California Passes New York As State With Most Coronavirus Cases As Governor Newsom Reports Record Number Of New Infections

Governor Gavin Newsom on Wednesday reported a record 12,807 new coronavirus cases on Monday. He said this total was “the highest in the nation.” The previous record came on July 7 of 11,694.

California now has 413,576 confirmed cases of COVID-19. That tops the 408,886 seen in New York State as of Wednesday. New York was previously the hardest-hit state in the union.

Newsom said 35 counties in the state — up from 33 — are now on the state’s watchlist. That represents the vast majority of the state’s population.

The 7 day positivity rate of tests in California is 7.6 percent, about where it was last week.

The pandemic has resulted in 7,870 deaths in the state. The number of COVID-related deaths increased by 1.5 percent from the previous total of 7,755. The number of COVID-19 diagnostic test results in California reached a total of 6,664,419, an increase of 127,487 tests in the previous 24 hours. California’s hospitalizations due to COVID-19 increased by 79.

When asked about the coming end of the $600 of extra federal unemployment relief, Newsom said, “We are walking toward a cliff,” and indicated he is considering using his powers to provide additional rent furloughs to Californians.

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This comes on the heels of Newsom relaxing some reopening guidelines on Monday.

The Governor said at his Monday press conference that the state was adjusting some of the workplace closure guidelines it issued last week, specifically those around hair salons and barbershops and the “personal care services industry.” The governor said he had wanted to make the changes earlier, but that it “turned out that was more challenging than it may have appeared.”

“The good news is,” said Newsom, “we now have new guidelines out on the website clarifying what we can and can’t do as it relates to hair cuts and activities that we want to move from indoors to outdoors for personal care services industry,” said Newsom.

On Wednesday, after the grim new COVID-19 numbers, Newsom announced a “bridge contract” for more masks from a Chinese company that would bring millions more masks to the state. There have been questions about the deal with the mask company, BYD. Newsom said the state is looking at getting competitive bigs from California-based manufacturers. Newsom said the state has had conversations with Honeywell to create a California-based mask facility.

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