California To Fully Open Economy June 15

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The state will fully open its economy and allow all sectors to resume "usual operations" on that date - assuming that residents 16 and older who wish to be inoculated can and hospitalization rates are "stable and low", the governor's office said.

The state's Health and Human Services secretary says California's mask mandate will remain in effect.

"We are seeing bright light at the end of the tunnel", Newsom said at a press conference. And now we look at what is beyond that Blueprint for a Safer Economy that has been guiding California's slow, public-health-minded transition and opening of our economy. "We look to get to that end of the blueprint". Counties now have to record less than 4.0 new cases per 100,000.

He said officials are designing a system that will be able to administer some 5.8 million doses on a weekly basis, more than double the capacity of the approximately 2.5 million it received last week from the federal government.

"With more than 20 million vaccines administered across the state, it is time to turn the page on our tier system and begin looking to fully reopen California's economy", said Newsom.

The state loosened the limits for orange Tuesday, April 6, because it has now sent more than 4 million vaccine doses to neighborhoods across the state deemed to have the worst access to health care and other resources necessary for healthy living.

Dr. Mark Ghaly, the state's secretary of health and human services, said in an earlier briefing Tuesday, April 6, that the current trend toward lower COVID-related hospitalizations has a lot to do with the the level of confidence now on display.

"With all of that, we are at the stage where we're ready to consider the next aspect of our pandemic response, " Ghaly said.

"We are announcing today that on June 15, we will be moving beyond the blueprint and we will be getting rid of the colored tiers".

Gavin Newsom said in a tweet that California has the lowest positivity rate in the country. The state is now using October 1st as a benchmark when more, large-scale events may be able to operate without restriction.

While the number of hospitalizations is low across the state - with 20 patients now hospitalized with COVID-19 in San Francisco, for example - Ghaly said there is a race between vaccines and variants, and urged the public to take public health precautions like wearing a mask and signing up for the vaccine once eligible. Although he stopped short of saying they would be required to do so.

"There will be no barrier to having our kids back for in-person instruction, " Newsom added.



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