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California reverses stay-at-home order as conditions improve

Added 01-26-21 02:03:02am EST - “Business owners hailed Gov. Gavin Newsom's decision to lift stay-at-home orders across California in response to improving coronavirus conditions, but local health officials expressed concern that it may cause residents to let down…” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “California reverses stay-at-home order as conditions improve”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Business owners hailed Gov. Gavin Newsom’s decision to lift stay-at-home orders across California in response to improving coronavirus conditions, but local health officials expressed concern that it may cause residents to let down their guard.

California is experiencing a “flattening of the curve,” Newsom said during a virtual news conference on Monday. “Everything that should be up is up, everything that should be down is down - case rates, positivity rates, hospitalizations, ICUs.”

The metrics are markedly improved since last month, when some Southern California hospitals overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients were crafting emergency plans for rationing care.

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Newsom drafted the stay-at-home order in December as virus cases spiked and in anticipation of surges from holiday gatherings. He divided the state into five regions and ultimately the order was imposed in four of them because their ICU capacity fell below the state-mandated 15%. Only rural far Northern California stayed above the threshold.

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