California governor reports total of 6,932 coronavirus cases but expects numbers to rise

 

California Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin NewsomCalifornia's reported decline in infection rate may not be accurate, official says California: Dual threats of wildfire and COVID-19 underscore need for prevention The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the Air Line Pilots Association - Progress slow on coronavirus bill MORE (D) reported a total of 6,932 confirmed coronavirus cases in his state Tuesday but said he expects the number to rise. 

The California governor said 1,617 of those who tested positive are hospitalized, with 657 in intensive care. There have been 629 new cases since Sunday at 2 p.m., the last available data posted on the California Department of Public Health

“Over the next few weeks we expect these numbers to increase,” Newsom posted Tuesday in Twitter. “This disease can impact anyone. Stay home. Take this seriously.”

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During his Tuesday press conference, Newsom said there has been 150 deaths in the state, 15 more than what was recorded Sunday.

“We have seen more than a doubling number of people hospitalized in the state over the last five days and now more than triple the number of people in our ICUs reinforcing the importance of preparation in meeting this moment,” he said.

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Newsom has taken statewide action after California became one of the first states to face the pandemic. This month, the governor issued a stay-at-home order, a moratorium on evictions and a shutdown of schools.

The governor also announced the launching of a hotline to deliver services and help for older California residents.

“Social isolation is real. During these trying times it’s important to check in with our loved ones,” he tweeted.