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Newsom Prepared to Close State Again If COVID-19 Cases Increase

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As counties around California began to open, the threat of exposure is greater for those that believe COVID-19 is gone.

During the last few days, there has been a surge of COVID-19 cases that almost match the number of cases the state had during March. If this continues, Governor Gavin Newsom may call for the state to close once again if he has to.

“We don’t intend to do that, we don’t want to do that, but I want to make this clear – we are prepared to do that if we must,” Newsom said. “Clearly we have the capacity, individual and collective capacity, not to have to go in that direction by just being a little bit more thoughtful about how we go about our day-to-day lives.”

California reported more than 5,000 new coronavirus cases in its daily update Tuesday, the highest number reported in a single day since the pandemic began, according to The Associated Press. The state reported a total of 183,073 confirmed cases to date. There have been almost 3.5 million tests conducted in California.

San Diego and Riverside County saw the biggest single-day increase in positive cases this week. This happened after those areas moved to Stage 2 higher risk weeks ago.

During his press conference Wednesday, Newsom said they started the Stay-At-Home order before any other state so they could have time to build an infrastructure and have enough ventilators and protection equipment for essential workers.

“The Stay-At-Home order bought us time to save lives and build this infrastructure that is now unprecedented thanks to the work we did,” said a visibly frustrated Newsom said. “This is not a horse race or an ideological thing, our goal is to keep people safe.”

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