Gov. Newsom Orders New Statewide Closures of Indoor Activities as COVID Cases Surge
On Monday, California Governor Gavin Newsom ordered the closure of indoor operations for restaurants, bars, wineries, movie theaters, zoos, cardrooms, and museums in every county in the state effective immediately.
Why it matters:
This past weekend, California surpassed a grim milestone of 7,040 COVID-19 related deaths and had a seven-day average 8,664 new cases per day. Currently, the state has registered a total of 329,162 confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic.
California's test positivity rate was 6.1% two weeks ago, now its 7.4%, a 21% increase, and the state's hospitalization rate has increased by 28%, says Newsom.
1,833 people have been admitted to the ICU, a 20% increase over a two week period.
All 30 counties on the monitoring list, including Los Angeles and Orange County, have to close fitness centers, places of worship services, protests, offices for non-essential sectors, and personal care services, like nail salons, body waxing and tattoo parlors, Hair salons and barbershops and Malls.
Counties on the state monitoring list make up 80% of California's population, says Newsom.
Los Angeles and San Diego Unified School District jointly announced that all students would be learning online for the upcoming fall.