Gov. Newsom Closes Bars In Seven Counties As Virus Surges Statewide

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Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered seven counties to immediately close any bars and nightspots Sunday, including Los Angeles and Fresno Counties, citing growing coronavirus numbers statewide.

Other counties given the mandatory order are Imperial, Kern, Kings, San Joaquin and Tulare.

The governor is also recommending bars close in Contra Costa, Santa Clara, Sacramento, Riverside, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara, Stanislaus and Ventura Counties, though the order is not a mandate. In the case of both Contra Costa and Santa Clara Counties, bars are not currently open, though they were included in the group "based upon their duration on the county monitoring list."

"Closing bars in these counties is one of a number of targeted actions counties are implementing across our state to slow the virus’ spread and reduce risk," State Public Health Officer and Director of the California Department of Public Health Dr. Sonia Angell said in a news release.

#COVID19 is still circulating and that’s why it is critical to take this step to limit the spread in counties seeing the biggest increases.@CApublichealth announced the closure of bars for counties on the County Monitoring List for more than 14 days.

— Office of the Governor of California (@CAgovernor) June 28, 2020

The order applies to brewpubs, breweries, bars and pubs, unless dine-in meals are offered at the location.

"Californians must remain vigilant against this virus," Gov. Newsom said. "COVID-19 is still circulating in California, and in some parts of the state, growing stronger. That’s why it is critical we take this step to limit the spread of the virus in the counties that are seeing the biggest increases. Each of us has the power to limit the spread of this virus. Wear a face covering and keep physically distant outside the home. Don’t gather in groups, and if you are older or have a condition that puts you at higher risk of COVID-19, protect yourself by staying home."

Late last week, Gov. Newsom ordered Imperial County to reinstate shelter-in-place orders, as that county was experiencing a COVID-19 spike. The governor has also threatened to withhold funding from any counties refusing to follow state health guidelines.

According to the latest data from the California Department of Public Health released Sunday, the state added 4,810 new positive coronavirus cases over the last 24 hours. Los Angeles County remains the most impacted area in the state with a total of 95,341 confirmed cases.

California broke its single-day record for hospitalizations for a second straight day, adding 83 patients for a total of 4,577.

The number of ICU patients are also at a high of 1,385 people receiving treatment.