(Updated: March 21, at 1:38 pm)
On February 17, 2022, Governor Gavin Newsom unveiled the state’s SMARTER Plan, the next phase of California’s Pandemic response. The SMARTER Plan intends to guide California’s strategic approach to managing COVID-19 while moving the state’s recovery forward.
The SMARTER Plan includes the following.
- Shots- Vaccines are the most powerful weapon against hospitalization and serious illness. Under the Plan, California will maintain capacity to administer at least 200,000 vaccines per day on top of existing pharmacy and provider infrastructure.
- Masks- Properly worn masks with good filtration help slow the spread of COVID-19 or other respiratory viruses. The state will maintain a stockpile of 75 million high quality masks and the capability to distribute them as needed.
- Awareness- We will continue to stay aware of how COVID-19 is spreading and evolving variants, communicate clearly how people should protect themselves, and coordinate our state and local government response. California will maintain capability to promote vaccination, masking and other mitigation measures in all 58 counties and support engagement with at least 150 community-based organizations.
- Readiness- COVID-19 isn’t going away and we need to be ready with the tools, resources and supplies that will allow us to quickly respond to protect public health and to keep the health care system well prepared. The state will maintain wastewater surveillance in all regions and enhance respiratory surveillance in the health care system while continuing to sequence at least 10 percent of positive COVID-19 test specimens. The state will also maintain the ability to add 3,000 clinical staff within 2-3 weeks of need and across various health care facility types.
- Testing- Getting the right type of tests – PCR or antigen – to where they are needed most. Testing will help California minimize the spread of COVID-19. California will maintain commercial and local public health capacity statewide to perform at least 500,000 tests per day – a combination of PCR and antigen.
- Education- California will continue to work to keep schools open and children safely in classrooms for in-person instruction. The state will expand by 25 percent school-based vaccination sites supported by the state to increase vaccination rates as eligibility expands.
- Rx- Evolving and improving treatments will become increasingly available and critical as a tool to save lives. The state will maximize orders for the most clinically effective therapeutic available through federal partnerships, ensuring allocations of effective therapeutics are ordered within 48-hours.
Below are resources to help our local businesses plan, prepare and fund their recovery and reopening in the new COVID-19 landscape
Below are various resources that will guide businesses on the challenging task of re-opening doors with safety precautions and protocols in place.
The City's of Rancho Cucamonga, Yucaipa and Victorville have collaborated to introduce a COVID-19 Business Reopening Template designed to help formally develop and establish the best management practices that should be implemented and completed to ensure a safe environment for customers and staff. Businesses are encouraged to complete the template and follow all local, state and federal guidelines to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Water system flushing guidelines have been provided by the CDC and the EPA to help businesses refresh water for their reopening.
The American Industrial Hygiene Association has created a detailed guideline for sectors like at-home service providers, construction workers, gym, salon, retailers, restaurants and others as they plan their return to work.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is providing cleaning and disinfecting guidance for public spaces, workplaces, businesses, schools and homes. Print resources from the CDC can also be found here.
The Employer Resource & Special Populations Toolkit has been made available by San Bernardino County Workforce Development. The toolkit provides a comprehensive breakdown of resources, programs and support services in the area.
The City of Victorville Economic Development Department has compiled resources to help assist businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our Business Assistance page includes various options on the national, state and local level.