CalOES Update March 26th

Coronavirus Briefing by the California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES)
and Department of Public Health (CDPH) for Local Elected Officials

Thursday, March 26 at 4:00pm

** Information transcribed and truncated for audience;
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Call Overview:

CalOES and CDPH held a call for local elected officials to give brief updates and take questions.

Dr. Gilberto Chavez, CDPH

  • The best way for Californian’s to stay healthy is through common sense measures;
  • The state has a new COVID-19 “one stop shop” website;
  • Current Statistics for Covid-19 in California:
    • 3,006 lab confirmed cases in California;
      • 2,120 – person to person;
      • 826 – community transmission; and
        • Includes 42 health care workers
    • 65 deaths reported in California.
  • Ages of all confirmed positive cases:
    • Age 0-17: 37 cases;
    • Age 18-49: 1,505 cases;
    • Age 50-64: 764 cases;
    • Age 65+: 678 cases; and
    • Unknown: 22 cases.
  • Gender of all confirmed cases:
    • Male cases: 1,665;
    • Female cases: 1,309; and
    • Unknown: 32.
  • Continue to send Cal OES businesses and individuals who want to help. They are following up on all of those leads; and
  • 20,000 tests have been tested and results received, and tens of thousands of tests are still pending.

Eric Lamoureux, (Acting) Deputy Director, Cal OES Response Operations

  • Focusing on the logistics and commodities task force;
    • Have distributed 20 million N95 masks, and many other personal protective equipment (PPE); and
    • Continue to focus on getting resources out to the hospitals and community.
  • Recently brought online several warehouses for logistics to distribute resources to different parts of the state;
  • Making sure the USNS Mercy naval medical ship has the proper siting and resources it needs to dock at the Port of Los Angeles;
  • Homelessness;
    • Non-congregant shelters – looking to rent hotel rooms;
    • 1,305 travel trailers have arrived for asymptomatic homeless individuals;
    • 105 sent to San Jose already; and
    • Taking requests from counties and cities.

California Department of Social Services 

  • Food assistance;
    • Operate Cal Fresh or SNAP;
      • 50% jump in use recently;
      • Anticipate federal snap funding in coming months; and
      • In the meantime, have distributed food to regional food banks.
  • Child Care;
    • Licensing agency for childcare facilities;
      • Working with employers who want to setup child care pop-ups;
        • Have established 50 pop ups so far.
    • Have a total of 75,000 licensed facilities they oversee in the state;
      • Large portion of those are for the elderly.
    • Homelessness;
      • Department is allocating funding from SB 89 to sheltered and unsheltered homeless individuals to identify hotels, motels, and trailers for their use.

California National Guard

  • 900 National Guard members deployed in California;
  • Helping with humanitarian efforts;
  • Helping to setup the FEMA field medical tents; and
  • Deployment is dependent on need by county.

Board of Parole – California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

  • Governor issued an executive order yesterday to suspend intake for facilities for 30 days;
    • Will remit those prisoners to county jails in the meantime; and
    • Also have halted all visitation to prison for the public to curb the spread of the disease.

Brian Ferguson Public Information Officer, Cal OES

  • Public education and outreach center;
    • Governor and his team are standing up a robust public service announcement campaign with billboards, signs, etc.;
    • Formal release coming from the GO soon; and
    • Will be translated into a number of languages.

Questions and Answers:

  • How are personal protective equipment going to be distributed when resources are so scarce?

Cal OES is distributing them right now and are sending them out daily. The resources go through a resource prioritization process for distribution. The prioritization process looks at things like population density, infection rate, the burn rate of the supply, where the resources are going, and the amount of hospitalization that is occurring in the jurisdiction. Do not want to deny any requests in whole, but are doing their best to send some, but not all of resources requested to each jurisdiction.

  • Will the Governor issue an executive order on a moratoria on renter evictions?

Governor thinks what cities and counties are doing now are not enough. The Governor wants to see more action. Is considering potential next steps on this, including a statewide renter eviction moratorium. The Governor’s staff welcomes substantive and rapid engagement on this with them.

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