California Governor Outlines Criteria for Reopening Economy

15 Apr

California Governor Gavin Newsom, on Tuesday, April 15, in a press release from his office, outlined six critical indicators to guide the state before modifying the stay-at-home order.

The indicators are: “The ability to monitor and protect our communities through testing, contact tracing, isolating, and supporting those who are positive or exposed; The ability to prevent infection in people who are at risk for more severe COVID-19; The ability of the hospital and health systems to handle surges; The ability to develop therapeutics to meet the demand; The ability for businesses, schools, and child care facilities to support physical distancing; and The ability to determine when to reinstitute certain measures, such as the stay-at-home orders, if necessary.”

No precise timeline was set

In the same press release, it said until immunity is built, the state’s actions will be to achieve: “Ensure our ability to care for the sick within our hospitals; Prevent infection in people who are at high risk for severe disease; Build the capacity to protect the health and well-being of the public; and Reduce social, emotional and economic disruptions.”

In response, the office of Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia issued a statement by email characterizing the governor’s criteria as an “excellent framework.”  The email added, “Long Beach will work closely with the state and our decisions will be based on science and data.”

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