People commingling during recent racial justice protests are believed to be a contributing factor to the rise in coronavirus cases in California, according to Dr. Sonia Angell, the state's health director.
“We don’t have exact numbers, but we do know from speaking to our counties that it is a contributor. Of course it is difficult to tease out exactly because at the same time, the people were going out for these protests, we were also seeing increased movement for other reasons,” Angell said in a news conference.
Angell stressed that with community spread, health officials may not be able to distinguish exactly where someone may have been exposed.
“It’s highly likely given the increased numbers that we’re seeing, that some of this is in fact people who may have been in a crowded situation at one of the protests where there was spread,” Los Angeles Health Director Barbara Ferrer said earlier this week.
Sacramento County reported at least three individual cases that are apparently linked to recent demonstrations, according to California Department of Public Health.