CA Officials: State's Coronavirus Curve Won't Peak Until May — Maybe Later
Heading into our fourth week of a stay-at-home order, California is doing well at flattening the coronavirus curve — so well that the the number of infections may not peak until May, or later.
That's according to the head of the state's Health and Human Services Agency, Dr. Mark Ghaly.
"It's also going to be a cautionary tale," California Gov. Gavin Newsom said at today's coronavirus briefing, "because if we pull back from that effort, you can see numbers that will change radically and quickly."
At the briefing, Ghaly presented data that show how drastically movement has gone down across all counties in the state, including Los Angeles, the state's most populous.
According to Ghaly, the latest modeling suggests that the number of COVID-19 infections will not only peak later than previously thought, it suggests "Our peak may not end up being as high as we actually planned. The difference between what we're seeing today in our hospitals may not be that much different than where we are going to peak in the many weeks to come."
Dr. Ghaly echoed Newsom's warning. "This is a point of pride for Californians that we've done so well with what we've been doing, but I caution you that this line could easily start to see an upward slope," he said.
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