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California governor Gavin Newsom issues statewide shelter in place order

This unprecedented step is being enacted to help curb the growing COVID-19 pandemic

California Faces First Case Of “Community Acquired” Coronavirus Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Gavin Newsom, governor of California, has taken an unprecedented step in the fight against the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic by issuing a “shelter-in-place” order for the entire state.

Newsom addressed media in a press conference saying, “It’s time for all of us to recognize, as individuals and as a community, we need to do more.”

The governor asked the federal government for $1 billion in federal aid to help tackle the crisis as California now has 958 confirmed cases of the virus as of Thursday evening, with that rate of cases doubling every day.

The state projects that 25.5 million people, half the population of the state, could be infected with the virus with no mitigation measures. Fortunately, this stay at home order is one of the most extreme mitigation tactics available, and should limit the rate of exposure to control the pandemic, similar to the measures Italy has been taking for weeks.

Obviously we knew that hockey would not be back anytime soon, but this order makes the possibility that the regular season returns much more unlikely.

On behalf of the entire Anaheim Calling staff, we want to thank those who are considered “essential” workers such as healthcare workers, grocery and food employees, and thousands of others who are putting their lives at risk to help us get through this difficult time.

We would also like to remind everyone to try and support local businesses, if possible, in any way that you can, as this shutdown will affect them the most.