UPDATE: Stay-at-home order to take effect in Kern County Sunday night at 11:59 p.m.; ICU capacity drops to 6.6% in San Joaquin Valley


San Joaquin Valley region includes Kern, Fresno, Kings, Madera, Tulare counties

UPDATE (Dec. 6, 4:15 p.m.): State health officials said Sunday the ICU capacity in the San Joaquin Valley region has dropped to 6.6% as coronavirus cases continue to rise in the state.

The state reported 30,075 newly confirmed coronavirus cases as of Saturday, Dec. 5. Officials said California had a total of 1,341,700 coronavirus cases to date.

The latest stay-at-home order takes in effect in the San Joaquin Valley region beginning Sunday at 11:59 p.m. for at least three weeks.

UPDATE (Dec. 5, 1:30 p.m.): ICU capacity in the San Joaquin Valley region has dropped significantly from the 14 percent reported yesterday to just 8.6 percent as of today, according to the state. Kern County is one of 12 that are part of the region.

Southern California has officially dropped under the 15 percent threshold with a capacity of 12.5 percent, triggering the order in that region.

UPDATE (Dec. 5, 8 a.m.): The new stay at home order will apply to Kern County and the rest of the San Joaquin Valley as of 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, according to Kern County Public Health.

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — State health officials on Friday said intensive care unit capacity has fallen beneath the 15% threshold, which will begin a new stay-at-home order for residents in the designated San Joaquin Valley region that includes Kern County.

State officials said the San Joaquin Valley region’s ICU capacity was 14.1% as of Friday. The Southern California region also fell below the 15% threshold at 13.1%. The state order takes effect Saturday at 1 p.m., but regions would have 48 hours to implement the the new stay-at-home order.

The new order announced Thursday by Governor Gavin Newsom structures the state into regions and says that if a region’s ICU bed capacity falls below 15%, a three-week stay-at-home order would go into effect to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Health officials would assess the region’s progress after the three-week period.

The orders would prohibit travel except as necessary for permitted activities, and close operations for certain sectors. They require 100 percent masking and physical distancing.

“Residents are required to stay at home as much as possible and minimize mixing to reduce unnecessary exposure, while still being able to do important things like go to the doctor, buy groceries, pick up takeout, go on a hike, or worship outdoors,” health officials said in a news release Thursday.

Schools currently open could remain open under the orders. Retailers could operate indoors, but would have to limit indoor capacity to 20 percent.

The following operations would close once a region triggers a stay-at-home order: Indoor and outdoor playgrounds; indoor recreational facilities; hair salons and barbershops; personal care services; museums, zoos and aquariums; movie theaters; wineries; bars, breweries and distilleries; family entertainment centers; cardrooms and satellite wagering; casinos; limited services; live audience sports; and amusement parks.

Restaurants would be open only for takeout or pick-up. Places of worship could only have outdoor services.

We will update this story as we learn more information.

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