• By The Financial District


Gov. Gavin Newsom held a news conference Wednesday afternoon with an update on the state's response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Newsom started off his news briefing by addressing how the state's economy has suffered during the outbreak. He acknowledged the hardships business owners have endured, but said in a prepared slide show presentation that "the most urgent economic recovery tool the business community needs is stabilizing the virus" according to KCRA 3 News.

Newsom said that the decrease in COVID-19 hospitalization rates "is what gives me some confidence we're moving in the right direction. In the past 14 days, there's been a 19% decrease in coronavirus hospitalizations and a 16% decrease in ICU admissions.

California has started adding additional COVID-19 cases to its public record after state officials revealed a data problem in late July caused nearly 300,000 records not to appear in its health system. Dr. Mark Ghaly, secretary of Health and Human Services, has said the backlogged cases would be added to the date they were recorded so the state's data-tracking system would be accurate.

Newsom noted, however, that California's progress can quickly be undone if people let their guard down.

“Want to see those numbers continue to go down? Wear a mask. Want to see those numbers continue to go in the right direction? Continue to physically distance. Want to see those numbers continue to go down as the temperatures go up? Try to avoid mixing," he said. "I saw the American River the other day and I might as well have been at spring break.”

Newsom said that California reported 11,645 cases Tuesday. However, 6,212 of those cases are from the backlog, meaning that there were 5,433 new cases in the last 24 hours.

Regarding schools, Newsom said the state will be putting out more reforms on addressing the digital divide.