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California coronavirus surge adds 14,000 new cases since Friday, health officials report

More than 14,000 new coronavirus cases have been reported in California since Friday as health officials grapple with a surge in statewide cases amid reopening efforts across the country.

According to data compiled by this news organization, health officials on Saturday recorded 3,808 new cases, adding to over 10,000 recorded Thursday and Friday. California has recorded 209,908 COVID-19 cases and 5,898 deaths.

Over the past seven days, California has seen more than 35,000 new cases logged

The nearly 4,000 new cases reported since Saturday continues a  surge in cases which last week saw record-breaking numbers. The state’s seven-day average of new cases is now 5,015 compared to 3,059 two weeks ago.

Across the state, officials reported that 33 people died from COVID-19 on Saturday. The death toll has not seen the same surge as the number of cases in the past two weeks. The seven-day average number of deaths in the state remains at about 64.

The surge in numbers led three Bay Area counties on Friday to reconsider their reopening strategies.

Mayor London Breed announced that San Francisco would wait before reopening salons, barbershops, tattoo parlors and other specific businesses after 103 new cases were recorded in a day.

Though the state has been more conservative than others, health experts argue that rising cases should prompt leaders to slow or even reserve the reopening process.

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