California Gov. Gavin Newsom warned some counties that are starting to loosen restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic that doing so could lead to a rise in cases.
“I caution those elected officials that practicing physical distancing has worked to keep those numbers relatively modest in terms of growth, but if we pull back too quickly, those numbers will go through the roof,” Newsom advised.
The governor said his office is in contact with local officials and counties. Newsom said counties can start to reopen as long it doesn't conflict with current state guidance.
Newsom will give an update on Wednesday on what he describes as the state’s “Road Map to Reopening.”
The plan focuses on six key indicators:
- Testing and tracking
- Protecting vulnerable populations
- Hospital preparedness
- Developing treatments
- The ability to continue physical distancing
- The ability to reinstate stay home orders if needed