More Valley Businesses Must Shut Down Indoor Operations, Newsom Says


The city of South Lake Tahoe acknowledged Gov. Gavin Newsom's order Monday that has again shut down some businesses that were recently reopened.

In a statement, four congressmen and state legislators representing Northern California said that it was important to "act responsibly in order to suppress the virus and protect our community", but that business and church reopenings were not to blame for the recent surge in cases.

The businesses will be allowed to operate outdoors, if possible, he said.

Movie theaters, family entertainment center, batting cages and bowling alleys also were ordered to close indoor activities, as were museums and cardrooms.

Newsom on Thursday had announced a record number of daily deaths in the state from COVID-19, with 149 lives lost over the past 24 hours.

"We have never had as many people infected, or infectious", he said. The seven-day rolling average of people testing positive for the virus was 7.7%, Newsom said. You've seen parts of the country with very hot ... weather where you're seeing an increase in positivity rates, an increase in hospitalizations and ICUs.

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Bihar has recorded 755 fresh infections, taking the total number of infected in the state to 13944 with 115 fatalities. During the last 24 hours, 2,83,659 samples were tested, as the testing lab network continues to expand.

"That's why it's incumbent upon all of us to recognize, soberly, that COVID-19 is not going away any time soon", Newsom said.

California drastically rolled back its reopening plans Monday as coronavirus cases surged across dozens of USA states and the World Health Organization warned that too many nations are mismanaging their pandemic response. As of Monday, Newsom said 6,485 were hospitalized across the state due to the coronavirus.

Nevada County isn't on the monitoring list, though it is still affected by the statewide closure of bars and indoor dining.

"Businesses have NOT been the direct cause, they've done everything they've been asked to do successfully", the letter said.

Alameda County was added to the state's watch list of counties where the number of coronavirus cases is rising rapidly, KPIX reports. Infections have risen rapidly in about 40 of the 50 states over the last two weeks, according to a Reuters analysis.

Newsom moved quickly to reopen the economy in May but by mid-June there were signs that the virus was resurgent and when July arrived Newsom took action. Dr. Ross Goldberg, president of Arizona Medical Association, said the longer length of stay by Covid-19 patients is putting pressure on hospitals.