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UPDATE: Gov. Newsom COVID-19 briefing

Governor Gavin Newsom
Posted at 2:50 PM, May 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-01 17:50:39-04

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Newsom today provided an update on California's efforts in mitigating the impact of COVID-19 on the state.

In review of the week Gov. Newsom went over the announcements he made starting Monday.

Newsom touched on the following announcements:

  • Currently 20,000 vouchers have been set aside in response to child care needed for first responders.

Vourchers were made possible by the 350 million in funding from the federal government.

  • Sick leave for those workers in logistics, distributing, meat packaging and the like.

California has partnered with the United Food and Commercial Workers union to make this possible

  • To ensure the needs of care givers in skilled nursing facilities stipends have been secured.

Over 36,00 stipends have been distributed
Over 78,000 hotel rooms for those working on the frontlines of healthcare have been secured

  • In the area of wellness checks for the most vulnerable communities, about 177,000 have already been conducted
  • As far as Personal Protective Equipment Newsom says 3.1 million surgical masks have been distributed, 5.1 million additional units will be distributed in the next 24 hours, bringing the total number of masks to 8-plus million masks being distributed.
  • $17.8 million has been awarded in training grants to get workers and volunteers trained in the specific areas of dealing with COVID-19, this is fundamental to the efforts of mitigating the impact of the virus.
  • The issue of unemployment insurance is a huge one. As of today, 3.9 million people have applied for unemployment insurance, so far 7.5 billion in funds have already been distributed.

Newsom is working diligently to distribute more funds.

  • Finally he updated the current COVID-19 numbers

As of today, 2,000 Californians have lost their lives, just in the last 24 hours 91 families lost loved ones.
Hospitalizations have increased by 2.1%
There are currently 50,000 positive tests for COVID-19
So far 655,000 tests have been conducted.

Check here for the latest data.