California Coronavirus Cases See Big Spike, Newsom Imposes New COVID-19 Lockdown

Henrietta Strickland
July 3, 2020

Under the state order, restaurants, wineries, tasting rooms, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, zoos, museums and card rooms in those counties must close indoor facilities.

The full list of counties affected by the updated order includes: Contra Costa, Fresno, Glenn, Imperial, Kern, Kings, Los Angeles, Merced, Orange, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Joaquin, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Solano, Stanislaus, Tulare and Ventura.

ICU hospitalizations have also grown by 49% over the past two weeks, making for a total of 1,676 ICU COVID-19 patients, as of Wednesday. Newsom said that restaurants will not shut down completely, but will be encouraged to move their operations outdoors.

On June 29, Cody told a joint meeting of the San Jose City Council and the county Board of Supervisors that despite the recent surge in cases, "We also know that our community has done better at controlling this virus than nearly any other large community in the entire United States".

After enjoying early success in its early efforts to slow the infection rate, California has recently seen a sharp spike in new COVID-19 cases.

"We are seeing parts of the state with increases in the total number of positive cases, but also in the positivity rate [the percentage of COVID-19 tests that are positive] to a degree that generates some concern." said Newsom in a live-streamed noon telecast.

Local governments around the state have responded with a patchwork of closures during what is usually the summer's busiest weekend.

Also on Thursday, Dr. Sonia Angell, the state's public health director, issued a statement asking people not to get together with those outside their households over the Fourth of July weekend. Next door, in Orange County, which previously attracted the governor's ire for beach crowding and has emerged as a hotbed for backlash against health officials, most beaches are open, including popular Huntington Beach and Newport Beach.

Coronavirus testing is becoming a growing challenge in Los Angeles and beyond.

The number of people hospitalized with confirmed coronavirus infection hit 5,196 Tuesday across the state.

In the San Francisco Bay Area, more than 40 school principals are quarantined after they were exposed to the coronavirus during an in-person meeting last month to discuss reopening campuses. "We want not come out with an open heart, recognizing the magnitude of some of these modifications", Newsom said.

Before Newsom announced the new restrictions today, he also extended some programs to ease the harsh economic toll of the virus, though largely keeping with a strategy to leave it up to local officials to decide what to ultimately implement.

Ferrer said there were an additional 2,002 cases Wednesday and 35 deaths. These immediate actions give us a chance to regain control over the increased spread. The measure also extends remote marriage and drivers license options, waives some Medi-Cal eligibility reviews and lengthens the window for confirmation of some state appointees.

Much like we saw at the start of the pandemic, we can probably expect orders to shift and change on a day-to-day basis again.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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