9 California Counties Report Increase In Coronavirus Cases

Though COVID-19 measures have been relaxed, most may have forgotten that the threat remains in the air. Some establishments and public areas have reopened but this does not indicate that it is safe to resume normal life. In certain areas, cases remain to increase as some either intentionally forego the recommended practices set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for their own good.

There have been reported spikes of the coronavirus affecting nine counties in California. This includes hospitalizations for confirmed cases that clearly show the COVID-19 strain still lingers. According to CNBC, some of the cases cropped up after the Memorial Day holiday where gatherings were held. Other cases came from prisons and nursing homes, a place at high-risk of contracting the disease.

Among the states showing rising cases include Sacramento County. There were 33 hospitalizations related to COVID-19 with 14 in intensive care units (ICU). Most of the cases were traced to gatherings such as birthday celebrations and funerals. California has had 133,489 total confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 4,697 deaths linked to it since the beginning of the pandemic.

“Because people are meeting with people they already know they tend to be more relaxed and not wear the face coverings and do not remember to do frequent hand washing or sanitizing,” Dr. Olivia Kasirye, the county’s public health officer, said.

With the county having several states allowing restaurants to reopen and entertain dine-in services, the possibility of seeing new COVID-19 cases is great. The best county officials can do is discourage locals from holding events such as gatherings that would involve people not part of households. The only problem seen here is that this is something they cannot enforce, meaning the final say will still be on the citizens in the area.

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Other counties are also seeing a slight increase in COVID-19 cases. However, the numbers are still manageable for now with hospitals still able to accommodate incoming patients. This may suffice for now but a rise in cases could place affected counties back to square one.

Nursing homes remain at high risk, particularly residents. Individuals who have some underlying disease are also at risk, meaning it would still be best to practice measures set forth by local officials and the CDC. COVID-19 testing is being done but most are pointing to the loosened restrictions as the cause for the rise in coronavirus cases, the Guardian reported.