California Governor Gavin Newsom said Tuesday that a wintery COVID-19 surge could hit California once cases increase statewide.
- “I know you’re sitting here wearing masks and saying, ‘Why…I’m still wearing this mask?'” Newsom said, per The Sacramento Bee. “For a good reason.”
The number of COVID-19 cases has recently risen in California, reaching a 2.3% positivity rate. That’s a lot less than the 17% positivity rate of winter 2020. But Newsom said he expects the number of cases to rise quickly, as states with colder weather are already seeing the number rise, according to The Sacramento Bee.
- “We’ll work it out,” he said. “But it will be necessary from all of us.”
Experts last week expressed concern that Los Angeles may face a fifth COVID-19 wave as the city and greater Los Angeles County have experienced a surge in cases, as I wrote for the Deseret News.
Barbara Ferrer, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, told reporters last Thursday that another wave could be coming soon.
- “It is disturbing to continue to see a slight increase in the number of cases and now, of course, no decrease in our hospitalizations,” Ferrer said per Deadline. “I think it’s too early to say if we’re in a fifth wave or not. At best, we hope it’s a minor bump and nothing comes close to being like last winter. ”