Moments ago California Governor Gavin Newsom tweeted:
NEW: Yesterday CA conducted over 76k #COVID19 tests.
Positivity rate: 5.7% over 7 days.
That rate in Imperial County, however, is at 23%. Hospitals there are overwhelmed.
So today we’re working with the county to reinstate a stay at home order.
We have to take this seriously.
Newsom said he would leave it to county officials to determine the appropriate measures but, if they did not find the right measures, “I am committed to intervening.”
“They never moved as far forward as other parts of the state,” he said, “but it’s time to pull back further.”
The area’s test positivity rate over 14 days is approaching 23 percent. As a result, they “need to decompress their hospital system,” said Newsom.
Imperial County’s case rate per 100,000 over the past 14 days is more than 630. That’s well above the 100 cases per 100,000 threshold required by the state before reopening can be considered.
There are 13 other counties that the state has on a “watch list,” according to the governor. Those counties are Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, Riverside, Contra Costa, Fresno, Kern, Kings, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Joaquin, Santa Clara, Stanislaus and Tulare.
Newsom indicated that he did not presently intend to “toggle back” any other areas of the state, but praised Disney’s decision not to reopen Disneyland and San Francisco’s recent retrenchment. “I imagine you’ll see others doing the same,” said Newsom.