California Governor Enlists Snoop Dogg for ‘Real Talk’ About Coronavirus (Video)

Gov. Gavin Newsom and Snoop Dogg (Credit: Shutterstock)

Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-Calif.) has released a video of Snoop Dogg urging residents to “lay low” during the coronavirus crisis. The hip-hop star appears in a public service announcement telling Californians to shelter in place during the global pandemic.

“My fellow Californians, real important message — I need you all to stay in the house for me man, real talk,” the Long Beach native and “Lay Low” rapper says. “Do not go outside unless you have to. Please. The longer you stay outside, the longer we’re going to be inside.”

In a second PSA, Anchorman star Will Ferrell has a similar message for fans, especially millennials.

“If you’re like me, you know, a young millennial 18 to 40 — we love to go out on the town and party. But right now, we gotta stay at home,” Ferrell says.

On March 19, Newsom issued a statewide “stay at home” order, saying it was needed to slow the spread of COVID-19. Newsom’s directive for the state’s 40 million residents took effect immediately.

The governor said he issued the directive after being warned by medical professionals that up to 25.5 million Californians could become infected with the virus within the next eight weeks if no action was taken.

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Residents can still take trips to grocery stores, gas stations, farmers markets, food banks, take-out and delivery restaurants, banks, and laundromats.

According to the California Department of Public Health website, there were 2,102 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the state and 40 deaths as of March 23. Below is a breakdown of the ages of those with confirmed cases:
Age 0-17: 28 cases
Age 18-49: 970 cases
Age 50-64: 493 cases
Age 65+: 449 cases
Unknown: 162 cases