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Gov. Newsom offers COVID-19 update, no response to Trump's call to open churches this weekend

Posted at 2:14 PM, May 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-22 17:14:56-04

SACRAMENTO, Calif — Churches reopening aren't as clear as we hoped. Although Trump called for churches to open this weekend, Newsom stood firm in his statement saying specific guidelines for churches reopening will be released on Monday, and his briefing that day he will go further into detail regarding these specific guidelines.

When asked about his response to Trump's recent call for churches to be opened this weekend, he stated "We said going back to the beginning of this week, we said a lot we have been engaging with the faith community. We look forward to churches reopening in a safe responsible manner. We appreciate the CDC in apparently going to be providing today, some recommendations. We will take a look at those. We take this issue very seriously and to hear and we have been very aggressive in trying to put together guidelines that will do justice to the people's health and their fundamental need and desire to practice faith."

Newsom also touched on veterans being disproportionately affected by COVID-19, however, due to the proactive action of the California Department of Medical Affairs, veterans within the homes provided by California Veteran's Affairs, have been protected well, with only three veteran patients testing positive for COVID-19.

Because of the hard work of the Secretary of Veteran's affairs and his team, they were able to put together 38 guidelines on infectious disease control as well as symptom checks for patients and staff.

Newsom also announced there have been 88 lives lost within the past 24 hours, but assured California that while things don't look as good as we want, the percent of hospitalizations and people in the ICUs have both decreased within the last 14 days.