California is cautiously moving forward with reopening as the state reports more new coronavirus cases each day.
In the past week the state has averaged 2,109 new cases and 68.6 new deaths per day, according to a count by the Los Angeles Times. By comparison, New York is seeing a downward curve and beginning to report about 1,200 new cases per day and as of Tuesday has gone three consecutive days reporting less than 100 deaths.
California was one of the earliest states to impose a strict stay-at-home order. Though the rate of infection there has been less than in other states home to major metro areas, the state’s average daily numbers continue to climb upward.
According to the Times, about 50 percent of the new cases reported are in the Los Angeles area.
The increase in new cases comes as the state is scaling back restrictions after being on lockdown since March 20. Like New York, California is only allowing counties that have met a certain threshold to begin reopening, leaving out the state's largest cities.
On Monday, state public health officials announced that houses of worship could reopen across the state under restrictions that officials said would be re-evaluated next month.
California has an estimated unemployment rate above 20 percent, according to Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin NewsomCalifornia to replace 'alien' with 'noncitizen,' 'immigrant' in state laws The Memo: Trump's Arizona embarrassment sharpens questions for GOP California to launch program tracking violent deaths in LGBTQ+ community MORE (D), higher than the 14.7 percent national rate.