California 'Sounding The Alarm' With New Restrictions Amid Coronavirus Spike
Nov 18 2020
If Plumas had been placed in the purple tier, it would have closed virtually all businesses to indoor service.
The move means 41 of the state's 58 counties are now in the restrictive purple tier, which severely restricts capacity at retail establishments, closes fitness centers and limits restaurants to limited outdoor-only service.
The move follows an announcement on Friday, November 13 by Santa Clara County Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody prohibiting indoor dining and instituting additional restrictions on similar "high-risk" activities, slated to go into effect on Tuesday, in preparation for an anticipated move to the Red Tier.
In a press conference today, Governor Newsom announced that much of California, including Orange County, has moved back into the purple "widespread" tier of COVID-19. In that announcement health officials speculated on the possibility of moving into the Purple Tier "within weeks".
"While we have fared better compared to the national average, we don't compare ourselves to the average", Newsom said.
Cases have only continued to increase since then, also at an unprecedented rate, with 338 new cases in just the last seven days. We must continue to work hard at the basics of staying home, wearing masks, keeping our distance, not gathering, and washing our hands.
"Nobody wants to see business rollbacks, but they are needed right now to keep coronavirus in check", said Sisson. He said the first such facility will be activated in Imperial County.
"We are not only seeing cases increase in our county, but across the state and nation", shared Dr. Henning Ansorg", Santa Barbara County Health Officer.
"So we can with today's data... begin to understand what's coming in our healthcare delivery system".
As of Monday, those 27 counties in the most restrictive tier have to move backwards because they were not meeting a lower case and positivity rate criteria for two weeks.
Counties can also potentially be moved back multiple tiers in the matrix if the numbers warrant, Newsom said.
Counties that move back must make industry changes within 24 hours instead of within three days.
Newsom pointed to the rapid rise in case numbers and the positivity rate nationwide - which is now at over 9% - and said that while California's numbers may be increasing less dramatically, the increase itself is still cause for grave concern.
The governor also suggested a curfew could be imminent.