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Most Californians live in areas with troubling virus numbers

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Most Californians live in areas with troubling virus numbers

SACRAMENTO, Calif. —

Nearly three-quarters of California’s 40 million residents live in counties experiencing concerning coronavirus trends, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday in vowing stepped-up enforcement of health orders and, if things don’t improve, more restrictions.

His comments came a day after he ordered bars to close in Los Angeles and six other counties and suggested eight other counties do the same on their own. By Monday afternoon, three of the state’s largest – San Diego, Riverside and Sacramento – said they would voluntarily close bars to slow the spread of the virus.

San Diego, California’s second-most populous county, acted even though unlike the others it is not on a state watch list for counties with the most concerning COVID-19 trends.

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“We don’t want to wait to be forced to take an action when we know that it is the wise and responsible thing for us to do now,” said Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, who is under self-quarantine after coming in close contact with someone who tested positive.

Meanwhile, Los Angeles County, home to 10 million people, hit a one-day record of 2,903 confirmed cases and more than 100,000 overall.

Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer warned the county could soon be on a “runaway train."She said the county’s infection rate among those tested has reached 9%. The state’s rate is about 5.5%.Supervisor Janice Hahn said all LA County beaches will close for the Fourth of July weekend to try to limit the spread. “We cannot risk having crowds at the beach this holiday weekend," she tweeted.Los Angeles is one of 19 counties on the watch list because of a combination of increased cases, infection rates […]

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