California Extends Stay-at-Home Order
California extends stay-at-home order as the ICU capacity gets to 0% in California, and extends its stay-at-home order in Southern California and San Joaquin Valley. These areas can no longer admit any more patients because of the increased COVID-19 cases owing to the holiday surge.
According to sources, this new stay-at-home order will cause bars, wineries, personal services, and hair salons to be temporarily closed.
Governor Newsom, in a statement on Monday, said, “As we move into this new phase, where we brace, where we prepare ourselves for what is inevitable now … based on the travel we have just seen in the last week and the expectation of more of the same through the rest of the holiday season of a surge on top of a surge, arguably, on top of, again, another surge,”
Southern California’s ICU capacity has been at 0% for the past two weeks. The regions include San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Imperial, Riverside, Kern, Inyo, and San Bernadino counties.
This move was followed by Governor Newsom’s earlier stay-at-home order on the 3rd of December when a region’s ICU capacity went below 15%, and three weeks later, things have gotten even worse with ICU capacity now at 0%
California’s top health official Dr. Mark Ghaly at a press briefing, confirmed this with a four-week projection from state health officials. He said,
“We essentially are projecting that the ICU capacity is not improving in Southern California and San Joaquin Valley and that demand will continue to exceed capacity,”
“Statewide, Covid-19 hospitalizations have increased more than 36% over the last two weeks to 20,390,” Ghaly said. “ICU hospitalizations rose more than 35% over that same period.”
We Must Continue to Play Our Part As California Extends Lockdown
The fight against COVID is not over; in fact, it has gotten to a new phase. With the death tools, increasing cases, and lockdowns. We all have to come together to fight this. Ensure that you follow COVID-19 safety precautions: social distance and get tested to know your status.