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Newsom Won’t Rule Out Future Stay-At-Home Order If Cases Surge

Gov. Gavin Newsom (Jackie Fortier/LAist)
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After plateauing for weeks, new coronavirus cases are increasing around the country, including in Southern California.

We talked with Gov. Gavin Newsom about how that might affect the color-coded reopening structure that sorts counties into four tiers based on the severity of their local outbreak and restricts which businesses can be open and which rules they have to follow. The system currently rates nine counties as too risky to reopen, including Los Angeles.

“If we get to South Dakota, North Dakota rates, that's a different conversation,” Newsom said.

“This is a very dynamic disease. And what you're seeing across the country right now is really alarming,” he said.

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The governor opened a new COVID-19 testing lab last week that will double the state’s capacity in an effort to head off the “twindemic” of flu season overlapping with the coronavirus pandemic.

Read our exclusive interview with Newsom on testing in California here.

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