SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sunday ordered bars that have opened in seven California counties, including Los Angeles, to immediately close and urged bars in eight other counties to do the same, saying the coronavirus was rapidly spreading in those parts of the state and that bar settings create a higher risk of transmission.
One bar in East Lansing, Michigan, has been linked to more than 85 cases, and local health officials say that number is likely to rise. The governor's order calls on Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties to take the same action, but leaves the final decision in the hands of the county health officers.
"We are actively monitoring COVID-19 across the state and working closely with counties where there are increased rates and concerning patterns of transmission", the state's public health director said.
California Governor Gavin Newsom's live press conferences continue from Pittsburg, Calif., where he plans to announce updates on the state's plan to keep homeless populations safe from the coronavirus.
Three months after Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an unprecedented statewide stay-at-home order created to stem the spread of the coronavirus, California recorded its highest single-day count of COVID-19 cases. Counties that have been on the state's watch list for three to 14 days are being asked to close bars.
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However, today, June 29, a meeting was held in Brussels , at which they chose to revise the list and reduced it to 15 countries. The criteria are based on epidemiological data and on Thursday, the draft list had 54 nations that would be accepted.
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At the very least 12 states halted or rolled back again their reopening designs in hopes of curbing the unfold of the virus. California Governor Gavin Newsom said there was an increase in younger groups testing positive for the virus last week.
San Diego County, among the state's most populous, will close its bars Wednesday despite not being on either list. Of particular concern are local "positivity rates", or the percentage of COVID-19 tests coming back positive.
Bars were originally reopened on June 12. But in areas like Imperial County, where the positivity rate hit 23%, the increased caseload can lead to frantic conditions on the ground.
Of the 15 counties noted on Sunday by Newsom for bar closures or potential closures, four have not yet allowed bars to reopen: Contra Costa, Imperial, San Joaquin and Santa Clara.
An additional 6,367 COVID-19 cases were reported across the state in the last day, according to the state.
When it comes to the economic toll of the virus, California has already shed twice as many jobs during the first two months of the COVID-19 crisis - about 2.6 million - as it did during 31 months of the Great Recession a decade ago, according to an analysis released last week by the California Budget & Policy Center.