Gov. Gavin Newsum provided an update on California’s response to the coronavirus, including many counties that have returned to the most restrictive level and announced a potential curfew. You can read the highlights below or watch the full video above.
Daily cases of COVID-19 in California have doubled in the past 10 days, the fastest increase in the state since the pandemic began. A slide in the Newsom presentation read, “We’re sounding the alarm.”
The highest percentage observed before was in June, when there was a one-week increase of 39.2% – between November 1 and November 7 there was 51.3% increase.
There used to be 13 counties in the most restrictive purple level – now there are 41 of the state’s 58 counties in purple. This includes all of Southern California, although LA County was still purple before that announcement. There are 11 districts left in red, 4 in orange and 2 in the lowest yellow level.
Ghaly said that we hope the rates will start to decrease by the end of December and the opening movement can start again.
Newsom announced that the state is “pulling the emergency brake” as part of the state’s renewable plan, and they are now tightening restrictions.
The governor said a state evening was also being considered. It examines curfew strategies from other countries, states and cities.
Counties will now return to a more restrictive recovery after 1 week of data that does not meet lower-level standards, not 2 weeks.
Some counties are set to move several levels back at once.
Returning graphs should make changes in business / industries over a period of 24 hours, instead of three days, as was the practice before. Implementation will be phased.
Due to the urgency, Newsum said, the changes are announced today, instead of waiting for Tuesday’s California Health Secretary Dr. Mark Galli. In the middle of the week, the state will also assess the levels for different districts.
Ghaly said the reason for this change is that the public health system is under stress. He expressed the importance of maintaining a low level of transmission to prevent flooding of the system, as well as the importance of protecting health workers in the winter with increasing cases.
More updates on the restrictions will come in real time instead of waiting for Monday’s Newsom press conferences and Tuesday’s Dr. Ghaly’s press conferences, Newsom said.
THE PREPARATION OF THE CALIFORNIA FOR THIS DEVICE FOR THE VACCINE
There are 11 health facilities across the country, Newsum said. There is also the ability to create more within 24-96 hours, with a total capacity, if necessary, 1872 beds. The first of these surge protectors to be commissioned is in Imperial County.
Newsom expressed optimism about the vaccine, noting that it was moving COVID-19’s response “from a marathon to a sprint.” The state plans safe, fair and transparent distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine, as well as work to prepare for the unknown. They have also set up expert committees on safety and dissemination. Newsum noted that one of these experts, as well as other Californians, have joined the national team of President-elect Joe Biden.
California is already working with Pfizer and Moderna before releasing their vaccines. According to Newsom, some deadlines are lagging behind, but the effectiveness of these vaccines is significantly higher than some preliminary predictions.
The state has an inventory of 180 million N95 masks, as well as 342 million surgical masks, along with a stockpile of other personal protective equipment (PPE).
HOW TO KEEP THE SHOW LOW
Ghaly stressed the importance of wearing a mask while you are in public. He noted that when you meet people with whom you do not live in any situation, the transmission can be caused by removing the mask for any reason.
The state tracks a “household transmission” where someone transmits COVID-19 to other people in their home, possibly due to work outside the household. Between one-third and one-half of family members become infected. He said that this is something you should pay special attention to if you live with someone who is older or more vulnerable to COVID-19, even if you are asymptomatic.
Last week, the state gave guidelines for gatherings. Ghaly stressed that:
- Meetings should be short
- You should not gather indoors with other households in purple or red districts
- In orange and yellow districts, keep windows and doors open, wear a mask and distance
- High-risk individuals should avoid collection, but if they are present at the collection, they should wear a surgical mask or a N95 mask that fits snugly.
Ghaly also talks about travel recommendations issued last week. This is not a ban, but the state discourages the insignificant outside of state travel.
For those traveling outside the state (or having guests from outside the state), California asks them to do a 14-day self-quarantine upon their return to the state (or after their guests leave). This is especially true when traveling to places with a higher transmission rate, including in the middle of the country. Galli encouraged Californians to stay locally, perhaps keeping the trip within two to three hours by car.
The state plans to issue additional guidelines for wearing a mask and other ways people can protect themselves and others, as more activity moves from the outside in when the weather gets cold.
LATEST CASE NUMBERS OF COVID-19
There was 9890 new cases of COVID-19-positive during the last reporting period – the seven-day average was 8,198 cases.
There is 4.6% degree of positivity in the last 14 days, by 1.4% for these two weeks – the 7-day percentage is 5%. This compares with a national rate of 9.8%. But, Newsham said, the growth rate is still worrying.
There was 48% increase in COVID-19-positive hospitalizations in the last 14 days. Currently, 3,852 patients with COVID-19 are hospitalized in California, representing 5% of the state’s capacity. He noted that there are other countries where more than 50% of the country’s hospital capacity is used by patients with COVID-19.
There was 38.8% increase in COVID-19-positive tolerances to intensive care beds in the last 14 days. They occupy 13% of the beds in the state’s intensive care unit, with 20,707 fans still available.
Currently, the condition is an average of 164,345 tests for COVID-19, which are conducted per day. 202,000 tests were performed during the last reporting period.
NEWS APOLOGIZES FOR GOING TO A FRIEND’S BIRTHDAY AT THE RESTAURANT
Before being asked by reporters, Newsom apologized for going to a friend’s 50th birthday party. He was out in the orange laundry at the French laundry restaurant in Napa. He reunited with a number of other couples.
The event started at 16:00, but Newsom said it arrived a little late at 16:30
“As soon as I sat down at the larger table, I realized it was a slightly larger group than I expected. And I made a bad mistake,” Newsham said. “Instead of sitting down, I had to get up and go back, get in my car and go back to my house.”
Although the county’s instructions were good, Newsom said it knew it was not in the spirit of where the state with COVID-19 was. He said he should practice what he preached, adding that he had been out of the household for three nights since the start of the pandemic. There were only two with his wife – the first with those from other households, Newsum said.
JANUARY BUDGET: CALIFORNIA REVENUES HIGHER EXPECTED
The state has received $ 11.4 billion in revenue more than expected, and that in a January budget proposal, Newsom said supporting California’s business would be a top priority. Newsum said he would work with the new Biden and Congress administration on a new incentive to support both individuals and small businesses.
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