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California discloses math behind easing stay-at-home order

Registered Nurse Joan Pung, right, dawns her isolation gowns in the hallway inside the ICU at Providence St. Jude Medical Center Christmas Day on Friday, Dec. 25, 2020 in Fullerton, CA.

California's top health official has revealed the math behind the state's calculation that it is safe to lift remaining stay-at-home orders.

Posted: Jan 27, 2021 9:04 AM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's top health official has revealed the math behind the state's calculation that it is safe to lift remaining stay-at-home orders.

He responded Tuesday to criticism that Gov. Gavin Newsom's administration wasn't releasing key data affecting people's lives and livelihoods.

RELATED: California lifts virus stay-at-home orders, curfew statewide

Officials used six formulas to project that every part of the state will top 15% capacity in its intensive care units in four weeks.

Rajiv Bhatia, an affiliated professor of medicine at Stanford University, was among several infectious disease experts who said the state's formulas generally appear reasonable but leave out many potential variables.

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