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California Health and Human Services: California is now seeing the impacts of Labor Day weekend

Posted at 10:33 PM, Sep 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-26 01:33:51-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The state's fight against COVID-19 continues as California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly delivered some concerning updates.

Friday, doctor Ghaly explained that California is now seeing the impacts of Labor Day weekend.

That was two and a half weeks ago.

Now, doctor Ghaly says cases are moving in the wrong direction.

"This graph shows you that our case rate per hundred thousand, from a number of locations across the state, is starting to see a slight increase. If you look at the left side of the graph you'll see around August 23 we were pretty high with our case ate but were starting to come down. But now if you look on the far right side of the graph you'll see that all of the lines are flat at best and some are starting to trend upwards."

Dr. Ghaly also said testing numbers around the state have been impacted in recent weeks.

He says many testing sites were forced to close because of smoke from fires burning across the state.

That means not as many people got tested.

Ghaly urged people not to neglect social distancing practices.