On Tuesday, February 9, 2021, Governor Gavin Newsom joined the San Francisco 49ers and the County of Santa Clara in hosting a press conference to announce the opening of Levi’s Stadium as a COVID-19 vaccination site for residents of Santa Clara County. The site will have the capacity to give 15,000 shots/day when supply increases.
Newsom said one month ago, the state reported 53,000 cases. Today, 8,251 cases were reported. One month ago, the state reported a 14% test positivity rate. Today, the positivity rate is 4.8%. However, the Governor did note that even as the daily number of new coronavirus cases has dropped to less than a fifth of what it was a month ago, California is still averaging more than 500 deaths per day over the past two weeks. Also, hospitalizations are down 34% in last 2 weeks. ICU admissions are down 26% in last 2 weeks.
Additionally, the Governor briefly spoke about the COVID-19 variants, working with the Biden Administration, and the anticipated Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Again, Newsom stated the contract with Blue Shield and Kaiser for vaccine distribution will be made public on February 15th.
During the Q&A portion of the presser, Newsom was asked about the recall and he sidestepped the question by stating he is not focused on those efforts. "I'm focusing on increasing vaccines," he said.
Also, no deal yet but progress is being made on reopening schools. Specifically, Newsom said negotiations on schools are focused on statewide standards on vaccinations, PPE, testing, spacing and other safety measures. They are also negotiating over possible extensions to the school year and school days to make up for lost learning.
Newsom is also hoping to reach a deal on allowing more youth sports this week.
When asked why mass vaccination sites are just open to residents of specific counties, such as Levi’s Stadium only being open to Santa Clara County, Newsom cited concerns of individuals jumping in line.
In response to recent judicial rulings, the state guidance for places of worship has been updated. Read the guidance.
Asked specifically about vaccinations for teachers, Newsom said he believes schools can reopen safely before every single person in the school is vaccinated.
The press conference concluded at approximately 9:40 AM PDT.
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19. There is now a total of 3,346,340 (+0.3 percent increase) confirmed positive cases and 44,150 (+0.5 percent) deaths in California. As of February 7th, there have been 44,323,530 tests conducted in California and reported to the California Department of Public Health. A total of 4,746,539 vaccines have been administered. More information regarding the most recent COVID-19 statistics can be found here.
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