California Orders Bar Closures in Seven Counties as Coronavirus Cases Spike

In the midst of rising coronavirus cases in California, Gov. Gavin Newsom has ordered Los Angeles and six other counties, including Los Angeles, to close their bars just weeks after reopening, according to NBC News.

Newsom told reporters Friday that hospitalizations and intensive care patients in California had risen by more than 3 percent and 4 percent over the previous 24 hours.

Aside from Los Angeles, the other counties impacted include: Fresno, Imperial, Kern, Kings, San Joaquin, and Tulare. Newsom is also recommending nine other counties, including Sacramento, where the state capital is, also close. They include: Contra Costa, Riverside, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Stanislaus, and Ventura Counties.

“Californians must remain vigilant against this virus,” Gov. Newsom said in a press release. “COVID-19 is still circulating in California, and in some parts of the state, growing stronger.”

More than 211,200 people have tested positive for the coronavirus statewide as of Sunday afternoon, according to Newsweek. Nearly 62,400 of the cases were recorded over the past two weeks, an increase of more than 40 percent compared to cases reported 14 days ago. 

San Francisco Mayor London Breed has said barbershops, nail salons, and other businesses definitely would not be allowed to open today.

Hospitalizations and the number of patients being admitted to intensive care units peaked in California on Sunday. There were more than 4,500 general hospital beds and about 1,380 ICU beds occupied by Coronavirus patients statewide.