Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday that the state is “applying an emergency brake” on its response to the coronavirus pandemic, including new restrictions needed to help contain the recent case spikes.
During a press conference on Monday, Newsom said California has been backing down and therefore must stop the economy from reopening. In some cases, it will be more than a pause, with several counties going back one level and some going back two levels.
Among the Bay Area counties that were at the purple level as of Monday were: Alameda, Contra Costa, Napa, Santa Clara and Solano. Sonoma County was already in purple.
Marin, San Francisco and San Mateo counties were at the red level since Monday’s announcement.
Overall, 41 counties have returned to the more restrictive purple tier. Last week, 13 counties were in purple.
The purple level, which is the most restrictive within the system for a safe reopening of the state, counties could order the closure of non-essential businesses.
If counties are at the “substantial” red level, those restrictions begin to ease. As a county’s coronavirus numbers improve to a less restrictive level, more businesses can open with modifications.
On Saturday, the state reported 10,968 coronavirus cases, a 1.1% increase from the previous day and 35 deaths from the disease, according to state data.
California’s coronavirus death toll from the virus stood at 18,253 as of Sunday.
The state’s positivity rate, which has risen gradually since it bottomed out at 2.5% on Oct. 18, stood at 4.6% on Monday morning, a 1.4% increase over the past 14 days, state data shows. .