“We continue to have a lot to do on COVID-19 transmission,” he said.
“You’re starting to see an increase in COVID cases across the country,” the governor observed. “You’re seeing this not just across the country, you’re seeing this across the world.” Newsom then reported that 21 states across the U.S. are seeing increases.
“This is the second wave,” he said starkly, referring to the feared resurgence of coronavirus, which has been expected to see another spike in cases, hospitalizations and deaths.
Newsom then made reference to the Spanish flu pandemic that hit America in 1918, noting that “the second wave in 1918 was the most deadly.”
Indeed it was. Nearly a third of all deaths in that pandemic occurred between mid-November and the end of the year. Given the U.S has already experienced more than 210,000 deaths, that paints a sobering picture.
Top health officials have repeatedly warned of a second wave in recent weeks, including California’s top health officials, Dr. Mark Ghaly.
About ten days ago, Ghaly said the state projected an 89% increase in hospitalized COVID patients — from nearly 2,600 patients to more than 4,800 in late October.
New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio announced on Sunday the we would close all schools and non-essential businesses in nine of the city’s zip codes as positivity rates there have soared.
We’ve seen consistently high COVID-19 numbers in 9 zip codes across South Brooklyn, Far Rockaway and Central Queens. We’re providing these areas with additional resources, but when presented with new information, we must act. We won’t risk the progress we’ve made.
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) October 4, 2020
But Newsom just recently allowed some of the state’s more populous counties — including Orange, Santa Barbara and San Francisco — to reopen further. Ditto schools.
On Monday, the state reported a relatively stable number of 3,055 new cases; the seven-day average is 3,074.
Positivity rate over 14 days is 2.8 percent, up slightly from 2.7 percent last week.
Newsom said the rate of decline in hospitalizations and ICU admissions due to COVID-19 was beginning to plateau, which he said was worrisome.
He said there have been 130,000 tests in the last three days.
Newsom said he would like to see all of California’s counties out of the purple tier. Accordingly, the state is hoping to update its new tiered guidance system “by the end of the year.”
“It’s an iterative process,” he said.
You can watch Newsom’s presentation below.