SACRAMENTO (CBS SF) — California Secretary of Well being and Human Providers Dr. Mark Ghaly up to date the general public on the state’s COVID circumstances Tuesday, asserting that extra counties had moved backwards into the purple tier whereas commending some Bay Space counties for holding regular of their tier positions.
Although the information of nonetheless surging COVID-19 circumstances within the state remained grim, on a extra constructive word, the Bay Space counties that have been on the purple tier — Marin San Francisco and San Mateo — haven’t moved to the purple tier.
When requested about these counties, Ghaly replied, “I feel every county has a barely completely different story. I’ll remind you that only a couple weeks in the past San Francisco was within the yellow tier, so let’s not make any mistake; they’ve seen a major surge in circumstances, and we imagine that a number of the instruments they put in place shall be useful. And we hope to see them maintain regular the place they’re, however we’re absolutely ready that they could not. I feel we have now seen it from the start that sure communities, sure counties do take a number of the steerage extra to coronary heart than others.”
Ghaly added, “I do commend them [San Francisco health officials] for persevering with to sound the alarm to speak successfully via their very own public well being leaders, native leaders, but additionally neighborhood leaders. There’s quite a lot of well being care professionals that I do know are sounding the alarm all through the Bay Space and in these counties specifically and that may make the distinction. No matter they’ve there, I hope we will unfold all through the state and cease this surge and never simply get individuals to carry regular the place they’re however hopefully to see these developments turnaround.”
When it comes to the state’s Blueprint for a Safe Economy danger evaluation standing, Ghaly stated that as of Tuesday, a complete of 45 counties have been now in probably the most restrictive purple tier with Colusa, Del Norte, Humboldt and Lassen counties all transferring from the purple to purple tier since final week.
Calaveras County was the one county transferring from the orange tier to the purple tier, Ghaly stated. With Alpine and Mariposa transferring again to the orange tier, the state has no counties residing within the lowest danger, least restrictive yellow tier.
Ghaly did say that some counties had really diminished case numbers within the midst of the surge, however that the numbers would wish to carry into subsequent week for these counties to progress to decrease danger tiers. He didn’t say which counties had made that progress.
Dr. Ghaly stated the state recorded 15,329 new COVID-19 circumstances on Tuesday, with the 7-day common trending upwards to 12,532 circumstances. Over 283,000 assessments have been administered on Monday, which stands as a single-day excessive in California.
Ghaly famous that the state’s present 7-day positivity fee was at 5.9 p.c, whereas the 14-day positivity fee was barely decrease at 5.6 p.c. The 14-day positivity fee noticed a 51 p.c enhance between November 10 and November 24 from 3.7 p.c to five.6 p.c.
Each the state’s COVID hospitalization and ICU hospitalizations charges have risen dramatically up to now two days, Ghaly stated. There are at present 5,844 COVID circumstances occupying hospital beds, an 81.Three p.c spike within the final 14 days. ICU hospitalizations have risen to 1,397 circumstances at a decrease however nonetheless dramatic enhance of 57.1 p.c up to now two weeks.
Ghaly stated state officers are remaining in fixed contact with hospitals throughout California to remain on high of the present stretching of hospital sources.
Whereas a lot of what Ghaly spoke to when it comes to curbing actions, slowing the unfold of COVID and decreasing publicity danger, he did make some extent of how a lot danger has elevated simply over the previous few weeks.
“A few of the actions that you just did a month in the past and stated, ‘Hey, what’s the massive deal? I can simply maintain doing them this fashion.’ The reality is that even these actions which felt low danger, felt safer a month in the past at the moment are larger danger than many people notice,” stated Ghaly.
With the Thanksgiving vacation solely two days away, Ghaly expressed his unhappiness about how the pandemic would affect the vacation.
“I, like lots of you, are disenchanted about how this Thanksgiving will look completely different from years previous,” stated Ghaly.
Nonetheless, Ghaly additionally supplied up some methods for individuals to refuse invites to collect that would put family members in danger.
“We all know it’s not straightforward to say no and it’s not straightforward to say no to family members. However as we dig deeper into the pandemic and our response, there’s by no means extra necessary a time than now to make use of this as a possibility to let your family and friends know that you just’re making a call to scale back transmission and never collect.”
Ghaly’s Thanksgiving to-do checklist included:
- Have fun with members of your personal family
- Respectfully say “no” to something that makes you uncomfortable
- Consider inventive methods to share the expertise remotely
- Drop off Thanksgiving meals to older love ones and people with medical circumstances to allow them to keep residence
- Take obligatory precautions to guard your loved ones and associates since you love them
“Saying no successfully begins with simply that, saying no. It’s easy, it’s direct and it’s clear. It usually helps shut the door for additional negotiations. It reveals that you just’re severe and also you’ve considered this in a substantial method and that it’s an necessary determination,” stated Ghaly. “Excuses are tempting, however they’ll simply backfire and take time to elucidate why you assume that is the precise selection. And don’t really feel strain to maintain the dialog going. I do know that my Mother, for instance, can persuade me to speak about the identical topic just a few other ways and simply being actually clear that the ‘No’ is a no and it’s necessary.”
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Ghaly additionally talked about that the forecast for good climate in a lot of the state on Thanksgiving would permit individuals to convey their celebrations exterior, additional decreasing their danger.
“By no means did I ever assume to be a climate forecaster or a climate particular person, however right here you go. It appears in California climate this Thursday is definitely going to be delicate and even form of heat. Southern California, the place I’m, shall be within the mid-70s and solar all through many of the southern a part of the state and that offers us a possibility to be extra inventive with our Thanksgiving plans,” stated Ghaly.
Ghaly additionally reminded residents to maintain the state’s journey advisory in thoughts in the event that they journey or have others visiting their residence in the course of the vacation, as such visits will enhance danger of spreading the virus. He stated anybody leaving California or internet hosting guests from out of state ought to quarantine for 2 weeks to be protected.