Governor Gavin Newsom reported that California is both stretching and flattening the curve, and the increases in case numbers are moderate rather than severe due to social distancing practices. Because cases in the state have not peaked yet, it is important to continue following the preventative measures that are in place.
The difference in the severity of the impacts between cities like New York and the Bay Area underscores the importance of enacting a proactive, versus a reactive, response. The early measures taken by public figures such as Governor Newsom and San Francisco Mayor London Breed were critical in preventing a large spike of cases, which may have overloaded hospitals.
Santa Clara County Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody claims that the Bay Area has averted a crisis, and although the disruption may last for a long time, everyone who needs care is receiving it.
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