Dec 5, 2020 - Health

Southern California, San Joaquin Valley face new stay-at-home order

A sign reading "safer at home"

A sign in Los Angeles. Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images

Southern California's ICU capacity fell to 12.5% and San Joaquin Valley's to 8.6% on Saturday, triggering the state's new stay-at-home order in the two regions.

Driving the news: Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a three-week stay-at-home order on Thursday that would go into effect in regions with less than 15% ICU capacity.

Details: Under the latest order, private gatherings of any size and all on-site restaurant dining are prohibited.

  • Hair and nail salons, movie theaters and other non-essential businesses must close.
  • Residents and visitors must also always wear a mask when they go outside.
  • The order will will go into effect at 11:59 p.m. PST Sunday for at least three weeks.
  • The Southern California region, home to about 24 million people, includes the cities of Los Angeles and San Diego, per AP.

What they're saying: “We are at a point where surging cases and hospitalizations are not letting up," said Salvador Sandoval, public health officer for the Central Valley city of Merced, per ABC News.

  • “I can’t emphasize this enough — everyone must take personal steps to protect themselves and protect others.”

The big picture: California recorded a record 25,068 new coronavirus cases and 209 deaths on Friday, per the state's health department.

  • Also as of Friday, more than 9,400 people were hospitalized with COVID-19, including over 2,100 patients in the ICU.
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