This State Just Imposed a COVID Stay-at-Home-Order
All across America, from New Mexico to Massachusetts, the rise in coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths has led governors of all political affiliations to implement mitigation measures. The latest state to do so: California. "Due to the rise in #COVID19 cases, CA is issuing a limited Stay at Home Order," governor Gavin Newsom tweeted today. "Non-essential work and gatherings must stop from 10 pm-5 am in counties in the purple tier. This will take effect at 10 pm on Saturday and remain for 1 month. Together — we can flatten the curve again." For more about why this needed to happen, read on, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
Governor Newsom Said He Was "Sounding the Alarm"
"The virus is spreading at a pace we haven't seen since the start of this pandemic and the next several days and weeks will be critical to stop the surge. We are sounding the alarm," Newsom said in a statement released Thursday afternoon. "It is crucial that we act to decrease transmission and slow hospitalizations before the death count surges. We've done it before and we must do it again."
"Roughly 94% of Californians — 37 million people — live in counties that are in the purple tier, which has forced many businesses in those communities to suspend or severely restrict the number of customers allowed indoors," reports the Los Angeles Times.
"We are asking Californians to change their personal behaviors to stop the surge. We must be strong together and make tough decisions to stay socially connected but physically distanced during this critical time. Letting our guard down could put thousands of lives in danger and cripple our healthcare system," said Dr. Erica Pan, the state's acting public health officer.
Dr. Fauci Said More State Stay-at-Home Orders May Be Coming
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease expert, discussed state lockdowns on CNN earlier this month. He was asked by host Jake Tapper if in "the next few months where it might make sense for local officials, mayors, or maybe governors to issue new, stay at home orders in just specific discrete parts of the country?"
"I think that we likely will Jake, if we don't turn around this surge, I mean, you're right," answered Fauci. "We're not going to get a national lockdown. I think that's very clear, but I think what we're going to start seeing in the local levels—be they governors or mayors or people at the local level—will do, as you said, very surgical type of restrictions, which are the functional equivalent of a local lockdown, but we're not going to have a national lockdown, but if things really get bad and you can put your foot on the pedal and yet still you have the surge, you may need to take the extra step that you're talking about."
How to Survive the Pandemic—and Stop Infections From Spreading
No matter where you live, do everything you can to prevent getting—and spreading—COVID-19 in the first place: Wear your face mask, get tested if you think you have coronavirus, avoid crowds (and bars, and house parties), practice social distancing, only run essential errands, wash your hands regularly, disinfect frequently touched surfaces, stay outdoors more than indoors, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.