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Gov. Gavin Newsom: 'We are still in the first wave of the pandemic'

Governor Gavin Newsom
Posted at 2:22 PM, Jun 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-22 17:22:12-04

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — On Monday, Gov. Newsom presented California with an update on how the community can mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and "bend the curve" of positive cases.

Dr. Ghaly and the Newsom emphasized that while the economy is slowly and safely reopening, we aren't out of the woods.

Over the past two weeks, there has been a slight increase in hospitalizations and ICU patients. While this uptick can be a bit sobering, Newsom reassures the community that while the numbers may be on the rise, so are the number of tests being conducted. Nearly 100,000 tests were conducted yesterday, a record for California, thus far.

As a sign of positivity, Newsom and a few previous governors offered some positivity in a PSA on the importance of wearing a mask.

Ghaly presented updated data on the numbers of positive cases, the rate of positive tests and more in various counties, with a focus on LA County, one of the largest in California.

"The power is in decreasing exposure," Ghaly said.

"What's important to remember is not how many places are opening, but how they are able to reopen," Ghaly added.

Ghaly and Newsom, along with other government officials recently presented 38 guidance documents detailing safe strategies for reopening multiple sectors of our economy.

They can be found here, along with more information on how to stay safe, protect others and mitigate the spread of COVID-19.