By Anna Giles

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — The holiday weekend could have a huge impact on coronavirus cases in Sacramento, according to the county health director.

Health officials are urging people to keep their distance to prevent more reopening rollbacks.

“They want to gather. They really want to gather for any kind of event,” said Aneetray Gaston, a Sacramento resident.

Sacramento County Health Director Dr. Peter Beilenson said this weekend is a tipping point.

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“It’s crucial that people not gather this weekend,” he said.

Dr. Beilenson said there have been 1,000 new cases in Sacramento County in just the last week. It’s a huge jump when you compare that to the 18 weeks prior when there were just about 2,000 cases total.

“There’s no question that the actions people take this weekend can determine the future in the next couple weeks and the next few months as well,” Beilenson said.

Gatherings and parties at home are the biggest spreaders and the biggest problem for enforcement right now.

“I definitely think it’s going to get worse after this weekend for sure,” Gaston said.

Can Sacramento resist the urge?

“No, not at all. It’s Fourth of July, families get together. But with this thing going on, it’s better being around family than strangers,” said Angela Summers, a Sacramento resident.

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Summers is having a Fourth of July and birthday gathering at home.

“We’ll be asking people who have been having symptoms to not come,” she said.

Gov. Newsom said he will announce more reopening rollback measures on Wednesday. He said Californians are in control of their own destiny.

CBS13 asked Dr. Beilenson if he thought the state might have to go back to shelter in place?

“I certainly hope that we wouldn’t. My guess is that the governor is going to come out by closing state beaches and state parks. That’s my guess, but I don’t know,” he said.

Comments (18)
  1. angiemn3 says:

    If this virus was that bad we would not have a homeless population — oh, they are practicing social distancing and washing their hands regularly – forgot …..

    1. Oracle says:

      We should BE so lucky.

  2. Scot Oehlbert says:

    of course it is. then its labor day, then its thanksgiving, then its christmas

  3. Yet ANOTHER “tipping point”…. these people have no clue.

  4. JakkiK says:

    Yes Indeed! Birx and Faucci didn’t tell us about the newest symptoms… anything Pro-American, Pro-Trump, Pro-Conservative, will be hot spots all the way up and until November 4th, 2020.

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  5. Lou says:

    Now they are claiming we have been under counting COVID deaths. What a crock. If anything doctors have been taking the easy way out by counting every old person death as COVID.

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  6. If Drudge brought you here, find real California at

  7. Mark says:

    So does this include protest gatherings as well?

  8. das says:

    These doctors can tell us the exact date this will happen? Anybody sense another scam here? I bet all of these doctors vote democrat. I bet all of these doctors had no problem with the riots.

    1. afr52 says:

      I’m gonna guess all these doctors have more medical degrees and more medical experience than you ever will have. But of course you know so much better than they do. You got your medical degree from Trump University.

  9. Jim says:

    Of course it will , the only things that dont cause an increase in this are protests and riots, they seem to be immune to it

  10. Patriot says:

    The looters, vandals and thugs got to “gather” for weeks destroying innocent people’s property and destroying many’s dreams with the full support and backing of Newsome and every other democrat in America. Now the working folks want to get together for a family bbq but are threatened with arrest if they do. Enough!!

  11. Oracle says:

    This is where we came in, I think.

  12. Orable says:

    Whole thing has been so massively politicized from Fauci’s 1st appearance, nothing’s believable anymore. Hospitals are now becoming saturated with COVID patients? Yeah, right, like NY’s wards were, a month ago. Staff there were having parties on the wards out of boredom. Stop the BS.

  13. Lou says:

    Did I miss Fauci’s warning to BLM not to hold any riots until further notice?

  14. You can only get away so far to destroy people’s lives with Boy Who Cried Wolf virus.

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