O.C. officials reopened local beaches during a massive heat wave last weekend. As expected, crowds flocked in. Now, Orange County coronavirus cases have soared by more than 300 confirmed counts in the past five days.
Temperatures climbed into the high 80s and past 90 F. "The coronavirus doesn’t take the weekend off. This virus doesn’t go home because it’s a beautiful sunny day around our coasts," said Governor Gavin Newsom.
Last week, Orange County officials voted to keep beaches open to the public in spite of Newsom's statewide stay-at-home order.
Now, there are 306 new cases of COVID-19 since last Friday.
The Orange County Register reported that on April 24, Orange County had 1,845 confirmed cases of COVID-19.
As of the morning of April 29, there are 2,151 cases in O.C. including deaths.
Here’s a look at Huntington Beach in Orange County, California earlier today. (APU GOMES/AFP via @GettyImages) https://t.co/5kn9gyPZyi— Scott Gustin (@Scott Gustin)1587863675.0
Photos show that the crowds did not respect social distancing in many cases and many did not wear face coverings.
In a press conference on Monday, Newsom called out beachgoers who ignored social distancing mandates during COVID-19.
“Those images are an example of what not to see … what not to do if we’re going to make the meaningful progress that we’ve made in the last few weeks extend into the next number of weeks,” Newsom said.
40,000 people went to Newport Beach today. The city has a population of 85,236. Orange County supervisors voted to… https://t.co/Uf63DjOhFo— Farbod Esnaashari (@Farbod Esnaashari)1587781668.0
He went on to say that California is only weeks away from making "meaningful changes" to the state's stay-at-home order.
After the flood of people across beaches, officials considered closing the grounds to enforce social distancing and curb the spread of COVID-19 in the area.
NEW: CA has 46,500 confirmed cases of #COVID19-- +3.3% from yesterday. 3,495 of those are in our hospitals-- +1.2%… https://t.co/Mj7JpULuKn— Gavin Newsom (@Gavin Newsom)1588188589.0
Yesterday, Newport Beach city officials voted to keep the beach open after Newsom's recent statements.
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