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Gov. Newsom provides updates on stay-at-home order, vaccines and eviction protection
Gov. Gavin Newsom touched on the regional stay-at-home order being lifted, as well as vaccine distribution and the eviction moratorium at a press conference Monday.
The regional stay-at-home order was lifted across the state as each region is projected to be above 15% ICU capacity in four weeks. Now, 54 California counties move to the purple tier of the state's reopening system, while 3 counties go to the red tier and 1 county goes to the orange tier. No counties are in the yellow tier at this time.
Gov. Newsom also announced a statewide effort to get people information on where and how to get vaccinated. The My Turn app is still in the pilot phase, but is ready to go for 40 million Los Angeles and San Diego residents. A full launch is expected to take place in early February, according to the governor.
In a big update for renters and landlords, Gov. Newsom announced that the eviction moratorium will continue through June 30. $2.6 billion in federal funds will be allocated to help low-income renters pay back rent and help clear future payments on rent and utilities.
State releases latest COVID-19 statistics
On Monday, the state of California announced a state total of 3,136,158 COVID-19 cases. There were also 328 deaths reported Sunday to Monday, bringing the state's death total to 37,118.
California proposal would extend eviction rule through June
California is considering extending its pandemic eviction protections through the end of June and paying up to 80% of some tenants' unpaid rent. The state passed a law last year banning evictions for tenants who pay at least 25% of their rent owed between September and January.
Those protections will expire Monday. A proposal being negotiated between Gov. Gavin Newsom, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon and Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins would extend those protections through the end of June. It would also use federal money to pay off up to 80% of some some tenants' debts if landlords agree to forgive the remaining 20%.
California deploys more medical personnel to help with COVID response statewide
Officials with the Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES) and the Health and Human Services Agency announced Monday that more medical personnel will be deployed to healthcare facilities statewide to help fight COVID-19.
"These deployments are part of an ongoing effort by the state to relieve stress on the medical care system during the current surge in cases and hospitalizations," said Cal OES in a press release. "These personnel are helping to ensure necessary healthcare staffing for hospitals, nursing homes and other medical facilities because of COVID-19."
4,217 personnel have been deployed to help healthcare facilities around the state battle the COVID-19 pandemic.
California lifts virus stay-at-home orders, curfew statewide
Referencing improving statewide conditions, California Public Health officials are lifting the regional stay-at-home orders for all regions. The state is also lifting a 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew.
Health officials said the four-week ICU capacity projections for these three regions are above 15%, the threshold that allows regions to exit the order. This action allows all counties statewide to return to the rules and framework of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy and color-coded tiers that indicate which activities and businesses are open based on local case rates and test positivity.
First round of CVS administered vaccinations done in California
CVS Health said that the first doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered to all 499 skilled-nursing facilities in the state, with second doses underway. Vaccinations for these high-risk facilities began Dec. 28, 2020. The company said 8,000 skilled nursing facilities across the country have received the first dose.
“We’ve administered nearly two million shots to one of our most vulnerable populations through onsite and, in many cases, room-to-room visits,” said Karen S. Lynch, currently Executive Vice President, CVS Health and President, Aetna, who will become the company's next President and CEO on February 1.
14,557 assisted-living and other long-term care homes are up next. Over the coming week, CVS said that as much as 60% of these types of facilities in California could receive their first doses.
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