As of Monday, 51 of the state's 58 counties, including every Bay Area county except Marin, were in the purple tier, accounting for 99.1% of the state's population.
Gov. Gavin Newsom suggested Monday the state could issue a new stay-at-home order for the majority of California's counties as new coronavirus cases and hospitalizations surge across the state. Currently, about 75% of the state's 7,733 ICU beds are occupied - with 1,812 of them filled by coronavirus patients.
For now, state officials are most focused on community transmission and decreasing social mixing, according to Ghaly. "That is where the most critically ill COVID-19 patients are cared for". Hospitalizations are at a pandemic high and deaths the most in six months.
COVID-19 death rates in California were now running at 59 per day over the past seven days and the death rate had started to rise again, the trend line that was most feared, Newsom added.
The tax relief and grants are created to provide aid until the Legislature can meet in the new year and work with the governor to provide more relief, Newsom said.
"What we worry about this time is specifically the ICUs", said Ghaly, the state's health and human services secretary.
"So we could be seeing both of these vaccines out and getting into people's arms before Christmas", Azar said on CBS' "This Morning".
Los Angeles County has placed new capacity limits at stores and banned most gatherings of people not from the same household, and this had to be done because "we are at the most hard moment in the pandemic", L.A. County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said. In Los Angeles County, officials have prohibited outdoor dining at restaurants and imposed new restrictions on business capacity. In New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday ordered all elective surgeries to cease in one county and told hospitals statewide to plan on increasing their capacity by 50% if necessary or set up and staff field hospitals.
The Bay Area fares slightly better than other parts of the state in both of those metrics, with 58% of its hospital beds now occupied and 62% projected to be occupied by December 24.
"This is not the end", Newsom said at a news conference.
Murphy, who has brought back a series of Covid-19 restrictions in recent weeks, also said all indoor youth and adult sports will be put on hold from December 5 through January 2, 2021, also with exemptions.