The Bay Area has extended its stay-at-home order for coronaviruses indefinitely as intensive care capacity remains extremely low amid the surge in new cases.
Gov. Gavin Newsom said earlier in the week that he expected regional orders to remain in place in parts of California.
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“I think it’s pretty obvious that we’re going to have to extend these original dates,” Newsom said, according to KTVU.
“Based on all the data and based on all the trend lines, it is very likely that we will need to extend this stay at home order.”
The order was due to expire on Friday, but ICU capacity is below the desired 15%, registering to 13.7% on Monday and declining during the week.
As of Friday, the Bay Area had a 3% capacity, according to the Contra Costa Herald.
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The extended order maintains restrictions on travel only to essential activities, according to NBC Bay Area. Residents are advised to leave their homes only for medical appointments, shopping, or work.
Travel within and outside the state is also strongly discouraged.
Almost all of California is under more stringent stay-at-home orders due to the overwhelming numbers.
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In the past 24 hours, California registered just over 47,000 new cases, with just over 50,000 new cases registered on Friday when the order was due to expire.