The COVID-19 infection rate in California continues to increase.
California has 78,839 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 3,261 deaths, according to the latest data from the state.
New cases went up 2,046 in a day, while deaths increased by 57. The previous day saw only 1,857 new cases.
The state has been working to increase testing capacity, with more than 1.2 million tests conducted as of May 16 — up 56,117 from the day before.
Gov. Gavin Newsom recently started to loosen restrictions on his stay-at-home order.
Fewer than half of California’s 58 counties — 23 — are currently in Stage 2 of a four-stage reopening plan. That stage allows for lower-risk workplaces and child care facilities to reopen.