California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) suggested Tuesday that California will roll out new coronavirus restrictions, a development he revealed after discussing the growing rate of hospitalizations and positive coronavirus test results.
“We’ll be making some additional announcements on efforts to use that dimmer switch that we’ve referred to, and begin to toggle back on our stay-at-home order and tighten things up,” said the governor, referring to his gradual reopening analogy. “The framework for us is this: If you’re not going to stay home, and you’re not going to wear masks in public, we have to enforce, and we will.”
During a press conference, Newsom said that hospitalizations increased 6.3% on Monday, and the number of ICU patients increased 4.3% the same day. Although he did not offer specifics as to his plans, Newsom said he would make a separate statement Wednesday that would contain additional information.
Newsom also stressed that the spread of coronavirus is “much more probable” when