During the first wave of coronavirus here in California, the number of daily cases peaked in July at just under 13,000. Today, the state’s coronavirus dashboard shows the number of reported cases in the last 24 hours is 20,759. a new record and there is reason to think that the number will continue to rise.
Because California has such a large population, it still does better per capita than many states, but perhaps not for much longer. In short, the numbers look pretty bad at the moment:
The 14-day positivity test was 5.6% a week ago. On Tuesday, that number jumped to 6.5%. In the last 24 hours, it has increased by nearly half a percent to 6.9%. In a country as big as California, only this half percent can mean up to 200,000 more infections …
On Tuesday, the Covid-19 dashboard in California said that while the state actually saw a reduction in infected patients in the intensive care unit, the line tracking the number of hospitalizations was almost up, with the state reporting a record 9,365 people. hospitalized with the virus.
The percentage of hospitalized patients with COVID who need intensive care is stable at 12%, so if hospitalizations jump, intensive care beds will be filled and are now more than half full. Los Angeles County has contributed significantly to the nation’s population. The rate of positivity in Los Angeles County is now 12 percent. The county health director called the increase “appalling.”
On Wednesday, the county reported another 5,987 cases of coronavirus, a day after a record high of 7,593 new cases were reported.
The county also reported 40 additional deaths and more than 2,400 people are currently hospitalized.
“We are seeing appalling increases in Los Angeles County, which can only be reversed if everyone – businesses and individuals – carefully use the tools we have to slow the spread,” said Dr Barbara Ferrer, county health director.
On Monday, Governor Newsom warned that the state would take “drastic” action if things did not improve quickly. In particular, he warned that another home cleaning order was being considered. But some counties are not waiting for the state to act. A new lock order went into effect Monday, banning most events except outdoor church services or outdoor protests.
For the first time since early October, most gatherings among people from various households in Los Angeles County have been officially banned again, with the exception of outdoor religious events and open-air political protests.
This replaces the previous rule, which allows only small outdoor gatherings of 15 or fewer people from up to three different households, lasting no more than two hours.
The main retail stores are limited to 35% of capacity; for grocery stores this was a reduction from the current capacity of 50% capacity.
Non-essential retail stores, malls, libraries and personal care facilities, such as hairdressing salons, barbershops, nail salons, piercing shops, solarium and massage therapy are limited to 20% of capacity; they used to work at 25% of capacity.
In general, schools and outdoor activities are not affected, but everything else is very limited. Restaurants can only offer removals. Similar restrictions were imposed in Santa Clara County, one of the first counties in the country to impose a lock order in the spring.
I don’t think Governor Newsom will have to wait much longer to introduce a government contract. The record number of new cases today and the fact that they could be higher tomorrow means he is likely to put something in place this weekend.
Of course, it would really help the case of the California Democrats that this leap should be taken seriously if they stopped saying one thing and doing something completely different. If we enter another lock, you better be ready to give an example. Why does this seem so difficult for Democrats?
Here is a local report on the wave of cases in Los Angeles County: