As coronavirus cases continue to climb in California, Governor Gavin Newsom is taking steps to enforce social distancing.
Effective immediately, the 19 counties, representing over 70% of the population, currently on the governor’s watch list will be required to close all bars and indoor operations for three consecutive days. The closures are a part of “dimming” the light switch back on reopening businesses. Newsom explained dimming is based on local conditions to reduce the spread of the virus.
Contra Costa, Santa Clara, and Solano are three Bay Area counties on the governor’s watch list included below.
This applies to the following counties:
– Contra Costa
– San Bernardino
– San Joaquin
– Santa Barbara
– Santa Clara
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) July 1, 2020
In addition to closures, on a series of slides, the governor recommended, “Counties with mandatory closures should consider canceling firework shows, Californians should not gather with people you do not live with, and to avoid crowds.”
Although he did not set specific rules banning gatherings inside homes, he hopes people reconsider gatherings with people they do not live with.
Unfortunately, in the last 24 hours, 110 individuals died and 5,898 people were diagnosed with coronavirus in California. The positivity rate, the percent of people who tested positive for COVID-19 out of all the people tested, has risen from 4.7% to 6% over the last two weeks. Furthermore, hospitalizations have increased 51% and ICU admissions have increased 47% over the last two weeks.
The rising numbers did not discourage Newsom as he reminded viewers, “We were successful in bending that curve. We will be successful again in bending this new curve.”
Newsom concluded the conference asking people to, “Please wear a face covering, wear a mask…not just this weekend…but every day.”
Watch the entire press conference below.
— Office of the Governor of California (@CAgovernor) July 1, 2020