SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – California Gov. Gavin Newsom has led an epidemic to lead the nation’s most populous state, using sophisticated standards, county by county, and a color-coded system that dictates what people and businesses can do.
But as summer approaches, more Californians are being vaccinated and threatened with recall, he now takes a simpler approach. Come on June 15, almost all restrictions will be lifted.
“This is a big day,” Newsom said Tuesday, announcing that life could return to normal in the summer.
Newsom said the state mask mandate would remain in place, warning that California would open wider in mid-June only if vaccine supply was adequate and hospital levels remained stable and low. But he did not mention any specific criteria for measuring the state’s progress on either front.
This is a clear difference from the state’s current reopening approach. The color-coded system California uses to dictate business operations assesses detailed criteria, including infection rates, and sets certain limits on how many business employers can serve at a time. There are different rules depending on the province.
“Now, instead of looking at the numbers of certain hospitals, the state will see who is being hospitalized to see if there are vaccinated people in that group,” said Dr. Mark Lee Ali, the secretary of state for health. The state will continue to monitor where vaccinations are given, given that vulnerable Californians have staff, Newsom said.
“We have not given exact figures for that,” he said when asked what the state will see as June 15 approaches.
Overall, Newsom said it was time to fake it, as the state has the lowest infection rate in the United States, with 20 million vaccinations to date. He expects to allocate 30 million by the end of April, putting the state on the way to partially vaccinating 32 million people 16 16 more who are eligible. The government will consider the supply sufficient if the applicants can obtain it within two weeks.
The announcement comes after health restrictions և mask mandates were lifted across the country as more people were vaccinated despite rising levels of infection in some places և another wave of concerns. California had the nation with the strictest epidemic rules in the country, becoming the first country to live in the country last spring.
Andrew Neumer, a professor of public health at the University of California, Irvine, said California was optimistic, but questioned the decision to scrap the old system and set a June 15 target. In all likelihood, all 58 counties in the summer may be at the lowest level in the summer, but the new rules do not allow for adjustment if one of the counties sees a new outbreak.
“I’m not sure I see the logic of everyone (one) turning around in the state as the county goes, but I guess the recall will do it for you,” he said.
By June, most of the capacity for business and leisure activities will be eliminated, although larger indoor events, such as conventions, are only allowed with testing or vaccination requirements.
Dr. Monica Gandhi, an infectious disease specialist and professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, believes that California could be reopened as many people have been exposed to the virus during the winter, and many more are being vaccinated.
“In any case, he would not be able to keep it closed after June 15, because things would be so low,” he said.
The epidemic hit California, leaving more than 58,000 dead most of the year, businesses closed and students out of school.
Newsom, which demanded the resumption of individual instruction for junior high school students, said it did not expect any obstacles until June 15 to return children to safe classrooms. Teachers’ Unions of Districts.
“Planning for the future, based on current public health conditions, is prudent and necessary, although we do not yet know what the infection rate will be in the community,” said Claudia Briggs, spokeswoman for the California Teachers Association.
The one-year closure of most schools is likely to be a major issue in a possible Newsom recall investigation later this year, along with other actions related to its epidemic.
Kevin Faulkner, a former Republican mayor of San Diego who hopes to replace Newsom, said in a statement that “millions of Californians have demanded that he sign a petition to finally reopen our state.”
Ronay reports from Sacramento, California, with Associated Press writers Amy Thaksin in the Orange County և County Oslin Gecker in San Francisco.