California took a step back in reopening its economy as Gov. Gavin Newsom shut down inside restaurant dining across most of the state for three weeks amid troubling increases in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations. (July 2)
PETER CHIN-HONG: It began to get more worrisome when people noticed that the test positivity rate was increasing. To give you context, it was sort of like in the 4.5% range, and then it started creeping up to 5.5%. Now it's about 6% positive rate. And what that means is that if you accept that more people are getting tested, your positivity rate should actually be stable at the best and actually go down because you would expect that more worried, well, they'll probably get tested. But the fact that it's going up shows that a higher proportion of a general population is turning out to be positive, suggesting that it's a true increase.
In terms of what went wrong, I think many people in public health trace it to the Memorial Day effect. And of course, it's complicated, but many people, after staying months and months in a unified way and being really good, just got tired, you know, particularly, I think, young people. There were, of course, people flocking to SoCal beaches.
GAVIN NEWSOM: Certain sectors of the state, we are now requiring they close their indoor operations due to the spread of the virus.
HOMAYOUN DARVANI: We were getting a hand on it, but they just announced that, hey, you know what, you have to shut it down. Again, without any warning, because I have bought up maybe $25,000, $30,000 products in my freezer, refrigerator. What's going to happen to that? Couple of small patio is not going to solve that problem. And this-- I have about 62 employees. Do I tell them that, hey, go home? I mean, they don't think about these things when they [INAUDIBLE] such a thing.