California to Impose New Restrictions Amid Rising COVID-19 Cases

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California may soon impose yet another stringent stay-at-home order on top of what we are experiencing now. This comes on the heels of new COVID-19 cases rising in many counties of the state, alarming many health officials.

California’s new directive would potentially apply to the purple-tier (the most restrictive tier in the state concerning the handling of COVID-19) counties, 51 in total. The state has seen such restrictions back in March, when Governor Newsom barred all nonessential workers and other workplaces from operating. It also prohibited residents to leave their homes unless it was to perform essential tasks and exercises. The order, however, was not fully enforced by law enforcement and it may well be that this new order could see the same happening.

Governor Newsom stated, “If these trends continue, we’re going to have to take much more dramatic, arguably drastic, action.”

Over the past week, there has been nearly 15,000 new cases of COVID-19 daily, outnumbering those of the past summer. About 12% of these new cases will require hospitalization over a two-week period. Newsom stated, “We’re not now just looking at case rates; we are now looking in real time at hospitalization numbers and ICU capacity in those regions.”

Governor Newsom says he expects the delivery of COVID-19 vaccines made by Pfizer by mid-December. Pfizer’s vaccine has demonstrated to be 95% effective in preventing new COVID-19 infections. A person would also require two doses of the vaccine.

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