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California adds 5 counties to virus monitoring list, drops 1

Posted at 2:47 PM, Aug 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-17 17:52:51-04

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The number of counties on California’s monitoring list for coronavirus cases grew even as Gov. Gavin Newsom said the state’s overall virus trends were heading in the right direction.

Newsom said Monday that California found another 14,861 confirmed virus cases after reviewing a backlog of nearly 300,000 test results that got tied up in a lab reporting problem. Of the state's 58 counties, 42 remain on that list; five counties were added, with Santa Cruz County falling off Aug. 14.

"This is a dynamic list. People come on, people come off, the numbers shift every single week," Newsom said Monday. "I anticipate this week the numbers to shift again and it looks like, all things being equal and the latest reporting period -- 24-hour reporting period, which we will have later this evening -- it's very likely San Diego will join the list of those counties removed. So, likely tomorrow."

State and county officials have said counties would be removed from the monitoring list if rates remain below 100 positive cases per 100,000 people for three straight days.

Newsom says the state has reported an average of 9,446 virus cases a day in the last week, but the rate of people testing positive is declining.

Here is a list of the counties currently on the state's monitoring list:

  • Alameda
  • Amador
  • Butte
  • Calaveras
  • Colusa
  • Contra Costa
  • Fresno
  • Glenn
  • Imperial
  • Inyo
  • Kern
  • Kings
  • Los Angeles
  • Madera
  • Marin
  • Mendocino
  • Merced
  • Mono
  • Monterey
  • Napa
  • Orange
  • Placer
  • Riverside
  • Sacramento
  • San Benito
  • San Bernardino
  • San Diego
  • San Francisco
  • San Joaquin
  • San Luis Obisp
  • San Mateo
  • Santa Barbara
  • Santa Clara
  • Sierra
  • Solano
  • Sonoma
  • Stanislaus
  • Sutter
  • Tulare
  • Ventura
  • Yolo
  • Yuba

KGTV and the Associated Press contributed to this report.