California Gov. Gavin Newsom Issues Statewide ‘Stay at Home’ Order

Here are the latest updates on coronavirus and how local governments are responding to the illness, with a focus on California for Thursday, March 19.

What’s Closed: Schools | Events


The California Department of Public Health reports:

  • Confirmed cases: 675 (As of 11:30 a.m. March 19, not including Grand Princess passengers).
  • 16 deaths (including one non-California resident)
  • Approximately 11,900+ people “self-monitoring” after returning from foreign travel.
  • 22 state labs processing tests for COVID-19 (21 labs have test kits)
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  • Gov. Newsom: “Stay at Home”: Gov. Gavin Newsom has issued a stay at home order for the entire state of California. He says the virus could impact 56% of Californians and with a 20% hospitalization rate that could translate to roughly 19,543 people, which is beyond the capacity of the system. With aggressive mitigation efforts, those numbers could change. The governor will release more details on the order in the hours to come.
  • Half of state could get infected, Newsom warns. California Gov. Gavin Newsom wants the president to deploy a U.S. Navy medical ship to help the state expand its medical capacity in the face of the new coronavirus. And he warned that more than half of people in the nation’s most populous state could contract the virus. A spokesman said his prediction that 56% of Californians could get infected did not take into account aggressive mitigation measures being taken across the state, such as county-wide shelter-in-place orders. Newsom wants the USNS Mercy Hospital Ship sent to the port of Los Angeles through Sept. 1.
  • Sacramento State suspends face-to-face instruction for all courses: Sacramento State University is suspending all face-to-face instruction, regardless of whether they were previously given a waiver. No classes will be taught on campus or off due to Sacramento County’s stay at home order.

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