SLO County remains under Gov. Newsom’s stay-at-home order

December 31, 2020

By JOSH FRIEDMAN

The Southern California region, to which San Luis Obispo County belongs, will remain under a stay-at-home order indefinitely, state officials announced Tuesday.

Officials also extended the stay-at-home order for the San Joaquin Valley region, citing projections that ICU availability is not rising at a fast enough rate. Both the Southern California and San Joaquin Valley regions are currently at 0 percent ICU availability, and under state rules, they must reach or rise above 15 percent in order to have the stay-at-home order lifted.

In San Luis Obispo County, ICU availability is approximately 43 percent and Santa Barbara County is at 9.5 percent.

SLO, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties are seeking to break away from Southern California and form their own Central Coast region. If county officials are successful, SLO County could be out of the stay-at-home order sooner than the remained to the Southern California Region.

Currently, the Southern California region includes Imperial, Inyo, Los Angeles, Mono, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties.

“We certainly know that Southern California hospitals are in crisis and some have begun to implement parts of crisis care,” California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly said during a press briefing on Tuesday.

Statewide, coronavirus hospitalizations are continuing to increase, though at a slowing rate. Between Dec. 12 and Dec. 19, hospitalizations increased by an average of 113 per day. The most recent data for a weeklong period shows hospitalizations rising by an average of 79 per day.

While under the stay-at-home order, hair salons, nail shops, movie theaters, playgrounds and wineries are required to close. Restaurants are restricted to take out and delivery and retail businesses to 20 percent customer capacity. Not all businesses, though, are complying with the mandates.


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mullyman

On TV China celebrates New Year where the virus came from hundreds hugging and joy full while the rest of the world suffers. Disgusting !!!!!! If our government doesn’t wake up and see that China wants to control the world and hold them responsible for this pandemic then God help us. We owe them Trillions so I say clear our debt for the Virus you doomed on us and the world.


Adam Trask

Well, not trillions, but China does hold about $1.1 trillion of U.S. debt. And, yes, they don’t mean us any good—they strictly want our money. But I believe it says more about the decline of our nation—or at least severe lack of leadership—that we cannot hug each other joyfully on New Years than it does about China.


kayaknut

Clearly we have no local leaders willing to be real leaders and protect us from Sacremento


NickG

He needs to go further and lock everything down. Fauci would agree.


MrYan

We’re not getting spun out to a central coast region and out of S. Ca. anytime soon. They need our beds, and our lower infection rate, to skew the S. Ca. region’s numbers lower. Without us S. Ca region will not leave quarantine until summer. It is not all about science. This is an economic decision not a scientific one based medical best practices.


JamesD

Screw you Newsom, I am a free American. You can threaten and try to control businesses and others but you do not control me, I do not need you. I will go where I want, when I want. I have hobbies and projects to do around the house but when I want to go somewhere I go. If a business is open and I want to go inside, I will. If I want to take a drive, bye. I will be back, pay my taxes but I decide when and where I want to go.


Adam Trask

Well said! Guessing Mary Mallon had much the same attitude back in the day.


mazin

Me, me, me

Its all about meeee.