California hospitalizations surge with new COVID-19 cases

Grant Boone
June 29, 2020

"We give an enormous amount of power, control and authority to local government, but what we're now looking for is accountability", Newsom said.

Earlier this month, the county reported that almost 20 people were in quarantine after a man in his 20s who tested positive for the virus attended a large family gathering.

The governor's Thursday news conference marked the third time this week that he has urged people to take more precautions as he disclosed troubling new highs.

UC San Francisco epidemiologist Dr. George Rutherford cautioned that the increase could also be due in part to public health officials better targeting testing in neighborhoods and settings, such as prisons and nursing homes, where the virus has been especially prevalent. Numerous people in quarantine had symptoms, officials said.

The number of people hospitalized in California with COVID-19 has increased by almost a third over the past two weeks, with about 1,500 suspected or confirmed patients requiring intensive care, officials said on Wednesday.

"And they can distribute it to folks that merely can't tackle the virus as youthful healthier persons can", he explained.

The increase was 69% over two days.

The number of confirmed positive patients in Bay Area hospitals also has risen consistently from 222 on June 18 to 304 on June 23 - a 37% jump.

"There is a sense that a great deal of young people today, perfectly you might be younger so you feel a small little bit a lot more invincible but, respectfully, frequently that can be a egocentric way of thinking", Newsom reported.

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California, Arizona, Texas and Florida, highly populated states, are at the heart of this rebound. Greg Abbott, said they are halting reopening plans amid a surge in cases.

Some officers across the region have pointed to events, bars and other gatherings as in which that spread is going on.

While Ferrer said it would be hard to say definitively that the protests had played a role, she called it "highly likely, given the increased numbers that we're seeing".

CNN has reached out to the county's health department for more details.

The state health department said late last week that there was insufficient data to "assess the impact of the recent protests".

Monday, Newsom warned that the state was prepared to "revert back" to COVID-19 restrictions if needed, as the state sees a rise in cases.

"We keep track of our facts repeatedly to inform our guidance and reopening actions".

Following a reporter's request during his press conference, Newsom also described several prisons as a concern for the state. "We are encouraging any one who protested to get tested", the statement claimed.

A person of them - San Quentin Condition Prison - has much more than 450 inmates who have analyzed optimistic. About 42% of prisoners at the facilities are medically vulnerable, Newsom said.

The governor said the state recently submitted a plan to the courts for several inmates nearing their release date to be released from prison early, to help reduce the facility's populations. More than 5,630 have died.

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