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As coronavirus cases multiply in California, state officials are reprioritizing who can get tested. The state’s Department of Public Health released new guidelines Tuesday that say people without symptoms and not in essential jobs won’t be prioritized for testing until results can be turned around in less than 48 hours. 

A USA TODAY study found Tuesday that almost half of all states are spiking at a faster rate than they had been in the spring. In Texas, officials once again reported a daily record-breaking number of 10,745 new cases on Tuesday. The previous record was 10,351 on Saturday. 

Starting Wednesday, Best Buy and most Starbucks stores will begin to require customers to wear a face masks.

Some recent developments: 

  • France aims to reopen schools in the fall despite concerns from some parents and teachers.
  • Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee said he’s not considering closing down the economy again. Officials said the state continues to have adequate capacity in hospitals.
  • Arizona is the most resistant state in the country when it comes to face masks, according to a new study.

📈 Today’s stats: The U.S. has surpassed 3.4 million cases with over 136,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University. Globally, there have been 13.3 million cases and over 578,000 deaths.

📰 What we’re reading: Not everyone wants to wear a mask. Several videos have shown confrontations, often violent, over face masks. Here’s the psychology behind why some people resist them, according to experts.

California narrows testing priority as virus cases surge

With coronavirus cases rising fast, the state overhauled its guidelines Tuesday for which groups have priority when it comes to testing. The changes come as the state faces testing shortages and long wait times for results as new outbreaks pop up.

The system is designed to help officials zero in on outbreaks spread among essential workers or by gatherings of family and friends. Here’s a look at the priority groups:

  • Tier One: Includes hospitalized patients with COVID-19 symptoms and those in close contact with confirmed cases. 
  • Tier Two: Includes other individuals with virus symptoms and those who live and work in skilled nursing facilities, residential care facilities for the elderly, correctional facilities, or homeless shelters. 
  • Tier Three: Includes retail, manufacturing, food services, public transportation and education workers. 
  • Tier Four: Includes those who are asymptomatic but believe they have a risk for being actively infected as well as routine testing by employers. 

About 7,800 people are testing positive a day in the Golden State, where 10,000 contact tracers are reaching out to people who have been in close contact with infected individuals. The state is testing about 107,000 people…