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Governor: California Bought Time to Prepare for Virus Peak

The Associated Press interviewed Dr. David Eisenman, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of community health sciences, about the state of the pandemic in California. 

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California’s extraordinary efforts to keep people home have bought the time needed to prepare for an expected peak surge of coronavirus cases in coming weeks, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Tuesday.

A spike of new cases has not come as quickly as expected, though Newsom was reluctant to say whether that means the impact on the state won’t be nearly as dire as initially feared. Two weeks ago, Newsom said more than half the state’s 40 million people could be infected under a worst-case scenario.

“To be truthful and candid, the current modeling is on the lower end of our projection as I talk to you today,” Newsom said at a news conference. “Very easily tomorrow I could say something differently, and that’s why one just has to be very cautious about this.”