How Gov. Newsom’s latest COVID-19 order impacts Contra Costa County

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In Contra Costa County, offices for “non-essential” business sectors, as determined by the state, must close, along with hair salons, barber shops and indoor malls, following an order by Gov. Gavin Newsom Monday that rolls back the state’s reopening due to an increase in COVID-19 cases.

Contra Costa, which has remained on the California Department of Public Health’s county monitoring list for three or more consecutive days, has on its own suspended additional activities including indoor worship centers and indoor protests, and tightened face covering requirements.

The governor has additionally ordered all counties to halt activities that have not yet been allowed to reopen in Contra Costa, such as dine-in restaurants, bars, wineries and tasting rooms, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, zoos, museums and cardrooms.

Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia said county officials are worried about Intensive Care Unit capacity. As of Saturday, 143 of 267 ICU beds were occupied, according to county data.

“Positive virus rates, cases, and hospitalizations are all increasing,” Gioia said, adding, “These indicators call for immediate action to control this surge. We can further re-open only when we can start seeing a decreased trend in hospitalization and positive test rates.”

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