As coronavirus cases continue to surge in many California counties, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that those areas are going back to modified stay-at-home orders.
All counties on the county monitoring list — 30 out of the state's 58 counties, which represent about 80% of the state's population — have to close indoor operations for additional sectors due to the risk of COVID-19 spread. And any additional openings based on county variances are no longer allowed. That includes L.A. (and other SoCal counties), and means salons, gyms, churches and more must shut their doors once again.
The governor’s order came at the same time that L.A. County announced nearly 2,600 new cases, and deaths topped 3,800. Newsom once again compared the state's stay-at-home order to a dimmer switch — not fully on with an open economy, but not fully off with a lockdown. Coronavirus hospitalizations and the positivity rate are continuing to rise, Newsom said. The number of intensive care unit patients is also moderately increasing, he said.
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Joseph A. Ladapo, M.D., health policy researcher and associate professor of medicine at UCLA
Shruti Gohil, M.D., professor of medicine and associate medical director for epidemiology and infection prevention at UC Irvine’s School of Medicine