California Lifts Stay-At-Home Orders: ‘Light At The End Of The Tunnel’

Clinicians take care of COVID-19 patients in a makeshift ICU at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center last Thursday in Torrance, Calif. California is raising regional stay-at-home orders, but county and regional authorities can keep other restrictions in place.

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Clinicians take care of COVID-19 clients in a makeshift ICU at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center last Thursday in Torrance, Calif. California is lifting local stay-at-home orders, however county and regional authorities can keep other restrictions in place.

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“COVID-19 is still here and still lethal, so our work is not over, but its essential to acknowledge our collective actions saved lives and we are turning an important corner,” said Dr. Tomás Aragón, the states public health officer and director of the California Department of Public Health.

“The lifting of regional closures is welcome relief to restaurants that can resume outdoor dining, and businesses such as fitness centers, hair and nail beauty parlors that can now reopen with modifications,” NPRs Eric Westervelt reports.

“California is slowly beginning to emerge from the most harmful surge of this pandemic yet, which is the light at the end of the tunnel weve been expecting,” stated Dr. Mark Ghaly, the states health and human services secretary.

“But county and local authorities can still maintain closures and other limitations, as a number of are likely to do. Los Angeles County, in particular, stays in a difficult spot, in spite of a drop in brand-new cases,” he added.

Ghaly credited Californians with hearkening an “urgent message to stay at home when possible,” which he said assisted to decrease a surge that lots of states anticipated to see after the holiday.

California has actually emerged as a new center in the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S., reporting a total of more than 3.1 million cases and almost 37,000 deaths in its newest publication. Well over half of the states cases were found in individuals 18-49 years old.

As COVID-19 clients overwhelmed emergency spaces, California just recently took the extraordinary step of overriding its own law that puts a limitation on the number of patients each nurse can be designated to look after.

California is raising stay-at-home orders for all areas in the state, including Southern California, the Bay Area and the San Joaquin Valley– the three regions that had actually still been under the order– mentioning a drop in intensive care unit forecasts. But health authorities caution that a lot of counties still need to follow rigorous standards.

More than 40 million individuals reside in the 54 California counties where the state deems COVID-19 threat to be “extensive,” according to the latest main assessment. Only four counties, with an overall population a bit more than 35,000, are currently in lower-risk tiers. Still, for many companies, the new modification is good news.

California announced its regional stay-at-home order in early December, stating it would use to any area where extensive care system accessibility is predicted to fall listed below 15%. The Sacramento area left the order previously this month; Northern California was never affected by it.