COVID-19 News: April 14, 2020

  • Yesterday, Governor Newsom announced a pact among the West Coast states, California, Oregon, and Washington, agreeing to move towards reopening the economy based on health outcomes and science. To read more,  click here.
    • A similar pact has been made on the East Coast by the governors of Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island. The committee will be made up of public health officials, economic development officials, and the governors’ chiefs of staff.
    • In his daily briefing today, Governor Newsom announced that the easing of shelter in place orders will depend on the following:
      • The ability to monitor and protect our communities through testing, contact tracing, isolating and supporting those who are positive or exposed; 
      • The ability to prevent infection in people who are at risk for more severe COVID-19; 
      • The ability of the hospital and health systems to handle surges; 
      • The ability to develop therapeutics to meet the demand; 
      • The ability for businesses, schools, and child care facilities to support physical distancing; and 
      • The ability to determine when to reinstitute certain measures, such as the stay-at-home orders, if necessary
  • The Labor and Workforce Development Agency published a chart comparing California Paid Family Leave and Paid Sick Leave with the Federal Paid Leave Rights governed by the FFCRA.
  • Yesterday, OSHA unveiled an interim enforcement response plan to protect workers during the pandemic
    • The plan, “provides instructions and guidance to Area Offices and compliance safety and health officers (CSHOs) for handling COVID-19-related complaints, referrals, and severe illness reports. The scope of this guidance covers all investigations and inspections specifically related to the workplace hazard of SARS-CoV-2 (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2), which is the virus causing the current COVID-19 pandemic”
    • To read the full plan, click here.

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