Covid-19 cases are on a dramatic rise in California, up 51.3% in the past week.
Daily cases have doubled in just 10 days, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced in a news conference Monday.
“We are now moving backwards, not forwards,” Newsom said, using the analogies of sounding the alarm and pulling the emergency brake.
California’s positivity rate is 4.6% today, but has jumped from its lowest point – 2.5% – just one month ago. The state added at least 9,890 new cases Monday and has seen hospitalizations rise 48% in the past two weeks. Just last week, the state reported its 1 millionth Covid-19 case.
About 70% of the counties in the state are moving backward into more restrictive tiers, with 41 of the 58 counties falling under the most restrictive of the state’s four-tiered reopening system. That includes all counties in Southern California, including Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego.
In this most restrictive tier, where infections are considered widespread, guests are welcomed only outdoors at restaurants, gyms and places of worship.
With Thanksgiving next week, Health Secretary Mark Ghaly urged Californians to “keep their guard up, even if they’re with people that they love that they haven’t seen in a while.”
California joined with Oregon and Washington on Friday, in issuing a travel advisory suggesting all residents avoid non-essential travel. Travelers are implored to self-quarantine for two weeks upon their arrival in to one of these West Coast states.