Hospitalizations in California due to confirmed or suspected cases of thehave risen more than 81% in the last two weeks, and ICU hospitalizations have increased 57.1%, Dr. Mark Ghaly, secretary of California's Health and Human Services Agency, said during a Tuesday press conference. The grim announcement comes as states across the nation are facing steep spikes in coronavirus cases.
The doctor warned that the "pressure on our hospitals will continue" as the state grapples with a surge of infections ahead of.
"When you see the numbers more than double in just three weeks, we are concerned," Ghaly said. He noted that many intensive care units in parts of the state are on the brink of capacity.
Ghaly urged residents tolike wearing face coverings, practicing social distancing and hand washing.
California reported on Tuesday that there were 15,329 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Monday. The seven-day average of cases is 12,532. There is a 14-day positivity rate of 5.6%, according to Ghaly, which represents a 51% increase since November 10.
Ghaly noted on Tuesday that there are "purple" tier, eight counties in the "red" tier and five counties in the "orange" tier. Depending on the color matrix, shown below, counties are to follow specific COVID-19 mitigation efforts.in the most restrictive
Much of the stateover the weekend in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. , which went into effect on Saturday, stops gatherings and non-essential work between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. in areas under the state's purple tier label, where virus transmission is considered widespread.
"The virus is spreading at a pace we haven't seen since the start of this pandemic and the next several days and weeks will be critical to stop the surge. We are sounding the alarm," Newsom said last week. "It is crucial that we act to decrease transmission and slow hospitalizations before the death count surges. We've done it before and we must do it again."
California was the second state after Johns Hopkins University.to report since the pandemic began. In total, the U.S. has reported more than 12.5 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and more than 259,000 deaths, per a tally by
Meanwhile,that its coronavirus vaccine is 94.5% effective, according to preliminary data from the company's ongoing study. Earlier, competitor appeared more than 90% effective — news that puts both companies on track to seek permission within weeks for emergency use in the U.S.