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California saw a spike in confirmed coronavirus cases of 2,603 on Wednesday as Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) reported that the state has conducted 100,000 tests over the course of three days.

The big picture: The number of daily tests is at half the capacity Newsom said he wants as California moves ahead with plans to reopen retail businesses, like clothing and bookstores, for curbside service on Friday. Some beaches are also reopening soon with proper public health precautions.

By the numbers: California has averaged about 30,000 coronavirus tests per day in May, causing positive confirmed cases to jump to 58,000. More than 800,000 people in total have been tested. California is building a cohort of 10,000 contact tracers to help track down and isolate more positive cases.

  • About 2,400 people have died from the virus, including 95 in the last 24 hours.
  • A new website — covid19.ca.gov — will provide testing locations based on zip code, Newsom said.

Worth noting: Newsom signed an executive order Wednesday allowing employees in all sectors to become eligible for workers' compensation, stating that he is concerned sick people are not being honest with their employers in order to continue working.

Go deeper: Contact tracing is the next big hurdle in the push to reopen cities

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New Zealand now has active no coronavirus cases in the community after the final six people linked to the Auckland cluster recovered, the country's Health Ministry confirmed in an email Wednesday.

The big picture: The country's second outbreak won't officially be declared closed until there have been "no new cases for two incubation periods," the ministry said. Auckland will join the rest of NZ in enjoying no domestic restrictions from late Wednesday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said, declaring that NZ had "beat the virus again."

Georgia governor to drop lawsuit over Atlanta's mask mandate

Gov. Brian Kemp speaking in Atlanta on Aug. 10. Photo: Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) announced Thursday he plans to withdraw a lawsuit that sought to block Atlanta’s face mask mandates and coronavirus restrictions, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Why it matters: The decision to withdraw the lawsuit ends the legal feud between Georgia's Republican governor and Atlanta's Democratic leadership, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. Other Georgia cities will be able to keep their mask mandates in places for now, per AJC.

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