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March 31, 2020 News, News

Today, Governor Gavin Newsom held a press conference to announce the launch of an initiative aimed at helping “older Californians stay connected while they stay home during the COVID-19 outbreak.” 

March 30, 2020 News, News

WASHINGTON— Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City and chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development praised members of Congress and the President for passing and signing into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), a historic package of emergency relief for those suffering from the effects of the COVID-19 crisis. He expressed gratitude for the enormous aid in the bill and noted issues that merit further assistance in the future.

Archbishop Coakley’s full statement follows:

March 30, 2020 News, News

Today, Monday, March 30th, Governor Gavin Newsom announced a major initiative to expand the health care workforce to fight COVID-19.  He also provided an update on the state’s response to the pandemic.   The press conference concluded at approximately 12:50 PM.

March 28, 2020 News, News

Today, Saturday March 28th, Governor Gavin Newsom visited the Bloom Energy ventilator refurbishing site in Sunnyvale with San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo.  The Governor and the Mayor toured the site and met with company leadership before jointly hosting a press conference at approximately 1PM.  

March 27, 2020 News, Public Policy Insights

Diocesan Announcements and State Policy Updates

As the situation with COVID-19 remains fluid, it’s challenging to keep up with the latest updates. The California Catholic Conference is now posting the latest policy updates each day as well as updates on announcements by arch/diocese in California. 

March 27, 2020 News, News

UPDATED 7:30 PM - This afternoon, March 27, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom held a press conference in Los Angeles at approximately 1:00 PM.  The Governor met with Mayor Eric Garcetti (who also spoke at the press conference) and County public health officials.

Governor Newsom also visited the USNS Mercy hospital ship with the Mayor and received a briefing on the mission in San Pedro.  The ship is set to become an additional hospital in the Los Angeles area with up to 1,000 beds.  The ship may be able to start taking patients as early as tomorrow. 

March 26, 2020 News, News

Yesterday, the Governor provided a COVID-19 response update early in the afternoon.  He spoke for approximately 30 minutes, with a Q&A following.   

He opened the press conference by thanking Congress for the stimulus deal.  The U.S. Senate passed the CARES Act late last night. It now heads to the House of Representatives.

March 25, 2020 News, News

Late yesterday, Governor Gavin Newsom held a press conference that started at around 5:35 PM to provide an update on the state’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak.  He spoke for approximately 15 minutes and then opened it up for questions from the public (no credentialed press questions.)  

March 24, 2020 News, News

Yesterday, Governor Gavin Newsom held his a daily briefing to provide an update on the state’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak.  He spoke for approximately 20 minutes and then opened it up for questions:

March 20, 2020 News, Public Policy Insights

Public Celebration of Mass Suspended throughout California

Dioceses Offer Catholics Resources to Continue Lenten Journey

In response to unprecedented measures taken by California and the nation to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus (coronavirus), every Roman Catholic Diocese in the state has suspended the public celebration of Mass.  Catholics around the world are in the season of Lent – in preparation for Easter, the most holy Feast of the liturgical year – making this necessary move particularly heartbreaking.