California Gov. Gavin Newsom was asked on Wednesday if he thinks the entire state may be outside the more restricted violet layer in his scheme for a safer reopening by the first day of spring.
“Yes, based on trend lines,” said the governor.
These trendlines include numbers in the state’s largest county that go down to the point where schools can reopen for personal education. Los Angeles public health officials announced the news Tuesday night.
Newsom reported that the state was seeing an 11.4% positive rate for the 7-day test a month ago. On Wednesday, this data point stood at 3.5%.
As to what that means for counties advancing to the less restrictive levels of the reopening plan, Newsom said,
“Remember … we have one county, Plumas … it goes from purple to red today. I’m expecting a lot next week and more in the following weeks.”
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Then he went further.
The Governor said, “If the trend lines continue – and I really think that is the case – we will see the interrupts move,” not just from purple to red, but more and more red to orange and I expect, on the number that actually appears orange, you’ll see more in that. The yellow level is also, which is more lax in the levels we placed 24 weeks ago in our chart for a safer reopening. ”
Newsom then added one caveat.
The governor noted, “It is difficult to predict the future, especially with this virus.” Things can change “but especially given the differences.”
He then said that the updated totals of the virus mutations that were discovered – some of which are believed to be more transmissible – were as follows: 189 cases of the UK variant, 0 cases of the Brazilian mutation, 2 of the South African strain and 1,834 cases of California. . Special West Coast variants. This latest number is up 50% from last week, when it was 20% higher than the previous week.
“West Coast variants [are] Newsom said, “Newsom said,” But there might be a problem.
Last week, Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer revealed that “at least 50% of our samples showed the West Coast type.” She then hedged, “More research needs to be done.”
Some who have done more research believe that the variant may not only be more transmissible – like the British variant – but also vaccine-resistant. But again, more research is needed.