California's Governor Gavin Newsom gave a critical update on the state's approach to COVID-19 this afternoon. He opened his speech with an old proverb. "If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together." What was the big reveal? Coronavirus restrictions are being challenged by California, Washington, and Oregon.

Newsom announced that he and his counterparts have aligned to create a "regional pact to recovery."

Together, the governors shared goals to control the spread of the virus for the coming weeks.

Their plan is threefold. First, their residents' health comes first. The West Coast "has an outsized stake in controlling and ultimately defeating COVID-19."

Second, health outcomes and science will direct their decisions — not politics. This means that changes to the states' stay-at-home orders will be based on "understanding of the total health impacts of COVID-19."

Finally, the plan asserts that the states will only be effective by working together. Each state will work with its local officials to understand what's happening and adhere to the new approach.

This includes prioritizing residents' health and making sure each of their states has enough medical equipment to provide hospitals with adequate care and supplies.

It also involves a strategy to test specific cases.

The joint statement says that "COVID-19 has preyed upon our interconnectedness. In the coming weeks, the West Coast will flip the script on COVID-19 – with our states acting in close coordination and collaboration to ensure the virus can never spread wildly in our communities."

The three states' governors agreed that "COVID-19 doesn’t follow state or national boundaries." 

"COVID-19 doesn’t follow state or national boundaries," the joint statement concludes.

While the speech did not disclose more specific details of this new plan, Newsom, Brown, and Inslee did agree on one thing.

They would identify "indicators for communities to restart public life and business."

As of April 13, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports there are 21,794 cases of COVID-19 in California. 

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