The uptick comes because the virus continues to make a resurgence after months of unprecedented orders to fight its unfold. Gov. Gavin Newsom mentioned Monday that hospitalizations have elevated 43 % over a two-week interval, in addition to a 37 % improve of sufferers admitted to intensive care models throughout the identical time interval.
The COVID-19 positivity price elevated to almost 6 %, he mentioned.
Different states and communities are additionally grappling with a rise in infections, prompting some to reimpose security protocols.
Los Angeles County — the epicenter of the virus within the state — ordered all seashores closed for the July 4th weekend after an “alarming” spike in new COVID-19 instances. Texas officers ordered bars closed for a second time and Arizona has briefly closed: bars, gyms, water parks, film theaters and nightclubs.
Calfornia is monitoring 19 counties amid a spike in instances and hospitalizations in these places. An extra 4 might be included Wednesday, Newsom mentioned. Statewide, almost 223,000 folks have examined constructive for COVID-19.
In a dire warning Monday, Los Angeles County well being officers reported that 1 in 140 individuals are contaminated. The earlier knowledge instructed 1 in 400 folks.
“We’re seeing a rise in transmission. We’re seeing extra folks get sick and go into the hospital,” mentioned Dr. Christina Ghaly, the county’s director of well being providers. “That is very a lot a change within the trajectory of the epidemic over the previous a number of days. It’s a change for the more serious and a trigger for concern.”
On Tuesday, Newsom introduced that new restrictions are being contemplated as case numbers improve forward of the vacation weekend. He didn’t get into specifics.
He additionally voiced issues about giant gatherings, notably household gatherings.
“Tomorrow we’ll be making some extra bulletins on efforts to make use of that dimmer swap’ that I’ve referred to and start to toggle again on our keep at dwelling order and tighten issues up,” he mentioned. “The framework for us is that this: Should you’re not gonna keep dwelling and also you’re not gonna put on masks in public, we have now to implement, and we’ll and we’ll be making bulletins on enforcement tomorrow.”