Citing what he called an unprecedented spike in new COVID-19 cases across the state, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday the state is hitting an "emergency brake" on economic activity, moving 28 counties back to the most restrictive tier of California's matrix governing business operations. Right now, only two out of 58 counties in the state are considered yellow.
The state Blueprint for a Safer Economy website shows, as of Monday afternoon, Nevada County's case rate is 14 new cases per day, per 100,000 people, and has a 4.3% positivity rate.
Plumas County was officially placed in the red tier today, November 16, with new restrictions going into effect tomorrow. The county's case rate has been high over the past week and local officials are expected to announce Tuesday morning that Kern County will move from the "red" tier back into the "purple" tier. Although Newsom says he complied with his administration's rules about restaurant dining and sat outside, the Chronicle reported that the event brought together more than three different households.
The purple status means the transmission of COVID-19 is "widespread" in the community, according to the state reopening system.
"This is simply the fastest increase California has seen since the beginning of this pandemic", he said. Now, counties must wait 21 days before moving to a less strict tier. The state became the second in the USA last week to surpass 1 million cases of the virus as the US has now recorded more than 11 million cases.
Newsom and the governors of OR and Washington on Friday issued a travel advisory urging their residents to avoid non-essential travel and to quarantine for two weeks after arriving on the West Coast from another state OR country.
The state has blamed the spike in cases mainly on people who have grown worn out coping with the virus and have ignored public health warnings to not socialize with friends and family members.