I am writing to invite you to participate in a Virtual Town Hall on California’s readiness to use widespread testing for COVID-19 to relax the stay-at-home orders that have been used to control the spread of the virus.
This event will be Tuesday, April 21, at 4 p.m.
My guests will include local public health officials and San Francisco Chronicle health reporter Erin Allday, who recently wrote about the challenges we face in ramping up testing and tracing to allow the Shelter In Place order to be modified or eliminated. See her article here.
You may join this conversation starting at 4 p.m. Tuesday by streaming the audio over my website at https://sd07.senate.ca.gov/.
We will also have a limited number of listen-only telephone lines available. Shortly before 4 p.m.. Tuesday, call 844-291-6362 and use this access code: 6954364 #
Because of the number of participants, we will be taking only written questions for this conversation. Please submit any questions you may have before or during the call to [email protected]
You may submit questions whether or not you intend to participate.
Recordings of my first 12 Coronavirus Town Halls are already on my web site.
The topics are:
New Discoveries About COVID-19 (April 16)
Distance Learning: Tips for Parents (April 14)
Unemployment and medical leave benefits (April 8)
Grocery/Pharmacy Shopping, home delivery and store curbside pick-up (April 2)
Small Business Relief (March 31)
Pet Safety (March 24)
Coping With Stress from the Pandemic (March 22)
The Unfolding Health Crisis, With Sen. Richard Pan, M.D. (March 19)
Food and Grocery Supply Chain and Product Shortages (March 17)
School Shutdowns (March 16)
Hospital Capacity and Preparedness (March 15)
The Nature of the Virus and the Public Health Response (March 10).
These town halls are part of my effort to use my office to bring you accurate and up-to-date information from trusted sources. In these difficult times, I believe that access to reliable information is the best way we can arm ourselves to deal with the health, economic and personal issues that the pandemic has thrust upon us.
On my web site, which my team has redesigned to focus on COVID-19, you can also find information, links and key documents on the following topics:
• Business and Labor issues, including small business grants and loans, unemployment insurance, and paid medical and family leave.
• Education, including the school closures, distance learning and meals available to children even while they are learning from home.
• Food, including information on food banks and delivery of meals to seniors and other vulnerable people.
• State and local government, with links to the latest actions taken by Gov. Gavin Newsom and Contra Costa and Alameda counties.
I know that these developments have created great stress on everyone. Thank you for taking the time to be as informed as possible so we can keep each other safe.