California’s two counties sank backward in Gavin Newsom’s economic opening system on Wednesday as coronavirus infections rose statewide, prompting a top health official to demand more caution when Enter the holiday season.
Shasta County moves backwards from the second low or “substantial” red level to the lowest or “popular” purple grade, while Plumas County also moves from the highest or “minimum” yellow level to the top second “just right”. Colusa district was the only district that had been ahead in the reopening process, reaching the orange grade.
California Director of Human Services and Health, Dr. Mark Ghaly admits that the state has seen a recent increase in both new infections and hospitalizations, emphasizing that even fatigue The fatigue of a pandemic ̵1; and the excitement of the holidays – Californians should still be vigilant about social detachment and masking.
“We know that a pandemic has changed our way of life. We all have sacrificed. Some of us were fine, others were really tough, ”Ghaly said. “Many of us feel exhausted, tired, and impatient – and that’s really understandable.”
Since October 20, the state’s 14-day trial positive rate has increased from about 2.6 percent to 3.3 percent, according to state data. Hospital admissions have also increased, with 3,241 patients in general and 823 patients in the intensive care unit – an increase of nearly 14% and 20% respectively over the past two weeks.
Even so, the health official showed a contrast between California and the rest of the United States, where the states of Wyoming and Iowa have reported the highest test-positive rates of 30 percent in recent days, according to the Coronavirus Resource Center of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Both Shasta and Plumas counties were under state supervision for several weeks, Ghaly said; in Shasta, “it was clear that the spread was not just isolated in a few places or sites, but it actually spread across large areas of their community,” he added.
The six-county Gulf remains at the orange grade, with the exception of San Francisco, being the only major metropolitan area to have entered the least restrictive yellow grade. Last week, officials said they would suspend some reopening plans amid a slight increase in infections and hospital admissions.
In the coming days, the state plans to come up with firmer guidelines for the upcoming holidays around family gatherings and celebrations, Ghaly said.
“Our choices are very important – not just what we do, but how we do it,” Ghaly said of the coming winter. “We can keep transmission low, even if it goes up to a number, by using our own public health tools and choices.”