This Governor Just Predicted a "Drastic" Stay-at-Home Order

Alek Korab
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With coronavirus cases rising nationwide, and the federal response uncoordinated, it's up to the states to implement mitigation measures to stop the spread. After announcing a stay-at-home advisory last week, California may take more "drastic" steps in the next few days. Projections show 75% of the current ICU beds are occupied and 112% occupied by Christmas Eve—an overflow that could cost lives unless something changes.

"California has worked hard to prepare for a surge—but we can't sustain the record high cases we're seeing," said Governor Gavin Newsom. "This is in the absence of making better decisions," Newsom said of the projected data. "This is a chart that says if we just sit back and we are bystanders at this moment and we don't subsequently improve upon our existing efforts, this is what we project might occur. And so I want folks to know that we intend to bend this proverbial curve and impact these statistics favorably….If these trends continue, we're going to have to take much more…drastic action." Read on to see what might happen, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.

Many Counties are Facing a Stay-at-Home Order

Newsom said he'd need to "take a look at those purple tiered counties. And they are now 51 of the 58 counties." Purple "means a large number of businesses will have to suspend or severely limit indoor operations," reports the Los Angeles Times. "Counties that have newly fallen back into the purple tier include Orange, Ventura, Santa Barbara, Kern and San Luis Obispo. Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, San Diego and Imperial counties were already in that category. Most counties in the Bay Area — Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, Napa and Solano — were also sent back to the purple tier. Sonoma County was already in that category."

"We had nine counties over the weekend, moved backwards," said Newsom. "Remember we're not waiting on our weekly cadence to make moves or we're doing it much more consistently updating the moves, 51 counties now in the most restrictive purple tiered status six in the red status, just one in orange status, none now in ELL status. If we see these trends continue the potential for a stay at home order for those regions in purple because of hospitalizations in ICU's, we're not just now looking at positivity rates, we're not now just looking at case rates."

He added that more severe restrictions could come in the next few days, including full stay-at-home orders. "We are trying to be much more specific, more surgical … and more prescriptive in terms of looking at the efficacy and looking at where the data leads us to making those determinations sector by sector," Newsom explained.

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How to Survive the Pandemic No Matter Where You Live

In order to stop this surge and save ourselves from this virus, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, says: "What we have is maybe five fundamental public health measures that are pretty easy to implement," says Fauci. "Uniform wearing of masks, keeping physical distances—six feet, if you can possibly do that—avoiding crowds in congregate settings, particularly indoors. And that means typical things like gatherings in restaurants, gatherings in homes where people other than the immediate family unit together—the reason we say that is that the infection in the community level now is driven by people who are without symptoms, because about 40 to 45% of the people who were infected have no symptoms." Help end this surge—wear a face mask, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with, practice good hand hygiene and to protect your life and the lives of others, and don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.