This Tuesday, California witnessed nearly 2,000 new cases of the novel coronavirus. With the rise in numbers, officials have expressed concern about reopening the state too early. California's Governor even warned that a second wave of coronavirus could hit the state.
“If we all pull back, we could see a second wave that makes this pale in comparison,” Newsom told CBS News.
He went on to say “I don’t anticipate that normalcy that many of us wish for happening anytime soon.”
In a live press conference today, Newsom reiterated his six-step roadmap for reopening the state. Before the stay-at-home restrictions can be eased, specific criteria need to be met.
This includes but is not limited to:
ensuring the safety of communities through testing and contact tracing
preventing infection from spreading to at-risk residents
hospitals' abilities to handle patient surges
developing therapeutics to meet the demand
and supporting physical distancing in public spaces
In a Tuesday live news conference, Newsom said "We’re making progress in the state, but there was a spirit that defined that progress, and that was community,” he said. “If we pull back too quickly, those numbers will go through the roof.”
LIVE NOW: Governor @GavinNewsom provides an update on California’s response to the #COVID19 outbreak.… https://t.co/soOn9YTWkR— Office of the Governor of California (@Office of the Governor of California)1587581841.0
His concerns have been shared by leading health officials, including the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Director, Robert Redfield.
In an interview with The Washington Post, Redfield revealed "there’s a possibility that the assault of the virus on our nation next winter will actually be even more difficult than the one we just went through."
1 of the 6 indicators California is using to guide our decision to modify the stay-at-home order is testing. Toda… https://t.co/YfOkZ6OdKm— Office of the Governor of California (@Office of the Governor of California)1587583613.0
Los Angeles' Mayor Eric Garcetti and San Francisco's Mayor London Breed have followed suit with Newsom's measures of caution during COVID-19.
Starting today, people in San Francisco are required to wear face coverings at essential businesses, in public faci… https://t.co/D5O1OO76Ei— London Breed (@London Breed)1587155193.0
This includes shopping, taking transit, or receiving healthcare. Violators are subject to $1,000 fines and imprisonment.