Governor Newsom Signs Executive Order in Response to COVID-19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, August 24, 2020 Contact: Governor’s Press Office (916) 445-4571 SACRAMENTO — Governor Gavin Newsom today issued an executive order to help increase the availability of CLIA-waived COVID-19 testing and address a variety of issues in response to the pandemic. The order allows the California Department of Consumer Affairs, in consultation with the California Department of Public Health, to issue waivers permitting pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to conduct CLIA-waived COVID-19 tests, which detect the presence of the virus.

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Governor Newsom Signs 2020 Budget Act

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, June 29, 2020 Contact: Governor’s Press Office (916) 445-4571 SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today signed the 2020 Budget Act – a $202.1 billion spending plan that strengthens emergency response, protects public health and safety, and promotes economic recovery while closing a $54.3 billion budget shortfall caused by the COVID-19 recession. “In the face of a global pandemic that has also caused a recession across the world and here in California, our state has passed a budget that is balanced, responsible and protects public safety and health, education, and services to Californians facing the greatest hardships,” said Governor Newsom.

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Governor Newsom Signs Executive Order on Actions in Response to COVID-19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, June 30, 2020 Contact: Governor’s Press Office (916) 445-4571 SACRAMENTO — Governor Gavin Newsom today issued an executive order extending authorization for local governments to halt evictions for renters impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, through September 30. The order also addresses a variety of issues in response to the pandemic, by extending provisions in earlier orders which allow adults to obtain marriage licenses via videoconferencing rather than in-person during the pandemic; waive eligibility re-determinations for Californians who participate in Medi-Cal, to ensure they maintain their health coverage; suspend face-to-face visits for eligibility for foster care; and permit In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program caseworkers to continue caring for older adults and individuals with disabilities through video-conferencing assessments.

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Governor Newsom Declares Budget Emergency to Support State’s Response to COVID-19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, June 25, 2020 Contact: Governor’s Press Office (916) 445-4571 Governor Newsom Declares Budget Emergency to Support State’s Response to COVID-19 SACRAMENTO — Governor Gavin Newsom today issued a proclamation of a budget emergency to make additional resources available to fund the state’s ongoing emergency response to the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring the availability of funding for personal protective equipment, medical equipment and other expenditures as necessary to support a potential hospital surge and provide necessary services to vulnerable populations.

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Governor Newsom Provides Flexibility to Medi-Cal Providers and the Department of Health Care Services for Continuity of Service Amidst COVID-19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, April 23, 2020 Contact: Governor’s Press Office: (916) 445-4571 SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today issued an executive order that will give flexibility to the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and Medi-Cal providers on a variety of deadlines and requirements to ensure continuity of service to patients and customers is not impacted by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Governor Newsom Announces Plan to Resume Delayed Health Care that was Deferred as Hospitals Prepared for COVID-19 Surge

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 Contact: Governor’s Press Office: (916) 445-4571 Decision based on progress toward preparing California’s hospitals and health care delivery system for a COVID-19 surge in patients – one of California’s six indicators to gradually modify state’s stay-at-home order State also announces plans to add at least an additional 80 testing sites, mainly in underserved communities; train up to 10,000 contact tracers

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Governor Newsom Announces New Initiatives to Support California Workers Impacted by COVID-19

April 15, 2020 Governor announces new initiative to expand call center hours at the Employment Development Department to better assist Californians with unemployment insurance applications EDD will also implement a one-stop shop for those applying for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, including the self-employed and independent contractors Governor announces $75 million in statewide Disaster Relief Assistance funding to provide financial support for immigrant workers affected by COVID-19 Philanthropic partners commit to raising an additional $50 million to support undocumented Californians

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Governor Newsom Announces $42 Million to Protect Foster Youth and Families Impacted by COVID-19

Published: Apr 13, 2020 California is investing $42 million to protect vulnerable younger Californians $27.8 million to help families stay together Nearly $7 million will support overtime and additional outreach by county social workers to foster family caregivers at higher risk of COVID-19 $3 million will fund Family Resource Centers and provide direct support and services to foster families

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California, Oregon & Washington Announce Western States Pact

April 13, 2020 West Coast states agree region will move toward reopening based on health outcomes SACRAMENTO — Today, California Governor Gavin Newsom, Oregon Governor Kate Brown and Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced an agreement on a shared vision for reopening their economies and controlling COVID-19 into the future. Joint statement from the Governors: COVID-19 has preyed upon our interconnectedness.

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EXECUTIVE ORDER N-47-20

April 7, 2020 SACRAMENTO – Today, Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order that provides additional support for older adults and vulnerable young children. The order will allow for a 60-day waiver for In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program caseworkers to continue their work and be able to care for older adults, as well as individuals with disabilities.  Download PDF HERE

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