California/Oregon/Washington States COVID-19 Pact Announced April 13 2020

COVID-19 California/Oregon/Washington State Pacts April 13 2020

California, Oregon and Washington State have a shared vision for reopening economies and controlling COVID-19 in the future.

California Governor Gavin Newsom, Oregon Governor Kate Brown and Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced an agreement on a shared vision for reopening their economies and controlling COVID-19 into the future on April 13 2020.

Joint Statement from the Governors

COVID-19 has Preyed Upon our Interconnectedness

In the coming weeks, the West Coast will flip the script on COVID-19 – with our states acting in close coordination and collaboration to ensure the virus can never spread wildly in our communities.

We are announcing that California, Oregon and Washington have agreed to work together on a shared approach for reopening our economies – one that identifies clear indicators for communities to restart public life and business.

While each state is building a state-specific plan, our states have agreed to the following principles as we build out a West Coast framework.

California/Oregon/Washington State West Coast Framework

Our Residents’ Health Comes First

As home to one in six Americans and gateway to the rest of the world, the West Coast has an outsized stake in controlling and ultimately defeating COVID-19.

Health Outcomes and Science – Not Politics – Will Guide These Decisions

Modifications to our states’ stay at home orders must be made based off our understanding of the total health impacts of COVID-19, including:

The direct impact of the disease on our communities

The health impact of measures introduced to control the spread in communities —particularly felt by those already experiencing social disadvantage prior to COVID-19

Our health care systems’ ability to ensure care for those who may become sick with COVID-19 and other conditions.

This effort will be guided by data.

We need to see a decline in the rate of spread of the virus before large-scale reopening, and we will be working in coordination to identify the best metrics to guide this

Our States Will Only Be Effective By Working Together

Each state will work with its local leaders and communities within its borders to understand what’s happening on the ground and adhere to our agreed upon approach.

Through quick and decisive action, each of our states has made significant progress in flattening the curve and slowing the spread of COVID-19 among the broader public.

Our Public Health Leaders Will Focus on Four Goals
that will be critical for controlling the virus in the future

Protecting vulnerable populations at risk for severe disease if infected.
This includes a concerted effort to prevent and fight outbreaks in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.

Ensuring an ability to care for those who may become sick with COVID-19 and other conditions.
This will require adequate hospital surge capacity and supplies of personal protective equipment

Mitigating the non-direct COVID-19 health impacts, particularly on disadvantaged communities.

Protecting the general public by ensuring any successful lifting of interventions includes the development of a system for testing, tracking and isolating.
The states will work together to share best practices.

COVID-19 doesn’t follow state or National Boundaries

It will take every level of government, working together, and a full picture of what’s happening on the ground.

In the coming days the governors, their staff and health officials will continue conversations about this regional pact to recovery.

Additional Information

California Announces Western States Pact

Washington State Announces Western State Pact

Oregon Announces Western States Pact

California Department of Public Health (COVID-19) Information is Online

Oregon Health Authority COVID-19 Online Site

Washington State Department of Health CoronaVirus Response Online Site

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (COVID-19) Information is Online

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