By Quinci LeGardye
California Black Media
California is increasing support and protections to well being care staff because the COVID-19 pandemic continues by means of two new legal guidelines and an government order.
Late final month, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an government order that orders new actions on well being care in response to the pandemic.
The order permits public well being officers working to mitigate COVID-19 pandemic to take part within the Secretary of State’s address-confidentiality program, generally known as the Secure at Dwelling program.
The Secure at Dwelling program offers substitute addresses for teams that want safety in opposition to harassment or violence, together with sexual assault and home violence victims. A number of public well being officers have reported receiving loss of life threats, together with Los Angeles County Well being Director Barbara Ferrer and Santa Clara County Well being Officer Dr. Sara Cody.
“Our public well being officers have all too usually confronted focused harassment and stalking,” stated Secretary of State Alex Padilla. This “program might help present extra peace of thoughts to the general public well being officers who’ve been on the frontlines of California’s COVID-19 response.”
The order additionally authorizes the Division of Managed Well being Care to assemble knowledge to evaluate the impacts of the pandemic on well being care suppliers and well being care service plans.
Gov. Newsom additionally just lately signed two payments, AB 2537 and SB 275, that might enhance the quantity of private protecting gear (PPE) for well being care staff.
Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez (D-Pomona) launched AB 2537. The regulation requires hospitals to stockpile a three-month provide of PPE by April 2021.
“We’re presently experiencing one thing we haven’t earlier than, and healthcare staff are on the frontlines of all of it. Whereas coping with this pandemic, the very last thing our staff ought to be nervous about is whether or not or not, they are going to be protected against publicity. We should defend these offering care in order that they can also proceed to do their work,” stated Rodriguez.
SB 275 mandates the California Division of Public Well being (CDPH) to determine a 90-day PPE stockpile for well being care and different important staff inside one 12 months. It additionally requires main well being care employers, akin to hospitals, nursing houses and dialysis clinics, to construct a further 45-day stockpile of PPE by 2023 or later.
Underneath SB 275, important staff will obtain PPE from the CDPH stockpile embody college staff, childcare suppliers, in-home assist suppliers, and any staff who present providers immediately supporting affected person care. SB 275 was sponsored by the Service Staff Worldwide Union California.
“One of many hard-learned classes of the COVID-19 pandemic is the necessity for a well-managed provide of private protecting gear (PPE) to maintain California’s healthcare workforce and different important staff secure. SB 275 creates a dependable provide of PPE to make sure healthcare staff, important staff, and the general public at giant are protected in the course of the subsequent well being emergency,” stated SB 275 writer Sen. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento).