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New coronavirus case records lag as counties halt testing, reporting for New Year

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Coronavirus cases continued to climb across California as public health officials closed down testing sites and halted reporting for New Year’s Day.

Health officials across the state reported 30,711 new coronavirus cases and 179 new deaths for a total of 2,356,569 cases and 26,538 deaths. In the Bay Area, 2,720 new cases were reported and nine new deaths counted as some counties closed down for the new year.

A total of 270,241 cases of the coronavirus have been reported in the Bay Area, and 2,633 people have died from the virus. The most coronavirus deaths were reported in San Francisco on Saturday, with health officials reporting 5 new deaths for a total of 194 deaths. Officials in the city so far have reported 23,900 cases of the virus, 379 new cases were reported Saturday.

In the North Bay — which includes Sonoma, Solano, Marin and Napa counties — officials reported 599 new cases of the coronavirus and four new deaths for a total of 54,334 cases and 462 deaths.

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