tv California Gov. Newsom Holds Coronavirus Briefing CSPAN July 25, 2020 12:07am-1:04am EDT
thank you, all, very much. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2020] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] >> services in honor of the late john lewis begin this weekend and will continue through next week with them orioles planned in alabama, d.c. and georgia. see spence coverage begins tomorrow in the public service the town of his birth, troy alabama. live coverage on c-span. governor gavin newsom held a briefing earlier today on california's response to the coronavirus. he discussed the ethnic makeup of the essential workforce and
says a majority of some employees are from minority populations, contributed to high covid-19 numbers in those communities. he reported an increase in hospitalizations and icu admissions. california now has more than coronavirus cases than any other state. governor newsom: good afternoon. i wanted to update folks today on some trends that are self-evident to many, but perhaps not enough. and that is the relationship of this virus to specific and particular populations in the state of california that are being disproportionately impacted by the spread of covid-19. we've talked a lot over the course of the last number of
weeks, months, about the importance we place on personal responsibility to wear face coverings, to wear face masks, concern that has been expressed by many, certainly not just those representing the state of california, but all across the country, that so often we let our guard down, that we may be mixing outside of our households, either in large congregate events or even in your own backyard, where extended family members come over. we may begin by wearing our face coverings. but within an hour or two, as we get to the cooler to have a drink, and eat some food, the masks now are put aside, the kids start congregating. and we put ourselves in a position where it's more, not less, likely that we'll see an increase in the spread, in the transmission of the virus. multigenerational households in particular are vulnerable, particularly from an age cohort perspective. to the ravages of this virus. and those types of environments. we've talked a lot about the challenges and congregate facilities, congregate settings, from homeless shelters, to skilled nursing facilities,
residential care, adult daycare facilities throughout the state of california. and clearly in our corrections institutions. not only at the state level, but at the county level as well. not enough focus candidly has been placed on essential workers in this state. and for us to be able to be successful in terms of stopping the spread of covid-19, extinguishing covid-19, which we will do, it depends on our ability to keep our essential workers safe. who are these essential workers? this slide i think is profoundly important. and i hope you'll take a good look at it. those that may be listening, that don't have the benefit of the slide we're putting up, it's self-evident to many people that we demanded, even with our stay-at-home order, certain sectors of our economy to remain open. we deemed them essential. grocery stores, food delivery, truck driving, warehousing, logistics, the foundational principles of any free society.
the foundational needs that we all have in terms of basic health needs, basic food and shelter needs. so we relied on millions and millions of essential workers. that's even with the stay-at-home order. what wasn't identified as, i think, acutely as it needs to be identified is not only the sacrifices of those workers, and we've made a point of trying to do more to support our essential work force in the past, as it relates to providing support, number of things that i'll be talking about here today, but we didn't get under the hood to state the obvious. and that is, overwhelming majority, you'll see in certain sectors of our economy, are disproportionately represented in the latino and black and asian community. look at farm workers, that may not surprise many people. 93% of that work force being the latinx, latino community.
but look at construction labors, look at the cooks and food preparation workers. look at our critical work force, our truck drivers and cashiers, over half of the cashiers in the state are represented in the latino demographic. and that's the community that increasingly and disproportionately is being impacted. not only by the spread of the virus but the mortality related to the spread of the virus. it's not exclusive. again, i'm not suggesting by any stretch, it's just exclusive to one segment of our society. it crosses all segments of society. essential workers. but it is disproportion. and so when people ask, as they often do, where are we seeing the spread? this is where we're seeing the spread. essential work force, disproportionately represented
by the latinx community. and that slide, i think, only reinforces and underscores the imperative of us to increase and build on the work we've done, increase the effort and target our acuity of focus in terms of protecting these essential workers that we have foundationally come to rely on. even as we pull back some of the modifications we made and stay-at-home order. this essential work force remains the bedrock, the backbone of those that are providing foundational, fundamental services to the state of california. so here's what we're announcing today. additional workers safeguards, to protect this work force, to focus again always on preventive measures. to focus on helping support our employers that have been overwhelmingly -- well, that have been overwhelmingly supportive of these efforts and we want to continue to work in the spirit of collaboration and partnership with our employer community, to educate not only employers large and small, but to help them educate employees as well. and we want to extend some longer lasting workers' protections.
i referenced a moment ago some of the previous work we had done to support our essential workers. we want to build on some of that previous work. a lot were done with executive orders, a lot were done building on the cares act and what has come from the federal government. a lot of those things, as you're very familiar, including unemployment insurance, has expiration dates, which has put more acuity of focus on this time of the year, meaning end of july, where a lot of these things are expiring into august, september, or other extended supports are also expiring. and the need to re-engage in a more vigorous conversation. at least here in the state with our california legislature and the federal government, clearly with congress and the white house. let's talk about the preventive measures. foundationally the most important thing we can do is if someone is sick or feeling sick or has been exposed to the virus, we have to give them the supports where they have the
ability to isolate. the ability in some cases to quarantine. that may be easy in certain segments of society, certain cohorts that have the resources, maybe have the space, household space, may have the capacity too to go to a second home and -- in maybe one instance, or even to expand part of their personal property and segment it off from other members of the family. others are stacked on top of each other, three, four people, living quite literally in the same room. so never forget a family in san francisco i visited had a single-room occupancy hotel, went in to the room, and there were only beds on the floor. there was no space that wasn't filled with a bed. there was literally eight people living in less than 100 square feet, stacked up quite literally on top and next to each other, a family. just reinforces the exposure in that instance.
what are we doing for those folks that are out there, as bus drivers and folks out there as truck drivers? folks in that case may have been working at a grocery store. if they are exposed or sick, we need to ensure that they can isolate and they can quarantine. so today we are announcing some new efforts, additional efforts, in this space. we had temporary earths in terms of providing support -- efforts in terms of providing support for hotel room subsidies and the like, we want to expand. that we talked about project room key. point of pride as it relates to the work we've done for the homeless. we want to build on that and extend it to those that may need that support to be isolated and quarantined. so we're opening up a portfolio and identifying additional assets within that portfolio to provide expand opportunities in that space, more resources in that space. accordingly, we focus on that
chart, a moment ago, on terms of agriculture workers. we have to do more to support some 626,000 crop workers that come in this state and live here year-round in the state of california. 626,000 crop workers in the state. you have a lot of temporary housing as it relates to the seasonal work force, done a lot down in monterrey, increasingly now not just on the california central coast, but now in california's central valley, we need to do more for our agricultural and farm workers. and so we have a housing andujar vest partnership that demonstrably led by providing facilities, providing access to quarantine and isolate individual farm workers in monterrey. we're going build on that. they've done an incredible job in this state, supporting ag workers and farm workers, agricultural work force and farm workers.
i want to thank the ag industry. they've been very supportive of that program and we're going to expand access to that program and provide more supports, particularly in the central valley, not just the central coast, in the state of california. and that's something else we'll be doing. when you go to the grocery store and you have the abundance that doesn't exist in almost any other part of the globe at the scale and scope it does here in a dense, urban setting, at least a remarkable place we call home here, california, you go to the store and you see the abundance, don't forget the folks that made sure to make that abundance available to you and we have to make sure that we have an abundant mindset in terms of helping support these workers and make sure that they're safe, they're healthy. because of the essential nature of their incredible contribution to the state and our nation. accordingly, we need to build a public awareness campaign.
we've done a lot with our mask campaign. we did a lot of p.s.a. campaigns in the past, going back many, many months. significantly increased our digital, radio and television ads. you maybe saw some of them related to masks. now we want to increase that campaign to reach more employers, workers, as well as families. a know your rights campaign. basically educate individuals about guidelines, about what we've been putting out in terms of sectors and how to keep people healthy and safe. if i reflect back with objectivity, and i often do this, one must, because you can't be ideological about any of these endeavors, when we began to reopen our economy, we focused so much on when. but we didn't focus enough on how to not only do it, but to educate individuals. not just sectors in our economy,
the business owners in our economy, but individuals about what those guidelines are. i recognize that and we have a responsibility to now really call that out and do more in this space. and that's exactly what we'll be doing. building on the existing public awareness campaign, but a whole new scale. we've been talking to legislative leaders about some support. we've obviously generated, and i made this point on many occasions, a lot of philanthropic support in this effort, as well as federal support in this effort. we are now going to step up those efforts in a much more targeted and a much more focused way. part of that education, again, as i said is not just educating families and employees, but also educating our incredible employers. just more details around the guidance we put out. it's one thing to put out guidance, as an employer, i know this intimately. the state may send us a lot of
information but we're dealing with the crisis of the day and our p.n.l. statements and taxes and fees and this and that, everything else. and now we stack seven, eight, 10 pages of new guidance. it's difficult to get through all that. so we're putting out these new handbooks today that just simplify the guidance, make it easier for our employers to get that information, be able to share that information. we're also looking at best practices, sharing those best practices and the like. i want to thank my jobs and economic recovery task force. they've been so instrumental for months helping us work, because it's truly a representative group of business leaders, on helping us with the guidance. but they also made a point which i agreed with, and now we're socializing with you. that we can do more to simplify that hand book, that guidance, and offer more guidance around best practices. and so we are advancing a much more proactive education effort to help businesses comply. it's not about being punitive. it's about educating for compliance.
that includes testing information that we announced a few weeks ago. the doctor announced new testing criteria in the state. we're moving forward with advancing those. but one of the most critical is the ability to pick up costs associated with testing for employees. we want to make sure that becomes more -- well, more -- we want to see that more universal in terms of its application but we also need to educate folks on some of those new strategies and new opportunities in terms of testing. so that's the purpose of the handbook that we're putting out today. and new tutorials and q&a's that we'll be putting out to build and support the same. we like the efforts to ensure more long-lasting protections. we want to work, as the slide explains, expand workers' protections and build on the existing executive orders i referenced. here's the difference this time.
we have gaps in our paid sick leave in the state of california. i'll give you four examples specifically. health care workers, frontline first responders. those where you have big critical outbreaks. and employers, 500 employees or more, were not included in the federal support. that's a gap in the sick leave space. we closed that gap a few weeks ago with our workers comp and sick leave executive orders. we've had great conversations with the legislature, legislative leaders. there's been a number of legislators who have introduced legislation to codify what we put out in the executive orders. some want to go further. some want to offer their own perspective. we're very grateful for that leadership and we've been having some wonderful conversations with the leadership about the assembly and state senate.
we are committed to a process, have been and continue to be and we want to now make this more abundantly clear, more publicly, to move quickly now to strengthen through this legislative partnership our paid sick leave as well as our workers comp for at-risk workers. again we want to open the economy quickly. people that are feeling sick, people that may be sick, we don't want them going to work. and infecting other people. having a big outbreak. where now a factory or meat processing plant, fill in the blank nirk business, has to shut down, bar, restaurant, even if they're doing their part, closing restaurants, outdoor dine, the chef comes in not feeling well or the sous chef, dishwasher, whoever, busboys. you want to give them protection so you can be protected an customers can be protected. that's why the workers comp is so foundational. in any economic recovery in the state. this is truly where we're all in it together.
employer-employee. consumers. the public. generally. so these are critical. in terms of protections. for economic vibrancy or economic recovery and for protecting essential workers. so we're going to be aggressively engaged in an effort and building on some legislation that's been introduced and building on some of the work we already did on the executive orders as it relates to workers comp and paid sick leave and filling in those gaps that were not provided by the federal government. we're also going to be more strategic. we talked a lot about enforcement. for me, enforcement is not about being punitive, it's about compliance. i say that because i mean that. this is not ready, fire, aim. it's ready, aim, fire. we want to support people coming into compliance. at the same time you've got to call out bad actors. people with simply dismiss,
don't care, or for whatever reason don't agree. respect people's differences of opinion but when it comes to impacting your health and the health of our economy in the medium and long term, our ability to reopen, we have to be a little more targeted. so we're going to be doing some more strategic enforcement of labor laws. we've got a series of very specific strategies that will be putting out. waiving some of the timelines. here's the great reality. here's the mystery to me. may not be for others. but you may not be as familiar with it either. that is it could take six-plus months to move an enforcement action. six months in the midst of a pandemic, how many people could be exposed to this virus in how many people's lives could be put at risk? we've got to constrain that timeline. but in the spirit of an open hand, not a close fist. that's foundational.
so to all the business leaders out there, trust me, i hear you. we're not trying to target enforcement to just be punitive. but we are trying to deal with the time, manner and place concerns we have around extinguishing the virus as quick as we can and the need to go after folks that make some members in certain industries look bad when they may be the exception and not the rule. we've got to hold some of those folks to a higher level of expectation. and cooperation. and accountability as well. one way we can improve accountability is focusing on strengthening our employer reporting ofout breaks. we're also working with the legislature on this. it is an interesting fact, you don't have a requirement as an employer to connect to your local health officer if you've had an outbreak in your business. often that comes circuitously. may take some time. there's a delay. that hurts our efforts to go in and isolate, quarantine, trace those contacts. and potentially help support
expansion of testing. so we think strengthening employer reporting is also very, very important in this environment. as well. so those of you -- those are the broad strokes of what we're doing to help support our essential workers. what we have done building on what we have done, more targeted, more focused. certainly in the spirit of our time, spirit of collaboration with the legislature. and we look forward to updating you on the progress in all those areas very soon. but speaking of updating, we do on a consistent basis update you on the total case numbers as it relates to covid-19. we tested over 137,000 people yesterday. close to 138,000 people yesterday. we conducted those tests, 9,718 individuals tested positive for covid-19.
as i said, many look to the day-to-day, we tend to look at some of the seven 46 day, 14-day averages. that's why we pair the average seven-day, 9,881 number, with yesterday's report on case numbers, 9,718. the numbers, take a look at them. we tested close to 138,000 people yesterday. we will continue to work to get those testing numbers up. i don't know many states that are testing as many people but are testing as many people but that's tissue you know, as my mom used to say don't compare yourself to others. we got to mark a responsibility as the nation's largest state to do more and i recognize our responsibility to do more testing, that's why the doctor announced on multiple occasions our efforts in that space. including, by the way, the encouraging news on testing as it relates to the f.d.a. finally moving pooled testing.
so we'll be pushing that very, very aggressively. working collaboratively with withrking collaboratively kaiser and sutter, they've been great partners with our efforts today. we also have incredible leadership. notable readership at stanford and ucla. i wanted to make a point to think governor gray davis, a real champion for some of the pooled testing efforts and has had a strong relationship he has been able to coordinate and provide support with ucla in particular. you will hear a lot more about pooled testing, and something we talked about in the past and we finally got approvals from the
feds. some are still pending but we nationalne of our labs, they will do pooled testing back east first but that will not delay our own efforts in the state of california. i look forward to talking to you more about that. we will be more creative in this space. we may have a surprise related to new strategy next week related to testing. i'm looking forward to making public a partnership for innovation in this space, a preview of the announcement next week. seven-day positivity rate, 7.5%. monday, it was 7.4%. the 14 days fairly steady. more challenging, 7.7 percent last monday, 7.9% today. twocan see where we were
weeks ago, 7.4%. the slide, 7.5% today. hospitalization is increasing but not the rate in the past. , hospitalization numbers, when i announced them, were growing over 14 days about when socialized hospitalization numbers a week or so ago. week,eek, the end of this it looks like a 9% increase in hospitalization. hospitalizations are increasing but there is a decrease in the increase, if you are following me. isning the rate of growth beginning to decline modestly. that is nothing to jump up and down about, it is just a fact. again, these are statewide numbers and they mask the reality in different parts of
the state. i will get to that with the monitoring list, only reinforce aggregatecore this is data, and none of us live in the aggregate, we live in the state of california with different criteria and different conditions and different realities as it relates to hospital capacity and the like. a 9% increase over a 14 day period. atal system capacity, still 9% of total hospital beds. 8%, 9%.ly steady, it was 9% on monday's presentation. still 9% today on friday. trend as itr relates to the rate of increase. while things are increasing, a couple weeks back it was 20% over two weeks and then 12%. on monday, i think i announced
11% is the two week admissions over 14 days in icu. ise hospitals, icu capacity distinctive in different parts of the state. this is a point of particular focus for us as it relates to issues of ventilators and relates to some counties, we talked about imperial county in the past, but parts of san anduin county, stanislaus, other parts of the state, the icu question becomes a more important and impactful one to answer and address. ventilators are still available, close to 12,000. you see the icu bed capacity. butntilator, not easily, with incredible capacity in the canital system, ventilators access more points of opportunity to increase the portfolio beds available in the
icu system. new reporting came from the feds, new criteria reporting, 17%, that's the blue section on this, the total number of icu patients tested positive for covid-19. 43 -- 23% today. but itnot grow, per se, was a different metric. we want to make sure we are aligning with the updated federal reporting. you are veryde familiar with, and the 23% represents the update when it relates to the critical care capacity. here's the update as it relates to our critical focus and attention related to the monitoring list. those counties have been on for at least three days. have counties on for
three-plus days. high as 36 over the weekend. it represents the vast majority of the population in the state of california, well north of 90%. the modifications for 90% of the state of california have been very meaningful in terms of pushing outdoor activity and the like. where we the counties are providing more technical assistance, monitoring with more laser acuity. we monitor all counties but this is the list that we have highlighted, very important to parents like myself, when it comes to reopening schools. this is the list you want to be off of so we can get back to in person education sooner, not later. you,ways, i want to remind imperative to wear our mask, nothing more important as we move into the weekend. you,'t need to remind
perhaps, that the weekend is where we take off the suit and tie and take down our guard a little bit, and that is where we have seen some spread of this virus. arecourage you, when you mixing outside your household, if you have to do that, and i encourage you not to do that, but to where the masks, physically distance and don't let down your guard. let me close by saying this. been interesting, we've talking to health officers up and down the state for months now. in particular in relationship to the presentation we are making today on essential workers. they have highlighted concerns around multigenerational households. households with a lot of mixing. there's been concerns around segments of our economy and the importance of moving indoor activities outdoors, which we have been doing. we've been guided by this partnership up and down the state with health officials and
federal partners across the country that have also been helping. regional and those working directly with washington, d.c. in terms of identifying hotspots. , religiousilities facilities and the like. what we have heard over and over is even with essential workers, but we have heard is workers may carpool with a mask on, they may show up and keep a mask on because the employer is holding folks to that expectation come up at some may go into the break room and everyone's masks are off. we have heard that example by multiple health officials in different parts of the state, which reinforces how easy it is to forget that we could be 90% pure in terms of our effort and in terms of00%
effort and intention, but when it comes to this virus, it takes advantage of those moments. this virus takes advantage when we turn the other way or we think i will make a quick exception here. that's when the virus's most potent. i encourage people to physically distance, where there masks -- wear their masks and stay out of large crowds. likely tory significantly reduce the spread of the virus, including your own capacity to get it. forget washing hands, sanitation, which is fundamental as well to moving our efforts forward. with that, i am happy to move this conversation forward and to answer any questions from reporters assembled online. governor, with counties like stanislaus and san
joaquin county in a health crisis, san joaquin county seen ,38% of her bed capacity fumbling with staffing, can you clarify why none of these parties are tapping into your health corps? you say there are 38,000 members ready to be deployed to assist with the crisis but we have learned that most are not qualified to work in an icu or have a license to respond. can you clarify how many health care clinicians are ready and able to be deployed to hospitals right now? gov. newsom: i have an exact number, and forgive me, i will make sure my team since it to you. we did just get an updated number. 90,000-pluser people who filled out an application but not all of them were licensed and not all met the criteria. you suggest,0, as did. not all of them active. are 18 different
cohorts supporting segments of our economy, skilled nursing, hospitals, cdc, in the prisons, teams,health corps hundreds and hundreds of people deployed. i will get you the exact number. i mentioned this a couple of days ago and forgive me that i don't recall the exact number, but we had just, when we went back, we resurveyed those folks in our system. we began to segment our needs with more acuity. thousands of additional contacts now made and people are ready to be made available. let me say this, health corps is one component and we are proud of that process and the hundreds of hundreds -- hundreds and hundreds of people deployed during the pandemic and we are certainly doubling down on the
efforts moving forward to work through the latest increase in the wave of this virus. but we also, and i hope you pick this up, we are also lucky to have the support of 190 federal medical personnel who came in. they have been deployed this last week and the week prior through our partnership with hhs. we also have a lot of other federal teams we have assembled and strike teams within our own system. you can recall the work we did in imperial. not everyone is talking about imperial right now, we still have a lot of work to do, but you will recall on multiple occasions, all of the strike teams we sent down. --se multi-gender structural multijurisdictional teams. that is the approach we are taking, not just the health corps, which is just one component, an important component, but not the totality in terms of the health support
in terms of workers. a critical one, and we will get you the latest detailed information and make sure you get that momentarily. governor, you acknowledge the other day that people are on the edge of a cliff and there is this looming eviction crisis with additional unemployment set to expire. on top of that, people are still struggling to connect with edd and get benefits. two questions -- more than four months and the pandemic, what needs to be done to clear the persistent backlog at edd? and if congress doesn't pass additional relief before the current benefits end, is it the state responsibility to step in and offer help to people forced out of work by the business shutdowns? gov. newsom: i don't know of another state that has programs to secure federal dollars for homeless and no purchasing through our project home team
partnerships, meals for our seniors to keep restaurant workers employed, creative strategies on sick leave in worker's comp. that we identified today. i am proud of those efforts and to answer your question, it is a way of extending a narrative, we try to take responsibility and do a little more and a little better, including immigration status. i know it is controversial, but this state did this. i don't know that other states did that to support folks who are vulnerable in this environment. news i am expecting good with the work leader pelosi, speaker pelosi will be advancing. if she wasn't there, i would not be as confident in that statement. because she is there, i have deep confidence in her capacity to pull something off, important to pull something off that directly addresses the issue, not just on unemployment insurance, but getting checks in
the pockets of those who have been impacted by covid-19. this relates to the prior question and a component of your question, edd, $4.8 million this tribute it this week, 7 -- this week have been distributed. people have received benefits. i don't think another state comes close in terms of processing. we are dealing with the scale and scope -- not an excuse -- 5600 people. i haven't updated you in the last few weeks, we had the first cohort of 1300 people to help with help lines and the new text messaging program, how we brought other agencies in and project improvement teams and. we have a medium-term strategy and i have a long-term strategy. next week, you will hear a lot more about our long-term edd strategy as a relates to addressing the foundational
issue, which is not unique to i.t.ornia, and that is an info structure on the leading and cutting edge of 1979. . that is not excuse, it is an opportunity and responsibility to not build on it but reimagine and reprocess the entire system. don't think for a second that we have not been focused on the medium and long term and addressing the adequacy of getting those very difficult individual claims, where something is just not clicking in terms of information provided or the response back in a timely manner, and to deal with the backlog. you will hear more about that next week, and what edd will be doing in addition to all of the new people we put on the problem. and how we solve the problem once and for all. that is my responsibility as governor and i look forward to advancing those reforms. i don't want to promise they
will happen overnight, but know that people are working overtime in that space. you referenced evictions and i thank you for that. we have done some work through executive order on evictions and i also provided the legal authority for the judicial council and the state of california to do the same. those were temporary frameworks. we are working with two legislative leaders in the senate and assembly, in partnership, the spirit of collaboration and deeper urgency , to work on that issue. i made that point to a number of you who asked about that couple of days ago and i will say it again. we are working with the legislature and working with tenants groups and property owners, apartment owners and the owners toe and small see what we can do to strengthen our protections.
because yes, we are concerned, a all of us should be, about lot of these temporary fixes going to the wayside and our needed to put together a further bridge at least through the end of the year. perhaps longer, to work through this, so we can avoid the most significant impacts this virus has had on people's pocketbooks and the capacity to pay their rent, and even to pay their mortgage. hello, governor, thank you for taking our questions. a couple of quick things. comment or can you perhaps the doctor could comment on where we believe the infected rate is now. l.a. county believes it is below the threshold of 1.0 statewide in the aggregate. shed somey, can you
light on the u.s. air force military personnel being and why los angeles county was selected as a location for two hospitals to receive the military aid? gov. newsom: both perfectly positioned with the doctor in know, thee, as you doctor comes from l.a. and has been working in collaborative relationships with his wife, who runs the system down there. better to have him answer the question. i appreciateay, you acknowledging l.a. county and finally imperial below one as well. the doctor is better to answer the question. let me bring him up. >> thank you, governor, and thank you for the question. indeed, as the governor described, we don't live in the aggregate. the infection through the state is different.
some counties are below one, and all that means is a single person who is infected today is going to in fact -- to infected that number of people next. you drop below one, you are starting to drop your number of cases, the level of transmission and the community, and hopefully if that maintains, the cases will drop down and the impact on hospitalization and icu levels as well. belowews when you drop one. imperial county, l.a., some others are below one. others are around 1.1, 1.2 and 1.3. what that means is more people over time will become infected. even though we have looked at the statewide number that is somewhere between 1.1 and 1.3, we notice that some counties are going to be on the upward of transmission and others will be decreasing. we watch that closely and some
of the encouraging news in some of our counties is tied to being below one, and others, where we consider hot spots, some of the central valley counties, are above one, and we are working hard to make sure they have resources around staff and testing, wearing the mask, delivering the message in essential workplaces that the governor has done today and working with local partners to ensure that that number starts to come down through the state. as it relates to l.a. county receiving some of the department of defense staffing support, again, we looked across the state. l.a. county with big hospitals, important centers where we see disease transmission hi, concern , concernedsion high to make sure the hospitals shareed a proportionate
of the teams. some of the teams went to northern or rural parts of the state to make sure hospitals are supported. we will continue to work with federal partners to ensure that to strategicmoved places throughout the state when necessary. we will continue to work with l.a., with the bay area counties, and all counties throughout the state to make sure staffing there as well as health corps staff are deployed strategically to make sure patients get the level of care they need and that staffing does not become the issue around delivering high-quality care throughout the state. thank you, dr. beard -- doctor. times story l.a. today found that the health department knowingly sent fake vectors from nursing home to nursing home without first testing number covid-19.
given the huge number of deaths linked to nursing homes, why aren't vectors required to be tested routinely and has that changed? gov. newsom: yes it has, we have raised our standards and requiring for every sector where an inspector is inspecting, they meet the same criteria that is established within that sector. that has been changed. thes, forgive me, in lexicon of government, a meet and confer issue, but we will resolve the issue. reporter: i just want to understand exactly what you are announcing today. are you signing any executive orders or public health orders in relation to what you have talked about? when will the state provide details on the waiver process for schools and will it be a requirement that unions have to support any of the waiver plans for them to be approved? gov. newsom: let me take advantage of giving you a slide as it relates to elementary.
forwaiver process is elementary schools specifically in the state of california. the requirements work along the lines of what you see posted. for those of you who don't have the benefit of a television set or the ability to read the slide, it's about partnerships that need to be initiated with requesting a waiver with labor, allows organizations to for impersonation and for, again, elementary schools specifically. in partnership with local health officials. school districts can work with their local health departments to go through that waiver process. that is the framework we have laid out and the guidance we put up when we announced the guidance for schools writ large. this was the guidance included in that process. it is a process that we look forward to engaging in and one
that we have laid out with broad strokes on this slide. as relates to the question you raised, related to the work with the legislature, here is the good news -- the legislature is in session, not out of session, meaning when i first establish the framework of the executive orders, the legislature had to shut down. we were in the middle of this pandemic, there were certain emergency orders we needed to advance in real time. because the legislature and many legislative leaders have willduced legislation and be reconvening next week formally, we are working hand in glove with leadership in the legislature to look at a number of those bills and see how we can build on the work that we have already done but work that
was not advanced by an executive order as well. that is the spirit of the moment, the spirit of engagement. but again, was a laserlike focus in terms of timelines and expectations. that's what we announced today. thank you. weng back to the issue where were talking about federal benefits expiring, understanding that there is work done on a federal level, but even the best case scenario, we are still likely talking about a gap in services. i am wondering if you have sat down and crunch the numbers and looked at what that would mean, specifically on the ground day today for californians, and whether there is any relief for people in the interim for people taking a pay cut. additionally, much of the federal discussion and debate has to do with whether or not that extra $600 this
incentivizes work. have you made the case that the extra $600 means something different in iowa than it does to someone in california who still cannot pay their bills without extra $600? gov. newsom: you've just made the case by framing the question and that is spot on, and that is anyone who is in a high cost environment, not just here in california, but elsewhere in the country. we have made that case abundantly to legislative leaders, notably speaker pelosi, and had constant dialogue with speaker pelosi. a number of months ago, we were very aggressive in terms of our newctive advocacy for a cares act. we were not shy, we were very aggressive and pointed in terms of the urgency to meet the moment and get ahead of the curve. we have not been shy in terms of of criticism of the lethargy
the process so far coming from the united states senate. contrast byessive the aggressive actions taken by speaker pelosi and house representatives that moved aggressively with a bill to substantively, not only address the issue you identified as it relates to the supplemental $600 payment, but well beyond that in terms of meeting the needs of individuals ravaged by the economic consequences of this virus. that is leadership. that is a point of pride that that leadership demonstrably is emanating from the state of california and speaker pelosi and her colleagues. i could not be more proud of her and them and thankful. as i said a moment ago, i have great expectations because of her tenacity, her experience,
her insight and her fortitude, her ability to run circles around so many others in terms of how the process works and how one conducts themselves in terms of those deliberations. continue to lean in in terms of the expectation that they will do something bold. that said, yes, we have gamed out not only as it relates to the individual contributions that individuals have gone related to federal supports, but you saw in our budget the additional money we put in. we have historic budget cuts but we did not cut the historic increase that we put into our working families tax credit. you saw the 100 or so million dollars. my advisory committee helped
conceive it for the businesses falling through the ppp corrects, to make sure we were getting to women, minority owned his misses, emergency aid and loans. you saw the child tax you saw some of the sick leave protections, workers comp protections. not waiting again for someone else to solve this problem. we need to prepare for whatever might happen. to address what may or may not happen at the federal level. we had a lot of contingent cuts. they will not materialize.
we also looked at our reserves. i want to give you a sense and get into the mindset here that the answer is yes. but the legislature coming back into session next week. we have the ability to move quickly in the next few weeks. that should be encouraging. despite some of that discouraging lack of by theonality to date
senate leadership. we want toething fix. something we want to address. i want to thank all of you. i encourage you to practice social distancing. make sure we are all wearing face coverings. have a wonderful and safe and healthy we can. i will see you back here on monday. take care. the federal response to the coronavirus outbreak. housecongress, white briefings, and updates from governors. track the spread throughout the u.s. and world with interactive maps. watch on-demand anytime unfiltered. president trump presented the
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