The L.A. Department of Public Health is saying that it’s “highly likely” that fans celebrating the Lakers' victory in the NBA Finals contributed to the city’s recent spike in COVID-19 cases.\nIn a statement to USA TODAY Sports, the agency told fans that if they're gathering in crowds and not taking precautions while celebrating the "mighty LA sports teams," things will get worse.\nEditor's Choice: It's Actually Colder In Dallas Than It Is In Canada Right Now\n\n\n\n“\n\n\nIt is highly likely that [...] gatherings that occurred 2-3 weeks ago where people [...] were in close contact with each other, contributed to the rise in LA County cases.\n\n\nL.A. Department of Public Health\n\n\n\n\nNow, people across the country are using social media to express their divergent point of view.\n...yall opened the malls,retails stores and indoor dining AGAIN!! PEOPLE AREN’T EVEN WEARING THEIR MASKS CORRECTLY dont just blame this shit on the sporting events https://t.co/sM951OXIIh— 🥀 (@dnnssee) October 27, 2020\n\nYou can't blame these crowds alone for the spike in COVID-19 cases.\nThey are beginning to blame anything now. They will blame the election soon— Lucas Box (@Oluinldn) October 27, 2020\n\nThere will always be another thing to blame.\nAccording to the New York Times, 85,000 new cases were recorded on Friday, which is an all-time record in the country. \nOn October 11, when the Lakers won the 2020 NBA Finals, the L.A. Department of Public Health didn’t blame any specific event and simply encouraged those who had been involved in large crowd situations to get tested for COVID-19.