California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday announced the expansion of his stay at home order to the entire state in a bid to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.
He said the state needs to “broaden the order to all Californians” and acknowledged it would mean inconvenience and hardship.
In a news conference streamed live on Twitter, he said:
“If we change this moment, we can truly change the surge.”
Speaking about the state’s need to accommodate urgent needs, Newsom said:
“Home isolation is not my preferred choice, but it’s a necessary one.”
“This is not a permanent state.”
In addition to getting groceries and picking up takeout food with proper precautions, Newsom added:
“(People) can still walk their dogs.”
He said that among other steps the state has ordered additional ventilators, is talking with the University of California on use of dormitories, and has negotiated for hospital space in Northern and Southern California that will increase the state’s capacity by 750 beds.