Category: COVID-19


$6.6 Billion Package to Safely Return Students to In-Person Instruction Signed into Law

Today, Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law AB 86, a $6.6 billion budget package that aims to accelerate the safe return to in-person instruction statewide and support schools in expanding academic, mental health, and social-emotional supports. Earlier in the week, the Governor, Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins, and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon announced at…

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Newsom Administration Rolls out Vaccine Equity Framework, Ties Equitable Vaccine Distribution to Blueprint for a Safer Economy

This week, Governor Gavin Newsom announced a significant policy change relative to COVID-19 vaccine allocation and administration aimed at increasing vaccine distribution to the most severely impacted communities. Under the new approach, the state will dedicate 40 percent of all COVID-19 vaccine doses to disadvantaged communities, as determined by the lowest quartile of the Healthy…

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CDPH Issues Updated Guidance on Face Coverings, Youth Sports

This week, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued updated COVID-19 guidance relative to face coverings and youth sports. These items are detailed below: Masking Guidance Highlights Importance of Proper Fit and Filtration Updated guidance from CDPH this week underscores the importance of wearing a mask during the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly with an increasing…

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State Updates Blueprint to Allow for More Outdoor Activities with Consistent Masking

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) this afternoon announced additional updates to the Blueprint for a Safer Economy to allow outdoor ballparks, stadiums, and theme parks to open with significantly reduced capacity, mandatory masking, and other public health precautions. The announced changes do not take effect until April 1, 2021. Under the updates to…

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Biden Expects to Vaccinate All Adults by End of May, Announces Vaccine Manufacturing Partnership

This week, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. announced several updates related to the federal government’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Below, we highlight these activities: Vaccines by End of May: President Biden announced on Tuesday the U.S. will have enough COVID-19 vaccine supply for every adult in America to be inoculated by the end…

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Western States Workgroup Recommends Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine, Distribution Begins Statewide

Following the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) issuance of an emergency use authorization (EUA) of the Janssen Biotech, Inc. single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine last Saturday, the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup met early this week to review the vaccine’s safety and efficacy data. The Workgroup completed its review of the available…

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LAO Issues Report on Legislative Oversight of Governor’s Emergency Spending Authorities

This week, the California Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) issued a report providing an overview and recommendations to improve the Legislature’s oversight of the Governor’s emergency spending authorities. The report details the existing authorities available to the Administration in incurring emergency costs in light of the Governor’s proposals for COVID-19 emergency spending and authority. Namely, the…

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CMS Grants Approval for Medi-Cal Reimbursement for COVID-19 Testing for Low-Income Students

On Wednesday, Governor Gavin Newsom announced the Biden-Harris Administration approved California’s request to use Medicaid (Medi-Cal) funding to provide voluntary COVID-19 testing for low-income students covered by Medi-Cal. The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) late last year requested permission to provide COVID-19 testing in schools for Medi-Cal children in grades transitional kindergarten through…

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Newsom Signs Order on COVID-19 Evictions and Price Gouging

On Thursday, Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-03-21 extending authorization for local governments to prohibit evictions for commercial renters impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic through June 30, 2021. The order additionally extends protections against price gouging for emergency and medical supplies amid the ongoing emergency response to the pandemic.

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Legislative and Budget Hearings Cover Telehealth, COVID-19 Impacts, and Homelessness

This week, the California State Assembly and Senate held a number of hearings spanning a wide array of subject areas, including COVID-19, homelessness, telehealth, and proposed budget investments. Below, we provide a high-level overview of hearings held this week: Assembly Examines Telehealth Policy in California Post-Pandemic The Assembly Health Committee on Tuesday convened an informational…

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