California Announces New Stay-at-Home Order

California Announces New Stay-at-Home Order

Gov. Newsom ordered a strict new stay-at-home order for regions that have less than 15-percent ICU capacity.

Restaurants can still offer take-out and delivery, and retail and grocery stores will remain open with 20% capacity.

Nguyn said the salon would follow the stay-at-home orders and shut the business down. "We can not be shutting down local businesses - many of which have spent tens of thousands of dollars to retrofit their operation in order to comply with yesterday's public health orders - because of limited ICU capacity in counties hundreds of miles from our community".

In Rhode Island, officials have opened two field hospitals with a combined 900 beds to relieve hospitals as COVID-19 cases hit new record highs.

The approach "places our ability to reopen with 10 other counties including Los Angeles County which has absolutely failed to control the coronavirus and Mono County whose most populous city is 344 miles away", said Fred M. Whitaker, chairman of the Republican Party of Orange County.

Cumulatively, California has reported 1.3 million coronavirus cases and more than 19,700 deaths.

The governor has been under quarantine with his family after his children were exposed to a California Highway Patrol officer who tested positive for the coronavirus.

In California's health care system as a whole, 59% of the total number of hospital beds were occupied as of Monday, with state Public Health officials projecting that hospitals could reach 78% capacity by Christmas Eve.

Ghaly said Thursday that the state's rate of transmission has increased four-fold over the last six weeks and limiting movement and social mixing and interaction throughout the state will be key to curbing the current surge.

"We are at a tipping point in our fight against the virus and we need to take decisive action now to prevent California's hospital system from being overwhelmed in the coming weeks", Newsom said in a Thursday statement.

As of Wednesday night El Dorado County had over 900 active COVID-19 cases and 14 hospitalizations with one COVID-19 patient in intensive care. "We encourage you to take your dog for a walk, we want you to go on a run with a partner in your household", Newsom said, also urging residents to visit parks, go to the beach, take a bike ride, go fishing or meditate. "This is the time.to put aside your doubt, to put aside your skepticism, to put aside your cynicism, to put aside your ideology, to put aside any consideration except this: Lives are in the balance".

Meanwhile, the San Joaquin Valley region could also fall under Newsom's orders if ICU capability also continues to drop there, The Sacramento Bee reported Saturday.

Q: Why did the CDPH issue the regional stay-at-home order?

The measure Newsom announced forces a three-week closure of all bars, wineries, hair salons and barbershops in regions where ICU bed availability falls below 15%. "We understand that the closures under the state order will have a profound impact on our local businesses". Newsom said he was "pulling an emergency break", announcing a "regional stay at home order" throughout California based on an area's available hospital intensive care unit capacity. This order goes into effect at 12:59 p.m. on December 5 and will be applied on a regional basis.

"We will get through this".

"As Dr. Anthony Fauci said, we can expect a surge, on top of a surge", Newsom said. "There is light at the end of the tunnel".

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