California: Newsom orders statewide ‘shelter-at-home,’ requests hospital ship in Port of L.A.

California: Newsom orders statewide ‘shelter-at-home,’ requests hospital ship in Port of L.A.
Let my people go. Monarch, the last California Golden Bear in captivity, in photo ca. 1900. UC Berkeley, Bancroft Library

[Ed. – Details on the extent of the shelter-at-home order have not been provided yet, that I’ve been able to find. Obviously, grocery and drugstores will have to move stock – even if by delivery – and essential medical and public services will have to continue.  The breaking news on the statewide order is here.]

In an attempt to secure federal resources for his state, Newsom penned a letter to U.S. President Donald Trump Thursday, explaining that “California has been disproportionality impacted by the repatriation efforts over the last few months.”

The governor later wrote that, “In some parts of our state, our case rate is doubling every four days. Moreover, we have community acquired transmission in 23 counties with an increase of 44 community acquired infections in 24 hours.”

In response to the spreading novel coronavirus, Newsom requested the USNS Mercy Hospital Ship, homeported in San Diego, to be stationed at the Port of Los Angeles to help the region’s health care system overwhelmed by the pandemic.

Newsom predicted that 56% of California’s population – roughly 25.5 million residents – could be infected with the novel coronavirus over an eight-week period.

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