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California Gov Gavin Newsom announces stay-home order for regions where ICU capacity falls below 15%

BREAKING – California to be locked down for THREE WEEKS: Gov Gavin Newsom announces stay-at-home order for regions where ICU capacity falls below 15% – with most areas closing within days and the entire state by the end of the month

  • Newsom announced the new regional stay-at-home order on Thursday
  • It will apply to any of California’s five regions that reach 85% ICU bed capacity
  • None of the regions currently meet that threshold but Newsom said he expects all five to do so within the coming days and weeks  
  • The announcement comes after California broke its record for daily new cases on Wednesday with more than 20,000 
  • A record 9,702 people are currently hospitalized across the state 
  • 2,147 are in intensive care, leaving the state with fewer than 1,800 available beds

California Governor Gavin Newsom on Thursday announced a new stay-at-home order in parts of the state where hospitals have less than 15 percent ICU capacity.  

The new order divides the state into five regions. While none of the regions currently meet the threshold for the new rules, Newsom said he expects all five to reach that level in the coming days and weeks.  

When they do, the state will order each region to close hair salons and barber shops, limit retail stores to 20 percent capacity and only allow restaurants to offer take-out and delivery for at least three weeks. 

The announcement comes after California broke its record for daily new cases on Wednesday with more than 20,000, bringing the state’s total to 1,264,539 with 19,437 deaths. 

Infections have exploded in recent weeks to the point that the state is averaging 15,000 new cases a day and the positivity rate has more than doubled, reaching seven percent in the two-week period ended Wednesday.

A record 9,702 people are currently hospitalized, including 2,147 in the intensive care unit, leaving the state with fewer than 1,800 available ICU beds.

Newsom, who is quarantining at home after three of his children were exposed to the virus, warned earlier this week that he would take ‘drastic action’ if the numbers didn’t improve.  

California Governor Gavin Newsom on Thursday announced a new stay-at-home order in parts of the state where hospitals have less than 15 percent ICU capacity – as he warned that the restrictions will likely apply to the entire state within the coming days

California broke its record for daily new cases on Wednesday with more than 20,000, bringing the state's total to 1,264,539 with 19,437 deaths

California broke its record for daily new cases on Wednesday with more than 20,000, bringing the state’s total to 1,264,539 with 19,437 deaths

Newsom ramped up restrictions a week before Thanksgiving, imposing a nighttime curfew on nonessential gatherings and business in counties that are in the purple tier of the state’s color-coded system for reopening the economy. 

Fifty-one of the state’s 58 counties are currently in that tier, comprising more than 99 percent of the population.   

Los Angeles County was placed under even stricter rules than those set by the state on Wednesday as Mayor Eric Garcetti announced an order closing non-essential businesses, banning all travel including walking and prohibiting social gatherings outside a single household.

It came as the county – the nation’s most populous with more than 10 million residents, sees ‘terrifying’ surges in daily cases with 6,000 infections recorded Tuesday.  

This is a developing story. 

Newsom ramped up restrictions a week before Thanksgiving, imposing a nighttime curfew on nonessential gatherings and business in counties that are in the strictest purple tier of the state's color-coded system for reopening the economy. Fifty-one of the state's 58 counties are currently in that tier, comprising more than 99 percent of the population

Newsom ramped up restrictions a week before Thanksgiving, imposing a nighttime curfew on nonessential gatherings and business in counties that are in the strictest purple tier of the state’s color-coded system for reopening the economy. Fifty-one of the state’s 58 counties are currently in that tier, comprising more than 99 percent of the population

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