The number of people testing positive for COVID-19 in California has increased, averaging more than 1,850 a day over the past week, and bringing the known number of infections up to 11,594.
But there could be a good explanation for the jump — counties have increased their testing in an attempt to meet Gov. Gavin Newsom’s mandates for reopening their jurisdictions.
As the number of known infections has climbed, the death rate seems to have plateaued since a mid-April peak, dropping to an average of 75 a day.
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If you’re planning to get away for Memorial Day weekend by heading up to the Lake Tahoe area, unless you own a second home there the visit could cost you a $1,000 fine. The Tahoe area has entered Phase 2 of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s multi-stage plan for restarting the economy, but Tahoe officials want to keep the area closed to all but residents and business travelers. — Bay Area News Group, 7:01 a.m.
The number of California workers filing first-time claims for unemployment jumped during the week that ended on May 16, continuing a disturbing trend created by coronavirus shutdowns and shelter-in-place orders. An estimated 246,100 workers filed initial claims last week, up 16 percent from the 212,700 who filed during the week that ended on May 9, the U.S. Labor Department reported. — George Avalos, 6:21 a.m.
As many as 3,000 churches in California could defy Gov. Gavin Newsom’s orders to remain closed, with 1,200 pastors signing “declaration of essentiality” and planning to reopen church doors to congregations on May 31. Newsom says churches will be allowed to open within weeks, but not before that. — Associated Press, 6:20 a.m.
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