The authority has taken the new stay-at-home order considering the ICU capacity drops by 15 percent, as reported by the California Department of Public Health. The report also suggested that two regions, Southern California and San Joaquin Valley, have triggered the new order in the first place.
The new mandate will last for as short as three weeks, starting from late Sunday. It comes as the state got a new record that the virus cases reach over 25,000.
On Thursday, Gov. Gavin Newsom stated that the state will be divided into five regions, such as Southern California, San Joaquin Valley, Northern California, Greater Sacramento, and the Bay Area. If the capacity of the ICU in one of them drops below 15 percent, a new order of stay-at-home will be released. Newsom also predicted that every area capacity will drop below 15 percent in December.
For instance, this Saturday the ICU of San Joaquin Valley dropped in capacity up to 8.6 percent. Meanwhile, Southern California’s that includes San Diego and Los Angeles counties fell to 12,5 percent, based on the statement of CDPH.
The new order of stay-at-home may instruct wineries, bars, hair salons, barbershops, and personal services to close temporarily. Personal services include body waxing, tattoo parlors, and nail salons – the information is available on the state’s official website.
Other than that, schools that meet the health requirement issued by the state along with essential infrastructure would be approved to continue open. Retail stores are allowed to open with 20 percent capacity while restaurants should only provide takeaway and delivery, no dine-in option.
The new order is supposed to prevent Californians from mingling with others who have no life in their neighborhood. Also, it keeps gathering outsides instead of inside buildings, regardless of the gathering type.
The official of Sans Francisco Bay Area health announced that they wouldn’t watch until the ICU capacity drops below the 15 percent threshold. They would remain at home as early as possible.
Mayor London Breed of San Francisco stated that their hospitalization rates rocket locally, especially in the ICU for now. Other than that, the hospitalization around the state is also increasing regardless of the location. Thus, if the beds are running out, there would be no other country that can help them. This is why staying at home takes place as soon as possible, as stated by the Mayor on Friday.
To summarize, two regions in California had become the trigger of the new stay-at-home order, according to the statement of the California Department of Public Health. The ICU capacity in both regions has fallen below the 15 percent threshold, which is not a good sign. The order may last for three weeks, but it is not impossible if the order would be applied longer. Restrictions on some places are applied, which includes restaurants, retail stores, barbershops, hair salons, personal services, wineries, and bars.
New cases in California are surging from day to day over the last even days. The state admitted more than 28,500 cases per day, which means that it increases by 126.9 percent compared to two weeks ago. Also, 10 percent of tests have come back positive for this past week.
As the cases skyrocketed in the state, hospitalizations have reached their highest number. Today, there are more than 11,400 patients with confirmed cases in the entire state. Compared to two weeks ago, the number is higher by 78 percent.
Even though no one would not admit this, more deaths are expected. There are 149.4 daily deaths on average over the past week. As the case counts get higher, the death toll also rises not long after that.
Another fact that we know about this condition is that disparities in age and race recur. 74 percent of the dead were elderly, 65 or older. Meanwhile, after this time, Latinos have 2.8 times higher risk than whites to come back positive.
As has been mentioned earlier, the United States has admitted over 15 million coronavirus cases along with over 180,000 deaths each day. California, as the most populous state in America – is on top of the rank board with the highest case counts. This state is also on top of the rank board when it comes to death cases due to the virus pandemic.
Coronavirus and the pandemic cannot be separated from economic growth. The communities that get devastated by this pandemic may also experience the same thing in the economic crisis. Staying under the restrictions for longer may prolong the economic recoveries, simultaneously.