Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday provided an update on California’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, highlighting a climbing positivity rate and a significant increase in hospitalizations as cases continue to rise across the nation.

On Saturday, there were 7,682 new confirmed cases and 24 deaths from the coronavirus in California, according to the latest state data released Sunday. The seven-day positivity rate was 3.9% and the 14-day positivity rate was 3.4%.

On Oct. 19, the positivity rate was 2.5%, the governor said during a news conference.

There have been 17,963 COVID-19 deaths in California since the start of the pandemic, state public health officials said Sunday.

For more information on the state’s response to the pandemic as well as related restrictions by county, visit


By Kelley Wheeler

Kelley Wheeler is a Metro reporter covering political issues and general assignments. A second-generation journalist, worked with all major news outlet, she holds a vast expeirience. Kelley is a graduate of USC with degrees in journalism and English literature. She is a recipient of Yale’s Poynter Fellowship in Journalism.

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