In Friday’s press conference, Newsom announced there were 10,710 positive COVID-19 cases in California. Of those, 2,188 were hospitalized and 901 patients were in ICU, marking a 10.4% increase from Thursday.
In a partnership with FEMA, the state launched “Project Room Key,” which opens 7,000 b at hotels across the state to house homeless individuals considered high-risk, such as homeless seniors, and those who test positive for COVID-19. His goal is to eventually secure 15,000 rooms. However, he does not want to reach capacity too early.
Officials have vowed repeatedly to get them indoors, but testing shortages and bureaucratic wrangling are making it difficult and relatively few of California’s 150,000 homeless have been moved into individual quarters. It’s unclear how many even have the highly contagious virus.
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Earlier this week, Los Angeles County Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer announced that COVID-19 had struck LA’s homeless population. She said two homeless individuals in the county tested positive for COVID-19, as well as one staff member working at an interim homeless housing shelter.
On March 18, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said the city was planning to put 6,000 b in place at 42 recreation centers across the city so that individuals experiencing homelessness could self-isolate.
Newsom also revealed a website where Californians can sign up to volunteer in their communities.
Volunteers have a variety of options to choose from including:
• Delivering meals
• Creating hygiene hits
• Donating blood
• Volunteering at food banks
The Trump administration announced $3 billion Thursday for homelessness pandemic efforts. California Gov. Gavin Newsom pledged $150 million in homeless aid, including money for hotel rooms, and was expected to announce more steps Friday.
“The urgency of this, and the urgency to get people inside, now more than ever cannot be overstated,” she said. “We’re moving way too slowly.”
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.