“We’re going to see an increase in cases,” warns California Governor Gavin Newsom – Deadline

“If the past is a prologue, we’re entering a season where we should expect an increase in cases, an increase in hospitalizations and an increase in deaths,” California Gov. Gavin Newsom said today at a Central Valley media event.

While the state’s Covid figures have generally fallen since a recent high on October 27 – despite Halloween rallies – Newsom again observed today that cases are rising in the UK and Germany and across the country and the trend may be heading towards west.

“We should anticipate that we will see an increase in cases,” the governor said. “I’m not saying this to alert people. I’m just saying that to the level set.”

He also said that while California generally has higher vaccination rates than the rest of the country, there are pockets in the state that are not doing well.

“In counties that have lower vaccination rates, we see higher cases,” Newsom said. “We also see higher mortality rates.”

He specifically mentioned Riverside and San Bernardino, two LA-neighboring counties that could serve as incubators for the virus. He drew the same parallel between low vaccination rates and high incidence rates in the Central Valley, one of the state’s hardest hit regions.

“The fastest way to get this pandemic behind us is vaccination,” the governor continued, revealing that he is getting his own children vaccinated. “My 12-year-old was vaccinated a few weeks ago. My 9-year-old will be vaccinated this afternoon. “

In anticipation of a winter increase, Newsom revealed that “we have also proposed a number of interventions,” including an increase in staff from abroad. The governor noted that last week he extended the Covid state of emergency until the end of March, giving state and local officials more flexibility to plan.

“We just need people to endure a few more months,” Newsom said. “My belief is that if we can do that and get the vaccination rates up just another 5% or 10%, we will be somewhere very different for spring or summer.”

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