On Friday, June 26th at noon PDT, Governor Gavin Newsom held a press briefing to provide an update on the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Today, Newsom was at Tri-Tool, a manufacturing facility in Rancho Cordova. He kicked off his remarks by noting that California is the largest manufacturing state in the nation. He then announced a partnership with the California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA) to advance the "Safely Making California” Marketplace. This online tool aims to connect CMTA member manufacturers and other manufacturers to employers who have the need to purchase non-medical grade Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Further, through this partnership, the state can help ensure California-based manufacturers are procuring products for Californians. Finally, to help manufacturers stay operational, Newsom said the state is also making protective gear available at no cost to trade associations in need.
Lance Hastings, President of CMTA, was present at the briefing and also offered some remarks. “This pandemic has spurred great innovation and this system will unleash the great power and resiliency of California manufacturing in this crisis,” he stated.
The website can be found here: http://SafelyMakingCA.org.
As he does regularly, Newsom addressed the latest COVID-19 numbers, including the COVID-19 hospitalization and intensive care unit (ICU) patient figures. He reported that there are 4,380 positive COVID-19 hospital patients. This figure represents a 3.3 percent increase over the previous day. Of those patients, 1,364 are in the ICU. The ICU figure represents a 4.4 percent increase. Further, Newsom noted that as testing increases, the positivity rate is becoming more important. The 2-week positivity average is 5.3 percent. Over the last week, it is 5.7 percent.
On testing – Newsom said the California Testing Task Force is wrapping up its work, as the state is averaging over 88,000 tests a day. Nevertheless, he stressed the need to test more people.
On regional variance – Newsom said the state is monitoring all 58 counties but has focused its technical assistance on 15 counties that were on the state's “watch list” for “more targeted support". Newsom specifically spoke about Imperial County. Imperial County’s conditions need a unique set of supports, he said. The hospitals are being overwhelmed and its testing positivity rate is alarmingly high. The state has been sending additional resources there, but the state is advising the county to reinstitute more strict stay-at-home orders. Dr. Sonia Y. Angell, California Department of Public Health Director and State Health Officer, offered additional details. She reported that Imperial County has seen 680 new cases over last week, far more than the threshold to allow reopening.
During the Q&A portion of the press briefing, Newsom was asked about whether he would pull back reopening efforts amid increasing COVID-19 cases. In response, he reiterated that local health officers make these decisions based on the conditions in their communities. Newsom added that the system is working and he made reference to actions taken in San Francisco to slow down. "What San Francisco did is exactly what the system was designed to do…California is not one size fits all.”
The press briefing concluded approximately at 1:06 PM PDT.
On June 25th, Governor Gavin Newsom released tools, technology, and data that will allow scientists, researchers, technologists, and all Californians to better understand the impact of COVID-19. This includes the California COVID Assessment Tool, or CalCAT, a “model of models” that contains assessments of the spread of COVID-19, short-term forecasts of disease trends, and scenarios of the course of the disease from modeling groups across the country. More information about the California COVID Assessment Tool can be found here. A copy of the Governor’s news release can be found here.
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19. There are now a total of 195,571 (+2.8 percent increase) confirmed positive cases and 5,733 deaths (+1.8 percent increase) in California. As of June 23rd, 3,592,899 tests have been conducted in California and reported to the CDPH. This represents an increase of 95,970 tests over the prior 24-hour reporting period. Also, as of June 23rd, local health departments have reported 13,737 confirmed positive cases in health care workers and 85 deaths statewide. More information regarding the most recent COVID-19 statistics can be found here.
On June 18th, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued Guidance on the Use of Face Coverings, which broadly requires the use of face coverings in California when in public or common spaces.
Additional information regarding open sectors in counties with variance can be found here.
The https://www.covid19.ca.gov/ website is being updated continuously. A complete list of the state’s ongoing COVID-19 response efforts here.
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