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Governor Gavin Newsom provides an update on the state’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak

Gov. Gavin Newsom
Posted at 2:08 PM, Aug 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-12 18:14:43-04

Governor Gavin Newsom provided a state coronavirus update on Wednesday, mainly focusing on the states' economic status and positive turn with the dip in cases.

Newsom said he is confident in the state turning a corner in response to ICU admissions going down as well as hospitalizations decreasing by 19%. He also mentioned the progress that economic programs like "Wear a Mask Campaign" and ShopSafeShopLocal have made.

Also covered was support for businesses during the pandemic. 5.6 million meals have been served and 8,000 jobs supported through the first in nation great plates delivered program. There have been waived property tax penalties for small businesses and $75 million for small businesses that may not have qualified for federal relief.

Newsom emphasized the importance of job security saying he wants to not just focus on unemployment insurance but employment insurance. He talked of how he thought the belief that people are just takers is, "complete garbage". Stating people cannot be pro-job and not pro-business.

In light of Attorney General Kamala Harris' announcement of running for being the next Vice President of the United States people were curious as to if Newsom had thought of who would replace her if elected. He said he is not focused on that right now, stating he had until the end of January in 2021 to make that decision.