One day after California’s largest city saw what officials there called the “worst day” of the pandemic so far with it’s highest ever daily new Covid-19 case count, the state itself shattered the previous daily cases record it set just last week.
On Wednesday, the CA Covid-19 dashboard indicated that 20,759 new cases had been reported over the past 24 hours. That’s nearly 2,500 more cases than the previous high of 18,350. Even worse, as testing numbers have generally trended upward, the state’s test positivity rate has skyrocketed, as well.
The 14-day test positivity rate sat at 5.6% one week ago. On Tuesday, that number skyrocketed to 6.5%. Over the past 24 hours, it rose nearly a half percent to 6.9%. In a state as large as California, that half percent alone could mean as many as 200,000 more infections.
On Monday, Governor Gavin Newsom all but promised a more stringent Stay-at-Home order was on the way.
“If these trends continue we’re going to have to take much more dramatic, arguably drastic action,” he said. If these trends continue, the potential for a stay-at-home order for those areas in the Purple more in line with the stay-at-home order that folks were familiar with at the beginning of the year.”
As to what threshold could trigger further action, “We are looking at intensive care capacity as the trigger for further action,” California Director of Health and Human Services Dr. Mark Ghaly said.
On Tuesday, the California dashboard indicated that, while the state had actually seen a decrease in ICU patients with Covid-19, the line tracing the number of hospitalizations was nearly straight up, with the state reporting a record 9,365 people hospitalized with the virus.
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