On Tuesday, Governor Gavin Newsom announced 47 out of the 58 counties in California have successfully self attested to move into stage 2.5. The 11 counties that are not allowed to move forward are Alameda, Contra Costa, Imperial, Los Angeles, Marin, Monterey, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and Tulare.
He explained the state is moving forward due to the good work from first responders and individuals staying home but, “by no stretch of the imagination is this virus behind us.”
Over the weekend, California allowed congregants to go to places of worship with modifications, limiting the place to be either 25% full or have a maximum of 100 people, whichever is lower. The state also extended retail locations from curbside pickup to allowing individuals to go inside the store.
Additionally, hair salons and barber shops can reopen on regional basis with meaningful modifications. Chid care and summer camps guidelines will be released tomorrow while movie industry guidelines will be out later in the week.
Newsom expressed the importance of wearing masks and practicing physical distancing when you are around people you haven’t seen while sheltering-in-place.
The state of California has given 41.2 million procedure masks in the last 14 days. Newsom said, “The masks are foundational in terms of not only protecting those in the health care delivery system, but also to begin to reopen our economy, to get them to the groceries, to get them to our farm workers, to get them to our child care facilities, to get them into sectors so that we can reopen our economy more effectively and more safely.”
“As we move into phase three [there will be] more accountability, more responsibility, and more flexibility at the local and regional level and recognizing again that one size does not fit all and they can pace accordingly,” Newsom continued, “Some parts of this state will not be able to pace as quickly into phase three”
He reminded people to be smart and ready for a second wave of coronavirus, especially senior citizens so we can carefully move forward into reopening society. 19.5% of people who tested positive are over the age of 65, but 79.2% of those people have died.
He said he has remained firm with testing commitments, testing 67,000 people on Saturday, 61,000 people on Sunday and 51,000 people on Monday.
100,000 lives have been lost due to coronavirus in the United States. In California, there are 100,000 COVID-19 cases and over 3,800 people have died. In the last 24 hours, 19 people died and positive tests have increased by over 2,000.