Newsom hints at renewed restrictions in California: ‘We don’t like the trend line’

Gov. Gavin Newsom displays a face mask as he urges people to wear them to fight the spread of the coronavirus during a news conference in Rancho Cordova, Calif., Friday, June 26, 2020. Newsom said he wants Imperial County in Southern California to reimpose a stay-at-home order amid a surge in positive coronavirus tests. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, Pool)

SACRAMENTO — California added four more counties Monday to its watch list of places with concerning growth in their local coronavirus outbreaks, including Solano County, as Gov. Gavin Newsom hinted that he could renew some restrictions on public life.

State public health officials are now closely monitoring the conditions in 19 of California’s 58 counties, including Contra Costa and Santa Clara in the Bay Area, representing nearly three-quarters of the state population. In addition to Solano, Glenn, Merced and Orange counties were added to the list Monday.

With the number of coronavirus cases, the rate of positive tests and hospitalizations all increasing statewide, Newsom on Sunday ordered seven counties where the virus is spreading more rapidly to shutter bars again or keep them closed, and recommended the same for eight others on the watch list.

At a news conference Monday, the governor suggested he might augment that order with “even more restrictive ones,” though he did not offer details.

“We are considering a number of other things to advance, and we will be making those public as conditions change,” he said. “This is a dynamic process, not a static one.”

California reported 5,307 new coronavirus cases Sunday, Newsom said, and the state has seen a 45% increase in its total number of confirmed cases in just the past week.

The number of hospitalizations also jumped by 43% over the past two weeks, to 4,776 patients, the governor said, and the rate of positive tests is climbing. It was 5.5% during the past 14 days, compared with 4.4% two weeks ago.

“We don’t like the trend line,” Newsom said.

The governor said gatherings between family and friends who were not mixing during the statewide stay-at-home order are contributing to the rising spread. But he also called on businesses to do more to protect their workers and customers by following state regulations, such as a recent mandate for Californians to wear a face covering outside the home when physical distancing is not possible.

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