CAL OES Update May 7th

Daily Focus

  • Following up on the state’s announcement that it will begin modifying the stay at home order on Friday, May 8, Governor Gavin Newsom today released updated industry guidance – including for retail, manufacturing and logistics – to begin reopening with modifications that reduce risk and establish a safer environment for workers and customers.
  • U.S. Small Business announced that agricultural businesses are now eligible for SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance programs.
  • SBA’s EIDL portal has reopened as a result of funding authorized by Congress through the Paycheck Protection Program and Healthcare Enhancement Act.

Great Plates Delivered: Home Meals for Seniors

  • Great Plates Delivered has two purposes:
    • Help seniors and other adults at high risk from COVID-19 to stay home and stay healthy by delivering three nutritious meals a day, and
    • Provide essential economic stimulus to local businesses struggling to stay afloat during the COVID-19 crisis.
  • Please send intent letters by Friday, May 8.  Program runs through June 10th, unless an additional extension is granted by FEMA.
  • Food provider meals must meet the following nutritional requirements:
  • Breakfast: low in sodium, no sugary drinks (<24 grams /8 oz. and of fruit juice, must be only 100 percent fruit juice allowed);
  • Lunch and dinner: a piece of fresh fruit or vegetable on each dish, and low in sodium, no sugary drinks (<24 grams /8 oz. and of fruit juice, must be only 100 percent fruit juice allowed).
  • Refer to program guidance and to the various FAQ for  more details.
  • As of May 7, the Great Plates program has received 69 letters of intent from local jurisdictions, in 24 counties, with an estimated 78,483 eligible seniors. 3,109 restaurants have indicated their interest in participating in the program.

COVID-19 at a Glance

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

  • As of May 6, local health departments have reported 6,625 confirmed positive cases in health care workers and 35 deaths statewide. As data is updated the information is re-evaluated. In this instance, the number was adjusted accordingly and decreased by one.
  • Hospital Data
    • County maps
    • Cases by county
    • Distributed PPE

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.
  • 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 May 7, there have been  73,297 deaths,2,495 new deaths since yesterday.
    • 1,219,066 positive cases, 25,253 new cases since yesterday- 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 today released updated industry guidance – including for retail, manufacturing and logistics – to begin reopening with modifications that reduce risk and establish a safer environment for workers and customers. The release follows up on the state’s announcement that it will begin modifying the stay at home order on Friday, May 8. Click here for new guidance.
  • May 6, Governor Newsom signed an executive order that waives penalties for property taxes paid after April 10 for taxpayers who demonstrate they have experienced financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic through May 4, 2020.

           ·          May 6, Governor Newsom announced that workers who contract COVID-19 while on the job may be eligible to receive workers’ compensation. The executive order creates a time-limited rebuttable presumption for accessing workers’ compensation benefits for Californians who must work outside their homes during the stay at home order.

  • May 5, Governor Newsom held a press conference at a small business in Sacramento to discuss how small business owners are adapting to reopening while preserving public health.
  • May 4, Governor Newsom issued the May 4 State Report Card for how the state is doing in meeting key measures for moving into Stage 2. California is on track on the following statewide metrics:
  • Stability of Hospitalizations
  • Personal Protective Equipment Inventory
  • Health Care Surge Capacity
  • Testing Capacity
  • Contact Tracing Capability
  • , in recognition of International Workers’ Day, Governor Newsom celebrated essential workers and highlighted actions California has taken to help all Workers affected by COVID-19.

Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order that temporarily broadens the capability of counties to enroll persons into the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) program using various eligibility verification methods due to social distancing requirements.

  • Governor Gavin Newsom announced a new portal to help Californians working in essential sectors find safe, reliable, and accessible childcare options.

Governor Gavin Newsom also signed an executive that will allow adults to obtain marriage licenses via videoconferencing rather than in person amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Governor Gavin Newsom announced new initiatives to help Californians put healthy food on the table while also supporting the farm industry, which has been devastated by COVID-19.
  • announced that California is building a roadmap, consisting of four stages, for modifying the statewide Stay-at-Home order while maintaining community health and resiliency.

The California Recovery Roadmap Survey can be found at:

  • , 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.

Great Plates: 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 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 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 .

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.

  • ·         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.
  • ·         April 18, 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.

The counties are responsible for identifying which individuals need a Project Roomkey placement, and then moving those individuals into the rooms.

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.

  • ·         April 16, 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. To view the guide, please visit .

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

  • ·         April 14, 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.

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 stress we are all feeling right now triggers the biological stress hormone. Stress shows up in individuals differently.
  • 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: 

About the Tests:

  • As of May 6, 842,874 tests have been conducted in California and reported to the California Department of Public Health. This represents an increase of 33,838 tests over the prior 24-hour reporting period. These numbers include data from commercial, private and academic labs, including Quest, LabCorp, Kaiser, University of California and Stanford, and the 25 state and county health labs currently testing.
  • Testing should be used for medical evaluation of persons with symptoms of COVID-19 as well as for efforts by public health agencies and essential employers to prevent and control the spread of COVID-19.
  • The California Department of Public Health launched an interactive website to help Californians 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.

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