Sen. Steve Glazer (D-Contra Costa) called on Gov. Gavin Newsom to return most of the state to a Shelter-in-Place policy until the COVID-19 virus is under control in California and to implement other measures to support vulnerable people while setting transparent metrics for reopening the economy.
At a virtual press conference Thursday, Senator Glazer released a proposal of new, strict measures he said must be taken immediately to prevent the COVID-19 virus from spreading uncontrollably.
“With this crisis on the verge of spiraling out of control, the only question we should be asking is, what will it take to lower infection rates?” Glazer said. “At this point, we have no choice but to take tough measures, while we simultaneously act to help those in need. Our lives and our livelihood depend on us to move forward as Californians unified against this deadly virus.”
Senator Glazer’s proposal includes:
- A renewed Shelter-in-Place order for counties with positive test rates of greater than 2 percent over 14 day, requiring all people in those counties to remain at home except for essential work and trips for food or health care. These counties could not reopen using a process that grants local variances to the statewide order.
- A 14-day quarantine for anyone entering the state from a state or country with a positive test rate of greater than 2 percent, including California residents who leave the state and then return. This rule would also apply to anyone entering California from a state or country that does not report its positive test rate on a daily basis.
- Mandatory signage for vulnerable people; expanded meal deliveries; alternative housing for those unable to isolate; required curbside grocery pickups; and increased financial assistance to affected workers.
- Lifting restrictions in phases when thresholds are met on positive test rates; and when sufficient testing and sufficient contact tracing standards are met.
- See further details of the proposal in the accompanying document.
The Newsom Administration’s admission this week that the state’s soaring caseload has overwhelmed California’s testing and contact tracing program means that limiting interaction is the only way to stop the spread, Glazer said.
“We can’t wait another four to six weeks to see if the measures now in place will do the job,” Glazer said. “If they don’t, the virus will be completely out of control. We need to act now to ensure that doesn’t happen.”
Instead of protecting public health or re-charging the economy, the state’s current policies are hurting both, Glazer said.
“More people are getting sick, more people are dying, and people won’t shop or invest until it’s safe to do so,” he said. “We need to control the virus in order to re-start the economy.”
Senator Glazer has consistently called for a vigilant response to the pandemic:
- May 27: Published document – 10 Questions We Should Answer as Our State Reopens Further.
- June 16: Published document – 12 Additional Steps to Reopen California Safely.
- June 30: Called for more protections for those vulnerable to Covid-19 in letter to Gov. Newsom.
- July 16: Called for stronger contact tracing and tracking in letter to Gov. Newsom.