Gov. Gavin Newsom is expressing his greatest optimism yet the state is close to relaxing its shelter-in-place rules, insisting he is not giving in to pressure from lawsuits and protesters.
There was grim news Friday as the state has officially topped 50,000 cases of COVID-19 now and 2,000 deaths. There are some encouraging signs and a continued flattening of the curve, with fewer people hospitalized and in the ICU.
"We’re not ideological, we’re open to argument," Gov. Newsom said. "We’re interested in evidence and the evidence is bearing out that we’re seeing some good things, but still some yellow flags of caution."
Those flags could turn back into red flags if Californians drop their guard and stop social distancing.