California Gov. Gavin Newsom just unveiled six key indicators the state will use when "thinking for when and how to modify the stay-at-home and other orders during the COVID-19 pandemic."
“Science, not politics must be the guide,” Newsom said at a news conference moments ago. “It cannot be ideological.”
The framework outlined by the governor focuses on six prongs:
- Expanded testing, and tracking infected individuals (quarantine, isolation)
- Protect vulnerable communities
- Address hospital needs (personal protective equipment, ICU beds, ventilators)
- Engage academia and technology
- “Redraw floor plans” as they pertain to physical distancing in businesses, school sites, public and private business
- Reinstate vigorous controls with the ability to toggle back and forth as needed
He said the goal of the plan is to achieve things like ensuring the hospital system can care for sick patients, preventing infection in people who are high-risk and reducing "social, emotional and economic disruptions," according to a statement.
The state’s lockdown is currently in effect until May 3. A number of California counties, including Los Angeles, have already extended their stay home order to May 15.