California Coronavirus Update: Governor Gavin Newsom Indicates State Is Concerned About Case Rate In Los Angeles County, Acting To Mitigate It
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Following some COVID-19 numbers in Los Angeles County last week, California governor Gavin Newsom today announced that the state has ruled the county over specific concerns about the progress of L.A.
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Newsom explained in detail how the state is doing overall and said that different areas have different needs. "One size doesn't suit everyone."
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That being said, California currently has "13 districts where we are targeting" because of concerns about progress.
This is part of the state's three-tier strategy to ensure that the boroughs honor their coronavirus abatement commitments. First step: "52 out of 58 counties have issued self-certification," Newsom said, that their COVID-19 data was at an acceptable level.
For those counties that can confirm the given coronavirus numbers but cannot keep them, the state will intervene to help with the “targeted integration” (step 2). This means that the state works with the district in certain areas that are outside of acceptable levels.
California Health and Social Services Secretary, Dr. Mark Ghaly went into more detail about the committed districts.
He showed a table that included Los Angeles County and stated that "these are counties in which we had concerns about the dates."
In this table, the "fall rate per 100,000" in Los Angeles County was 162.5. At least 6 other counties also had unsettling fall rates.
The state's monitoring requirements state that "a county is marked for (increased) disease transmission" if the fall rate per 100,000 is greater than 100. This means that the district of Los Angeles is subject to a “targeted commitment” at a rate of 162 per 100,000 from the state.
A day after the state passed the gloomy milestones of 5,000 confirmed deaths and 150,000 identified cases, Newsom reminded that the recovery from the pandemic will not be a straight line and that adjustments to procedures and restrictions may be required (step 3 in the state reduction process).
"We use a dimmer, not an on / off switch," Newsom said.
The governor continued to lead success after success in the state's response and planning, including hospital capacity, testing capacity, and PSA capacity.
He said the tests have increased and the total number of positives has also increased, but the positivity rate has decreased.
Newsom said the R rate has "remained stable" in the past few weeks. Hospital prices too. The ICU numbers remain “stable”.
Hospitalization rate increased 0.4% yesterday, but decreased 3.3% the previous day.
He said, "We have capacity in our intensive care system to meet the needs of COVID patients." Over 11,000 ventilators are available.
“We have a state that remains strong. Stability remains, "he said," but we recognize that these numbers are total, and certain areas require special attention.
"We are not out of the forest," Newsom said
This is because Los Angeles County has had three of the highest peaks in new cases since the pandemic began.
According to the Department of Health, there were 1633 new cases in County LA on Friday. This is the third highest total since the onset of the outbreak, according to the LA County Coronavirus Dashboard. Ferrer said the number on Friday included 500 late laboratory cases.
Laboratory delays occurred almost every week during the pandemic. Adding late numbers to the daily total was the order of the day for the county health department, which means that not every day has late numbers, but enough to make these record levels seem significant.
The number on Friday did not include any new cases from Pasadena and Long Beach that have their own health departments. On Thursday there were a total of 84 new cases.
The new data bring the total number of confirmed cases in LA County to 70,475.
On Thursday, the county health ministry reported 1,857 new confirmed coronavirus cases. It was the largest number of new cases in a day announced by the county during the pandemic, but health officials reiterated that approximately 600 of these cases were the result of a backlog in reporting test results. Long Beach and Pasadena, which have their own health departments, together confirmed another 84 cases. That gave the county a total of 1,941 new confirmed cases on Thursday.
The peaks come about two weeks after the change in the order of staying at home in the region and after the recent major gatherings during protests.
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