SACRAMENTO (CBS SF) — For the first time since he began his daily coronavirus briefings, Gov. Gavin Newsom was able to announce a drop in the number of the Californians who have been stricken by the virus being treated in ICU units across the state.
Currently, there were 1,132 coronavirus patients in ICU care, a drop of 1.9 percent from Wednesday. But while being encouraged, Newsom said he was also being cautious.
“Here is a percentage drop that I have not been communicating in any of my daily briefing,” Newsom said. “That number of 1,132 represents a drop of 1.9 percent from yesterday. One data point is not a trend, one datapoint does not make a headline. So I caution anyone from reading too much into that one point. None the less it is encouraging.”
Newsom said the supply of ventilators available for use in the state’s 416 hospitals has grown from 7,587 weeks ago to 11,747 on Thursday.