It’s been 112 days since Governor Gavin Newsom declared a
state of emergency in California due to coronavirus, 112 days
since he asked health care workers to rise to the challenge of
protecting patients and communities in the face of an unknown
And you did rise, far beyond anyone’s expectations. In the months
since the emergency declaration, you’ve not just adapted to a
fluid situation — you’ve made it your new normal. Your dedication
to safe practices — hand hygiene, surface decontamination — has
undoubtedly saved lives.
But that work is not over just yet. Now, more than ever, we must
stay vigilant. Your work is difficult and exhausting, but it’s
also critically important. As we move forward into the summer and
fall, our communities will continue to rely on you more than they
ever have before.
That’s a lot of pressure.
Take care of yourself, take the time you need to process and
heal. To help you navigate these waters, we’ve developed a Care
for the Caregiver program that provides “psychological first aid”
for those on the frontlines. The program, which is available on
demand, can be watched at your convenience, when you need
it. In the coming months, we’ll continue to reach out with
resources to support your work.