- Gov Gavin Newsom issued a statewide ‘stay at home order’ Thursday night
- The governor has also asked that Trump send help to California ‘immediately
- Newsom said that officials project that roughly ’56 per cent of our population – 25.5 million people – will be infected with the virus over an eight-week period’
- Modeling also shows that more than half of homeless people could get COVID-19
- He has asked the Trump administration for use of the Navy’s Mercy hospital ship
- Experts say that the homeless, who often have health and substance-abuse problems, are exposed to the elements and do not have easy access to hygiene
- Governor said he had issued an executive order authorizing the distribution of $100million to cities and counties across California to blunt the impact of COVID
- An additional $50million will convert hotels for the sick homeless to stay in
- State has acquired 1,300 trailers to use as temporary housing for the homeless
- Confirmed infections in US surpassed 13,000 on Thursday and deaths were 183
- California is one of the most affected states with more than 800 confirmed cases and 17 deaths as of Thursday
- Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?
California’s governor on Thursday issued a statewide ‘stay at home order’ directing residents to leave their houses only when necessary during the coronavirus pandemic as state officials predict that more than 25 million residents will be infected with COVID-19 within the next eight weeks.
It’s unclear how long the order will last, and Gov Gavin Newsom said during a Thursday night press conference that he wasn’t able to give a deadline.
Just before the press conference, Newsom released a copy of a letter that he sent to Donald Trump in which he asked the president to send help ‘immediately’.
‘I respectfully request you immediately deploy the USNS Mercy Hospital Ship to be stationed at the port of Los Angeles through September 1, 2020, to help decompress our current health care delivery system in the Los Angeles region in response to the COVID-19 outbreak,’ Newsom’s letter reads. TOP ARTICLES1/5READ MOREScott Morrison defends his decision to notclose schools amid the coronavirus pandemic
Newsom said officials project that roughly ’56 per cent of our population – 25.5 million people – will be infected with the virus over an eight-week period’.
Earlier this week, Trump did say that the Navy hospital ships Mercy and Comfort would be pressed into service, one on each coast, as healthcare systems become badly strained during the pandemic.
But US defense officials have said the ships were not yet ready to sail on the emergency mission, with the Comfort undergoing maintenance in Virginia.
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Gov Gavin Newsom on Thursday issued a statewide ‘stay at home order’ directing residents to leave their homes only when necessary during the coronavirus pandemic as officials predict that more than 25 million residents will be infected with COVID-19 in the next eight weeks
Newsom said in the letter (pictured) that officials project that roughly ’56 per cent of our population – 25.5 million people – will be infected with the virus over an eight-week period’
The governor has asked that the Navy’s hospital boat Mercy (pictured) be sent to California immediately