Newsom: Stay-at-home order in some parts of CA likely to be extended
OAKLAND, Calif. (KTVU) - Governor Gavin Newsom announced on Monday that he expects the regional stay-at-home order in some parts of California to last longer than anticipated based on COVID indicators.
Newsom said ICU capacity in San Joaquin Valley and Southern California stands at zero percent. Statewide, just 2.5 percent of ICU beds are still available, Newsom said.
The three-week stay-at-home order in San Joaquin is supposed to expire on Dec. 28 and on Dec. 30 in Southern California, but that's not likely to happen.
"I think it's pretty self-evident we are going to need to extend those original dates," Newsom said. "Based upon all the data and based upon all the trend lines it is very likely that we'll need to extend that stay-at-home order."
The Bay Area's ICU capacity sat at 13.7 percent as of Monday. Health officers in the region have predicted that the Bay Area's stay-at-home order could last well into January if the current wave of new cases and hospitalizations is not abated soon.
Nearly all of California, about 98%, is under the state's strict stay-at-home that forces restaurants to close indoor and outdoor dining rooms and cuts capacity limits at retail stores.
California has recorded half a million coronavirus cases in the last two weeks and could have nearly 100,000 hospitalizations in the next month.
Newsom gave Monday's briefing from his home as he quarantined Sunday for the second time in two months after a staff member tested positive for the virus.
Associated Press and Bay City News contributed to this report.