Gov. Gavin Newsom, back from his two weeks of “family obligations,” said on Tuesday that wearing masks will remain one of his mandated orders – “for your safety and those around you.”
“Winter is coming.” Winter is here,” he said at the California Forward conference in Monterey, sounding like a scene in the Hunger Games. “COVID is not taking the winter off.”
“I know you’re sitting here with masks and going, ‘Why the hell I do I still have this mask on?’” Newsom said to the audience at the economic conference.”
“For good reason,” he added.
Newsom said “there’s a seasonality to COVID. It’s not particularly difficult after a couple of years to understand… to see those trends.”
“Get that booster shot,” the governor said. “It will save your life.”
He went on to say “The job’s not done. You can’t spike the football.”
“We still have a lot of work to do,” Newsom added.
In California, 73.7% of the population is fully vaccinated, according to the California Department of Public Health. 54,700,680 total vaccines have been administered. And, there is only a 2.3% test positivity.
Yet, Newsom said, “We’ve already started see hospitalizations go back up.” Is he talking about hospitalizations in general, or specifically COVID patients? Doctors that the Globe speaks with say that this time of year, hospitalizations in general go up, and they aren’t seeing a spike in COVID case hospitalizations.
More than 3.4 million booster shots have now been administered in the state.
Strangely, just a few weeks ago, Gov. Newsom was touting California’s lowest-in-the-nation case rate, as the Globe reported, which had the state neck-in-neck with Florida, which is fully opened, and has no mask or vaccine mandates:
A report by the New York Times found that Florida’s Coronavirus case average per capita is lower than all but two states – Hawaii and Louisiana. And California is tied with Florida for that spot.
“California tied with Florida at 14 per capita,”the report said. If Florida, which is fully opened with no mask or vaccine mandates, is lower than all but two states, and California is toed with Florida, why does California still have mask and vaccine mandates?
According to the report, “Florida, which came under a constant stream of criticism from corporate media outlets and blue state leaders throughout the Chinese coronavirus pandemic, is faring better than nearly every other state in the country in terms of case averages per capita, as the state’s two-week average of cases dropped by 33 percent.”
The Globe contacted Governor Gavin Newsom’s press office and asked why California still has mask and vaccine mandates given this data, but we did not receive an answer back by press time.
California has a crisis already with hundreds of ships stuck in waters off the Southern California coast outside of the state’s ports because of a supply line and shipping crisis. We have empty reservoirs and a water shortage because the state ordered them drained, and an energy crisis – California cannot produce enough electricity. The Controller’s office hasn’t even delivered 2020’s Certified Annual Financial Report. We’ve got parents pulling their kids out of the state’s public schools by the thousands over vaccine and mask mandates, and dangerous curriculum. City and County government employees are protesting vaccine mandates, even willing to lose their jobs. 30,000 Kaiser employees are getting ready to strike.
California’s plate is full of problems. It sounds as if this will be a long dreary winter in the Golden State.
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