ALAMEDA, Calif. (KRON) – Health officials say COVID-19 is spreading like wildfire.

California reached an alarming new high on Tuesday, reporting 5,000 new cases in one day alone.

That’s the highest daily infection rate to date.

One prediction says at least 15,000 Californians could die from the virus by Oct. 1.

In the Bay Area, the number of coronavirus cases totals more than 20,000, with the state seeing more than 183,000 cases and more than 5,500 deaths related to COVID-19.

As more establishments continue opening their doors, experts are encouraging people to continue wearing face masks and practice social distancing.

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