Newsom Closes Indoor Operations Statewide Due to Rising COVID Cases

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Due to rising coronavirus cases, Governor Gavin Newsom announced, “CA is now closing indoor operations STATEWIDE for: restaurants, wineries, movie theaters, family entertainment, zoos, museums & cardrooms. Bars must close ALL operations.”

In addition to the statewide closures,

Newsom explained, “We’re continuing to see hospitalizations rise and we continue to see an increase in the rate of positivity in the state.”

As a result, “We are moving back into a ‘modification mode’ of our original stay-at-home order…this is a new statewide action, effective today,” said Newsom.

The new requirements, affecting 80% of Californians, hope to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Over the last 14 days, hospitalizations are up 28%, ICU admissions are up 20% and the positivity rate is 7.7%. On July 12th, 8,358 new coronavirus cases were documented, slightly higher than the 7 day average of 8,211 new cases per day. Unfortunately, 23 people died on Sunday and 72 individuals died on Saturday due to coronavirus.

137,000 Californians were tested yesterday for coronavirus, well over the 107,000 daily average for the past week. However, Newsom said, “Even 137,000 tests [are] inadequate to meet the needs of the population as large as ours.”

“This virus is not going away anytime soon” and “Until there is a vaccine or effective therapy, [the state] will be mitigating the spread if COVID-19 for the long term. Californian’s must adapt to new behaviors if we are to slow the spread,” explained Newsom.

The state has over 300,000 million masks in a stockpile and aims to protect its citizens but that, “Can’t happen by demanding something of you, just want to encourage you to do what you know needs to be done in terms of wearing that mask and physically distancing,” said Newsom.

On a series of slides, the governor asked for people to, “Limit mixing with those outside of your household [and] if you must mix, take it outside when you can”

Reporters voiced their concern for the upcoming school year during the question and answer portion of the press conference. Newsom reminded viewers California is, “Unlike any other state in the nation” because, “Each district stands unique and distinctive.” He said the state is continuing to close the digital divide and will have more announcements closer to the beginning of the school year.

Watch the full press conference here.


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