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Public Policy Newsletter Article

Newsom Outlines Requirements to Modify Stay At Home Order

  • 2020-04-23T15:00:00.000+0000
  • California
  • Author: Jimmy Jackson

On Tuesday, April 14, Governor Gavin Newsom held an eagerly anticipated briefing in which he announced initial parameters under which the state’s Stay At Home order might be relaxed in the future. The Governor’s office also issued this press release below concurrent with the briefing.

Said the Governor, “While Californians have stepped up in a big way to flatten the curve and buy us time to prepare to fight the virus, at some point in the future we will need to modify our stay-at-home order,” said Governor Newsom. “As we contemplate reopening parts of our state, we must be guided by science and data, and we must understand that things will look different than before.”

As outlined by the Governor and Dr. Sonia Angell, Director of the California Department of Public Health, California’s six indicators for modifying the stay-at-home order are:
• The ability to monitor and protect our communities through testing, contact tracing, isolating, and supporting those who are positive or exposed;

• How prepared is state to test everyone who is symptomatic?
• Do we have ability to identify contacts of people who have tested positive
• The ability to prevent infection in people who are at risk for more severe COVID-19;
• Are older CA and medically vulnerable supported
• Have we developed plan for outbreaks in congregate settings?
• The ability of the hospital and health systems to handle surges;
• Do we have adequate bed capacity, staff & supplies
• Can health care system adequately address COVID-19 and other healthcare needs concurrently
• The ability to develop therapeutics to meet the demand;
• Have we built coalition of private public and academic partners to accelerate development of therapeutics
• Have we identified promising therapeutic candidates
• The ability for businesses, schools, and child care facilities to support physical distancing; and
• Have we worked with businesses to support physical distancing and guidelines for health checks when employees and general public enter premises?
• Do we have equipment to keep workforce safe
• The ability to determine when to reinstitute certain measures, such as the stay-at-home orders, if necessary.
• Are we tracking right data
• Do we have ability to quickly communicate need to reinstate interventions

The Governor said there is not a precise timeline for modifying the stay-at-home order, comparing the modification to a dimmer switch instead of a conventional light switch, but that these six indicators will serve as the framework for making that decision, while also emphasizing “localism is determanitive.” He also noted that things will look different as California makes modifications. For example, restaurants will have fewer tables and classrooms will be reconfigured.

For more information on California’s response, visit covid19.ca.gov.

Dr. Sonia Angell, Director of CDPH, then spoke to reinforce the points above (her slide 4 addresses development of therapeutics)