State officials said on Tuesday that Southern California, foreseeing the future, would remain the stay-at-home order.
This implies that the region will begin the new year with significant restrictions on its struggling economy since hundreds of Californians die every day and unprecedented pressures from the flood of COVID-19 patients hit the hospitals.
California Extends Stay-At-Home Controls As Hospitals Get Overloaded
The expected extension of the stay-at-home order on Tuesday aimed at both Southern California and the San Joaquin Valley shows another fact that the pandemic will turn life upside down in the new year, despite the whole country getting vaccinated.
Before the danger of the hospital crisis became clear, some restrictions in the business field, like the ban on outdoor dining in restaurants, were not welcomed by people, among some as the pandemic hauled into its third wave.
The pandemic is sparking an alarming rise in deaths that are currently occurring in California once every six-minute. The rapid spread of COVID-19 over the last two months signs at the end that three weeks ago, the rules went into effect, offering relief.
The pace of growth in the spread of the virus has decreased while the total cases and hospitalizations setting new daily records.
By Monday night, the average number of statewide cases had slightly declined from a height of around 45,000 in a day for the week-long period that ended Dec.22 about 38,000 per day.
Though the daily increase in hospitalizations of COVID-19 also eased recently, the hospitals in California are still in crisis. For the week-long period that ended on Dec.19, the number of net hospitalizations get elevated by an average of 113 per day.
The net increase in hospitalizations was 79 per day for the most recent comparable period.
Some areas of the state are stricken by the crisis harder than the rest.
The available capacity in intensive care units is 0% for Southern California and the San Joaquin Valley and remain in the CoVID-19 red zone.
The officials believe the pandemic-related restrictions have stabilized the region’s remaining supply of the current ICU capacity, in the Bay Area, that hovered around 10%.
The ICU availability stable is at 19%, that is even better off in the Greater Sacramento region.
San Francisco’s public health department estimates that above 500 deaths prevented with an even raise of hospitalization cases. This was the result of the stay-at-home order that went into effect on Dec.6.
Officials all around the state of California fear that the state will have to battle with a new wave of infections emerging from gatherings and travel during the holidays.
This suggests that the results that California gained would be short-term. The consequences of options the state made for holidays would not become clear for another week or two.