San Diego County government officials provided a crucial update on the state of COVID-19 in California and the city. The announcement came after Governor Newsom laid out his roadmap and six necessary steps for easing the state's stay at home restrictions. When will the lockdown be lifted?
"We don't know. We have to continue to assess our progress," said County Board Supervisor Nathan Fletecher.
He noted that the county will move with the guidance and direction of public health officials in the state of California and in accordance with Newsom's plan.
We have to deal with the reality that "our way of life will be different for a while," he said.
San Diego County is prepared to do their part to set the stage. But for now, abiding by the stay at home orders is "critical for the health and life of the economy."
In the live announcement, Fletecher reiterated the announcement from Newsom regarding the six necessary steps that must be seen before lockdown restrictions are lifted in California:
"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."
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"We will continue to increase our focus to be aligned with the state of California as we move forward," said Fletcher.
He went on to say that "the ability to see progress in any of these areas, is predicated on our ability to sustain progress and stay the course to flatten the curve."
Until further changes are announced, residents are told to stay the course.
According to Fletcher's official update, there were 83 new positive cases of COVID-19 in San Diego County today and 919 tests reported yesterday.