Stay-at-Home ordered for Tulare County (and entire San Joaquin Valley)


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It’s stay at home, round two, for California due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. (Mike Huapt photo)

Regional Stay Home Order in San Joaquin Valley goes into effect Sunday, December 6, at 11:59 p.m.

ICU capacity has dropped below 15 percent availability, which triggered a Stay-at-Home Order for Tulare County  

This past week was one of the most catastrophic in the U.S. since the coronavirus pandemic began in March 2020. On Friday, December 4, a national single-day record was set with more than 226,000 new cases confirmed. Hospitalizations topped 100,000 nationwide, more than double the number at the beginning of November. Stay-at-Home ordered

Tulare County and the San Joaquin Valley will be under the state’s Regional Stay Home Order as hospital Intensive Care Unit (ICU) capacity in the region dropped below 15 percent availability. The new regional order is a proactive measure in response to the rapid rise of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations that are threatening to overwhelm the state’s health care system.

Stay-at-Home ordered

Here is an update that Kaweah Delta Hospital posted on its Facebook page on Sunday, December 6: “Today, we’re caring for 91 COVID-19+ patients, that’s a return to our high-water mark that we first reached on July 25. Thirteen of those patients are in our 41-bed ICU, which has six available beds (staffing is available for three of those six beds).”Stay-at-Home ordered

The lockdown will affect about 33 million Californians, or about 84 percent of the state’s population. The Regional Stay at Home Order also goes into effect in Southern California at the same time, including the cities of Los Angeles and San Diego. Five counties in the San Francisco Bay Area proactively issued stay-at-home orders, which also goes into effect Sunday night (December 6).

The Regional Stay Home Order requires Tulare County residents to stay at home as much as possible, prohibits private gatherings of any size, closes operations for certain sectors, and requires 100 percent masking and physical distancing in all other sectors allowed to operate under the new regional order.Stay-at-Home ordered

Schools currently open under approved waivers can remain open. Retailers can operate at no more than 20 percent capacity to reduce exposure risk to COVID-19 as the virus continues to rapidly spread throughout Tulare County and the San Joaquin Valley region.

“COVID-19 continues to spread at alarming rates in Tulare County, and most concerning are the number of people needing to be hospitalized for COVID-19,” reported Dr. Karen Haught, Tulare County Public Health Officer. “It is imperative we take these protective actions in order to not overwhelm our local hospitals. The measures we all need to take is to avoid any gatherings with people outside our household, wear a face covering, social distance, and wash our hands. These are vital to decrease transmission of COVID-19.”

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Dr. Karen Haught, Tulare County Public Health Officer.

The San Joaquin Valley region will remain within Stay at Home Order status for at least three weeks (December 27). Tulare County will be eligible to come off the Stay at Home Order after three weeks only if local hospital ICU-projected capacity reaches 15 percent. Once this is achieved, then Tulare County may return to the previous restrictions of the “Blueprint for a Safer Economy,” which is a tier-based program determined by case rate and test positivity metrics. Stay-at-Home ordered

For more information about COVID-19, visit and

Here is a link for COVID-19 information at Kaweah Delta Hospital in Visalia:


The article below describes the restrictions of the Regional Stay at Home Order:

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