California has 19 of 58 counties on a coronavirus "watch list" as the virus continues to spread, Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a press conference. Those counties make up for about 72% of the state’s population.
In just the past week, the state has seen a 45% increase in total number of coronavirus cases that have tested positive, bringing California’s seven-day positivity rate to 5.9%.
“We don’t like the trend line,” Newsom said.
Elevated disease transmission, increasing hospitalization and limited hospital capacity are the key factors being monitored for potential intervention.
“We need to take further steps, and that’s exactly what we did this weekend,” the governor said.
Newsom began rolling back reopening over the weekend, ordering bars in seven counties to close for business once again. He recommended bar closures in eight other counties.