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Amid Case Surge, California Tightens Coronavirus Restrictions In 11 Counties

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Coronavirus restrictions are now tighter for 11 counties in California, including three that slipped back to the most restrictive purple tier – San Diego, Sacramento, and Stanislaus.

For the first time since the tier system was launched, no counties moved into a less restrictive tier this week, meaning no new openings or loosening of restrictions.

Dr. Mark Ghaly, California's Health and Human Services Secretary, says this all comes amid worrying increases in cases across the state:

"We anticipate if things stay the way they are, that between this week and next week, over half of California counties will have moved into a more restrictive tier."

As of now, 13 of the state's 58 counties are in the purple tier, including Los Angeles and Riverside counties. Purple signals that the outbreak is "widespread."
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L.A. County public health director Barbara Ferrer told county officials today that the increased cases we're seeing are stalling the reopening process. Her earliest estimate to emerge from the purple tier is four weeks from now.


  • 25 deaths and 2,318 new cases in the last 24 hours
  • 325,876 total positive cases so far; 7,200 total deaths
  • The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 has increased this week to over 800 (now nearing 900). In early October, that number was between 650 and 750 patients.

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