UPDATED 9:28 AM PT — Thursday, June 25, 2020
California Gov. Gavin Newsom believes it “shouldn’t surprise anyone” the state is seeing a spike in COVID-19 cases.
During a press briefing Wednesday, Newsom encouraged California residents to continue following CDC guidelines. This includes wearing masks in public as well as practicing social distancing.
His remarks came as the state reported more than 7,000 new cases, which broke California’s record for the most COVID-19 cases confirmed in a single day.
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) June 24, 2020
Although Newsom warned the state is still in the first wave, he urged local governments to open at their own pace.
“We’ll get through this, there will be a vaccine,” stated the governor. “We will get to a point where we could substantially go back to the way things were with modifications, so we never go through this again.”
Newsom did not suggest another lockdown would be necessary and, instead, is focusing on holding residents and businesses “accountable” for refusing to comply with safety measures.