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Governor warns of stay-at-home order if statewide COVID-19 trends continue

This photo from video provided by the Office of the Governor shows California Gov. Gavin Newsom during a virtual briefing from his home in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, Nov. 30, 2020.

Now that Thanksgiving travel has come and gone — but with Christmas travel looming — Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday warned of prolonged stay-at-home orders for counties with the most widespread coronavirus transmission if the state continues to see a surge of new cases.

Unless there is a drastic change, public health officials are projecting that 78% of the state’s hospital beds could be occupied by Christmas Eve. Also concerning is California’s rise in ICU patients. Currently, 75% of the state’s ICU beds are occupied and could meet full capacity by mid-December if trends continue.

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