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 December 8, 2020

California Federation of Republican Women
Sue Blair, President

Gretchen Cox, CFRW Legislative Analyst

State of California—Health and Human Services Agency
California Department of Public Health


CORONA VIRUS STATE ORDER UPDATE-California Health Officials Announce a Regional Stay at Home Order Triggered by ICU Capacity -12/03/20

California health officials announced a Regional Stay at Home Order that will be triggered if Intensive Care Unit (ICU) capacity drops below 15 percent in a given region. State health officials are tracking the state by five regions: Northern California, Bay Area, Greater Sacramento, San Joaquin Valley and Southern California. No regions currently meet this threshold but some are projected to within the next week. The public health order takes effect at 12:59 p.m. on December 5. Thereafter, if a region falls below the 15 percent ICU threshold, it will have 24 hours to implement the Stay at Home Order.

 The five regions and their current ICU capacities (as of 12/05/20) are:
• Northern California-26.5% capacity – Del Norte, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Mendocino, Modoc, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama, Trinity
• Bay Area-24% capacity – Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma
• Greater Sacramento-18.2% capacity – Alpine, Amador, Butte, Colusa, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, Sierra, Sutter, Yolo, Yuba
• San Joaquin Valley-6.6% capacity – Calaveras, Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, San Benito, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tulare, Tuolumne
• Southern California-10.3% capacity –  Imperial, Inyo, Los Angeles, Mono, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura

Regions will remain in the Regional Stay at Home Order status for at least three weeks once triggered. Counties are eligible to come off the Regional Stay at Home Order after three weeks if their hospital ICU capacity projected four weeks out reaches 15 percent.

What does the Regional Stay at Home Order do? In any region that triggers a Regional Stay at Home Order because it drops below 15 percent ICU capacity, all operations in the following sectors must be closed: Indoor and Outdoor Playgrounds, Indoor Recreational Facilities, Hair Salons and Barbershops, Personal Care Services, Museums, Zoos, and Aquariums, Movie Theaters, Wineries, Bars, Breweries and Distilleries, Family Entertainment Centers, Cardrooms and Satellite Wagering, Limited Services, Live Audience Sports, Amusement Parks.

The following sectors will have additional modifications in addition to 100 percent masking and physical distancing: Outdoor Recreational Facilities, Retail, Shopping Centers, Hotels and Lodging, Restaurants, Offices, Places of Worship, Entertainment Production including Professional Sports. The Order does not modify existing state guidance regarding K-12 schools.

To read the entire order, go to

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