Governor Confirms COVID-19 Numbers Decreased Last Week

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Governor Gavin Newsom confirms more COVID-19 teste are being done but the percentage of positive tests are going down.

During a press conference on Monday, Newsom stated the seven-day average of new COVID-19 cases is at 7,764, which is down by 21% from a week ago. Hospitalizations are also down 10% and ICU hospitalizations are down 5% over the past two weeks for California.

"Encouraging signs, but one week does not make the kind of trend that gives us confidence to generate headlines," he said, noting it will take another few weeks to feel "confident."

Newsom stated a combination of mask-wearing, fewer gatherings, and the closure of indoor business operations appear to have had an impact on the decrease in cases.

"At the same time, we can quickly find ourselves back to where we were just a few weeks ago, a month ago - with significant increases - if we do not maintain our vigilance," he said. "This virus is not going away. It's not just going to take Labor Day weekend off, it's not going to take Halloween off or the holidays off. Until we have quality therapeutics and until we have a vaccine, we are going to be living with this virus."

While the cases have decreased slightly, the death rate continues to increase with the 14-day average at 121 deaths per day.

The Governor stated his "biggest area of concern" is the Central Valley of California where cases and hospitalizations are surging.

Last week he announced a $52 million investment in fighting the virus in Fresno, Tulare and Stanislaus counties where some of the highest COVID-19 positivity rates are located in the state. Today he announced an additional $6.5 million in philanthropic aid will help Central Valley residents in need of food, rent, utilities, and other supplies.

 

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A Real Local Aug 03, 2020 02:58 PM
Governor Confirms COVID-19 Numbers Decreased Last Week

SB County has a 12% rate of positive COVID-19 tests. The County Public Officer is worried about a SPIKE in restaurant workers testing positive. There is apparently a meeting on Wednesday from 4 to 5 PM. - This was not disclosed in last week's press conference but said during the city of Santa Barbara's Business Advisory Taskforce meeting last Friday.

Sensibly Common Aug 03, 2020 05:49 PM
Governor Confirms COVID-19 Numbers Decreased Last Week

SB County has a high positive rate because tests are hard to come by. Governments at all levels have failed, we’re five months in and testing availability is way too low and time to get test results is way too sure.

SandyS Aug 03, 2020 08:11 PM
Governor Confirms COVID-19 Numbers Decreased Last Week

They clamped down on testing again - you used to be able to get tested without symptoms now you can't as they dialed it back so naturally positivity rate goes up [as only the symptomatic can get tested now]

sblocal1967 Aug 03, 2020 04:18 PM
Governor Confirms COVID-19 Numbers Decreased Last Week

Positive rate means ZERO - just like positive rate for common flu means nothing. Only numbers that are important are:
1) % of people testing positive that require hospitalization due to CV (by age, by pre-existing health conditions)
2) % of people testing positive that require ICU due to CV (by age, by pre-existing health conditions)
3) % of people testing positive that die due to CV (by age, by pre-existing health conditions)

It is logical to see positive cases go up as younger people co-mingle more and are fed up of being cooped up. However, these people will drive the hospitalization rate much lower since majority are asymptomatic. The rate of high risk should be going down given the known risk. These people are not going to house parties and bars. If they are getting CV then it is due to negligence.

Because government officials refuse to provide meaningful information all we get is political hyberbole.

JB86 Aug 04, 2020 02:56 AM
Governor Confirms COVID-19 Numbers Decreased Last Week

sblocal1967 is right; the government is not focusing on the right metrics, and seems to have trouble even keeping track. Deaths per 100,000 population is the most important metric, and government is not reporting it. Why is that?

ChemicalSuperFreak Aug 04, 2020 06:25 PM
Governor Confirms COVID-19 Numbers Decreased Last Week

@ 10:45AM: Right. Cases per 100,000 should be taken with a grain of salt. In fact, every government website, from the state California to one representing European countries, states that testing volume should be considered. This is why they also use the metric of % positive out of all tests as an additional criteria.

LocalinSB Aug 04, 2020 08:24 PM
Governor Confirms COVID-19 Numbers Decreased Last Week

We now know that our numbers are all screwed up. The governor now has another "STRIKE TEAM" troubleshooting data reporting problems with the state. Basically, we have NO idea how many tests were taken in the last 10 days or how many were positive. All they do know right now is that the numbers are under-reported. Can I just say, OMG! OMG!

Leonk Aug 04, 2020 10:06 PM
Governor Confirms COVID-19 Numbers Decreased Last Week

Businesses closing, other than bars (Let’s get a bunch of drunks together and expect them to social distance!), has little to do with the increase. The majority of cases are from people traveling to high risk places like Texas, Arizona, and Mexico, and living in enclosed, tight spaces with too many people or in large group settings, like nursing homes...there is so much inaccurate information. I don’t think the governor is being given accurate data.

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