STOCKTON, Calif. (KRON) – Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday held his latest coronavirus briefing with an update on the state’s response to the pandemic.

You can watch it live on KRONon or on Facebook.

As California’s COVID-19 positivity rate remains around 7.5%, Gov. Newsom announced he would be sending more support to the Central Valley, which has been hit disproportionately by the virus, with positivity rates hovering between 10 and nearly 18%.

This new Central Valley task force would allow for a “unified, coordinated response” in the 8 counties reporting an increase in cases.

Positivity rates in counties such as Fresno and Tulare reach 17%, according to Newsom.

A total 128,439 coronavirus tests were reported on Sunday, with 6,891 positive cases.

Twenty-nine fatalities were reported on Sunday, bringing the state’s current average to 109 lives lost every day, Newsom added.

On Friday, Newsom announced more coronavirus protections for essential workers and earlier last week spoke about the state’s PPE response as well as updated guidelines allowing personal care services to reopen outdoors.

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