"I know there is a drumbeat that is often advanced around this notion that somehow the mortality rate is such that none of us have to necessarily worry about having contracted the disease. That is just simply untrue. The data bears that out."
"We're a state, again, the size of 21 states combined. So it's not surprising now in some respects, as we've begun to reopen key sectors of our economy, people continue to mix and people continue to come in contact, close contact with others that may have contracted this disease, that our numbers would start to go up in total, now the highest in the nation, not highest per capita, not highest in that respect, but nonetheless, a sober reminder of why we are taking things as seriously as we are, a sober reminder of why we put in that mask mandate here in the state of California, a reminder of why we modified our opening as it relates to moving activities into outdoor spaces."
"Even having 100 plus million of the of the N95's in inventory go through those pretty quickly, having shy of 200 million of those surgical masks, you can go through them quickly. So we need to go big and continue to be bold in our procurement. And we are announcing more formally, more publicly today this bridge contract with BYD for another 120 million and another 300 hundred million of the surgical masks."
"I want to applaud the president and others for now wearing a mask and sending a message. I hope that and expect that will have an impact on socializing a deeper consciousness of the power and potency of this non pharmaceutical intervention on reducing the spread and the transmission of this virus. That's a very encouraging sign as well."
California has surpassed New York for the most coronavirus cases in the country, surpassing 409,000 after setting a record on Tuesday for the state's most confirmed new cases in a single day since the start of the pandemic.
The surge of cases comes as California, the nation's most populous state with nearly 40 million people, reopened much of its economy in May. Since then, Gov. Gavin Newsom has imposed new restrictions on about 35 counties — including banning indoor worship services and in-person instruction at schools.
"We are a state, again, the size of 21 states combined, so it's not surprising now in some respects as we begin to reopen key sectors of our economy ... that our numbers would start to go up," Newsom said Wednesday.
But California's cases have steadily climbed, with the state confirming 12,807 new cases on Tuesday — its highest single day total since the start of the pandemic.
California is by far the most populous U.S. state, with nearly 40 million people, while New York has about 19.5 million.