Forty days into the pandemic, on March 4, 2020, Gavin Newsom declared an emergency in the State of California following similar declarations in a growing number of counties across the state. It was very early in the pandemic and multiple media outlets at the time reported that California had just 53 confirmed cases of coronavirus, a number they were given by Gavin Newsom himself.
It is worth pointing out that this figure varies depending on the source. USAFacts.org and a data table from the California Department of Technology show that there were 94 confirmed cases of coronavirus in California that day. Meanwhile, data from John Hopkins University indicate that there were ten new confirmed cases reported that day while the California Department of Public Health reports just seven new confirmed cases that day.
It is understandable that information from one source at that early point in the pandemic may not have matched information from another source, as various government agencies, news organizations and universities were collecting and publishing data using different reporting methods and applying different standards. Since Gavin Newsom thinks he knows everything, I propose going with the number he reported at his press conference that day.
One week later, following a March 10 press conference where he reported that California had 157 confirmed cases [skip to minute 10:58 of the broadcast] of coronavirus, Governor Newsom on March 11 issued a recommendation that mass gatherings be postponed or canceled, adding that everyone “has extraordinary power to slow the spread of this disease. Not holding that concert or community event can have cascading effects — saving dozens of lives.”
Five days later, in the evening of March 16, 2020, Newsom gave reporters another update, telling them California had 392 confirmed cases of coronavirus. He also signed an executive order that day granting local governments authority to halt evictions. Governor Newsom additionally asked restaurants to shift to take-out only, and for gyms and movie theatres to outright close. This just three days before Newsom issued his statewide shelter-in-place orders on March 19, 2020, when the state had 675 confirmed cases, according to NPR and the New York Times, 699 cases according to a CNBC report, or at least 1,030, according to the tally by John Hopkins University.
Fast-forward to November 16, 2020.
With 8,743 new coronavirus cases according to data published by the California Department of Public Health, Newsom orders all non-essential businesses to close and everyone to wear a mask when outside their homes.
Two days later, on November 18, the world sees photographs how Newsom, together with the CEO of the California Medical Association as well as the group’s senior vice president, violated the governor’s own COVID guidelines by attending a birthday party at an upscale restaurant called The French Laundry, and that on top of that, none of the attendees were even wearing masks. This bombshell lit a fire under an effort — one of several that had already failed since 2018 — to qualify a recall election against Gavin Newsom…. an effort that had just recently received a new breath of life when a Sacramento judge granted them a 120-day extension to the deadline for turning in signatures to qualify the recall for the ballot.
The very next day, Newsom goes even further and imposes a statewide 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew that will go into effect two days later on November 21 and is slated to last until December 21. Because that’s what he’s like — he does what he wants because he’s a rich, elitist Democrat politician from the coast. However, two weeks later on December 3, Newsom issues new stay-at-home orders — a temporary lockdown— which actually ends up being extended indefinitely on December 29, 2020. Happy New Year.
Fast-forward to March 17, 2021. Organizers for the effort to recall Gavin Newsom turn in 2.1 million signatures, although they needed just under 1.5 million to qualify. Newsom’s arrogance and hypocrisy helped push the recall effort past the finish line, as many Democrats even signed on. At this point, Newsom accepts the recall election will take place sometime in 2021, something that was more or less confirmed by an April 26 announcement by the Secretary of State that their office had verified enough signatures to indeed confirm that the recall would qualify for the ballot.
Fast-forward to June 15, 2021 — day 506 of the pandemic.
Newsom, recognizing many of his voters turned on him by signing the recall petition, finally allows California’s economy to reopen but does not end the state of emergency which granted him the emergency powers he had been exercising. Although the stay-at-home orders and other restrictions have now been lifted, businesses and counties are still able to require masks, and whether public schools will open for in-person instruction later in the fall remains a question. There are now less than a 1,000 new cases per day in California.
Fast-forward to today — July 22.
There were nearly 8,648 newly confirmed coronavirus cases reported yesterday, July 21, as the Delta variant takes hold in California. The Los Angeles Times reports that hospitalizations are surging, forcing restaurants to close back down after finally being able to reopen just a month earlier. Meanwhile, up at the Capitol, all lawmakers and their staff, regardless of vaccination status, are once again being required to wear masks, while the unvaccinated up there are being required to take a COVID test twice a week, according to a San Francisco Chronical report.
Public schools appear to be reopening this fall for in-person instruction but children and teachers will apparently be required to wear masks, even though CDC guidelines which Newsom has historically relied upon throughout the pandemic (in the name of “trusting science”) say teachers and students who are fully vaccinated do not need to wear masks indoors. Meanwhile, doctors are pushing their estimate for when California can expect to reach herd immunity further into the future, with UCSF Epidemiologist Dr. George Rutherford saying he thinks things are going to get worse before they get better.
So, where are the new stay-at-home orders, Mr. Newsom? The first ones you issued were on March 19, 2020 after you sent a letter to President Trump, in which you wrote: “In the last 24 hours, we had 126 new COVID-19 cases, a 21 percent increase. In some parts of our state, our case rate is doubling every four days.”
There were nearly 9,000 newly confirmed cases yesterday, up over 200% from a week ago and up 270% from just four days ago. Where is the new lockdown which you still have the authority to put in place because you never ended the state of emergency back on June 15?
- Is it because the pandemic has evolved into a “pandemic of the unvaccinated,” as most cases and coronavirus-related deaths are now almost exclusively among those who have not been vaccinated and you don’t care about them?
- Is it because you realize that new lockdowns and restrictions would be very unpopular across California and would likely agitate the voters you are relying on in the leadup to the September 14 recall election?
- Is it because you are making the cold, calculated decision to let the unvaccinated die if they don’t want to get vaccinated in order to prove some point? Hell, they won’t vote for you anyway, right?
It is clear you put California on lockdown in 2020 when you were not facing a recall election and still had over two years before the next election. Now it is clear you have not put California into a new lockdown yet, regardless of the worsening epidemiological situation in the state, because of politics.
So much for listening to science.