California Now Has The Most Cases of COVID-19 in the Country

Published on July 22, 2020

The coronavirus keeps setting record new highs in California. Today, Governor Gavin Newsom, who’s partly responsible for reopening parts of the state too soon, announced 12,807 new cases of COVID-19. After the new number of cases, the westside state has surpassed New York with the most cases.

The New Cases

California now has a total of 413,576 cases of coronavirus. As of today, New York has 408,886. It’s worth keeping in mind California has the most citizens of any state. Over 30 million people live in California. It’s twice the size of New York. 

Hospitalization Rates Doubled

Months ago, it was expected half of California would contract the coronavirus. Now, 1 out of 96 in the state have it. Today, hospitalizations increased by 79. There are over 7,100 hospitalizations in the state right now. In less than six weeks, the hospitalization numbers have doubled. There are over 2,000 patients in the ICU. Today, Newsom posted on Twitter:

Today, CA is reporting a record high number of cases:

Single day #: 12,807

7-day average: 9,420

Total: 413,576

Yesterday’s test #: 127,487

Total: 6,664,419

7-day positivity rate: 7.6%

Those are a lot of numbers that tell us one thing: we MUST take this seriously.


Newsom Can Do More About Masks 

Newsom keeps saying wear a mask, and yet, he has not made it mandatory in the state. A few cities, such as West Hollywood, will write up tickets for people not wearing masks. It’s legal for Newsom to make masks mandatory, and yet, he does not. If the governor wants people to wear them so badly as he keeps tweeting, he should make it mandatory, especially when so many fools in the country and state aren’t wearing them in public. Newsom is bringing in a lot more masks to the state, though, as he tweeted:

CA has taken unprecedented steps to ensure we have the PPE we need to keep CA safe.

Distributed so far:

86.4 million N95 masks

297 million surgical masks

Those distributions will continue. To protect our nurses, doctors, farmworkers, and more — and help CA flatten the curve.

A Turning Point

Newsom and the unpopular Mayor Eric Garcetti have said another full-on lockdown is possible. According to Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer, a “turning point” is happening. She revealed at a conference the coronavirus has killed twice as many people as the flu in the state. “COVID-19 appears to be on track to claim more lives in L.A. County than any other disease than coronary heart disease,” she said. 

According to Ferrer, “nearly 60 percent of the new cases we’re seeing are among young adults.” Hospitalizations among the young are increasing. Right now, there’s not enough room in the ICUs if the number of hospitalizations keeps increasing. Now, Ferrer did note the number of deaths are going down in the state, but if hospitalizations increase, that might change. Weeks ago, the death rate was going down, but then the numbers spiked and, again, Newsom pulled back on some of the reopenings. 

A New Update on COVID-19

A few weeks ago, Newsom jumped the gun and reopened personal care and other nonessential businesses. Obviously, the decision did not help slow the spread of the coronavirus. Newsom closed down gyms, salons, and barbershops again. These indoor services are no longer available, but according to Newsom, these businesses can continue if they provide outdoor service. No services can be provided that involve touching the face, including eyebrow waxing, facials, and more. Indoor dining is still unavailable, although outdoor dining is still an option. 

Jack Giroux is a Staff Writer at Grit Daily. Based in Los Angeles, he is an entertainment journalist who's previously written for Thrillist, Slash Film, Film School Rejects, and The Film Stage.

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