California is experiencing the largest increase in fatalities in its history, with 946 people killed and more than 2,000 more injured over the past five days, state officials said.
State health officials said Tuesday that the state has recorded more than 4,000 confirmed deaths, more than double the 1,400 people who died in the entire month of August.
“We’ve got more than 9,000 fatalities in this state,” Gov.
Jerry Brown said during a news conference in Oakland.
“That’s more than five times as many as in July.”
The state has reported an additional 1,200 confirmed deaths in recent weeks, according to state health officials.
The number of people who have been injured by the coronavirus has soared, too, with the number of cases reported more than doubled in the first six days of September compared with August, according a state official.
The official added that the number is expected to continue to climb as coronaviruses circulate through the air.
Brown also urged Californians to wear masks and avoid outdoor activities as the state faces the largest outbreak of the disease.
Brown has been touring the state, urging residents to wear face masks.
He’s also ordered hospitals to close to ensure that patients do not infect others.
Brown says the state will continue to use all of the tools at its disposal to contain the virus, including its state-run coronaviral control center, but that he’s not sure how many additional workers will be needed to keep the state’s hospitals and clinics running.
California is expected in mid-September to begin receiving a record number of testing kits from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the state health official said.
That’s due to a shortage of medical staff, he said.
Brown also says he’s confident that the virus will be contained and the number and severity of infections will diminish.
Brown is expected Friday to announce a series of $100 million emergency funding for the state in the wake of the pandemic.
He has repeatedly urged Californian citizens to take advantage of a temporary sales tax that was set to expire at the end of the week.
Brown and state leaders have also been pushing to extend the state-wide one-day sales tax holiday.
The governor has called on Californians not to delay visiting relatives or to buy items online until the state is able to determine the effectiveness of its coronaviolosis vaccination program.
The state and local governments have also taken measures to reduce exposure to the virus and have set up air-monitoring stations to provide more accurate data.
The California Department of Public Health and Environment announced Monday that it had begun installing more than 500 air-quality monitoring units in communities across the state.
Brown has also ordered state and county health departments to begin testing the people in their communities for the coronivirus, but the governor said he still has not determined how many of those people will need to be tested.
The California Department Of Public Health says it has tested more than 1.5 million Californians since the coronvirus began circulating.
The coronavivirus was first discovered in December 2014 in a small number of U.S. hospitals.
The U.K. confirmed its first case on August 26, and California, Texas, and Illinois followed with their own cases.
It is unclear whether the two California cases are linked.