Imperial County, with a population of 175,000 people on the state's border with Mexico, has been the slowest in the state to reopen.
Newsom said he has advised the county's health officer and board of supervisors to reinstate a local stay-at home order.
"Some counties, like Imperial, haven't been able to move into that attestation process, because they can't meet that criteria", Newsom said of the county's struggle to reopen. Despite this, the governor said interventions are not making enough of an impact, leading to reinstituting the stay-at-home order. Over the past five weeks, Newsom said hundreds of COVID-19 patients have been transferred to hospitals in other areas to "decompress" the county's hospital system. The state has surpassed 200,000 total positive cases while the statewide positivity rate has grown to a 14-day average of 5.3%, up from 4.6% two weeks ago.
Although Texas and Florida, which have both seen skyrocketing coronavirus cases in the past week, have ordered bars to close, California has yet to issue a similar order despite being one of the first states to order a lockdown when the pandemic began.
"Wear a mask. Please, do so, not only for yourself, but for others", Newsom said during a Wednesday morning press conference.
The Imperial Valley, which provides numerous vegetables in US supermarkets in the winter, lies across the border from Mexicali, a sprawling industrial city of 1 million people that has enormous influence on its economy and culture.