Governor Calls for Senior Quarantine and Closure of Bars
By edhat staff
California Governor Gavin Newsom has called for people over 65 years of age to self-quarantine and for bars to close due to the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19)
Newsom held a press conference on Sunday afternoon to address the growing concerns of COVID-19 as the numbers of confirmed cases grow in the state.
"As we manage this disease and the dynamic nature of this moment, we need to anticipate spread but we also need to prioritize our focus. The purpose of today's announcement is to focus on specifically what we mean by that. The most important thing, again, is to protect the most vulnerable, protect our seniors," said Newsom.
In order to slow the spread of COVID-19, Newsom stated they must prioritize the safety of an estimated 5.3 million people age 65 years of age or older and request these people stay home. He also stated those with underlying or chronic health conditions should also self-isolate.
In addition, it was suggested that all bars, nightclubs, wineries, and brewpubs in the state close for the time being. Newsome described these businesses as a non-essential function and feels its appropriate under these circumstances to move in that direction.
Restaurants are now required to provide social distancing between patrons and the state is reducing every establishment's current occupancy by half.
Another population that Newsom highlighted is the approximately 108,000 homeless living in the state. He stated several task forces are currently working to move those who are unsheltered out of encampments and into environments to properly address the growing health concern.
Newsom stated hotels and motels are being procured to convert into appropriate sites for homeless, as well as approximately 450 trailers.
There are approximately 74,000 hospital beds including 11,500 intensive care unit (ICU) beds with over 7,500 ventilators available in the state. The number of positive COVID-19 cases has increased to 335, a 14% increase from yesterday, as well as six deaths, Newsom said.
"We need to meet this moment head-on and lean in," said Newsom.
Santa Barbara County confirmed its first positive case on Sunday. The United States has over 3,200 positive COVID-19 cases and 62 deaths as of Sunday afternoon.
The full video of the press conference is available below: