Gavin Newsom hints at California path to ‘some semblance of normalcy’ on coronavirus

Alexei Koseff 

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Gavin Newsom pointed ahead for the first time Friday to the next phase of California’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, saying his administration is developing plans to get “back to some semblance of normalcy” as the disease appears to spread more slowly than the state projected.

“We have detailed strategies that we’re working on that we’re very close to making public,” Newsom said at a news conference.

But he pleaded for a “few more weeks” of patience for the state to assess the pandemic before easing up on social distancing guidelines, ahead of a holiday weekend in which Californians would ordinarily pack churches, visit families and attend egg hunts for Easter.

Coronavirus infections in California increased to more than 19,400 by Friday. Many of the new cases are emerging at nursing homes and senior care facilities, a growing outbreak among the population at highest risk of serious health effects from the virus. Newsom said that had become a “top priority of our efforts.”

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