Newsom Announces Digital Round Tables as Shelter-in-Place is Extended Through May

The Shelter-in-place order has officially been extended through May for six Bay Area counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara as well as the city of Berkeley.

During Governor Gavin Newsom’s daily COVID-19 press briefing he said, “Hope and expectation is that we will be in a position in a number of weeks to make meaningful modifications, but again the data will guide that, the indicators will guide that and the only thing that will set us back…is behavior that’s inconsistent with the statewide guidelines.”

He continued stating California will be, “More aggressive [with] enforcement” due to people deliberately ignoring the social distancing guidelines and reiterated people failing to, “Practice physically distancing and appropriate social distancing [is] the only thing that’s going to slow down our ability to reopen this economy.” 

Gavin Newsom also said that tomorrow he will lay out details for the 5th of 6 indicators previously laid out for relaxing the stay-at-home orders. Within the indicator Newsom invites the press to a series of digital round tables in which they will discuss the future of businesses in great detail, sector by sector.

In addition to the announcements, Newsom stated California has distributed 43.7 million N95 masks and after receiving 3.1 million procedure masks this weekend, the state will soon deliver 7 million procedure masks.

In regards to unemployment, $4.4 billion has been distributed since March 15th and 4.3 million checks have been cut. After extending hours and employing more individuals the call centers are still overwhelmed. There have been 15 million calls made and over one million minutes spent with people answering questions. Newsom reminded viewers of the new chat box option and announced a text capacity that will be available in the next few days. He explained that tech issues can’t be fixed over night, but they are working on fixing them as quickly as they can.

In the last 24 hours, 45 lives have been lost, although the number is higher than anyone would like, Newsom believes it is encouraging because it is down form last week’s peak. Overall, there have been 553,000 tests performed and over 43,000 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in California.

He said again that, California is “Not out of the woods by any stretch of the imigination” but the sooner we social distance, the sooner we can get out of this.


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