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California gives paid sick leave as part of $7 billion to be spent on outbreak, grapples with COVID-19 ‘hot spots’

California gives paid sick leave as part of $7 billion to be spent on outbreak, grapples with COVID-19 ‘hot spots’

Associated Press
2020-04-17 10:14:46

Farm workers, grocery store and fast-food employees and delivery drivers will receive two weeks of paid sick leave so they won’t feel pressured to keep working while infected with the coronavirus, California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced.

The executive order signed Thursday covers those who work for large employers, filling a gap left by a federal act this month that required employers to provide emergency paid sick leave but exempted those with more than 500 workers.

Newsom is expected to address the state during his daily 12 p.m. news briefing Friday, a day after some state lawmakers expressed concern over COVID-19-related expenses by the governor’s office. The administration expects to spend $7 billion grappling with economic fallout from the outbreak.

Deaths continue to rise particularly in Los Angeles County, which has made up nearly half of the state’s fatalities while holding just a quarter of its population. On Thursday, health officials there reported another 55 deaths, the county’s highest daily death toll by far.

Addressing the outbreak’s effects, Newsom said Thursday that financial help for essential workers is critical. He said at least 51 workers at a Safeway distribution warehouse in…



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