A person walks by a closed Banana Republic store on June 11, 2020 in San Francisco, California. Economic worries due to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic continue as an additional 1.5 million people filed for first-time unemployment benefits in the past week.
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The California Department of Public Health reported its second straight record jump in coronavirus cases on Wednesday as the state joins a handful of others with growing case numbers.
California reported an additional 7,149 Covid-19 cases since Tuesday, a 69% increase in two days, bringing the state’s total to 190,222 cases, according to the state’s health department. The previous highest day jump was reported on Tuesday when the state recorded 5,019 additional new cases.
California is one of 30 states where case numbers are growing by 5% or more based on a seven-day average, a CNBC analysis of data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The state’s seven-day average of new Covid-19 cases increased nearly 46% compared with a week ago, according to Hopkins data.
While the daily case numbers are growing, Gov. Gavin Newsom said that the state performed a record number of tests, nearly 96,000 in the last 24 hours, he said. The percent of tests coming back positive has slightly increased in the last two weeks, sitting at 5.1% on a 14-day average, he said.
Research shows that it can take anywhere from five to 12 days for people to show symptoms from the coronavirus, which could delay reporting.
“I want to remind people that we are still in the first wave of this pandemic,” Newsom said at a press briefing. “I want to remind each and every one of you of the importance and potency and power of your individual decision making.”
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