California Governor Gavin Newsom on Monday ordered the closure of businesses closed across the state, including restaurants, bars, wineries, movie theaters, zoos and museums.Continue to emerge.
Newsom’s announcement comes as California reported 8,358 new cases of COVID-19, according to July 13 data from the state health department. The state now has a total of 329,162 positive cases, and 1,833 of the patients required intensive care. There have been a total of 7,040 deaths in California so far.
Newsom also imposed stricter restrictions on 30 counties, including Los Angeles, Napa, Orange, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, and Ventura. In those counties, gyms, houses of worship, noncritical offices, personal care services, hair salons, hair salons, and shopping malls must shut down all indoor operations.
Newsom said at his press conference Monday afternoon that residents of the nation’s most populous state should remember that the coronavirus will not go away until there is an effective vaccine or therapy.
“This virus will not go away anytime soon,” he said. “I hope we all recognize that if we were still connected to some notion that somehow when it’s hot it’s going to go away or somehow take summer months or free weekends, this virus hasn’t either.”
Also on Monday, the two largest California school districts in Los Angeles and San Diego counties announced thatwhen the school year begins this fall. In a joint statement, districts said they will plan face-to-face learning when health conditions allow.
Across the country, there is concern that younger people may not get the message about the severity of the pandemic.
In Texas, for example, a doctor described the last words of a 30-year-old patient after attending a party called “COVID.”
“‘I think I made a mistake, I thought it was a hoax, but it is not,'” Dr. Jane Appleby told CBS News.