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Mon Jun 29, 2020, 06:52 AM

Newsom's bar-closure order signals California far from through with COVID-19

In the Bay Area, it won’t have much of an impact: Bars in Contra Costa and Santa Clara counties were already closed, and they’ll probably stay that way for a while.

But Governor Gavin Newsom’s order Sunday to close bars in seven counties and recommend closures in eight others added to an unmistakable message: California, with over 200,000 confirmed cases and a surge of new cases in recent days, is far from finished with the novel coronavirus.

The governor had already ordered statewide mask use in public and high-risk areas as case numbers crept back up. On Friday, with a high positivity rate straining hospitals’ ability to respond in Imperial County, Newsom urged local health officials to reinstate their stay-at-home order.

Sunday’s escalation provided the most urgent call yet to the state’s residents, a warning that scenes of bars and nightclubs packed with young people belied the strength of the virus and its danger to public health.

Read more: https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2020/06/28/as-coronavirus-cases-surge-newsom-orders-bars-to-close-in-seven-counties/

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