SACRAMENTO — Shortly after noon on Sunday, Governor Gavin Newsom announced via Twitter that he was ordering the closure of all bars in Fresno, Tulare and Kings counties immediately because of surging COVID-19 cases.
The neighboring Valley counties — as well as five other So. Cal counties — have seen more than 2,000 total cases, including the surge in new cases since the governor’s shelter-in-place order was lifted.
Governor Newsom’s Sunday Tweet, issued shortly after noon, read:
“NEW: Due to the rising spread of #COVID19, CA is ordering bars to close in Fresno, Imperial, Kern, Kings, Los Angeles, San Joaquin, and Tulare, while recommending they close in Contra Costa, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Stanislaus, & Ventura.”
So far, Madera County has had 415 confirmed COVID-19 cases. But that total increased by 100 in just the last seven days.
Meanwhile, total COVID-19 deaths globally surpassed 500,000 on Sunday, with the death toll in the U.S. at 128,000.