COVID crisis: 2 California regions to remain under stay-at-home orders

COVID crisis: 2 California regions to remain under stay-at-home orders

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — California’s Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly announced Tuesday Southern California and the San Joaquin Valley will remain under a stay-at-home order until further notice.

Dr. Mark Ghaly said four week projections do not show improvement in COVID hospitalizations.

COVID crisis: 2 California regions to remain under stay-at-home orders

The stay-at-home order is in effect for a minimum of three weeks once a region’s ICU capacity drops below 15%. Southern California and San Joaquin Valley have zero capacity with no hope that capacity will bounce back any time soon.

Ghaly clarifies that being at 0% ICU capacity means the region is already making use of its surge capacity.

Over the last 14 days, COVID hospitalizations have increased by 36.5% statewide, Ghaly said on Tuesday, with 20,390 patients currently in treatment. ICU hospitalizations have increased by 35.1%.

“No one wants crisis care situations sneak up on them,” said Ghaly. “We have worked as a state so hard and so long to be ready.”

Governor Gavin Newsom on Monday said they are worried for a ““surge on top of a surge” as people ignore advice to stay home for the holidays.


California is broken into regions to determine where a stay-at-home order is in effect and for how long.

The Bay Area’s order is officially until January 8, but might also be extended.

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