December 3, 2020
California clamps down on virus, pulls ‘emergency brake’
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – Stopping short of a ‘lockdown’, Governor Newsom and state health officials are strengthening a mandate requiring everyone to wear a mask whenever leaving their homes.

Meantime, 28 counties are moving back into the most-restrictive ‘purple’ tier because the COVID-19 virus has become widespread. Businesses will sharply limit their operations or be forced to close. More than 94 percent of California’s population is now in the ‘purple’ tier as the growth of confirmed coronavirus cases is faster than what it was in July.

“We are in the midst of a surge, and time is of the essence. Every day matters and every decision matters,” said California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly. “Personal decisions are critical, and I am I imploring every Californian to stay home if they can.”

The number of daily infections has doubled in the past 10 days.

California's health care delivery system has an additional 1,872 beds available at alternate care sites outside of the system that can be made available quickly if needed to respond to a surge in cases.

“California is experiencing the fastest increase in cases we have seen yet –faster than what we experienced at the outset of the pandemic or even this summer. The spread of COVID-19, if left unchecked, could quickly overwhelm our health care system and lead to catastrophic outcomes. That is why we are pulling an emergency brake," the governor said.

Monday’s order will remain in effect until the State Public Health Officer determines it is appropriate to make modifications based on public health conditions and data.

The 28 counties moving back into Tier 1 (Purple/Widespread) include: Alameda, Butte, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Fresno, Glenn, Kern, Kings, Mendocino, Merced, Napa, Nevada, Orange, Placer, San Benito, San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Siskiyou, Solano, Sutter, Trinity, Tuolumne, Ventura, Yolo and Yuba.
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