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LATEST Aug 10, 3:30 p.m. Santa Clara County reported 751 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Monday, a very high single-day total that is likely attributable to the data glitch that led to an underreporting of cases across the state.
During a press conference Monday, California Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly stated that the test results are now available for county health departments to process, and accurate case totals from the past two weeks should be available sometime in the next 48-72 hours
Aug. 10, 2:30 p.m. California Governor Gavin Newsom stated in a press conference Monday that the state of California cannot afford to supplement federal unemployment payments with funds from the state budget without cutting other important programs immediately. The announcement follows an executive order by President Donald Trump on Saturday which extended additional unemployment payments for $400 per week. The order requires that states must commit an additional 25% to each payment, or $100.
Newsom was blunt in breaking down the math for Trump’s plan, noting that the proposal from the White House would cost the state $700 million per week.
“The state does not have an identified resource of $700 million per week that we haven’t already obliged,” he said. “There’s no money sitting in the piggy bank of the previous CARES Act to be re-prioritized or reconstituted for this purpose. It simply does not exist … [It] would create a burden the likes of even a state as big as California could not absorb without massive cuts to important services or further burdening businesses and individuals.”
Under a different plan, the state would need to spend even more money, up to $2.8 billion per week. That plan is also untenable, Newsom said.
“We need the federal government to front those dollars,” he added. “We simply do not have the capacity … We need something specific, much more directed.”
In California, workers who lost employment due to the pandemic received $600 per week in employment from the federal government from late March to late July. That benefit expired at the end of July. Subsequent negotiations for unemployment payments stalled due to disagreements between Democrats and Republicans; Democrats wanted to maintain the $600 per month, while Republicans felt that amount was too high.
Aug. 10, 2:10 p.m. A day after California Department of Public Health Director Dr. Sonia Angell announced her resignation, California Governor Gavin Newsom and California Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly faced questions from the press regarding the circumstances of her departure amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Concerns abounded about the reasons behind Angell’s departure, with several reporters noting that during continuing outbreaks and widespread case data reporting errors, the timing of the announcement is concerning. Newsom declined to comment much further on the reasons for the resignation, saying, “I try not to have personnel conversations in public.”
Aug. 10, 2 p.m. The state of California fixed a glitch with the CalREDIE reporting system and processed a backlog of 295,000 coronavirus test results over the weekend.
During a press conference Monday, California Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly stated that the test results are now available for county health departments to process, and accurate case totals from the past two weeks should be available sometime in the next 48-72 hours. Gov. Gavin Newsom stated that after assessing the new figures, state officials are confident that California is bending the curve once again.
“One thing we’re confident of is that the trend lines are favorable,” Newsom said. “We’re not seeing anything in the data to date, when looking at the backlog of 295,000 tests, that suggests the trend lines we advanced last Monday are not actually in play.”
Aug 10, 11:40 a.m. A San Quentin State Prison death row inmate, Pedro Arias, died on Sunday of suspected COVID-19 complications, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR).
Arias was 58 and had been on death row since 1990. A coroner will determine the exact cause of death in the coming days, the CDCR reported.
According to a COVID-19 tracker by the CDCR, San Quentin currently has 134 active coronavirus cases, with 60 of those emerging in the last two weeks. To date, more than 2,000 cases at the prison have been resolved. San Quentin also, however, has counted the most deaths as a result of the virus, accounting for nearly half of all inmate deaths in the state of California.
Aug. 10, 10:45 a.m. UC campuses will require all students and administrators to get flu shots by November 1, following an executive order from UC President Janet Napolitano on Friday.
“To support the health and well being of UC students, faculty and staff and our communities, the University of California, in consultation with UC Health leadership, has issued a system-wide executive order,” Napolitano wrote in a statement. The requirement applies even though students and faculty are mostly engaged in remote learning this fall.
The order aims to reduce the burden of a flu-related surge on UC medical facilities while the coronavirus pandemic is ongoing and is also affecting emergency room care. The UC system will allow individuals to seek exemption for medical or religious reasons.
Aug. 10, 10 a.m. Dollar Tree Inc., which owns the Dollar Tree and Family Dollar bargain retail chains, will now require all associates and customers to wear masks at its 15,000 locations nationwide.
A post on the official company website notes the new policy, reading, “To best help protect one another, and in accordance with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), we are requiring all Associates, customers and vendors to wear face coverings when inside our stores.”
The rule marks the company’s reversing course from a recent decision. Previously, customers were only required to wear masks where counties required such precautions in indoor retail businesses.
Aug. 10, 9:30 a.m. Dr. Sonia Angell, the state’s director of the California Department of Public Health, abruptly resigned Sunday, informing state staff via email.
“Since January, when we got word of repatriation flights arriving from Wuhan, China, our department has been front and center in what has become an all-of-government response of unprecedented proportions to COVID-19,” she wrote. “In the final calculation, all of our work, in aggregate, makes the difference.”
Dr. Angell’s departure follows widespread data errors — one related to a computer server outage, and one to the expiration of an electronic certificate for incoming data from Quest Laboratories — causing the misreporting of coronavirus cases in counties across the state. Officials would not say, however, if her resignation was related to the errors.
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