On Thursday, California Gov. Gavin Newsum announced a home stay order that would require unnecessary work and gatherings to stop between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. in counties with high levels of coronavirus transmission.
The order must take effect on Saturday from 22:00 for one month. It will apply to districts in the purple layer of the state to open the structure.
“The virus is spreading at a rate we have not seen since the beginning of this pandemic, and the next few days and weeks will be crucial to stopping the tide,” a statement from Newsom said. “It is extremely important to act to reduce transmission and delay hospitalizations before the number of deaths jumps. We’ve done it before and we have to do it again. “
In the Gulf region, the order will apply to the six counties that are currently in the purple level, namely Sonoma, Napa, Solano, Contra Costa, Alameda and Santa Clara. The other three ̵
The announcement comes amid a growing number of cases, rising hospitalizations and an impending vacation that the nation is on the brink of.
California has a record number of new daily cases, averaging more than 10,000 cases a day for a seven-day period ending on Wednesday.
And hospitalizations in California have doubled from nearly 2,300 a month ago to 4,500 on Wednesday, according to US data.
While the Gulf region has fared better than most major urban areas in the United States, the region has seen some worrying surges that have recently prompted local health officials to urge residents not to travel for Thanksgiving. On Thursday, officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention joined the call, holding a rare press conference to announce new guidelines recommending not to travel during the holidays.
The nine Gulf counties averaged more than 1,000 new cases a day last week, up 36% from the previous week. Before 1,342 cases were registered last Monday, it had been 67 days since the Gulf region reached 1,000 in one day. For the week ended November 1, the average is below 540 new cases per day. The average number of new cases per day in November was 885 compared to 480 in October, an increase of almost 85%.
“We are concerned about the exponential increase in cases, hospitalizations and deaths,” said CDC COVID-19 incident manager Henry Walk.
Due to the increase in the # COVID19 case, CA issued a limited order “Stay Home”.
Insignificant work and gatherings should stop from 22:00 to 5:00 in the morning in the districts at the purple level.
This will take effect at 22:00 on Saturday and will remain for 1 month.
Together – we can straighten the curve again.
– Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) November 19, 2020
If people are traveling anyway, they should wear masks, stand within meters of people who are not in their household, and wash their hands often with soap and water, the CDC recommends.
The health agency has issued additional, detailed guidelines, including the need to stay masked, avoid indoor spaces, and maintain proper distance in a public place.
“I know everyone wants to know what to do for Thanksgiving, and the main answer – to be the Grinch who stole Thanksgiving – is not to do it,” said Dr. George Rutherford, an infectious disease expert at UCSF, this week.
Public health officials are concerned for good reason. The number of cases has increased across the country, especially in the Midwest. This tide is now spreading across the country, even to California, which has managed to keep cases relatively stable for most of the past two months.
But the long-awaited winter tide is clearly spreading fast now, mostly everywhere.
As of Thursday morning, 1,900 people in the Gulf region had died of COVID-19, according to county data. Hospitalizations for COVID-19 in the Gulf region have increased by 69% since early November. Nearly 500 people with COVID-19 have been hospitalized in the region as of Wednesday, at most since mid-September.
Nationally, the United States has reported more deaths (over 250,000) and cases (over 11.5 million) than any other country in the world, by a wide margin.
COVID-19 deaths in the country are expected to increase in the coming weeks, with 7,300 to 16,000 deaths likely to be reported in the week ending December 12, the CDC said on Thursday. The compilation of the agency’s national models predicts that by that date, a total of 276,000 to 298,000 COVID-19 deaths have been reported in the United States since the beginning of the pandemic.
Despite these clear figures, the politicization of the disease remains evident across the country, with some people downplaying its danger.
Dr Anthony Fauci, the country’s best infectious disease expert, said his frustration was “bordering on pain”, that people denied the serious facts about the virus getting worse, which was getting worse across the country.
“The flu is not even close” to 250,000 COVID-19 deaths in the United States so far, he said; The United States typically reports about 40,000 flu deaths each year. “Either people don’t want to look at the data, or they look at the data and say it’s fake. No, it’s not fake. … This is a global problem, “he told USA Today. “I mean, come on, people. What do you not understand? ”
Without mentioning President Trump, who downplays the virus, Fauci said: “It is enough with this political division, with this claim that people are making things up. Get rid of these ridiculous conspiracy theories and realize that this is a public health crisis. “
Fauci said there was no need to “close as a nation”, but people should get on board with masks and after distancing and refrain from gathering indoors.
Despite all the warnings, many Americans still plan to reunite with their families during Thanksgiving. Some believe that testing will help them stay safe, although most public health officials say the delay between tests and results makes this strategy an inaccurate science and bad practice.
Those looking for coronavirus tests before holiday trips experience longer lines, including in parts of the bay area. Longer waiting times for results complicate efforts to slow the pandemic as people try to be tested before family reunions. Test sites from New York to Wisconsin to Oregon report lines spanning three to four hours, with results taking up to five days, the Washington Post reported.
The nation sees something like a “split screen” with the virus, with increasingly gloomy news of deaths and hospitalizations happening at the same time as promising developments in vaccines and treatments, Dr. Robert Wachter, president of the UCSF Medical Department. said during a virtual meeting on Thursday.
“We are seeing an epic horror film, a quarter of a million dead in the United States, hospitals are filling up and some are starting to crush,” he said. “One half of the split screen is incredibly disturbing, and the other half feels like a rum com.”
The latest news that two experimental coronavirus vaccines are more than 90% effective, according to early data announced by vaccine developers Pfizer and Moderna, is “quite remarkable, almost beyond the dreams we may have had a few months ago.”
The authors of the chronicle, Aydin Waziri, Katherine Ho, Rita Beimish, Kelly Hwang and Michael Massa contributed to this report.
Al Saracevic is a staff writer for The Chronicle of San Francisco. Email: email@example.com Twitter: @alsaracevic