These Major Cities Just Imposed Stay-at-Home Orders
On the same day governors like Greg Abbott of Texas said they'd never shut down their state to slow the spread of coronavirus—"There's an overestimation of exactly what a shutdown will achieve," he said—other localities have been pushed to issue stay at home orders. You can see why they'd want to: The U.S. just recorded 187,833 new covid cases, breaking a new record every day—with hospitals in many cities overflowing and lines for tests blocks long. "It is critically important that everybody follows the steps listed below, not just for their own health and safety, but for the health and safety of their family and loved ones as well," said one state about their mitigation measures. To see which cities are advising residents to stay at home, read on, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
The Newark, New Jersey Mayor Just Said "Everybody Close Down"
"Newark Mayor Ras Baraka has told residents he will be issuing a 10-day stay-at-home advisory starting the day before Thanksgiving, advising 'everybody close down' and get tested during that holiday period," reports ABC 7. "We are advising all stores non essential, also the corner stores too, everybody close down," Baraka said. "Not just the stores. Workplaces, barber shops, beauty parlors, gyms, everything shut down from Wednesday, November 25 to December 4. We are giving you a chance to prepare. November 25 to December 4, we are asking everything to be shut down. Shut it all down…And during that period, we are asking everyone to get tested. You should (go) outside only if you are getting tested, only if you need groceries, Pampers, milk, medicine, and if you are get tested. Other than that, we have a stay-at-home advisory from Wednesday the 25 to December 4. All of us, we need to do this."
Springfield, Ohio, Residents Should Stay at Home "To the Greatest Extent Possible"
"The Clark County Combined Health District (CCCHD) has issued a Stay at Home Advisory for the county," reports WDTN. "Beginning Sunday, Nov. 22, the CCCHD advises all residents in Clark County to stay at home 'to the greatest extent possible' due the significant increase in COVIS-19 cases in Clark County. The Board said residents are advised to only leave home to go to work or school, or for essential needs such as medical care, groceries or pharmacy needs." People living in Columbus and Franklin County have already been asked to stay at home.
Every Person in Every City in Massachusetts is Advised to Stay at Home
"All residents of Massachusetts are advised to stay home between the hours of 10 pm and 5 am," according to the advisory. "COVID-19 case numbers in our state are rising and the Commonwealth's COVID-19 related hospitalizations and COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit (ICU) census have more than doubled over the past 2 months. Social gatherings are contributing to these increases. Left unchecked, the current COVID-19 case growth poses a risk to our healthcare system. Intervention is warranted to moderate case growth and preserve hospital capacity. It's more important than ever to follow guidance from local, state, and federal officials on how to stop the spread of the virus."
Certain Cities in California, Including Los Angeles, Must Abide by the Stay at Home Order
"Gov. Gavin Newsom has announced a mandatory overnight stay-at-home order that will be instituted throughout most of California to combat a surge in new coronavirus cases, a measure that comes just days after the governor enacted a dramatic rollback of reopening in much of the state," reports the Los Angeles Times. "The order issued by the California Department of Public Health will prohibit most nonessential activity outside the home from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. in counties in the strictest tier of the state's reopening road map — the purple tier." "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."
How to Survive the Pandemic No Matter Where You Live
No matter where you live, do everything you can to prevent getting—and spreading—COVID-19 in the first place: The nation's top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci strongly recommends to wear your face mask and avoid crowds, social distance, only run essential errands, wash your hands frequently, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.