June 29, 2020
The Golden State’s planned reopening took a few steps back over the weekend. California Governor Gavin Newsom on Sunday tweeted: “Due to the rising spread of #COVID19, CA is ordering bars to close in Fresno, Imperial, Kern, Kings, Los Angeles, San Joaquin, and Tulare, while recommending they close in Contra Costa, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Stanislaus, & Ventura.”
Gov. Newsom had advised leaders in Imperial County on Friday to reinstate a stay-at-home order because COVID-19 cases continue to surge in that part of the state. The Governor indicated state officials reserve the right and authority to toggle back on reopening California based on health trends they see emerging. He said they are mainly looking at the positivity rate of those tested, which stood at 5.3% over the most recent 14-day period statewide. Imperial County’s positivity rate over the same period hovered at nearly 23%.
Imperial County reported 1,729 new cases in the last 14 days bringing the county’s total up to 5,192. It is the only county in California Governor Newsom is urging to reinstate its stay at home order, though the governor noted 15 other counties are on his “watchlist.”
The governor reported on Friday 4,890 people tested positive for COVID-19 in California over the previous 24 hours. Hospitalizations rose by 3.3% overnight and ICU patients rose by 4.4%.
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