The Majority of This State Will Be Under Stay-at-Home Order
Across America, coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths are rising—and in some states, the data points on the graph, each point representing a human life lost, are shooting straight up. That's true of California, which has issued a stay-at-home order dependent on ICU bed availability. It's saying something that this will soon include the majority of the state.
"The bottom line is if we don't act now, our hospital system will be overwhelmed," Gov. Gavin Newsom said during a press conference last week. "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 added in a written statement. "I'm clear-eyed that this is hard on all of us — especially our small businesses who are struggling to get by." Read on to hear more of his warning, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
Dr. Fauci Says the Targeted Lockdown is "Draconian" but Necessary
More than 10,200 people are hospitalized with coronavirus in California. A record 25,000 cases were confirmed yesterday. "Southern California and San Joaquin Valley residents will be under a stay-at-home order after the intensive care unit capacity in the two regions fell below 15%, triggering a mandate issued by the governor earlier this week that aims to bring down the soaring number of Covid-19 hospitalizations," reports CNN. "The order goes into effect Sunday at 11:59 p.m. PT for the some 27 million people in the regions, which includes Los Angeles and San Diego. That follows a proactive order issued by six San Francisco Bay Area jurisdictions on Friday for its almost 6 million residents. It also goes into effect Sunday. Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday announced that any region that fell below the 15% ICU capacity threshold would be placed under stay-at-home orders."
"There are some situations where they'll be doing temporary lockdowns because they can't strain the health care system anymore," Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease doctor, said during a CNN Town Hall Friday. "The unimaginable thing that no one wants to see happen, that when you have such a strain on the beds and on the personnel, the healthcare personnel, that you're going to deprive people from the kind of care that they need, being in an intensive care bed, or experienced intensive carers to take care of them. We don't want to go there. And if it requires doing more drastic things or Draconian things like maybe some temporary shutdowns in some areas, I think some of the areas of the country are thinking of that. I know as a fact, that in California, in some places in California, they are thinking about that."
"Under the order, businesses that must close include bars, wineries, personal services like hair salons and barber shops, museums, movie theaters, playgrounds, amusement parks and indoor recreation facilities. Travel is prohibited except as necessary for permitted activities," according to CNN.
Avoid a Lockdown in Your State
Help end this surge, no matter where you live—wear a face mask, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene and to protect your life and the lives of others, and don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.