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California governor declares budget emergency due to COVID-19 pandemic

California Declares Budget Emergency to Fight COVID-19 Calif. Gov. Newsom addresses uptick in COVID-19 cases
Gustavo Carr | 29 June, 2020, 05:52

The news was confirmed Monday, June 15, by a senior administration official who spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss budget negotiations publicly.

At the beginning of the month, the counted counted almost 20 people were in quarantine after a man in his 20s who tested positive for the virus attended a large family reunion. And the number of people being treated for the deadly illness in hospitals and intensive care units is on the rise.

California Governor Gavin Newsom on Thursday declared a budget emergency in the most populous USA state, blaming expenses and the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Everyone in California must wear a face mask in all public places, indoors and - if near other people - outside.

California's 7,149 new infections announced Wednesday brought the state total to 190,222, caused partly by a rise in testing, Newsom said. "It is our behaviors that are leading to these numbers, and we are putting people's lives at risk".

The governor's words gather relations from many parts of the state where health officials have assigned a number of new cases in family reunions.

"We are still in the first wave", Newsom said, according to Kron4.

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"The State of California has the legal and other responsibility and obligation to enforce those laws", Newsom said, adding that they can use "the power of the wallet" to do so. Since then, it has also been much slower than others in reopening.

During a press briefing Wednesday, Newsom encouraged California residents to continue following CDC guidelines.

Sacramento County recorded "by far" its highest one-day growth this week, with 131 new homes, the county said. Many have done that. but in this pandemic, come on.

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The governor's warning fits in with those made by city and state leaders in other parts of the US, including across the South, who have said a growing number of youth are testing positive.

CNN has reached out to the county's health department for more details.

Even if young people may not show as many symptoms, they are still spreading the virus.

And in Alameda County, spokesman Neetu Balram said in a statement that there was not yet "a clear correlation between protest activities and increased evidence or positive cases".

Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said Monday that although it was impossible to track the origin of current spread, the overall increase was "highly likely" related to mass protests over the death of George Floyd and social gatherings at restaurants and private parties.

The governor also noted that there has been an increase in the number of young people testing positive for the virus. Some of us, I would say, developed a little amnesia.

San Mateo County, for instance, received permission from the state earlier this month to speed up its reopening process.

Moreover, the percentage of people in Riverside County who tested positive for the coronavirus Tuesday also failed to meet the standard. "We're trying to read tea leaves right now".

"None of us knows what's going to happen", he added.