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Safety experts seeing increase in drownings during COVID-19 pandemic

Are you looking for some relief during the heat in the age of coronavirus? You are not alone, but experts are saying they are seeing an alarming number of drownings during the pandemic.

Posted: Aug 3, 2020 2:30 PM
Updated: Aug 3, 2020 4:28 PM

CHICO, Calif. - Are you looking for some relief during the heat in the age of coronavirus? You are not alone, but experts are saying they are seeing an alarming number of drownings during the pandemic.

The closure of beaches and public pools are all a result of the coronavirus.

Some people are desperate to find some relief in the water.

As a result safety experts are seeing more people invest in backyard pools. Some are concerned that it could lead to an increase in drownings closer to home.

And with some swim schools canceled due to COVID, it increases the chances of drowning.

The Red Cross has moved all their in-person classes on water safety online.

Representatives from the Red Cross say the best way to stay safe if you are heading to the water: Never swim alone and designate someone to watch over your children if they are swimming.

The World Health Organization reports that every year roughly 320,000 people worldwide drown.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 783313

Reported Deaths: 15018
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Los Angeles2598176330
Riverside566811153
San Bernardino52287908
Orange518731127
San Diego44293796
Kern31261350
Fresno27560355
Sacramento21171375
Alameda20494374
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San Joaquin19793414
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Contra Costa15734199
Tulare15599256
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San Francisco1069697
San Mateo9522143
Monterey936066
Santa Barbara8846110
Merced8750134
Kings726877
Sonoma6998114
Marin6557112
Solano608555
Madera429658
Placer342841
San Luis Obispo336027
Yolo274054
Butte273835
Santa Cruz21898
Sutter164210
Napa160413
San Benito129011
Yuba11187
El Dorado10644
Mendocino83318
Lassen7310
Shasta66814
Glenn5503
Colusa5096
Nevada5066
Tehama4904
Humboldt4826
Lake45910
Calaveras31114
Amador28616
Tuolumne2214
Inyo18714
Mono1642
Siskiyou1610
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Mariposa752
Plumas490
Modoc230
Trinity150
Sierra60
Alpine20
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