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




Santa Barbara


Santa Clara





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

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monkeyboy Nov 16, 2020 04:42 PM
Governor Newsom Announces New Immediate Actions to Curb COVID-19 Transmission

Except this town has been doing amazingly for mask wearing, limiting entry to stores, etc. It's almost like all the masks and distancing are pandemic theater and we would have been in the same boat without them. Remember when all we cared about was flattening the curve? SB never even had a curve outside of the prison...we've been way below hospital capacity from the start, yet now our economy will continue to crater thanks to this crazy governor.

letmego Nov 16, 2020 03:28 PM
Governor Newsom Announces New Immediate Actions to Curb COVID-19 Transmission

"Epidemiologic analysis supported multiple local transmission events, including transmission between roommates and among recruits within the same platoon."
"U.S. Department of Defense installations have implemented recommended public health interventions.5 However, confined living spaces, close contact among persons during training regimens and other activities, shared dining facilities, and mixing of persons from across the United States place military populations at risk for contracting contagious respiratory infections such as coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19)."

"Of the 1801 participants who had negative qPCR results at enrollment, 24 (1.3%) were positive on day 7; of these participants, 4 had positive IgG serologic results on day 0. On day 14, a total of 11 of 1760 (0.6%) of the previously negative participants tested positive; none of these participants were seropositive on day 0. Therefore, 35 participants who had had negative qPCR results within the first 2 days after arrival at the campus became positive during the supervised quarantine."

1. Roommates
2. Same platoons
3. Low rate of transmission is what we are going for would be awesome, but again: roommates.

Voice of Reason Nov 16, 2020 03:18 PM
Governor Newsom Announces New Immediate Actions to Curb COVID-19 Transmission

General, like you said, experts knew we'd have a increase in cases come winter. That increase is independent of mask use. If it makes you feel better by all means blame others, but even the most restrictive measures can not prevent its spread:

a-1605581948 Nov 16, 2020 06:59 PM
Governor Newsom Announces New Immediate Actions to Curb COVID-19 Transmission

NAMASTEYOGI - YOU are the reason our kids can't go to school and people are losing their businesses. YOU and people like you who refuse to make the effort to be safe and contribute to slowing the spread because of some whackjob conspiracy theories are why we're in this mess. Stop spreading this nonsense.

NamasteYogi Nov 16, 2020 05:58 PM
Governor Newsom Announces New Immediate Actions to Curb COVID-19 Transmission

It absolutely to stop. Do not comply in outdoor areas do not cover your mouth and reduce your breath. This is the beginning of socialism. I understand the liberals in this town who have lived privilege lives their whole entire life have no clue what socialism is like.
Talk to immigrants that have left Vietnam, Cuba, Panama, Venezuela, and you’ll understand why. Go support your restaurants and businesses that are about to be shut down again.


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