Curfew Instated in Majority of California Counties as COVID-19 Cases Surge

"In light of the steep surge in positive cases we are now experiencing, and as with other COVID-19 orders created to protect the most vulnerable members of our community, the city of Fresno is asking our residents to voluntarily comply with the state's limited stay-at-home directive", Brand said.

"The El Dorado County Sheriff's Office is aware and will not be enforcing this curfew order", said the statement.

Gavin Newsom announced Thursday that he has instated a "limited stay-at-home order" to take effect today, November 21.

More than 72% of the new cases reported Saturday were in people under 50, while 91% of the deaths were those older than 50.

"This means that many essential businesses that in the past we've called non-essential businesses-there's a list of what's included and not included in that category-that we ask that they close operations by 10 p.m., that people can get home by then and that they stay home". "It is crucial that we act to decrease transmission and slow hospitalizations before the death count surges".

Roughly 94% of the state's population lives in purple counties, including all of Southern California.

Orange, Riverside, and Los Angeles County Sheriffs have all announced they will not be the Thanksgiving police. Newsom also imposed a one-month-long 10 p.m. - 5 a.m. curfew that is scheduled to end on December 21st.

This limited Stay at Home Order is created to reduce opportunities for disease transmission. "We may need to take more stringent actions if we are unable to flatten the curve quickly". Activities conducted during 10 p.m.to 5 a.m. are often non-essential and more likely related to social activities and gatherings that have a higher likelihood of leading to reduced inhibition and reduced likelihood for adherence to safety measures like wearing a face covering and maintaining physical distance. "Taking these hard, temporary actions now could help prevent future shutdowns". However, their status could change next Tuesday when the state updates the seven-day averages for new COVID cases and positivity rates for each county.

The California Department of Public Health issued a curfew order for almost all state residents as it tries to stem the surge of coronavirus cases that is threatening to overwhelm the healthcare system, said Gov. Gavin Newsom.

The tightening of restrictions comes as California health officials say the state has recorded another record-breaking number in daily coronavirus cases.

Late last week, the state issued a travel advisory, along with OR and Washington, urging people entering the state OR returning home from travel outside the state to self-quarantine to slow the spread of the virus.

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