Is anybody listening? Pandemic fatigue sets in among Californians as state faces 'viral tsunami'

Is anybody listening? Pandemic fatigue sets in among Californians as state faces 'viral tsunami'
A front-lawn birthday celebration honors coronavirus social distancing guidelines in Huntington Beach, California, on July 13, 2020. - Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times/TNS

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — When coronavirus cases in California began a dangerous ascent in November, Gov. Gavin Newsom tried a new approach. The state imposed a nighttime curfew for the state’s hardest-hit counties, saying it was crucial to decrease transmission and slow hospitalizations. “We are sounding the alarm,” Newsom said as he issued the order on Nov. 19. It didn’t appear to work. Some local sheriffs, like those in Sacramento and El Dorado County, quickly said they wouldn’t enforce a curfew. Others questioned whether the coronavirus was spreading much at night. Within two weeks, Newsom was ...

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