COVID-19 Update

The California Black Chamber of Commerce is committed to assisting our regional and local Cambers in exploring all avenues and resources for our businesses during these difficult times. Your survival through this pandemic is critical to our community and economy. Together we can thrive!
As you now, the Gov issued an EO on a statewide stay at home order. The Executive Order is attached.

It seemed like he wanted to ease concerns and anxieties encouraged all to stay put, and that in itself should decrease the estimates/numbers that have been in the media (and reflected in his letter to the feds yesterday).

Gov's talking points:

  • Issued a statewide shelter in place ordinance. People are still able to go out while practicing social distancing. 

  • Enforcement comes in many shapes, but we don't need to use law enforcement at this time. I hope people will just follow voluntarily.

  • The data shows that this spreads at a pace that we anticipated. In the United States, they expect between 30% to 70% of people to contract the virus. In CA, it will impact about 56% of the population. The overwhelming majority will not have symptoms - but a subset will be affected by the virus and need hospitalization. This will impact how other people receive care.

  • 56% attack rate (RNOT) formula with a 20% hospitalization rate... this means 19,543 people would be hospitalized (above the existing capacity of our system). 

  • 416 hospitals and we can provide care beyond our hospital system. We have the ability to surge beyond the 78,000 currently staffed beds to over 10,000. This means we have a gap of about 10,000 beds and members to staff those beds. 

  • Today acquired Seton hospital (in San Mateo County). Tomorrow will acquire a hospital in SoCal

  • Motels and hotels converting to hospitals 

  • UC and CSU, working with them to convert dorms into quasi hospital rooms

  • We need to bend the curve together. 

  • Sending 500 national guards out; purely humanitarian 

  • There are treatments in a trial (UC's are doing testing); working to build capacity and partnerships to get more protective gear (got the first shipment from feds)

Thank you for your continued partnership. Given the quickly changing circumstances, we here at the California Black Chamber of Commerce want to ensure that you are fully aware of Governor Newsom’s latest announcements, some of which he reiterated tonight during a Facebook Live conversation. This includes:

  • A new one-stop website for COVID-19 resources. Learn how to stay healthy, resources available to Californians, including unemployment and paid sick leave, and much more.

  • An executive order for renters and homeowners, which suspends all state laws that would prevent local governments from enacting policies to protect you as a resident or business owner from eviction because of nonpayment of rent due to COVID-19.

  • Following California’s fast-out-of-the-gate and immediate response to the Presidential Emergency Declaration, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to California small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of COVID-19. Learn more here.

  • New public health guidance pertaining to food and beverage venues.

  • An executive order to allow timely delivery of vital goods easing restrictions on commercial drivers engaged in support of emergency relief efforts.

Along with that, GO-Biz has shared a new FAQ for our small businesses. You can find that information here under our COVID-19 resources page, which includes helpful resources for businesses.

Please share this updated guidance and resources with your members. For the latest information from CDPH, visit this website. Again, we greatly appreciate your partnership at this time and in the future. Please reach out to us with any concerns or questions you may have.

Jay King, President/CEO
California Black Chamber of Commerce