Number of coronavirus cases on the rise as California braces for potential second wave

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The Pledge of Allegiance at a City Council meeting in Atwater, Calif., on May 26.(Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

The Pledge of Allegiance at a City Council meeting in Atwater, Calif., on May 26.(Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

Health experts have long warned of a potential second wave of the coronavirus as the economy reopens. But while other states have seen the first wave fade, the Golden State continues to see cases rise at a rapid clip.

California is one of about 20 states where new cases are increasing over the past five days, according to Johns Hopkins University.

A Los Angeles Times analysis shows that the number of weekly cases in California continues to rise, exceeding 17,000 last week for the first time in the pandemic. There were nearly 10,000 alone in Los Angeles County alone last week, according to the analysis. L.A. County and the Southland remain the California epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, but there have been some troubling increases in reported disease in some Bay Area counties.

Officials are not sure whether the new cases reflect a larger spike as the economy reopens or the result of increasing testing, or perhaps a combination of both.

Read the full story on LATimes.com.

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