More than half of all California counties are now moving forward with plans to further reopen their economies despite data showing the state recorded its second highest number of daily Covid-19 deaths on Tuesday.
According to California Department of Public Health, there were 102 deaths reported in the state Tuesday, bringing the total number of deaths to 3,436.
The last time California reported more deaths in one day was on April 21. On that day, 115 deaths were recorded statewide, the most deaths California has seen in a single day since the pandemic began.
Some more context: As of Wednesday evening, 32 of California’s 58 counties attested to meeting guidelines that ensure the stability of the virus in their area, and have been approved to move forward by the Department of Public Health.
The counties “have submitted such attestations demonstrating the readiness of the county to respond in case of increased disease prevalence with testing, contact tracing, hospital surge capacity and PPE,” a California Department of Public Health spokesperson said in a statement to CNN.
Orange County in Southern California, on the other hand, reported its single worst day for deaths and new coronavirus cases.
The county reported 249 new cases and 10 deaths Wednesday, raising the county's totals to 4,742 cases and 98 fatalities.