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California coronavirus cases doubling every three to four days as US death toll nears 1,000

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(CNN)Officials are racing to get a handle on the novel coronavirus as the number of deaths nears 1,000 in the United States and cases in two of the hardest hit states -- California and New York -- quickly multiply.

"We originally thought that it would be doubling every six to seven days and we see cases doubling every three to four days," said Dr. Mark Ghaly, secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency.

There are now more than 65,000 cases of coronavirus across the US, and fatalities have reached 938. The numbers spiked Wednesday -- the deadliest day for reporting of US cases of coronavirus -- with 223 deaths reported that day alone. Just four days prior, the death toll stood at 326 people.

To understand the spike in cases, health officials need to increase testing, identify infected people and isolate them while tracing who they have had contact with, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CNN's Chris Cuomo on "Cuomo Primetime" Wednesday.

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