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Governor orders various indoor activity closures statewide amid COVID-19 surge

Alameda, Contra Costa counties have extra restrictions for being on watch list

Indoor activities across California must be reined in as the state combats a resurgence of the COVID-19 coronavirus, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday.

The state ordered all 58 counties to close indoor activities at restaurants, wineries, movie theaters, zoos, museums, card rooms and all bars.

Each county on the state's coronavirus monitoring list -- including Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, Solano and Sonoma counties -- must also close gyms, places of worship, offices in non-critical sectors, hair and nail salons and indoor malls in addition to the statewide closure.

The 31 counties on the monitoring list make up roughly 80% of the state's population, according to Newsom.

"We're seeing an increase in the spread of the virus, so that's why it's incumbent upon all of us to recognize, soberly, that COVID-19 is not going away anytime soon until there is a vaccine or an effective therapy," Newsom said.

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The governor has often compared the state's ever-evolving coronavirus response to a dimmer switch, with the state opening and closing sectors of the economy as the virus' spread ebbs and flows.

Newsom said Monday's restrictions on indoor activities were driven in part by an influx of coronavirus patients in intensive care units in the state's rural areas like Lake, Butte and Placer counties.

State health officials have also observed a shortage of ventilators in areas like Imperial County. Newsom said the state has some 10,000 ventilators available, but such shortages are still concerning.

Coronavirus hospitalizations have risen by about 28% over the last two weeks, from 5,077 on June 29 to 6,485 as of Sunday. In the last week, the state's seven-day average of positive coronavirus tests rose from 7,876 on July 6 to 8,211 on Monday.

The state's positivity rate has also continued trending north of 7% even as the number of tests across the state has surpassed 100,000 per day.

While the virus reasserts itself, Newsom expressed confidence in the state's ability to tame it as it did in May, provided that residents continue following health and safety guidelines by wearing face coverings and maintaining their physical distance from others.

"We were able to suppress the spread of this virus, we were going to knock down the growth of this in the beginning," Newsom said. "We're going to do that again -- there's no doubt in my mind."

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Governor orders various indoor activity closures statewide amid COVID-19 surge

Alameda, Contra Costa counties have extra restrictions for being on watch list

Uploaded: Mon, Jul 13, 2020, 1:57 pm

Indoor activities across California must be reined in as the state combats a resurgence of the COVID-19 coronavirus, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday.

The state ordered all 58 counties to close indoor activities at restaurants, wineries, movie theaters, zoos, museums, card rooms and all bars.

Each county on the state's coronavirus monitoring list -- including Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, Solano and Sonoma counties -- must also close gyms, places of worship, offices in non-critical sectors, hair and nail salons and indoor malls in addition to the statewide closure.

The 31 counties on the monitoring list make up roughly 80% of the state's population, according to Newsom.

"We're seeing an increase in the spread of the virus, so that's why it's incumbent upon all of us to recognize, soberly, that COVID-19 is not going away anytime soon until there is a vaccine or an effective therapy," Newsom said.

The governor has often compared the state's ever-evolving coronavirus response to a dimmer switch, with the state opening and closing sectors of the economy as the virus' spread ebbs and flows.

Newsom said Monday's restrictions on indoor activities were driven in part by an influx of coronavirus patients in intensive care units in the state's rural areas like Lake, Butte and Placer counties.

State health officials have also observed a shortage of ventilators in areas like Imperial County. Newsom said the state has some 10,000 ventilators available, but such shortages are still concerning.

Coronavirus hospitalizations have risen by about 28% over the last two weeks, from 5,077 on June 29 to 6,485 as of Sunday. In the last week, the state's seven-day average of positive coronavirus tests rose from 7,876 on July 6 to 8,211 on Monday.

The state's positivity rate has also continued trending north of 7% even as the number of tests across the state has surpassed 100,000 per day.

While the virus reasserts itself, Newsom expressed confidence in the state's ability to tame it as it did in May, provided that residents continue following health and safety guidelines by wearing face coverings and maintaining their physical distance from others.

"We were able to suppress the spread of this virus, we were going to knock down the growth of this in the beginning," Newsom said. "We're going to do that again -- there's no doubt in my mind."

— Bay City News Service

Comments

Bill Jones
California Reflections
on Jul 13, 2020 at 2:39 pm
Bill Jones, California Reflections
on Jul 13, 2020 at 2:39 pm
19 people like this

"Governor orders....." Newsom can take his "orders" and stick'em where the sun don't shine. I for one will never comply with unconstitutional edicts handed down by a governor or unelected officials with no authority to do so. And you mask authoritarians? You can take your masks and stick'em in the same place. You people so willing to give up your God given liberties deserve none. What's the matter with you people?


Olorin
Val Vista
on Jul 13, 2020 at 2:49 pm
Olorin, Val Vista
on Jul 13, 2020 at 2:49 pm
28 people like this

Timeline seems about right for a resurgence after all the demonstrations and riots. So, by all means, make sure that the malls, bars, restaurants, hair salons all close. But don't ever question the peoples right to demonstrate, loot, and riot. Not one word about that contributing to the resurgence. Just because you are a democrat doesn't mean you have to be stupid. Oh wait, maybe it does.


Neverdem
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 13, 2020 at 2:52 pm
Neverdem, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 13, 2020 at 2:52 pm
21 people like this

I am with you Bill. I will never vote for a Democrat in California again. Gov Newsome MADE our local Bay Area hospitals take patients from Mexico and Imperial Valley. That’s why our numbers had such a big spike in the last month. Before then our cases were few and our ICUs practically empty.


Jasper
Del Prado
on Jul 13, 2020 at 3:00 pm
Jasper, Del Prado
on Jul 13, 2020 at 3:00 pm
42 people like this

Bill Jones...You can rant & rave about your "liberties" but bottom line is we have a *very* severe health crisis on our hands...It's not about you, it's about us. Don't be a jerk


Pleasanton Parent
Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 13, 2020 at 3:01 pm
Pleasanton Parent, Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 13, 2020 at 3:01 pm
4 people like this

7 months and no targets to drive to.

He failed.


FreeTochoose
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 13, 2020 at 3:04 pm
FreeTochoose, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 13, 2020 at 3:04 pm
19 people like this

Jasper, here in America liberties aren’t dispensable.


[email protected]
Birdland
on Jul 13, 2020 at 8:33 pm
[email protected], Birdland
on Jul 13, 2020 at 8:33 pm
6 people like this

Gavin Nausea also declared that ‘protests’ were not allowed. LOL. Is that defined as ‘protests’ against him, or ‘protests’ about ‘lives that matter’?(correction intended).


buklau
Avila
on Jul 14, 2020 at 1:46 am
buklau, Avila
on Jul 14, 2020 at 1:46 am
18 people like this

Strong Americans last century had to deal with the Spanish Flu (50 million deaths worldwide), The Great Depression, World War 2. Now clowns are worried about what gender they identify with this morning and this virus with a 99.8% survival rate (even higher if you're healthy or under 60).


Taxpayer and Citizen
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 14, 2020 at 6:50 am
Taxpayer and Citizen, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 14, 2020 at 6:50 am
22 people like this

As coined by Saul Alinsky, “Never let a serious crisis go to waste.” Decisions based on hysteria, and not facts, are destroying this country at every turn. We are witnessing this daily before our eyes, yet we dare say anything because the angry mob does not believe in rational discourse. Don’t believe the lyin’ polls or the left wing media. The media and the liberal politicians want to control the narrative, but we are not fooled. We know that the liberal policies are “fundamentally transforming the nation” into something we do not recognize nor desire.

To the radical Democrat leaders, I say this: Keep rationalizing by skewing the truth. Keep us locked up, while you let the criminals go free. Keep defunding our police, while we arm ourselves to protect our families. Keep perpetuating fear while you play politics with our lives, our childrens’ lives, and our futures. The silent majority is more “woke” than ever, and come election time, a price will be paid for all of this idiocy. It must stop!


Taxpayer and Citizen
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 14, 2020 at 6:53 am
Taxpayer and Citizen, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 14, 2020 at 6:53 am
2 people like this

As coined by Saul Alinsky, “Never let a serious crisis go to waste.” Decisions based on hysteria, and not facts, are destroying this country at every turn. We are witnessing this daily before our eyes, yet we dare say anything because the angry mob does not believe in rational discourse. Don’t believe the lyin’ polls or the left-wing media. The media and the liberal politicians want to control the narrative, but we are not fooled. We know that the liberal policies are “fundamentally transforming the nation” into something we do not recognize nor desire.

Here’s the platform: Keep us locked up, the criminals go free. Keep defunding our police, while we arm ourselves to protect our families. Keep perpetuating fear while politics are being played with our lives, our childrens’ lives, and our futures. The silent majority is more “woke” than ever, and come election time, a price will be paid for all of this idiocy. It must stop!


Willy
Old Towne
on Jul 14, 2020 at 9:38 am
Willy, Old Towne
on Jul 14, 2020 at 9:38 am
8 people like this

All I can say this is BS! So many individuals and businesses at a point of no return financially 


Jake Waters
Birdland
on Jul 14, 2020 at 10:26 am
Jake Waters, Birdland
on Jul 14, 2020 at 10:26 am
12 people like this

Your personal liberties should be a concern for us all. Look how very easy it has been to eliminate them. Churches cannot meet, individuals are being indicted for protecting their property from the mob, liquor stores, abortion clinics, and weed stores are open for business, but restaurants can’t serve outside. This state has been successful in turning neighbor against neighbor over silly little ‘magic’ cotton masks. Certain ideologies can protest in the streets without restrictions, but others cannot. Then there is your vote that is being eliminated through mail-in-voting. And the greatest of all liberties under attack is free speech-that is being condemned unless you parrot the ‘correct’ talking points, otherwise you lose your job, your position, removed from social media, and ostracized. What next?

All due to the connivence of a virus that is has been allowed to be weaponized as a political restraint.


Taxpayer and Citizen
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 14, 2020 at 4:26 pm
Taxpayer and Citizen, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 14, 2020 at 4:26 pm
5 people like this

@Neverdem

If what you say is true about the importing of patients to our county, it reminds me of the deep state. They have to generate the data they don’t have. That’s desperation! Sound familiar (Russia, Russia, Russia)?

What happened in FL can’t be mere incompetence, either:

Web Link

Exacerbate a crisis to further the degradation and increase the power grab.

We are all victims...


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