I want to give you a quick update on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and how the State of California is responding. In a recent notice, the Federal Government has removed from consideration the proposal to house COVID-19 patients at the Fairview Developmental Center. In no way do I find it appropriate or would I support a move to place patients in quarantine in Costa Mesa or in populated Orange County. The State must act in a way that protects the health and safety of our communities.
Governor Gavin Newsom held a press conference on COVID-19 and here are the facts:
- In California, 8,400 individuals are being monitored for possible exposure to the Coronavirus. 33 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed. No deaths.
- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed a possible first case of person-to-person transmission of COVID-19 in California in the general public. The individual is a resident of Solano County and is receiving medical care in Sacramento County. The individual had no known exposure to the virus through travel or close contact with a known infected individual.
California has a strong health care system and public health infrastructure. Our state has prepared for the potential spread of diseases, such as H1N1, in the past and is prepared and actively responding to the potential community spread of COVID-19.
The health risk from COVID-19 to the general public remains low at this time. While COVID-19 has a high transmission rate, it has a low mortality rate.
From the international data we have, of those who have tested positive for COVID-19, approximately 80 percent do not exhibit symptoms that would require hospitalization. There have been no confirmed deaths related to COVID-19 in the United States to date. California is carefully assessing the situation as it evolves.
California has a few hundred COVID-19 test kits which is low. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is working with our State Public Health Department to increase that number in the next few days to ensure we can properly test and diagnose individuals.
As your Assemblyman, the safety of our communities is my top priority. I will continue to work with our Federal, State and local partners to ensure we have the resources to keep our families safe.
I will continue to keep you updated on COVID-19 as information comes in.
To learn more about COVID-19, please click here to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.