SACRAMENTO, Calif. — June 15. Gov. Gavin Newsom provided an update to California's response to COVID-19 covering the importance of being prepared for a surge in the capacity of positive tests and beds available in hospitals. Just as important is the disproportion of positive cases and deaths among people if color.
According to Newsom California is more than prepared if there were a surge in patients, ventilators needed and beds needed per hospital.
When studying the rate of infection versus the rate of death, black and brown people are getting the most positives and black people are getting the most deaths.
This staggering discovery is likely linked to how soon patients go in to get tested and treated for the disease, however, according to Newsom hospitalizations and ICU stays needed have stayed stable.
From the press conference, 52 of 58 counties have self-attested and are beginning to open their economies.
"Counties do not have to reopen if they don't want to," said Newsom, encouraging Californians to be reassured they're county can go at its own pace.
Data used daily determines this.
As usual, the government of California is focusing its efforts on the most vulnerable: elderly and homeless.
Over 15,000 beds have been secured by Project Room Key, and 82% of the program is being utilized.
Newsom says, in the last 24 hours, 26 people have lost their lives, he encourages the public to maintain six feet and continue to cover their mouths, things the safety of Califonia relies on.
"We made this commitment to one another, this pandemic has not gone away, let's get through this."