California did compliance checks at 6,000+ bars and restaurants
California is ramping up enforcement actions across as coronavirus case numbers, hospitalizations and admissions to ICUs continue to climb, governor Gavin Newsom said Monday.
Officials from the Alcohol and Beverage Control have paid more than 6,000 in-person visits to bars and restaurants to check if they’re complying with safety protocols; 441,000 businesses have been contacted, with most correcting deficiencies on the spot, Newsom said in a press conference.
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With the exception of a few “bad actors,” governor Gavin Newsom thanked California residents for largely complying with orders to wear masks and physically distance over the holiday weekend.
But the overall numbers are not good: as of Monday, California public health officials are monitoring 23 of the state’s 58 counties, up from 19 countries on Thursday — regions whose infections and surge capacity have health officials worried.
That includes rural and dust-swept Imperial County, where a surge is bursting hospital capacity. In recent weeks, some officials have had to move out some 500 patients to neighboring counties with more capacity, transporting them as far away as the Bay area, 500 hundred miles north.
As of 4 July, there have been 260,155 positive cases and 6,331 deaths attributed to the coronavirus in California. More than 5,400 new cases were added over the weekend, according to public health data.
Hospitalizations have risen 50% in the last 7 days, Newsom said. While the state is averaging north of 100,000 tests a day, the positivity rate is also climbing. Two weeks ago the positivity rate was 4.9%. The seven-day average now tops 7%.
Despite red-flag numbers, Newsom said many counties could safely continue plans to reopen, so long as efforts are paired with guidelines and enforcement.