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Gov. Gavin Newsom gives update on COVID-19 pandemic

Gov. Gavin Newsom will provide an update today on the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Posted: Dec 21, 2020 12:02 PM
Updated: Dec 21, 2020 1:19 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Gov. Gavin Newsom will provide an update today on the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

California's overwhelmed hospitals are setting up makeshift extra beds for coronavirus patients, and a handful of facilities in hard-hit Los Angeles County are drawing up emergency plans in case they have to limit how many people receive life-saving care.

The number of people hospitalized across California with confirmed COVID-19 infections is more than double the state's previous peak, reached in July.

A state model forecasts the total could hit 75,000 patients by mid-January. Dr. Christina Ghaly is Los Angeles County's health services director. She says plans for rationing care are not in place yet, but they need to be established because "the worst is yet to come."

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Thankfully, the wind is cooperating much better today in northern California. Our weather is still quite hot for this time of year and very dry. There is plenty of haze and smoke from the Fawn Fire overhead, and it isn't leaving yet.
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