|Coronavirus patients in California ICU beds double overnight
March 28, 2020
The number of coronavirus patients in California’s intensive care unit beds doubled overnight, rising from 200 on Friday to 410 on Saturday, Gov. Gavin Newsom said.
The number of hospitalized patients testing positive for the coronavirus that causes the respiratory disease known as COVID-19 rose by 38.6% — from 746 on Friday to 1,034 on Saturday, Newsom said.
“We’re blessed that we’re just at 410, devastating for the individuals there and their family members and loved ones,” Newsom said at a press conference in Sunnyvale on Saturday. “But by comparison and contrast to other parts of this country, that number seems relatively modest.”
California has reported more than 115 deaths and more than 5,500 cases of coronavirus around the state as of Saturday. Los Angeles County has seen 32 deaths and more than 1,818 cases; Santa Clara County, the second hardest-hit county in the state, has reported 25 deaths and 591 cases.
March 19, 2020
"Safer At Home":
What you Need to know. https://corona-virus.la/faq
March 13, 2020
The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation is fluid and rapidly changing. The Federal and State government has called for a National Emergency. Every day there is new information, as well as misinformation. Local 630’s Executive Board is doing our best to stay informed and to bring you the most updated information. As you may know, Governor Newsom and Mayor Garcetti have both imposed mandates that limit public gatherings over 50 and 250 people in an effort to prevent the Coronavirus from spreading further. As such, and in an effort to protect the health and wellbeing of our membership and their families, Local 630’s Executive Board has determined it must cancel April’s General Membership Meeting.
We understand that workers are being affected; some in a very negative way, (e.g. layoffs), while others cannot keep up with demands (e.g., grocery). Some employers are implementing precautionary measures to reduce exposure to their employees.
Please know that Local 630 is requesting effects bargaining (bargaining over how an action will impact members and how to mitigate any negative impact) if they are forced to make operational or scheduling changes (due to municipality mandate or voluntarily due to exposure, or in efforts to prevent exposure) that negatively impact our members. In other words, employers cannot make unilateral changes that impact members without first bargaining such changes with Teamsters Local 630.
If a company shuts down or reduces hours and/or services due to Covid-19, we will demand effects bargaining to mitigate any financial hardship to our members. In the interim, if a company shuts down or reduces hours, affected employees can file an Unemployment Insurance claim. The health and economic well-being of our members is paramount, and we will do whatever we can to protect both.
Furthermore, Local 630 has urged employers to adopt more lenient absenteeism policies and provide for additional paid time off for members that are affected, whether that is because they are forced to take time off because of exposure or are quarantined for Covid-19, to care for family members exposed to Covid-19, or because their children’s school or daycare has been closed
In the meantime, if you are forced to take time off to care for yourself or a family member, all usual federal and state protected leaves are available to you, such as FMLA, CFRA, PFL and State Disability.
We will continue to monitor the situation and keep our members informed via our local website, our local phone app., and our social media outlets. Below are a few links that will provide up to date information. May you all be healthy and safe!