Long Beach, CA
As California seems to be having success in flattening the curve, Governor Gavin Newsom today outlined framework for beginning to reopen the economy.
Newsom said, “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,” He continued to state, “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.”
When the state will reopen, nobody knows exactly at the point however, Newsom has outlined six key metrics that will guide the state’s decision to lift the state’s stay at home order. These 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.”
In additon, Newsom has established a pact with other western states that include Oregon and Washington. In a joint statement, Oregon Governor Kate Brown and Washington Governor Jay Inslee wrote:
“COVID-19 has preyed upon our interconnectedness. In the coming weeks, the West Coast will flip the script on COVID-19 – with our states acting in close coordination and collaboration to ensure the virus can never spread wildly in our communities.
We are announcing that California, Oregon and Washington have agreed to work together on a shared approach for reopening our economies – one that identifies clear indicators for communities to restart public life and business.
COVID-19 doesn’t follow state or national boundaries. It will take every level of government, working together, and a full picture of what’s happening on the ground. In the coming days the governors, their staff and health officials will continue conversations about this regional pact to recovery.”