California governor cautiously upbeat as virus numbers ease

Posted at 7:52 PM, Aug 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-04 00:05:41-04

Gov. Gavin Newsom says he's cautiously optimistic that California is getting a grip on a resurgence of the coronavirus. But he warned Monday that the state is a long way from reopening some of the businesses it shuttered for a second time last month when new cases, hospitalizations and deaths began surging.

The seven-day average of infections and rate of positive tests are both down, as are hospitalizations and intensive care cases.

Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer similarly said the county has seen infection rates and hospitalizations stabilize.

Newsom cautioned that some areas, particularly in the Central Valley, still have surges.