California Gov. Gavin Newsom, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced a shared vision to take control over the coronavirus, reopen their economies and revitalize public life.
Despite the goal to promote their state economies, the governors have highlighted that the health of residents remains their first priority. They also reiterated that science rather than politics will back their decisions and that the three states will be more successful if they collaborate.
“COVID-19 has preyed upon our interconnectedness,” the governors said in a joint statement. “In the coming weeks, the West Coast will flip the script on COVID-19 – with our states acting in close coordination and collaboration to ensure the virus can never spread wildly in our communities.”
The governors also intend to examine the ability of the health care system to ensure proper care can be provided to those who may become sick with either COVID-19 or other conditions.
“This effort will be guided by data,” the statement reads. “We need to see a decline in the rate of spread of the virus before large-scale reopening, and we will be working in coordination to identify the best metrics to guide this.”
In order to achieve these goals, each of the three states will work with local leaders and communities to better understand what is happening.
The three states have already made “significant progress” in flattening the curve and mitigating the spread of COVID-19, according to the statement. Together, the states look to continue to do so by protecting those who are particularly vulnerable and preventing outbreaks in both nursing homes and long-term care facilities.
Additionally, they are looking to ensure individuals with COVID-19 and other conditions can be cared for. In order to accomplish this, sufficient hospital surge capacity and personal protective equipment will be provided.
The three states are also aiming to mitigate the nondirect health impacts of COVID-19, especially within disadvantaged communities.
The governors also said they would work to develop a system to test, track and isolate COVID-19.
“COVID-19 doesn’t follow state or national boundaries,” the statement reads. “It will take every level of government, working together, and a full picture of what’s happening on the ground.”