Newsom Announces California is Officially Entering Into Phase Two

This afternoon, Governor Gavin Newsom announced the highly anticipated modifications to begin loosening the shelter-in-place guidelines.

“California’s decision to modify the Stay-at-Home order are based on science, data, and public health,” Newsom said as he emphasized this does not mean a return to normal; since COVID-19 is still spreading California is gradually reopening only where risk can be reduced.

Newsom said, “We’re moving away now from essential and non-essential to lower risk.”

Dr. Mark Ghaly, California Health and Human Services Director said, “As we continue into stage 2, we will gradually re-open more industries.”

The places that will open are offices that cannot successfully telework, seating dining at restaurants once guidelines are set in place, shopping malls for more than just pick ups and outdoor museums with physical distancing.

He continued to say, all industries should:

  • perform a detailed risk assessment
  • train employees on limiting spread, how to screen for symptoms and to stay home if sick
  • implement a site specific protection plan, cleaning and disinfecting protocols, physical distancing guidelines

Counties in California that want to go further than what Newsom suggested need to meet certain criteria. Dr. Ghally said the county must have,

Epidemiologic stability

  • No more than one case per 10,000 people in the last 14 days
  • No COVID-19 deaths in the past 14 days

Protection of Stage 1 essential workers

  • Ability to support employees when sick or exposed
  • Availability or disinfectant supplies and protective gear

Testing capacity

  • Minimum daily testing of 1.5 per 1,000 residents

Containment capacity

  • At least 15 contract tracers per 100,000 residents
  • Ability to temporarily house at least 15% of county residents experiencing homelessness

Hospital capacity

  • County or regional capacity to accommodate a minimum surge of 35%
  • Hospital facilities msut have a robust plan to protect hospital workforce

Vulnerable populations

  • Skilled nursing facilities must have moer than 14-day supply of PPE on hand for staff with ongoing procurement from non-state supply chains

Triggers for adjusting modifications

  • Metrics that serve as triggers for either slowing the pace through phase 2 or tightening modifications”

21.1 million procedure masks are currently in inventory getting out in real time and Newsom wants to broaden the spread of masks to factory lines, grocery store lines, etc.

Last year the state had a $21.4 billion surplus and only 90 days agao a $6 billion surplus was projected to pay down pensions. Considering the 4.3 million people who have filed for unemployment insurance since march 12th, it is projected California will be 10 billion short and will need help from the federal government to recover.

Newsom said he is grateful for both parties and the president as this is, “Not a red state issue, a blue state issue…it’s about human beings that need government…more than they ever have in our lifetimes and we are capable of meeting that moment together.”

Finally, the governor addressed daily numbers. There have been 843,000 tests done in California, 30,000 of which were completed in the last 24 hours. There were declines in ICU and PUI, but sadly, 92 people died due to the coronavirus in the last 24 hours. This pandemic is not over, “Containment plans are critical these protection plans are foundational for our success,” said Newsom.



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