COVID-19 has hit fewer areas within the the United States harder than the state of California. As of Thursday night, 958 Californians have tested positive for the virus and 19 have passed away. In a letter sent to the White House this week, California Gov. Gavin Newsom indicated that 25.5 million people in the state would infected in eight weeks. In an effort to battle the pandemic, Gov. Gavin Newsom has issued a statewide “Stay At Home” order.
The newly implemented “Stay At Home” order will effect approximately 40 million people within the state. Under the order, all non-essential businesses will be closed for the foreseeable future and residents will be urged to stay home. Businesses that will remain open include grocery stores, gas stations, banks and other essential places of work.
“We’re going to keep the grocery stores open,” Newsom said.
“We’re going to make sure that you’re getting critical medical supplies. You can still take your kids outside, practicing common sense and social distancing. You can still walk your dog,” he continued.
California is the first take to these type of measures to halt the spread of COVID-19. There is no public timetable for how long this lock down will take place.