California's fight to bring COVID-19 and massive wildfires under control is reportedly paying off. Governor Gavin Newsom on Wednesday saying the increase in the of number of coronavirus-related deaths increased by only .5 percent from Sunday's total of 14,385. The rate of positive tests over the last 14 days is 3.6 percent.
We did hear an unexpected announcement, as Newsom says guidance for the reopening of theme parks and related businesses will be coming soon, though he's saying exactly when that will happen.
For the latest on the state’s COVID-19 response, visit covid19.ca.gov.
The Governor also says progress on containing some the larger wildfires in the state will allow officials to start shifting resources to others fires. However, claiming that concerns over a warmer, drier climate creating more explosive fire conditions is a nonpartisan issue.
"There are no Republican thermometers, there are no Democratic thermometers," Newsom noted. "It's a fundamental fact that temperatures are going up."
He's insisting once again that this wildfire season is evidence of global climate change that must be addressed, and he's promising an announcement of initiatives to do just that in the coming weeks.
For complete real-time updates on California wildfires, click to our 2020 California Wildfire Summary.