SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) – Governor Gavin Newsom on Monday will hold a press briefing to provide an update on the state’s response to COVID-19 over the 4th of July weekend.

Newsom announced there are 23 counties in California currently on the COVID-19 watch list.

In the Bay Area, those counties are:

  • Contra Costa
  • Marin
  • Solano

Santa Clara County, which was originally on the list, has since been removed, Newsom said.

Contra Costa County, which was removed from the list on Friday, has been added back.

The governor said California’s Alcohol Beverage and Control (ABC) visited 6,000 bars and restaurants over the holiday weekend for enforcement purposes, while CalOSHA contacted 444,000 businesses at the center of complaints.

Additionally, Newsom said the state tested the most people ever over the weekend, recording 127,000+ tests on Saturday, July 4 alone.

The following statistics were also released:

1,706 total ICU COVID-19 patients

3,882 total ICU beds available

11,058 total ICU beds

11,416 ventilators available

California now has 10,600 contact tracers trained through UCSF/UCLA to track COVID-19 in counties throughout the state, Governor Newsom revealed.

Last week, Newsom introduced a new initiative urging Californians to wear masks and follow social distancing guidelines as the state sees a surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in recent weeks.

Newsom has since ordered bars, indoor restaurants, movie theaters, and more sectors to close indoor operations in several counties statewide.

Californians are reminded to wear face coverings when outside the home, as per state mandate, to practice social distancing, and practice good hand hygiene.

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