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Newsom announces new virus protections for essential workers


SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) – Governor Gavin Newsom on Friday provided another update on the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Newsom said keeping essential workers safe is a top priority in order to combat the virus.

“We demanded even with our stay at home order certain sectors of our economy to stay open,” said Newsom.

This includes health care, grocery stores, food prep workers, truck drivers, stockers, and personal care aides.

Newsom announced additional worker safeguards to protect essential workers:

  • Preventative Measures
    – Ensure workers can isolate and quarantine when sick or exposed
    – Provide safe, temporary housing for COVID positive and exposed agriculture and farmworkers
    – Build on Public Awareness Campaign to reach employers, workers, and families
  • Employer Education
    – New Employer Safety Handbook that will include guidance for safe clean environments; best practices for an outbreak; proactive education efforts to help businesses comply; testing information for employees
  • Ensuring Long-Lasting Protections
    – Work to expand worker protections and build on existing Executive Orders including: COVID-19 paid sick leave; workers’ compensation for at-risk workers; strategic enforcement of labor laws; strengthen employer reporting of outbreaks

According to state data, there were 9,718 confirmed cases on July 23. The 7-day average was 9,881.

The 7-day average of daily tests was 124,540, according to Newsom.

At this time, there were 42,898 admitted patients and a 11% increase in ICU admissions over 14-days.

While there are 2,002 total ICU COVID-19 patients, there were 2,614 total ICU beds available. Newsom said there were 11,932 ventilators available.

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