California Health and Human Services Secretary Mark Ghaly said the state is not yet considering another statewide stay-at-home order.
Ghaly said that he understood Californians were struggling with the coronavirus restrictions already in place.
He added, however, “This is a quick and rapidly evolving situation, and we will do whatever it takes to make sure that we appropriately protect the public health of California.”
Ghaly also recommended that those gathering for Thanksgiving stay distanced, wear masks, and include in their festivities no more than three households total.
On Friday, California Gov. Gavin Newsom came under fire for attending an outdoor dinner party at The French Laundry. Several households participated. Newsom later said the decision to attend was a poor one on his part.
“While the First Partner and I followed the restaurant’s health protocols and took safety precautions, I should have modeled better behavior and not joined the dinner,” he said in a statement.
On Friday, the governors of California, Washington state, and Oregon issued travel advisories requesting visitors to their states or returning residents to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.
“California just surpassed a sobering threshold — one million COVID-19 cases — with no signs of the virus slowing down,” Newsom said in a statement. “Increased cases are adding pressure on our hospital systems and threatening the lives of seniors, essential workers and vulnerable Californians. Travel increases the risk of spreading COVID-19, and we must all collectively increase our efforts at this time to keep the virus at bay and save lives.”
In March, Newsom issued a statewide stay-at-home order as the nation experienced a spike in coronavirus cases. Since then, officials have struggled to strike a balance between allowing the economy to survive and keeping people safe.