CA COVID-19 cases surpass 117k mark

California now has 117,687 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 4,361 deaths, according to the state Department of Public Health.

As of June 2, local health departments have reported 10,293 confirmed positive cases in health care workers and 63 deaths statewide.

As testing capacity continues to increase across the state, the California Department of Public Health is working to expand access to COVID-19 testing. Testing should be used for medical evaluation of persons with symptoms of COVID-19 as well as for efforts by public health agencies and essential employers to prevent and control the spread of COVID-19. Individuals prioritized for testing include:

• Hospitalized patients

• Symptomatic and asymptomatic healthcare workers, first responders, and other social service employees

• Symptomatic individuals age 65 and older or symptomatic individuals of any age with chronic medical conditions that increase the risk of severe COVID-19 illness

• Individuals who are tested as part of disease control efforts in high-risk settings

• Asymptomatic residents and employees of congregate living facilities when needed to prevent disease transmission

• Symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals in essential occupations such as grocery store and food supply workers, utility workers and public employees

• Other individuals with symptoms consistent with COVID-19

As of June 2, there have been 2,131,294 tests conducted in California and reported to the California Department of Public Health. This represents an increase of 59,703 tests over the prior 24-hour reporting period. These numbers include data from commercial, private and academic labs, including Quest, LabCorp, Kaiser, University of California and Stanford, and the 25 state and county health labs currently testing.

The Department is now reporting all tests reported in California, rather than the total number of individuals tested.(AJPress)

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