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COVID-19 AMA: Hospitalizations Tick Up In Some California Counties, Other States Amid Reopening

A customer shops at Cliff's Variety on June 16, 2020 in San Francisco, California.
A customer shops at Cliff's Variety on June 16, 2020 in San Francisco, California.
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A major concern as many states are starting to slowly reopen their economies is whether there will be a spike in cases of COVID-19 that coincides with the reopening, and in some states we’re seeing that play out. CNN reports Arizona, Texas and Florida all set daily records for new cases this week. 

Here in California, public health officials are pointing to hospitalizations, not the number of new cases, as an indicator of a connection between reopening economies and new outbreaks of the virus. The Los Angeles Times reports that Ventura and Orange Counties have both seen increases in hospitalizations, specifically those that require ICU treatment.

In Washington, a new oversight board is warning about the strain of the coronavirus pandemic on the U.S. government and calling into question Washington's ability to effectively manage trillions of dollars in aid and keep federal workers safe. The inaugural report released Wednesday by the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee cites an array of challenges in responding to the outbreak. Thirty-seven agencies summarized the obstacles they face, with financial management and health and safety at the top of most lists. The report emphasizes a few core concerns, including the financial management of more than $2 trillion in new spending and protecting the health and safety of government workers at prisons, national parks, meatpacking plants and other worksites deemed essential during the pandemic. The committee, established in March by Congress and made up of a board of inspectors general, also said in a letter to lawmakers that they are concerned about a legal determination by President Donald Trump's administration on pandemic funding. They fear it could result in the administration withholding data on recipients of nearly half of the unprecedented $2.4 trillion in aid.

Today on AirTalk, we’ll tackle these headlines and more of what’s happening with the coronavirus outbreak, plus we’ll take your questions at 866-893-5722.



Peter Chin-Hong, M.D., infectious disease specialist and professor of medicine at the UCSF Medical Center; he tweets @PCH_SF