The Defense Department is making plans to combat the coronavirus, DOD leaders said today during a news conference. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) This was updated at 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020 (December 3, 2020) — Californians will see sharp new limits on public gatherings and shopping under a new statewide order issued today by Gov. Gavin Newsom, as COVID-19 cases continue to rise at dramatic rates. RV parks and other campgrounds in five regional hospital network areas (not counties) will be prohibited from accommodating overnight guests. The five regions are the Bay Area, the greater Sacramento area, the San Joaquin Valley, and Southern California (from San Luis Obispo to the Mexican border). California again had its highest number of new coronavirus cases and Covid-19 hospitalizations for one day on Saturday, reporting more than 25,000 confirmed new infections. More than 10,200 people are hospitalized. For at least 21 days, the rules will limit many activities in areas facing critical care shortages that could last through the holidays. If a region reaches the 85% capacity level, the order would go into effect 48 hours after the determination and will stay in effect for three weeks. After this three week period, healthcare metrics are re-evaluated weekly, primarily based on projections and counties can returned to the colored matrix if acceptable. The current order states that overnight stays in campgrounds are not permitted. The California Department of Public Health (DCPH) has determined that RV parks are part of the critical infrastructure and […]