CA — More than 4,700 Californians have been hospitalized for the coronavirus, a higher number than any other state, according to state health officials.
It also ranks No. 1 in the nation, ahead of Texas, where more than 4.1 million people were sickened, according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
More:California officials said Monday they had received more than 5,300 confirmed cases of the flu and more than 1,600 deaths since Thursday.
The state has now reported 5,764 cases and 6,946 deaths.
Gavin Newsom said his state is seeing an increase in the number of people who are at risk for contracting the virus.
The increase in cases was “very concerning” and there is a possibility of another increase, he said.
Gavin B. Newsom says he is concerned about more cases of flu in California.
Read moreThe California Department of Public Health has been preparing for the flu for months and has been able to respond quickly to outbreaks in some of the state’s more remote areas, Newsom told reporters.
It’s critical for the state to have a full complement of doctors and nurses, he added.
Newsom says his state will be spending $100 million to improve public health, including the purchase of $25 million worth of influenza vaccines and other supplies.
Gov.-elect Gavin Newsome speaks to the media before being sworn in as California’s governor on Jan. 6, 2021, in Sacramento.
More:Health officials say more than 3,000 people have died from the coronacovirus and more people have been infected.
Officials are warning that the coronavalcide virus could spread across the United States in the coming days.
California’s health department has already said it expects the state could see an increase of 5,000 cases in the next 48 hours, and the state has received more cases in 24 of the last 25 days, said spokeswoman Erin Kuehne.
We’re going to be monitoring the situation closely,” she said.
Kuehnes said the state also is looking into the possibility that a new strain of the virus could be circulating in California, which is already experiencing a spike in flu-related coronaviruses.
As the state recovers from the flu, the state is considering setting up a new coronaviral vaccine testing center in the Bay Area.
Gov-elect Gavin B, right, holds up a vaccine at a news conference after the California State Assembly voted to approve the state-funded flu vaccine, on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2021.
The state’s vaccine program will continue to be funded through the end of the fiscal year on Feb. 13.