On Monday, July 13th, at noon PDT, Governor Gavin Newsom held a press briefing to provide an update on the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Newsom opened by reporting that the COVID-19 trendlines continue to raise concern. In response, he announced modifications to the statewide stay-at-home order. Effectively immediately, all 58 counties are being directed to close indoor operations in the following sectors: restaurants; wineries and tasting rooms; movie theaters; family entertainment centers, zoos and museums; and cardrooms. Further, bars must close all operations.
Counties on the County Monitoring List for 3 consecutive days, will be required to close indoor operations in additional sectors. These sectors include fitness centers; worship services; offices for non-critical centers; personal care services (like nail salons, body waxing, and tattoo parlors); hair salons and barbershops; and malls.
Currently, there are 31 counties on the County Monitoring List, representing 80 percent of all Californians. Newsom said he expects more counties will be added later this week.
Additional information on today’s announcements can be found here: https://covid19.ca.gov/roadmap-counties/.
As he does regularly, Newsom addressed the latest COVID-19 numbers, including the hospitalization and intensive care unit (ICU) patient figures. There are 6,322 positive COVID-19 hospital patients. Of those patients, 1,806 are in the ICU. Further, he said, the positivity rate is important to consider. The 14-day positivity average is over 7.5 percent. Tomorrow, Newsom will have an update on testing.
In closing, Newsom reiterated that COVID-19 is not going away time soon and Californians must adapt to new behaviors to slow the spread. He implored Californians once more to wear a face covering, practice physical distancing, wash your hands, and not to mix with people you do not live with.
During the Q&A portion of the briefing, Newsom was repeatedly asked about schools and if the state intends to issue additional guidance for school districts. In response, he said the state has previously issued guidance. His administration is in the process of announcing new guidelines around masks, contact sports, choirs, busing, and distance learning efforts. He also suggested that school districts can make their own determinations as it pertains to the coming school year and highlighted Los Angeles and San Diego. "Both Los Angeles and San Diego school districts will begin the fall semester the way they ended last school year, by utilizing distance learning until we deal with the background of infections. I applaud the leadership of those districts for leaning in and recognizing responsibility."
On testing—Newsom said tomorrow, Secretary of the California Health and Human Services Dr. Mark Ghaly will introduce our new testing task force.
Newsom was also asked about the frustrations/confusion of business owners who were allowed to open, only to then have to close. In response, he simply stated that the virus is dynamic and needs to be monitored in real-time.
The briefing concluded approximately at 12:45 PM PDT.
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19. There are now a total of 320,804 (+2.7 percent) confirmed positive cases and 7,017 (+1.0 percent) deaths in California. As of July 11th, there have been 5,406,599 tests conducted in California and reported to the California Department of Public Health. This represents an increase of 130,904 tests over the prior 24-hour reporting period. More information regarding the most recent COVID-19 statistics can be found here.
On July 10th, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) announced the early release of incarcerated persons. Specifically, an estimated 8,000 inmates could be eligible for release by end of August, in addition to the state’s reduction of about 10,000 persons since the start of the pandemic. A copy of the CDCR news release can be found here.
The https://www.covid19.ca.gov/ website is being updated continuously. Additional information regarding open sectors in counties with variance can be found here. A complete list of the state’s ongoing COVID-19 response efforts can be found here.
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