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WHITE TEXT: Governor Newsom, Press Conference, July 2
Governor Gavin Newsom: Today, I want to talk about one of the most impactful things you can do to protect yourself, protect your health, and the health of others, and more broadly the community, and our state. That’s the importance, the imperative, of doing what we can to practice what we have been preaching, and that is putting on a face covering, wearing a face mask. Countries that have worn masks that have had universal mask policies in place at the beginning of this pandemic, have seen a substantial reduction and mitigation of the spread of COVID-19, and this virus. States that have also mandated requirements, and cities, and counties, large and small, have also seen slower spread in comparisons to other states that have not adopted, or other counties and communities that have not adopted these standards.
The evidence is simply overwhelming. Masks keep Californians healthy. As a consequence, we have for many, many months now, we have been encouraging you to wear masks. Now it’s a mandate in the State of California, and for good reason. Remember I explained before, that if we are standing near someone and we take a deep breath and exhale our droplets can spread up to 4.5 feet.
IMAGE DESCRIPTION: Graphic of a drawing of a person who is exhaling with red arrows going every direction outward with the word exhale at the top underlined in red, with the text “4.5 feet” under the image.
Governor Newsom: When we cough, droplets can spread up to 6 feet.
IMAGE DESCRIPTION: Graphic of a drawing of a person in red who is coughing with white air and red germs pushed outward with the text “6 feet” under the image.
Governor Newsom: When we sneeze, droplets can spread up to 26 feet.
IMAGE DESCRIPTION: Picture of a woman with dark hair ready to sneeze, her hand is lifted up in the air ready to catch her sneeze.
Governor Newsom: This means that the possibility of transferring germs and spreading the virus is very high. That is also why masks are important, so that your changes of spreading germs are prevented. For months now we have been putting out different commercials as a reminder. Have you seen the one with me and four former governors? We did that to show that the virus can impact anyone. Commercials are in many different languages try to reach out to people of different cultures. This is important to us because we want everyone to know that you need to stay home, you need to wear a mask, you need to stay 6 feet apart in public, and you need to wash your hands.
IMAGE DESCRIPTION: images one after the other: blue image of a person’s head with a mask, rectangle with hands washing and stopwatch in middle and 20 seconds in pink, image of two people standing looking away from each other with masks on and a white arrow showing the distance between them.
All of these commercials can be found on the covid19.ca.gov website.
WHITE TEXT: www.covid19.ca.gov
Governor Newsom: We also have different commercials done by famous TV/Music/Movie stars too. These are seen on TV, TikTok, Instagram, etc. You see them everywhere because we want to break through every barrier and provide this important message to everyone all over California. Today we are showing a new commercial for the first time to increase awareness of how to stay safe during COVID-19. We’ve already received $10.75 million in this campaign plus 27 million additional dollars in in-kind contributions to make and release this new commercial available in English and Spanish both. The goal of this new commercial is to show what will happen if we are not careful and if we don’t take care of our own health and the health of others. California is very diverse and that is why we have this in two languages as well as billboards going up all over the state to remind people to wear a mask and slow the spread. Reminders are being put everywhere for your safety and mine. Thank you to everyone involved in making these commercials and signs available all over California. As we explained yesterday, we have 19 counties on our watch list:
WHITE TEXT: Glenn, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Fresno, Santa Barbara, San Bernardino, Riverside, L.A., Kings County, Ventura, Solano, and more.
Governor Newsom: Glenn, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Fresno, Santa Barbara, San Bernardino, Riverside, L.A., Kings County, Ventura, and Solano. All of them are already taking action in the past 24 hours, closing their doors, working hard to slow the spread. Thank you to those 19 counties. Because of your fast action, we will see improvements. Orange, LA, and Ventura all worked fast to close their beaches, thank you! Keep it up. Keep working together to be safe.
WHITE TEXT: July 1 – July 2 = 4,056 COVID-19 positive
Governor Newsom: In the last 24 hour reporting period, we saw 4,056 cases that were identified as positive to begin the month of July. April we have 40.8% positive cases, May we were down to 4.6%, July 1, up to 6.4% and today, July 2 we are up to 6.9%.
WHITE TEXT: APRIL-40.8%, MAY-4.6 %, JULY 1- 6.4%, July 2 – 6.9%
Governor Newsom: Hospitalization rates has gone up to 5,355 individuals, that were hospitalized for COVID-19. 1,676 in ICU. Hospitals and ICU have 7% beds full and 93% of beds available. Numbers have gone up slightly for both in the last 24 hours. With help from FEMA we have 11,400 ventilators.
WHITE TEXT: Hospitalizations 5,355 at 7% (beds available at 93%). ICU 1,676 at 7% (beds available at 93%). 11,400 ventilators.
Governor Newsom: This weekend is 4th of July, this is a time where most families get together with friends and family members. Especially with it being a weekend, many events are usually planned. Remember many cities have cancelled their fireworks programs. We are asking you not to socialize with people other than those you live with. Indoor dining is closed and moved to outside. If you go out, don’t interact with strangers, wear your mask, and stay 6 feet apart. By respecting these guidelines, we can slow the spread of COVID-19 Hope you all have a happy 4th of July weekend with all of these criteria and conditions and modifications in mind. Be safe.
Latent Interpreting Media Ready to Post: Q&A Governor Newsom July 2, 2020
Q: Why not ask law enforcement agencies across the state to enforce? In the LA County Sheriff’s department, at least in the West Hollywood area, they’re going to issue tickets. 300 bucks, I think, for the first offense. So why not make that a mandate? if I’m walking in a crowd without a mask, I don’t get a ticket?
Governor Gavin Newsom: Businesses have a role and responsibility to protect their workers as well as their customers, and that’s why we have the frame of engagement. Not a punitive frame, but a frame of education and engagement to work through conditions. We’ve got these teams in six different regions in this state. They’re targeting enforcement based upon abuse.
Q: Due to high numbers in ICU how will you deal with protesters or large groups of people that are out on the street? Same with family barbecues and the concern about people gathering. Will the state do anything or just leave it up to people?
Governor Gavin Newsom: If 40 million people want to turn their back on civil society and abuse the rules, laws, and regulations on a consistent basis at scale. Then society begins to erode. Accordingly, the health of a community begins to be diminished.
And so look, we have a health crisis in this nation. We are not out of this crisis. We’re still in the first wave of this crisis. It requires some level of personal responsibility. And so, what we’re doing is educating people. We trying to get commercials out, signs up, ask you each to be responsible and respectful of your health and others. Remember maybe you feel fine but that person who walks by you maybe doesn’t or maybe they have COVID-19 and don’t feel it. Three weeks later that person is in ICU. That is what COVID-19 does, it surprises people. We need to do more and do better. 73 human beings lost their lives in the last 24 hours because of this disease. 110 lost their lives in the reporting period that I provided you yesterday. If we all do our part, then ICU numbers will go down, hospitalization numbers will go down.
Q: from Fresno County – What about areas that are ignoring your mandates? For example: local officials planning events in Fresno County, they say the Fresno Fair is still going to happen and they’re expecting 600,000 people to show up there, possibly just a fall surge occurs again. Are you going to tell them no, they can’t?
Governor Gavin Newsom: Yesterday, announced that we have now sent out teams. These teams are teams that systemically are going to integrate in very, very prescriptive ways, organizations and entities that are well known. Might be alcohol beverage control with organizations that are less well known, like the BBC, not the ABC, which is the board of barbers and cosmetologists. Working with California Highway Patrol, working with the Department of Labor, working with different state agencies, Consumer Affairs, and others in a cross sectoral strategy to target in six regions in the state of California, the enforcement. I have been in touch with Fresno and they will be taking action as of this morning.
Q: From Orange County – What will be done about Orange County’s past disregard for enforcing mask orders? Education is one thing but what about fining people who are not wearing masks?
Governor Gavin Newsom: I have been in touch with a county supervisor from Orange County and we agree after a good discussion of the financial hit on revenues for Orange County and how to balance that with public health and safety. Orange County is taking action and I thank the leaders there for their work.
Q: The list of closed spaces released on July 1, I noticed you did not include gyms and churches? Why?
Governor Gavin Newsom: Please look at the guidelines sections at covid19.ca.gov, to learn more about those guidelines for gyms. We also put out new guidelines for places of worship, which is also available on the covid19.ca.gov website. So specifically we updated the guidelines yesterday in that space.
Q: I see that permits have been approved for protests, two weddings, and 4th of July events but you say that these events are to be cancelled and that CHP is involved. There is a conflict here.
Governor Gavin Newsom: I am not aware of what is happening with permits. I will notify the Director of the Office of Emergency Services who works with the CHP who says that protests are permitted according to the law that allows for peaceful assembly. Again, think of your grandpa, your family members, your friends, your community, your state, and together we can slow the spread of COVID-19. Thank you.