July 13, 2020

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VIDEO DESCRIPTION: Certified Deaf Interpreter, Jim Brune, A White male with blonde/brown hair, blonde/white goatee, and blue eyes wearing a dark maroon collared shirt with a black vest with buttons down the front.  Sitting in front of orange painted wall with a tan lampshade and window panes on his left.


DEAF INTERPRETER: Now time for questions and answers.

Q: Question & A: Answer

WHITE TEXT: Governor Newsom’s Q & A

Q:  Curious about schools.  You said that indoor gathering and indoor activities are not allowed. How will schools handle COVID-19 this fall with some reopening and some not?

A: I encourage you and others to look at the website covid19.ca.gov (white text).  You will find a guide about what schools need to do to be ready to open.  You’ll see the guidance we put out through our department of public health. That guide was developed by the California Department of Education. Different school districts are working with different counties.  Examples:  Both Los Angeles Unified School District and San Diego announced that their schools will be online this fall because they want to slow the spread of COVID-19. We want to keep all of our children and teachers safe. I want to applaud school district leaders who are working together to find solutions to how kids can go back to school safely.   Each district is unique with more than 1,000 school districts in the state of California.  That is why we invested $5.3 billion (in white text $5,300,000,000) in this year’s budget to allow for the ability to buy different things to allow for distance learning, to make sure that we have the resources to continue to do more, to keep our children, teachers, janitors, bus drivers, and all of those remarkable people from secretaries and principals that make our school systems work, to keep them safe and well. I want to emphasize, if children are physically present in the schools again, I’ll remind you two things are non-negotiable, our children’s health and the absolute essential importance of educating our children.

Q: I understand you say school districts have guidelines and they can decide on their own if they will open or not.  But you are the leader of the whole state of California. So, if you decided that indoor activities are not safe, then why are schools not safe?  If a school district decides to open again in the fall, what are you going to do about it?         A: We, over the course of the last number of days, have made decisions to further strengthen our guidelines based upon the increased growth and rate of spread. I want to just caution people. over six million (white text: 6,000,000 students) children in schools in all of California, different grades of children, high school students, middle, elementary, a lot of preschools, and pre-K classes that are all included in our decisions. Each district is different in how they are set up, what types/size of buildings they have, and some schools are in parts of California with a  very small number of COVID-19 cases.  We set up the guidance and we provided funding to support schools to stay online if needed.  But again, COVID-19 changes every day which means we keep changing our guidance as we get closer to schools opening this fall.

Q:  I have a question about COVID-19 tests being available.  Some people say it is hard to get a test, or they have to wait for weeks to get results.  One woman told me that she found out she had contact with another person with the virus and got a test but took her three weeks before she finally got the results.  Plus she had to go one hour away from home to find a test.  That is not effective, what can we do to make this better?

A:  I encourage people to look at the  covid19.ca.gov website.  You can type in your zip code which will give you a map of the closest testing sites in your area. We’ve been working hard the last few months to get more tests available.  Three months ago, we had only 2,000 tests a day. Now we have over 107,000 tests on average per day, over the last week, 137-138,000 tests conducted yesterday. But at the same time, I know and I emphasize:  138,000 tests enough? No.  We have a big state with lots of people.  We also focused on our diverse communities within urban settings that were also under-resourced. However, we do know that there is not enough testing in rural areas. We’ve seen marked improvements though. Tomorrow, Dr. Ghaly will be making a presentation, announcing two new task force members, and addressing access issues that remain unresolved, issues related to supplies. We were having delays with results but that is getting better.  Rather than complaining about it like we did the last time, we’re doing something about it. We are building partnerships and using a different approach that Dr. Ghaly will explain in detail tomorrow.

Q:  There’s been a lot of confusion in Alameda County for the last few days. It had been allowing outdoor dining for the last few weeks. Found out this past Thursday that they weren’t supposed to. The county issued a new order. There was confusion between the state and the county. Over the weekend, a number of cities, including Oakland, Livermore, and Hayward, said that they will not follow new county orders.  A lot of angry people at restaurants. A lot of confusion.  Alameda is not on the list of counties you just put out. The website shows 31 counties and you said 30 counties.  That adds to the confusion. People don’t know what’s safe and what’s not safe.  One area is okay, other areas are not okay.  People are not following the rules.  What do you say about that, how can we be sure we are not doing things the wrong way and be sure to do things the right way?

A: Remember I said earlier that more than likely two more counties will be added to the list. Alameda is one of them that I think will be added to the monitoring list.  The website says 31.  Sorry.  Should say 30.  We don’t often make mistakes. We have systems in progress with county health directors, with their county board of supervisors, with their hospital systems, and with our health team here in the state of California. That system we added to the website: covid19.ca.gov. I encourage people to look at covid19.ca.gov website, see their county’s system progress. I did clearly say that the county monitoring list is constantly changing because our COVID-19 numbers keep changing. As numbers increase or decrease, the county monitoring list will change.  Again, remind you about our light dimmer approach.  We don’t want to move too fast with opening or closing.  We want to slowly and carefully open, slowly, and carefully close.  Sometimes we will open up and sometime we will close down; it all depends on the spread of COVID-19. I want to emphasize that even with shelter-in-place order, more than 60 percent of the economy still remained open. Again this is where things change over and over as you have seen with my weekly presentations where I try to be honest and explain what our plans are.

Q:  You added protests to your lists of businesses that should be activities that need to be moved from inside to outside. Can you explain more?
A:   Right.  The website mentioned protests that have been done as indoor activities that must change to outdoors only.

Q: We found out you will have a conference call with Vice President Pence and other governors related to COVID-19.  Do you plan to ask the federal government for help/support?

A: Today’s call, no, will not be asking for help/support. But, through a partnership with the federal department of Health and Human Services, we were able to get these teams, the total number of health experts, of 190 individuals together. This team comes to California and will be sent out throughout the state. The conference call is for us, as governors, to share best practices and updating each other on what we have been doing as well as share our concerns. It’s also an opportunity for the Vice President and feds to share issues related to PPE issues, testing issues, skilled nursing facility issues, and issues related to opening of schools. This call takes place every week or every other week and usually lasts 1-1.5 hours.  Sometimes the President joins our calls.

IMAGE DESCRIPTION: Several after the other: A white rectangle with an image of a blue face with a white mask. Two people standing apart, facing outward, with a white two-way arrow between them. Black rectangle with an image of hands washing on left, a stopwatch in the middle, and pink text on right: 20 seconds.

GOVERNOR NEWSOM: Want to remind each of you: wear a mask, social distance, wash your hands, and we all must think about our seniors and people who are vulnerable as they are the most likely to get the virus. Please take personal responsibility.  Protect your health and the health of other people. Look forward to updating you on testing tomorrow and look forward to subsequent updates throughout the week.  Bye.


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