It appears the governor’s decisions are not science-based.
It is becoming increasingly clear that California Governor Gavin Newsom’s COVID-19 decisions are a hodgepodge of executive orders and decisions based on factors other than empirical data or science.
In the beginning of the pandemic, Gov. Newsom moved aggressively with his handling of the pandemic. His near daily updates, carried live in most media markets, were seeded liberally with the statement that his decisions would not be “political, but based on science and data.”
However, there has been little to no consistency between what Governor Newsom says and what he’s actually doing. One-size-fits-all orders, shutting down some beaches but not others, instituting one set of standards for retailers and setting 100-person cap for religious organizations and giving us various sets of reopening criteria.
It would be helpful to the people of California if Gov. Newsom would provide clear reference to the data and information he is using to make his reopening decisions or why certain groups and organizations get one set of criteria versus another.
As State Senator Steve Glazer and others recently pointed out, if you look at the testing, hospitalization data and the governor’s own four-stage guidelines, it appears the governor’s decisions are not science-based.
The contradictory and confusing information coming from Governor Newsom is causing many to wonder whether his COVID-19 decisions are not driven by empirical data and science but by political desires and/or fear of criticism.
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