California sees major increase in positivity rates over 2 weeks


SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) – Not a single county in california is left in the state’s least restrictive tier.

This comes as hospitalizations and COVID-19 cases are now surging across the state.

California’s Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly gave an update at noon on Tuesday to discuss the latest on the coronavirus pandemic.

He reviewed recent concerning data trends in coronavirus cases statewide. For example, the positivity rate increased by 51% in two weeks.

Dr. Ghaly

Dr. Ghaly said during Monday’s briefing with Gov. Gavin Newsom that he expected more California counties to “move backward” and land in the most restrictive purple tier.

Hospitalizations in the state are up 81% over the last two weeks, with ICU admissions increasing 57%.

California Tuesday reported 15,329 new cases. They anticipate 12% of those new cases wind up in hospital 2-3 weeks from now.

Additionally, four counties moved back to purple, but none of the three Bay Area counties still in red were moved.

There are now currently 44 out of 58 counties in the most restrictive tier.

Last week, Newsom issued a limited stay-at-home order and curfew for all those counties in the purple tier in an effort to stem rising coronavirus cases across the state.

In the Bay Area, counties in the purple tier are:

  • Alameda
  • Contra Costa
  • Napa
  • Santa Clara
  • Solano
  • Sonoma

San Francisco, San Mateo, and Marin counties remain in the red tier as of Tuesday morning.

When asked about the possibility of another state-wide stay at home order, state leaders didn’t say if they’ve established a mark to meet before making that decision.

“We are trying to be thoughtful and more targeted with our approaches, we know a number of communities and people are fatigued and tired. We want to make sure any actions we recommend really allow us to do the things that are low risk without as many limitations,” said Dr. Ghaly.

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