Trump can piss and moan all he wants but here are the Six Critical Indicators the State will Consider Before Modifying the Stay-at-Home Order and Other COVID-19 Interventions.
- The ability to monitor and protect our communities through testing, contact tracing, isolating, and supporting those who are positive or exposed;
- The ability to prevent infection in people who are at risk for more severe COVID-19;
- The ability of the hospital and health systems to handle surges;
- The ability to develop therapeutics to meet the demand;
- The ability for businesses, schools, and child care facilities to support physical distancing; and
- The ability to determine when to reinstitute certain measures, such as the stay-at-home orders, if necessary.
The Governor said there is not a precise timeline for modifying the stay-at-home order, but that these six indicators will serve as the framework for making that decision.
He also noted that things will look different as California makes modifications. For example, restaurants will have fewer tables and classrooms will be reconfigured.
With that announcement, Governor Newsom quietly put Trump in his place.
Western US Pact
Yesterday, Washington Governor Jay Inslee made an announcement on the Washington, Oregon and California Western States Pact.
Pennsylvania and Six Northeast States Chime In
Not Trump's Call
This is not Trump's call no matter how loudly he screams it.
For further discussion, please see Trump's Council to Re-Open America is a Basket of Buffoonery.
Taped Video Conversation
Trump: "When somebody is president of the United States, the authority is total. And that's the way it's got to be."
Reporter 1: "Total?"
Trump: "It's total. the governors know that. You have a couple of bands of Democrat governors but they will agree to it."
Reporter 2: "You said when someone is president of the United States, their authority is total. That is not true."
Trump: "You know what we are going to do. We're going to write up papers on this, it's not going to be necessary because the governors need us one way or the other."
Please play the video. Trump had a chance to walk back his Tweets and instead he doubled down with a veiled threat against states that would not comply.
- Trump 2020: "When somebody is president of the United States, the authority is total. And that's the way it's got to be."
- Nixon 1977: "Well, when the president does it, that means that it is not illegal."
One can agree or disagree with the decisions of state governors. But it is damn idiotic to believe Trump has the legal authority to issue an order requiring Californians to go back to work.
Just imagine the howls if Obama claimed he could rescind a work order made by the Texas governor.
Fox News and Republican hypocrites would be up in arms for weeks.
Meanwhile, I do wonder how long it will take to get contract tracing up and running with everyone complying with the order.
Mike "Mish" Shedlock