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Scripps Health CEO warns against easing COVID-19 restrictions too soon

Posted at 4:44 PM, Apr 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-15 19:48:05-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- The president and CEO of Scripps Health is warning against easing COVID-19 restrictions too soon.

In an open letter, CEO Chris Van Gorder says he thinks a number of things need to be done before we can reopen our communities.

Van Gorder says regulations should stay in place until health care providers have all of the personal protective gear they need, ventilators, and other supplies necessary to care for COVID-19 patients.

The Scripps Health president also cited the situation south of the border as a potential problem. As of Wednesday morning, Tijuana now has 280 confirmed cases of coronavirus, 32 deaths, and another 225 suspected cases.

The state of Baja California still hasn't successfully flattened the curve. Our reporting partner, Televisa, says medical workers are having to wait in line for hours to buy proper PPE. Van Gorder says the fact that people cross to and from Mexico every day could be a problem.

Van Gorder says the health care community is working closely with elected officials and county public health but hopes these things will happen before life goes back to normal.

To read the full letter click here.