On Monday, Governor Gavin Newsom floated the idea that the State could issue a new stay-at-home order for a majority of California as new coronavirus cases and hospitalizations rise across the state.
During today’s press conference, Newsom stated the 7-day average of Covid-19 case numbers is hitting 14,657 with the Nov. 29 number being 14,034. He then highlighted the peak period of July which was a 7-day average of just 9,881.
He further continued that they anticipate another large increase in cases within the next 1-2 weeks from Thanksgiving activities and gatherings. He compared California to other states as the state ranks 39th with 34.5 cases per 100,000k population.
“The alarming concern is the rate of growth,” stated Newsom which is now at 6.2% while stating 12% of daily COVID-19 cases will be hospitalized 2-weeks after reporting.
According to Newsom, without any additional intervention, projections show hospitalizations could increase 2-3 times current amount in just one month.
Newsom further highlighted how in California, 59% of hospital beds are in use with the projection to increase to 78% by Christmas Eve. It is projected that 10-30% of hospitalizations will require ICU care and respiratory support. In mid-December, the ICU beds will be at 112% capacity.
“If these trends continue, we are going to have to take much more dramatic, arguably drastic action including taking a look at those purple tiered counties, 51 of the 58 counties, if we see these trends continue, the potential for a Stay-At-Home order for those regions in purple because of hospitalizations and ICU’s we are not just now looking at positivity rates, we are just now not just looking at case rates, we are now looking in real time in hospital numbers and ICU capacity in those regions. It will require, and we are accessing this in real time, over the next day or two, to make determinations of deep purple moves in those purple tiers status that is more equivalent and in line with the stay at home order,” explained Newsom.
Newsom said the stay at home order would be similar to the one seen earlier this year, however, there would be modifications.
State Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly explained they are doing everything they could to anticipate the surge from creating more beds and having staffing—but the cases right now have not impacted hospitals, that will be in approximately 2-weeks.
Newsom continued by stating that California has the largest PPE stockpile of any state and more than the US has in Strategic National Stockpile.
During the conference, Newsom called for more assistance and relief for small business and called for Billions in Sales Tax Deferrals which included automatic 3-month extension for taxpayers with less than $1 million in sales tax. Expand interest-free payment agreements to larger companies with up to $5 million in sales tax while expanding industries heavily impacted by operations restrictions including bars & restaurants, hair salons and more.
He further called for a “bridge” relief for small business which included the state providing $500 million in COVID relief funds. Grants of up to $25k for small business, non-profits, and cultural institutions in need. Further action could occur with the Legislator in January.
California Vaccine Update
- CA anticipates getting 327,000 doses in mid-December w/second doses likely to follow within 3-weeks (Pfizer)
- Drafting Guidelines Workgroup making recommendations this week for Phase 1a distribution
- Recommendations will be reviewed by the Community Advisory Vaccine Committee.
- Bay Area Health Officers’ Statement in Support of Santa Clara County’s New COVID Measures
- Los Angeles County Issues Additional Safety Modifications to Health Officer Order
- Governor Gavin Newsom Issues 1-Month Curfew for Counties in Purple Tier