Press Releases

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Ting Applauds Govenor's Plan for Seton Medical Center

(San Francisco) -- After advocating for months to save Seton Medical Center, Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) commended Governor Newsom for using special COVID-19 response funds from the state budget to secure the services of the Daly City hospital. The facility was set for imminent closure and would have left the southern portion of San Francisco and Northern San Mateo County with no emergency room, potentially straining other nearby urgent care centers and forcing residents to drive farther for care.

“I’m grateful the Governor saw the urgent need to keep Seton Medical Center open during this pandemic,” said Ting, whose district includes Daly City. “But even after our current public health crisis passes, it would be imperative for this facility to remain open because 27,000 patients, mostly elderly and low-income, are served there. Seton’s immediate closure would have created a health care desert. I’m proud to have joined with community leaders over the past year to work toward saving it."

The agreement with Seton is made possible under SB 89, a bill which Ting, as Chair of the Assembly Budget Committee, urged lawmakers to pass on Monday, allocating up to $1 billion to help the state combat COVID-19. The measure passed with bipartisan support in both houses and was signed by the Governor on Tuesday.

In August 2018, Verity, owners of Seton Medical Center and other health facilities, filed for bankruptcy. Seton garnered some interest from buyers, but a sale never materialized, worrying community leaders. The state stepping in is welcome news because the move buys some time.

Seton Medical Center was founded more a century ago in San Francisco, operating as Mary’s Help Hospital. It moved to its current location in 1965, becoming Daly City’s largest employer with about 1,500 workers. The facility has 357 beds, and 80% of patients use MediCal and Medicare.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

San Francisco, California -- In response to the alarming escalation in xenophobia and bigotry resulting from the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, Asian Pacific Planning and Policy Council (A3PCON), Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA) and San Francisco Asian American Studies Department have launched a reporting center to collect and track incidents of anti-Asian American and Pacific islander hate violence, adult harassment, discrimination, shunning, and child bullying in California and throughout the country. The reporting center will enable individuals who have been directly impacted by or witnessed firsthand this issue to share their stories here. 

The lead organizations plan to work with public, private and other community based organizations to develop targeted education and media campaigns, to provide resources for impacted individuals and to advocate for policies and programs dedicated to curtailing racial profiling.

Monday, March 16, 2020

San Francisco - Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) and Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) released the following statement regarding the six-county Bay Area shelter-in-place order:

“We are in unprecedented times. The Coronavirus pandemic poses a massive threat to our community’s health and well-being, to our economy, and to our way of life. We must confront it with firm and resolute steps to slow the contagion’s spread.

“Today’s six-county public health order directing people to remain at home unless absolutely necessary, and to close all non-essential businesses, is a critical step to combat the pandemic.

“We fully support this action by our county health authorities, and we ask that our constituents please respect this directive. Even if you are not experiencing symptoms, you may still be infectious, and it's important that you stay inside to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and to avoid overwhelming our healthcare system. We know that people are hurting, financially and otherwise. This short-term pain will help us avoid much more severe long-term consequences.

"We will work closely with local authorities to obtain any needed state approvals, and to eliminate any state barriers, to help ensure our communities can effectively combat the pandemic and help those in need."

 

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) issued the following statement after sending a letter to the Franchise Tax Board (FTB) and the Employment Development Department (EDD) urging that tax deadlines be adjusted for those affected the Coronavirus:

“We can all see the impact of the coronavirus emergency on our small businesses. Restaurants and stores that would otherwise be bustling sit eerily empty, and employees don’t know if they can count on their next paycheck. We must do all we can to ensure working families survive this economic crisis. I urge our state tax departments to use existing authority to conform to forthcoming actions from the federal government to provide relief and identify any additional statutory changes needed,” said Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco).

You can read the full letter here: Ting Urges FTB & EDD to Adjust Tax Deadlines for Those Affected by COVID-19

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Monday, March 9, 2020

Coronavirus/COVID-19: What You Need To Know

Local public health departments, including those in Assembly District 19, are making dramatic recommendations to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the coronavirus.

Functions that are essential to an individual or their family, such as getting food, traveling to work, or providing for a sick family member, can be continued. We expect these measures to be in place for an initial period of two weeks. This is an evolving situation and these recommendations are expected to change.
 

PUBLIC HEALTH RECOMMENDATIONS

1) Vulnerable Populations: Limit Outings

  • Vulnerable populations include people who are:
    • 60 years old and older.
    • People with certain health conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, kidney disease and weakened immune systems.
  • For vulnerable populations, don’t go to gatherings (of about 50 people or more) unless it is essential. If you can telecommute, you should. Avoid people who are sick

2) Workplace and Businesses: Minimize Exposure

  • Suspend nonessential employee travel.
  • Minimize the number of employees working within arm’s length of one another, including minimizing or canceling large in-person meetings and conferences.
  • Urge employees to stay home when they are sick and maximize flexibility in sick leave benefits.
  • Do not require a doctor’s note for employees who are sick for less than 5 days.
  • Consider use of telecommuting options.
  • Some people need to be at work to provide essential services of great benefit to the community. They can take steps in their workplace to minimize risk.

3) Large Gatherings: Cancel Non-essential Events

  • Recommend cancelling or postponing large gatherings, such as concerts, sporting events, conventions or large community events.
  • Do not attend any events or gatherings if sick.
  • For events that aren’t cancelled, we recommend:
    • Having hand washing capabilities, hand sanitizers and tissues available.
    • Frequently cleaning high touch surface areas like counter tops and hand rails.
    • Finding ways to create physical space to minimize close contact as much as possible.

4) Schools: Safety First

  • If there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 at a school, public health departments will work with the school or the district to determine the best measures including potential school closure.
  • Do not go to school if sick.
  • If you have a child with chronic health conditions, consult your doctor about school attendance.
  • Equip all schools and classrooms with hand sanitizers and tissues.
  • Recommend rescheduling or cancelling medium to large events that are not essential.
  • Explore remote teaching and online options to continue learning.
  • Schools should develop a plan for citywide school closures, and families should prepare for potential closures.

5) Transit: Cleaning and Protection

  • Increase cleaning of vehicles and high touch surface areas.
  • Provide hand washing/hand sanitizers and tissues in stations and on vehicles.

6) Health Care Settings: Avoid as possible, protect the vulnerable

  • Long term care facilities must have a COVID-19 plan in accordance with DPH guidelines.
  • Long term care facilities must screen all staff and visitors for illness and turn away those with symptoms.
  • The general public should avoid going to medical settings such as hospitals, nursing homes and long-term care facilities, even if you are not ill.
  • If you are ill, call your health care provider ahead of time, and you may be able to be served by phone.
  • Do not visit emergency rooms unless it is essential.

7) Everyone: Do your part

The best way for us all to reduce their risk of getting sick, as with seasonal colds or the flu, still applies to prevent COVID-19:

  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Try alternatives to shaking hands, like an elbow bump or wave.
  • If you have recently returned from a country, state or region with ongoing COVID-19 infections, monitor your health and follow the instructions of public health officials.

PREPARE & PROTECT

  • Prepare to work from home if that is possible for your job, and your employer.
  • Make sure you have a supply of all essential medications for your family.
  • Prepare a child care plan if you or a care giver are sick.
  • Make arrangements about how your family will manage a school closure.
  • Plan for how you can care for a sick family member without getting sick yourself.
  • Take care of each other and check in by phone with friends, family and neighbors that are vulnerable to serious illness or death if they get COVID-19.
  • Keep common spaces clean to help maintain a healthy environment for you and others. Frequently touched surfaces should be cleaned regularly with disinfecting sprays, wipes or common household cleaning products.
Monday, March 9, 2020

Postponed: Coffee with Assemblymembers Ting & Mullin

Due to recommendations by the local Health Department, we are postponing this event that was

originally scheduled for Friday, March 13. We will let you know when we have a new date.

Thank you for your patience.

Friday, March 6, 2020

Bay Area Elected Officials Call on Verity Health System to Reverse Decision to Close Seton Medical Center

Ting attends March 6th rally urging Verity Health System to keep Seton Medical Center in Daly City open.

Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) and Assemblymember Kevin Mullin (D-San Mateo) released the following statement regarding Verity Health System’s decision to close Seton Medical Center in Daly City:

“Verity Health System’s decision to close two facilities will have a terrible impact to our communities in the southern portion of San Francisco and northern San Mateo County. With COVID-19 posing a public health challenge and our homelessness crisis worsening -- both of which are increasing trips to the ER -- the closure of Seton Medical Center in Daly City is a huge problem for the community. We demand that Verity follow state law mandating they give 90-day notice when shutting down an emergency room. We further demand that they follow the 30-day requirement for Seton Coastside in Moss Beach. With the nearest hospitals now farther away from Daly City, it’s possible that patients won’t get timely care because of the additional travel time. We are also concerned that the nearby facilities may become overcrowded. We will continue to work with local health departments to ensure residents will have access to affordable healthcare. Now is not the time to close down a hospital, and we ask Verity to reverse this decision.”