CALIFORNIA– Days after six California counties announced a “shelter in place” restriction, Governor Gavin Newsom has made the order statewide.
California has 40 million residents. So far, 1,000 people have tested positive for COVID-19, Law Enforcement Today has learned, and 19 have died.
According to the Governor, the LA Times reported, during the quarantine order, residents will still be allowed to visit gas stations, pharmacies, grocery stores, farmers markets, food banks, convenience stores, takeout and delivery restaurants, banks and laundromats.
Additionally, people may go help a friend or relative in need, particularly the elderly, and can also go out to seek medical care.
NEW: California Gov. Gavin Newsom has ordered the state's 40 million residents to stay home except for essential trips beginning tonight. It's the strongest statewide restriction in the U.S.https://t.co/xEzYShSkch
— NPR (@NPR) March 20, 2020
The Governor encouraged people to practice social distancing when participating in any of the listed activities.
“We’re going to keep the grocery stores open. We’re going to make sure that you’re getting critical medical supplies. You can still take your kids outside, practicing common sense and social distancing. You can still walk your dog.”
I’m not sure the Governor quite understands how a stay-at-home order works with all these not-at-home activities.
The idea is to have people stay home as much as possible, which limits social interactions and hopefully slows the spread of COVID-19.
There was no timeframe stated as to how long residents can expect to have limited movement outside of their home.
What does that mean? Find more information here: https://t.co/pTtYNN5DHE
— Office of the Governor of California (@CAgovernor) March 20, 2020
“A state as large as ours, a nation-state, is many parts, but at the end of the day, we’re one body. There’s a mutuality, there’s a recognition of our interdependence that requires of this moment that we direct a statewide order for people to stay at home.
That directive goes into force and effect this evening and we are confident that the people of the state of California will abide by it, will do the right thing.”
But if they don’t, they could be subject to a misdemeanor charge. Although, good luck obtaining that charge, Governor, as some communities have not even closed schools, the LA Times reports.
“We will meet this moment together and we will look back at these kinds of decisions as pivotal decisions. If we will be criticized in this moment let us be criticized for taking this moment seriously, let us be criticized for going full-force and meeting this virus head on.”
— Amy Mek (@AmyMek) March 20, 2020
Newsom said in a letter to President Trump that he projects 56% (approximately 25.5 million) of California residents will become infected with COVID-19 over the next eight weeks, although it’s unknown where he got that number or why he felt the need to add to the already high-level hysteria flooding the state, knowing that letter would be released to the public.
The Governor said:
“This is a moment we need to make tough decisions. This is a moment where we need some straight talk and we need to tell people the truth.”
Truth is one thing. Projections adding to fear and chaos are another.
Newsom asked Congress for federal funds amounting to $1 billion to assist medical response to COVID-19 in the state.
— San Francisco Chronicle (@sfchronicle) March 19, 2020
He also requested for the US Navy’s USNS Mercy Hospital Ship to doc at the Port of Los Angeles to help with treatment until September 1, so they may “address critical acute care needs, such as heart attacks and strokes or vehicle accidents,” freeing up hospitals for care surrounding the pandemic.
In a statement to NBC7, the Navy said:
“The Comfort and Mercy [ships] will not deploy to treat COVID patients, but will be made available to assist with treatment of other patients in coastal locations where local health professionals are necessarily focused on a large number of COVID cases.”
California Gov. Gavin Newsom wants the president to deploy a U.S. Navy medical ship to help the state expand its medical capacity in the face of the new coronavirus » https://t.co/ubdOcBNBHM #coronaviruspandemic
— KTAL NBC 6 News (@NBC6News) March 20, 2020
The Navy confirmed that the two ships each have:
“1,000 rooms and 12 fully-equipped operating rooms, digital radiological services, a medical laboratory, a pharmacy, an optometry lab, a CAT-scan and two oxygen-producing plants.”
The governor also called on residents to follow the order on their own, without necessitating law enforcement it ensure they do. He said “social pressure” seems to be working so far.
Of his residents, Newsom said:
“We are confident the people of the state of California will abide by it. They’ll do the right thing, they’ll meet this moment, they’ll step up as they have over the course of the last number of weeks to protect themselves, their families and to protect the broader community, and this great state and the world we reside in.”
I’m sure most of the residents will do just that, sure. But what about the people who literally can’t stay at home? I’m not talking about people with essential jobs like first responders, doctors and nurses, grocery store workers, etc.
I’m talking about those who don’t have a home to go to. How is California supposed to combat COVID-19 and keep everyone away from each other when there are tens of thousands of people wandering the streets who have nowhere to go? The virus can cling to them, and they can pass it on to essential workers, who then bring it home to their families.
California health officials predict that about 56% of the state's population — 25.5 million people — will be infected with the novel coronavirus within the next eight weeks, Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a letter to President Donald Trump.https://t.co/nVTsDwnL4W via @abc7
— Karine Jean-Pierre (@K_JeanPierre) March 19, 2020
Among his estimates, Newsome suggested that 60,000 homeless people will become infected.
Additionally, Governor Newsom has called up 500 National Guard troops with the current stated purpose of preparing for “humanitarian missions,” such as helping distribute food and supplies.
He stated that the Guard members will help “support public safety” if it’s needed.
Command staff of the 115th RSG, California National Guard, stage a late meeting March 18 to address their support roles following Gov Gavin Newsom’s @CAgovernor alert of Cal Guard forces supporting #COVID_19 response. (Photo by Army Staff Sgt. Eddie Siguenza). pic.twitter.com/GzKPlhU0l0
— CaliforniaGuard (@CalGuard) March 19, 2020
The Governor said in a statement:
“As Californians make sacrifices over the coming weeks and stay home, we are immensely grateful for medical providers, first-responders and National Guard personnel who are assisting those who are most vulnerable to COVID-19.”
Law Enforcement Today is also grateful to all those keeping our communities safe during this time, and we are praying for your safety as well.
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