January 25, 2021
The Governor Speaks: California
- Effective immediately the regional stay-at-home order has been lifted.
- Hospitalizations are declining.
The lifting of the regional stay-at-home order does not mean that the public is free to engage in group frolics or throw up kissing booths. What it does mean is that each individual county will need to assess where they are in terms of positive tests, hospitalizations, and deaths. Much of the state is still in the purple tier, 54 counties in fact. The purple tier is the tier of highest danger followed by red, orange, and finally yellow. The last three categories currently contain between them 4 counties.
Yesterday, California had 27,007 confirmed cases, with the seven-day average being under 24,000. The fourteen-day positive rate is 9.4 percent making California 26th in the nation. However, although the Golden State is currently languishing in the middle of the pack, hospitalizations are declining. The governor was clear that this is a decline in cases needing hospitalization rather than a decline in the record increases we have been seeing after the holidays. Yesterday, January 24th, 2021 California saw 328 deaths due to COVID-19. The state’s seven-day average was 504.
In better news, according to Governor Newsome, progress has been made in supply accessibility. Over 1 billion pieces of PPE have been delivered. Also, California has tripled the rate of administration of the vaccine. The goal is getting vaccines to everyone who wants one, and hoping that will be enough for us to reach herd immunity. The plan for prioritization of vaccines remains essentially the same. As most of us know this means first responders, seniors, teachers, farm workers, and of course health care workers have priority for now. As the governor said, we must, “vaccinate the vaccinators.”
To learn more about the restrictions and to check which tier your county falls in go to Covid19.ca.gov.