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Newsom: We're turning the page on the pandemic

Posted at 9:36 PM, Feb 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-22 10:20:51-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Sunday Governor Gavin Newsom dropped a lot of data on the status of the coronavirus in California, saying he believes the state is reaching a turning point.

This comes as the nation approaches a grim milestone of 500,000 coronavirus deaths.

Newsom focused on positive numbers in his Sunday press conference.

"We recorded just over 6,700 [coronavirus] cases. A month ago we had over 20,000 cases," Newsom said. He went on to add, "hospitalizations are down 41%."

These numbers show a downward trend in the spread of coronavirus.

"The state positivity rate is down to 3.1% to put that in perspective 30 days ago it was at 9.3%," Newsom said.

In San Diego, the case rate is still at 22% which is too high to move out of the state's most restrictive tier.

Newsom said he's working to continue this downward trend with vaccinations.

"We've just passed 7 million vaccinations," said Newsom.

He added that the state is working to build more infrastructure, capable of vaccinating 4 million Californians a week. Currently, he said, the state on average vaccinates about 200,000 people a day.

"We're building out a system. We're building out capacity. The only constraint, the only limitation is supply," he said.

Shipments of Moderna and Pfizer have been delayed due to winter weather. The federal government announced all delayed shipments will reach their destinations by the end of next week.

Due to the delays, the Petco Park Super Station shut down twice in a week after not receiving multiple Moderna shipments. The site will remain closed Monday, while they await more vaccines.

"We're now moving turning the proverbial page in the direction we're all hoping for and waiting for," Newsom said.