CSAC Bulletin Article

California COVID-19 Update

December 10, 2020

This week, the state has seen 77 percent of the state’s population required to adjust to Governor Newsom’s sweeping Regional Stay-at-Home Order and both houses of the Legislature returning to Sacramento to open the 2021-2022 legislative session. Besides swearing in Senator Toni Atkins as Senate President pro Tempore and Anthony Rendon as Assembly Speaker, members from both houses signaled their eagerness to re-engage with the Governor on the COVID-19 crisis and the state budget.

The Administration released a stunning 7-day statewide coronavirus positivity rate of 8.4 percent and a statewide ICU capacity of only 9.9 percent as of December 10. By region, ICU capacities are:

  • 1.9 percent in the San Joaquin Valley.
  • 7.7 percent in Southern California.
  • 13.3 percent in Greater Sacramento.
  • 17.8 percent in the Bay Area.
  • 30.3 percent in Northern California.

Since the Regional Stay-At-Home order was issued, CDPH has been busy fielding questions from counties seeking clarity among the Regional Stay-at-Home Order, current guidance, and the Governor’s statements. The Department released supplemental iterations of the order to clarify requirements such as travel restrictions and reverse initial restrictions to outdoor activities like the closure of playgrounds. Future modifications and clarifying communication is expected as a host of clarifying questions for CDPH remain.

The state’s overall hospital system continues to stretch with an unprecedented number of cases and key unions threatening to strike due to overwork and lack of PPE. Among all this, CSAC continues to engage with California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly, the Governor’s Office, and other key stakeholders to assist counties in coping with the surge. Despite the current crisis, the CSAC has begun to strategize on county COVID-19 advocacy over the short- and medium-term.

On the federal front, Congress appears to be edging closer to a stimulus package that state and local governments, businesses, and communities all need.

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