LOS ANGELES — California has reported a record number of coronavirus cases on the eve of Thanksgiving.
More than 18,000 COVID-19 infections were reported Wednesday. That surpassed a previous daily record of more than 15,000 cases announced Saturday.
As officials urged people to reconsider their Thanksgiving gatherings, Los Angeles restaurants were preparing to close for three weeks and firefighters in Silicon Valley were being enlisted to help enforce public health rules to try to halt the spread of infections.
With California desperately battling an out-of-control surge in the coronavirus, the state's health secretary is urging families to avoid gathering for Thanksgiving.
Dr. Mark Ghaly said people should "say no" to traditional gatherings with relatives who don't live with them.
Los Angeles, which has been hard hit by the virus, has been mulling a new stay-home order but has not yet issued one.
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