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Gov. Newsom: Update on California's response to COVID-19 outbreak

Posted at 5:13 PM, Apr 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-27 20:13:09-04

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Governor Newsom today delivered an update regarding California's continued successful reponse to COVID-19.

Newsom did announce that California Highway Patrol and California national parks will be more avid in enforcing the stay at home order, he stressed the only thing that will hold California back is our behavior.

Nevada and Colorado are the most recent states to join the Ester States Coalition, joining California, Washington and Oregon. The coalition is a group of states who pledge to work together regarding best practices to flatten the curve of COVID-19 cases and business closures.

Newsom also announced the state will host digital roundtables open to media to discuss and breakdown certain sectors of the economy affected by COVID-19. Those sectors including type of retail and hospitality.

The state has also made progress in the distribution of N95 masks and other PPE, a distribution number of over 44.7 million distributed, with a 4 million distribution of procedural masks to first responders.

Unemployment insurance claims have reached an all time high, with $4.4 billion allocated since March 16, with 4.3 millions checks already cut.

Newsom reiterated that the COVID-19 call center hours have been modified to cater to more people, now from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week, to mitigate the amount of calls being made, SMS text capabilities will begin within the next few days.

Up to date data:
Hospitalizations have had a 1.4% increase within the last 24 hours.
45 additional lives were lost within the last 24 hours
1,300 new individuals have tested positive for COVID-19
There are currently 553,000 tests being taken in California
To make testing more accessible to Californians, 80 new testing sites have be added

Newsom assured the community that testing supplies are ample.