OAKLAND – Prime Minister Gavin Newsom said on Monday he was considering introducing stay-at-home orders in California County to curb an explosion in coronavir virus cases that threaten to flood hospitals by Christmas.
Newsom says it could introduce further restrictions in the next few weeks. He suggested that the state could direct orders to areas where hospitals are most at risk of flooding Covid-19 patients.
“We’re trying to be much more specific, more surgical … and prescriptive in terms of effectiveness and where the data is leading us to make these definitions on a sector-by-sector basis,” Newsom explained.
The background: California has controlled the spread of Covid-19 better than most states – ranking 39th out of 50 in per capita cases – but Newsom sounded alarming on Monday about the unprecedented rate of new infections.
The state has moved another six counties this weekend to the state’s most restrictive purple level, which now affects 99 percent of the population.
California currently bans indoor dining, gyms and church services in 51 of 58 counties, among other restrictions. If Newsom reintroduces restrictions like spring, most outdoor business would be banned and people would have to stay at home except for basic services.
Los Angeles County has already ordered a home residence order this week.
The data: In California, the seven-day average of new daily cases has reached 14,600 – which is higher than the peak of the summer wave. Newsom has highlighted the potential burden on hospitals around the state and further restrictions may be needed to ensure that enough beds are available.
Public health officials predict that in the absence of any further intervention or behavior, hospitalizations could double or triple in just one month, and intensive care units may exceed capacity. Nationwide, ICU uptake could reach 112 percent of capacity by December 24th.
“What we are currently concerned about is the ICUs specifically,” said Mark Ghaly, secretary of the Health and Human Services Agency, referring to the ICU’s capacity as the “primary cause” of further restrictions and the order to stay at home.
About 12 percent of Covid-19 cases require hospitalization, and about 10 to 30 percent of these hospital nurses become inhaled units.
– This is the location of the earth in terms of red flags. Not yellow flags, ”Newsom said.
About vaccinations: Newsom noted that California is expected to receive 327,000 doses of the vaccine in mid-December, with the second doses likely to be followed in another three weeks.
As this initial installment falls far short of covering enough of the front-line health workers at the top of the line, the group developing guidelines for equitable spread of the virus is expected to release its report on the first phase this week. dissemination.
The prospects: Newsom and Ghaly said they are in constant contact with health officials and are expected to decide on further restrictions in the coming days. Ghaly suggested that the state could limit the length of detention based on what conditions they see on the site.