Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order last week extending provisions implemented to expand California’s health care workforce during the pandemic. The order allows health care workers from out of state to continue to provide services in California and enables certain medical personnel and emergency medical technicians to continue supporting the state’s COVID-19 response. The order also gives health care facilities the flexibility to plan and adapt their space to accommodate patients.
Additionally, the California Department of Public Health has issued a new public health order that requires hospitals throughout California to accept transfer patients from facilities with limited ICU capacity, when clinically appropriate.
Vaccination against COVID-19 is the most effective means of preventing infection, transmission and outbreaks. California has put more shots in arms than any other state – administering over 46 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine with over 78% of those eligible having received at least one dose – and implemented a first-in-the-nation requirement that workers in health care settings be fully vaccinated, as well as stricter requirements for visitors at health care facilities. The Governor has also required all school staff at both public and private schools and all state workers to either show proof of full vaccination or be tested at least once per week. The state is encouraging local governments and other employers to adopt a similar protocol and continues its multi-pronged strategy to reach communities with low vaccination rates.
Read the Governor’s executive order here.