Category: COVID-19


Trump Administration Formally Withdraws U.S. from WHO

The Trump Administration this week sent a letter notifying the United Nations of its planned departure from the World Health Organization (WHO), effective July 6, 2021. The move by the Trump Administration follows an indefinite hold on all funding to the WHO ordered by President Donald Trump in April. President Trump expressed concerns over the…

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Additional $4 Billion in Federal Relief Payments to Healthcare Providers Released

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced today the release of an additional $4 billion of Provider Relief Funds, provided through the CARES Act and the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, for safety net hospitals and specialty rural hospitals that may not have met initial criteria for qualification. Approximately $3 billion…

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Legislature Delays Return to Sacramento After Assembly Members and Staff Test Positive for COVID-19

The California State Senate and Assembly have both delayed their scheduled return to Sacramento from summer recess on Monday after six individuals in the Assembly, including two Assembly Members, tested positive for COVID-19. Assembly Member Autumn Burke announced receiving positive results after being notified by the Assembly Human Resources Department that she had been subject…

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Senate Public Safety Committee Examines COVID-19 in State Prisons

On Wednesday, the Senate Public Safety Committee convened an informational hearing to assess COVID-19 in California’s state prisons. Committee Chair Senator Nancy Skinner opened Wednesday’s hearing by providing an overview of the current COVID-19 case counts within state prisons among inmates and staff, as well as remarks on the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s…

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Senate Convenes Joint Informational Hearing to Examine COVID-19 in California’s U.S.-Mexico Border Region

On Tuesday, the Senate Select Committee on California-Mexico Cooperation and the Senate Special Committee on Pandemic Emergency Response convened an informational hearing to examine the impact of COVID-19 on the California-Mexico border region. The hearing began with opening remarks from Select Committee Chair Senator Ben Hueso, Special Committee Chair Senator Lena Gonzalez, and Consul General…

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State Orders Additional Action to Slow COVID-19 Community Transmission

On Wednesday, Governor Gavin Newsom and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced actions required of 19 counties on the County Monitoring List for three consecutive days or more, including closing indoor operations for specified sectors which promote the mixing of populations beyond households and make adherence to physical distancing and wearing face coverings…

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Newsom Extends Previous COVID-19 Executive Orders

Governor Gavin Newsom on Tuesday issued Executive Order N-71-20 extending provisions included in previously issued executive orders amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Of particular note, the order extends provisions related to the issuance of Medical Marijuana Identification Cards (MMIC). The order also extends authorization for local governments to halt evictions for renters impacted by the pandemic…

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Newsom Declares Budget Emergency, Allows Access to Rainy Day Fund

On Thursday, Governor Gavin Newsom issued a proclamation declaring a statewide budget emergency, making available additional resources to fund the state’s ongoing emergency response to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the Governor’s Office, the move will further ensure the availability of funding for personal protective equipment (PPE), medical equipment and other related expenditures necessary to…

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