Covid-19 Spike Forces California Restaurant Closures, Including In Orange County

More restaurants in pricey Orange County are shutting down after an employee tested positive for COVID-19. 

The news came a week after California Governor Gavin Newsom ordered the suspension of indoor dining in several parts of the state in hopes of lowering the cases of COVID-19 infections and preventing more transmissions. 

The Orange County Register reported the restaurants affected include the Golden Road in Anaheim, The Original Fish Co. and Off the Hook in Los Alamitos. All the restaurants have informed their patrons via social media of their temporary closure.

The governor indicated that the surge in COVID-19 cases in California was due to many factors including the lack of social distancing and people not wearing masks in public. Outbreaks in essential workplaces and in prisons also contributed to the spike.

In his update, Newsom revealed that California is gearing up for another spike in coronavirus-related hospitalizations. He announced 11,694 new cases on Wednesday, bringing the total number of cases in California to 301,162. The record number  includes a backlog of cases from Los Angeles County. Restaurants and COVID-19 The California Restaurant Association said in late March that 20 percent to 30 percent of restaurants across the state may not be able to reopen after the COVID-19 pandemic.  

So far, 6,676 people have died in the state, as of July 8, according to the Ocean County website. In response to the large number of new cases, health officials are working with hospitals across the state to ensure that each facility is capable of taking on more coronavirus patients.

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