Gov. Newsom unveils new campaign to help older residents amid COVID-19 pandemic


Gov. Gavin Newsom updates the state’s response to the coronavirus at the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services in Rancho Cordova, Calif., Monday, March 23, 2020. Newsom announced the closure of all state parking lots to discourage people from congregating at the state beaches and other public spaces during the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

SACRAMENTO (KGET) – Governor Gavin Newsom announced today a new initiative to help older Californians stay safe and connected during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The “Stay Home. Save Lives. Check In.” campaign urges Californians to help combat social isolation and food insecurity among Californians who are over the age of 65, a community that is uniquely vulnerable to COVID-19.

Residents are being asked to check in on their older neighbors with a call, text or physically-distanced door knock to make sure they’re okay. Newsom said older Californians may need friends and neighbors to help them obtain basic necessities like groceries and prescriptions.

In addition, the state is urging local nonprofits and faith-based organizations to call to check in on all of the older Californians in their networks.

“No older Californian should be forced to go outside to get groceries or their medication. It’s on all of us across the state to check in on the older adults in our lives – our friends, family and neighbors – to help them during this outbreak,” Newsom said. “Each and every one of us must reach out in a safe way to make sure our older neighbors have someone to talk to and have enough food to eat during these difficult times.”

The Governor also announced the creation of a statewide hotline — 833-544-2374 — in coordination with the nonprofit local 2-1-1 systems so that Californians have a one-stop shop to answer their questions and get assistance during this crisis. For example, the 2-1-1 system is able to help older Californians access grocery and medication delivery while staying at home.

The state, in partnership with AARP, will also send a mailer to residents 65 and older with resources and information to help them adapt to the stay-at-home order, Newsom said.  

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