Gov. Newsom: Coronavirus Focus Remains On California's Central Valley

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California seems to be flattening the coronavirus curve again, but the Central Valley remains a concern for Gov. Gavin Newsom.

Over the last week, the average daily number of new cases has dropped more than 21%. ICU cases are down 5% over the past two weeks, hospitalizations down 10%.

The seven-day positivity rate has fallen to 6.1%, its lowest in weeks.

Today's #COVID19 update:- 148,721 tests reported- Positive cases: 5,739- 7 day average caseload: 7,764- Average positivity rate dropped slightly to 7.0%Sadly, 32 fatalities were reported.We’re seeing modest declines overall--but we’re not out of the woods. WEAR YOUR MASK.

— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) August 3, 2020

Gov. Newsom said the state’s intervention in Imperial County has paid off, cutting its alarming infection rate by two-thirds. Now, he will apply that same model to the Central Valley, where the spread of COVID-19 remains stubbornly high.

"We approached our strategy in the country more as a strike team, more as a unified command approach," Gov. Newsom said in a Monday media briefing. "(It’s) something you would see more traditionally as it relates to how we organize and construct our approach to dealing with other emergencies like wildfires."

As school resumes around the state, online only in the 38 counties on the state watchlist, the governor is backing teachers who are anxious about being forced to go to their school sites to deliver lessons to kids learning remotely at home.

"I don’t believe anyone should be forced to put their life and health at risk. Period. Full stop," the governor added.

Gov. Newsom explained the coronavirus is still spreading in backyards and living rooms, especially among multi-generational, often Latinx, families.