Thursday’s total cases are down from a record 4,165 new Wednesday cases. To date, California has reported a total of 167,010 cases and a total of 5,355 deaths from COVID-19.
While new cases have increased, deaths and daily hospitalizations have remained relatively stable since April. The state recorded 76 new deaths on Thursday, with the seven-day average down slightly from 64 daily deaths at the start of the month to 61.
In Los Angeles County, which has been disproportionately affected by the virus, 1,038 new cases and 36 new deaths have been reported.
The recent surge in Alameda County continued with 105 new cases and one new death reported. Cases in Alameda have increased since mid-May and the county leads the 10 counties in the bay region in total (4,638).
A new death has been reported in Santa Clara County, which leads all counties in the Bay Area to the total number of deaths (152). While most counties in the Bay Area already required the use of face masks before Thursday’s mandate, Santa Clara recommended the use of masks, but they were not mandatory.
Five people died and 40 new cases were reported Thursday in Contra Costa County, which is under state surveillance after experiencing a rapid increase in hospitalizations this month. The county eased restrictions on salons, hair salons and churches earlier this week despite increases in COVID-19 numbers.As California moves forward with the reopening of various business operations, the use of masks has increasingly become a politicized problem. Public health officials said on Thursday that using face masks can help stop the spread of the disease.
“Simply put, we see too many people whose faces are not being exposed – which jeopardizes the real progress we have made in the fight against the disease,” Newsom said Thursday. “California’s strategy to revive the economy and get people back to work will only work if people act safely and follow health recommendations. This means wearing a face covering, washing your hands and practicing physical distance. “