San Francisco Bay is releasing a new home order

The changes will take effect at 10pm on Sunday in much of the area and will run until January 4th. Governor Gavin Newsom has announced a new system for regional closures that would have forced the Gulf region to shut down within weeks. It commits the regions to take action when 85% of the beds of intensive migrants are full.

However, officials say Bay Area hospitals will be overwhelmed sooner than this.

“We don’t think we can wait for the new restrictions on the state to take effect. … This is an emergency, “said Chris Farnitano, Contra Costa’s health officer.

The order came on the same day the state registered another daily record of 22,018 cases, and hospital treatment exceeded 9,000 for the first time.

Restaurants should close indoor and outdoor meals, and bars and wineries should close hair and nail salons and playgrounds. Retail stores and malls can only operate with 20% customer capacity. Meetings of any size with persons outside the household are prohibited.

Lisa Hernandez, a Berkeley health official, said people should not meet anyone they don’t live in person, “even in a small group, and even with precautions outdoors”.

“If you have a social bubble, it pops up now,” Hernandez said. “Don’t let this be the last holiday with your family.”

The new home order is cutting sharply into the most lucrative shopping season and is a threat of financial ruin for businesses that are already struggling after ten months of repeated, again restrictions and slow sales due to the pandemic.

The counties of San Francisco, Santa Clara, Marin, Alameda and Contra Costa introduced the order. These counties, as well as the county of San Mateo, were the first countries in the country to order a blockade on March 17, when there were less than 280 cases and only three deaths in the area of ​​7 million inhabitants. This time, San Mateo County has decided to wait for a threshold set by the governor, although officials say hospital beds will continue to be shared with others in the region.

The Bay Area counties are so closely linked that it has been much easier to implement a regional order, officials said.

In Santa Clara County, Apple and Google headquarters, officials have previously banned all high school, dormitory and professional sports and introduced quarantine for people traveling more than 150 miles (241 kilometers) after officials saw a rampage following Thanksgiving Day incidents. . Compliance officers were a fan throughout the county on Thanksgiving Day and continue to visit businesses to make sure they are complying with capacity rules and other precautions.

“Our biggest fear – that you, your mother, grandmother or grandfather – if you get sick – is always the reality we have to face unless we slow down the spread,” – San Francisco Mayor The San Francisco Officer said San Francisco has a week to stabilize the spread, otherwise his hospital systems will run out of ICU beds on December 27th.

According to the Golden Gate Restaurant Association of San Francisco, most restaurants “can’t do it financially alone.” The closure comes after a number of nearby restaurants have built new outdoor spaces, some at a high cost.

Public health officials have warned that Thanksgiving reunion fees could start flooding hospitals by Christmas.

With the exception of Marin, all counties are of the highest purple standard in the state’s economic pandemic plan, which has already forced 52 of California’s 58 counties to stop most non-core indoor activities and imposed a curfew from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

But it didn’t work because the data shows people are ignoring the rules, Dr Mark Ghaly, the state’s head of public health, admitted on Thursday.

In the inner valley, in the county of Fresno, only 10 of the 150 ICU beds were available. Health officials have described a grim picture of hospitals struggling to retain staff due to coronavirus infections and exposures. At one hospital, patients in the intensive care unit will be kept in the emergency department until the beds open, Daniel Lynch, director of emergency medical services, said on Friday.

“Hospitals are full,” Lynch said.

The county asked the state for help with the staff a few weeks ago. But so far only one or two more workers have appeared at three local hospitals as the entire state struggles with staffing.

There were 18 ICU beds available at the Kaweah Delta Medical Center in Visalia, Tulare County, on Friday, but only four additional staff could handle patients, said Keri Noeske, chief nurse.

These roles are usually filled by specially trained nurses who can switch from other areas that are already full of patients and 125 employees are not patient or quarantined due to COVID-19.


Associated Press writer Jocelyn Gecker in San Francisco and Brian Melley in Los Angeles contributed.