California governor declares budget emergency due to COVID-19 pandemic

New cases in California hit daily record

'Concerning Trends' Says County Public Health Director on COVID-19

That's over a quarter of the [then] total 195,000 cases identified so far. But not all of it. That marks the region's fourth-highest daily case number since the start of the pandemic.

Another 56 people who are suspected COVID-19 victims - patients whose symptoms are consistent with the respiratory disease caused by the virus but for whom test results are pending - are also hospitalized across the six counties.

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The county's positivity rate has averaged 23% in the last week, compared with 5.7 % percent statewide. In the past seven days, said the governor, that rate clocked in at 5.6 percent.

As of Thursday, California experienced a 32% increase in total COVID-19 hospitalizations over the past 14 days. But the number of Californians becoming very ill continued to rise, using about 34% of the available intensive care beds in the state, up from 29% on Wednesday.

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The broad-based S&P 500 fell 0.7 per cent to 3,060.82, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index shed 0.8 per cent to 9,939.71. Hospitalizations and cases have hit new highs in California, Florida and Texas, which is suspending its aggressive reopening.

The number of people hospitalized for coronavirus in the central San Joaquin Valley climbed about 20% in the past seven days, and nearly 60% over the past two weeks, driving concern over the region's lack of progress in stemming the spread of COVID-19. "We have to recognize you can't be in a permanent state where people are locked away for months and months and months and months on end", he said, adding the state must consider the health impacts of seeing "lives and livelihoods completely destroyed".

"While that is significant, it's not where we need to be", Newsom said of the state's testing capacity. "When we see resource depletion, resource restraints, that's when we get concerned". But deaths are usually a lagging indicator in outbreaks, only spiking after infections and hospitalizations.

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