California Reports Nearly 12,000 COVID-19 Cases, Biggest Increase Since Pandemic Started

July 21, 2020 Updated: July 21, 2020

California reported a record increase of more than 11,800 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, according to a Reuters tally of county data, as the Trump administration pushes for schools to reopen to help businesses return to normal.

This is the first time California has reported over 10,000 new infections since setting a record with 10,861 cases on July 14.

Florida has reported over 10,000 new cases a day for the last 6 days in a row and Texas has reported over 10,000 cases for 5 out of the last 7 days.

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An officer directs traffic in front of a COVID-19 drive-through test site in Los Angeles, Calif., on July 17, 2020. (Frederic J. Brown /AFP via Getty Images)
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People cross the street in Huntington Beach amid the CCP virus pandemic, in California on July 19, 2020. (Apu Gomes/ AFP via Getty Images)

California’s daily increases have already surpassed the highest daily tally reported by any European country during the height of the pandemic there.

The biggest outbreak in the state is in Los Angeles County, which had nearly 160,000 total cases on Monday. Hospitals are filling with COVID-19 patients and Los Angeles reported record numbers of currently hospitalized coronavirus patients for the second day in a row on Monday.

To combat the pandemic, California Gov. Gavin Newsom is shutting down California again.

In addition to closing bars, he ordered restaurants, movie theaters, zoos, and museums to cease indoor operations. Gyms, churches, and hair salons must close in the 30 hardest-hit counties.

State prisons are releasing up to 8,000 inmates early to reduce the risk of virus transmission after large outbreaks in several correctional facilities.

California is home to both tech companies in Silicon Valley, Hollywood movie studios, and Walt Disney’s Disneyland Resort in Anaheim.

The entertainment company has indefinitely suspended plans to reopen the California theme park but it did reopen Disney World in Florida on July 11.

By Lisa Shumaker