California gloom: Virus cases spiral, new closures imminent


Newsom’s latest effort to keep people from gathering with others from outside their households divides the state into five regions and links business closures and travel restrictions to hospital ICU capacity. When a region has fewer than 15% of its ICU beds available, new restrictions are imposed.

Newsom said four regions — all but the San Francisco Bay area — could meet that threshold “within a day or two.” A litany of changes would take effect, including closing hair salons, barber shops and movie theaters. Restaurants may only serve takeout and delivery, and playgrounds will be off-limits.

Retailers and shopping centers would have to limit stores to 20% capacity during the busy holiday shopping

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Newsom issues regional stay-at-home order based on ICU capacity to battle record Covid surge in California


Millions of Californians will likely find themselves under a regional stay-at-home order once again under new restrictions announced Thursday by Gov. Gavin Newsom.



a group of people in a room: FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2020, file photo, medical personnel prone a COVID-19 patient at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in the Mission Hills section of Los Angeles. The raging coronavirus pandemic has prompted Los Angeles County to impose a lockdown to prevent the caseload from spiraling into a hospital crisis but the order stops short of a full business shutdown that could cripple the holiday sale season. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)


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FILE – In this Nov. 19, 2020, file photo, medical personnel prone a COVID-19 patient at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in the Mission Hills section of Los Angeles. The raging coronavirus pandemic has prompted Los Angeles County to impose a lockdown to prevent the caseload from spiraling into a hospital crisis but the order stops short of a full business shutdown that could cripple the holiday sale season. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

The new order will take hold in regions where hospitals are feeling the squeeze on capacity to treat the incoming surge of Covid-19 patients. A strict stay-at home order will go into effect 48 hours after hospital intensive care unit capacity drops below 15% in one of five regions

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California stay-at-home order looms as COVID-19 cases explode




a group of people walking down the street talking on a cell phone: People wait in line Tuesday at a walk-up COVID-19 testing site in San Fernando. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)


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People wait in line Tuesday at a walk-up COVID-19 testing site in San Fernando. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

California hit reached another troubling COVID-19 milestone Tuesday, averaging 14,120 cases per day with more than 8,200 hospitalized — both new records.

The continues surge is putting more pressure on state and local officials to take more aggressive action to slow the spread before it overwhelms hospitals. Los Angeles County, which has been particularly hard hit, reported more than 7,500 new cases — the most in a single day. Projections suggest L.A. County could reach 9,000 cases by next week.

Officials have said they would consider a restrictive stay-at-home order if cases kept rising, which is now expected because the Thanksgiving weekend likely spread the virus even more.

What are the options?

It’s possible such an order would

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The Latest: Germany Hits a Record for Daily Virus Deaths | California News


BERLIN — Germany on Wednesday reported a record 487 new coronavirus deaths — the country’s highest daily toll since the outbreak of the pandemic.

The country’s disease control center also said 17,270 people had contracted the virus in the last 24 hours.

The country’s health minister said Tuesday that daily death numbers are way too high and reminded his compatriots that behind every single number there’s a tragedy and a human life lost. Germany has seen 17,123 people die in the pandemic,

Germany implemented a so-called “lock down light” about month ago with schools and stores remaining open. That has led to a stagnation of new infections, but the numbers have not been going down again like in other European countries which have had much stricter anti-corona measures in recent weeks.

Germany is waiting for approval of an anti-COVID vaccine by the end of the year, and has started setting

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California hospitalizations soar, may spur more restrictions, Gov. Newsom warns


Gavin Newsom, governor of California, speaks during a news conference in Sacramento, California

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California could see a tripling of hospitalizations by Christmas and is considering stay-home orders for areas with the highest case rates as it tries to head off concerns that severe coronavirus cases could overwhelm intensive care beds, officials said Monday.

“The red flags are flying in terms of the trajectory in our projections of growth,” said Gov. Gavin Newsom. “If these trends continue, we’re going to have to take much more dramatic, arguably drastic, action.”

Hospitalizations have increased 89% over the past 14 days and nearly 7,800 coronavirus patients were hospitalized as of Monday. About 12% of Californians testing positive are likely to need hospital care within the next two to three weeks.

The biggest concern is intensive care cases, which have increased 67% in the past two weeks. If

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California hospitalizations soar, may spur more restrictions


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California could see a tripling of hospitalizations by Christmas and is considering stay-home orders for areas with the highest case rates as it tries to head off concerns that severe coronavirus cases could overwhelm intensive care beds, officials said Monday.

“The red flags are flying in terms of the trajectory in our projections of growth,” said Gov. Gavin Newsom. “If these trends continue, we’re going to have to take much more dramatic, arguably drastic, action.”

Hospitalizations have increased 89% over the past 14 days and nearly 7,800 coronavirus patients were hospitalized as of Monday. About 12% of Californians testing positive are likely to need hospital care within the next two to three weeks.

The biggest concern is intensive care cases, which have increased 67% in the past two weeks. If that continues, it would push ICU beds to 112% of capacity by mid-December.


That statistic is

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Coronavirus outbreak reported after a California youth basketball tournament violated health orders


A youth basketball tournament in Rocklin, Calif., has been identified as the source of a coronavirus outbreak that has infected dozens of people, say Placer County health officials.

The county alleges that the owners of the Courtside Basketball Center refused to cancel tournaments and games, despite “being advised such operations are not allowed and with full knowledge that COVID-19 cases have been associated with activities at the facility.”

The tournament took place at the center at 1104 Tinker Road in unincorporated Rocklin, Calif., on Nov. 7 and 8.

The county reports that 30 people from multiple counties have tested positive for the virus following that event.


A director at Courtside, Olajuwon Jones, told the San Francisco Chronicle that the positive cases all came from the same team and he believes they were sick before playing in the tournament.

In September, Placer County Public Health Officer Dr. Aimee Sisson resigned after

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Raging Pandemic Prompts LA County Stay-Home Order | California News


By ROBERT JABLON, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The raging coronavirus pandemic has prompted Los Angeles County to impose a lockdown to prevent the caseload from spiraling into a hospital crisis but the order stops short of a full business shutdown that could cripple the holiday sale season.

The “safer at home” public health order announced Friday calls for 10 million residents to stay home “as much as possible” and bars them from gathering with people outside of their household for public or private occasions.

The border exempts church services and protests, which the Department of Public Health said are constitutionally protected.

Schools that currently are holding in-person classes also mainly will be allowed to remain open, as will beaches, parks and trails.

The order takes effect Monday and will last until at least Dec. 20. It is less strict than a statewide lockdown issued in March by Gov.

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Almond Board of California hosts session on family health, nutrition amid pandemic


Almond Board of California, on Wednesday, hosted a session on the importance of ensuring family health and nutrition amidst a pandemic. The discussion focused on the current health situation in the country and highlighted preventive measures families can include within their daily diets and lifestyles.

The session was moderated by RJ Meha from Ishq FM and featured prominent Bollywood Actress and Author, Soha Ali Khan  as well as Ritika Samaddar, Regional Head-Dietetics, Max Healthcare  Delhi.

As several people continue to work from home and children attend virtual classes, a sudden shift has been noticed in the family routine which has further resulted in chaotic and inconsistent schedules.

This includes a mix of erratic meals, higher screen time, lack of physical activity, anxiety, stress and an over reliance on snacking due to easy access and boredom.

Addressing these issues through the session, Soha and Ritika, focused on three areas of health

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California records new high in coronavirus cases


LOS ANGELES (AP) — California reported a record number of coronavirus cases Wednesday as Los Angeles restaurants prepared to close for three weeks and firefighters in Silicon Valley were being enlisted to enforce public health rules to try to halt the spread of infections.

Cases of COVID-19 have been climbing at an alarming rate for weeks and hit a new high of 18,350 recorded Tuesday, surpassing a previous record of more than 15,000 cases announced Saturday, state officials said.

The seven-day average of positive tests has gone from 5.3% to 6.5% in the past week. The 14-day average has gone from 4.8% to 5.9%.


Officials have been discussing the rise in cases with increasing alarm in recent days and urging people to stay home and reconsider Thanksgiving gatherings with people from outside their homes.

“We are really, really concerned,” said Dr. Marty Fenstersheib, COVID-19 Testing Officer for Santa Clara County.

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