Governor Newsom Announces New Immediate Actions to Curb COVID-19 Transmission

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Source: Office of Governor Gavin Newsom

As COVID-19 cases sharply increase across the country and California, Governor Gavin Newsom and state public health officials announced immediate actions today to slow the spread of the virus. The state is pulling an emergency brake in the Blueprint for a Safer Economy resulting in 94.1 percent of California’s population in the most restrictive tier. This change is effective tomorrow. The state will reassess data continuously and move more counties back if necessary. California is also strengthening its face covering guidance to require individuals to wear a mask whenever outside their home, with limited exceptions.

“We are sounding the alarm,” said Governor Newsom. “California is experiencing the fastest increase in cases we have seen yet –faster than what we experienced at the outset of the pandemic or even this summer. The spread of COVID-19, if left unchecked, could quickly overwhelm our health care system and lead to catastrophic outcomes. That is why we are pulling an emergency brake in the Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Now is the time to do all we can – government at all levels and Californians across the state – to flatten the curve again as we have done before.”

The rate of growth in confirmed COVID-19 cases is faster than it was in July, which led to a significant peak in cases. This requires a swift public health response and action from all Californians to slow the spread of the virus. Immediate action will help protect individuals at higher risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19 and will help keep the state’s health care delivery system from becoming overwhelmed.

“The data we are seeing is very concerning. We are in the midst of a surge, and time is of the essence. Every day matters and every decision matters,” said California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly. “Personal decisions are critical, and I am I imploring every Californian to stay home if they can, wear a mask whenever they leave their homes, limit mixing, practice physical distancing and wash their hands.”

The 28 counties moving back into Tier 1(Purple/Widespread) include:

Alameda Napa Santa Cruz
Butte Nevada Siskiyou
Contra Costa Orange Solano
El Dorado Placer Sutter
Fresno San Benito Trinity
Glenn San Joaquin Tuolumne
Kern San Luis Obispo Ventura
Kings

 

Mendocino

Merced

Santa Barbara

 

Santa Clara

Yolo

 

Yuba

     

The nine counties moving back into Tier 2 (Red/Substantial) include:

Colusa Marin Plumas
Del Norte Modoc San Francisco
Humboldt Mono San Mateo

The two counties moving back into Tier 3 (Orange/Moderate) include:

Calaveras Sierra

Today’s action will remain in effect until the State Public Health Officer determines it is appropriate to make modifications based on public health conditions and data.

California has taken steps to prepare the state for an increase in COVID-19 cases. The state has developed additional testing capacity to allow cases to be quickly identified, recently opening a new laboratory in Valencia that is already processing thousands of tests a day. The state is averaging 164,345 tests over the last seven days.

The state has been working in partnership with hospitals, clinics and physicians on the COVID-19 response. To support California’s health care delivery system, the state has an additional 1,872 beds available at alternate care sites outside of the system that can be made available quickly if needed to respond to a surge in cases.

California will continue to update the Blueprint for a Safer Economy based on the best available public health data and science. For more information about the Blueprint and what Californians can do to prevent the spread of COVID-19, visit covid19.ca.gov.

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LooseCannon Nov 16, 2020 06:24 PM
Governor Newsom Announces New Immediate Actions to Curb COVID-19 Transmission

Ah yes, you are correct, SACJON.

The Independent reports:

"For parents in Santa Barbara, this regression does not necessarily mean that in-person schooling is out of the question for their children. The schools in the area that have already made the shift to some form of in-person education may continue despite the tier change because they switched to in-person learning in a red tier.

For those in the Santa Barbara and Goleta Union school districts, it’s more dicey. As long as the county is currently in the red tier or better the week that school starts — January 19 and 11, respectively — then school may resume on campus as planned. Otherwise, they will have to remain in distance-learning models."

So the rich people applied for the waiver BEFORE we shifted back into purple, and that cannot be rescinded. Not exactly sure why (LMAO). Clearly, it has NOTHING to do with public health concerns. So rich kids get to be in school and the other kids, including mine, can go to hell.

Is this why I have been supporting unions all these years, to see them allowing this kind of class divide.

It's disgusting beyond belief. And it shakes my faith in the health authorities that it's one rule for the rich, and another for everyone else.

[INSERT MIDDLE FINGER EMOJI]

sacjon Nov 16, 2020 06:38 PM
Governor Newsom Announces New Immediate Actions to Curb COVID-19 Transmission

VOR - I disagree. Yeah, most people are wearing masks, but the hot spots are places and situations where they are NOT wearing masks and in close proximity (large rallies, IV, house parties, etc). If we curbed those large, indoor/even outdoor, mostly un-masked events, then we'd be in a better place. You can't seriously deny that.

sacjon Nov 16, 2020 06:46 PM
Governor Newsom Announces New Immediate Actions to Curb COVID-19 Transmission

VOR - while the school wasn't the vector for these high school students, multiple house parties WERE. This is what I can't believe you're ignoring. These unmasked gatherings are what's causing our numbers to go up. STOP THE PARTIES, etc. Enforce the rules or just shut everything down. This is ridiculous.

GeneralTree Nov 16, 2020 06:49 PM
Governor Newsom Announces New Immediate Actions to Curb COVID-19 Transmission

Sacjon - I was responding to someone else. Apparently you are the self appointed hall monitor. Yes it may get shut down again going back to the purple tier- but the fact is that they were trying to open. Had you followed along that is exactly the point I was making.

Basicinfo805 Nov 16, 2020 07:14 PM
Governor Newsom Announces New Immediate Actions to Curb COVID-19 Transmission

@VOR Nope! Right back at ya'. The pockets of virus spread are coming from group gatherings of "extended families" and younger people (college types and the 20 something's) that are Not wearing masks. I'll put my house on it. There are a lot of people not wearing masks, but it's not at Trader Joe's or Gelsons.

Bene Nov 16, 2020 08:41 PM
Governor Newsom Announces New Immediate Actions to Curb COVID-19 Transmission

I agree SACJON. At least in schools there is the ability to implement some degree of control over hygiene and behavior. Not true of big parties. And I get to witness their spreading potential first hand on a frequent basis. The vacation rental next door to me and the student party house down the block have never been busier. Never a mask in sight on the throngs spilling out onto the sidewalk, constant loud and saliva spewing bloviating, and social distancing of about 2mm. They don't care that they are likely spreading the virus, and the police don't care to stop them.

letmego Nov 17, 2020 09:35 AM
Governor Newsom Announces New Immediate Actions to Curb COVID-19 Transmission

@LOOSECANNON - it's not exactly true that private schools can fully stay open. They have to continue to monitor cases in the schools - if in school cases go high enough, they will have to shut down. Basically, if 5% of the staff and students in a school test positive within a 14-day period, they must close. If 25% of the schools in a district are closed, then the district has to close. (All staff must be regularly tested.)

LCP112233 Nov 17, 2020 10:37 AM
Governor Newsom Announces New Immediate Actions to Curb COVID-19 Transmission

I agree Sacjon. There are far too many youngsters carrying about their partying and such. I can understand their frustration and wanting to carry on with life as we used to know it, but they need to think about what they are doing! Everyone here is arguing about everyone else. We have college kids across the street. Partying every other night since college started. For the last week....silent. They probably got Covid. It's these ignorant kids that are making things worse, not the rest of us who are trying to get through this without dying.

a-1605641417 Nov 17, 2020 11:30 AM
Governor Newsom Announces New Immediate Actions to Curb COVID-19 Transmission

LooseCannon: It's the same reason that Gov. Newsom pushes the state health warnings, shames the hoi polloi Californians, and then himself goes to the French Laundry in Napa and then, when caught, apologizes. He hasn't (yet) apologized for sending his 4 children to private school. There's something about apologies: I watched the excellent CNN biopic on Biden on Sunday and was struck by how often he apologized.

LFG Nov 16, 2020 05:25 PM
Governor Newsom Announces New Immediate Actions to Curb COVID-19 Transmission

This 99.98% recovery virus requires all of us give up every freedom we know and listen to King Newsom. #HailtheKing Americans are now left to beg politicians to let our kids go to school, for permission to eat dinner with other families and go into a store without a mask. I've got an idea. How about everyone who is scared of the virus lock themselves down and let the rest of us live? There's no one forcing you to come out. Is this now the drill for every virus that comes from the other side of the world (of which there's been at least 10x in the last 20 years). It's honestly ridiculous and has nothing to do with our health or with science. Next we're going to get locked in our house because global warming requires us all to sit tight for 45 days....

Voice of Reason Nov 16, 2020 05:34 PM
Governor Newsom Announces New Immediate Actions to Curb COVID-19 Transmission

I'm with you LFG this is beyond crazy. It is so simple, at-risk, stay home stay safe. Simply want to stay home and stay safe, that is okay too! No need to force your will on everyone else. Many are stuck in March 2020 and think millions of California's are going to die.... that would have never happened even if we ignored covid (yet Newsome used that as the justification to start this unconstitutional power trip). Fear not Facts.

Bene Nov 16, 2020 08:16 PM
Governor Newsom Announces New Immediate Actions to Curb COVID-19 Transmission

LFG, we are not "giving up every freedom we know." We're trying to get through a virus that doesn't respect politics. It's like a war. People might have complained about hitting the bomb shelter during WWII, but doing so prevented them from getting blown up! Freedom should be for everyone, and if people do not take proper precautions and follow rules of hygiene, they are infringing on the rights of others to be free of the virus they are spewing and blubbering into everyone's air space.

LFG Nov 16, 2020 09:15 PM
Governor Newsom Announces New Immediate Actions to Curb COVID-19 Transmission

So we should shut down every small business in the county because we have 2 people currently in the ICU? And upon closer examination, those two people have underlying conditions? That's the new norm? My social responsibility to make sure no one catches any virus ever because it may get passed on to someone that may die. Or this is just the exception? You're lying if you think this is an exception. This is a government precedent.

LFG Nov 16, 2020 09:16 PM
Governor Newsom Announces New Immediate Actions to Curb COVID-19 Transmission

So we should shut down every indoor small business in the county because we have 2 people currently in the ICU? And upon closer examination, those two people have underlying conditions? That's the new norm? My social responsibility to make sure no one catches any virus ever because it may get passed on to someone that may die. Or this is just the exception? You're lying if you think this is an exception. This is a government precedent.

letmego Nov 17, 2020 09:28 AM
Governor Newsom Announces New Immediate Actions to Curb COVID-19 Transmission

Do any of you people realize that "at risk, stay at home" isn't actually an option?
- Cancer patients have to get chemo
- Elderly people need to get groceries and medications
- Millions of people with pre-existing conditions have to actually go to work

It's almost like you live on a different planet. This is not rocket science. Other countries have actually done far better than the US. There are solutions. But "We're #1 US" just can't have that.

Bene Nov 16, 2020 08:04 PM
Governor Newsom Announces New Immediate Actions to Curb COVID-19 Transmission

Mask up whenever outside your home or car? Wondering if this is supposed to include in your own yard? Seems like a walk on a street with no close people or your own yard should be okay to be without a mask. My doctor says its pretty hard to catch it outside, unless you are right by someone for a period of time. Of course with the density of housing in many neighborhoods your own yard or house might be less than 3 feet from neighbors. And the virus could hitch a ride on air blowing into your home from the neighbors. So if the ventilation of outside air doesn’t prevent viral contagion, seems the guidelines should be to wear a mask even in your own home in order to have low risk. What a fun life we all have ahead.

420722 Nov 16, 2020 09:28 PM
Governor Newsom Announces New Immediate Actions to Curb COVID-19 Transmission

I’ll never wear a mask outside. Ticket me or fine me to death I don’t care. Humans were not meant to wear a mask. 2 weeks to slow the spread, 8 months later and over 75% mask compliance and we’re in a another spike? Give me freaking break. Now the CDC and Fauxci say even after vaccine distribution we will still require mask & social distance for an unknown period of time. How many times does the goalpost have to move for you people to wake and realize this is is not going to stop unless you make it stop.

420722 Nov 17, 2020 12:30 AM
Governor Newsom Announces New Immediate Actions to Curb COVID-19 Transmission

11:51 What you’re really saying is, if we don’t allow the media to control our thoughts and ONLY follow the advice of scientist & doctors that you approve of (even though there are just as many out there that disagree with lockdowns and certain protocols) we’re just bad people, dolts, fools, uneducated even. Got it.

Voice of Reason Nov 17, 2020 08:27 AM
Governor Newsom Announces New Immediate Actions to Curb COVID-19 Transmission

PSTARR it isn't the mask, it's these idiotic non science based requirements like wearing a mask when you're outside unless you're eating or drinking then it's "safe" to not wear a mask? The government has gone overboard with their micromanaging control trip, even that wouldn't be so bad if it actually worked, but it isn't working and it isn't because of the few mask rebels.

LFG Nov 16, 2020 06:12 PM
Governor Newsom Announces New Immediate Actions to Curb COVID-19 Transmission

"Facts." What a funny word in today's world of disinformation. FACT: "Just two weeks to FLATTEN the CURVE." FACT: We did in fact flatten the curve. the hospitals were not overwhelmed. We did the mission. FACT: Mission changed from flattening the curve to eradicating a virus, something we still haven't done with polio and we've been trying for 100 years (The multibillion-dollar global effort to eradicate polio hasn't just stalled. It's moving backward according to NPR). FACT: We have viruses around us, among us and it has been so for 1000s of year. I'll trust my immune system to get this one. But with your facts you can stay in your house. With my facts I choose to take the "risk". According to the natural laws of selection and evolution, the rest should take care of itself. Fact or fiction?

a-1605599129 Nov 16, 2020 11:45 PM
Governor Newsom Announces New Immediate Actions to Curb COVID-19 Transmission

Let's take your train of thought (Thought may be an overly generous term, but we'll use it for convenience.) to its logical conclusion: Why even have a medical profession? Just let people die. And those other accoutrements of civilization like houses and clothes? They just delay the inevitable.

a-1605579630 Nov 16, 2020 06:20 PM
Governor Newsom Announces New Immediate Actions to Curb COVID-19 Transmission

You don't seem to have grasped the fact that the curve is dynamic. Yes, we flattened it, but then we opened up. No more flattening influence, and the virus did its thing, causing the curve to skyrocket again. You're seriously uninformed, to put it as mildly as possible.

LFG Nov 16, 2020 09:28 PM
Governor Newsom Announces New Immediate Actions to Curb COVID-19 Transmission

You mean when my parents put me in a bathtub with all my siblings so we could trust our immune systems to fight the virus off? They were uneducated buffoons. Only superbly intelligent people understand facts and their realities of Covid-19 facts are the realities of truth and those who disagree with their conclusions are "clearly idiots - for I myself am not an idiot. Therefore since you arrive a different conclusion than mine, LFG, you must be an idiot." After all, 2+2 is four and this is as simple as that. There's not possibly any other narrative related to Covid than governors looking out for our very best. As some guy in history once said, "When we hang the capitalists they will sell us the rope we use."

PitMix Nov 17, 2020 07:26 AM
Governor Newsom Announces New Immediate Actions to Curb COVID-19 Transmission

LFG, welcome to the extremist crowd here on Edhat. Too bad your Darwin theory isn't efficient enough to really weed out the anti-mask crowd before they can spread it to the rest of us at-risk people. Plus many probably have already pro-created so have passed their individualistic I-me-mine mindset to their kids. We all hang together, or we all hang separately.

PitMix Nov 17, 2020 08:42 AM
Governor Newsom Announces New Immediate Actions to Curb COVID-19 Transmission

420, our halfway shutdowns are clearly not working. Hospitals have more covid patients than ever. I had one strain of it, I survived it, so I figure I probably won't die if I get the other strain going around. But I feel sorry for the people who are losing relatives to this because they really miss them. I will do whatever easy or semi-hard stuff Fauci recommends to try and help my community out.

letmego Nov 17, 2020 09:23 AM
Governor Newsom Announces New Immediate Actions to Curb COVID-19 Transmission

PITMIX - my college buddy lost her mom yesterday. Not to COVID, no - to an infection due to a hip replacement. Why did this kill her? Because Texas hospitals are overwhelmed with COVID patients, and they had to hold her in rehab ... after 3 days she was so sick they had to move her to the hospital, and it was too late.

PitMix Nov 17, 2020 02:09 PM
Governor Newsom Announces New Immediate Actions to Curb COVID-19 Transmission

LMG, that is terrible. Very sorry to hear this. My sister lost her boyfriend in May because he had a heart attack but was afraid to go to the hospital. By the time he went, it was too late and he died the next day. In this case it was more about his fear that a failure of the system but still a tragedy.

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