CSAC and CA Counties Coping With COVID-19
The health and safety of our entire County Family is of utmost importance to CSAC. We commend the swift and coordinated actions by our County Health Directors to contain and address the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and protect the health of all Californians in an environment where changes occur swiftly, almost hourly. We recently added a COVID-19 resource page to the CSAC website, which includes links to recent updates from California Department of Public Health (CDPH), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), individual county websites, partner organizations and more.
Governor Gavin Newsom today signed Executive Order N-25-20, to afford some open meeting law flexibility for local governments during the COVID-19 public health emergency. CSAC requested this flexibility from the Governor in a letter this morning, and counties appreciate the Governor’s inclusion of our requests in the Executive Order. CSAC and the County Counsels Association of California are continuing to engage with the Administration and counties on other legal issues as they arise.
CSAC is in daily communication with CDPH and the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, and closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and its potential impact on CSAC advocacy and meetings. In line with the Governor’s announcement “that gatherings should be postponed or canceled across the state until at least the end of March,” CSAC is postponing our Spring Regional Meeting that was scheduled for April 9 in Shasta County. CSAC will revisit the meeting topic and location at an undetermined date – and ensure members are notified when future plans are made. Additional meeting decisions will be made as the situation continues to progress. CSAC will continue to monitor the CDPH’s and local public health official guidance carefully for any changes.
Additionally, acknowledging the strain that ongoing COVID-19 response places on County health systems, CSAC and the County Health Executives Association of California sent a letter to Governor Newsom detailing the critical efforts of local health departments and the likelihood of additional funding needs for ongoing health protection efforts. The Governor asked the Legislature to approve $20 million in state disaster funding to address the response to COVID-19 and Congress announced a $8.3 billion funding package with bipartisan support. It is unclear when or how these funds will be made available, but CSAC is actively advocating for resources and collaboration from our state, federal and international partners.
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