California Governor Gavin Newsom has ordered indoor facilities to close amid a record Covid-19 virus outbreak, pulling what he calls the “emergency brake,” according to the California Department of Health.
He said it was merely the fastest increase California has seen since the pandemic began in a press briefing. The state reported more than 1,000 new cases in the past ten days, compared with about 500 cases the previous week on Monday, and the number of daily cases in California has doubled in the past ten days, from 9,890 on Sunday to about 10,500 on Tuesday, a 10 percent increase from the same time last week. Newsrooms said he was forced to act by a wave of cases that are unprecedented in California history.
That prompted Newsom to expedite the stay-at-home process, calling on 41 of California’s 58 counties to close all churches, restaurants, and gyms until the state considers them safe to operate.
This includes most of the state’s densely populated counties, including those in the San Francisco Bay Area, which had previously prevented the spread of the same coronavirus seen elsewhere. Newsom made the change instead of waiting for states to restrict new districts, saying the emergency measure allows them to declare closure just weeks before spreading the rising infection. He said he would not wait until Tuesday and would respond more quickly if the conditions continue to increase.
The time frame within which companies must meet the requirements will be reduced from 72 hours to 24 hours, and the number of days within which companies must meet the needs will be reduced from 24 hours to 72 hours.
Compared with much of the nation, where case numbers and positivity rates have skyrocketed, California is an anomaly. The state has suffered a sharp increase in Covid-19 cases in recent weeks, but it is still an anomaly compared to other states.
According to the California Department of Health (CDH) and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the spread in less than two weeks was dramatic. Dr. Michael O’Brien, an infectious disease professor at the University of California, San Diego, said he was surprised at how quickly the virus spread over California.
According to the CDC, hospital admissions across the country rose 48 percent in the first six months of this year, while intensive care admissions were up nearly 39 percent over the same period. Monday’s action marks a four-step “code to reopen” introduced by the Newsom administration after the state experienced a wave of Covid cases over the summer. CDC supported the governor’s crackdown when necessary but had much more to do, such as not stopping planes flying into California and closing states, as Hawaii did, and not testing people at the border.
We know it’s going to have a huge impact on our community and our businesses, and we know it’s had a significant impact, “Santa Clara County Supervisor James O’Neill said at a news conference Monday. It’s a significant change, but I know we have to do it because it has such a big impact on the health of our residents, our communities, and the economy of the county.
But not all officials supported the withdrawal, and some said the district’s oversight had criticized the governor’s approach. So we have no evidence that restricting companies stop the spread, so we move from the second – least restrictive to the most restrictive. He said the closure of shops had hurt businesses but had not stopped their spread.
But some in the county, which includes Tulare County, which has also seen low numbers of cases, did not believe the system worked.
The increase in cases is across the state, not isolated areas, and affects all age groups, Newsom said, and the states’ approach allows for disparities between districts. In recent days, state authorities alerted by infection figures have been alerted by the California Department of Health, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local health officials in Orange County.
Newsom has also floated the idea of a curfew to stem the spread but said he’s not fully engaged yet and is considering what it would mean to impose the curfew on business activities, he said. We see communities spreading it, “he said at a news conference at the California Department of Health’s headquarters in San Francisco.
Newsom said the color-coded system sets a clear standard, but he thinks it is appropriate to tighten the rules for counties that cross the threshold for new cases. There will be a dance, literally, the dance between the virus and the people.