What is it and what does it mean for California? – NBC Los Angeles
On Thursday, the governor’s press room officially announced that California would move into an endemic phase, following two years of strict statewide COVID-19 protocols.
The governor announced the new SMARTER plan which is the state’s latest pandemic response. He unveiled this plan recognizing that there would likely be surges later in the year and that each variant would come with different obstacles.
SVaccines and vaccines will remain the greatest defense against hospitalizations and the state will continue to maintain its capacity to administer “at least 200,000 vaccines per day in addition to existing pharmacy and provider infrastructure.”
MApplications are a great way to slow the spread of the virus and provide good filtration which can alleviate respiratory issues. The State “will maintain a stock of 75 million high-quality masks and the ability to distribute them as needed.”
Aawareness is how people will stay up to date with information from health officials. Clear communication is key, and the state will continue to provide information about vaccines, masks, and other relevant facts to all 58 counties, as well as continue to provide “supportive engagement with at least 150 community organizations.”
RSpeed is how the state plans to move into the new endemic phase. State health officials will continue statewide wastewater monitoring and strengthen respiratory monitoring within the health care system. California will also maintain its ability to “add 3,000 clinical staff within 2-3 weeks of need and in various types of health facilities.”
JDetection will remain a critical part of measuring virus infection levels and ensuring tests are distributed. This new plan will allow the state to continue performing at least 500,000 antigen and PCR tests per day.
Eeducation will be a priority. In-person instruction in schools and having children safely present will be an important part of the plan. The state will strive to expand school-based vaccination sites by 25%.
Rx will make scalable treatments increasingly accessible. The treatments will serve as an essential tool to help save lives across the state and California will maximize orders “for the most clinically effective therapeutics” by ensuring they are ordered within 48 hours.
What is an endemic? What is the difference with a pandemic?
The World Health Organization officially declared the COVID-19 outbreak a global pandemic in March 2020. This meant the virus was causing unpredictable waves of illness around the world.
A disease or pandemic is considered endemic when it begins to occur regularly in certain areas with established patterns. But health officials say COVID-19 is far from officially declared endemic.
How is California moving towards endemic?
California has become one of the first states in the country to begin enacting rampant policies that include lifting their statewide indoor mask mandate for those vaccinated. School children must always wear their mask.
Health officials made the decision as omicron cases began to fall in the state.
The state is also moving forward with lifting a negative test result requirement for people visiting nursing homes and hospitals.
In Los Angeles, city employees were told they no longer needed to show proof of two test results per week and were now only required to show one test result per week. week.
It’s the largest state economy to begin implementing rampant policies, and other states could follow California’s lead. Governor Newsom said the state must learn to live with the virus.
What does this mean for unvaccinated people?
Unvaccinated people will still need to wear masks indoors.
What if cases rise again and the state sees an increase?
State officials could reinstate mask mandates if cases start to rise and there are drastic surges. State health officials said they will monitor trends across the state and surges in the fall and winter are likely.
Will it affect testing and vaccines?
Tests and vaccines will still be available to residents, and those who are unvaccinated are encouraged to receive their vaccine doses or follow up with the booster dose.