Latest California Healthline Stories
California On Brink Of Stricter Stay-At-Home Orders: Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday warned that California is teetering toward a wider coronavirus stay-at-home order as public health officials work desperately to shore up an overwhelmed hospital system. Read more from the Los Angeles Times, LA Daily News, Orange County Register, San Francisco Chronicle and Sacramento Bee.
COVID Hospitalizations Reach Worst Level Yet: California has more people hospitalized with COVID-19 than at any time since the pandemic began, an ominous development that comes as officials warn of further virus spread after the long holiday weekend. Read more from the Los Angeles Times.
S.F. Stays Out Of The Purple, For Now: San Francisco did not move into the most restrictive purple tier of California’s economic reopening plan as expected Tuesday. San Francisco also will keep restaurants open for outdoor dining when the city does move into the purple tier, possibly later this week, a city official said Tuesday. Read more from the San Francisco Chronicle, SF Gate and Los Angeles Times. Continued coverage, below.
More Lockdowns Loom As California Crushes COVID Case Record: California reported a record 20,654 cases on Monday, beating the previous record of 13,412 cases set last Monday. In Los Angeles County, the specter of another COVID-19 shutdown loomed as the region spilled over its case threshold for issuing a new stay-at-home order. Read more from the San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, Bay Area News Group and AP.
Governor, Family Under Quarantine After COVID Exposure: Gov. Gavin Newsom and his family are under quarantine after learning Friday evening that three of his children were exposed to a California Highway Patrol officer who tested positive for the coronavirus, the governor’s office said late Sunday. Newsom and his family tested negative for the virus Sunday morning. Read more from the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle and Sacramento Bee.
Thursday’s roundup of California health news covers the curfew order, coming workplace rules, vaccines, rising COVID deaths and more.
Diverse, Low-Income Neighborhoods To Get The Vaccine First: As COVID disproportionately ravages California’s low-income communities, the state plans to prioritize early rounds of the eventual vaccine to these communities in the name of fairness. Read more from the Sacramento Bee and LA Daily News.
LA County Sets COVID Curfews: With coronavirus surging, Los Angeles County Public Health officials tightened restrictions on Tuesday, including curfews on restaurants, wineries and bars, while ordering new caps on social gatherings, officials said. They stopped short of full stay-home orders. Read more from the Bay Area News Group and Los Angeles Times.
Most Of California Goes On Lockdown: A staggering 94% of California's population will move back to the most restrictive COVID-19 guidelines due to a rapid uptick in cases, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Monday. According to the governor, 41 counties in the state are now in the "purple" tier, which means many nonessential indoor businesses will be forced to close, including movie theaters and gyms. Read more from KQED. Continued coverage, below.
Newsom Faces Backlash After Attending Birthday Party: Gov. Gavin Newsom attended a birthday party for a political adviser on Nov. 6 that included people from several households, the type of gathering his administration has discouraged during the coronavirus pandemic. “We should have modeled better behavior and not joined the dinner,” the governor said. Read more from the San Francisco Chronicle, Sacramento Bee, AP, Politico and Newsweek.