Coronavirus Cases, Positivity Rate on the Rise in California

California Gov. Gavin Newsom.
NBC Bay Area

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.

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Newsom also took the opportunity to address the Trump administration's legal attempt to strike down the Affordable Care Act, saying if the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday rules against the health care law known as Obamacare, more than 61 million Californians with pre-existing conditions would be affected.

He added that the state would lose $20 billion in federal funding for 3.5 million Californians in Medi-Cal expansion and $7 billion in federal premium assistance for 1.35 million residents in Covered California.

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