Confirmed Coronavirus Cases in California Rise 69%

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A pedestrian walks by a retail store that has reopened on June 16, 2020 in San Francisco, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

California reported 7,149 new confirmed coronavirus cases Tuesday, shattering its single-day record. Santa Clara County reported the highest number of cases in the past two months. Experts say that some of the rise in cases can be attributed to an increase in testing, but they warn that testing alone is not responsible for the surge. Gov. Gavin Newsom, who last week mandated Californians  wear masks in public places, is also urging residents to use precautions like hand-washing and social distancing, and he warned that the state could reinstate more stringent restrictions. We’ll hear from experts about what is causing the spike and what we should do to prevent further spread.


Dr. Peter Chin-Hong, infectious disease specialist, UCSF Medical Center

Lesley McClurg, science reporter, KQED