Story at a glance

  • California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) announced more than half of California’s population could become infected over eight weeks if the outbreak continues unmitigated.
  • Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti issued a “Safer at Home” order asking residents to stay home and limit all nonessential activities.
  • The state of California is under a stay-at-home order for all 40 million residents.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti warned Friday that the city is about to be overwhelmed with coronavirus infections after officials projected millions of residents in California could contract the virus over the coming months. 

“Whether it’s six days, or nine days… we’re about to be overwhelmed, which means people won’t get into our hospitals, people who don’t just have COVID-19 could lose their lives,” Garcetti said Friday during an interview on the “Today” show

In an attempt to limit the spread of COVID-19, Garcetti on Thursday issued a “Safer at Home” order, asking residents to stay home and limit all nonessential activities. Earlier in the week, he ordered many public places like bars and restaurants to close. 

“You look at history, and those cities that act quickly in these crises have a better shot, and those that don’t lose more lives,” Garcetti said. 

The mayor encouraged people to continue to go outside and exercise while maintaining social distance. 


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Meanwhile, California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) announced Thursday a statewide stay-at-home order for all 40 million residents. The order issued by the governor is the first statewide restriction placed on all Californians to stem the spread of the disease. 

The order allows for people to visit family members in need, and critical businesses like pharmacies, banks and grocery stores will stay open. Those found violating the law could be fined up to $1,000. 

Newsom said Thursday that officials projected 56 percent of California’s population could be infected with the virus over an eight-week period if the crisis went unmitigated. 

“There will be millions of people who do get this,” Garcetti said Friday. “Most of them will come through this very strongly.”

More than 1,000 people in California have tested positive for the virus, and at least 19 have died. 

Published on Mar 20, 2020