During his briefing today, governor Gavin Newsom addressed the stay at home orders, and the possible relaxing of the orders in a "few weeks".
We are so close to changing the stay at home orders and have been making so much progress, he said as he urged citizens to continue to stay at home and practice social distancing. He added, "I hope it's in the next few weeks, I believe it will be, but that is based on our behaviors in the next few weeks so let's get there together and let's get there in a much stronger way than we otherwise could."
"To slow down the spread of COVID-19 and keep bending the curve, we have to manage our behavior accordingly", he said, "that means not flocking to any open piece of coastline as soon as it gets hot outside."
On April 14th, Newsom outlined six key goals to opening of the state:
The ability to monitor and protect our communities through testing, contact tracing, isolation, and supporting those who are positive or who’ve been exposed.
The ability to prevent infection in at-risk individuals. Can we identify outbreaks in nursing homes, prisons, and facilities for those with disabilities? And are we also able to care for older Californians and the medically vulnerable who are living in their own homes?
The ability of the hospital and health systems to handle surges. Do we have the bed capacity, staff, PPE, and ventilators we’ll need?
The ability to develop therapeutics to meet the demand.
The ability for businesses, schools, and other facilities to support physical distancing. Do they have the guidelines and equipment they need?
The ability to determine when to bring back Stay at Home measures. Can we track the right data to know when to do so, and can we communicate these orders effectively?
Today, he added that the reopening would come in stages, and would depend on building infrastructure required to meet the six goals and holding the line on our stay at home orders.
You can see his entire briefing today in the video below:
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