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Newsom: New data show California is 'turning the corner'

Virus Outbreak California Reopening
Posted at 5:35 PM, Aug 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-12 20:35:52-04

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom says California is turning the corner in its fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

He cited a significantly lower number of confirmed new cases as California begins to clear backlogged cases caused by a technical error.

Newsom says he's also encouraged by the downward trend in hospitalizations, which have fallen 21% in the past two weeks.

Dr. Roger Lewis, director with the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, says there’s been “a clear decline” in hospitalizations there.

California reported 180 additional deaths from the virus Wednesday, bringing the state's coronavirus deaths to more than 10,600.