Tuesday, Governor Gavin Newsom released a new plan to ease restrictions of COVID-19 in California in a live update. His roadmap uses six indicators to determine when it will be time to relax social distancing measures. Here is the information from his report.
While he did not present a clear timeline for the order, the indicators are clear.
Newsom stated that his office will "use a gradual, science-based and data-driven framework" throughout the process. He also noted the state's efforts to flatten the curve have been positive.
According to Newsom's roadmap, the following six indicators will help determine when to ease up on the COVID-19 lockdowns and eventually modify the current stay at home order.
"The ability to monitor and protect our communities through testing, contact tracing, isolating and supporting those who are positive or exposed."
"The ability to prevent infection in people who are at risk for more severe COVID-19."
"The ability of the hospital and health systems to handle surges."
"The ability to develop therapeutics to meet the demand."
"The ability for businesses, schools, and child care facilities to support physical distancing."
"The ability to determine when to reinstitute certain measures, such as the stay-at-home orders, if necessary."
While residents wait for more information, Newsom stressed the importance of following the social distancing rules and stay at home order that is currently in place.
"I hope all of us are sobered by the reality of the moment. But also left with a little optimism. That there is light at the end of the tunnel. People are working together with no politics or partisanship. Just neighbor to neighbor," said Newsom.
When it comes to re-opening, SCIENCE -- not politics -- must be California's guide. CA has developed 6 indicators… https://t.co/JWePzNuUsD— Gavin Newsom (@Gavin Newsom)1586892664.0
At the end of his speech, he also encouraged residents to reach out to loved ones and to keep practicing safe social distancing measures.
"Never forget. Even with the stay at home orders. You are not alone," he said.
On Monday, Newsom also announced a new western pact with Washington and Oregon. This new task force will be tasked with coordinating the reopening of the regional economy.