Newsom’s Roadmap to Reopen California Marks Major Pivot for SLED Market

Published: April 15, 2020

CALIFORNIACoronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

While this roadmap does not formally kick off the reopening of the state's economy, it provides excellent insight for contractors ready to move from the reactive/crisis-oriented mode of SLED procurement toward proactive purchasing that will guide SLED government entities into a period of building resilience for future rounds of precision-targeted pandemic response.


As detailed below, the top purchasing needs to meet key goals and indicators will be…

  • Data systems and analytics to trace contacts, inventory medical supplies, keep tabs on those in isolation and inform future pandemic responses
  • Rapid health/public safety response for outbreaks in public and private group facilities
  • Expanded facilities and blended work/learning environments to accommodate ongoing social distancing
  • Additional/modified mass transit with more routine cleaning
  • Laboratory testing capacity and university R&D activities

On Tuesday, Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA) announced his roadmap of six indicators that he will use when considering modifications to “stay-at-home and other orders during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

His roadmap is designed to meet four key outcomes as follow:

  • Ensure our ability to care for the sick within our hospitals;
  • Prevent infection in people who are at high risk for severe disease;
  • Build the capacity to protect the health and well-being of the public; and
  • Reduce social, emotional and economic disruptions

The six indicators are as follow [with analyst commentary in brackets]:

  1. The ability to monitor and protect our communities through testing, contact tracing, isolating, and supporting those who are positive or exposed;
    [This will require significant investments in state laboratory capacity, potential Bluetooth contact-tracing solutions, and a system to keep tabs on those in isolation and in need of special support services.]
  2. The ability to prevent infection in people who are at risk for more severe COVID-19;
    [The state will need to track potentially millions of “older Californians and the medically vulnerable living in their own homes” and develop rapid containment/mitigation strategies in facilities “housing older Californians, those living with disabilities, those currently incarcerated, and those with co-morbidities.”]
  3. The ability of the hospital and health systems to handle surges;
    [This might require the ability to inventory and allocate resources such as beds, PPEs, and ventilators throughout the state.]
  4. The ability to develop therapeutics to meet the demand;
    [Expect the state’s major research universities to be engaged in local, regional, and national public/private research efforts.]
  5. The ability for businesses, schools, and child care facilities to support physical distancing; and
    [Health checking (e.g., temperature) will be required upon entry to public facilities.  Additional space—possibly temporary annexes—will be required to accommodate social distancing as well as blended environment with on-premises activities combined with distance learning, telehealth, and remote work for students, citizens, and employees in isolation. Also, routine disinfecting will be a necessity.  Additional and/or modified mass transit capacity and enhanced cleaning/decontamination will be necessary to support any return to public transportation.]
  6. The ability to determine when to reinstitute certain measures, such as the stay-at-home orders, if necessary.
    [Pandemic analytics based upon the Bluetooth tracking, medical inventories, and other data will be required to provide just-in-time directives that shut down and reopen geographies and populations with a minimum of socio-economic disruption.]