California Governor Gavin Newsom Presents Reopening Plan With West Coast States

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The Democrat has not given a date for the end of the current home state order. It currently runs until May 3 statewide, and longer in places like Los Angeles, which has a stay in effect until May 15. Instead, local governments, he said, would be decisive, but he refused to respond to Trump’s claim that only the president has full power to decide on the reopening of the country.

“There is no light switch here, it’s more like a dimmer,” said Newsom. “I know you want the timeline, but we can’t get ahead of ourselves and dream of regretting. Let’s not make the mistake of unplugging the plug too soon, as much as we want. “

“I don’t want to make a political decision that puts people’s lives at risk and puts the economy even more at risk by extending the time before we can finally transition and get people moving again. “

He said the state would use real-time data, science and examples on a daily basis as the controls were released “to toggle this dimmer, so we get exactly the right light, so we can finally move on to collective immunity and this vaccine. . ”

Newsom told reporters to come back with him in two weeks, when he may be able to specify the exact dates if California sees a flattening, then a drop, in hospital rates for coronavirus, as well as a reduction in the number people in the intensive care unit for beds. A third major factor determining the date, he said, would be to build a workforce of health workers capable of tracking coronavirus infections in order to isolate those infected.

He warned that Californians should prepare to enter a radically different realm where residents continue to wear masks and where they can be greeted in restaurants by waiters wearing masks and gloves with disposable menus in places that have half the number of tables. Local school officials would develop new protocols, he said, for physical education classes and school recreation, as well as processes to thoroughly clean and disinfect schools, parks and playgrounds. games to reduce infection rates.

Describing a framework for the reopening of the economy, the governor of California said that dates would be determined by the ability to do six things: expand tests to identify and isolate patients, maintain vigilance to protect the elderly and the elderly. people at high risk, being able to cope with future outbreaks in hospitals with a “myriad of protective equipment” continue to collaborate with academia on therapies and treatments, redefine regulations to ensure continuous physical distance in businesses and private schools and to develop new enforcement mechanisms to allow the state to withdraw and reinstate continued detention. home orders.

Newsom said it was a new optimistic phase in which the state will move from its response to surges, moving “to removal, eventually moving towards collective immunity, and ultimately to a vaccine “

“We’re not out of the woods yet, we’re not grabbing the ball,” said Newsom. “But we also recognize from this perspective that it cannot be a permanent state, and I want you to know that, it is not – it will not be a permanent state. “

Newsom pointed to the enormous complexity of reopening the state’s economy, which is the fifth largest in the world, at a time when a number of state and regional models show that cases could quickly increase and overwhelm the health system. For this reason, he began collaborating with Washington Governor Jay Inslee, a Democrat who treated the first cases of coronavirus in the country, and Oregon Governor Kate Brown, another Democrat, earlier this week. last to develop common criteria to reopen their states.

A similar group is in preparation on the East Coast. New York’s democratic government Andrew Cuomo has said that his state, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Rhode Island and Massachusetts are each planning to appoint a public health and economic official to a regional working group. The chief of staff to the governor of each state will also be part of the group, which will immediately begin to develop a reopening plan.

Newsom has recognized the astonishing economic record of the virus in a state of 40 million people. Newsom was the first governor to issue a stay order on March 19, after San Francisco, Berkeley and five surrounding counties, who ordered shelter on site three days earlier.

At the same time, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, dismissed appeals for a home stay order in his state, which now has the most coronavirus cases in the country.

Between March 12 and April 7, Newsom estimated that about 2.3 million Californians claimed unemployment benefits, which put a strain on the state budget, which had a surplus of 21.5 billion dollars earlier this year before the virus. Nationally, unemployment claims have exceeded 17 million.

The California system was overwhelmed with claims amid reports from website seekers and long hours of waiting for help from the state’s economic development department, which prompted Newsom to extend hours. opening of the department and dedicating more staff to handling complaints.

In Los Angeles County alone, almost half of Angelenos said they were laid off or had their hours reduced, according to a survey released Saturday by the Thomas and Dorothy Center for the Study of Los Angeles at Loyola Marymount University.

But California’s physical distancing measures have been successful and praised by national public health officials. At least 724 people died in California on Monday, but the state’s peak day for coronavirus deaths occurred on April 8, when 66 people died. Since then, the numbers have dropped slightly every day: 48 deaths from the coronavirus were reported on Monday.

Earlier Tuesday, Los Angeles County Director of Public Health Barbara Ferrer said it may be possible to ease county home stay orders in mid-May, which has an impact on 10 million people. But she said that lifting the order, which she extended until May 15 in concert with other local officials, will depend on the ability to care for the sick, to ensure that the most vulnerable and people living in retirement homes are protected from the virus and “test, test, test, which was a challenge,” she said.

One of the models Ferrer unveiled this week showed that the county could have a 95% infection rate if authorities were to lift the order now.

“We know the physical distance requirements work,” Ferrer told CNN’s Jim Scuitto in “CNN’s Newsroom” Tuesday morning. “We are doing aggressive enough work to isolate and quarantine those who have been exposed and may expose others. … In order for us to reopen safely, we must understand that it will take us some time. Because we can’t reopen, go back to where we were, and then see the huge peak that, of course, will overwhelm anyone’s health care system. “

This story has been updated with additional developments.

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