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California Reaches Grim Milestone in COVID-19 Deaths as State Reopens

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As the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that total COVID-19 cases reached 9 million worldwide, California reported 5,019 new cases, the highest number of infections in the state in one day.

Texas also reported a record high of infections in a 24-hour period with 5,489 cases Tuesday.

California also surpassed the grim milestone of more than 5,000 deaths on June 14 and reached 5,580 March 19. Despite these numbers, California has entered the second phase of re-opening since Gov. Gavin Newsom issued the stay-at-home order March 19.

In this phase of the re-opening, retail stores, and restaurants, then churches and hair salons were allowed to reopen with restrictions.

On June 19, hotels, zoos, museums and movie theaters were among the businesses cleared to reopen.

Starting June 18, Californians must wear face coverings in common and public indoor spaces and outdoors when distancing is not possible.

Cloth face coverings or masks help reduce the spread of coronavirus, especially when combined with physical distancing and frequent hand-washing.

In the Bay Area, including Santa Cruz County, the number of coronavirus cases now tops 20,000.

Alameda County now reports more than 5,000 coronavirus cases, the first county in the Bay Area to exceed 5,000 cases. There have been 120 deaths.

On June 19, Alameda County allowed outdoor restaurant dining to resume. It is the last Bay Area county to take this step. Indoor and outdoor religious services, in-store shopping, outdoor museums, and outdoor fitness classes are also now allowed.

Hair salons and barbershops in Contra Costa County were allowed to reopen for business June 17.

Nail salons and other personal care services that do not involve the face can reopen in Contra Costa County July 1, along with dine-in restaurants, bars, gyms, museums, hotels, indoor religious services and more.

However, with 62 deaths reported  Contra Costa County is now on a watch list with the California Dept. of Public Health because of increasing coronavirus hospitalizations.

On June 29, hair salons, nail salons, tattoo shops, massage parlors, museums, zoos, outside swimming pools and outdoor bars can reopen in San Francisco. The original date to open these businesses was July 15. The earlier opening is contingent on San Francisco receiving state approval for a variance.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium announces it will reopen July 13.

Marin County now allows people to form social bubbles, defined as “a stable group of 12 people or less who have collectively agreed to limit their in-person social activities to only each other for at least three weeks.” There have been 946 cases reported there and 18 deaths.

Los Angeles continued to be the epicenter for new infections and deaths in the state. As of Tuesday, there were 78,227 confirmed cases and 3,027 deaths.

ABC News, KRON-4, COVID-19.ca.gov are the sources for this report.

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