“The overall trend… is showing a decline from where we were over a week ago,” Newsom said. “But one week doesn’t make the kind of trend that gives us confidence to make the headlines. We are looking forward to this and need to see this kind of data for a few more weeks to be more certain of our situation as a state. “
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The positive test rate over the past 14 days is 7.0%. This is down from 7.4 about two weeks ago.
As of Monday, there were 6,383 coronavirus patients in hospitals. This is down from more than 8,800 on July 21. Likewise, intensive care beds; the number now occupied by COVID-19 patients has fallen below 2,000.
“The good news is that we are confident in our capacity for intensive care,” said the governor.
Newsom announced 32 new deaths, leaving a total of 9,388 people lost to the pandemic. “Thirty-two is a lower number than in the past…[but] these numbers are likely to remain stubbornly high over the next few days and weeks. “
“These are only a few days” of results, warned the governor.
“We have seen some stabilization in most parts of the state,” Newsom said. “At the same time, we can quickly find ourselves where we were just a few weeks ago, a month ago, with significant increases if we don’t maintain our vigilance.
“This virus does not go away,” he warned. “It’s not just going to take Labor Day off. It’s not going to take off Halloween. Or the holidays. ”
“As long as we don’t have quality therapeutics, until we have a vaccine, we will live with this virus,” Newsom predicted.
“We anticipate the second wave in the fall,” he said. “And this second wave was also challenged by… flu season in addition to COVID-19.”
Watch Newsom’s new talk below.