Governor Newsom's administration says California's "Emergency Brake" in reopening process is indefinite.
Santa Barbara County moved backward to the most-restrictive tier status in California's reopening system as the state experiences an unprecedented increase in new novel coronavirus cases, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday at a press conference.
D'Lee Daleo, co-owner of Switch Fitness in Elk Grove, put Newsom's action in the same category as U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi getting her hair washed and blow dried at a San Francisco salon in late August, at a time when the city was not allowing indoor beauty services because of the pandemic. Bars that don't provide food, concert venues, schools, and theme parks are also closed. In that announcement health officials speculated on the possibility of moving into the Purple Tier "within weeks". The county's case rate has been high over the past week and local officials are expected to announce Tuesday morning that Kern County will move from the "red" tier back into the "purple" tier.
Newsom, who has come under fire for attending a birthday party in Napa on November 6 that exceeded the statewide gathering limit, apologized for his actions. "I need to preach and practice, not just preach".
The outdoor dinner at The French Laundry in Yountville in Napa County brought together 12 people, including the governor and his wife, Jennifer Siebel Newsom.
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Already, there has been a 48 percent increase in hospitalizations over the last 14 days, Newsom said, as well as a 38.8 percent increase in ICU patients.
"We are sounding the alarm. The spread of COVID-19, if left unchecked, could quickly overwhelm our health care system and lead to catastrophic outcomes". Also, the state will review tier status mid week, rather than waiting a full week, which means counties could move to a more restrictive tier more quickly.
Furthermore, California is also requiring people to wear a mask whenever outside of their home, with a few exceptions.
Newsom also spoke on the state's consideration of a potential statewide curfew, citing MA as an example of a state with a curfew. "Now is the time to do all we can - government at all levels and Californians across the state - to flatten the curve again as we have done before".
Weekly coronavirus infections across California are now nearly 150% worse than a month ago, rising from about 22,600 in a week to 56,000 for the seven-day period that ended Sunday, according to a Times analysis. "We ask every resident to do everything they can to slow the spread of transmission in our community, protect our most vulnerable residents, and save lives".