More Than 44K Acres Burned; Evacuation Orders To Be Lifted In Arcadia And Sierra Madr…

Gov. Gavin Newsom delivered an update on the wildfires affecting California and the latest on the coronavirus. You can read highlights below or watch the full video above.

NEW GUIDELINES COMING FOR REOPENING THEME PARKS

Newsom said that new guidelines would be released “very, very shortly” on theme parks and amusement parks, as well as other areas/industries/sectors. But not yet.

NOTHING PREVENTING USC PAC-12 FOOTBALL GAMES

There is nothing in the state’s guidelines that would keep USC college football games in the PAC-12 from happening, Newsom said. He acknowledged the difficulties of practicing with a limit of cohorts of 12 practicing together in football. He also noted that these players are not able to be in a “bubble,” as opposed to those in use in a number of pro sports.

LATEST COVID-19 NUMBERS

The number of counties in the most serious tier of the state’s COVID-19 restriction tiers, colored purple, has gone down from 33 to 30 counties. There are currently 17 counties in the red tier, 9 in the orange tier, and 2 in the yellow tier — California Health Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly announced these shifts on Tuesday. The number of yellow and orange counties are expected to grow next week, Newsom said.

Newsom stressed the need to learn from previous three-day weekends that caused increases in COVID-19 — Memorial Day weekend and Fourth of July weekend. He added that the data isn’t in yet for Labor Day weekend due to lagging indicators, which is part of why there’s a need for these tiers to shift slowly.

There were 2,950 new coronavirus cases yesterday, with the seven-day average at 3,348. Newsom said that the rate of spread is continuing to decline, though the number of cases remains significant.

The state’s positivity rate is currently 3.6% over the past seven days. Newsom reiterated that the number of daily tests will be increased as part of a new partnership, while also noting that air quality over the past three weeks has impacted the number of tests being performed. An average of 93,818 tests have been conducted each day over the past week, with more than 100,000 tests conducted every day for the past three days.

There has been a 22% decline in COVID-19-positive hospitalizations, with those patients making up 4% of those in state hospitals. ICU admissions for COVID-19-positive patients are also down 22%, with 10% of the state’s ICU capacity in use by COVID-19 patients.

WILDFIRES IN CALIFORNIA

While Newsom highlighted progress on many fires, he brought attention to the Bobcat Fire in L.A. County and the lack of progress made against it so far.

Between 1980 and today, Newsom noted that the average temperature in the summer months has increased over the summer months from 71 degrees to 74 degrees. Newsom said that this is the direct result of climate change. He noted that he raised this point with both President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee for vice president, Kamala Harris, as they each visited California this…


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