COVID-19

Newsom announces Central Valley mass COVID-19 vaccination site

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Monday that the state is planning to open a new mass vaccination site in California’s Central Valley in the coming days.

Newsom joined local leaders at a Monday news conference at Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres, another one of California’s mass sites where people can get the COVID-19 vaccine.

While Newsom did not provide many details about the new site, he said the vaccinations would be aimed at “equity” and in partnership with the federal government.

He cited the need to inoculate farmworkers, workers in meatpacking plants, manufacturing facilities and warehouses.

Meanwhile, Newsom said there was continued progress in the fight against the virus. Over the past month, the state’s COVID-19 test positivity rate has fallen to 5% from 14%, he said. Hospitalizations are down 34% in the past two weeks, and ICU admissions are down 25% for the same period.

“So everything that should be up is up,” Newsom said. “Everything that should be down is down, as relates to case counts, positivity rates, people being hospitalized, people in our ICUs.”

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The San Joaquin Valley Sun
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