August 4, 2020

Disclaimer: This transcript is a back translation of the Latent Interpretation and is not intended to be a verbatim reproduction of the original message.  For questions, comments, and feedback, please email  Thank you!


IMAGE DESCRIPTION: bottom left corner of screen, black text: This Video Made Possible with the Support of:  with green/blue logo of GLAD with GLAD and fingerspelled GLAD in ASL above it, next to logo is Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness, Inc.


VIDEO DESCRIPTION: Deaf Interpreter, Kristeena Thaten, a female with long, silver, curly hair, blue eyes, olive skin, wearing a black short sleeve blouse, with a gold chain around neck and gold ring on ring finger, standing in front of a beige background, looking at the camera.


DEAF INTERPRETER: Hello, my name is Kristeena Thaten and this video is about the questions and answers portion for the California Health Secretary [Dr. Ghaly].  His job is to make sure all Californians are safe.


IMAGE DESCRIPTION:  [top right corner] Picture of Dr. Ghaly, a tan male bald with glasses wearing a dark suit jacket, white shirt, and a red tie, looking to his left.  Behind Dr. Ghaly is Governor Newsom.  Behind Governor is the American Flag. At the bottom of the picture is white text: Dr. Ghaly, Q&A – August 4, 2020.


QUESTION:  There are many house parties taking place in Los Angeles and the risk of covid infection is quite high!


IMAGE DESCRIPTION: [1ST IMAGE] Picture of inside of a home with lots of people standing and sitting around socializing. [2ND IMAGE] Close up picture of a person with mouth open and white air particles blowing out from the person’s mouth.


QUESTION: Meanwhile, many businesses in Los Angeles are forced to shut down in order to encourage people to quarantine and prevent the spread of COVID-19. However, the residents of Los Angeles are refusing to social distance and this is extremely frustrating for business owners.


ANSWER: Dr. Ghaly: There are about 40 million people living in the state of California and Los Angeles has a huge population of 10 million people! Earlier, I talked about different levels of risky behavior. Socializing in large crowds is an example of high-risk behavior. It is important that people use their masks, wash their hands, and social distance, also to remind our friends and family to practice these safety measures.


IMAGE DESCRIPTION: Picture of a husband, wife, and child looking at the camera.  Husband and wife are wearing surgical blue/white masks and child is wearing a green/white cloth mask.  Child is in the middle and has one arm around each parent.


ANSWER: Dr. Ghaly: I strongly encourage all of you to help flatten the curve and to keep it that way. Police and local health officers need to have a conversation about enforcing masks, hand washing and social distancing while 6 feet apart. In the meantime, we urge the public to take these types of public safety measures seriously.


IMAGE DESCRIPTION:  Close-up picture of a person washing hands with lathered soap.


QUESTION:  Six states have joined together in an effort to improve COVID-19 testing; will California also join this effort?


ANSWER: Dr. Ghaly: Not quite yet. I am aware of the six states who are working together to improve testing; however, if you look at our progress from the first COVID-19 case and our unpreparedness, we are doing much better these days and we are continuing to improve our testing system. One example would be our response to the Central Valley, a COVID-19 hot spot. Numerous residents of the California Central Valley have been infected with the coronavirus and that is very concerning. Our response to that was to bring in several specialized agencies and focus on bringing down the number of infected individuals and to keep the number of people in ICU under control. We have set up numerous testing sites and we are working hard to encourage people to wear their masks, wash their hands, and stay 6 feet apart. So, again, Central Valley is a hot spot with a very high number of sick people.


IMAGE DESCRIPTION: Shape of California map in gray with Central Valley counties in the middle of the map in neon green.


ANSWER: Dr. Ghaly: Several types of organizations are working together to make sure that Central Valley places of business such as hospitals, nursing homes, daycares, schools, and so on stay as safe as possible.  I agree that quality testing services and continued improvement are very important, however, we will not be joining the six states coalition at this time but perhaps in the near future.


IMAGE DESCRIPTION: Clip art of two hospital buildings side by side and the white text HOSPITAL above next to a white cross inside a red circle.


QUESTION: Earlier you mentioned that we are in the second or third wave of coronavirus infections. Can you elaborate further on what that means?


ANSWER Dr. Ghaly: That is correct. We are in the second or third wave but the worst is yet to come. We expect the fall to be a challenging time because on top of the coronavirus pandemic, we will also be dealing with annual flu outbreaks, and the symptoms are stuffy and runny noses, coughs, etc.  The number of sick people will increase dramatically. That is exactly why we are working hard to communicate with all 40 million of California’s residents, families and friends to wear their masks, wash their hands and stay 6 feet away from people at all times. We are working hard to get the message out and keep it out because it is crucial that people understand and follow.


QUESTION: My question is in regards to schools opening and asking for waivers. We are supposed to ask the state for permission to reopen state-mandated closed schools. If we want to reopen, we need to apply for permission before reopening. However, I’ve noticed outbreaks in numerous schools and daycares. What is your response to that?


ANSWER Dr. Ghaly: Yes, that is correct. We have been watching the trends and reading reports of outbreaks. Some of the school districts and daycares that reopened experienced covid outbreaks. We leave it up to the individual school districts to decide what the new set-up will look like. Some schools are doing smaller classrooms in order to prevent the spread of covid 19. We stress the importance of washing hands, wearing masks, and social distancing in schools. We’ve gotten reports of people in schools not wearing masks, not washing their hands and not staying 6 feet apart. That is frustrating!  How the different counties’ schools choose to respond to the pandemic, reopen or remain closed, protect the children, reduce the spread is up to them. Some districts will reopen slowly, do small classrooms, limit the number of students per day, there are lots of ways schools are approaching this.


IMAGE DESCRIPTION: Clip art of people images standing side by side, arms around necks, with red slash across and yellow text: LIMIT SOCIAL GATHERINGS AND TIME SPENT IN CROWDED PLACES.


DR. GHALY: School administrators are in discussion with each other on how to deal with this.  The government stresses the importance of practicing safety by wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, quarantining, avoiding large crowds, staying home, and so on. Thank you. Please remain safe and have a good day!


CLOSING FULL SCREEN: IMAGE DESCRIPTION: This Video Made Possible by: GLAD with green/blue logo with letters spelling out GLAD and fingerspelled GLAD in ASL above it, next to logo is Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness, Inc.




Disclaimer: This transcript is a back translation of the Latent Interpretation and is not intended to be a verbatim reproduction of the original message.  For questions, comments, and feedback, please email  Thank you!