Cannabis Nurses Network Official Statement Regarding Coronavirus COVID-19
On April 20, 2020 President Trump and his administration published Guidelines for Re-opening post-COVID. Per the guidelines, states have been tasked with making decisions whether, when and how to re-open based on certain milestones.
The First Phase requires a decrease in confirmed new Covid-19 cases over a 14 day period, adequate healthcare capacity based upon the infection rate and a “robust” testing system in place for healthcare workers. This is consistent with California. As of the date of this letter, May 4, 2020, California nor San Diego County have met the required standards. For example, San Diego had a 5 day reduction in new cases (about 50/day), but since April 24th, has experienced a higher rate (over 100 per day). Thus, we have not yet met Phase I standards.
In checking the conferences scheduled in San Diego through August, 2020, it appears that all have been cancelled or re-scheduled to late 2020 or early 2021.
The other milestones before re-opening businesses and conferences requires that schools, day care centers, retail businesses, offices, factories and certain public places open first (with modified hygiene and social distancing policies in place). “Once the initial re-opening occurs public health officials will be required time to assess whether the measures are working” before other activities like conferences and conventions can go forward.
As such, it appears highly unlikely that the CNN Conference can go forward as planned, and consideration should be given to other options including re-scheduling for the March 2021 time frame, or later.
I’ll continue to keep you posted as it appears that San Diego may be moving to Phase I in the next two weeks or so (depending on the data) which may allow some further projections depending on the progress of the infection rate after that.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Ken Sobel Esq, CNN Senior Consultant & Attorney
May 4th, 2020