Governor Newsom Outlines Six Critical Indicators the State will Consider Before Modifying the Stay-at-Home Order and Other COVID-19 Interventions

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SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today unveiled six key indicators that will guide California’s thinking for when and how to modify the stay-at-home and other orders during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Governor noted that the progress in flattening the curve, increased preparedness of our health care delivery system and the effects of other COVID-19 interventions have yielded positive results. However, these actions have also impacted the economy, poverty and overall health care in California. Any consideration of modifying the stay-at-home order must be done using a gradual, science-based and data-driven framework.

“While Californians have stepped up in a big way to flatten the curve and buy us time to prepare to fight the virus, at some point in the future we will need to modify our stay-at-home order,” said Governor Newsom. “As we contemplate reopening parts of our state, we must be guided by science and data, and we must understand that things will look different than before.”

Until we build immunity, our actions will be aligned to achieve the following: 

  • Ensure our ability to care for the sick within our hospitals; 
  • Prevent infection in people who are at high risk for severe disease; 
  • Build the capacity to protect the health and well-being of the public; and 
  • Reduce social, emotional and economic disruptions

California’s six indicators for modifying the stay-at-home order are: 

  • 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; and 
  • The ability to determine when to reinstitute certain measures, such as the stay-at-home orders, if necessary.

The Governor said there is not a precise timeline for modifying the stay-at-home order, but that these six indicators will serve as the framework for making that decision.

He also noted that things will look different as California makes modifications. For example, restaurants will have fewer tables and classrooms will be reconfigured.

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Monica Vargas

Monica is an Information Officer for the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES). She has been involved in the Aliso Canyon Gas Leak, Valley Fire, Butte Fire, historic drought, Oroville Dam Emergency Spillway Incident, 2017 winter storms, North Bay Fires, Camp Fire, Ridgecrest Earthquake and EMAC PIO support to 2020 Puerto Rico earthquake. She previously served Cal OES as an analyst in international affairs, technology operations and executive staff support.

5 thoughts on “Governor Newsom Outlines Six Critical Indicators the State will Consider Before Modifying the Stay-at-Home Order and Other COVID-19 Interventions

  • April 14, 2020 at 3:52 pm


    • April 14, 2020 at 6:12 pm

      Really? You replace God with Newsom? Sarcasm, I hope.

    • April 14, 2020 at 10:42 pm

      In God I trust! Not man. Change the we to you not all of us!

  • April 14, 2020 at 10:10 pm

    We need to get tested before all symptoms are apparent Will testing on demand especially for elder population &/or THOSE ELDERSWITH DIABETES HEART DISEASE & Respiratory diagnosis ie diagnosed interstitial lung desease copd & asthma etc have the ability to get tested without a fever but have malaise SOB slight cough As Chloroquine & Z pac seem to help early symptom only.and I realize they are working endlessly for treatment & imunization against this flu BUT WILL WE HAVE ENOUGH hydroxychloquine avaiable before immunization against it Thanks to all who are working endlessly on all aspects of this terrible PLAGUE ALSO I FEEL I MAY HAVE HAD THIS IN MN.OCT 25 tonDec 15 How do I get the 1 gtt blood test to check that.

  • May 1, 2020 at 6:57 pm

    Open up the state !!!!! this is ridiculous. the numbers do not support this stay at home order.


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