Gov. Gavin Newsom and California Department of Public Health Secretary Mark Ghaly announced Monday they have halted the entire state from reopening following 250 days of various stages of lockdown since March.
Newsom even claimed the reason is “the fastest increase in cases we have seen yet — faster than what we experienced at the outset of the pandemic or even this summer.”
This is just not true.
What the governor has done is ordered the fastest increase in testing California residents for coronavirus, and the commensurate positive test results.
Gavin Newsom ordered the rapid increase in testing, and even spent more than $100 million to open a lab in Los Angeles to process the tests.
Here are the current COVID-19 numbers:
21,068,895 Californians have been given COVID-19 tests
1,029,235 total Californians have tested positive for COVID-19
20,039,659 total Californians have tested negative for COVID-19
18,263 deaths as a result of COVID-19
What we are seeing is not an increase in deaths – those are on the decline – we only see a rapid rise in tests proving that more than 20 million Californians have tested negative for coronavirus as the graph above shows.
Dr. Mark Ghaly said research has shown businesses have been sources of virus transmission, but he offered no evidence of this outrageous claim, other than to say where friends gather together at restaurants and bars is how COVID-19 is spread.
No proof, no evidence, and really no danger as the 20,039,659 Californians who tested negative have already proved.
Yet Gov. Newsom and Dr. Ghaly announced moving 41 of the state’s 58 counties into the strictest reopening tier solely based on positive virus tests.
“It is not because some restaurants have been open, it’s because that is what viruses do. To limit the spread, do your best to keep up on washing your hands, keeping distanced and wearing a facial covering when you can’t. We can and will overcome this as a free society,” Assemblyman James Gallagher (R-Yuba City) Tweeted.
It is not because some restaurants have been open, it’s because that is what viruses do. To limit the spread, do your best to keep up on washing your hands, keeping distanced and wearing a facial covering when you can’t. We can and will overcome this as a free society. 4/4
— James Gallagher (@J_GallagherAD3) November 16, 2020
The silliest, hyperbolic response to Gallagher’s Tweet:
“I’m so embarrassed to hear this kind of remark! You obviously don’t know or see the people suffering. Until you experience what other people are, just keep worrying about restaurants! Cmon respect others and not just yourself!”
Where are the people suffering? The hundreds of thousands of homeless vagrants and drug addicts living on the streets in California cities?
The only people suffering in California are businesses owners whose businesses have been forced into closure, their employees, families stuck at home, kids not attending school, and the elderly who have been isolated since March, terrified of catching the virus.
Gov. Newsom and Dr. Ghaly appear willing to destroy the lives of everyone else in the state in order to “manage” the virus, which is not possible.
Unlike Newsom and Dr. Ghaly, a recent controlled test group of 1,848 Marine recruits was done, who were told to isolate themselves for two weeks at home, then in a supervised military quarantine at the closed Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina, Marine Corps Times reported. That included having a single roommate, wearing masks, keeping at least 6 feet apart and doing most training outdoors. They also had daily fever and symptom checks.
The recruits were tested for coronavirus when they arrived for the military quarantine and 7 and 14 days afterward. Sixteen, or about 1 percent, tested positive on arrival and only one had any symptoms. Another 35 — an additional 2 percent — tested positive during the two-week military quarantine and only four had symptoms.
A separate study published Wednesday in the New England journal reports on an outbreak last spring on the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt. Among the crew of 4,779, mostly young people, 1,271 became infected; 77 percent did not show symptoms when diagnosed and 45 percent never developed any.
Dr. Ghaly and Gov. Newsom have made months of unfounded claims. Remember when Newsom said the virus started in nail salons?
Regardless of the controlled environment, the virus still spread, and most people don’t even know they have it. Strict lockdowns do not manage the virus or even make a difference in the spread… except to destroy the middle class, their businesses and their children.
California resident Dave Rubin, author, speaker, pundit, sums up what a lot of Californians are feeling today:
Good morning to everyone except Gavin Newsom. You suck, dude.
— Dave Rubin (@RubinReport) November 17, 2020