July 8, 2020

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VIDEO DESCRIPTION: Certified Deaf Interpreter, Rosemary Wanis: A Middle Eastern female with short black and white hair, tan skin, and hazel eyes, wearing a black long-sleeved blouse sitting in front of a dark blue background, looking at the camera

Transcript:

Deaf Interpreter: Hello, this is Rosemary with a summary of Governor Newsom’s press conference from Wednesday, July 8, 2020

WHITE TEXT:  Governor Newsom, Press Conference: July 8, 2020

IMAGE DESCRIPTION: Picture of Governor Gavin Newsom in a blue suit and tie standing in front of a state of California flag.

Governor Newsom: Good afternoon. With the Coronavirus case numbers increasing, with positivity rates increasing in the state, with hospitalization rates and ICU rates increasing in the state of California, I thought it was an opportunity to once again share with you our preparedness plans in this state. Want to review what we have done over the last few months from when COVID-19 began to what we are experiencing currently here in the State of California. Remember that when we launched the nation’s first stay at home order on March 19th.

WHITE TEXT: Shelter in Place: Started March 19, 2020

Governor Newsom: We did this for the main reason to save lives and to better prepare our hospitals and medical centers to increase their beds, masks, gowns, ventilators, equipment, etc. so that they were ready for Californians who had the virus.

IMAGE DESCRIPTION: Two pictures side by side, on left is a picture of a full medical staff gown from head to toe in white, a face shield, mask, and shoe covers. On the right is a hospital bed with a blue mattress with rails on wheels.

Governor Newsom: Plus we needed to be sure we recruited enough doctors, nurses, breathing specialists, hospital staff, etc. to provide a high quality of care for COVID-19 patients.

IMAGE DESCRIPTION: Picture of medical staff with hair up, masks on the face, gowns covering scrubs, one person has sunglasses on with blonde hair, the other has dark skin and dark hair looking away from the camera.

Governor Newsom: Last month we had 96,000 people apply to be doctors, nurses, breathing specialists, etc. and we hired 35,000 of them!  That is amazing to see so many people want to work with COVID-19 patients! If you are a retired doctor, nurse, medical staff and want to work again, complete an application at covid19.ca.gov, we need more staff all over California.  We also had a backup plan so that if the hospitals were full we had a partnership with the federal government to identify specific areas in California to set up extra beds, sometimes outside in tents, sometimes in a separate location such as a stadium, which is large enough to fit hundreds of extra beds.

IMAGE DESCRIPTIONS: Two pictures after the other: First Picture of the inside of a large white temporary tent with several single beds inside in rows with IV stand next to one bed. Second Picture inside of stadium with rows and rows of single beds inside and people standing around

Governor Newsom: Keep in mind, hospitals had to be ready to serve patients who were showing COVID-19 symptoms and who were not, plus those who were becoming very sick and needed ICU care.  ICU means more nurses per patient, nurses can give more care to each patient. ICUs have more breathing support such as ventilators, etc. I report numbers to you every time I have a press conference based on percent which is based on the total hospitals – we have a total of 416 hospitals in California.

WHITE TEXT: California has 416 hospitals

Governor Newsom: We look at how many beds in each hospital, and how many beds are full and available, that is how we get the percent.  That is how we figure out if there is an increase or a decrease.  Each city and county has a different population, some are big some are small, some have many hospital beds and some have less, so that is why we go by percent.  We look at many numbers, positivity rates, contact tracing, hospital beds, ICU beds, masks/gowns/shields/etc. so that we make sure we are meeting every need in California which is the largest and most diverse state in the US.

WHITE TEXT: California’s 416 hospitals ready for 50,000 + 10,000 = 60,000 COVID-19 Patients

Governor Newsom: That is what we have been doing since March 19, now we are in July and now our hospitals and medical centers are ready to accept up to 50,000 COVID-19 patients, and in our extra places such as stadiums, etc. we can accept up to 10,000 more patients for a total of 60,000 patients throughout California. We have bought millions of masks and we are distributing millions of masks every week, working closely with FEMA and CDC to make sure people have masks.  Masks are going to doctors, nurses, firefighters, ambulance workers, and more. We send out the masks to the areas that need them the most.

IMAGE DESCRIPTION:  A picture of a hand holding a stack of surgical masks

Governor Newsom:  I want to introduce Carmela Coyle, the Head of the California Hospital Association, to explain more and also to share about how different counties are working together to refer patients based on what they need.  Thank you Carmela for your hard work and your leadership during this time.

IMAGE DESCRIPTION: Picture of Carmela Coyle (light-skinned female with shoulder-length brown hair and brown glasses standing in front of the American and California state flags, looking at the camera. WHITE TEXT: Carmela Coyle,  Head of California Hospital Association

Carmela Coyle:  Thank you. California’s hospitals have been and continue to be ready to deal with the COVID crisis that we have all been working with for the last four months. We are here and ready to care for all Californians.  Our governor is right, we do have an increase in the number of COVID positive individuals in the state of California and that means more people who are in need of hospital care and more people who are in need of ICU services.

WHITE TEXT:  In the past 2 weeks, Hospitalizations increased by 49%, ICUs increased by 38%.

Carmela Coyle: We focus on three areas: planning and preparing and partnering. First of all, in the planning hospitals have on an ongoing basis, an emergency operations plan, that plan and teams that are dedicated within each and every one of those 416 hospitals to being ready and prepared for any kind of emergency. We have learned quite a bit in the last four months. So we are constantly adjusting those plans based on what we are learning and seeing.  We are working to be prepared by cross-training staff. So nurses who may typically serve at bedside in a medical or surgical unit, how can we train them up in case we need them in an intensive care unit. We are working as thoroughly as possible so that every part of our medical system and services is ready to meet the needs of COVID-19 patients.  And finally partnering with our nurses and our doctors, we cannot do it without those frontline caregivers. That partnership is important to take care of our doctors and nurses who are taking care of you. Hospitals are also partnering together to support our doctors and nurses who are taking care of COVID positive patients. Support can mean giving more equipment, giving them breaks, substituting staff, etc. That is what we’re doing right now in Imperial County, also in the Bay area, as we are dealing with outbreaks there in the prison system. If hospitals work as teams, we can move patients and ensure that they are transported to the right place where we’ve got that additional capacity. We’re partnering with our counties and our local health officials because we’ve got to be able to do that regionally as well. Plus our partnership with the state and that is in terms of the stockpiles of masks and other kinds of equipment that’s out there and available and needed. We are preparing to surge.

IMAGE DESCRIPTION: Picture of IV stand with two bags hanging with tubes coming down with WHITE TEXT: Remdesivir

Carmela Coyle: We have new medicine (intravenous) such as Remdesivir, and other medicines that are actually shortening the stay of those patients. We are putting fewer of those patients on ventilators. I want to thank each of you for working hard to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Masks, and social distancing, and handwashing is so important. Every time you do that in your home, in your neighborhood, and in your community, you are helping a nurse, you’re helping a doctor, you’re helping a hospital and you’re saving a life. Thank you.

IMAGE DESCRIPTION: Picture of Governor Gavin Newsom in a blue suit and tie standing in front of a state of California flag.

Governor Newsom: Thank you. You can see we are working closely with all 416 hospitals in California. Another area of concern from day one, outside our skilled nursing facilities, our veterans’ facilities, and our congregate homeless facilities is around our jail system and our state system.

IMAGE DESCRIPTION: Picture from inside of prison looking up at three floors with several rows of individual cells with bars and railings.

Governor Newsom: We are monitoring prisons and jails in California. The good news is we saw a modest about 400 less identified positive COVID positive patients in our CDCR state-federal system than we had even on Monday. We are looking at San Quentin, Chino, and Lassen County.

WHITE TEXT: San Quentin, Chino, Lassen County

Governor Newsom: I want to circle back to a question that was asked on July 6 about the increase in hospitalizations.  The young people ages 18 to 24 are the largest increase of new cases in hospitals because they thought they can’t get the virus.  That is not the only reason for new cases, also more people mixing from different households, not wearing masks, not distancing which we need to see. Also notice that those who are working with the public are getting the virus at higher rates.  Which is why I did not want to open the economy that soon. They put their life on the line so when you go out shopping, running errands, please protect those workers and yourself by wearing a mask, standing 6 feet apart, and washing your hands.

IMAGE DESCRIPTION: Blue rectangle with white clipart of a mask, arrow pointing both ways, and hands washing with lather bubbles above.  White text with light blue background under mask: wear a cloth mask; under arrow: practice social distancing; under hands: wash hands often.

Governor Newsom: We have 11,300 ventilators available and today we are reporting the largest jump in numbers.  Wearing a mask, keeping your distance, and washing your hands is so important!  In the last 7 days, 8,116 individuals have tested positive. Please be careful. We all need to be responsible.   On July 6 I reported 7,876 new cases, and now it is up to 8,116 new cases with 100,000 to 127,000 tests.  I am not happy because now we are up to a 7.1% positivity rate during the past two weeks. Other states have double or triple the rate but 7.1% still is not good. As a consequence, testing is increasing. Testing supply constraints are starting to present themselves again. We are working with different partners to keep the high supply of tests available.  The problem with 7.1% is that the numbers can easily spike again in a few days. I cannot emphasize more a point of consideration for all of us, that we have the capacity to move that number down by our individual behavior.  By wearing masks, by practicing the hand washing and physical distancing and social distancing that’s required of all of us at this moment. Today, we’re adding three new counties to the monitoring list for a total of 26. A week or so ago, we had 19 counties on the list. 23 counties and now we are up to 26.

WHITE TEXT: Three more counties on Watch List: Napa, San Benito, Yolo

Governor Newsom: 26 counties now on our state watch list with Napa, San Benito, and Yolo County.. Remember, the monitoring list then requires some modifications to the stay-at-home orders, the modifications to indoor activities to be brought outdoors.

Most of these counties were proactive and we have been supporting them in making these modifications.  Thank you to our city, county governments, and health officials for working hard to make changes, I am proud of each of you and thankful. Your personal responsibility and your individual decisions are so important right now.  We had 111 lives lost in the last reporting period. If you are a senior citizen and have health issues, please stay home.  For others, if you don’t have to go out, please stay home. If you have to go out, wear a mask, keep your distance, and wash your hands.  Thank you.

IMAGE DESCRIPTION: Blue rectangle with white clipart of a mask, arrow pointing both ways, and hands washing with lather bubbles above.  White text with light blue background under mask: wear a cloth mask; under arrow: practice social distancing; under hands: wash hands often.

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