CALIFORNIA — As the week began, California’s surge in coronavirus cases showed few signs of slowing down, prompting Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday to reimpose statewide containment measures by closing down a number of indoor activities.
Newsom ordered restaurants, theaters, wineries, zoos and museums to close indoor operations in all counties, effective immediately. Bars are completely.
The state will also impose stricter measures for the 30 counties on the “watch list,” which are being monitored for signs of elevated disease transmission and/or hospitalization.
In those counties, which comprise 80 percent of the state’s population, indoor activities and businesses including hair salons and barbershops, gyms and fitness centers, protests, worship services, nonessential offices and shopping malls are being ordered to close indoor operations immediately once counties have stayed on the list for at least three days.
The new measures come as seven of the Bay Area’s nine counties are on the state’s watch list, and as Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti warns the city may bring back a mandatory stay-home order if the city’s outbreak continues to grow.
Los Angeles, San Diego public schools will start year remotely
The Los Angeles and San Diego unified school districts both announced Monday that school campuses will remain closed when the academic year begins, forcing more than 750,000 combined students to continue attending class remotely.
“The health and safety of all in the school community is not something we can compromise,” LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner said Monday.
Citing Los Angeles-area coronavirus testing rates, which climbed to a seven-day average of 10 percent positive last week, Beutner said the virus — which is often asymptomatic — could cause schools to become Petri dishes. He called it a public health imperative to keep schools closed.
Instruction will resume on Aug. 18 in Los Angeles Unified and Aug. 31 in San Diego Unified. Both districts will continue planning for a return to in-person classes during the 2020-21 school year, as soon as public health conditions allow, according to the districts.
DMV gives extension to seniors with expiring licenses
The California Department of Motor Vehicles will offer a one-year extension to senior citizens whose driver’s licenses expire between March 1 and December 31, 2020, the agency announced on Monday.
The offer, which lasts one year past the license’s expiration date is intended to help seniors avoid having to visit a DMV office in person during the pandemic. Previously, the DMV had offered 120-day extensions to senior drivers whose licenses were set to expire in March through July.
Seniors whose licenses are expiring have the option to request a temporary paper license online starting July 15.
Drivers of all ages have until July 31 to renew their licenses if they were set to expire between March and July 2020. They can also renew online or by mail.
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There were more than 3,323,400 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the United States and 135,272 deaths as of Monday, according to Johns Hopkins University. At least 7,030 of those deaths were in California. The U.S. has the most confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths in the world.
Who has been diagnosed with coronavirus in California?
Total number of cases (Johns Hopkins University): 325,916 as of Monday
Total deaths reported (Johns Hopkins University): 7,053 as of Monday
Case breakdown by age, per the California Department of Health (totals may be outdated):
Age 0-17: 26,652 cases
Age 18-49: 190,310 cases
Age 50-64: 63,696 cases
Age 65 and older: 39,776 cases
Unknown/Missing: 370 cases
Gender of confirmed positive cases:
The latest live updates from across California are as follows:
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