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California Issues New Statewide Stay-at-Home Order, Curfew

Kali Hays
·1 min read

California is reverting to strict measures to combat a new wave of the coronavirus.

Gov. Gavin Newsom said Thursday afternoon that he was enacting a statewide curfew, which he called a “limited” stay-at-home order, requiring all “essential work and gatherings” to stop between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.

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“This will take effect at 10 p.m. on Saturday and remain for one month,” the governor wrote on Twitter. “Together, we can flatten the curve again.”

Earlier this week, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti urged people in the city to take it upon themselves to “stay at home as much as possible” over the next several weeks, given the sudden surge in positive cases of the virus, along with hospitalizations and people in intensive care.

The number of people becoming ill with the virus in California has climbed steadily this month, along with nearly every other state in the country. But the last two days, California has counted more than 11,000 new cases per day, and nearly 10,000 cases a day for the last week. Over the last two weeks, positive cases are up 12 percent.

When the state started lifting some restrictions on a county-by-county basis in September, cases in many areas had fallen below a threshold of roughly 3 percent. Almost the entirety of current positive cases (60 percent) are people identifying as Latino. Many in the Latino community work in jobs that have continued throughout the pandemic, like agriculture for instance. Nearly 20 percent of current positive cases are people identifying as white.