California works with Fresno County after COVID-19 cases have doubled in the past 2 weeks

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FRESNO, California (KFSN) – Fresno County is now on the state’s radar after seeing case numbers double in the past two weeks. Health officials say they are working closely with Nursing facilities and Avenal State Prison, which contributes to the numbers.”Our doubling time is about two weeks. It’s worrying. We were three weeks at one time and now it’s shortening, “says Dr. Rais Vohra with the county health department. The county now has 2,216 cases – more than 100 new cases since the health website of the county released its figures on Saturday.

The increase in numbers has drawn the attention of the state.

Vohra says Fresno County is on a targeted engagement watchlist where they work with the state to determine the challenges and what needs to be done to reduce the numbers.

“We will be able to take more advantage of the state and increase testing capacity, by providing more resources to our residents at risk,” says Vohra.

The increase comes as the state has allowed more businesses like gyms, schools and bars to reopen.

As to whether the increase in the number of cases will impact the reopening of more local businesses, Vohra says it remains a mystery.

“It is a concern. This is something we want clarification from the state on the implications. ”

Meanwhile, Vohra says it is possible that we may see a second peak in cases closer to July or August.

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