'The virus is spreading at a pace we haven't seen since the start of this pandemic and the next several days and weeks will be critical to stop the surge.
Los Angeles County officials have tightened COVID-19 restrictions ahead of Thanksgiving - and have warned residents that if the spread isn't controlled quickly, the county may be imposing a curfew and a three-week stay-at-home order.
California, like many other parts of the United States, is witnessing a rise in COVID-19 cases. For the two-week period that ended Thursday, average daily cases over a seven-day period have jumped by 102%, from more than 1,600 cases a day to almost 3,300 cases a day. The weekly average of daily COVID-19 cases was 1,171 on November 1, and by November 14, it had more than doubled to 2,406, according to county data. Beginning on Friday, a maximum of 15 people from a total of three different households will be permitted to gather, officials said, and all gatherings must continue to be outdoors. It's part of an attempt to slow the risky spread of COVID-19.
The limited stay-at-home order applies to 41 counties that account for almost the entire state population of just under 40 million people.
Should the numbers of new cases and hospitalizations further worsen, the county would impose a new stay-at-home order that would only allow essential workers and people securing essential services to leave their homes, as well as implement a 10 p.m. -to-6 a.m. curfew that only exempts essential workers.
On Thursday, Governor Gavin Newsom announced in a Tweet that California issuing a limited Stay at Home Order due to the rising cases of COVID-19.
In explaining the rationale behind the new order, Newsom alluded to late night activities that are often fueled by inebriation. The city saw no new deaths but LA County had 29 new deaths.
"You don't like to be very prescriptive", he said.
The "limited Stay At Home Order" applies to all counties in the restrictive "purple" tier of the state's coronavirus monitoring system - which includes Los Angeles County. State officials relay that this is the same as the order enacted in March but applied to the overnight hours and purple tier counties experiencing the highest rates of positive cases and hospitalizations, like Tuolumne, as detailed here.
"At this point, no one should be still underestimating the spread of this virus, nor should anyone be questioning the actions we still need to slow the spread and lessen its impact on our collective health and our local economy", said Los Angeles County Health Officer Dr. Muntu Davis.