Governor: California bought time to prepare for virus peak

Posted at 8:30 PM, Mar 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-31 23:30:48-04

Gov. Gavin Newsom says California's extraordinary efforts to keep people home have bought the time needed to prepare for an expected peak surge of coronavirus cases in coming weeks.

A spike of new cases has not come as quickly as expected. However, Newson was reluctant to say Tuesday whether ultimately that means the impact won't be nearly as dire as first predicted.

He said people can't let down their guards and need to continue to stay home.

California has more than 8,200 cases and at least 173 deaths.

Under Newsom's direction, the state has been scrambling to add 50,000 hospital beds to its total of 75,000.