‘Pulling That Emergency Brake’: Newsom Announces New Virus Restrictions

The bottom line is if we don’t act now, our hospital system will be overwhelmed. If we don’t act now, we’ll continue to see a death rate climb — more lives lost. And that’s why today we are pursuant to the blueprint we put out some 14 or so weeks ago, pulling that emergency brake. Regions where the I.C.U. capacity is falling below 15 percent, we are now mandating that we are implementing a stay-at-home order for three weeks. We’ve defined these five regions: Northern California, greater Sacramento, Bay Area, San Joaquin Valley and the larger region in Southern California. As early, or rather as late as the next week or so, that the greater Sacramento, Northern California regions, as well as San Joaquin Valley and Southern California regions, will have reached that 15 percent or less I.C.U. capacity. The Bay Area may have a few extra days. Our current projections suggest mid-, maybe late, December. But all within just the next few weeks. When the region is placed in the stay-at-home category that bars, wineries, personal services, hair hair salons and the like will be temporary closed for that three-week period. There is light at the end of the tunnel. We are a few months away from truly seeing real progress with the vaccine, real distribution, real accessibility, real availability.

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