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COVID-19 Weekly Recap

By California Chronic Care Coalition

May 8, 2020

COVID-19 In California – By The Numbers

Source: California Department of Public Health
  • Positive cases: 58,815
  • Confirmed hospitalizations: 3,334
  • Confirmed ICU hospitalizations: 1,140
  • Suspected hospitalizations: 1,347
  • Suspected ICU hospitalizations: 275
  • Deaths: 2,412

CDC Daily – COVID-19 Cases in America

Updated May 7th, 2020
  • Total Cases: 1,219,066
  • Total Deaths: 73,297

States with highest number of cases reported:

New York: 318,915

New Jersey: 131,890

Massachusetts: 72,025

Illinois: 68,232

California: 58,815

Here’s a recap on the Governor’s updates:

  • Governor Gavin Newsom, alongside California Department of Public Health Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Sonia Angell, laid out an update on California’s Roadmap to Pandemic Resilience, which discusses how the state is planning its path forward – in phases based on science, health and data. The state is in Stage 1, working on making the essential workforce environment safe, and we are working towards reopening lower risk workplaces including retail, manufacturing and offices where telework is not possible. You can view the presentation here.
  • Colorado and Nevada joined the Western States Pact with California, Oregon, and Washington to agree on a shared vision for reopening their economies and controlling COVID-19 into the future. Four shared goals to control the virus have been outlined by the Governors:
  • Protecting vulnerable populations at risk for severe disease if infected. This includes a concerted effort to prevent and fight outbreaks in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.
  • Ensuring an ability to care for those who may become sick with COVID-19 and other conditions. This will require adequate hospital surge capacity and supplies of personal protective equipment.
  • Mitigating the non-direct COVID-19 health impacts, particularly on disadvantaged communities.
  • Protecting the general public by ensuring any successful lifting of interventions includes the development of a system for testing, tracking and isolating. The states will work together to share best practices.
  • On International Workers’ Day May 1st, Governor Gavin Newsom recognized the contributions and sacrifice of California’s essential workforce, and outlined efforts the state has made to support workers affected by COVID-19, including those who have lost their jobs. You can read more about these efforts here.
  • The Governor released a Report Card showing how the state has made progress in fighting COVID-19 in a number of categories such as stabilized hospitalization and ICU numbers and acquiring PPE.
  • The Governor’s Report Card indicates California is on track to move into the early phase of Stage 2 of reopening this Friday, May 8. Stage 2 allows gradual reopening of lower-risk workplaces with adaptations including bookstores, clothing stores, florists and sporting goods stores, with modifications.
  • The Governor also announced that while the state is moving into Stage 2 together, counties can move more quickly through Stage 2, if they attest that they meet the state’s readiness criteria, which will be outlined by the State Public Health Officer.
  •  Gov. Newsom signed an executive order stating that workers who contract COVID-19 while on the job may be eligible to receive workers’ compensation. 
  • Important resources and websites to bookmark:

Visit the Office of the Governor’s Newsroom for more details and information

Pfizer Announces First Participants Dosed in Clinical Trial Program for a Potential #COVID19 Vaccine

Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE announced this week that the first participants have been dosed in the U.S. in the Phase 1/2 clinical trial for the BNT162 vaccine program to prevent COVID-19. The trial is part of a global development program, and the dosing of the first cohort in Germany was completed last week. The Phase 1/2 study is designed to determine the safety, immunogenicity and optimal dose level of four mRNA vaccine candidates evaluated in a single, continuous study. In anticipation of a successful clinical development program, Pfizer and BioNTech are working to scale up production for global supply.  Read the press release here.

Marilyn Stebbins – My COVID-19 Journey

As we absorb the daily news of the COVID-19 pandemic, most of us—especially in California where an order to shelter in place was declared early on by Governor Gavin Newsom—have little first-hand knowledge of what it’s like to be a COVID-19 patient in the midst of the pandemic. Marilyn Stebbins, PharmD, a UC San Francisco School of Pharmacy faculty member was not so fortunate. She shares her story here.

Podcast- Last In Line: Chronic Illness

(Source: Patients Rising): Many patients with chronic illnesses have had their treatments delayed or postponed as healthcare shifts its focus to COVID-19. Lifesaving procedures for the chronically ill have been put on the backburner. How does the healthcare system prioritize who is worth immediate care, and what does that mean for the patients put at the end of the line? On this episode, hosts discuss these moral dilemmas in healthcare with the help of Dr. Camosy, a professor of bioethics. And Kate speaks with Jennifer McNary, a mother fighting against ICER’s pricing roadblocks in order to get her sons’ access to treatment for Duchenne Muscular Atrophy.

CDC Releases New COVID-19 Guidance for Older Adults

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have released new guidance for older adults in the time of COVID-19, including:

  • Running Essential Errands Safely
  • People Who Need to Take Extra Precautions
  • Racial and Ethnic Minority Groups
  • Information When Living in Shared Housing
  • Shared Housing for Owners

May is Older Californians Month

This year’s theme is Make your Mark! Throughout the month, the California Department of Aging (CDA) will share stories of older adults from across California who are making their mark during the pandemic. Follow @CalAging on Twitter and @CaliforniaAging on Facebook to be inspired and join the conversation. Visit the webpage for more information on how to participate and celebrate.

Keep up with all of the efforts by the industry to address the COVID-19 pandemic by checking out:

Helping Those Affected by the Coronavirus- Fact Sheet

Member Company Efforts to Combat Coronavirus Outbreak