Gov. Newsom puts nearly all of California back into strictest reopening tier

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Monday that he was pulling an ’emergency brake’ to slow the spread of COVID-19, forcing the vast majority of the state to return back to the state’s most restrictive tier in its reopening plan.

“Nearly every part of the state we are seeing case rates increase and transmission rates increase, no longer is it concentrated in a handful of counties,” Newsom said during a news briefing Monday. “We are seeing community spread broadly across the entire state.”

Across the state, 41 counties will now under the state’s purple tier restrictions — up from just 13 counties last week.

The move from the state’s red tier down to the most-restrictive purple tier is the biggest jump backward in the states reopening framework, shuttering indoor dining, gyms, movie theaters and places of worship.

In the Bay Area, every county aside from San Francisco and Marin counties will be reverting back to the purple tier.

The governor’s announcement comes less than two weeks before Thanksgiving — a holiday traditionally marked by large gatherings that officials fear could accelerate the spread of the virus if celebrated as usual. California officials are urging those who travel out of the state for the holiday later this month to self-quarantine for 14 days upon their return.

It also marks the growing shift by health officials to taper back their reopening strategies as cases and hospitalizations across the state surge. Last week, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Contra Costa and Marin counties banned indoor dining and reinstated a range of other new local restrictions aimed at stopping the spread of the virus.

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As of Monday, California has recorded more than 1 million cases of coronavirus.

In the past two weeks, the average number of cases reported each day has nearly doubled — a 91% increase from about 4,162 per day at the start of November — and the number of patients hospitalized has increased by nearly 50%.

The number of patients hospitalized due to the virus has grown to 3,683, the state’s most active hospitalizations since Sept. 1, according to the most recent update from the California Department of Public Health. Similarly, the number of new cases has reached its highest point since Aug. 17, an average of about 7,967 per day over the past week, according to data compiled by this news organization.

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