Gov. Gavin Newsom discuses California's efforts to convert hotels and motels into isolation housing for the homeless threatened by the coronavirus during a news conference at a hotel in West Sacramento on April 3, 2020. "Of course, you have to, because look at how he treats governors who don't kiss his ring", Behar said. We started working with the administration directly to get these repatriated flights from mainland China into the state of California.
He said the state is anticipating a peak of COVID-19 patients weeks away. So from that perspective, all I can say is that, from my perspective, the relationship has been strong. "I'm not doing it to kiss the ring, I'm not doing it in a way, you know", - I'm just being forthright with the president. He returns calls. He reaches out. When we asked to get support for that mercy ship in southern California, he was able to direct that in real-time.
"We were looking into the May month, that we would start seeing things peak", Newsom said, adding that the model is constantly being updated. It's just reality. So when you ask, are we going to rely on the federal government or are we going to rely on ourselves?
"Our decision on that basis, at least here in the state of California, will be determined by the facts, it will be determined by the health experts, it will be determined by our capacity to meet this moment, bend the curve and have the appropriate community surveillance and testing to confidently determine whether that is appropriate", Newsom said. "And so, as a question, as a sort of an offer of objectivity, I have to acknowledge that publicly", he said on Wednesday.
Newsom continued: "Let me just be candid with you".
Additionally, the Governor joined Bitwise Industries and the Kapor Center to launch OnwardCa.org, a new platform connecting displaced California workers with more than 70,000 job opportunities in critical industries.
Newsom said the state is partnering with universities, hospitals, labs and testing companies to increase testing locations across the state, reduce backlogs and ensure there is more accurate and timely data on the number of COVID-19 cases.
Newsom said it was a national problem - as is the shortage of tests and a lack of the masks, gloves and other protection healthcare workers must wear to administer tests from people who are possibly carrying the highly contagious virus.
Increasing testing "doesn't really help us as much as it ought to if there are really long waits for people to find out whether they are positive", Ferrer said. I'd be lying to you to say that he hasn't been responsive to our needs.