By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):
Source: California Department of Public Health and Office of the Governor of California Gavin Newsom (Information):
Pictures: California Department of Public Health and Office of the Governor of California Gavin Newsom (Courtesy):
California: The regional “Stay at Home” order for COVID-19 has been extended for Southern California and San Joaquin Valley.
“We, essentially, are projecting that the ICU capacity is not improving in Southern California and San Joaquin Valley, and that demand will continue to exceed capacity,” said California Health and Human Services Secretary Mark Ghaly.
The region stay at home order would have been eligible to expire as early as Monday, but with the region’s intensive-care unit capacity at hospitals still effectively listed at 0%, California Governor Gavin Newsom said Monday the order was all but certain to be extended.
The region stay at home order extension for Southern California includes Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties.
California Health and Human Services Secretary Mark Ghaly said the four-week projections are evaluated daily, and the region can emerge from the region stay at home order when the projection indicates its ICU capacity will rise above 15%.
The California Department of Public Health said via Twitter that, “We must continue to do our part to protect each other by engaging in fewer activities with fewer people, keeping masks on anytime you leave the house, and staying home.”
California Governor Gavin Newsom warns Californians to brace for the effect of a surge on top of a surge from recent holiday travel.
“As we move into this new phase, where we brace, where we prepare ourselves for what is inevitable now … based on the travel we have just seen in the last week and the expectation of more of the same through the rest of the holiday season of a surge on top of a surge, arguably, on top of, again, another surge,” California Governor Gavin Newsom on Monday.
The surge of infections is due in large part to Thanksgiving travel and celebrations, which happened despite warnings from health officials in California and California Governor Gavin Newsom not to gather because the nation’s most populated state was already seeing explosive growth in cases.
While daily COVID-19 cases were down to 31,000 Monday from a seven-day average of above 37,000, California Governor Gavin Newsom said it was likely due to a lag in data from the weekend.
Models used for planning show hospitalizations more than doubling in the next month from about 20,000 to more than 50,000.
The State of California has several makeshift hospitals that are taking patients, but more health care workers are needed to staff them; more than 1,000 people to 116 hospitals and other facilities through a volunteer corps or the National Guard have been deployed.
California Governor Gavin Newsom said that California finally expects to receive more of the traveling health care workers it had requested in anticipation of the shortage.