unit (ICU) in hospitals, Newsom says that hospitals have seen a 37% increase in patients being brought to the ICU in the same two-week period. Los Angeles is the epicenter of the virus at the moment, and as a result of the recent uptick in cases all beaches have been ordered closed for the 4th of July weekend.
Los Angeles Country health officials have reported that 1 in 140 people are infected with COVID-19 in California, and previous data suggested that 1 in 400 people had COVID-19 before this recent spike. Dr. Christina Ghaly, the county's director of health services said, "We are seeing an increase in transmission. We're seeing more people get sick and go into the hospital. This is very much a change in the trajectory of the epidemic over the past several days. It's a change for the worse and a cause for concern."
At the moment, 230,000 people have tested positive for coronavirus in California alone, and just over 6,000 have died.
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