Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Gavin Newsom says he will announce a detailed plan Tuesday for lifting coronavirus restrictions

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom says he will announce a detailed plan Tuesday for lifting coronavirus restrictions, a decision he says will be made without “political pressure,” an apparent reference to President Donald Trump declaring himself the ultimate decision-maker for when states can reopen. ⁣ ⁣Barely a week ago, it seemed unlikely Newsom would soon be talking about a plan for reopening the state. His administration was sticking to a forecast of a potential tidal wave of virus cases in mid-May that could require up to 66,000 additional hospital beds. ⁣ ⁣But on Monday Newsom reported the number of people hospitalized increased modestly during the weekend, continuing an encouraging trend. In Los Angeles County, the state’s largest and home to about 40% of its virus deaths and overall cases, officials said Monday the number of new cases was the lowest in weeks. ⁣ ⁣Newsom didn’t share any details of his plan for reopening and it’s unlikely he will provide a specific date for rollbacks. He cautioned people can expect an “incremental release of the stay-at-home orders” that will use “science to guide our decision-making and not political pressure.” ⁣ ⁣Newsom, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee also announced a partnership “to work together on a shared approach for reopening our economies,” stressing that modifying their states’ stay-at-home orders “must be based off our understanding of the total health impacts of COVID-19.”

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