Expect Strict Stay at home Orders to Continue in Bay Area & California
Gov. Gavin Newsom’s regional stay-at-home order for Southern California was scheduled to expire today (Monday), but with regional intensive care unit capacity officially considered to be ‘zero’, he announced the order will almost assuredly be extended.
California recently topped 2 million confirmed COVID-19 cases on Christmas Eve, and the worst is expected to come in the next few weeks after Christmas and New Year’s travelers return home. If people think the COVID infection rate was bad after Thanksgiving, just wait for two weeks after Christmas (aprox 1/8/21).
“We are likely, I think it’s pretty self-evident, going to need to extend those regional dates,” Newsom said. “… Based upon all the data and based upon all these trend lines, it is very likely based on those current trends that we’ll need to extend that stay at home order, (which) you recall was a three-week order when we announced it.”
Since the beginning of COVID restrictions, San Francisco has sought to maintain the strictest lockdown ordinances in the state, other Bay Area counties were not far behind, but San Francisco has been consistently attempting to set the standard for caution in this pandemic.
Expect small businesses like restaurants, bars, gyms, salons to be at their highest restrictions levels in January. For information on SF restrictions visit: https://sf.gov/stay-home-except-essential-needs
This week California is 2nd place in the US for daily COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents, over a seven day period. This according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention case per capita tracker. Only Tennessee is fairing worse than California as of this Morning. (12/28) with Arizona and Oklahoma not far behind.
|State/Territory||Average Daily Cases per 100k in Last 7 Days|
|New York City*||50.5|
|District of Columbia||27.7|
|Northern Mariana Islands||1.8|
|Federated States of Micronesia||0|
|Republic of Marshall Islands||0|
As you can see in the State’s ‘Risk Level by County’ map bellow, every heavily populated county is currenting in the purple tier, which means the most stringent lockdown orders will remain in effect.
See all state COVID data here: https://covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs/