UPDATED 8:18 AM PT — Tuesday, August 4, 2020
California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) gave residents an optimistic message while announcing a decline in coronavirus cases. On Monday, the Democrat governor said the seven day average of hospitalizations dropped by 10-percent and ICU admissions dropped by five-percent.
The numbers are a weekly average, which is a more reliable metric than daily cases as it fluctuates less. The governor said he hopes they are part of a longer trend of declining infections.
Today’s #COVID19 update:
– 148,721 tests reported
– Positive cases: 5,739
– 7 day average caseload: 7,764
– Average positivity rate dropped slightly to 7.0%
Sadly, 32 fatalities were reported.
We’re seeing modest declines overall–but we’re not out of the woods. WEAR YOUR MASK.
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) August 3, 2020
Newsom highlighted the steep decline in positive diagnoses, which came even as testing rates in the state have continued to increase.
“That seven day average, by the way, is down roughly 21.2% from the previous seven day average,” he stated. “That’s good news — a 21.2% decline.”
Meanwhile, Newsom reminded residents some areas of the state continue to be hot-spots for the virus. He noted that people should continue to exercise caution and abide by public health guidelines.
If you are out enjoying that California sun, wear your mask, stay 6 feet apart and wash your hands often. ??
— Office of the Governor of California (@CAgovernor) August 4, 2020