Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti appeared on CNN Sunday and announced that the city is on the “brink” of issuing another stay-at-home order as coronavirus cases increase in the city.
On Friday, Gov. Newsom ordered the closure of schools for in-person classes for those Calfornia counties that are on the state monitoring list.
They will shift to distance learning in at least 32 counties. This is in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic when it comes to the surge in cases, hospitalizations and infection rates across the state. On July 16, California reported 8,544 new cases of COVID-19. The state now has a total of 356,178 positive cases. There have been a total of 7,345 deaths in the state.
On June 16, the country reported more than 23,700 cases of the virus as Florida reported nearly 4,000 new cases in a day, a record single-day increase back then -- the country's new hotspot, reporting more than 10,300 new cases Saturday.
Hospitals across the country have reached capacity. At least 27 US states have halted or rolled back their reopening plans to slow the spread of the virus. New estimates from US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sayat least 40% of people who get the virus could show no symptoms, meaning thousands of Americans could be unknowingly still infecting others.
Now, officials point to gatherings and crowded bars as some of the major drivers of the surge. To prevent further spikes, parts of the country — including Arizona, California and Texas — have closed bars back down. Local leaders have begun pushing schools to remote instruction in the fall, after outcries from terrified parents and educators. Across the country, more mask requirements are going into effect, despite consistent backlash from some Americans. Face masks, experts have said, are the most powerful weapon against the virus.