California sets new record for most new coronavirus cases in a day: exceeding 4,000

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California sets new record for most new coronavirus cases in a day: exceeding 4,000

California reported a record number of new coronavirus cases Wednesday, eclipsing 4,000 new cases in a single day for the first time, according to county data compiled by The Chronicle.

County health departments reported 4,233 new cases as of Wednesday night with nearly all counties reporting. The state’s previous single-day high was 3,683 cases last Friday.

The rise in new virus cases comes as many areas of the state ease social restrictions and reopen sectors of the economy. All but five counties – including four in the Bay Area – have received state approval to advance into Stage 3 of California’s reopening plan, where services like indoor dining, fitness centers and hotels can begin to reopen and gatherings can involve more people.

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California eclipsed 3,000 new cases in a day for the first time on May 30. The state has reached that mark eight times in June, including six of the last seven days.

The nine Bay Area counties reported 312 new cases Wednesday, also a new one-day high. The area’s previous highest single-total was 309 new cases last Friday.

Matt Kawahara is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: [email protected] Twitter: @matthewkawahara