Governor Gavin Newsom today announced the “Stay Home. Save Lives. Check In.” campaign urging Californians to help combat social isolation and food insecurity among Californians who are over the age of 65 – a community that is uniquely vulnerable to COVID-19. The Governor also announced the creation of a statewide hotline — 833-544-2374 — in coordination with the non-profit local 2-1-1 systems, so that Californians have a one-stop shop to answer their questions and get assistance during this crisis. For example, the 2-1-1 system is able to help older Californians access grocery and medication delivery while staying at home. See the press release under “Governor and Administration Updates” for more information. Notes for this press conference are attached.
President Trump announced today the extension of the Coronavirus Guidelines for America (30 Days to Slow the Spread) for additional 30 days through April 30th. We strongly encourage you to share the revised CDC guidance (en Español) about this on social media, in newsletters, and other forms of communications with your constituents.
The State announced it will release 3,497 inmates as COVID-19 spreads inside prisons. League staff participated on a briefing call with State officials this afternoon. Officials stated this decision was not arrived at lightly, but out of concern of COVID-19 beginning to spread throughout the state prison system, the decision was made to expedite the release. These prisoners were already scheduled to be released in the next 60 to 90 days, and in the best interest of the State’s public health and medical resources, to pre-release these persons before they are potentially infected with COVID-19. This early release does not apply to anyone whose crimes were violent, those classified as sex offenders or those that carry a domestic abuse related conviction. All prisoners will be tested before their release to ensure they are not a carrier for the virus. For those who test positive, they will be quarantined for a period of time to be determined by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.