Gov. Gavin Newsom said coronavirus death rates in California "are lagging" and thus, do not accurately reflect the toll of the virus.
He warned that with the case count increasing, a rise in hospitalizations and death rates will soon follow. The governor implored people to wear masks and stay six feet apart.
"Please, please, practice common sense. Practice common decency. Please take this pandemic seriously," Newsom said. “Protect yourself, but also, protect others.”
Newsom said the country is in "the midst of the first wave of this pandemic."
“We are not out of the first wave. This disease does not take a summer vacation," the governor added.