CALIFORNIA — California hit an all-time high for the number of hospitalized coronavirus patients within the last week, exceeding record levels set in late April, CalMatters reported.
State data showed 3,574 patients who tested positive for COVID-19 were hospitalized as of Saturday, part of a recent spike in cases following two weeks of relative stability.
There are various reasons for the increase: the reopening of businesses, new outbreaks in nursing homes, and the state's increased testing for patients who come to hospitals with other ailments. The counties reporting the highest growth in hospitalizations are largely in Southern California, including Riverside, Kern and San Joaquin counties.
Gov. Gavin Newsom responded to the trend Thursday by mandating face coverings in all public places or when social distancing can't be maintained, minus a few exceptions.
Despite the spike in numbers, Los Angeles, the epicenter of the state's outbreak, reopened bars, tattoo parlors and salons Friday — a sign that state health officials are confident the state is prepared for the uptick in new cases with enough intensive care unit beds, ventilators and protective gear for hospital staff.
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There were more than 2,286,400 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the United States and 120,036 deaths as of Monday, according to Johns Hopkins University. At least 5,517 of those deaths were in California. The U.S. has the most confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths in the world.
Who has been diagnosed with coronavirus in California?
Total number of cases (Johns Hopkins University): 178,224 as of Monday morning
Total deaths reported (Johns Hopkins University): 5,517 as of Monday morning
Case breakdown by age, per the California Department of Health (totals may be outdated):
Age 0-17: 12,897 cases
Age 18-49: 95,513 cases
Age 50-64: 38,046 cases
Age 65 and older: 27,173 cases
Unknown/Missing: 195 cases
Gender of confirmed positive cases:
Female: 85,516 cases
Male: 87,602 cases
Unknown: 706 cases
The latest live updates from across California are as follows:
Monday, 4:02 p.m.: Another 302 COVID-19 Cases Reported In San Diego County
The numbers are concerning to officials, who had praised San Diego County for avoiding the brunt of the pandemic's ill effects so far.
Monday, 3:42 p.m.: LGBTQ+ Youth Struggling With Mental Health During Quarantine
LGBTQ+ youth report feeling isolated at home with families who don't accept them, The Diversity Center of Santa Cruz County said.
Monday, 2:19 p.m.: Bonuses Added To Gift Cards For Local Fremont Businesses
Spend $20, get a $25 gift card. Spend $40, and you'll receive a $55 gift card. Fremont started the program to help businesses struggling to recover from coronavirus.
Monday, 1:21 p.m.: Over 10,500 Positive For Coronavirus, No Deaths In Orange County
Over 350 people remain hospitalized, with 137 in Intensive Care, the most on record during the pandemic, as the county looks to a new week.
Monday, 12:41 p.m.: LA Public Health Director Says She's Gotten Death Threats
Barbara Ferrer, the top health official in LA County, revealed Monday that she's gotten repeated death threats during the COVID-19 crisis.
Monday, 12:11 p.m.: 2 San Diego Cultural Institutions Receive CARES Act Grants
The Balboa Art Conservation Center in San Diego and the San Luis Rey Mission Indian Foundation in Vista are among 317 recipients.
Monday, 11:32 a.m.: LAX Installs Thermal Body Cameras To Scan For Coronavirus
LAX airport has installed thermal cameras to check passengers' body temperatures to screen for COVID-19 exposure, the city announced.
Monday, 10:52 a.m.: LA's Autry, Natural History Museums Get Federal Grants
LA's Autry Museum and Natural History Museum got a combined $454,000 in CARES Act funding Monday as they recover from the crisis.
Monday, 9:35 a.m.: Local Festival Solano Stroll Canceled For 2020
The Solano Stroll is the East Bay's largest annual festival and an important source of income for local businesses.
Monday, 8:50 a.m.: No Fans: PGA Championship In San Francisco
Have you already bought tickets? Here's information on how to get a refund.