Gov. Newsom announces statewide volunteer effort

La Clinica staff members Maria Rangel, second from left, and Ana Lopez, third from left, help distribute food to patients at San Antonio Neighborhood Health Center in Oakland, Calif. (Photo by Aric Crabb/Bay Area News Group)

Gov. Gavin Newsom and state Chief Service Officer Josh Fryday launched a statewide effort Tuesday to encourage healthy and able-bodied residents to volunteer during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

The Californians for All effort encourages state residents to do things like volunteer at or donate to food banks, donate blood, check in on neighbors and deliver meals to seniors during the pandemic.

People who sign up to volunteer or donate their time at Californiansforall.ca.gov are encouraged to maintain best health and safety practices as outlined by state public health officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention such as washing hands frequently and practicing physical distancing.

“We are going to defeat COVID apart, but we are going to emerge from this stronger because we do it together,” Fryday said.

Newsom said he plans to give an update Wednesday on the six-pronged roadmap to reopening the state that was first announced last week, including detailed figures about how the state is testing people for the coronavirus.

Newsom has yet to give any clear timeline for when the state might begin to relax its stay-at-home order and mandated shutdowns for non-essential businesses.

Health officials around the state have confirmed a total of 33,261 coronavirus cases, including 1,268 deaths, according to Newsom. In addition, 1,241 people are in intensive care due to the virus and 3,365 are currently hospitalized across the state.

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