CHCA Statement on Handling of COVID-19 Pandemic
In May, 2020, CHCA sent letters to all California assembly members and state senators and to Governor Newsom urging them to adopt a middle-ground approach to the COVID-19 pandemic. The letter can be read below.
May 1, 2020
Re: CHCA Statement on Handling of COVID-19 Pandemic
Dear California Legislators,
California Health Coalition Advocacy recognizes and appreciates the state’s swift response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which prepared hospitals for an influx of infected patients. As with any natural disaster, much of the initial response takes place simultaneously as data is being analyzed. Now that data shows that initial modeling was wrong and that less restrictive means would have had similar outcomes with low risk to Californians, it is time to take actions to correct draconian orders that went too far and adapt mitigation measures based on the new data.
The state’s approach must take into consideration the unintended consequences associated with a prolonged widespread shutdown, such as rising suicide rates, loss of jobs, supply chain disruptions, and inability to get medical attention for other forms of illness, while still protecting the vulnerable individuals in our state.
California Health Coalition Advocacy asks you to consider the least restrictive means when evaluating the ongoing COVID-19 response and plans to reopen California, which include a safe and comprehensive middle-ground approach that encourages:
- Those who feel sick to stay home, separate, monitor symptoms, seek emergency care if needed.
- Infection prevention practices: hand washing, covering coughs and sneezes, sanitizing of commonly touched surfaces.
- Protection of privacy when testing and tracking cases.
- Informed consent for or refusal of any and all medical interventions including testing.
- Future actions be based on rate of hospitalizations rather than broad testing of asymptomatic individuals.
We thank all the legislators who have provided regular communication with constituents and the public through email and virtual town halls, and we look forward to your continued transparency and attention to California’s needs.
California Health Coalition Advocacy