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Governor orders various indoor activity closures statewide amid COVID-19 surge

Contra Costa, Alameda counties have extra restrictions for being on watch list

Indoor activities across California must be reined in as the state combats a resurgence of the COVID-19 coronavirus, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday.

The state ordered all 58 counties to close indoor activities at restaurants, wineries, movie theaters, zoos, museums, card rooms and all bars.

Each county on the state's coronavirus monitoring list -- including Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, Solano and Sonoma counties -- must also close gyms, places of worship, offices in non-critical sectors, hair and nail salons and indoor malls in addition to the statewide closure.

The 31 counties on the monitoring list make up roughly 80% of the state's population, according to Newsom.

"We're seeing an increase in the spread of the virus, so that's why it's incumbent upon all of us to recognize, soberly, that COVID-19 is not going away anytime soon until there is a vaccine or an effective therapy," Newsom said.

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The governor has often compared the state's ever-evolving coronavirus response to a dimmer switch, with the state opening and closing sectors of the economy as the virus' spread ebbs and flows.

Newsom said Monday's restrictions on indoor activities were driven in part by an influx of coronavirus patients in intensive care units in the state's rural areas like Lake, Butte and Placer counties.

State health officials have also observed a shortage of ventilators in areas like Imperial County. Newsom said the state has some 10,000 ventilators available, but such shortages are still concerning.

Coronavirus hospitalizations have risen by about 28% over the last two weeks, from 5,077 on June 29 to 6,485 as of Sunday. In the last week, the state's seven-day average of positive coronavirus tests rose from 7,876 on July 6 to 8,211 on Monday.

The state's positivity rate has also continued trending north of 7% even as the number of tests across the state has surpassed 100,000 per day.

While the virus reasserts itself, Newsom expressed confidence in the state's ability to tame it as it did in May, provided that residents continue following health and safety guidelines by wearing face coverings and maintaining their physical distance from others.

"We were able to suppress the spread of this virus, we were going to knock down the growth of this in the beginning," Newsom said. "We're going to do that again -- there's no doubt in my mind."

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Governor orders various indoor activity closures statewide amid COVID-19 surge

Contra Costa, Alameda counties have extra restrictions for being on watch list

Uploaded: Mon, Jul 13, 2020, 1:59 pm

Indoor activities across California must be reined in as the state combats a resurgence of the COVID-19 coronavirus, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday.

The state ordered all 58 counties to close indoor activities at restaurants, wineries, movie theaters, zoos, museums, card rooms and all bars.

Each county on the state's coronavirus monitoring list -- including Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, Solano and Sonoma counties -- must also close gyms, places of worship, offices in non-critical sectors, hair and nail salons and indoor malls in addition to the statewide closure.

The 31 counties on the monitoring list make up roughly 80% of the state's population, according to Newsom.

"We're seeing an increase in the spread of the virus, so that's why it's incumbent upon all of us to recognize, soberly, that COVID-19 is not going away anytime soon until there is a vaccine or an effective therapy," Newsom said.

The governor has often compared the state's ever-evolving coronavirus response to a dimmer switch, with the state opening and closing sectors of the economy as the virus' spread ebbs and flows.

Newsom said Monday's restrictions on indoor activities were driven in part by an influx of coronavirus patients in intensive care units in the state's rural areas like Lake, Butte and Placer counties.

State health officials have also observed a shortage of ventilators in areas like Imperial County. Newsom said the state has some 10,000 ventilators available, but such shortages are still concerning.

Coronavirus hospitalizations have risen by about 28% over the last two weeks, from 5,077 on June 29 to 6,485 as of Sunday. In the last week, the state's seven-day average of positive coronavirus tests rose from 7,876 on July 6 to 8,211 on Monday.

The state's positivity rate has also continued trending north of 7% even as the number of tests across the state has surpassed 100,000 per day.

While the virus reasserts itself, Newsom expressed confidence in the state's ability to tame it as it did in May, provided that residents continue following health and safety guidelines by wearing face coverings and maintaining their physical distance from others.

"We were able to suppress the spread of this virus, we were going to knock down the growth of this in the beginning," Newsom said. "We're going to do that again -- there's no doubt in my mind."

— Bay City News Service

Comments

About time
another community
on Jul 13, 2020 at 3:47 pm
About time, another community
on Jul 13, 2020 at 3:47 pm
10 people like this

It is not surprising that this has happened... I'm just shocked it's taken as long as it has!


The Dude
San Ramon
on Jul 14, 2020 at 12:28 am
The Dude, San Ramon
on Jul 14, 2020 at 12:28 am
19 people like this

Stay home, stay safe. Unless you're out rioting and looting. Then it's okay.


Jennifer
Danville
on Jul 15, 2020 at 10:35 pm
Jennifer, Danville
on Jul 15, 2020 at 10:35 pm
13 people like this

This is pathetic. Newsom needs to go.


Mike
Danville
on Jul 16, 2020 at 8:49 am
Mike, Danville
on Jul 16, 2020 at 8:49 am
10 people like this

Yes it is pathetic that the federal government continues to undermine the experts which will result in COVID deaths moving from 5th places into 3rd place for leading causes of death in the USA for a year. COVID deaths are currently at 140,442 so before the year is out COVID will be the third lead cause of death in the USA just behind Heart disease and Cancer. California needs to follow the experts because the federal government is going on a path that continues to cause citizens to die.


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