The move comes as daily case rates have doubled in California over the last 10 days.
The first week of November saw the fastest rate of increase in cases in the state since the start of the pandemic — The state reported 9, cases in the last 24 hours, with a seven-day average of 8, Last week, California became the second state to surpass 1m total cases. We are seeing community spread broadly throughout the state of California. The new statewide measures come as some county officials in Los Angeles said they were considering implementing a curfew in order to slow the spread of the virus.
A curfew is not expected immediately. If Los Angeles can reduce the growth in case s through voluntary changes, including limiting or cancelling Thanksgiving gatherings, more restrictions may not be necessary, said Barbara Ferrer, LA county public health director, on Monday.
The troubling rise in cases in November across California has come at a faster pace than a spike in mid-June and could quickly surpass the peak of the hospitalizations at the time, health officials said. The new statewide rules are certain to rankle business owners such as restaurateurs and gym owners, who have been struggling to get back on their feet after lengthy shutdowns.
While a surge was predicted with the flu season, contact tracers have identified private household gatherings as a major source of spread. California has blamed the spike in cases mainly on people who have grown fatigued coping with the virus and have ignored chaatting health warnings to not socialize with friends and family members.
Instead of sitting down, I should have stood up, walked back, got in my car and drove back to my house. Instead, I chose to sit there with my wife and a of other couples that were outside my household.
When I say minimize mixing, I mean it. Ferrer said there were groups of young people who got coronavirus tests on Thursday, so they could get negative by Saturday morning, and use that as an excuse to hang out together over the weekend.
Official warnings have been more forceful in advance of Thanksgiving next week. The infections that come at Thanksgiving will lead to people in the hospital at Christmas.
The order also restricts indoor and outdoor residential gatherings, closes some entertainment facilities and bans gyms from hosting group exercise classes. In Washington, which was among the first states to report a Covid case and death in earlyall 39 of its counties have been paused in either the second or third phase of a four-stage reopening plan that started in early May after a lockdown that began in March.
The Associated Press contributed reporting 4m ago.