CAL OES UPdate 4/27

Daily Focus

  • Covid-19 County profiles are available to view online, including PPE distributed to date.

COVID-19 at a Glance

For skilled nursing facility data, visit Skilled Nursing Facilities: COVID-19

As of April 26, local health departments have reported 4,709 confirmed positive cases in health care workers and 24 deaths statewide

Racial Demographics – A More Complete Picture

  • Health outcomes are affected by forces including structural racism, poverty and the disproportionate prevalence of underlying conditions such as asthma and heart disease among Latinos and Black Californians.
  • The differences in health outcomes are most stark in our COVID-19 death rates. We have nearly complete data on deaths, and we are seeing these trends:
  • Overall, for adults 18 and older, Latinos, African Americans and Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders are dying at disproportionately higher levels. The proportion of COVID-19 deaths in African Americans is about double their population representation across all adult age categories.
  •  For Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders, overall numbers are low, but there is a four-fold difference between the proportion of COVID-19 deaths and their population representation.
  • More men are dying from COVID-19 than females, in line with national trends.
  • Nationwide COVID-19 Numbers
    • As of April 26, there have been  50,439 deaths- includes 5,402 probable deaths.
    •  957,875 cases- includes 4,999 probable cases- in 55 jurisdictions (50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, Northern Marianas and US Virgin Islands).

The CDC also provides a weekly summary and interpretation of key indicators that have been adapted to track the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.

  • Taskforces stood up by the State Operations Center (SOC) to address various COVID-19 response issues:
    • Communications/Crisis Communications (ESF* 2/ESF 15)
    • Transportation and Infrastructure (ESF 1/ESF 3)
    • Housing and Social Services (ESF 6)
    • Logistics/Commodity Movement (ESF 7)
    • Fire/Law Enforcement (ESF 4/ESF 13
    • Public Health and Medical (ESF 8)
    • Schools Task Force
    • Economic Impact/Recovery Task Force
    • Volunteers & Philanthropy (ESF 17)
    • Innovation & Technology Task Force
    • Cybersecurity (ESF 18)
    • Corrections Facilities & Hospitals
    • Future Opportunities
    • Workforce Development & Surge Capacity
    • Testing Taskforce

* Emergency Support Function

  • PPE and Medical Supply Requests
    • Resource requests for health care providers and facilities are handled through local public health departments to CDPH. The requests are submitted to the Medical Health Operational Area Coordinator (MHOAC), through the Regional Disaster Medical Health Coordinator (RDMHC), which are then sent to the CDPH Medical and Health Coordination Center (MHCC). 
    • This way all equipment requests can be tracked and prioritized appropriately, and they are fulfilled as quickly as possible.
    •  The local health facilities know this process well and have been properly submitting requests.
    • We know these requests are very urgent, which is why the MHCC is working closely with the State Operations Center (SOC). Emergency Medical Services Agency (EMSA) is also embedded in the SOC to help facilitate those requests.
  • State Owned Ventilators
  • Modeling shows demand will peak in late May.
  • The 500 ventilators were loaned and will be returned
  • 100 to New York
    • 100 to New Jersey
    • 100 to Illinois
    • 50 to Maryland
    • 50 to Wash., D.C.
    • 50 to Delaware
  • 50 to Nevada
  • FEMA Seizing Personal Protection Equipment – Not!
    • FEMA and Customs Border Patrol are working together to prevent fraud when Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) and medical supplies enter the United States from overseas. PPE being distributed internally within the United States is not being seized or re-routed by FEMA. Reports of FEMA seizing, or re-routing supplies are FALSE.

Recovery Questions

Actions Taken by the State and Federal Government

  • , Governor Gavin Newsom announced that Colorado Governor Jared Polis and Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak today announced their respective states are joining California, Oregon and Washington in the Western States Pact – a working group of Western state governors with a shared vision for modifying stay at home orders and fighting COVID-19. 
  • , Governor Gavin Newsom announced a series of initiatives to support vulnerable older Californians who are isolating at home during California’s stay at home order. California is launching a first-in-the nation meal delivery program, a partnership to make wellness check-in calls, and the expansion of Friendship Line California to help combat social isolation. These actions will support the approximately 1.2 million Californians over the age of 65 who live alone.

Listos California’s Social Bridging Project will generate calls to older Californians across the state to check on their well-being, direct them to resources, and simply connect on a personal level. These calls will supplement county and city check-in programs already underway. Callers – who are referred to as Bridgers – will be trained to assess basic needs and make referrals. They will also listen closely and empathize with each individual’s experience of this pandemic.

The Restaurants Deliver: Home Meals for Seniors program will enlist community restaurants to prepare meals that will be delivered to older Californians who are isolating at home during California’s stay at home order. The program will also support local restaurant workers and owners who have lost business during the pandemic. The program will be administered by local authorities and will serve older Californians who are ineligible for other nutrition programs.

The President signed into law H.R. 266, the “Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act,” which provides emergency supplemental funding to increase amounts authorized and appropriated for commitments for the Paycheck Protection Program, economic injury disaster loans and emergency grants under the CARES Act, to fund hospital and provider recovery and testing, and for other purposes.

  • , Governor Gavin Newsom announced that most private student loan servicers have agreed to provide payment and other relief to borrowers, including more than 1.1 million Californians with privately held student loans.

He also signed an executive order to stop debt collectors from garnishing COVID-19-related financial assistance. The Governor also issued an executive order that empowers schools to focus on responding to COVID-19 and to provide transparency to their communities. The order extends the deadlines for local educational agencies (LEAs) to submit Local Control and Accountability Plans Given the COVID-19 pandemic, school leaders are appropriately focused on managing the immediate needs of their students and families. LEAs will publish a written report to their communities explaining how they are responding to COVID-19.

Additional orders issued on April 23 extend flexibility to the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and Medi-Cal providers on a variety of deadlines, allow fair hearings to continue for California Children’s Services, temporarily suspend requirements for in-person signatures for people to obtain certain prescription drugs covered by Medi-Cal, and will allow a 90-day extension for providers on cost reporting, change of scope of service and administrative hearings.

The Governor also ordered a 60-day extension for customers on several Department of Motor Vehicles deadlines, allow certain posting, filing and notice requirements under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) to be satisfied through electronic means and will temporarily allow retailers, particularly grocery stores, to provide bags to consumers without charge, and to pause redemption of beverage containers in-store to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

The order also suspends the requirement for recycling centers to hold a minimum number of hours of operation and directs the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) to develop and issue operating guidelines.

  • Governor Gavin Newsom announced plans to resume delayed health care that was deferred as hospitals prepared for COVID-19 Surge.

The decision was based on progress toward preparing California’s hospitals and health care delivery system for a COVID-19 surge in patients, one of California’s six indicators to gradually modify state’s stay-at-home order. The Governor also announced plans to add at least an additional 80 testing sites in underserved communities train up to 10,000 contact tracers.

  • , Governor Gavin Newsom today announced California Volunteers’ #CaliforniansForAll service initiative to connect Californians with safe volunteer opportunities and encourage those unable to physically volunteer to think creatively about ways to make a difference in their communities. Californians are encouraged to join #CaliforniansForAll by signing up at californiansforall.ca.gov .

FEMA and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) are collecting and sharing best practices and lessons learned from the whole-of-America response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.   The FEMA Coronavirus Emergency Management Best Practices page provides a one-stop shop to explore best practices and lessons learned across all levels of government, private sector, academic institutions, professional associations, and other organizations.

April 20, Governor Gavin Newsom announced commitments from companies, business leaders, and philanthropists to provide Internet access for hundreds of thousands of households and laptops, Chromebooks, and tablets for over 70,000 students.

The California Public Utilities Commission will make $30 million available to help school districts ensure that families have Internet access and computing devices for distance learning      

  • , Governor Gavin Newsom visited a Project Roomkey motel in Santa Clara County to highlight progress that the state and counties have made together in providing safe isolation capacity to protect people experiencing homelessness from COVID-19.

Project Roomkey has directly led to 10,974 hotel and motel rooms statewide being made available for this extremely vulnerable group of Californians.

These Project Roomkey placements are spread across 42 counties and are already providing safe shelter to people experiencing homelessness, with 4,211 rooms occupied. The counties are responsible for identifying which individuals need a Project Roomkey placement, and then moving those individuals into the rooms.

  • .
  • , Governor Gavin Newsom announced a new Taskforce on Business and Jobs Recovery. The Task Force will work to develop actions government and businesses can take to help Californians recover as fast as safely possible from the COVID-19 induced recession and to shape a fair, green, and prosperous future.

The Governor also signed an executive order that allows for temporary waivers to certain foster youth programs to ensure continuity of care in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Governor Gavin Newsomsigned an executive order providingpaid sick leave benefits for food Sector Workers Impacted by COVID-19, and additional protections for the consumers.

Governor Gavin Newsom also signed an executive order addressing a variety of issues in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including adjusting admissions requirements for the California State University system and providing flexibility for 60 days on background checks for critical infrastructure sectors.

The President released the Opening Up America Again Guidelines, featuring proposed state or regional gating.

FEMA released the “Disaster Financial Management Guide” to support jurisdictions in establishing and implementing sound disaster financial management practices, which are critical for successful response and recovery. To view the guide, please visit https://www.fema.gov/plan .

April 15, Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order that directs the Labor and Workforce Development Agency and EDD to take necessary action to process efficiently and accurately process claims for the unemployment benefits through the CARES Act and the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program (PUA).

The Governor also announced an unprecedented $125 million in disaster relief assistance for working Californians. This first in the nation, statewide public-private partnership will provide financial support to undocumented immigrants impacted by COVID-19. California will provide $75 million in disaster relief assistance and philanthropic partners have committed to raising an additional $50 million.

California has developed an immigrant resource guide to provide information about COVID-19 related assistance, including public benefits, that are available to immigrant Californians.

FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor issued a letter to the nation’s emergency managers outlining lessons learned from the first 30 days of FEMA leading the “Whole-of-America” response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  The letter is available on FEMA’s website.

  • Governor Gavin Newsom outlined the six critical indicators that will be considered before the stay at home order will be modified. The Governor also issued an executive order that calls for discharge and reentry hearings to be held via videoconference to minimize the youth’s and other participants’ exposure to COVID-19.
  • ·         April 13, Governor Newsom, along with Oregon Governor Kate Brown and Washington Governor Jay Inslee, announced an agreement on a shared vision for reopening their economies and controlling COVID-19 into the future.

The Governor also announced $42 million new investments to protect younger Californians who are at heightened risk for abuse and mistreatment due to COVID-19. The Governor is making more than $27 million available to help families stay together, nearly $7 million to support social workers and $3 million to support Family Resource Centers.

  • ·         April 10, Governor Newsom announced the release of $100 million to support childcare services, and to support childcare providers who are stepping up to serve essential infrastructure workers and vulnerable populations as well as their children during this critical time.

Governor Gavin Newsom also outlined steps California is taking to protect the residents and employees of the more than 1,224 skilled nursing facilities and 7,461 residential care facilities across the state. Building on the state’s early action to protect these facilities, California has trained and is deploying 600 nurses to support compliance with COVID-19 guidance, and state staff is calling nursing homes across the state daily to provide support.

Frontline health care workers who are exposed to or test positive for COVID-19 can find hotel rooms through the CalTravelStore. Call 1-877-454-8785 to validate your eligibility and make your reservation. If hotels want to participate, they are encouraged to email covid19lodging@dgs.ca.gov.

FEMA has approved funding for the State of California’s Emergency Feeding Program.  Reimbursement for feeding activities includes services provided to the following populations who are not in emergency non-congregate shelters administered by State, Tribal, or local governments.

  • ·         April 9, Governor Gavin Newsom announced a new program to provide doctors, nurses and other critical front-line health care workers access to no-cost or low-cost hotel rooms, as well as no cost airfare for health care professional travel across California and the country to join California’s state healthcare workforce.

The Governor also announced California workers who are receiving unemployment benefits will begin receiving an extra $600 on top of their weekly amount, as part of the new Pandemic Additional Compensation (PAC) initiated by the CARES Act. This comes as record numbers of unemployment claims are being filed

How Can People Protect Themselves:

We are all in this together. We are working rapidly to keep our state healthy. Every person has a role to play. Your actions save lives.


  • Stay home
  • Avoid people outside your household
  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Cover your cough or sneeze
  • Frequently clean and disinfect touched objects and surfaces
  • Maintain physical distance of six feet whenever outside of the house


  • Leave the house except for essential activities
  • Shake hands
  • Touch your face
  • Go to the doctor if you are not sick
  • Stockpile masks or gloves
  • It is also important that anyone experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, call their health care provider first before seeking medical care so that appropriate precautions can be taken.
  • Stay away from work, school or other people if you become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough.   

Mental Health

  • The steps we are taking to slow the spread are necessary, but emotional support is important to maintain our mental and physical health.
  • The stress we are all feeling right now triggers the biological stress hormone. Stress shows up in individuals differently.
  • There are simple things you can do at home to protect you or others health and we have developed playbooks that offer practical tools and kits to help manage your stress.
  • Call you doctor or mental health professional if you have concerns.
  • 16 hotlines offering emotional support for a variety of situations and other helpful mental health resources available here: https://covid19.ca.gov/resources-for-emotional-support-and-well-being/ 

About the Tests:

  • As of April 26, 553,409 tests tests had been conducted in California. All results have been received and none are pending.  Tests have been conducted in California – received from commercial, private and academic labs and the 22 state and county health labs currently testing.
  • Commercial providers and academic labs have increased testing capacity and are now reporting that data to the state. The biggest labs included in this count are Quest, LabCorp, Kaiser, University of California, and Stanford.
  • The Department is now reporting all tests reported in California, rather than the total number of individuals tested. As new laboratories begin to test for COVID-19, some have had delays in reporting to the state. To resolve this issue, and to ensure this data is as complete as possible and reflects the state’s entire testing capacity, the Department is contacting laboratories directly to assess the completeness of reporting and to gather additional testing data if needed.

Small Business Assistance

Other Resources and Press Releases


California Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response

Californians for all

California Health and Human Services Open Data Portal

Immigrant Resource Guide

Department of Consumer Affairs COVID-19 site


            Current Waivers

            Restore Your License

            Fraud Alert for Professionals

Check in Campaign


*Or Call 211 (Local) or 1-833-544-2374 (Statewide)


CDPH Website

COVID-19 Guidance Documents

COVID-19 Messaging Toolkit

Cal OES News



Guidelines-Opening Up America Again

FEMA Coronavirus Emergency Management Best Practices


            Project Airbridge Video *

FEMA is augmenting the existing supply chain through a variety of strategies, including FEMA’s Project Airbridge.

Emergency System for Advance Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals.


To Sell Supplies to FEMA

FEMA Rumor Control Page

Dept. of Justice Covid-19 Fraud Prevention Page

Federal Trade Commission Coronavirus Scam Page

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration’s (SAMHSA) Disaster Distress

CDC Webpage

Travel Notices: COVID-19 and Cruise Ship Travel-CDC

Travel notices – CDC

Resources for the Community

State Department Travel Advisories

FDA COVID-19 Guidance

FDA Enforcement Policy for Ventilators

USDA SNAP Guidance

SBA- COVID-19 Small Business Guidance

U.S. Health and Human Services

Red Cross

Orders & Press Releases

Colorado & Nevada Join California, Oregon & Washington in Western States Pact

Governor Newsom Provides Flexibility to Medi-Cal Providers and the Department of Health Care Services for Continuity of Service Amidst COVID-19

Governor Newsom Issues Executive Order Empowering Schools to Focus on COVID-19 Response and Transparency

Governor Newsom Signs Executive Order on Actions in Response to COVID-19

Governor Newsom Announces Additional Relief for Californians Impacted by COVID-19

Governor Newsom Announces Plan to Resume Delayed Health Care that was Deferred as Hospitals Prepared for COVID-19 Surge

Governor Gavin Newsom Launches #CaliforniansForAll Service Initiative

Governor Newsom Announces Cross-Sector Partnerships to Support Distance Learning and Bridge the Digital Divide

Governor Newsom Visits Project Roomkey Site in Santa Clara County to Highlight Progress on the State’s Initiative to Protect Homeless Individuals from COVID-19

Governor Newsom Signs Executive Order on Foster Youth Services in Response to COVID-19

Governor Newsom Signs Executive Order on Actions in Response to COVID-19

President Donald J. Trump Announces Guidelines for Opening Up America Again

Governor Newsom Announces Paid Sick Leave Benefits for Food Sector Workers Impacted by COVID-19, Additional Protections for Consumers

Governor Newsom Announces New Initiatives to Support California Workers Impacted by COVID-19

Governor Newsom Signs Executive Order on Division of Juvenile Justice Discharge and Reentry Process

Governor Newsom Outlines Six Critical Indicators the State will Consider Before Modifying the Stay-at-Home Order and Other COVID-19 Interventions

Governor Newsom Announces $42 Million to Protect Foster Youth and Families Impacted by COVID-19

California, Oregon & Washington Announce Western States Pact

Governor Newsom Announces New Program to Provide Front-Line Health Care Workers with Hotel Rooms

Governor Newsom Announces Additional Unemployment Benefits for Workers Impacted by COVID-19, as Unemployment Claims Reach Record Levels

Governor Newsom Signs Executive Order to Expand Support for Vulnerable Populations

Governor Newsom Issues Executive Order to Help State Procure Necessary Medical Supplies

Governor Newsom Announces Progress in Expanding Hospital Capacity to Fight Coming Surge in COVID-19 Cases

California to Send 500 State-Owned Ventilators to the National Stockpile to Help States in Need

Governor Newsom Signs Executive Order to Provide Expanded Access to Child Care for Essential Workers during COVID-19 Response

Governor Newsom Issues Executive Order to Expand Telehealth Services

Governor Newsom Issues Executive Order to Protect Consumers from Price Gouging

At Newly Converted Motel, Governor Newsom Launches Project Roomkey: A First-in-the-Nation Initiative to Secure Hotel & Motel Rooms to Protect Homeless Individuals from COVID-19

Governor Newsom Announces New Help for Small Businesses & Workers Displaced by COVID-19

Governor Newsom Issues Executive Order Protecting Homes, Small Businesses from Water Shutoffs

Governor Newsom Announces Agreement between Teachers, Classified Employees and School System Management to Support Student Instruction during COVID-19 Outbreak

Governor Newsom Launches Campaign to Protect Health and Well-Being of Older Californians during COVID-19 Pandemic

Governor Newsom Signs Executive Order Providing Relief to California Small Businesses

Governor Newsom Announces California Health Corps, a Major Initiative to Expand Health Care Workforce to Fight COVID-19

California State Parks Closes Vehicular Access at all State Parks

Governor Newsom Statement on Federal Supplemental Stimulus Bill

Statement from the President Regarding the Defense Production Act

Governor Newsom Takes Executive Action to Establish a Statewide Moratorium on Evictions

Governor Gavin Newsom Announces Major Financial Relief Package: 90-Day Mortgage Payment Relief during COVID-19 Crisis

Governor Newsom Issues Executive Order on State Prisons and Juvenile Facilities in Response to the COVID-19 Outbreak

California Secures Presidential Major Disaster Declaration to Support State’s COVID-19 Emergency Response

Governor Newsom Takes Action to Strengthen California’s Health Care Delivery System to Respond to COVID-19

Governor Newsom Signs Order to Protect Public Health by Expanding Vote-by-Mail Options and Extending Deadlines for Presidential Primary Canvass

Governor Newsom Takes Emergency Actions & Authorizes $150 Million in Funding to Protect Homeless Californians from COVID-19

Small Business Administration – Disaster Loan Assistance-Declaration Details

DMV allows customers to avoid coming to a DMV office for 60 days

FEMA Support under Emergency Declaration

Covid-19 Public Health Guidance for Individuals with Access and Functional Needs

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