Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) on Tuesday announced California will lift coronavirus-related restrictions by June 15 if the state's vaccine supply is sufficient and hospitalization rates are low, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, Minnesota, and Texas.
- California: Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) on Tuesday announced California will lift coronavirus-related restrictions by June 15 if the state's vaccine supply is sufficient and hospitalization rates are low. The move would allow Californians to go to bars, concerts, movie theaters, restaurants, and places of worship without capacity restrictions, the New York Times reports. However, the state intends to keep its mask mandate in place for the foreseeable future and will place some limits on large indoor events of more than 5,000 people until at least the fall (Cowan/Sullivan, New York Times, 4/6).
- Minnesota: UnitedHealth Group (UHG) on Wednesday announced that Brian Thompson will be the CEO of UnitedHealthcare (UHC), UHG's health benefits business. Thompson will succeed Dirk McMahon, who was named president and COO of UHG in February (Editor's note: Daily Briefing is published by Advisory Board, a division of Optum, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of UHG. UHG separately owns UHC.) (Japsen, Forbes, 4/7).
- Texas: Gov. Greg Abbott (R) on Tuesday signed an executive order banning state government and some private companies from requiring Covid-19 vaccine passports for people to access services. The passports verify a person has been fully immunized against Covid-19. Abbott in a release said the government "should not require any Texan to show proof of vaccination and reveal private health information just to go about their daily lives" (Harris, Houston Chronicle, 4/6; Associated Press, 4/6).