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California will shut down indoor services at restaurants and wineries and order movie theaters, zoos and museums to bar indoor operations in 19 counties including Los Angeles that have seen a surge in novel coronavirus infections, Governor Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday.

Part of a move to stem the spread of COVID-19 during large gatherings this upcoming Independence Day weekend, the shutdown also impacts cardrooms and family entertainment centers in Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura and Sacramento counties and 15 others that are under intense monitoring by state health officials.

Newsom said in a press conference the decision is based not only on the spike in total COVID-19 cases across the state but also the surge in the number of people testing positive for the virus even as testing increases.

“The decisions made here today are done soberly and deliberately. Not every part of the state is impacted equally, and as a consequence we’re not targeting these restrictions at a statewide level,” Newsom said in a press conference Wednesday. “We have deep reverence and respect for local health officials and their determinations of what’s working in their communities.”

California health officials reported at least 105,000 people were tested for COVID-19 Tuesday and that 5,898 tested positive for the virus statewide over the last 24 hours.

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The state’s positivity rate — the number of positive cases among residents receiving COVID-19 tests, a key indicator of community spread of the virus — stands at 6.4% over the last week, up from 4.4% two week ago, Newsom said Wednesday.

“It may not seem like much of an increase, but every decimal point is profoundly impactful,” Newsom said.

Health officials are also concerned that the number of Covid-19 patients being admitted to hospitals has increased by 51% over the last week, but Newsom said the state’s hospitalization capacity is still well-positioned to absorb tens of thousands more patients if needed.

Newsom urged Californians to not let their guard down if they attend large group gatherings this weekend and reiterated the statewide mandate for wearing face masks in public.

He also threw a lifeline to struggling renters by issuing an executive order that extends through Sept. 30 local governments’ authorization to impose eviction moratoriums for renters impacted by the pandemic.

In Orange County, health officer Clayton Chau issued an order Wednesday closing all bars in the coastal county beginning July 2, citing the uptick in Covid-19 cases.

Orange County Supervisor Michelle Steel said the move aligns Southern California counties’ efforts to keep people from gathering in large groups.

“While we would prefer not to close bars at this time, many of our neighboring counties have closed their bars, and it’s important to take precautions to ensure the safety of the general public,” Steel said in a statement Wednesday.

The order doesn’t apply to restaurants, breweries or bars that offer dine-in service. Bars in the county have been allowed to operate since June 12.

Orange County has seen 13,843 positive Covid-19 cases and 340 related deaths as of Tuesday, the same day health officials there reported the county’s highest daily count of novel coronavirus cases since the beginning of the pandemic.

“As we experience a rise in positive cases and hospitalizations, it is important that we take swift and prudent action so that we do not overload our healthcare system or jeopardize the progress we have made in reopening our economy,” Orange County Supervisor Lisa Bartlett said in a statement Wednesday.

Bars have become a central focus of stricter public health guidelines since they are settings where the risk of community spread of COVID-19 is increased.

People typically gather in groups and mix in close proximity to each other over long periods in bars, which increases the likelihood of the spread of a droplet-spread communicable disease like COVID-19.

This is a developing story. Check back later for updates.

— By Martin Macias Jr., CNS

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  1. Kimberley McCaffrey says:

    You begged for testing. Literally demanded testing. You got testing. Now you are unhappy with the results. Testing = results. That was your goal. You allowed BLM and rioters to protest for weeks without concern. You even joined in. And now you complain? This is what happens when you try to play God and control the natural progression of a virus…you stalled it.

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