The California health secretary has urged people to say “no” to family and friends who wish to get together for Thanksgiving and is joining other officials in issuing scary warnings about the spread of the coronavirus.
Two days before Thanksgiving, the California Health Secretary on Tuesday urged people to say “no” to family and friends who wish to gather, and along with other officials, issue dire warnings over the spread of the coronavirus.
Dr Mark Ghaly has stated it was not too late to cancel the celebration of the upcoming holiday.
“It’s as important to say no even when it comes to the closest people in our family,” said Ghaly, who has barred his mother from his family’s dinner table this year. has “Game time decisions happen all the time. …Call that audible, decide to do something a little different.”
The warning was strictly imposed as the pandemic takes its toll to four counties with surging cases to be quarantined and will be placed under the most restrictive rules for business operations. And as Los Angeles was poised to issue the first stay-home order since spring.
“Our metrics are the most alarming metrics that we’ve ever seen,” Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said. “Inaction in the face of this devastating acceleration of cases will cause irreparable harm.”
Los Angeles has issued an injunction to close restaurants for three weeks on Wednesday evening. City officials were to tell residents to stay at home as much as possible after crossing the threshold to issue a stay-at-home order on Monday. But the Ministry of Health didn’t immediately give the order.
Like every state in the country, California is experiencing a rapid increase in cases threatening to overwhelm hospitals.
The state has set records for the total number of infections detected in recent days. Statewide hospitalizations have increased by 81% in the past two weeks and to nearly 400 patients in a day.
Most of California is subject to stricter rules for running limited capacity retail businesses and for preventing indoor dining. They are also subject to a 10 pm. until 5 pm curfew.
Residents have been urged to avoid non-essential travel during what is typically the busiest travel time of the year. Anyone entering California has been notified of the quarantine for two weeks.
Public health officials are bracing for a surge of cases that could follow Thanksgiving meetings, mainly when people arrive or come back from states or cities with higher coronavirus infection rates.
Ferrer told county supervisors a proposed stay-at-home order would be more modest than a statewide shutdown in the spring but was needed to try and curb dramatic increase cases.
Supervisors rejected a motion to allow restaurants to continue serving meals out at half their capacity to spare the industry particularly hard hit by restrictions that have reduced service or have limited to offer to take out and deliveries.
Two supervisors said there was no sufficient evidence to show that restaurants have broken the law and protocols that will hold them accountable for a significant part of the spread of the virus.
Supervisors Kathryn Barger said restaurant closures were “arbitrary and punitive,” and that private rallies and celebrations following the recent election, the Dodgers’ World Series win and the Lakers’ NBA Championship win were more excellent sources of spread.
“I remain sceptical of the fact that the thought process behind this makes sense,” she said.
Ferrer said there is an increased risk in restaurants, as diners typically do not wear masks and mingle closely with people they don’t live with.
Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, who said she heard a “cacophony” of opposition from restaurant owners, said closing restaurants was a difficult but necessary decision.
“This is a serious health emergency, and we must take it very seriously,” Kuehl said. “This is the only business that allows its customers to remain — and often for quite a while — unmasked. And I think that’s enough to distinguish it here.
The restaurants went to court on Tuesday to prevent the restaurant from closing from taking effect, but a Los Angeles judge dismissed their case. The California Restaurant Association had argued that Los Angeles County health officials should have provided medical or scientific evidence that eating al fresco in a restaurant poses an unreasonable risk to public health.
The city of Pasadena, which has concrete protocols and an independent public health department, has broken with Los Angeles County and decided to allow outdoor dining at restaurants to continue as it evaluates virus numbers.
“We need to balance our growing numbers and the economic hardship of restaurant personnel,” said a statement released by spokeswoman Lisa Derderian.
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