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Senator Portantino: COVID-19 Key Messages 4/29/20Posted on 05/02/20
California: State of Preparedness
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Daily Focus. 2
COVID-19 at a Glance.. 3
Actions Taken by the State and Federal Government 6
April 28 6
April 27 7
April 24 8
April 23 9
April 22 9
April 21 9
April 18 10
April 17 10
April 16 11
April 15 11
How Can People Protect Themselves: 13
About the Tests. 14
Small Business Assistance.. 15
Other Resources and Press Releases. 16
Orders & Press Releases 18
· Governor Newsom announced an expansion of the Farm to Family Program and new initiatives to combat food insecurity
o State expands Farm to Family program to help meet the growing demand at California food banks
o Philanthropy commits to $15 million campaign to fund Farm to Family program through the end of the year
o Governor highlights expansion of CalFresh and EBT programs, including new Pandemic-EBT, and EBT for online purchasing
§ Beginning April 28, people getting CalFresh food benefits can use their EBT card to buy groceries online at Amazon and Walmart statewide
§ Beginning in May, families can get up to $365 for each child who is eligible for P-EBT benefits. The total amount depends on how many eligible children are living in your home
§ Students can still pick up to-go meals even if they are receiving P-EBT benefit
§ Find out more information at https://covid19.ca.gov/food-resources/
COVID-19 at a Glance
For skilled nursing facility data, visit: Skilled Nursing Facilities: COVID-19
As of April 28, local health departments have reported 5,015 confirmed positive cases in health care workers and 28 deaths statewide.
· The latest data is linked at https://covid19.ca.gov/and features:
o Hospital Data
o County maps
o Cases by county
o Distributed PPE
Racial Demographics – A More Complete Picture
· Health outcomes are affected by forces including structural racism, poverty and the disproportionate prevalence of underlying conditions such as asthma and heart disease among Latinos and Black Californians.
· The differences in health outcomes are most stark in our COVID-19 death rates. We have nearly complete data on deaths, and we are seeing these trends:
o Overall, for adults 18 and older, Latinos, African Americans and Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders are dying at disproportionately higher levels. The proportion of COVID-19 deaths in African Americans is about double their population representation across all adult age categories.
o For Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders, overall numbers are low, but there is a four-fold difference between the proportion of COVID-19 deaths and their population representation.
o More men are dying from COVID-19 than females, in line with national trends.
· More information is available at COVID-19 Race and Ethnicity Data.
· Nationwide COVID-19 Numbers
o As of April 29
, there have been 57,505 deaths, 2,247 new deaths since yesterday.
cases, 23,901 new cases since yesterday
- in 55 jurisdictions (50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, Northern Marianas and US Virgin Islands).
The CDC also provides a weekly summary
and interpretation of key indicators that have been adapted to track the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.
· Taskforces stood up by the State Operations Center (SOC) to address various COVID-19 response issues:
o Communications/Crisis Communications (ESF* 2/ESF 15)
o Transportation and Infrastructure (ESF 1/ESF 3)
o Housing and Social Services (ESF 6)
o Logistics/Commodity Movement (ESF 7)
o Fire/Law Enforcement (ESF 4/ESF 13
o Public Health and Medical (ESF 8)
o Schools Task Force
o Economic Impact/Recovery Task Force
o Volunteers & Philanthropy (ESF 17)
o Innovation & Technology Task Force
o Cybersecurity (ESF 18)
o Corrections Facilities & Hospitals
o Future Opportunities
o Workforce Development & Surge Capacity
o Testing Taskforce
* Emergency Support Function
· PPE and Medical Supply Requests
o Resource requests for health care providers and facilities are handled through local public health departments to CDPH. The requests are submitted to the Medical Health Operational Area Coordinator (MHOAC), through the Regional Disaster Medical Health Coordinator (RDMHC), which are then sent to the CDPH Medical and Health Coordination Center (MHCC).
o This way all equipment requests can be tracked and prioritized appropriately, and they are fulfilled as quickly as possible.
o The local health facilities know this process well and have been properly submitting requests.
o We know these requests are very urgent, which is why the MHCC is working closely with the State Operations Center (SOC). Emergency Medical Services Agency (EMSA) is also embedded in the SOC to help facilitate those requests.
· State Owned Ventilators
o Modeling shows demand will peak in late May.
o The 500 ventilators were loaned and will be returned
o 100 to New York
o 100 to New Jersey
o 100 to Illinois
o 50 to Maryland
o 50 to Wash., D.C.
o 50 to Delaware
o 50 to Nevada
· FEMA Seizing Personal Protection Equipment – Not!
o FEMA and Customs Border Patrol are working together to prevent fraud when Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) and medical supplies enter the United States from overseas. PPE being distributed internally within the United States is not being seized or re-routed by FEMA. Reports of FEMA seizing, or re-routing supplies are FALSE.
· If local governments have specific questions about COVID-19 recovery please to send them to [email protected]
Actions Taken by the State and Federal Government
· April 28, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that California is building a roadmap, consisting of four stages, for modifying the statewide Stay-at-Home order while maintaining community health and resiliency.
The Governor is seeking feedback on physical and environmental adaptations that can make workplaces safer and protect our communities. The California Recovery Roadmap Survey can be found at: https://covid19.ca.gov/recovery-input/
· April 27, Governor Gavin Newsom announced
that Colorado Governor Jared Polis and Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak today announced their respective states are joining California, Oregon and Washington in the Western States Pact – a working group of Western state governors with a shared vision for modifying stay at home orders and fighting COVID-19.
· April 24, Governor Gavin Newsom announced a series of initiatives to support vulnerable older Californians who are isolating at home during California's stay at home order. California is launching a first-in-the nation meal delivery program, a partnership to make wellness check-in calls, and the expansion of Friendship Line California to help combat social isolation. These actions will support the approximately 1.2 million Californians over the age of 65 who live alone.
Listos California’s Social Bridging Project will generate calls to older Californians across the state to check on their well-being, direct them to resources, and simply connect on a personal level. These calls will supplement county and city check-in programs already underway. Callers – who are referred to as Bridgers – will be trained to assess basic needs and make referrals. They will also listen closely and empathize with each individual’s experience of this pandemic.
The Restaurants Deliver: Home Meals for Seniors program will enlist community restaurants to prepare meals that will be delivered to older Californians who are isolating at home during California's stay at home order. The program will also support local restaurant workers and owners who have lost business during the pandemic. The program will be administered by local authorities and will serve older Californians who are ineligible for other nutrition programs.
The President signed
into law H.R. 266, the “Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act,” which provides emergency supplemental funding to increase amounts authorized and appropriated for commitments for the Paycheck Protection Program, economic injury disaster loans and emergency grants under the CARES Act, to fund hospital and provider recovery and testing, and for other purposes.
· April 23, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that most private student loan servicers have agreed to provide payment and other relief to borrowers, including more than 1.1 million Californians with privately held student loans.
He also signed an executive order
to stop debt collectors from garnishing COVID-19-related financial assistance. The Governor also issued an executive order that empowers schools to focus on responding to COVID-19 and to provide transparency to their communities. The order
extends the deadlines for local educational agencies (LEAs) to submit Local Control and Accountability Plans Given the COVID-19 pandemic, school leaders are appropriately focused on managing the immediate needs of their students and families. LEAs will publish a written report to their communities explaining how they are responding to COVID-19.
Additional orders issued on April 23 extend
flexibility to the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and Medi-Cal providers on a variety of deadlines, allow fair hearings to continue for California Children’s Services, temporarily suspend requirements for in-person signatures for people to obtain certain prescription drugs covered by Medi-Cal, and will allow a 90-day extension for providers on cost reporting, change of scope of service and administrative hearings.
The Governor also ordered a 60-day extension for customers on several Department of Motor Vehicles deadlines, allow certain posting, filing and notice requirements under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) to be satisfied through electronic means and will temporarily allow retailers, particularly grocery stores, to provide bags to consumers without charge, and to pause redemption of beverage containers in-store to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
also suspends the requirement for recycling centers to hold a minimum number of hours of operation and directs the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) to develop and issue operating guidelines.
· April 22, Governor Gavin Newsom announced
plans to resume delayed health care that was deferred as hospitals prepared for COVID-19 Surge.
The decision was based on progress toward preparing California’s hospitals and health care delivery system for a COVID-19 surge in patients, one of California’s six indicators to gradually modify state’s stay-at-home order. The Governor also announced plans to add at least an additional 80 testing sites in underserved communities train up to 10,000 contact tracers.
· April 21, Governor Gavin Newsom today announced California Volunteers’ #CaliforniansForAll service initiative to connect Californians with safe volunteer opportunities and encourage those unable to physically volunteer to think creatively about ways to make a difference in their communities. Californians are encouraged to join #CaliforniansForAll by signing up at californiansforall.ca.gov .
FEMA and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) are collecting and sharing best practices and lessons learned from the whole-of-America response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The FEMA Coronavirus Emergency Management Best Practices
page provides a one-stop shop to explore best practices and lessons learned across all levels of government, private sector, academic institutions, professional associations, and other organizations.
April 20, Governor Gavin Newsom announced
commitments from companies, business leaders, and philanthropists to provide Internet access for hundreds of thousands of households and laptops, Chromebooks, and tablets for over 70,000 students.
The California Public Utilities Commission will make $30 million available to help school districts ensure that families have Internet access and computing devices for distance learning
· April 18, Governor Gavin Newsom visited
a Project Roomkey motel in
Santa Clara County to highlight progress that the state and counties have made together in providing safe isolation capacity to protect people experiencing homelessness from COVID-19.
Project Roomkey has directly led to 10,974 hotel and motel rooms statewide being made available for this extremely vulnerable group of Californians.
These Project Roomkey placements are spread across 42 counties and are already providing safe shelter to people experiencing homelessness, with 4,211 rooms occupied. The counties are responsible for identifying which individuals need a Project Roomkey placement, and then moving those individuals into the rooms.
· In addition, Governor Newsom announced that the State of California has reached agreement with the Motel 6 chain to make available all of its corporate-owned locations to counties, effective immediately, with a master agreement template. Counties have the option to adopt the operating agreement for the locations within their jurisdiction, if they so choose. This master agreement, if all locations are adopted, includes an additional 5,025 rooms above and beyond the total number of rooms already under county control. This portfolio includes 47 different hotels in 19 counties around the state.
· April 17, Governor Gavin Newsom announced
a new Taskforce on Business and Jobs Recovery. The Task Force will work to develop actions government and businesses can take to help Californians recover as fast as safely possible from the COVID-19 induced recession and to shape a fair, green, and prosperous future.
The Governor also signed an executive order
that allows for temporary waivers to certain foster youth programs to ensure continuity of care in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
· April 16, Governor Gavin Newsom signed
an executive order providing
paid sick leave benefits for food Sector Workers Impacted by COVID-19, and additional protections for the consumers.
Governor Gavin Newsom also signed an executive order
addressing a variety of issues in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including adjusting admissions requirements for the California State University system and providing flexibility for 60 days on background checks for critical infrastructure sectors.
The President released the Opening Up America Again Guidelines
, featuring proposed state or regional gating.
FEMA released the “Disaster Financial Management Guide” to support jurisdictions in establishing and implementing sound disaster financial management practices, which are critical for successful response and recovery. To view the guide, please visit https://www.fema.gov/plan .
April 15, Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order
that directs the Labor and Workforce Development Agency and EDD to take necessary action to process efficiently and accurately process claims for the unemployment benefits through the CARES Act and the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program (PUA).
The Governor also announced an unprecedented $125 million in disaster relief assistance for working Californians. This first in the nation, statewide public-private partnership will provide financial support to undocumented immigrants impacted by COVID-19. California will provide $75 million in disaster relief assistance and philanthropic partners have committed to raising an additional $50 million.
California has developed an immigrant resource guide
to provide information about COVID-19 related assistance, including public benefits, that are available to immigrant Californians.
FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor issued a letter to the nation’s emergency managers outlining lessons learned from the first 30 days of FEMA leading the “Whole-of-America” response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The letter is available on FEMA’s website.
· April 14, Governor Gavin Newsom outlined
the six critical indicators that will be considered before the stay at home order will be modified. The Governor also issued an executive order
that calls for discharge and reentry hearings to be held via videoconference to minimize the youth’s and other participants’ exposure to COVID-19.
· April 13, Governor Newsom, along with Oregon Governor Kate Brown and Washington Governor Jay Inslee, announced
an agreement on a shared vision for reopening their economies and controlling COVID-19 into the future.
The Governor also announced
$42 million new investments to protect younger Californians who are at heightened risk for abuse and mistreatment due to COVID-19. The Governor is making more than $27 million available to help families stay together, nearly $7 million to support social workers and $3 million to support Family Resource Centers.
· April 10, Governor Newsom announced
the release of $100 million to support childcare services, and to support childcare providers who are stepping up to serve essential infrastructure workers and vulnerable populations as well as their children during this critical time.
Governor Gavin Newsom also outlined
steps California is taking to protect the residents and employees of the more than 1,224 skilled nursing facilities and 7,461 residential care facilities across the state. Building on the state’s early action to protect these facilities, California has trained and is deploying 600 nurses to support compliance with COVID-19 guidance, and state staff is calling nursing homes across the state daily to provide support.
Frontline health care workers who are exposed to or test positive for COVID-19 can find hotel rooms through the CalTravelStore
. Call 1-877-454-8785 to validate your eligibility and make your reservation. If hotels want to participate, they are encouraged to email [email protected]
FEMA has approved funding for the State of California’s Emergency Feeding Program. Reimbursement for feeding activities includes services provided to the following populations who are not in emergency non-congregate shelters administered by State, Tribal, or local governments.
· April 9, Governor Gavin Newsom announced
a new program to provide doctors, nurses and other critical front-line health care workers access to no-cost or low-cost hotel rooms, as well as no cost airfare for health care professional travel across California and the country to join California’s state healthcare workforce.
The Governor also announced
California workers who are receiving unemployment benefits will begin receiving an extra $600 on top of their weekly amount, as part of the new Pandemic Additional Compensation (PAC) initiated by the CARES Act. This comes as record numbers of unemployment claims are being filed
How Can People Protect Themselves:
We are all in this together. We are working rapidly to keep our state healthy. Every person has a role to play. Your actions save lives.
· Stay home
· Avoid people outside your household
· Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
· Cover your cough or sneeze
· Frequently clean and disinfect touched objects and surfaces
· Maintain physical distance of six feet whenever outside of the house
· Leave the house except for essential activities
· Shake hands
· Touch your face
· Go to the doctor if you are not sick
· Stockpile masks or gloves
· It is also important that anyone experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, call their health care provider first before seeking medical care so that appropriate precautions can be taken.
· Stay away from work, school or other people if you become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough.
· The steps we are taking to slow the spread are necessary, but emotional support is important to maintain our mental and physical health.
· The stress we are all feeling right now triggers the biological stress hormone. Stress shows up in individuals differently.
· There are simple things you can do at home to protect you or others health and we have developed playbooks that offer practical tools and kits to help manage your stress.
· Call you doctor or mental health professional if you have concerns.
· 16 hotlines offering emotional support for a variety of situations and other helpful mental health resources available here: https://covid19.ca.gov/resources-for-emotional-support-and-well-being/
About the Tests:
· As of April 28, more than 603,139 tests have been conducted in California and reported to the California Department of Public Health.
Tests have been conducted in California - received from commercial, private and academic labs and the 22 state and county health labs
· Commercial providers and academic labs have increased testing capacity and are now reporting that data to the state. The biggest labs included in this count are Quest, LabCorp, Kaiser, University of California, and Stanford.
· The Department is now reporting all tests reported in California, rather than the total number of individuals tested. As new laboratories begin to test for COVID-19, some have had delays in reporting to the state. To resolve this issue, and to ensure this data is as complete as possible and reflects the state's entire testing capacity, the Department is contacting laboratories directly to assess the completeness of reporting and to gather additional testing data if needed.
Small Business Assistance
· California Small Business Loan Guarantee Program
(via IBank) is making available $50 million in state funding, providing potential capital for individuals who do not qualify for federal funds.
o Small Businesses located in California with 1-750 employees that have been negatively impacted or experienced disruption by COVID-19 and nonprofits are eligible.
· U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has declared all California counties
eligible for the Economic Injury Disasters Loans.
· This SBA declaration makes Economic Injury Disaster Loans available to impacted small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and private non‐profit organizations.
· SBA loans can be approved up to $2 million but are limited to the economic injury determined by SBA. These loans are intended to assist through the disaster recovery period.
o In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, small business owners in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories are eligible to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan advance of up to $10,000. This advance will provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. Funds will be made available within three days of a successful application. This loan advance will not have to be repaid.
o This advance may be available even if your EIDL application was declined or is still pending and will be forgiven. If you wish to apply for the Advance on your EIDL, please visit https://covid19relief.sba.gov/#/
as soon as possible to fill out a new, streamlined application.
o In order to qualify you need to submit this new application even if you previously submitted an EIDL application. Applying will not impact the status or slow your existing application.
· U.S. Small Business Administration announced changes to help borrowers still paying back SBA loans from previous disasters. By making this change, deferments through December 31, 2020, will be automatic. Now, borrowers of home and business disaster loans do not have to contact SBA to request deferment.
· Information on these and other programs can be found at: https://covid19.ca.gov/business-and-employers/
Other Resources and Press Releases
California Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response
Californians for all
California Health and Human Services Open Data Portal
Immigrant Resource Guide
Department of Consumer Affairs COVID-19 site
Restore Your License
Fraud Alert for Professionals
Check in Campaign
*Or Call 211 (Local) or 1-833-544-2374 (Statewide)
COVID-19 Guidance Documents
COVID-19 Messaging Toolkit
Cal OES News
Guidelines-Opening Up America Again
FEMA Coronavirus Emergency Management Best Practices
Project Airbridge Video
FEMA is augmenting the existing supply chain through a variety of strategies, including FEMA’s Project Airbridge.
Emergency System for Advance Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals.
To Sell Supplies to FEMA
FEMA Rumor Control Page
Dept. of Justice Covid-19 Fraud Prevention Page
Federal Trade Commission Coronavirus Scam Page
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration’s (SAMHSA) Disaster Distress
Travel Notices: COVID-19 and Cruise Ship Travel-CDC
Travel notices - CDC
Resources for the Community
State Department Travel Advisories
FDA COVID-19 Guidance
FDA Enforcement Policy for Ventilators
USDA SNAP Guidance
SBA- COVID-19 Small Business Guidance
U.S. Health and Human Services
Orders & Press Releases
Colorado & Nevada Join California, Oregon & Washington in Western States Pact
Governor Newsom Provides Flexibility to Medi-Cal Providers and the Department of Health Care Services for Continuity of Service Amidst COVID-19
Governor Newsom Issues Executive Order Empowering Schools to Focus on COVID-19 Response and Transparency
Governor Newsom Signs Executive Order on Actions in Response to COVID-19
Governor Newsom Announces Additional Relief for Californians Impacted by COVID-19
Governor Newsom Announces Plan to Resume Delayed Health Care that was Deferred as Hospitals Prepared for COVID-19 Surge
Governor Gavin Newsom Launches #CaliforniansForAll Service Initiative
Governor Newsom Announces Cross-Sector Partnerships to Support Distance Learning and Bridge the Digital Divide
Governor Newsom Visits Project Roomkey Site in Santa Clara County to Highlight Progress on the State’s Initiative to Protect Homeless Individuals from COVID-19
Governor Newsom Signs Executive Order on Foster Youth Services in Response to COVID-19
Governor Newsom Signs Executive Order on Actions in Response to COVID-19
President Donald J. Trump Announces Guidelines for Opening Up America Again
Governor Newsom Announces Paid Sick Leave Benefits for Food Sector Workers Impacted by COVID-19, Additional Protections for Consumers
Governor Newsom Announces New Initiatives to Support California Workers Impacted by COVID-19
Governor Newsom Signs Executive Order on Division of Juvenile Justice Discharge and Reentry Process
Governor Newsom Outlines Six Critical Indicators the State will Consider Before Modifying the Stay-at-Home Order and Other COVID-19 Interventions
Governor Newsom Announces $42 Million to Protect Foster Youth and Families Impacted by COVID-19
California, Oregon & Washington Announce Western States Pact
Governor Newsom Announces New Program to Provide Front-Line Health Care Workers with Hotel Rooms
Governor Newsom Announces Additional Unemployment Benefits for Workers Impacted by COVID-19, as Unemployment Claims Reach Record Levels
Governor Newsom Signs Executive Order to Expand Support for Vulnerable Populations
Governor Newsom Issues Executive Order to Help State Procure Necessary Medical Supplies
Governor Newsom Announces Progress in Expanding Hospital Capacity to Fight Coming Surge in COVID-19 Cases
California to Send 500 State-Owned Ventilators to the National Stockpile to Help States in Need
Governor Newsom Signs Executive Order to Provide Expanded Access to Child Care for Essential Workers during COVID-19 Response
Governor Newsom Issues Executive Order to Expand Telehealth Services
Governor Newsom Issues Executive Order to Protect Consumers from Price Gouging
At Newly Converted Motel, Governor Newsom Launches Project Roomkey: A First-in-the-Nation Initiative to Secure Hotel & Motel Rooms to Protect Homeless Individuals from COVID-19
Governor Newsom Announces New Help for Small Businesses & Workers Displaced by COVID-19
Governor Newsom Issues Executive Order Protecting Homes, Small Businesses from Water Shutoffs
Governor Newsom Announces Agreement between Teachers, Classified Employees and School System Management to Support Student Instruction during COVID-19 Outbreak
Governor Newsom Launches Campaign to Protect Health and Well-Being of Older Californians during COVID-19 Pandemic
Governor Newsom Signs Executive Order Providing Relief to California Small Businesses
Governor Newsom Announces California Health Corps, a Major Initiative to Expand Health Care Workforce to Fight COVID-19
California State Parks Closes Vehicular Access at all State Parks
Governor Newsom Statement on Federal Supplemental Stimulus Bill
Statement from the President Regarding the Defense Production Act
Governor Newsom Takes Executive Action to Establish a Statewide Moratorium on Evictions
Governor Gavin Newsom Announces Major Financial Relief Package: 90-Day Mortgage Payment Relief during COVID-19 Crisis
Governor Newsom Issues Executive Order on State Prisons and Juvenile Facilities in Response to the COVID-19 Outbreak
California Secures Presidential Major Disaster Declaration to Support State’s COVID-19 Emergency Response
Governor Newsom Takes Action to Strengthen California’s Health Care Delivery System to Respond to COVID-19
Governor Newsom Signs Order to Protect Public Health by Expanding Vote-by-Mail Options and Extending Deadlines for Presidential Primary Canvass
Governor Newsom Takes Emergency Actions & Authorizes $150 Million in Funding to Protect Homeless Californians from COVID-19
Small Business Administration - Disaster Loan Assistance-Declaration Details
DMV allows customers to avoid coming to a DMV office for 60 days
FEMA Support under
Covid-19 Public Health Guidance for Individuals with Access and Functional Needs