California set a new record for daily coronavirus cases on Wednesday when it reported 12,807 new confirmed cases. California’s 409,000 confirmed cases also pushes the state over New York’s 408,000 confirmed cases for the most infected state in the country.
New York led the United States in the total number of cases since it first became the epicenter of the virus. Nearly 4 million people have tested positive for the coronavirus across the country. Axios reports:
The state of play: California is one of a number of hotspots that has seen a surge of COVID-19 cases in recent weeks, prompting Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) to slam the brakes on the state’s reopening plan and tighten restrictions on indoor activities.
In addition to the more than 12,000 new cases, California reported 115 deaths and a seven-day average of 9,420 daily infections.
Yes, but: Experts believe the number of coronavirus cases in California — as in many states — is actually much higher than the official tally, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The spike of confirmed cases are happening across the country as governors and the federal government is determining whether or not to reopen schools in the fall.
President Trump announced on Wednesday that he would feel comfortable allowing his own son, Barron, and his grandchildren to return to schools. He added, however, that he would allow governors to dictate what they believed to be best for their respective states.
White House coronavirus response coordinator Deborah Birx announced on Wednesday that the coronavirus task force was still looking into infectious rates among children under 18.
“What we need to do, and what we’re really trying to do right now is to really look at what the anti-body levels are already in children under 18. So we’re launching a very large Sero survey across all age groups to really understand where has this virus been, who has this infected, who is infectable, and who is transmitting the virus,” she told Fox News.
She added that the group has already confirmed: “children do quite well with the virus.”
What’s next: Birx told Fox News’ Bret Baier school districts needed to plan and be flexible ahead of reopening, with safeguards in place for students and teachers — particularly those with pre-existing conditions who must be accommodated.
Some schools are putting up plastic shields and many are providing staff and students with masks, she said.