Newsom says California’s state of emergency for COVID ends in February

LOS ANGELES (KABC) — A state of emergency declared to help California fight the COVID-19 pandemic will officially end in February, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Monday.

Newsom said the state will wait until near the end of the winter season before ending the state of emergency to give the health system the flexibility to handle a spike in COVID cases that could occur during the holiday.

The emergency was declared during the pandemic to help the State Marshal’s resources, including helping with vaccination efforts, distributing personal protective equipment and conducting coronavirus testing.

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It ends on February 28, 2023, Newsom said.

Even thereafter, the state’s COVID response will continue to follow a program known as the “SMARTER Plan.” Details of this plan are available here.

“The state of emergency was a powerful and necessary tool that we used to protect our state, and without it we would not have got to this point,” Newsom said. “With the operational readiness we have built and the actions we will continue to apply going forward, California is poised to phase out this tool.”

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Laura Coffey

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