SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KION)
UPDATE 7/27/2020 12:30 p.m. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced in a news conference Monday that he will be taking steps to help eight Central Valley counties slow the spread of COVID-19.
The counties included are: Stanislaus, San Joaquin, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare and Kern.
Newsom said they will receive $52 million to expand disease investigation, contact tracing and quarantine efforts. The state will also deploy three Unified Support Teams.
The teams are expected to work with local officials to evaluate needs and develop strategies and interventions.
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Earlier, protesters gathered outside Newsom's Fair Oaks home demanding the release of inmates. They said the inmates' lives are at risk because of exposure to COVID-19, and they said the inmates are not getting adequate medical care or social distancing.
According to the California Department of Public Health, more than 453,000 confirmed cases have been reported statewide as of July 25. 8,416 people have died.