California Public Health Director Breaks Down Plans To Start Reopening

California Public Health Director Breaks Down Plans To Start Reopening

Thank You governor it's a pleasure to join you again to talk about this very positive opportunity that we have moving forward here and again this is because the data tells us that we can but that data is only a reflection of all of the hard work all of us here in California have done all of those people who've stayed home all of those people who have worked in our essential workforce to make sure that we can stay home safely that's why we are where we are today I want to start first with a reminder about our specific goals as we move forward through this process until California is protected until we have immunity meaning that it is safe for us to move without modifications we will keep four things specifically in mind when we make our decisions first of all we want to make sure that no matter what we do we maintain and ensure our ability to care for sick within our hospitals making sure that our cares the delivery system is is is protected is essential as we move forward particularly into this point as the governor said as we begin to move forward to move out of our homes we increase the risk of people getting sick and when people get sick we want to make sure we're there to protect them we also are very focused on making sure we prevent infection and those people who are at high risk for severe disease we are clear that we need to build the capacity that to make sure that we're continuing to protect the health and well-being of all Californians and then ultimately we are focused also in making sure we reduce the social emotional and economic disruptions that are occurring based upon this very important stay at home order that we put into place which is one of the reasons why we are so pleased to be able to talk about moving forward and in opening some areas of our sector with modifications because the data tells us so and so the report card that the governor referred to I'm going to share with you now here specifically these are based upon the key indicators that we have always discussed in our roadmap but there are specific metrics related to those indicators that are particularly important as we talk about moving from stage one to stage two so those key areas and we've mentioned them before I'm going to mention again and talk to you a little bit about how the progress is made each of them that brings us to this point where we can make the exciting announcements that we're anticipating the potential to make some changes as soon as this Friday so first of all the key metrics include stability of our hospitalizations personal protective equipment inventory making sure that we have helped the health care surge capacity that we have testing capacity that we have contact tracing capacity and that we have public health guidance in place and with all of those indicators we are on track so how so first of all with respect to stabilization of hospitalizations this is a graph that we've showed you this is how we're understanding how it's affecting our state at large we're looking at the number of hospitalizations of people who have Kovan 19 across the top is the four over the past 14 days the trend in the total number of people hospitalized with Kovan 19 and across here the second lighter line shows the trend in the total number of people hospitalized in icy use with Kovac 19 and you'll see that's a pretty flat line there it's stabilized we'd like to see that it even looks like it might be going down a little bit but that's cautious optimism regardless it has been stable and that really supports making these decisions but there are important other things that we need to take into consideration that are also on our report card with respect to personal protective equipment PPE incredibly important as we move into this next stage so on hand today we have over 18.

2 million surgical masks 5.

8 million face shields and 7.

2 million gloves we will be and are distributing those rapidly to our local counties and health facilities and other locations where they are needed and we have also ordered and anticipating hundreds and millions of surgical masks and n95 masks that should be coming in so we're progressing very well in that with respect to surge capacity we have 14 facilities statewide that are ready to accept patients this is outside of our traditional care delivery system that's a total of over two thousand seventy two additional beds that are ready to accept patients if we need to use that space we also have ten thousand-plus ventilators throughout the state that are not in use and available to respond if needed and we have ninety four thousand applications received today from folks ready to join applying to join the California Health Corps that's an additional work force that we can use to help support additional needs throughout the state if needed so our search capacity is in really a good place with respect to testing we are growing our testing capacity you hear about this virtually every day we have met our goal of 25, 000 tests per day and we have 86 new testing sites statewide that are going to be focused on both rural and urban underserved areas to make sure that we can address testing needs those are rolling out they should be out soon again this gives us optimism that as we're moving towards the end of this week that we will have testing that will be necessary for this early stage in place of course we continue to grow our testing facilities across the state because we know that's a vital importance so it we will continue to focus on this now that and as we've as I've just shared with you we're in a good place to start talking about this move so let me talk and reiterate a little bit of what the governor had mentioned earlier specifically that we have been focused now on stage one as you know stage one is our essential workforce and during this time we've been really focusing on making sure that that works force is safe and secure we will be anticipating moving into stage two but we're going to do so in a way that's measured and thoughtful and in order to do that we're going to start moving into stage two this Friday we believe and it will only include specific industries so just to reiterate which industries this very first part of stage two will include it is expanded retail with curbside pickup and then associated manufacturing and supply chains for that retail what does that mean well it means other retail places like bookstores clothing stores florists sporting goods stores all of those will be available and open for curbside pickup along with all of those individuals who are working in manufacturing related to those types of areas now will have the opportunity to go back to work but remember this is with modifications that means we want to make sure that the both the workers and the customers are safe in these settings which means that there will be modifications to ensure physical distancing making sure that the unique circumstances of those workplaces will be addressed and so for that guidance will be coming out this Thursday to provide additional information and got an assist industries that are making those changes to make sure that all of us are safe as we move into this early next stage so what's not included in this early next stage but still is in stage two in this very opening we are not going to go immediately to opening offices for example we're not going to go immediately to seated dining at restaurants we're not going to be opening shopping malls at this time we're gonna start with those early those sectors that I just mentioned these sectors however will be a part of stage two and you can look forward to us sharing guidance and announcements on when it will be safe to open them again remember we're following the data and we're looking very carefully at this we're going to move as rapidly as we can but as safely as we can through stage two regional variation I know has been a really really important topic I've been on the phone and in contact every single day with our local health authorities really understanding their local conditions understanding regional conditions and and in getting really guidance from them we're learning from one another constantly over this process and so we're excited to share with you now a process in which counties can request or a test for a variation during stage two that means that counties can move more quickly through stage two but only if they attest that they've met specific state readiness criteria we're going to be sharing those readiness criteria later on in the day but they follow very much the indicators that we've talked about earlier really they're all those things that we as a state and in conversations with the local counties really understand are important that they're in place in order to make sure that we move into this next stage in a way that minimizes risk so counties are going to create and submit these readiness plans and then those will be made publicly available online for for all of us to review and see and understand how those counties that are maybe moving in a different rate through stage two how they are planning to make sure that the risk is minimized for all of their residents and then I just want to go a little bit into contact tracing again this has been one of our key tools as we think about moving into stage 2 it's important because as people move more we increase the risk for people to get sick if people get sick we want to identify those individuals very early and then make sure that all of their contacts are also identified in doing that we can create a way to minimize the spread of kovat 19 if it enters our communities and allow us to continue on safely with continued movement through staging so contact tracing is incredibly important the to speak specifically about where we've gone with respect to progress of develop developing this very important infrastructure we are identifying up to 10, 000 individuals who will be contact tracers and available across the state that's through the first phase when we hit 10, 000 we're gonna go for another 10, 000 more and will be redirecting existing state staff so we don't necessarily need to bring an entirely new workforce at this moment because we have lots of people already available to do this staff will be requested by and then assigned to local health authorities and the model is designed to be scalable so we can start in one place and very quickly build it up so that they have the resources that they need if indeed there is a number of cases in a place where a county needs additional contact tracers to make sure that they're able to control that the kovat 19 the training is going to be done through a virtual training academy this training academy will be available to individuals throughout the state it will be high quality and free training not only to the individuals but also available to ha all health departments free of charge so this is something that is the service to our state across any County and will be available there to make sure that every county can build up the resource that it needs to make sure it protects their community and then finally there's also included in this a data management platform that's going to be available again to all local public health departments without charge it's going to have a very heavy emphasis on health those are the questions that were asking about that is the information that is important in this context it's not other it's not a broad database of all of an individual's personal information is really focusing on that health information that's needed to protect and to control this specific case of Kovan 19 and it is absolutely confidentially managed the the data platform itself is going to support both the case investigations and the contact tracing itself and it's also going to be interoperable which is incredibly important so that it can move the information can move seamlessly with our disease surveillance system and it'll also support system checks via chat email phone automation making it really easy for individuals to be able to share the information about how they're doing with those in the county that are helping support them in either isolating or quarantine depending upon whether or not they have a case or they might be have koban 19 themselves or whether or not they're a contact of one and being being managed very closely to make sure that they're safe and healthy so that's it that's the update that I'd wanted to share with you about this very next step and it's really it's really a thrill to be here at this time to be talking about all of this positive movement forward thank you.

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