May 6, 2020

Updates: Newsom on the California economy: ‘These are Depression-era numbers’



LATEST, May 6, 1 p.m. In a Wednesday press briefing, California Gov. Gavin Newsom was asked about the future of the state economy as retail prepares to reopen with curbside pickup in counties ready to move into the second phase of the state’s four-stage reopening plan.

Newsom said all you have to do is look at the numbers to see the path that lies ahead.

“It’s going to take a lot longer than people think,” he said. “We’ve never experienced anything like this in our lifetime. These are Depression-era numbers in terms of the unemployment you’ll see across the country, not just in California.”


“You’re going to see a budget come out that’s tens of millions of dollars below where it needs to be,” he added.

This week, the number of claims for unemployment insurance in the past seven weeks passed 4 million, leaving the fund that pays for jobless benefits close to empty. The state has so far paid out close to $8 billion in benefits to former full-time and part-time workers and contractors.



Despite the “jaw-dropping numbers,” Newsom is confident the economy will recover and the state will be stronger for it. But he said the recovery “is not a quick ‘V’ and we’re going to come back in a few months… in the next couple years, we’ll have to work through these challenges.”


Newsom confirmed the state is on track to reopen retail and associated manufacturing as early as Friday. He will provide more details on new social-distancing guidelines for these sectors at his regular press briefing Thursday.


Facial coverings will play a crucial role in reopening retail safely and protecting workers, and Newsom said the state has 19.9 million surgical masks in its possession.

Watch the full Wednesday press briefing.

May 6, 12:45 p.m. The number of Bay Area residents hospitalized due to the coronavirus has hit a plateau over the past few days, with no single-day percent increase or decrease larger than 5.1 percent.

Here are the previous ten days’ worth of data reflecting the total number of confirmed and suspected COVID-19 patients in intensive care units across the nine counties that comprise the San Francisco Bay Area:

– Sunday, April 26: 584 (3.6 percent decrease from previous day)

– Monday, April 27: 587 (0.5 percent increase from previous day)


– Tuesday, April 28: 578 (1.5 percent decrease from previous day)

– Wednesday, April 29: 585 (1.2 percent increase from previous day)

– Thursday, April 30: 532 (9.1 percent decrease from previous day)

– Friday, May 1: 540 (1.5 percent increase from previous day)

Saturday, May 2: 555 (2.8 percent increase from previous day)

Sunday, May 3: 540 (2.7 percent decrease from previous day)

Monday, May 4: 523 (3.1 percent decrease from previous day)

Tuesday, May 5: 551 (5.1 percent increase from previous day)

For reference, April 7 marked the day of the most reported total hospitalizations with 831, and data was first made available on April 1. The 9.1 percent decrease on April 30 marked the largest single-day percent decrease since April 16, a day that also saw hospitalizations plunge by 9.1 percent.

May 6, 12:30 p.m. California Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled a new tool on the state’s COVID-19 site that allows you to type in your ZIP code and find the testing site nearest you.

It shows state-managed sites where you can book an appointment and doesn’t include testing provided by hospitals.

Newsom acknowledged that some areas of the state lack testing sites, and he’s focusing on bringing testing to these regions.

The governor said he signed an executive order extending workers’ compensation to essential workers who test positive for COVID-19. The new offering is meant to discourage workers who may be sick but who still go to their jobs because they fearing the financial repercussions.

“The worst thing we can do is have a worker who has tested positive but doesn’t want to tell anybody because he or she can’t afford to work,” he said.

May 6, 11 a.m. A number of Bay Area counties announced additional COVID-19 cases Wednesday. As more cases are reported, the list below will be updated.

—San Francisco reported 26 new coronavirus cases to increase its total to 1,754. The death toll remains 31.

—San Mateo announced 26 new cases to increase its total to 1,341. The death toll remains 56.

—Solano County reported six new cases, bringing its total to 325. The death toll remains six.

May 6, 9:10 a.m. Using data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, The New York Times analyzed all deaths in each state to identify significant deviations in deaths compared to previous years.

“Measuring excess deaths is crude because it does not capture all the details of how people died,” according to the Times. “But many epidemiologists believe it is the best way to measure the impact of the virus in real time. It shows how the virus is altering normal patterns of mortality where it strikes and undermines arguments that it is merely killing vulnerable people who would have died anyway.”

In California, they found 1,100 more deaths in California between March 15 and April 11 that could be due to the coronavirus. Read the full story at NYTimes.com.

May 6, 8:45 a.m. Santa Clara County announced this week the opening of two new testing sites: one is at James Lick High School in East San José and the other at Christopher High School in Gilroy.

The sites are part of 80 locations across the state that are managed by the State of California. Find more information on testing availability in Santa Clara County at sccgov.org.

May 6, 7:45 a.m. San Francisco Mayor London Breed said on ABC 7 on Tuesday that she’s looking at data and working with public health officers to determine when the city will be ready to add new modifications to its stay-at-home order.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom gave retail across the state the green light to reopen with curbside pickup as early as Friday, as the state begins a move into the second phase of the governor’s four-stage plan for modifying the shelter-in-place order. He specifically noted that stores selling books, toys, clothing, sporting goods and flowers will be allowed to open if they meet social-distancing guidelines and officials in their counties offer approval.

Breed said as she considers a move into this second phase, she’s focused on “getting our economy going in a responsible way.”

“The last thing we want to do is roll back some of the gains that we’ve made by continuing to flatten the curve, even though we’ve not lowered the curve, it remains relatively flat,” Breed said. “I think that provides an opportunity to look at opening small businesses where they can do pickup and delivery, like candle shops and flower shops and some of our smaller retail locations within neighborhoods. It’s important that we look at those opportunities, but we not believe it’s OK that we just all of a sudden open our doors and get back to normal because the virus is still a threat and we can see it surge at any time.”

Watch the full interview on ABC 7.

Cumulative cases in the greater Bay Area (due to limited testing these numbers reflect only a small portion of likely cases):

ALAMEDA COUNTY: 1,809 confirmed cases, 66 deaths

For more information on Alameda County cases, visit the public health department website.

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY: 969 confirmed cases, 29 deaths

For more information on Contra Costa County cases, visit the public health department website.

LAKE COUNTY: 8 confirmed cases

For information on Lake County and coronavirus, visit the public health department website.

MARIN COUNTY: 243 confirmed cases, 14 deaths

Fore more information on Marin County cases, visit the public health department website.

MONTEREY COUNTY: 241 confirmed cases, 6 deaths

For more information on Monterey County cases, visit the public health department website.

NAPA COUNTY: 75 cases, 2 deaths

For more information on Napa County cases, visit the public health department website.

SAN BENITO COUNTY: 53 confirmed cases, 2 deaths

For more information on San Benito County cases, visit the public health department website.

SAN FRANCISCO COUNTY: 1,754 confirmed cases, 31 deaths

For more information on San Francisco County cases, visit the public health department website.

SAN MATEO COUNTY: 1,341 confirmed cases, 56 deaths

For more information on San Mateo County cases, visit the public health department website.

SANTA CLARA COUNTY: 2,255 confirmed cases, 121 deaths

Fore more information on Santa Clara County cases, visit the public health department website.

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY: 138 confirmed cases, 2 deaths

For more information on Santa Cruz County cases, visit the public health department website. 

SOLANO COUNTY: 325 confirmed cases, 6 deaths

For more information on Solano County cases, visit the public health department website.

SONOMA COUNTY: 261 confirmed cases, 3 deaths

For more information on Sonoma County cases, visit the public health department website.

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