About one-third of California’s 39 million residents have been told to shelter in place as part of an effort to stop the spread of coronavirus.
Sacramento County on Thursday ordered 1.5 million residents to shelter in place at midnight.
Even Humboldt County, which reported one case of coronavirus, also urged its residents to stay home. Health Officer Dr. Teresa Frankovich announced the shelter-in-place order, which starts at midnight and is expected to last until at least April 9.
Under these orders, people may leave homes only for essential work or errands like buying groceries or medicine.
Sacramento and Humboldt counties joins a growing list of California communities that have already issued shelter-in-place orders to residents.