California Passes New York, Becoming State With The Most COVID-19 Cases

In just the past two weeks, the U.S. has recorded more than 915,000 new cases of coronavirus -- that's more than all of the cases reported across the country for the entire month of June.

A big part of the national surge is thanks to states like California, Florida, Texas and Arizona... As the spikes have now been linked back to holiday travel around Memorial Day weekend, according to White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx.

Hard Hit Imperial County Struggles With Surge In COVID-19 Cases In California

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And on Wednesday morning, California passed New York and became the state with the most coronavirus cases at more than 409,000, according to the Coronavirus Resource Center at Johns Hopkins University.

“I think we started to exit shelter-in-place sometime around Memorial Day both emotionally and physically. And we are paying the price for that,” said Nicholas Jewell, a biostatistics authority at U.C. Berkeley. “It’s like we should be tip-toeing out on the ice. What we did, instead, was all run out on the ice, some not too cautiously. And a lot of people fell through the ice.”

In hopes of stopping the spike, at least 26 states have recently joined California in rolling back their reopening plans... But is it 'too late'?

“We did well in March and April with some of the restrictions,” Jewell said about California. “But we got impatient. Now there is much more risk than there was back then, but it’s going to be much harder to get people back to following those rules.”

Read the full report on the Los Angeles Times.

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