SACRAMENTO (KRON) – Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday held a press conference with an update on the state’s response to coronavirus.
Newsom said people in the age group 18 to 49 are now responsible for more than half (60%) of new cases.
As of Nov. 22, there were 8,337 confirmed cases, with a 7-day average of 11,591 cases or 58%.
California’s 14-day positivity rate is 5.5%.
Newsom added that coronavirus hospital admissions in the state were up 77% within a 14-day period and ICU admissions within the same period were up 55%.
Last week, Newsom mandated a curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. for all counties in the purple tier amid a surge in coronavirus cases.
There are a total of 41 California counties in the purple tier.
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Newsom reminded Californians that out-of-state travel for the Thanksgiving holiday is strongly discouraged, but if you must travel quarantine for 14-days before returning.
While the race continues for a vaccine, Newsom said California has received $28 million from the CDC to date.
Of that amount, a total $10 million would be allocated to local health for planning while $4 million would be allocated to local health for staffing.
He added that the CDC is expected to release a second round of funding soon.
Who will get the vaccine first?
Newsom said the vaccine distribution will be done in phases.
Phase 1 includes:
- Healthcare workers
- Individuals in congregate care and the medically vulnerable
- Medical first responders and safety/critical infrastructure