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Gov Gavin Newsom, left, talks with Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs during a visit to the historic Waterfront Warehousein Stockton , Calif., Thursday, June 4, 2020. Newson and Tubbs visited the former warehouse, that has been renovated and now houses several small businesses to meet with some of the owners. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, Pool)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom says he’s concerned about the spread of coronavirus as thousands of people gather for protests against police brutality across the state.

He said Thursday while visiting Stockton the state should prepare for an increase in the positive test rate because of both the protests and the reopening that’s underway.

He says he’s particularly concerned about the disproportionate impact of the virus on black Californians.

Still the state has no plans to halt its reopening efforts.

The state’s top health official says the state is working hard to release more reopening guidelines.

As of Thursday afternoon, more than 119,000 people have tested positive for the virus and 4,422 people have died.

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