California Coronavirus Cases
As of July 3, California reported 254,745 confirmed cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Of these, 6,313 resulted in death. Los Angeles County has the majority of cases with 107,236.
California Shutdown Bars in Seven Counties as COVID-19 Infection Rate Continues to Soar
California Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered seven counties including Los Angeles to shut down their bars as coronavirus cases soar.
In March, the governor, the first to implement a statewide stay-at-home order, also recommended nine other counties including Sacramento to do the same. Newsom's order also affected other counties within the central valley region, one of the most productive agricultural regions in the country.
The new order comes shortly after Texas and Florida ordered the closure of all bars amidst rising COVID-19 cases. Governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis attributed the decision to shut down bars to the widespread non-compliance of the safety guidelines.
On Friday, Newsom told reporters that the number of hospitalization and intensive care patients in the state has risen by 3 to 4 percent within the past 24 hours. In addition to this, he told news reporters that he instructed officials in the Imperial County, an agricultural region on the Mexican border, to reinstate lockdown measures. Imperial County is also one of the counties ordered to shut down its bars.
According to him, the county's COVID-19 rate is 23 percent over the past two weeks, four times more than the state's 5.3 percent average. He also said the county's health centers have not been able to support the influx of patients. Over the past 7 days, about 500 had been moved out of the county.
Health officials in the county have cited the spike in infection rate to the movement of U.S. citizens moving back and forth between the country and Mexico.
"How do we, independently of the budget, figure out a way forward that gets people back to work as quickly as possible? The ultimate effect, of course, would enable taxpayers to invest in California to help Californians struggling during this very challenging crisis and to accelerate resources for better times ahead."
Senator Bob Hertzberg, Los Angeles.
California's Poorest Seniors Not Eligible for the State's Coronavirus Meal Program
In a bid to assist senior citizens at severe risk from the pandemic, California launched the Great Plates Delivered feeding program to bring food from local restaurants to their homes. City employees in Los Angeles commenced the enrollment of seniors in need. However, the employees got a contradictory message that some seniors are too "poor" or "needy" to qualify. Los Angeles officials, in May, instructed workers helping out with ten programs to only supply food to elderly people whose income fell within $25,000 and $75,000 for a household of one. That means those earning below $25,000 could not access the program. In their defense, L.A state officials pointed to a guide sent by the state, which says eligible candidates must earn no less than 200 percent of the federal poverty limit. L.A is not the only region in the state to use this rule. Other counties and cities have also cited the same rule. According to the officials, the feeding program is for seniors who are not accessing other nutrition programs. More is, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is responsible for reimbursing part of the money used for the program, and it has mandated that the money cannot be used to assist people who are already benefiting from other government programs like Calfresh which supplies food stamps to families earning below or at the 200 percent federal poverty limit. Many counties in the state have referred seniors who don't qualify for the Great Plates Delivered feeding program to other government programs.
California Unemployment Insurance Claims: 4,900,000+
Number of test conducted: 1,582,745+
Number of positive cases: 92,710+ Number of COVID-19 death recorded: 3,774+
Statistics provided by Statista
California's Total COVID-19 Cases Surpasses the 150,000-Mark As It Records Over 5,000 Deaths Due to the Pandemic
The total number climbed by an exorbitant 3,258 within 24 hours - Friday to Saturday. Death rate also rose by 74. Four more fatalities were also recorded on Sunday, three of which were reported by Alameda County.
Los Angeles County, which is responsible for almost 50 percent of the state's total COVID-19 cases, recorded 1,003 new cases of the virus and 17 more deaths, thereby bringing the total number of cases to 73,018 and 2,907 deaths.
Meanwhile, Alameda County has the highest number of COVID-19 related cases and deaths in the Bay Area. They County on Saturday saw 50 new cases for a total of 4,320 and a death rate of 112.
Santa Clara, with the second highest number of COVID-19 cases in the Bay Area, reported 43 COVID-19 cases for a total of 3,197. More so, it reported 2 more deaths bringing the total to 151 deaths. San Francisco also reported 22 new cases and one death bringing the total to 2,928 cases and 45 deaths.
Besides the aforementioned counties no other death was reported by Sunday. Many of the state's counties did not update their COVID-19 database over the weekend, making it difficult to identify infection trends.