Southern California’s Stay-At-Home Order Likely To Be Extended
It looks like the stay-at-home order for Southern California, (where Disneyland Resort is located) that is due to expire end of day today will need to be extended. This is according to various Orange County news sources as well as the city of Anaheim.
ICU’s in Southern California are currently reporting NO available capacity leading many to believe that the state of California will opt to continue the order into 2021. Check out the official post from the City of Anaheim below:
We are awaiting extension of the Dec. 6 regional stay home order covering Anaheim and much of our state. The current order runs through Dec. 27 and is set to be extended with regional ICU capacity at 0. We don't yet know exactly when or for how long. More: https://t.co/7mhv2Bmq2n pic.twitter.com/OKrIt0aUR7
— City of Anaheim (@City_of_Anaheim) December 27, 2020
Under restrictions put in place by Governor Gavin Newsom, stay-at-home orders can only be lifted once the regions have moved back to an ICU capacity of at least 15%. Even then, there needs to be reason to believe that the level will stay above 15% for at least four weeks before order is lifted.
In a statement released yesterday, state officials said, “It is likely that the Regional Stay at Home Order will extend for many regions in California. It continues, “Regions must remain under the Regional Stay at Home Order for at least three weeks and shall continue until ICU capacity projections for four weeks from the day assessed are above or equal to 15%.”
According to a recent story with ABC7, there are 6,770 COVID-19 patients in LA County hospitals. Approximately 20% of these are in ICU’s. Los Angeles County also reported 13,185 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday. This is in addition to the 15,538 cases reported on Friday.
One person is now dying from COVID-19 about every 10 minutes in Los Angeles County, according to local officials.
According to the ABC7 article, hospitals in Southern California are struggling to make space for the influx of new patients but the most difficult challenge is finding enough staff to care for new patients coming in.
“It’s very busy,” said Dr. Umber Chohan, infectious disease specialist with Kaiser Permanente. “The emergency rooms, the hospitals, the ICUs. It’s very busy. The numbers are increasing. They’re higher than anything we’ve seen in the past. They’re double and triple what we saw the last time around.”
In addition, there has been much concern as of late over a new strain of the virus that is being observed in the UK. It is 70% more transmissible than earlier strains. Since LA remains a hub for international travel its thought that the new strain has probably already arrived in California.
As of going to print, the US has recorder more than 18 million COVID cases resulting in nearly 120,000 hospitalizations. California has had more than 2 million cases and 23,983 deaths. So far, about 2 million Americans have now received the COVID-19 vaccine.
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