Coronavirus rates are rising quickly in California with cases, positivity rate, hospitalizations, and the number of people in intensive care all climbing.
Hospitalizations are up 28.6% over the past two weeks and the number of patients in ICU has increased 27.3% over the past three weeks, Governor Gavin Newsom announced Monday.
The positivity rate has gone up significantly in that time frame, from a low of 2.5% on October 19 to 3.7% today.
Newsom said the reason for the increase was obvious.
"People are letting their guard down by taking their masks off. They're starting to get together, outside of their household cohorts. They're starting to see businesses reopen, and we're starting to get to see more people mixing," he said. "As it gets colder, we'll see more still."
Testing for coronavirus is also climbing in California, with 194,000 tests conducted on Sunday.
"We anticipated seeing more cases with increased testing, but the positivity rate is a better indicator of what’s actually happening," Newsom said.
Newsom said he expects an announcement on Tuesday that some counties will move backwards in the state's tier system. For some areas, that could include closing some non-essential business and reinstituting stricter health orders.