During Governor Gavin Newsom’s daily conference in regards to the coronavirus pandemic, he announced new modifications to the statewide stay-at-home orders, expanded testing and reopening businesses.
Just a month ago, California was averaging 2,000 tests a day which Newsom said was, “completely unacceptable”. The state has now conducted more than one million COVID-19 tests. California is averaging north of 35,000 tests a day, with over 41,000 tests done in the last 24 hours.
The goal is to test 60,000 to 80,000 tests a day, which is based on a Harvard study stating there should be 152 tests per 100,000 people. However, Newsom says he wants to go as far as the state possibly can, stating that if all the sites were fully functional California would be able to test just shy of 100,000 people per day. Newsom encouraged everyone to go on covid19.ca.gov to see free testing locations near you, as some of them will charge insurance companies.
Newsom cleared up any confusion between statewide and county orders stating, “The statewide order affords the opportunity for local government to come in to conform with those guidelines. But one can choose, regions like the bay area and the six counties can choose to be a little more prescriptive and restrictive, parts of southern California, LA and others the same, so not everyone is compelled in to this phase but that phase is afforded to everybody.”
He continued saying the statewide order, “Applies to [counties trying to move deeper into phase two] even if their in the process of applying to get the technical support to do a self certification for a regional variance.”
NEW: CA has released guidance for the re-opening of more industries such as:
-Offices (that cannot telework)
-Malls and strip malls (for curbside / outdoor pickup)
CA is flattening the curve but we MUST continue to allow science and public health to guide us.
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) May 12, 2020
He said the new statewide adjustments are, “Making meaningful modifications to the original stay at home order” and the guidelines for each industry, statewide and county by county are on California’s official COVID-19 website.
Newsom announced Butte County can move farther into phase two. The governor is in contact with 27 counties and talking to four more today, but he doesn’t expect all 31 counties to be able to self attest in order to make more modifications to the stay at home order.
There have been 1,443 new positive tests and 77 deaths from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours. Hospitalizations went up 1.1% and ICU went down 1.4%, showing that the state is seeing stability, but not the significant decline needed.
Newsom wants people be able to be tested more than once as you could get the virus an hour after you were tested. Which is why, “The worst mistake we can make is to just throw those face coverings off and disabuse ourselves that this virus has gone away or taken the summer off…it’s still deeply, deeply deadly” Newsom said.
As we move further into the phases, people need to be “Cognizant not only of our own health, but the health of our most vulnerable and those are our seniors” and, “We have a unique responsibility to protect them,” which is why practicing and not just preaching these guidelines is so important.