California, Oregon and Washington are issuing a travel advisory, urging visitors entering their states or returning home from travel outside these states to self-quarantine to slow the spread of the coronavirus. They urge against non-essential out-of-state travel and ask people to self-quarantine for 14 days after arriving from another state or country. The advisory also urges people to stay local and limit their interactions to their immediate household.
Meantime, California Governor Gavin Newsom is asking a Sutter County judge to hold off on a ruling that would limit his power and authority amid the pandemic. The judge preliminarily decided to limit Newsom’s executive power in the coronavirus-related state of emergency. The decision was due to be finalized on Friday. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed a motion on behalf of the governor, requesting she hold off on finalizing that decision for at least two weeks.
On Thursday, California health officials confirmed one million coronavirus cases in state. Texas was the first state to reach that benchmark on Wednesday. Officials say numbers have been trending steadily up over the past few weeks, with reported increases in COVID-19 cases and related deaths across several counties. Although California has the second highest number of cases in the U.S., its per capita rate is relatively low. The California Health and Human Services Agency reports the Golden State has about 2,500 cases per 100,000 residents, which is below the national average of about 35-hundred cases per 100-thousand residents.