Thursday will be two weeks since California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued his March 19th mandatory shelter-at-home order to the state’s 40 million residents. Since then, he predicted his order could extend into June.
Gov. Newsom has been giving live daily video press updates on the state’s ongoing medical response and preparation for COVID-19 in the state.
Wednesday he said the state is working to acquire 66,000 hospital beds “toward the end of May,” but the state needs ventilators to go with the beds, he said. He said his more immediate goal is 25,000-30,000 beds and ventilators.
The governor discussed the formation of the California Health Corps, an initiative designed to gather all healthcare workers in the state to help treat an expected upturn of COVID-19 coronavirus patients. He said 34,000 individuals have registered in his Health Corps.
Capitol news reporters are not allowed to attend the governor’s press briefings because of Coronavirus and the need for social distancing, so reporters call in with questions.
A reporter with Bloomberg News asked Gov. Newsom: “Do you see the potential, as many others in the Party do, for a new progressive era and opportunity for additional progressive steps?” (video at 51:45)
The governor admittedly gave a long-winded answer which culminated in, “yes,” admitting there is political opportunity born out of the pandemic. “There is opportunity for reimagining a progressive era as it pertains to capitalism,” Gov. Newsom said. “So yes, absolutely we see this as an opportunity to reshape the way we do business and how we govern.”
Thus far, according to the California Department of Public Health, the numbers of cases and deaths from COVID-19 in California are:
- 6,932 total cases
- 1,617 in the hospital
- 657 in ICU
- 3,439 “suspected” of having coronavirus
- 602 “suspected” to be in ICU
- 150 total deaths – Newsom said Wednesday that number is now 171 deaths.
Another reporter calling in to the press conference asked Gov. Newsom about how New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is handling his state’s coronavirus outbreak. “We’re not waiting around for others,” Newsom said. “We are at a completely different place than the state of New York.”
However, as California Globe reported this week, “Gov. Newsom claims 56 percent of the population will get the coronavirus. This is apparently based on a death rate of 3.5 percent out of all persons diagnosed with the disease in one county (Santa Clara County). The actual death rate in the entire state is, 0.003%, reflecting 3 out of every million, or 11,666 times less than forecasted. If California and New York are exaggerating coronavirus incidence and death rates, should the reported statistics even be trusted?”
New York has a population of 19 million. There are 1,000 confirmed deaths and 41,000 confirmed coronavirus cases. The New York Department of Public Health reports the State has tested 220,880 individuals, with 15,694 new people tested Tuesday, March 31, but does not break out how many patients are actually in the hospital and the ICU, or are “suspected” cases.
California, with a population of 40 million, has 150-171 confirmed deaths to date, and nearly 7,000 confirmed coronavirus cases, broken down above.
“The whole point is to buy more time – to flatten the curve,” Gov. Newsom added.
The Sacramento Bee reported:
“More than 1,800 people with the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 respiratory illness are hospitalized. Roughly 774 are in intensive care, Newsom said Wednesday.” (Emphasis sacbee.com)
“County data shows more than 150 people have died.”
Actual county data shows 9 Sacramento County residents have died. The 150 dead is statewide.
- Deaths: 658* since Sept. 29, 2019
- Outbreaks: 150 since Sept. 29, 2019
- Laboratory: 20.0% flu positive
- Outpatient ILI: Above expected levels
- Hospitalizations: Above expected levels
The Center for Disease Control reports the seasonal flu 2019-2020 national the numbers:
- 38,000,000 – 54,000,000 flu illnesses
- 18,000,000 -26,000,000 flu medical visits
- 400,000 – 730,000 flu hospitalizations
- 24,000 – 62,000 flu deaths