Gov. Gavin Newsom, the California Democrat, released an executive order
on Thursday that includes the authority for Sacramento to take over hotels
and motels for medical use for coronavirus patients, in a move he said
will help the state of 40 million prepare for any widespread outbreak.
Some patients in the state have already been moved to hotels. The Desert
Sun reported that a 120-room hotel in San Carlos, which is near San
Francisco, has been already tapped to house passengers from the Grand
Princess cruise ship.
The first-term governor told reporters that besides hotels and motels,
state officials are also scouting for potential lodging in "mothballed"
facilities and state parks.
The executive order, according to the report, has been designed to allow
the state’s Health and Human Services Agency and the Office of Emergency
Services to commandeer private property for coronavirus treatment. It also
offers economic relief for residents.
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“This is where we need to go next, and to make sure we fully implement
those procedures and protocols to slow down the spread to get through a
peak and to get through the next few months, so we don’t overwhelm our
healthcare delivery system,” Newsom said, according to the Los Angeles
The report pointed out that there are 198 known cases of COVID -19 in the
state of about 40 million.
State and local leaders were weighing short-term help for small businesses
and individuals, with Newsom’s executive order eliminating a one-week
waiting period for unemployment benefits. In Sacramento, the City Council
planned to vote Friday on a $1 million economic relief package that could
provide loans to restaurants and other businesses hurting due to
How are big cities and large states handling the coronavirus
In Los Angeles, Mayor Eric Garcetti closed City Hall to the public and
banned all events or conferences on city-owned properties for more than 50
people. City board and commission meetings will be transitioned to
publicly accessible phone or video conference sessions.
“We are entering a critical period,” Garcetti warned, urging residents to
take steps to protect themselves, loved ones and neighbors. “These are
The Associated Press contributed to this report
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