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Heat Wave Brings Crowds to California’s Beaches

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Visitors crowd the beach Sunday, July 12, 2020, in Santa Monica, Calif., amid the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

LOS ANGELES -- A heat wave has brought crowds to California’s beaches, where people mostly heeded warnings to keep a safe distance from each other as the state grappled with a spike in coronavirus infections and hospitalizations.

Lifeguard Chief Jason Young said Sunday that people are spread out on Orange County beaches. Temperatures soared into the 90s in many areas from San Diego north to the San Francisco Bay Area.

The statewide death toll increased by 71 to hit 7,107. There are more than 320,800 positive cases statewide. Meanwhile, two more inmates from San Quentin State Prison have died.