Today, the Department of Finance released updated budget information (attached) including an estimated $54.3 billion deficit across two fiscal years. The May Revise will provide the first picture of how the Governor proposes to prioritize state spending given this shortfall. As noted in the memo and in the Governor’s remarks during today’s press conference, to help close the deficit, the state is seeking federal funding “to help states and local governments support an effective response to COVID-19, a timely and fact-based modification of the stay-at-home order, and a safe, expedited economic recovery.” The League will continue to advocate for state funding to help cities address the fiscal impact of COVID-19 on local budgets and is exploring ways to partner with the state to secure the federal funding needed for states and local governments.
The Governor announced guidance has been released for the modification of the statewide stay-at-home order moving the state into the early part Stage 2 of lower-risk workplaces – including retail, manufacturing and logistics. Stage 2 expansion will be phased in, but some communities may move through Stage 2 faster if they are able to show greater progress. Counties that have met the readiness criteria and worked with the California Department of Public Health can open more workplaces as outlined in the County Variance Guidance. Notes attached from the Governor’s press conference.
The Governor’s Task Force on Testing provided an update to local officials on how many tests the state is averaging per-day, where the 86 additional OptumServe testing sites are located, and highlighted a recently released serology testing indicators document. A majority of the task force update was spent addressing questions from local government officials. On the California Department of Public Health’s (CDPH), you can quickly search testing sites by location and schedule an appointment. The testing locator website features community testing locations which are open to Californians who meet current testing guidelines. Notes are attached from this update.
In addition, CDPH has posted AFL 20-36.2 Guidance for Decontamination and Reuse of N95 Filtering Facepiece Respirators. This provides instructions on how to sign-up for the Battelle CCDS Critical Care Decontamination System and how to collect, properly package, and ship the used N95 FFRs to Battelle for decontamination.