In the face of an alarming rise in the number of coronavirus cases and hospitalizations statewide, California Gov. Gavin Newsom says he could be on the verge of implementing another statewide stay-at-home order.
"We're going to have to take much more dramatic, arguably drastic action," Newsom said.
According to the governor, hospitalizations related to the coronavirus have increased by 89% in the past two weeks. That increase began before an expected spike in cases due to people traveling and gathering for the Thanksgiving holiday.
The governor also spoke about the possible introduction of a higher level of the state's highest purple tier, a "deep purple" tier.
Saying the state is reaching a "tipping point," Gov. Newsom warned we could run out of ICU beds statewide before Christmas Eve if we remain on our current trajectory.
Los Angeles County is already under a new countywide stay-at-home order that went into effect today.
Gov. Newsom said the state is on track to receive 327,000 doses of coronavirus vaccine by mid-December, with a second round of doses expected to arrive three weeks later.
We will update this story as more information becomes available.