UPDATE: State confirms regional stay-at-home order has been lifted

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UPDATE (1/25): The state has confirmed this morning that it has ended the stay-at-home order in all affected regions, including the San Joaquin Valley.

The California Department of Public Health said the four-week ICU capacity projections for the affected regions are above 15 percent, the threshold that allows regions to exit the order. The Sacramento region exited the order on Jan. 12 and the Northern California region never entered the order.

“Californians heard the urgent message to stay home as much as possible and accepted that challenge to slow the surge and save lives,” said Dr. Tomás Aragón, CDPH director and state public health officer. “Together, we changed our activities knowing our short-term sacrifices would lead to longer-term gains. COVID-19 is still here and still deadly, so our work is not over, but it’s important to recognize our collective actions saved lives and we are turning a critical corner.” 

Nearly all the counties exiting the order today are in the purple or widespread tier, according to the state.


(1/24): SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KGET) — Multiple reports state Governor Gavin Newsom is expected to lift all regional stay-at-home orders related to the coronavirus and return all counties to a tiered system of coronavirus measure.

17 News State Capitol correspondent Ashley Zavala reports multiple sources confirmed with her that Gov. Newsom will lift the orders for state regions on Monday.

Zavala reports all counties would return to a tier system for measuring the level of coronavirus spread, meaning most counties would return to a “purple” tier which allows for reopening of outdoor dining at restaurants and indoor salons.

Newsom’s decision is based of four-week ICU projections, which are not public, Zavala reports. As of Sunday, state officials reported the ICU capacity in the San Joaquin Valley region, which includes Kern County, was at 1.3%. California’s regional order requires a three week minimum shutdown when an area’s total ICU capacity falls below 15%.

Earlier Sunday, the California Department of Public Health said there were “promising signs” the state is getting out of the “most intense stage of the pandemic. Zavala reports a state health department spokesperson did not confirm any type of announcement, but an update would be provided Monday.

KGET sister station KSEE in Fresno reported Sunday that they had obtained a letter from the California Restaurant Association telling its members of the pending announcement.

17 News has not obtained the letter to California Restaurant Association members.

KRON and KSEE contributed to this report.

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