Friday, 04 December 2020 17:54

California Heading Toward Third Round of Lockdowns

Written by Ted O’Neil, The Center Square


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California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a third stay-at-home order in the last nine months that is set to be phased in on a regional basis as soon as Dec. 4.

For this order, the state has been divided into five regions---Northern California, Southern California, Greater Sacramento, the Bay Area and the San Juaquin Valley.


The three-week stay-at-home order would take effect when a region reaches less than 15% capacity for intensive care unit beds.


Newsom said that is likely to happen within a day, or a week at the most, in all but the Bay Area, which could reach that threshold within three weeks.


“The bottom line is, if we don’t act now our hospital system will be overrun and we will have even more deaths,” Newsom said during a Dec. 3 news conference announcing the new order.


As the order is implemented, nonessential businesses will be forced to close, including bars, wineries and personal services, such as hair and nail salons and barber shops.


Retail stores will be allowed to remain open at 20% capacity, and restaurants will continue to be limited to take-out or delivery service only.


Newsom two weeks earlier issued an overnight curfew for 52 of California’s 58 counties that are in the state’s most restrictive of four tiers, covering about 99% of the population.


California over the past week has averaged 15,000 new cases per day, triple that of the past month, and an average of 67 people have died each day during the past week, a 60% jump from mid-November.


Hospitalizations have also tripled over the past month, with 75% of intensive care unit beds occupied by coronavirus patients. The 14-day positivity rate...

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