Governor Gavin Newsom said California is on its way of having 10,000 contact tracers, according to a CBS8 report. This means the Golden State is slated to incorporate new employment opportunities throughout the its’ cities.
California has set a goal to train 10,000 contact tracers by July 1st.
The state has trained or is in the process of training 7,000 people, as of June 15th, these will be new jobs for California.
According to the California Department of Public Health, California has 151,452 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 5,089 deaths.
The number of COVID-related deaths increased by 0.5% from Saturday’s total of 5,063.
While the number of COVID-19 diagnostic test results in California reached 2,868,182, an increase of 66,186 tests since Saturday.
The same report said, California’s hospitalizations due to COVID-19 increased by 11 from Saturday. These numbers are before the plans to add Contact Tracers.
“Localism ultimately is determinative,” said Newsom. He is referring to how populous the state of California is.
Newsom once again asked Californians to wear face coverings, wash their hands, and socially distance in order to avoid a second wave of COVID-19.
“We are not using an on/off switch. We are using a dimmer switch based on data and science,” Newsom explained.
According to Newsom, 26 Californians died of COVID-19 on Sunday.
For his part, California Health and Human Services Agency Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly said there are 13 counties in California that the state is monitoring with particular care.
To monitor these counties, Ghaly said the state has set a goal of testing 150 people out of 100,000 Californians.
This is considered an ample sampling size to serve as a gauge and monitor the health of the people in those counties.
He also noted that communities of color in California often delay seeking medical care. It is unclear still if the new jobs for California will have a significant impact on both, COVID-19, and, unemployment numbers.
It’s been a busy week for the California Governor, earlier this month he authorized online marriages for those impacted by COVID-19.