California Coronavirus Updates: Anti-Vaccine Protesters Temporarily Shut LA Inoculation Site


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Anti-vaccine protesters temporarily shut LA inoculation site

New CDC order mandates masks on nearly all forms of public transportation

As California virus cases fall, more people than ever dying

Second audit blasts EDD for unemployment fraud

Newsom says schools won’t reopen if they wait until educators are vaccinated

COVID-19 By The Numbers

Sunday, January 31

2:30 p.m: Anti-vaccine protesters temporarily shut LA inoculation site

California officers decried anti-vaccination protesters who pressured the short-term shutdown of the inoculation middle at Dodger Stadium. 

The Los Angeles Hearth Division shut the doorway to the stadium as a precaution at about 2 p.m. Saturday after it was blocked by a couple of dozen demonstrators. A whole lot of motorists who had been ready in line had been stalled for about an hour. 

The LA Instances says the protest included members of anti-vaccine and far-right teams. 

The vaccination middle, one of many nation’s largest, reopened shortly earlier than 3 p.m. The mayor’s workplace says regardless of the 55-minute interruption, no appointments had been canceled. No arrests had been made.

—Related Press

Saturday, January 30

2:55 p.m.: New CDC order mandates masks on nearly all forms of public transportation

The CDC has issued a sweeping order requiring vacationers and commuters utilizing public transportation within the U.S. to put on face masks, NPR reports.

The order, issued late Friday, would require masks to be worn by “all passengers on public conveyances” touring into or inside the US, together with airplanes, ships, ferries, trains, subways, buses, taxis and ride-shares. Face masks may even be required at transportation hubs like airports, bus terminals, and practice or subway stations. The brand new pointers take impact at 11:59 p.m. ET on Feb. 1.

“Requiring masks on our transportation techniques will defend People and supply confidence that we will as soon as once more journey safely even throughout this pandemic,” mentioned the 11-page order signed by Dr. Martin Cetron, director of the CDC’s Division of World Migration and Quarantine. “Due to this fact, requiring masks will assist us management this pandemic and support in reopening America’s economic system.”

2:48 p.m.: As California virus cases fall, more people than ever dying

California has reported 40,000 coronavirus deaths because the state’s steepest surge of instances begins to taper. 

Knowledge reported by Johns Hopkins College exhibits the state handed the milestone Saturday. 

The grim quantity comes amid a pointy current decline in instances and hospitalizations however whereas deaths surge at a file tempo. 

It took six months for California to file its first 10,000 deaths, then 4 months to double to twenty,000. In simply 5 extra weeks the state reached 30,000. It then took solely 20 days to get to 40,000. 

Now solely New York has extra deaths, however at this tempo California will eclipse that too.

—Related Press

Friday, January 29

6:09 p.m.: Second audit blasts EDD for unemployment fraud

California’s Employment Growth Division is on the receiving finish of a second scathing report this week from State Auditor Elaine Howle. The topic is unemployment fraud, which by EDD’s personal estimate up to now totals $11.4 billion with one other $20 billion potential.

A lot of it, Howle says, got here from individuals in jail who’re ineligible for advantages, and she or he says the EDD ought to have used a course of to cross-check that 35 different states at present use.

However there’s additionally a subset of the fraud that comes from individuals who have jobs making use of for advantages that must be going to legitimately unemployed individuals, by way of identification theft.

“There are tens of 1000’s of people who’ve submitted complaints to EDD — 70,000 — saying ‘I believe my identification has been stolen primarily based on data you could have despatched to me,’ and EDD has been very, very sluggish to handle these complaints, so sadly I believe there are a variety of Californians on the market whose identification has been stolen,” Howle mentioned.

Auditor Howle additionally says the EDD’s makes an attempt to cease fraud have resulted within the freezing of professional advantages for 1000’s of Californians, with no clear or constant course of to un-freeze them.

6:04 p.m.: Newsom says schools won’t reopen if they wait until educators are vaccinated

Some California educators need to get the COVID-19 vaccine earlier than they return to school rooms.However Gov. Gavin Newsom says that might doubtless imply colleges don’t open earlier than the top of the educational yr as a result of there aren’t sufficient pictures.

“If all people needs to be vaccinated, we would as nicely simply inform individuals the reality: there might be no in-person instruction within the state of California. Simply inform ’em the reality,” he mentioned to a bunch of faculty directors in a livestreamed dialogue.

Many faculty district leaders need to reopen school rooms, citing CDC analysis that discovered little proof the virus spreads in colleges when security pointers are enforced.

The California Academics Affiliation despatched a letter to the governor this week urging him to make faculty workers a precedence within the vaccination line. However the state has mentioned it may take months to vaccinate thousands and thousands of seniors first.

11:36 a.m.: California eviction moratorium extended through June

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law that extends eviction protections by the top of June, based on the Related Press.

Newsom signed the regulation on Friday, at some point after it was handed by each state Legislature chambers. If it didn’t go, the unique eviction moratorium expiration date was Jan. 30.

Final yr, Newsom signed a regulation that banned evictions over unpaid lease for tenants who paid at the least 25% of their lease owed after Sept. 1. The brand new regulation now extends this safety till June 30.

The regulation may even use federal stimulus {dollars} to repay 80% of some tenants’ unpaid lease, however provided that the landlords conform to forgive the remaining 20%.

11:35 a.m.: Children may start getting vaccinated by late spring, early summer

Dr. Anthony Fauci mentioned that the Biden administration hopes to start vaccinating youthful youngsters by late spring or early summer time., based on the Related Press.

Fauci additionally mentioned that scientific research to find out whether or not authorized coronavirus vaccines are protected for youthful youngsters will start within the “subsequent couple of months.”

The outcomes from that analysis may affect when and the best way to reopen public colleges safely. Whereas the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines had been examined on adults and older People, it wasn’t examined on youthful youngsters.

Biden has set a objective of reopening most colleges in his first 100 days in workplace, close to the top of April.

11:30 a.m.: California changes vaccine prioritization order, worrying Californians with disabilities

Californians with disabilities are anxious they’ll be missed within the state’s new COVID-19 distribution plan, quickly after state well being officers introduced that vaccine precedence will now be based on age group.

Greater than 700 incapacity rights advocates gathered at a digital city corridor assembly this week to voice their issues concerning the change. Tim Jin, one of many attendees who lives with cerebral palsy, shared his ideas.

“His plan provides precedence to individuals primarily based on their job and age,” Jin mentioned. “Why would a wholesome 50-something get the vaccine earlier than me?”

The state lately shuffled round their vaccine precedence order, now together with individuals aged 65 and older in line after well being care staff, individuals aged 75 and older, and those that work in training, meals, agriculture, and public security.

Incapacity rights advocates say that they too must be bumped up, particularly since an NPR evaluation discovered that individuals with developmental disabilities die from COVID-19 at a charge 2.5 occasions increased than others who contract the virus.

Gov. Gavin Newsom mentioned altering the precedence order to age is the quickest strategy to get the vaccine out to the most individuals potential.

Thursday, January 28

11:18 a.m.: How many COVID-19 variants are there? A few, but three are the most important.

AP Illustration/Peter Hamlin

Whereas there are a lot of variants of COVID-19 circulating the world, scientists are primarily involved about three.

It’s common for viruses to mutate as they infect individuals and make copies of themselves, based on the Related Press. So, monitoring variants is essential since they might change the best way persons are contaminated.

Vaccines and coverings is also much less efficient on these new kinds. A variant first found in the UK appears to unfold extra simply, whereas variants first detected in South Africa and Brazil look like extra contagious.

Knowledge up to now suggests present vaccines ought to nonetheless perform, however their effectiveness could possibly be barely diminished.

11:13 a.m.: WHO team in Wuhan, China departs quarantine for COVID-19 origins study

A World Well being Group analysis workforce has emerged from quarantine within the Chinese language metropolis of Wuhan to start out their fieldwork in a fact-finding mission on the origins of the virus that brought on the COVID-19 pandemic.

In accordance with the Related Press, the workforce was required to finish a 14-day quarantine after arriving in China. Nonetheless, the mission has turn into politically charged, as China seeks to keep away from blame for any alleged missteps in its early outbreak response.

The central unanswered query is the place China will enable the researchers to go and whom they may be capable of interview. On Thursday, the WHO wrote on Twitter that its workforce plans to make subject visits to hospitals, markets, and laboratories beginning Friday.

Wednesday, January 27

5:50 p.m.: Blue Shield to take over California vaccine system

California’s well being company introduced medical health insurance big Blue Defend of California would be the exterior administrator tasked with ramping up the state’s coronavirus vaccine system, based on the Related Press.

The state has lagged in getting vaccines into its almost 40 million residents, with counties and hospital techniques working separate packages. The contract with Blue Defend remains to be being finalized however its activity is to “create, contract with and handle a statewide vaccine administration community.” 

It’s going to additionally allocate doses on to county public well being departments, hospitals and pharmacies. Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday abruptly introduced a extra streamlined vaccination system through which the state would play a extra centralized function.

4:35 p.m.: State auditor report says EDD was aware of critical issues before pandemic

A newly-released report from the California State Auditor says the EDD is responsible for an enormous backlog of unemployment claims.

The audit says EDD has been conscious of essential points together with an inefficient declare submitting course of, lack of available, certified workers and poor name middle administration for almost a decade. 

Because of this, when the COVID disaster and related job losses hit, the division was unprepared. The State Auditor says 800,000 claims had been paid late — as a lot as three weeks after jobless individuals in want of assist filed their claims. Meantime, fraudsters had been paid at the least $11 billion, and probably greater than $30 billion.

On Tuesday, the Meeting Finances Subcommittee on State Administration pushed newly-appointed EDD Director Rita L. Saenz for her plan to repair it.

“My imaginative and prescient for EDD proper now’s to get individuals paid, to cease the fraud, to modernize EDD in order that we’re able to dealing with the present issues we’ve and the issues that we’ll have sooner or later,” Saenz mentioned.

However Committee Chair Assemblymember Wendy Carillo famous a pre-COVID-19 letter on the EDD web site outlining primarily what the auditor’s report discovered: an consciousness on the a part of the EDD that the division wasn’t ready for disaster and even working effectively in regular occasions, and included suggestions for motion.

The State Auditor will publish a separate report on the EDD fraud state of affairs Thursday.

3:48 p.m.: Nevada small businesses push for COVID-19 relief

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak is lobbying state lawmakers to go a element of his finances that funds further small enterprise COVID-19 aid, based on the Related Press.

Sisolak joined the homeowners of a pizza parlor and soul meals restaurant on Tuesday for a roundtable dialogue on the problems small companies are going through nearly 11 months into the pandemic. Greater than 4,300 small companies acquired emergency aid grants final yr to assist them stay afloat.

This time, Sisolak proposes utilizing leftover federal aid {dollars} to double the grant program’s dimension to $101 million. In the meantime, the variety of new coronavirus instances reported every day within the state has begun to development downward.

3:47 p.m.: Second COVID-19 doses in Nevada will be offered at the Las Vegas Convention Center

Well being officers in Nevada have mentioned that second doses of COVID-19 vaccines might be supplied on the Las Vegas Conference Heart beginning as early as subsequent week, based on the Related Press.

The Southern Nevada Well being District mentioned the appointment-only clinic would open Fed. 2 for individuals who have already gotten their first doses at a well being district clinic and are eligible for second doses. Washoe County well being officers had been vaccinating tons of of individuals on Wednesday regardless of a robust winter storm that dumped as much as a foot of snow on elements of Reno-Sparks.

The county well being district mentioned it vaccinated greater than 1,200 individuals on Tuesday, its highest every day whole up to now.

3:45 p.m.: States loosen COVID-19 restrictions despite new viral mutation

A number of states, together with California, are loosening their coronavirus restrictions on eating places and different companies, according to the Associated Press.

Many states plus California attribute the loosening of restrictions due to improved an infection and hospitalization numbers, however the states want to maneuver cautiously due to the assorted extremely contagious variants taking maintain.

Gov. Gavin Newsom lifted stay-at-home orders just this week after he imposed mentioned orders final month as a result of hospitals had been so overwhelmed with virus sufferers that many had been contemplating rationing life-saving care. Eating places and locations of worship will be capable of function outside, and plenty of shops will be capable of improve the variety of buyers allowed inside a constructing.

The COVID-19 demise toll within the nation has climbed previous 425,000, with the demise whole at a near an all-time excessive of almost 3,350 a day on common, however newly confirmed instances have dropped over the previous two weeks.

Tuesday, January 26

5:50 p.m.: Biden administration working to buy 200 million more vaccine doses

President Joe Biden’s administration is working to buy one other 200 million doses of two COVID-19 vaccines which were approved for emergency use. The objective is to have sufficient provide for the complete grownup inhabitants within the U.S. by the top of summer time. 

“This will increase the overall vaccine order for the U.S. by 50%, from 400 million to 600 million with these further doses anticipated to ship this summer time,” the White Home mentioned in a reality sheet. 

The president additionally introduced a plan to extend the variety of doses going to state and native governments within the subsequent three weeks. Biden has repeated that the vaccine rollout is his prime precedence. 

Read more here. 

5:15 p.m.: California will start using third-party groups to speed up vaccinations

In an effort to make vaccine administration extra equitable, state officers introduced Tuesday California will begin utilizing third-party teams to assist pace up vaccinations throughout the state. 

Yolanda Richardson, the state’s Secretary of Authorities Operations, mentioned these teams would come with neighborhood well being clinics and pharmacies, in addition to pop-up and cellular websites.

“We need to make it possible for nothing slows down the administration of vaccine aside from the tempo through which the vaccine arrives within the state. We’re going to do this by balancing security, pace and fairness, whereas scaling as much as meet the extent of vaccine wanted,” Richardson mentioned.

Richardson admits the state has fallen quick on a number of ranges, and has confused individuals about vaccine eligibility.

After ramping up efforts, the state has been vaccinating 125,000 individuals on common each weekday.

4:31 p.m.: State releases formula behind ICU projections

California’s prime well being official defined at this time how the state got here to the shocking choice of lifting stay-at-home orders in all 58 counties.

Well being and Human Providers Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly mentioned officers used a not-so-simple method, which considers COVID-19 case charges and development of the illness, to foretell what intensive care hospitalizations will seem like 4 weeks out.  

“We all know that at this time’s instances turn into hospital instances in about two weeks, and people turn into ICU instances in three to 4 weeks later,” Ghaly mentioned Tuesday. “So if we need to decide what the influence is on the place we need to be on the hospitals, we’ve to look about 4 weeks out.”

Despite pushback, the precise mannequin hadn’t been revealed till at this time, which Ghaly beforehand mentioned was to cut back confusion. Ghaly mentioned there are at present plans for areas to re-enter the stay-at-home order, so counties will stay within the state’s coloured tier system for now.

With California’s stay-at-home orders now lifted, state well being officers are urging individuals to not get too relaxed about adhering to COVID-19 security protocols. 

Ghaly says case and hospitalization charges are bettering, and can proceed to take action so long as individuals heed security pointers, which he says have confirmed efficient.

“Even when our residents aren’t 100% compliant with it, even when it’s troublesome to at all times measure compliance, simply the notion that these interventions come into place, three weeks later, you see that starting flattening,” Ghaly mentioned.

Counties have moved again into the coloured tier system. As of at this time, 99% of the state’s inhabitants is in probably the most restrictive purple tier. Ghaly mentioned a couple of counties may transfer into much less restrictive tiers within the coming weeks, however at the least one county might need to tighten restrictions.

11:29 a.m.: California releases some previously secret COVID-19 health predictions data

California’s well being division launched to the general public some beforehand secret projections for future hospital ICU capability all through the state, the important thing metric for lifting the coronavirus stay-at-home order.

In accordance with the Related Press, the state officers nonetheless didn’t clarify how regional per capita virus instances and transmission charges additionally may affect how a lot ICU area might be obtainable in 4 weeks.

Final week, state well being officers instructed the Related Press they weren’t releasing all the information as a result of it’s difficult and will mislead the general public. The info launch comes after coronavirus consultants, a public entry group, and a enterprise group mentioned the knowledge must be public.

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s political opponents additionally decried the secrecy round this projection information.

11:28 a.m.: California gives state more control over vaccine distribution

California is revamping its coronavirus vaccine supply system to offer the state extra management over who will get the pictures, following intense criticism of a sluggish and scattered rollout by counties.

In accordance with the Related Press, the state’s well being company introduced on Tuesday {that a} third-party administrator would take over ordering and distributing vaccine doses. This could put an finish to a hodgepodge system the place every county and hospital system ran its personal vaccine supply program.

The transfer comes after the state confronted a lot criticism for a sluggish vaccine rollout whereas COVID-19 instances soared and hospital beds crammed up with sufferers throughout a lot of the state.

11:22 a.m.: President Biden wants to vaccinate 1.5 million Americans a day

President Joe Biden seems to be boosting his objective for coronavirus vaccinations in his first 100 days in workplace, based on the Related Press.

His plan consists of vaccinating 1.5 million People on common per day. On Monday, Biden commented on his plans as talks with Congress a few $1.9 trillion stimulus bundle confirmed few indicators of progress.

He signaled his growing bullishness on the vaccination tempo after signing an government order to spice up authorities purchases from U.S. producers.

This was amongst a flurry of strikes by Biden throughout his first full week to publicly present he’s taking swift motion to heal an ailing economic system.

Monday, January 25

6:18 p.m.: Newsom pushes back against reopening critics

California has lifted its statewide stay-at-home order, returning all 58 counties to the outdated color-coded coronavirus tier system to manipulate restrictions.  

The transfer, introduced Monday morning, took many unexpectedly, with some critics saying Gov. Gavin Newsom was responding to a threatened lawsuit by dozens of restaurant homeowners and to the risk posed by a recall effort that has lately gained steam.

“Yeah, that’s simply full, utter nonsense,” Newsom mentioned at a midday information convention. “So let’s simply dispense with that basic, foundationally nonsense.”

Newsom and Well being and Human Providers Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly say the choice to finish the stay-at-home order for the three areas of California nonetheless below it’s primarily based on projections that present ICU capability above 15 p.c in all areas. Newsom says the supporting information might be made public for outdoor evaluation. The state, as lately as final week, was resisting requires that information to go public, saying it didn’t need to confuse Californians.

5:36 p.m.: California Researchers Are Using Genomic Sequencing To Track Coronavirus Variants, Outbreaks

Researchers in California are utilizing a way known as genomic sequencing to higher perceive coronavirus variants and outbreaks. 

Because the coronavirus spreads, it slowly mutates. That will sound scary, however it’s really a helpful breadcrumb path for epidemiologists.

Joe Derisi is a professor at UCSF and co-president of the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub, certainly one of a number of genomic sequencing labs in California.

“It permits us to trace any given viral genome all the best way again to Wuhan, China,” Derisi mentioned. “So you could have like this historic file of all of the accrued mutations because it began rising.”

That permits public well being officers to substantiate the supply of an outbreak if everybody contaminated shares the identical virus mutations.

Most adjustments within the virus don’t elevate alarm bells. However genomic sequencing can assist determine variants which can be extra lethal or contagious.

3:17 a.m.: The US Supreme Court won’t hear Nevada religious gathering case

The U.S. Supreme Courtroom has refused a rural Nevada’s church’s request to weigh in on a authorized battle over the federal government’s authority to restrict non secular gathering sizes.

In accordance with the Related Press on Monday, the nation’s highest courtroom denied Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley’s petition looking for to evaluation their case on its deserves. Attorneys basic from 19 different states lately joined in to help the church east of Reno.

The group hoped the Supreme Courtroom to rule on this case to assist carry uniformity to varied requirements nationwide courts have used to steadiness the pursuits of public security and freedom of faith.

3:14 p.m.: For EMTs, every patient ride is high risk for COVID-19

For a lot of emergency medical technicians in California, the coronavirus threat is at all times round.

In accordance with the Related Press, COVID-19 an infection has turn into their greatest concern that could possibly be triggered by using with sufferers in ambulances from 911 name to 911 name. Many EMTs and paramedics have lifelong targets of being first responders, however because the dangers proceed to shoot up, some marvel if it’s value risking their lives for a small paycheck.

In Southern California, EMTs and paramedics are scrambling to assist individuals within the pandemic’s nationwide epicenter, the place hospitals are full to bursting with sufferers after the vacations. Typically, ambulances had been stuck outside hospitals for hours until beds became available.

3:13 p.m.: California may extend eviction moratorium

California is contemplating extending eviction protections by the top of June and paying as much as 80% of some tenants’ unpaid lease, based on the Related Press.

Final yr the state handed a regulation banning evictions for tenants who pay at the least 25% of their lease owed between September and January. Presently, these protections will expire Monday, Jan. 31.

The brand new proposal is being negotiated between Gov. Gavin Newsom, Meeting Speaker Anthony Rendon, and Senate President Professional Tem Toni Atkins would lengthen these protections by the top of June. Some federal cash would even be used to pay as much as 80% of some tenants’ money owed if landlords conform to forgive the remaining 20%.

11:03 a.m.: California lifts regional stay-at-home orders

California lifted regional stay-at-home orders statewide on Monday, permitting companies like eating places, gyms and hair salons to reopen with some restrictions.

Regardless of loosening restrictions, well being officers really feel like “the COVID-19 pandemic is way from over,” and inspired individuals to proceed carrying masks, sustaining social distancing, and avoiding gatherings with individuals exterior their households.

The stay-at-home order was tied to intensive care capability, with area’s capable of raise restrictions when projections confirmed ICU capability over 15% 4 weeks into the long run. The state has not publicly launched the 4-week ICU projections for every area, nor has it released the formula used to reach those projections.

Native officers can select a stricter algorithm, however not much less. The state can be lifting a ten p.m. to five a.m. curfew, based on the Related Press. The Higher Sacramento Area got here out of the stay-at-home order again on Jan. 3, after state officers mentioned the world’s ICU projections exceeded 15%, reverting the counties to return to California’s coloured tier system.

As of Saturday, the Higher Sacramento Area’s ICU capability is 11.9%, nonetheless under the 15% threshold. Sacramento and different close by counties are nonetheless in probably the most restrictive purple tier system and can’t transfer right into a much less restrictive tier till case and test-positivity charges go down.

10:40 a.m.: COVID-19 cases in US drop, but remain high

Coronavirus deaths and instances within the U.S. have markedly dropped over the previous couple of weeks however are nonetheless working at alarmingly excessive ranges, based on the Related Press.

The hassle to fight the virus is heating up between getting the vaccine in individuals’s arms and the mutating virus. Deaths within the nation at the moment are working at a median of just below 3,100 a day, down from the three,350 lower than two weeks in the past.

New instances at the moment are averaging about 170,000 a day, after peaking at round 250,000. The nation’s prime infectious-disease professional, Dr. Anthony Fauci, says the enhancements look like the results of a pure plateau after the vacation surge and never the impact of people that have been vaccinated, so he nonetheless urges continued vigilance.

10:39 a.m.: Biden reinstates travel rules due to COVID-19

On Monday, the White Home introduced that President Joe Biden would formally reinstate COVID-19 journey restrictions on non-U.S. vacationers from sure nations like Brazil, Eire, the UK and 26 different European nations.

In accordance with the Related Press, the brand new White Home press secretary Jen Psaki additionally confirmed that South Africa can be added to the restricted record due to issues a few new virus variant that’s unfold past the nation.

Biden is successfully reversing an order from former President Donald Trump in his closing days in workplace that allowed the stress-free of journey restrictions. Dr. Anthony Fauci known as the brand new order “prudent.”

Sunday, January 24

2:16 p.m.: California’s ban on indoor worship upheld by appeals court

A federal appeals courtroom has denied a Southern California church’s request to overturn the state’s coronavirus restrictions barring worship companies indoors through the coronavirus pandemic. 

The Sacramento Bee says Friday’s ruling by the ninth U.S. Circuit Courtroom of Appeals leaves the door open for addressing Gov. Gavin Newsom administration’s limits on church attendance if a California county is in a less-restrictive COVID-19 tier. 

A 3-judge panel dominated towards South Bay United Pentecostal Church of Chula Vista over public well being orders that prohibit non secular companies from being held inside whereas virus case charges and hospitalizations stay excessive.

—Related Press

Saturday, January 23

10:55 a.m.: State Sen. Nielsen criticizes state vaccine rollout for small, rural counties

California’s rural counties can have further challenges relating to vaccinating older adults towards COVID-19 —  like reaching individuals who reside in distant areas with out entry to public transit.

Republican Sen. Jim Nielsen says the small counties he represents — resembling Butte, Colusa, Glenn and Sutter — are annoyed with the dearth of communication from the state.

“And they want a point of certainty,” he mentioned. “Officers in authorities — state and federal — have had months to determine this out.”

Nielsen wrote a letter to Gov. Gavin Newsom this week demanding extra readability for counties round what number of vaccine doses are arriving, and when. 

A current report from the California State Auditor additionally criticized Newsom for giving bigger, city counties extra financial help through the pandemic.

Friday, January 22

6:06 p.m.: State launches pilot vaccine sign-up website

Need to be notified when it’s your flip to get the COVID-19 shot? The state now has a much-anticipated web site the place you may enroll, known as “MyTurn.”

However for now, the site is only coordinating with Los Angeles County. Well being staff and folks over 65 in Los Angeles can use the positioning to schedule an appointment.

Individuals in different counties can nonetheless fill out the shape, which incorporates questions on your age, pre-existing situations and your occupation. The positioning is anticipated to enhance as extra counties get related.

The state has been criticized for a sluggish vaccine roll-out. Counties say they doubtless gained’t have sufficient of the vaccine to immunize most people till this summer time.

4:08 p.m.: Nevada church wants U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on attendance limits

Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley, a rural Nevada church, desires the U.S. Supreme Courtroom to resolve if the federal government has the authority to restrict non secular gatherings.

In accordance with the Related Press, the church east of Reno is urgent the case even after it gained an appeals courtroom ruling that discovered Nevada’s restrictions unconstitutional. Attorneys basic from 19 different states joined the church in a friend-of-the-court transient.

The group is urging the Supreme Courtroom to rule on the Nevada case’s deserves to assist carry uniformity to the assorted requirements courts nationwide have used to steadiness the pursuits of public security and spiritual freedom.

4:03 p.m.: Fear, language barriers slow efforts to vaccinate immigrants

Advocacy teams are warning that immigrants could also be a number of the most difficult individuals to succeed in throughout probably the most in depth vaccination marketing campaign in American historical past, based on the Related Press.

Some immigrants within the nation with out documentation might concern that data given throughout vaccinations could possibly be turned over to authorities, so they could not search out vaccines. Immigrants who converse little to no English may additionally discover it troublesome to entry the pictures of their language. 

These challenges are notably worrying for Latino immigrants, who make up a big portion of the high-risk workforce. In an effort to deal with this, advocacy teams are heading into farm fields to carry vaccines and data to migrant staff and making an attempt to counter misinformation in Spanish and different languages.

3:56 p.m.: Nevada health official calls state allocation of vaccines ‘low’ and ‘slow’

Nevada has administered greater than 137,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines, however state coronavirus activity drive chief Caleb Cage mentioned issues could possibly be shifting sooner, based on the Related Press.

On Friday, Case mentioned that the state’s vaccine allocation from the federal authorities has been “low, sluggish and weekly” and “just isn’t sufficient to fulfill our wants or our capability.” 

The complete state is simply getting about 36,000 doses per week, whereas southern Nevada, the place three-quarters of the state’s whole inhabitants lives, has the power to manage about 92,000 doses per week. Cage mentioned Nevada is doing every thing it may well to press for extra doses.

10:23 a.m.: California keeps critical virus data from the public

California’s public well being company lately shocked native officers by lifting a stay-at-home order within the 13-county Greater Sacramento region for Jan. 13.

According to the Associated Press, how these choices had been made appears to be a thriller as a result of officers gained’t share their information regardless of repeated pledges of transparency. State officers say they’ve projected intensive care unit capability and virus unfold 4 weeks into the long run to make the dedication.

State well being division spokesperson Ali Bay instructed the AP, “in the meanwhile, the projections are usually not being shared publicly,” as a result of officers consider they might trigger extra confusion among the many public. San Bernardino County spokesperson David Wert mentioned officers there aren’t conscious of the key fashions however would welcome with the ability to have a look at the information.

10:12 a.m.: In Nevada, COVID-19 holiday cases are down, but deaths still spiking

The surge of coronavirus instances in Nevada following the year-end vacation celebrations might have handed, however deaths are nonetheless spiking, based on the Related Press.

Biostatistics chief Kyra Morgan famous that deaths usually improve in weeks following surges in instances after which hospitalizations. Nevada noticed its highest single-day variety of confirmed new instances prime 3,400 on Jan. 7.

On Thursday, state well being officers reported about 1,400 further instances and 47 new deaths from the virus since Wednesday. Nevada coronavirus instances have now topped 266,000 and three,910 deaths for the reason that begin of the pandemic.

10:09 a.m.: California records a considerable bump in unemployment claims

California reported a big surge in individuals submitting for unemployment claims as impartial contractors final week.

In accordance with the Related Press, this has raised some flags a few return of widespread fraud that has already value the state tons of of thousands and thousands of {dollars}. The U.S. Labor Division mentioned the state acquired a further 77,000 claims final week in contrast with per week earlier, below a program designed to assist gig staff and self-employed individuals affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.

The quantity accounted for greater than 1 / 4 of all such claims submitted nationally. California’s Employment Growth Division mentioned it anticipated the rise after Congress authorized a advantages extension in December.

Thursday, January 21

8:22 p.m.: California lawmakers scramble to extend state eviction moratorium

President Joe Biden has prolonged a nationwide eviction moratorium by March, however California lawmakers are nonetheless pushing to increase statewide tenant protections.

California’s eviction freeze, which started in September, is ready to run out on the finish of the month. 

Lawmakers say the statewide coverage is stronger.

“The federal coverage would require tenants to pay all again lease when the eviction moratorium expires, or else they’d face fast eviction,” mentioned Democratic Assemblymember David Chiu, who chairs the Meeting Housing Committee. “California’s present coverage would solely require 25% of the again lease to be paid when the coverage expires.”

Californians will finally must pay all again lease accrued through the pandemic however not all of sudden.

Advocates and a few analysts say an eviction moratorium by March isn’t lengthy sufficient, and that the state coverage ought to lengthen additional.

“I don’t suppose anybody expects the economic system to be up and working once more by the top of March, on condition that we’re at a historic stage of job losses,” mentioned Sara Kimberlin, a senior analyst with the California Finances & Coverage Heart. 

A brand new report from the middle finds nearly all of Black and Latino Californians spend greater than 30 p.c of their revenue on lease, placing them at increased threat of eviction throughout a recession.

Chiu says lawmakers and landlord teams are nonetheless negotiating how lengthy the prolonged state eviction moratorium ought to final.

3:13 p.m.: Experts say current COVID-19 surge may have peaked

The overwhelming fall and winter wave of COVID-19 infections hitting each nook throughout the nation seems to have lastly peaked nationally, as reported by NPR, whilst instances stay excessive.

Researchers consider that the present wave seems to have hit a excessive previously week or two, with steadily declining new every day infections in most states. Nonetheless, whereas the caseload appears to be dipping, one other surge remains to be fully potential, particularly with the brand new and extra infectious variants worldwide.

Hospitals are nonetheless overwhelmed with sufferers in lots of locations, however their numbers seem to have peaked and are additionally declining barely. It’s down from a peak of over 132,000 sufferers to Jan. 6 to 122,700 as of Wednesday. Declines in every day deaths may comply with quickly, too.

Regardless of the slight downward tendencies, neighborhood transmission remains to be excessive in most states, with near 200,000 every day instances on common. A seven-day common peak of over 249,000 hit the nation on Jan. 11.

2:25 p.m.: Southern California dockworkers are pushing for coronavirus vaccinations

Port executives, union leaders, and elected officers are all working collectively to get dockworkers eligible quickly for COVID-19 vaccines to stop a slowdown of cargo shifting by the high-density twin ports of Los Angeles and Lengthy Seashore.

In accordance with the Related Press, the Los Angeles port government director instructed the Los Angeles Times that there’s extra cargo in the meanwhile than labor. The Worldwide Longshore Staff Union experiences that 694 dockworkers have contracted COVID-19 infections as of Jan. 17, and tons of are taking virus-related leaves. 

The decision for vaccinating dockworkers collides with a scarcity of provide as eligibility has expanded from front-line staff and expert nursing amenities to residents age 65 and older.

2:02 p.m.: Can COVID-19 vaccines be mixed? Not really.

AP Illustration/Peter Hamlin

All the COVID-19 vaccines at present obtainable up to now require two pictures, and a few well being officers say that these doses must be of the identical form. 

Principally, the vaccines are usually not interchangeable, however within the uncommon occasion that the identical form isn’t obtainable, it ought to technically work, as reported by the Associated Press. In England, they provide the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines which each perform roughly the identical approach since they aim the spike protein layer on the coronavirus, so their well being officers consider a mismatched dose is healthier than a partial one.

Nonetheless, in the US, officers don’t suppose the vaccines must be blended, till extra research are completed.

In accordance with Naor Bar-Zeev, a Johns Hopkins College vaccine professional that spoke to the Related Press, if individuals do by some means by chance get their vaccines blended up it’ll “work wonderful and certain be nicely tolerated.”

11:42 a.m.: California greenlights previously paused Moderna vaccine

California State Epidemiologist Dr. Erica Pan has suggested suppliers to right away resume the administration of a Moderna COVID-19 vaccine that was beforehand paused as a result of potential allergic reactions.

“Our highest priorities are to make sure that vaccines are protected and efficient, and distributed equitable and effectively,” mentioned Dr. Pan.

Beforehand, Pan advisable “out of an abundance of warning” to pause the 41L20A batch of the vaccine over the weekend. After the Western States Scientific Security Evaluation Workgroup got here collectively on Tuesday, they examined the batches and had discussions with the County of San Diego Division of Public Well being, the FDA, the CDDC and Moderna, earlier than declaring to finish the pause.

“These findings ought to proceed to offer Californians confidence that vaccines are protected and efficient, and that the techniques put in place to make sure vaccine security are rigorous and science-based,” Pan mentioned. “I encourage each Californian to get the vaccine when it is their flip.”

11:28 a.m.: U.S. unemployment claims fall but still remain historically elevated

The variety of People making use of for unemployment advantages fell barely final week to 900,000, however it’s nonetheless a traditionally excessive stage, based on the Related Press.

The elevated charge factors to an ongoing job disaster because of the still-raging pandemic. The Labor Division’s report underscored that President Joe Biden has inherited an economic system that faltered this winter as virus instances continued to spike, chilly climate restricted out of doors eating, and federal rescue support expired.

The federal government experiences that 5.1 million People are persevering with to obtain state jobless advantages, down from 5.2 million within the earlier week, suggesting that whereas some persons are capable of finding new jobs, others are doubtless utilizing up their state advantages and transitioning to the extended-benefit packages.

11:27 a.m.: Biden to sign virus measures, including mask requirement

President Joe Biden is placing into play his nationwide COVID-19 technique to ramp up vaccinations, testing, reopen colleges and companies, improve using masks, and require masks for journey.

According to the Associated Press, Biden will signal 10 virus-related government orders on Thursday because the nation worries over new mutations and the pandemic’s deadliest wave.

The brand new president has vowed to take extra aggressive measures than his predecessor to include the virus. Nonetheless, he nonetheless faces many obstacles, together with uncertainty over whether or not congressional Republicans will assist him go his $1.9 trillion coronavirus bundle and future plans.

Wednesday, January 20

6:17 p.m.: More than a dozen COVID-19 patients being treated at former Kings Arena

Docs and nurses are at present treating 14 sufferers on the Sleep Practice Area, the previous residence of the Sacramento Kings within the Natomas neighborhood north of Sacramento’s downtown. 

A spokesperson with Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Workplace of Emergency Providers (CalOES) says sufferers are in beds inside a smaller gymnasium on the enviornment, and their beds are walled off with plastic sheeting. 

State officers say the power is making an attempt to ease the burden on Northern California hospitals by offering care to sufferers who want expert nursing, however who are usually not the sickest COVID-19 sufferers. 

“These are individuals who can self-feed, they could require oxygen however they’re not intubated,” says Brian Ferguson, spokesperson with CalOES. He says hospitals are taking good care of the sufferers who require probably the most intensive care. 

Touring physicians and nurses are working on the enviornment, in addition to “catastrophe medical help groups” that the state company has readily available for emergencies. 

Ferguson mentioned Sleep Practice isn’t just to help Sacramento hospitals, however well being care amenities all through Northern California. In the course of the course of the pandemic, he says, it’s been a useful resource for communities as far north as Butte, Shasta and Lake counties. 

“It’s actually a regional asset to help the broader space … In Shasta, if there’s an overage, perhaps they ship their sufferers to Chico, and Chico sends some sufferers to Sacramento. So it simply offers one other software within the software field of the medical managers who could also be working out of choices,” he mentioned. 

In accordance with the state’s dashboard of COVID-19 care sites that buffer affected person surges for hospitals across the state, Sleep Practice enviornment at present has the power to deal with 11 extra sufferers instantly, and the capability to deal with as many as 244 with the correct staffing and sources. 

Ferguson says there have been as many as 30 sufferers being handled on the Sacramento enviornment throughout this winter’s surge, and that they’ll use the area for so long as mandatory. 

3:32 p.m.: California reports second-highest number of daily COVID-19 deaths

On Wednesday, California reported a complete of 694 new COVID-19 deaths, second solely to the 708 reported on Jan. 8, based on the Related Press.

Whereas that is the second-highest recorded demise whole within the state, Wednesday additionally noticed the overall variety of individuals hospitalized with COVID-19 drop under 20,000 for the primary time since Dec. 27.

The AP reports that statewide hospitalizations are down 8.5% over 14 days and that the variety of intensive care sufferers can be dipping downwards. Hospitals at the moment are seeing 2,500 to 2,900 every day admissions, down from  totals of three,500 two weeks in the past.

3:25 p.m.: Nevada governor wants to diversify tourism-dependent economy

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak laid out formidable plans on Tuesday to create packages to spur job development and appeal to new industries to Nevada because the coronavirus pandemic continues to devastate the state’s tourism-driven economic system.

In his State of the State address, Sisolak pledged to take a position closely in job coaching, infrastructure, and renewable vitality to stimulate the economic system and diversify. Sisolak acknowledged the devastation attributable to the pandemic and conceded that it was removed from over.

He mentioned that Nevada can’t simply intention for reopening its economic system, however will need to have an economic system that can prosper sooner or later.

3:24 a.m.: Nevada hits new single-day death record but reports fewer cases

Nevada has reported 71 new deaths from the coronavirus, a single-day file that an official known as a stark reminder of the virus’ risks, based on the Related Press.

On Wednesday, the state’s COVID-19 response director Caleb Cage mentioned that those that died doubtless contracted the virus in mid-December. Though deaths proceed to surge, the variety of new instances reported every day within the state has slowed.

It is a development that Cage is cautiously optimistic about. Most of those that died had been 70 and older, prompting the state to prioritize the age group for early vaccine distribution, however mentioned distribution poses delays and challenges, particularly in Las Vegas.

11:30 a.m.: California state auditor says more COVID-19 money should have gone to smaller counties

California Auditor Elaine Howle mentioned the state ought to have spent extra money serving to its smaller counties battle the coronavirus, based on the Related Press.

Howle mentioned the state’s 16 most populous counties acquired almost twice the quantity per particular person than the 42 smaller counties. That’s as a result of the state determined to ship a few of its allocation to these giant counties though they’d already acquired direct funding from the federal authorities.

The Division of Finance mentioned the state Legislature authorized the funding technique. This audit was the primary of Howle’s experiences how the state is spending billions of {dollars} in federal coronavirus support.

11:20 a.m.: California hopes new administration will help with current COVID-19 surge

California officers are pinning their hopes on the newly inaugurated President Joe Biden as they wrestle to acquire coronavirus vaccines to curb the surge that has packed hospitals and morgues within the state.

Doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been arriving haphazardly as they make their approach from the federal authorities by the state and eventually trickle right down to counties, cities and hospitals, based on the Related Press.

San Francisco’s public well being division says it’s more likely to run out of its vaccine batches on Thursday, however Mayor London Breed and others say they’re hopeful that Biden will present extra vaccination sources after his inauguration on Wednesday.

California surpassed 3 million COVID-19 instances this week.

11:10 a.m.: New CDC director takes over an embattled agency

The U.S. Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention’s incoming director is arriving at an company that has been relegated to the sidelines through the coronavirus pandemic.

In accordance with the Related Press, Dr. Rochelle Walensky arrives on the CDC this week because the virus’ U.S. demise toll eclipses 400,000. The nation can be making an attempt to work on the largest-ever vaccination marketing campaign in its historical past whereas juggling delays, confusion and apprehension.

Specialists say that whereas the company has retained a few of its prime scientific expertise, it has an extended record of wants, together with safety from political affect, a evaluation of its personal missteps through the pandemic, and cash, a mandatory ingredient.

Tuesday, January 19

6:05 p.m.: COVID-19 cases in California may be improving, though researchers are tracking new variant, says State Health Secretary

Because the variety of COVID-19 instances proceed to rise in California, there are some indicators that issues could also be bettering, if solely barely. State Well being and Human Providers Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly says the surge in instances and hospitalizations from Christmas and New 12 months’s journey and gatherings was not as unhealthy because it may have been.

“The hospital quantity for the primary time in fairly a while — we’ve had decreased numbers,” he mentioned. “We noticed an 8.5% lower from the final 14 days, after which equally a lower in ICUs over the past seven days.”

In the meantime, California well being officers and researchers on the state’s universities and hospitals are attempting to study extra about one other variant of the coronavirus. Solely days after the so-called “UK variant” was recognized right here within the state, a unique, separate variant has now been traced to outbreaks in Santa Clara County. 

Ghaly says scientists are attempting to study every thing they’ll.

“Working to find out if this variant, much like the UK variant, has any improve in infectiousness, what its influence is likely to be on vaccinations and in different areas of concern,” he mentioned. 

Ghaly says the state just isn’t out of the woods by any means and that individuals should proceed to put on masks, keep social distancing and obey laws meant to protect public well being.

He added that not one of the three areas of California nonetheless below a stay-at-home order seem prepared to hitch Northern California and the Higher Sacramento area in stress-free restrictions. To take action would require a projection of ICU capability larger than 15% 4 weeks into the long run.

3:37 p.m.: US COVID-19 death toll surpasses 400,000 as President Trump leaves office

Whereas thousands and thousands of People are ready for a lifesaving vaccine, COVID-19’s demise whole retains climbing upwards with horrifying pace, according to NPR

On Tuesday the official demise rely reached 400,000. Greater than 100,00 individuals have died within the pandemic in simply the previous 5 weeks. The deaths are so frequent, any individual now dies from COVID-19 each 26 seconds and the coronavirus is claiming extra lives of individuals in the US every week than different situations like most cancers or coronary heart illness.

As a result of the U.S. has a comparatively giant inhabitants, the nation’s demise charge from COVID-19 is decrease than many different nations compared. Nonetheless, the overall 400,000 deaths is increased than every other nation, near 4 occasions the demise rely in the UK.

Scientists had been anxious that wintertime could possibly be the deadliest season, and California has discovered itself averaging now greater than 500 deaths a day.

The U.S. is now averaging greater than 3,300 deaths a day, nicely above the 2020 spring surge when every day common deaths hovered round 2,000.

3:28 p.m.: In Vegas, school teachers, students are all added to the COVID-19 vaccine eligibility

Faculty academics, school professors, and baby care staff have been added to the eligibility record for COVID-19 vaccinations within the Las Vegas space, based on the Related Press.

The Southern Nevada Well being District on Monday added “frontline neighborhood help” staff for eligibility, together with workers within the meals, shelter, courtroom and social companies, together with important public transportation sectors.

On Tuesday, Clark County officers deliberate a ceremonial remembrance of the almost 2,900 Las Vegas-area residents who’ve died since March.

Statewide, well being officers reported 1,630 new coronavirus instances and 18 new deaths, bringing the totals to just about 264,000 confirmed instances and nearly 3,800 deaths within the state for the reason that pandemic began.

12:00 p.m.: Coronavirus mutations continue to rise with skyrocketing cases

COVID-19 mutations are quickly popping up, and well being officers say the pandemic may worsen until individuals do extra to curb the unfold, based on the Related Press.

Each new an infection provides the virus an opportunity to mutate. To date, vaccines appear to nonetheless be efficient towards the brand new variants, however the longer it takes to vaccinate individuals, the extra doubtless it’s {that a} model of the virus will develop that may elude defenses.

Within the U.S., federal well being officers say that the brand new variant first recognized in the UK might turn into dominant within the U.S. by March, probably resulting in extra hospitalizations and deaths because it spreads extra quickly and effectively.

11:43 a.m.: Answering three big questions about the COVID-19 vaccine

With the COVID-19 vaccine slowly rolling out, many individuals have questions on it. Listed below are three massive questions and their solutions.

  • Can somebody who has been vaccinated nonetheless unfold the illness?
    • “I believe it’s exhausting to say as a result of we’re always being bombarded by completely different pathogens, and we don’t know when your immune system is responding,” College of Washington Immunologist Marion Pepper told NPR.  
    • In brief, it relies upon. It takes about three to 5 days to your physique to adapt to the vaccine routine, so consultants suggest carrying masks and different protecting gear till science kinds every thing out and herd immunity is reached.
  • Will the vaccine stay viable because the virus evolves?
    • This appears to be tough to reply. Presently, scientists aren’t too involved concerning the virus strains spreading globally and totally anticipate the present vaccines to work. What makes this query exhausting to reply is that if the virus continues to morph, it may result in to unsure penalties.
  • How lengthy does the vaccine’s safety final?
    • Whenever you get a vaccine, your physique naturally triggers an immune response, and in lots of instances, the physique can obtain lifetime safety with sure sicknesses like measles, mumps, and rubella. Nonetheless, some viruses require a booster shot to maintain immunity robust, like tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis. 
    • Whereas research have proven that sufferers’ our bodies have been capable of produce immunity for a lot of months following a case of COVID-19, it’s nonetheless too early to know the size of immunity. If mandatory, booster pictures may turn into obtainable sooner or later.

11:27 a.m.: Exhausted hospital chaplains bring solace to those dying alone from COVID-19

Chaplain Kristin Michealsen holds the hand of a deceased COVID-19 affected person whereas speaking on the cellphone with the affected person’s member of the family at Windfall Holy Cross Medical Heart within the Mission Hills part of Los Angeles on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021.AP Picture/Jae C. Hong

Identical to medical doctors, nurses, and different well being care suppliers, hospital chaplains have turn into a part of the road of first responders relating to caring for individuals with COVID-19.

According to the Associated Press, hospital chaplains typically come and go to these dying to behave as surrogates for the household and buddies who can’t go to their family members because of the threat of them catching the virus themselves. The chaplains maintain the palms of dying sufferers, pray with them and carry in tablets to hospital rooms to permit sufferers to have video calls with their households.

As reported by the Related Press, at a hospital within the hard-hit Los Angeles County, the dozen chaplains employed typically cowl shifts that reach to 24 hours a day, seven days per week to maintain up with the sufferers.

Monday, January 18

4:42 p.m.: California becomes first state to reach 3 million COVID-19 infections

The Golden State has turn into the primary within the nation to file greater than 3 million identified coronavirus infections, based on a Monday tally by Johns Hopkins College.

The Related Press experiences that the grim milestone wasn’t fully surprising in a state with 40 million residents, however its pace was beautiful. The state solely reached 2 million reported instances on Dec. 24 and has now hit 3 million in lower than 4 weeks.

California’s COVID-19 rely per capita for the reason that begin of the pandemic stays under the usaverage, however its variety of new cases per resident in the past week trails only Arizona.  The state has seen greater than 33,600 deaths to the coronavirus.

The caseload has been so monumental that the most recent surge that started final fall has strained hospitals. Officers warn {that a} current slight downward development may reverse when the total influence of vacation gathering transmissions is felt.

4:38 p.m.: Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak will skip in-person presidential inauguration due to coronavirus pandemic

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak just isn’t planning to attend President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday, based on the Related Press.

His workplace mentioned in a press release that due to the pandemic and his scheduled State of the State deal with on Tuesday, he wouldn’t be capable of attend the ceremony in Washington D.C. Nonetheless, his workplace has mentioned that Sisolak and his workers have been in contact with Biden’s workforce and stay up for “a detailed, productive” and collaborative relationship with the brand new administration.

Sisolak “sends his finest’ to Biden and his workforce. Nevada’s State of The State deal with might be prerecorded and launched Tuesday night time.

4:07 p.m.: Coronavirus deaths rising in 30 states amid winter surge

COVID-19 deaths proceed to climb in almost two-thirds of American states, as a winter surge pushes the general demise whole nearer to 400,000, according to the Associated Press.

Amid the warnings that new, extremely contagious variants are taking maintain, an unlimited effort for mass vaccination is getting off to an uneven begin. Whereas the most recent federal information present about 31 million doses of vaccine have been distributed, fewer than 11 million individuals have acquired the primary dose.

In California, counties are begging for extra vaccines to cut back the excessive an infection charge, resulting in the state’s file numbers of hospitalizations and demise. Los Angeles County lately introduced that anybody 65 and older can obtain the vaccine, however well being care staff say they only don’t have sufficient vaccinations to immunize so many individuals.

The demise charge from COVID-19 in LA, the brand new U.S. pandemic epicenter, works out to about one particular person dying each six minutes. On Sunday, the South Coast Air High quality Administration District suspended some pollution-control limits on cremations for at the least 10 days to take care of the backlog of deceased individuals in hospitals and funeral properties throughout the county.

9:52 a.m.: California recommends pausing use of single lot of the Moderna vaccine

California State Epidemiologist Dr. Erica S. Pan is recommending that suppliers pause vaccinations from a particular lot of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccines due to a potential allergic response.

“Our objective is to offer the COVID vaccine safely, swiftly and equitably,” mentioned Pan. “A better-than-usual variety of potential allergic reactions had been reported with a particular lot of Moderna vaccine at one neighborhood clinic.”

The lot batch is 41L20A, and it’s at present below investigation.

In accordance with Pan, there’s been fewer than 10 individuals vaccinated from that batch who wanted medical consideration. She additionally talked about that they’re asking to pause these particular vaccines “out of an excessive abundance of warning.”

The Sacramento Bee reports that the batch was distributed throughout 287 websites between Jan. 5 and 12.  

Sacramento has not acquired any of those doses, based on the county well being division.

The individuals affected are all experiencing a potential extreme allergic response throughout the usual 24-hour statement interval. There’s been over 330,000 doses from this lot distributed throughout the state, and no different allergic reactions have but been reported.

These involved about potential allergic reactions associated to the vaccine can head over to the CDC’s website on how health care people will manage anaphylaxis.

9:35 a.m.: Reno Municipal Court staff have cut the COVID-19 vaccination line

Reno metropolis officers have criticized Municipal Courtroom workers after studying they could have secured COVID-19 vaccinations for some metropolis personnel and their households forward of state and county inculcation order plans.

In accordance with the Related Press, Reno Metropolis Supervisor Dough Thornley mentioned he realized on Wednesday that courtroom judges and workers — together with attorneys, technical help, interpreters and drug testers — all took benefit of a possibility to skip the road and snag vaccines final week.

The Reno Gazette-Journal obtained emails that confirmed two judges helped prepare the line-skipping vaccinations by a clinic meant for older residents. On Saturday, the state reported a every day file excessive of 63 COVID-19 deaths.

9:28 a.m.: WHO chief raises concern over COVID-19 vaccine drugmakers profits and unequal global vaccine distribution

The World Well being Group Director-Normal Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyeus mentioned it’s “not proper” that youthful, more healthy adults in wealthier nations get vaccinated towards COVID-19 earlier than older individuals in poorer nations.

In accordance with the Related Press, Ghebreyesus kicked off the WHO’s week-long government board assembly by lamenting that one low-income nation acquired solely 25 vaccine doses. In distinction, greater than 39 million doses have been made for almost 50 different extra prosperous nations.

He mentioned that “the world is on the point of an ethical catastrophic failure” in making certain equitable entry to vaccinations. The WHO chief additionally raised a problem over the “earnings” that drugmakers could make in wealthier nations. Austria’s envoy raised questions concerning the WHO’s program to get vaccines to poorer nations.

7 a.m.: Sacramento groups hold Martin Luther King Day car caravan

The Sacramento NAACP and Black Lives Matter Sacramento will maintain a automotive caravan in celebration of this yr’s Martin Luther King Day.

Whereas town normally sees three separate parades in honor of King’s birthday, this yr with the pandemic raging there’ll solely be one, and it’ll happen in vehicles. The automotive caravan route is easy: Begin at Grant Excessive Faculty at 9 a.m., then traverse by Land Park, Oak Park and end at Sacramento State College.

Organizers say the previous yr has highlighted the inequities confronted by individuals of colour, notably Black residents in Sacramento. They hope the parade can have a good time Kamala Harris who this week will turn into the primary Black lady to function Vice President, whereas additionally highlighting that King’s dream for racial equality is but to be realized.

Sunday, January 17

4:03 p.m.: California closes in on 3 million coronavirus cases

California is closing in on 3 million coronavirus instances because the state tries to easy the rocky rollout of vaccines throughout a seamless spike in COVID-19 deaths.

The state reported 432 deaths on Sunday, a day after recording the second-highest every day rely of 669.

California’s demise toll for the reason that begin of the pandemic rose to just about 33,400.

Lawmakers and public well being officers have mentioned the surge gained’t be flattened with out mass vaccinations, however California has trailed the remainder of the nation relating to inoculating its residents.

—Related Press

Friday, January 15

5:40 p.m.: Extra vaccine doses not coming to California as promised by Trump administration

California’s plan to hurry up distribution of the coronavirus vaccine seems to have hit a snag. It’s been disclosed that the additional doses the Trump administration promised to launch to states was really already shipped out final month. In brief, the reserve didn’t exist on the time the administration made the promise.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom says the promise was made simply two days in the past by Vice President Mike Pence and Well being and Human Providers Secretary Alex Azar in a convention name with governors.

“We, already, all of us, are working carefully with the incoming administration,” he mentioned. “Hope and expectation is that we get some clarification within the absence of any additional clarification by the present administration. As quickly as we all know, we’ll be capable of make clear that.” 

Newsom made the remarks in Los Angeles as he toured the mass vaccination website that’s been arrange at Dodger Stadium. Officers there mentioned they hoped to vaccinate 12,000 individuals a day as soon as it is totally operational.

There are different tremendous vaccination websites being arrange right here in Sacramento at Cal Expo, although that is not up and working but, and at Petco Park in San Diego.

3:48 p.m.: California still lacks uniform COVID-19 vaccination plan to handle demand

California’s efforts to methodically plan who will get a coronavirus vaccine when are shortly being thrown out the window as demand far outpaces provide, based on the Related Press.

A hospital in Lompoc deliberate to offer out 100 doses on Wednesday. As a substitute, it gave out 350 as anxious neighborhood members with out appointments confirmed up. This is only one instance of vaccine suppliers not adhering to their very own schedules or the foundations created by the state.

Issues have been difficult additional this week after the state widened the eligibility pool to incorporate individuals over 65. Now, greater than 10 million Californians are eligible for inoculation, however solely 900,000 have gotten pictures.

3:36 p.m.: Will the vaccine affect my pregnancy? Maybe not.

AP Illustration/Peter Hamlin

Vaccination is probably going one of the best ways to stop COVID-19 in pregnant individuals for the reason that mixture may make individuals extra susceptible to  extreme sickness or demise according to the Associated Press.

The American Faculty of Obstetricians and Gynecologists mentioned that COVID-19 vaccines shouldn’t be withheld from pregnant individuals and encourage sufferers to debate particular person dangers and advantages with their well being care suppliers.

Sadly, there isn’t rather more recommendation as a result of COVID-19 vaccines have up to now not been examined on pregnant individuals. Proof about security and effectiveness is reassuring from information in research that inadvertently included some individuals who didn’t know they had been pregnant.

Whether or not vaccination would defend fetuses remains to be unsure. Extra solutions are anticipated from upcoming analysis, together with a examine by Pfizer and BioNTech that’s anticipated to start out early this yr and can embody pregnant girls.

3:34 p.m.: California urged to move up people who are incarcerated higher on the vaccination order list

Attorneys representing Californians in jail are urging state officers and a federal decide to advance about 1 of each 10 individuals in jail to the entrance of the road for coronavirus vaccinations.

In accordance with the Related Press, the attorneys are lobbying to right away vaccinate about 9,000 individuals in jail who’ve underlying medical situations. The lawyer group mentioned it could assist ease the burden on hospitals whereas serving to management outbreaks inside state jail amenities.

Greater than 4,000 of the state’s 95,000 incarcerated individuals have lively infections, together with 1 out of each 3 on the California Males’s Colony positioned on the Central Coast. The problem isn’t simply current in males’s prisons, both. One out of each 10 on the state’s largest girls’s facility has the virus. An advocacy group says officers bungled their response to the outbreak.

11:57 a.m.: Global COVID-19 death toll tops 2 million

The worldwide demise toll from COVID-19 has now reached over 2 million as a number of coronavirus vaccines are being rolled out worldwide in an all-out try and remove the virus.

According to the Associated Press, Johns Hopkins College reported that the world reached this grim milestone on Friday, roughly over a yr after the coronavirus was first detected in Wuhan, China.  This demise whole is the same as the inhabitants of Brussels, Mecca, Minsk, or Vienna.

Whereas it took about eight months to lose the primary 1 million lives globally, the coronavirus has continued to unfold quickly, taking solely 4 months to succeed in the following million deaths.

11:56 a.m.: CDC concerned more contagious virus variant may soon dominate the US

Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention well being officers have mentioned that by March, the brand new and extra infectious U.Okay. coronavirus variant will doubtless turn into America’s dominant pressure.

In accordance with the Related Press, the U.Okay. variant has already been present in 12 states however remains to be pretty uncommon, making up solely 76 confirmed diagnoses out of the 23 million U.S. instances reported up to now. Regardless of this, CDC officers nonetheless suppose it is doubtless that the variant is extra widespread within the nation than is at present reported.

Whereas it is thought-about extra infectious than the present coronavirus that is spreading within the U.S., there is no proof that the variant causes a extra extreme sickness or is transmitted otherwise. Due to this fact, mask-wearing, social distancing, hand washing, and different prevention methods can nonetheless defend individuals.

11:28 a.m.: Some big corporations offering incentives to employees to get COVID-19 vaccines

As mass vaccinations roll-out throughout the U.S., some massive firms are providing a small monetary incentive to encourage staff to get inoculated, based on the Related Press.

On Thursday, grocery supply service Instacart mentioned it’ll present a $25 stipend to staff who get the COVID-19 pictures. Grocery chain Dealer Joe’s mentioned it’ll give staff two hours of pay for every shot they obtain.

Greenback Normal mentioned it could additionally present 4 hours’ value of additional pay for every shot they obtain. Different firms, like Goal, DoorDash and Albertsons, have mentioned that whereas staff gained’t be getting bonuses for getting their pictures, the businesses are nonetheless making an attempt to make sure their staff get entry to the vaccine quickly.

9:16 a.m.: Placer County residents over 65 can now make COVID-19 vaccine appointments

Placer County officers say they’re now providing an “extraordinarily restricted provide” of vaccines to adults over age 65.

The county is vaccinating individuals at its personal clinic and at eight Safeway pharmacies. To make an appointment with the county or Safeway, visit this site.

When you’re a Kaiser Permanente or Sutter Well being affected person in Placer County and a senior, right here’s who to contact:

Solely individuals older than 65, or individuals who fall below Part 1A (well being staff, long-term care residents and workers), are eligible for the vaccine in Placer County. Proof of residency and age are required for age-based teams, proof of employment is required for occupation-based teams.

The county says one fifth of its inhabitants — or about 80,000 individuals— is over the age of 65. The variety of doses they get from the state weekly varies. This week they had been allotted 2,925 first doses and 1,200 second doses. They’re asking Placer County residents to be affected person till provide will increase.

Thursday, January 14

6:52 p.m.: Biden unveils $1.9 trillion plan to stem COVID-19 tide, help economy

President-elect Joe Biden is unveiling a $1.9 trillion coronavirus plan to show the tide on the pandemic, based on the Related Press.

A part of that plan consists of rushing up the vaccine rollout, offering monetary assist to people, states, native governments, and companies battling the extended financial fallout.

Here’s how the is plan is currently breaking down:

  • $1 trillion is earmarked for $1,400 checks for many People and help with lease funds, meals, baby care, and utility help for these in want
  • $440 billion might be damaged down into $350 billion for first responders & different important staff and grants for small companies, tribal governments, and transit
  • $19 billion will go to help and modernize federal cybersecurity infrastructure

300 eighty-five thousand individuals have died of COVID-19 for the reason that begin of the pandemic, and 965,000 individuals filed for unemployment nationwide, an indication that infections and deaths are forcing companies to chop again and lay off staff.

Below Biden’s multipronged plan, about $400 billion will go on to engaged on the pandemic, leaving the remaining for financial aid and support for states and localities. One other $20 billion would go to a extra disciplined deal with vaccination, on prime of the already $8 billion already authorized by Congress. The Biden workforce has additionally known as for establishing mass vaccination facilities and even sending cellular models to hard-to-reach locations.

3:24 p.m.: Disneyland ending annual pass program

Even one of the crucial magical locations on this planet is struggling through the pandemic. Disneyland is ending its annual go program 10 months after the park shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In accordance with the Related Press, the Anaheim-based park mentioned it could begin issuing prorated refunds to eligible go holders. Disney officers wouldn’t say how many individuals maintain these passes.

The announcement coincides with Disneyland permitting county well being officers to make use of their large car parking zone as a large-scale subject vaccination website. Since March, the park has been closed as a result of Orange County COVID-19 instances have but to succeed in the degrees required by the state to reopen.

3:13 p.m.: Expanded COVID-19 vaccine roll-out causes delays, issues

The speedy enlargement of COVID-19 vaccinations to older adults throughout the U.S. has led to bottlenecks, system crashes, and exhausting emotions in lots of states, according to the Associated Press.

In California, counties are begging for extra vaccines to succeed in the thousands and thousands of older adults that decision the state residence. Exhausting-hit Los Angeles County can’t instantly present pictures to an expanded pool as a result of it has solely incolculated a few quarter of its 800,000 well being care staff. 

Santa Clara County well being officers have mentioned that they solely have sufficient vaccine doses to inoculate individuals 75 and older, not the youthful 55-and-over crowd. Some state lawmakers are increase the stress on Gov. Gavin Newsom to develop the vaccination pool much more by including in nursing college students, retired medical staff, firefighters and Nationwide Guard members with medical coaching.

11:57 a.m.: World Health Organization team arrives in Wuhan to study COVID-19

A workforce of 13 World Well being Group scientists have arrived in Wuhan, China to review the origins of COVID-19, according to NPR.

Studies from Johns Hopkins College present that globally, almost 2 million individuals have died as a result of problems from the virus, and over 92 million individuals have been contaminated. Presently, China has been pushing again towards the consensus that the virus originated in people in Wuhan and have prompt with out proof that the virus was introduced into China from different nations as a substitute.

Whereas the workforce started touring to China over per week in the past, Chinese language officers had not given permission for the workforce to enter the nation, leaving them in limbo for a bit in Singapore, however the scientists have now arrived in Wuhan.

Just lately, Chinese language authorities have issued a stay-at-home order and different restrictions on the 11 million individuals dwelling within the Hebei province after an upturn in optimistic assessments.

11:44 a.m.: Nine people who are incarcerated charged in California’s unemployment fraud

9 individuals incarcerated in San Diego County have been charged with scamming California’s unemployment advantages system.

In accordance with the Related Press,District Legal professional Summer season Stephan mentioned on Thursday that these 9 individuals acquired greater than $160,000 by fraud dedicated between June and September 2020. The group allegedly lied about their eligibility and addresses on the state’s unemployment help functions.

On the time, they had been all assigned to a program in San Diego that enables sure individuals within the state’s jail system to complete their sentences in midway home settings. The state has acknowledged that the division has been scammed out of tons of of thousands and thousands of {dollars}.

11:26 a.m.: Unemployment claims last week soared past 960,000 applicants

The variety of individuals making use of for unemployment advantages nationwide skyrocketed final week to 965,000, the most important utility spree since late August, based on the Related Press.

This exhibits that the resurgent coronavirus has brought on a spike in current layoffs. On Tuesday, the Labor Division issued the most recent figures for jobless claims, they usually nonetheless stay at ranges by no means earlier than seen ranges till the COVID-19 pandemic hit the states.

Earlier than the pandemic, weekly functions usually numbered round 225,000. Final spring, after nationwide shutdowns took impact, functions for jobless advantages spiked to just about 7 million, about 10 occasions the earlier file excessive. After declining a bit over the summer time, weekly claims have hovered above 700,000 since September.

Wednesday, January 13

5:25 p.m.: Las Vegas hospital reached capacity crisis as COVID-19 cases soar in state

St. Rose Dominican Hospital’s San Martin campus in southwest Las Vegas declared a capability disaster over the weekend, based on the Related Press.

With almost half of its 147 beds occupied by coronavirus sufferers, the hospital needed to cancel elective surgical procedures starting on Saturday. Different models have been pressed into use for non-COVID-19 sufferers. 

A hospital spokesperson mentioned on Wednesday that sufferers weren’t turned away, and the capability plan is ready to remain in impact till Jan 22. He instructed the Las Vegas Evaluation-Journal that two different St. Rose hospitals within the space haven’t issued catastrophe declarations however are additionally strained.

5:21 p.m.: SAG Awards moves date to not conflict with rescheduled Grammys

The Display screen Actors Guild Awards is not going to share the identical air date because the Grammys in spite of everything. 

In accordance with the Related Press, the 2 award exhibits had been scheduled to air on March 14, after the Grammys rescheduled their authentic date of Jan. 31 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On Wednesday, the SAG Awards introduced that the twenty seventh annual ceremony has now been moved to April 4 to keep away from battle. 

With the coronavirus pandemic persevering with to surge throughout the nation, different award exhibits, together with the Oscars and the Golden Globes, have pushed their ceremonies again as nicely.

5:15 p.m.: Housing advocates call on Biden administration to extend eviction moratorium

Housing advocates throughout the nation are calling on the incoming Biden administration to increase and strengthen the present federal ban on evictions, according to the Associated Press

President Donald Trump’s directive, applied in September by the U.S. Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention, was prolonged till the top of January. On condition that the pandemic remains to be ongoing, advocates argue that renters ought to have safety for the following a number of months and that protections must be expanded past these tenants going through eviction for not paying lease.

Eviction bans had been applied early on within the pandemic by states and cities to maintain individuals housed and keep away from a spike in homelessness. Since most of these state protections expired, the federal ban is the one remaining safety in lots of locations. It’s estimated that the eviction ban is stopping greater than 23 million renters throughout the nation from being evicted.

California’s eviction ban is ready to run out Jan. 31, although Gov. Gavin Newsom called on lawmakers to extend the moratorium.

11:41 a.m.: While vaccination picks up steam, many still face a long wait

Extra People than ever at the moment are eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine, however many should still face a wait for his or her first dose.

According to the Associated Press, states are increasing their vaccination pool to a broader inhabitants vary and opening up extra websites in sports activities, arenas, and fairgrounds to fulfill the demand. The newest push is now centered on individuals deemed most weak to COVID-19.

Who’s eligible for the vaccine, the place and after they can get it varies by state. CapRadio has a list of what Californians can anticipate relating to the state’s vaccination efforts.

This week the federal authorities advisable reducing the age threshold to anybody 65 or older. It additionally started liberating up provides by not holding again the required second dose.

11:36 a.m.: COVID-19 deaths in US reach another  single-day high at over 4,300

Coronavirus deaths throughout the nation have hit one other grim one-day excessive milestone, totaling over 4,300, based on the Related Press.

Because the nation shifted its consideration to the fallout from the lethal rebellion on the U.S. Capitol, the general demise toll from COVID-19 has eclipsed 380,000, as reported by Johns Hopkins College.

The brand new demise whole is closing in quick on reaching the identical variety of People killed in World Battle II, which is about 407,000. On the identical time, the nation is concurrently going through a political and financial disaster as there continues to be extra threats of violence from far-right extremists.

Tuesday, January 12

4:29 p.m.: Greater Sacramento region expected to exit stay-at-home order

Counties in California’s Higher Sacramento area anticipate the state to lift the stay-at-home order in the region Tuesday, ending a six-week interval the place many companies needed to cease or severely restrict operations.

Counties within the area might be reentering the “purple tier,” which permits companies together with eating places, hair salons and extra to reopen with modifications. A supply with Sacramento says the county may have a brand new public well being order that might enable the reopening of those companies by noon Wednesday.

The state usually pronounces adjustments in county restrictions as soon as per week, primarily based on the four-week projections for ICU capability in every area. On the Tuesday noon announcement, California Well being and Human Providers Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly mentioned all areas would stay below the stay-at-home order, however that the state is actively calculating new data and is likely to be updating the standing of sure areas late Tuesday or on Wednesday. 

Yow will discover extra data on the stay-at-home order lifting here.

3:44 p.m.: Some states refuse to impose new restrictions to stop COVID-19 spread

Because the U.S. finds itself in probably the most deadly part of the coronavirus outbreak but, governors and native officers in hard-hit elements of the nation are exhibiting little willingness to impose any new restrictions on companies to cease the unfold.

In accordance with the Related Press, each Democratic and Republican leaders are signaling their opposition to pressured closings and different measures, expressing their fears of compounding the financial injury inflicted by the disaster.

Others see little persistence left amongst their constituents for extra restrictions 10 months into the disaster. It additionally comes as they’re making an attempt to deal with the rollout of vaccines, since People might be nicely into the second half of 2021 earlier than sufficient persons are inoculated sufficient to cease the virus, based on some estimates.

3:38 p.m.: Nevada plans to change state’s COVID-19 vaccination plan

Nevada officers are altering the state’s vaccine plan to hurry up mass vaccination, based on the Related Press.

4 weeks after receiving its first cargo of COVID-19 vaccines from the federal authorities, about two-thirds of the doses are nonetheless of their vials, ready for use. U.S. Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention information present that six states have administered fewer vaccines per capita than Nevada.

The state launched a new plan on Monday outlining the way it will direct suppliers to manage doses to Nevadans with underlying well being situations and particular teams of important staff for the reason that state finishes vaccinating front-line well being care staff and nursing residence residents.

3:34 p.m.: Millions sign up for Covered California amid coronavirus surge

Almost 1.6 million individuals have signed up and bought medical health insurance by Lined California up to now this yr, based on the Related Press.

On Tuesday, state officers mentioned that almost 200,000 extra individuals have signed up for insurance coverage this yr, in contrast with the identical time interval final yr. The deadline to buy protection is Jan. 31.

Lined California Government Director Peter Lee estimates about 2.7 million Californians don’t have medical health insurance, and of these, 1.2 million are eligible for monetary help or Medicaid. About 718,000 of individuals in that eligibility group reside in Southern California, the place the coronavirus outbreak is at its worst.

1:15 p.m.: Northern California region ICU capacity drops dramatically

The Northern California area reported a steep drop in intensive care unit capability from 35% Monday to 17.6% Tuesday, the most important single-day lower seen up to now by any of the state’s 5 areas.

This area is the one certainly one of California’s 5 COVID-19 areas that isn’t below a stay-at-home order. Tuesday’s drop is the closest Northern California has been up to now to hitting the 15% capability mark to set off such an order.

If the area falls under 15% ICU capability, the stay-at-home order would close businesses resembling nail salons and barber outlets. Eating places can be restricted to takeout solely and retail shops can be restricted to twenty% capability. As soon as the order is invoked, the area should keep below the restrictions for at the least three weeks.

Northern California is made up of Del Norte, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Mendocino, Modoc, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama and Trinity counties, and is residence to many rural communities that have already got limited healthcare capacity

12:19 p.m.: San Jose area hospitals fined $184,000 for hiding employee coronavirus infection

State and native officers have fined two Kaiser Permanente Bay Space hospitals greater than $184,000 in current months for failing to report COVID-19 contaminated workers, based on the Related Press.

The Mercury News reported that Cal/OSHA fined the well being care big’s San Jose facility greater than $85,000 after it saved quiet when certainly one of its workers was hospitalized with the virus early within the pandemic.

Cal/OSHA additionally fined a Kaiser hospital in Antioch $56,000 after the hospital failed to right away report that two workers had been additionally hospitalized with COVID-19. Santa Clara County officers additionally fined the San Jose hospital $43,000 after it saved quiet a few coronavirus outbreak that’s contaminated 60 workers, together with one who died.

12:18: p.m.: Should I get the COVID-19 vaccine if I was previously infected? Experts say yes.

AP Illustration/Peter Hamlin

Well being consultants say that individuals who have beforehand been contaminated with the coronavirus ought to nonetheless plan on getting a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it’s obtainable to them.

After somebody recovers from a COVID-19 an infection, their immune response ought to defend them from getting reinfected with the virus immediately, according to the Associated Press.

Nonetheless, scientists don’t know exactly how lengthy this immunity lasts or how robust it’s. With out that data, consultants suggest everybody get a vaccine to spice up no matter immunity they may have already got from a earlier an infection.

12:17 p.m.: Mass vaccination campaign shifts to speed up process

Lower than a month into the mass vaccination marketing campaign towards COVID-19, the Trump administration has unexpectedly shifted gears to hurry up the supply of pictures.

In accordance with the Related Press, a sluggish begin to the method triggered a widespread concern from states and public well being officers, however Well being and Human Providers Secretary Alex Azar introduced two important adjustments on Tuesday.

  1. The federal government will not maintain again the required second doses of vaccines, virtually doubling the availability
  2. States ought to instantly begin vaccinating different teams decrease down the precedence scale, together with individuals age 65 and older, together with youthful individuals with sure well being issues.

This variation aligns the Trump administration with President-elect Joe Biden’s plans, who earlier mentioned he wouldn’t maintain again second doses.

Monday, January 11

6:03 p.m.: Several gorillas at San Diego Zoo have tested positive for the coronavirus 

A number of gorillas on the San Diego Zoo Safari Park have examined optimistic for the coronavirus in what’s believed to be the primary identified instances amongst such primates.

The park’s government director says eight gorillas on the park are believed to have the virus and several other have been coughing.

The park examined the fecal matter from the troop. It seems the an infection got here from a member of the park’s wildlife care workforce who additionally examined optimistic for the virus however has been asymptomatic. 

Veterinarians are carefully monitoring the gorillas who’re altogether of their habitat on the park.

6:01 p.m.: Cal Expo one of three California sports venues becoming vaccination sites 

Gov. Gavin Newsom introduced at this time that three sports activities venues across the state will quickly turn into large-scale vaccination websites.

Los Angeles Dodgers Stadium, PetCo Park in San Diego and Sacramento’s Cal Expo might be transitioned this week .The areas have been serving as testing areas.

Newsom mentioned that the brand new inoculation facilities will assist ramp up the state’s lagging vaccination effort. 

“We acknowledge that the present technique just isn’t going to get us to the place we have to go as shortly as all of us must go,” Newsom mentioned. “And in order that’s why we’re rushing up the administration, not simply precedence teams, but additionally now opening up giant websites to take action.”

The vaccination websites aren’t open but to most people. Proper now, solely well being care staff and different front-line workers might be eligible to get pictures there.

2:30 p.m.: California needs volunteers, medical workers but can’t find help

Below the present surge of COVID-19 instances, California is desperately on the lookout for extra medical staff for amenities swamped by coronavirus sufferers, however nearly no assistance is coming from a volunteer program that Gov. Gavin Newsom created at first of the pandemic.

In accordance with the Related Press, 95,000 people initially came forward to vow to volunteer for the California Well being Corps, however at present there are simply 14 working within the subject. Only a few of the unique volunteers really met {qualifications} met the {qualifications} set by the state, and solely a fraction of that group had the high-level expertise wanted to help with probably the most extreme coronavirus instances.

Solely a few third of the unique set of volunteers had legitimate skilled licenses, and of these, solely about 4,600 individuals certified. That quantity trickled right down to solely 850 individuals who signed up, remaining static, regardless of the governor typically pleading for extra individuals to take part.

Initially, the California Well being Corps plan was to make use of volunteers to fill remedy gaps at well being care amenities utilizing retired or inactive medical doctors, nurses, and respiratory care practitioners. They’d even be paid what the state calls “aggressive wages.”

2:27 p.m.: Nevada records one-day record high of additional deaths

Nevada on Saturday reported 2,648 further identified COVID-19 instances and 56 further deaths, making it one of many state’s highest every day fatality will increase through the pandemic, based on the Related Press.

Nevada now has 246,309 confirmed COVID-19 instances and three,450 deaths for the reason that pandemic began a bit below a yr in the past. The state on Wednesday reported a one-day file excessive of 60 further deaths.

The Las Vegas Evaluation-Journal reported that these further deaths on Saturday gave the state a brand new pandemic-high. Officers anticipate a spike in instances and deaths within the coming weeks following in depth vacation gatherings and journey.

Seven-day rolling averages of every day new instances and every day deaths each elevated through the previous two weeks within the state.

2:26 p.m.: Las Vegas’ Consumer Electronics Show goes online due to pandemic

Each January, large crowds arrive in Las Vegas for the Client Electronics Present, a conference that focuses on know-how with 1,960 vendors scheduled for this year. The massive occasion is commonly an extravaganza of tech and glitz, meant to set the tone for the approaching yr in client know-how.

Nonetheless, based on the Related Press, the tech occasion will now be completed fully on-line. CES has been reborn as a digital present, going down on-line, the place attendees will solely be capable of view new know-how through the use of know-how, aka video streams and chats.

In-display this yr, there might be COVID-fighting “coronabots,” a “COVID-19 State of the Union,” and extra about digital well being. Well being care trade audio system might be represented by CVS, the Division of Well being Providers, and others.

11:44 a.m.: Sacramento County reaches 1,000 COVID-19 deaths

On Monday, Sacramento County handed 1,000 deaths associated to the coronavirus pandemic.

In accordance with the county, 1,015 residents have died from COVID-19.The county has seen 74,101 whole instances and a further 2,260 instances all through the pandemic, with a case charge of 43.4 per 100,000 residents getting contaminated with the virus.

Residents aged 20 to 29 have the best variety of instances at 15,501 over the course of the pandemic, whereas these 80 or older whole many of the deaths at 487. Elk Grove has the best charge of instances throughout the county, reporting over 7,000 infects previously ten months.

As of Monday, 497 persons are hospitalized with the coronavirus, and 115 are within the intensive care unit.

10:31 a.m.: California reaches 30,000 total deaths from COVID-19 pandemic

California has hit one other grim coronavirus milestone — greater than 30,000 whole deaths from COVID-19.

In accordance with the Related Press, information from Johns Hopkins College confirmed that the nation’s most populous state has recorded this staggering demise whole for the reason that pandemic began almost a yr in the past.

Deaths have exploded within the state since a COVID-19 surge started spreading in October. Whereas it took the state almost six months to file its first 10,000 deaths, in only a month, the overall rose from 20,000 to 30,000. Over the weekend, the state reported a two-day file of 1,163 deaths.

Hospitalizations have additionally reached dizzying ranges as many hospitals are stretched to the restrict. Well being officers have warned that the worst remains to be but to come back later this month.

10:29 a.m.: Los Angeles County will stop using Curative COVID-19 tests

L.A. county will cease utilizing the Healing COVID-19 assessments at pop-up testing websites, based on the Related Press.

Healing is an organization that produces testing kits that individuals use to swab their mouth to check for COVID-19 at testing websites, as a substitute of performing a deep nasal swab.

The Meals and Drug Administration lately alerted sufferers and well being care suppliers that the take a look at may produce false negatives. The county’s Division of Well being Providers mentioned they are going to be switching over to Fulgent Genetics assessments later within the week. These assessments additionally are available in nasal and oral swabs.

The division mentioned the Healing assessments used at pop-up websites between Dec. 13 and Jan. 2 made up about 10% of all COVID-19 assessments administered at county-supported take a look at websites throughout the identical time-frame.

10:27 a.m.: US ramping up COVID-19 vaccination efforts

Because the U.S. enters the second month of probably the most in depth vaccination effort within the nation’s historical past, soccer stadiums, main league ballparks, fairgrounds and conference facilities are all being opened to inoculate a bigger and extra numerous pool of individuals.

According to the Associated Press, after a frustratingly sluggish rollout involving primarily well being care staff and nursing residence residents, states are shifting onto the following part earlier than the primary part has even been accomplished.

Photographs are being made obtainable to teams resembling older adults, academics, bus drivers, law enforcement officials, firefighters, and folks with underlying medical situations. As of Monday morning, about 2.7% of the U.S. inhabitants, or 9 million People, have gotten their first dose of the vaccine. Specialists say as many as 85% of the inhabitants should be inoculated to realize the “herd immunity” wanted to stamp out the outbreak.

In California, one of many deadliest sizzling spots within the nation, a drive-thru “vaccination superstation” opened within the car parking zone close to the San Diego Padres ballpark. About 584,000 doses have been administered within the state, totaling about 1.5% of the inhabitants.

Sunday, January 10

2:11 p.m.: California closes in on 30,000 deaths during pandemic

California is closing in on 30,000 deaths from the coronavirus pandemic as hospitals scramble to seek out beds for severely sick sufferers throughout a seamless spike in COVID-19 case numbers. 

The state reported 468 deaths Sunday, a day after setting a file one-day whole of 695. California’s demise toll for the reason that begin of the virus outbreak rose to 29,701. 

A surge of instances following Halloween and Thanksgiving produced file hospitalizations, and now probably the most severely sick of these sufferers are dying in unprecedented numbers. 

Hospitals warn they could must ration care as intensive care beds dwindle.

—Related Press

2:09 p.m.: Virus, housing issues await returning California lawmakers

Households and a small-business economic system ravaged by the coronavirus and a state company torn by a associated fraud that might exceed $2 billion are on the prime of California lawmakers’ fixit record as they return to the state Capitol. 

They’ve already launched quite a few payments responding to the pandemic earlier than they convene Monday in Sacramento. These vary from extending protections for renters to making an attempt to regain some decision-making authority that they’d delegated to Gov. Gavin Newsom. 

They pushed again their traditional begin by one week due to the coronavirus surge. Amongst their most pressing priorities, lawmakers are racing to increase eviction protections that in any other case will quickly expire.

 —Related Press

Saturday, January 9

3:02 p.m.: California reports record 695 virus deaths in a day

California well being authorities reported on Saturday a file excessive of 695 coronavirus deaths as many hospitals pressure below unprecedented caseloads.

The state Division of Public Well being says the quantity raises the state’s demise toll for the reason that begin of the pandemic to 29,233. A surge of instances following Halloween and Thanksgiving produced file hospitalizations in California, and now probably the most severely sick of these sufferers are dying in unprecedented numbers. 

Already, many hospitals in Los Angeles and different hard-hit areas are struggling to maintain up and warned they could must ration care as intensive care beds dwindle.

—Related Press

Friday, January 8

4:41 p.m.: Gov. Newsom admits vaccine rollout has been delayed

California Gov. Gavin Newsom confronted some powerful questions concerning the state’s vaccine rollout whereas unveiling his finances proposal Friday.

He admits it’s been delayed. To date solely a few quarter of the vaccine doses allotted to the state have been administered.

However the guidelines modified this week to permit extra flexibility across the order of vaccinations, to stop doses from going to waste.

“There’s nobody that confirmed up in line or this particular person determined final minute to not take it, then there’s this 64-year-old senior who’s there … by definition we need to help that flexibility. So, frequent sense,” he mentioned.

Newsom says the state will crack down on people who find themselves making an attempt to chop in line for the vaccine, and that he and his household are ready to get their pictures till it’s their flip.

2:59 p.m.: Record California budget proposal includes new stimulus checks, small business grants

The coronavirus pandemic is as unhealthy because it’s ever been in California, however Gov. Gavin Newsom’s $227 billion finances displays a wholesome financial restoration thanks largely to wealthier earners.

In his record-high state spending plan unveiled Friday the governor desires to make use of a few of that income to assist these hit exhausting by the pandemic. That features further grants for small companies, and a brand new spherical of stimulus checks to low-income Californians.

“To principally make these $600 checks that persons are beginning to obtain from the federal authorities to get them to be $1,200,” he mentioned. “We need to get roughly 4 million checks out inside three weeks of me signing this bundle.”

The finances additionally consists of greater than $350 million {dollars} for vaccine distribution, although Newsom’s administration says that’s simply an estimate.

The governor says his finances features a file $85 billion for public colleges. That doesn’t embody a further $2 billion Newsom desires lawmakers to approve instantly to reopen colleges in February.

2:58 p.m.: Las Vegas Mayor optimistic about bringing tourists back

Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman mentioned she hopes to welcome everybody again later this yr and expressed optimism after a difficult yr, based on the Related Press.

She gave her annual state of town deal with nearly Thursday, acknowledging the struggles town confronted however remained optimistic in her outlook on the brand new yr. She praised metropolis efforts to assist small companies and supply housing help to people who find themselves unhoused and residents struggling to pay their lease or mortgages.

The Las Vegas Sun reported that town was pressured to chop $124 million from its finances final yr as a result of financial misery attributable to the COVID-19 pandemic.

2:57 p.m.: Nevada breaks daily record for COVID-19 cases

Nevada officers are reporting probably the most new coronavirus instances in a single day for the reason that begin of the pandemic, based on the Related Press.

On Thursday, state officers reported 3,402 new confirmed COVID-19 instances, bringing the statewide whole to 249,795 instances. Nevada COVID-19 response director Caleb Cage anticipated the spike earlier within the week and mentioned it mirrored different post-holiday peaks the state has skilled. 

Nevada has constantly rewritten its file books for coronavirus instances, deaths and hospitalizations all through the months-long surge that has spared no county — city or rural. Gov. Steve Sisolak’s tightened restrictions on enterprise capability and personal gatherings are set to run out on Jan. 15 until he extends them.

10:21 a.m.: San Jose hospital fined $43,000 for failure to report post-holiday outbreak

Kaiser Permanente San Jose Medical Heart has been fined $43,000 for failing to report a lethal coronavirus outbreak that will have been linked to an inflatable vacation costume worn by an unknowingly contaminated staffer on Christmas Day.

In accordance with the Related Press, Santa Clara County’s public well being division mentioned that the outbreak has affected 60 staffers, main to 1 demise. County officers have additionally mentioned the division realized of the infections by press statements issued this week by the Oakland-based hospital chain.

Kaiser is liable for well timed reporting of instances, the county mentioned. The hospital’s spokesperson mentioned it’s reviewing the penalty discover that breaks right down to a $1,000 wonderful for every of the preliminary 43 instances. County officers have mentioned that this outbreak just isn’t associated to the extra contagious U.Okay. pressure.

10:15 a.m.: US reaches 4,000 daily deaths from coronavirus

America topped 4,000 every day deaths from the coronavirus for the primary time, based on the Related Press.

This breaks a file of three,900 deaths set simply yesterday. The surge is being seen in a number of Solar Belt states, the place spikes of the virus caseload had been famous over the summer time. Johns Hopkins College exhibits that the U.S. had 4,085 deaths Thursday, together with almost 275,000 new coronavirus instances reported.

The numbers are one other stark reminder of the worsening state of affairs following the vacation and household gathering journey blended in with extra time indoors with others through the winter months. Greater than 365,000 People have died from COVID-19.

10:08 a.m.: Pfizer, BioNTech vaccines may work against COVID-19 mutation

New analysis means that the Pfizer and BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine can nonetheless work towards a mutated coronavirus pressure, based on the Related Press.

Two new easier-to-spread variants of the virus popped up and have put the world on edge. One was first found in England, whereas the opposite in South Africa. Regardless of the gap, the viruses share a standard mutation.

Pfizer researchers have mentioned that laboratory testing exhibits that this type of mutation doesn’t block the mechanism of the vaccine. Extra assessments are nonetheless wanted to see if any further mutations that will evolve could possibly be a trigger for concern.

The preliminary examine was posted on a web-based analysis website late Thursday and has but to be reviewed by different consultants.

Thursday, January 7

6:51 p.m.: State, hospital association at odds over responding to patient surge

California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration and the state’s hospital affiliation are at odds over how finest to create area for critically sick coronavirus sufferers, based on the Related Press. 

The disagreement comes as well being officers warn that already strained medical amenities will quickly be overwhelmed by a brand new surge from the Christmas and New 12 months’s holidays.

California well being authorities reported Thursday a file two-day whole of 1,042 virus deaths, with many individuals contaminated through the surge after Halloween and Thanksgiving. 

The California Hospital Affiliation says the state is moving too slowly to seek out methods to deal with so many instances. State officers counter that strikes made this week to restrict nonessential surgical procedures and switch sufferers to hospitals with extra obtainable beds will save lives.

—Related Press

5:56 p.m.: Short on resources, hospitals prepare for possibility of rationing care

California hospitals are attempting to organize for probably having to ration care as a result of a scarcity of workers and beds, the Related Press experiences.

The state is grappling with a skyrocketing coronavirus surge, with the second-highest variety of every day virus deaths reported Wednesday at 459. Greater than a quarter-million new instances are being reported every week.

Authorities say Thanksgiving vacation gatherings vastly unfold infections, main the virus to rage uncontrolled throughout the nation. Solely Arizona tops California in instances per resident. 

In Los Angeles County, Methodist Hospital of Southern California shaped an in-house triage workforce to resolve the best way to distribute sources, though it is not but rationing care, the AP experiences.

3:24 p.m.: California seeing two-day record of COVID-19 deaths

California well being authorities have reported a file two-day whole of 1,042 coronavirus deaths as many hospitals pressure below the unprecedented caseloads.

In accordance with the Related Press, the state Division of Public Well being’s web site on Thursday lists 583 new deaths a day after 459 coronavirus-related deaths. The earlier two-day whole was 1,013 deaths on the finish of December.

California’s demise toll for the reason that begin of the pandemic now stands at 28,045. On Wednesday, a journey advisory was issued “strongly discouraging” individuals from out-of-state visiting or getting into the state. Californians are additionally instructed to keep away from touring greater than 120 miles from residence aside from important functions.

3:01 p.m.: California congresswoman tests positive for COVID-19

Newly elected California Rep. Michelle Metal has examined optimistic for the coronavirus, based on the Related Press.

The Orange County Republican was sworn in simply three days in the past and lately found on Wednesday that she was in touch with any individual who was COVID-positive. Whereas she had no signs, she was examined as a precaution, and the outcomes got here again optimistic.

The 65-year-old congresswoman mentioned she would quarantine at her physician’s recommendation. Metal — who beforehand headed the Orange County Board of Supervisors — defeated Democratic Rep. Harley Rouda for the place in November.

Final spring, Metal questioned the necessity for a countywide masks mandate however later modified her thoughts and endorsed face coverings in public.

2:33 p.m.: California suspends 1.4 million unemployment claims to battle fraud

To battle the state’s runaway unemployment fraud, California has frozen 1.4 million claims, based on the Related Press.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported on the state Employment Growth Division mentioned on Wednesday that it had examined present claims from individuals who mentioned they misplaced their jobs through the COVID-19 pandemic and located about 3.5 million claims had been “probably fraudulent.”

Almost 2 million claims have already been disqualified, and fee was suspended for about 1.4 million individuals pending verification. The state has acknowledged that the division was bilked out of tons of of thousands and thousands of {dollars} in COVID-19 unemployment funds that went to fraudsters.

10:31 a.m.: US records highest death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic

The U.S. registered its highest variety of deaths but from the coronavirus, based on the Related Press.

On Jan. 6, the identical day the Professional-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol, the nation recorded almost 3,900 deaths. The assault on the Capitol highlighted a number of the identical deep political divisions which have hampered the battle towards the pandemic. Trump and his followers have resisted efforts to social distance or put on masks to sluggish the unfold of the virus.

Just about no state has escaped the most recent viral surge, however California has been hit notably exhausting, with skyrocketing deaths and infections threatening to drive hospitals to ration essential care. As of Jan. 6, 28,045 Californians had died from COVID-19.

10:30 a.m.: How long can I wait between COVID-19 vaccine doses? US and UK debate the timeline.

AP Illustration/Peter Hamlin

The primary COVID-19 vaccines obtainable within the U.S. and the U.Okay. require two doses to be taken a couple of weeks aside.

However based on the Related Press, the 2 counties have differed on how carefully these pointers must be adopted. Whereas individuals ought to get some sort of safety from the vaccine throughout the first two weeks of receiving it, the pharmaceutical giants additionally differ on the ready interval earlier than the second shot.

The Pfizer and BioNTech shot regiment ought to comply with up with a second shot three weeks after the primary, whereas for Moderna, the second shot could be administered 4 weeks later. Regardless of this, the U.Okay. says it’s OK to delay the booster pictures for so long as 12 weeks to hurry up the variety of individuals receiving their first pictures.

Regulators within the U.S. have skipped that plan because it’s unknown how lengthy the primary dose’s partial safety can final.

10:29 a.m.: 787,000 Americans still applying for unemployment benefits

Whereas the variety of People looking for unemployment support fell barely to 787,000 candidates, these numbers nonetheless present proof of a job market stumbling within the face of a viral pandemic.

According to the Associated Press, as we enter month 10 of the pandemic within the U.S., figures from the Labor Division confirmed that many employers are nonetheless chopping jobs because the pandemic tightens enterprise restricts and leads anxious shoppers to remain residence.

Earlier than the recession, roughly 225,000 People utilized for unemployment advantages weekly. Now, the renewed viral surge has modified the habits of thousands and thousands of shoppers as they keep away from consuming out, buying and touring.

TD Securities economists estimate that greater than half of all states at the moment are limiting gatherings to 10 individuals or much less, which is up from a roughly quarter of states that enacted these restrictions again in September.

Wednesday, January 6

3:44 p.m.: Newsom proposes $4 billion economic recovery plan

After a yr of small companies closing and reopening, Gov. Gavin Newsom introduced his proposed $4 billion in state spending to maintain them afloat in 2021.

According to the Associated Press, Newsom was the primary U.S. governor to impose a statewide stay-at-home order because of the pandemic, however a current swell of instances have brought on varied types of restrictions to linger into 2021, impacting many retail shops through the yr’s usually busiest buying season.

Whereas individuals with typically increased incomes had been extra doubtless capable of preserve their jobs and work at home, many individuals with decrease incomes, like retail and restaurant staff, both misplaced their jobs or had been placed on unpaid furlough. Frustration has overwhelmed many, resulting in a recall effort towards Newsom.

The state spending he introduced on Tuesday might be cut up up a couple of methods. Near half the cash, totaling $1.5 billion, will go in the direction of individuals buying electrical vehicles and development jobs to arrange extra charging stations throughout the state as part of the ban on the sale of all new gas-powered vehicles by 2035.

Small companies are earmarked $575 million, with grants of as much as $25,000 obtainable to small enterprise homeowners. Newsom and the state Legislature has already given $500 million to this system, so if the brand new proposal is authorized, greater than $1 billion might be obtainable to small enterprise homeowners.

3:43 p.m.: Over 6,000 unemployment benefits claims came from out-of-state prisons and jails

A current report says that greater than $40 million in California unemployment advantages earmarked for individuals left jobless by the coronavirus pandemic in all probability went to out-of-state jails and prisons.

In accordance with the Related Press, The Los Angeles Times reviewed an evaluation commissioned by the state’s Employment Growth Division and located that the EDD authorized greater than 6,000 claims involving individuals who had been in all probability incarcerated out of state.

At the least 2,000 of these claims got here from Florida jails and prisons. The EDD has acknowledged it paid about $400 million to Californians incarcerated in-state, together with some on demise row.

12:22 p.m.: Patients could transferred across California as doctors search for available ICU beds

Hospitals in California are so swamped by the mounting coronavirus instances that the state has ordered these with obtainable area to just accept sufferers from others which have run out of intensive care beds.

In accordance with the Related Press, the general public well being order issued Tuesday may end in sufferers being shipped to Northern California from Southern California and the San Joaquin Valley. Inside these areas, 14 counties had been additionally ordered to delay nonessential and “non-life-threatening” surgical procedures.

For a lot of the yr, California has managed to keep away from a disaster, however now the virus is raging, and California stays at or close to the highest of states with the latest instances per capita.

12:19 p.m.: Nevada State of the State address will be pre-recorded

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak will pre-record his second State of the State deal with because of the coronavirus pandemic, based on the Related Press.

As a well being precaution, the pre-recorded deal with will log on on Jan. 19. The governor introduced Tuesday that he would additionally launch his proposed finances the day earlier than his deal with. The speech may even emphasize the governor’s priorities earlier than the state’s legislative session begins in February.

The state is going through a considerable deficit due to the pandemic. In November, Sisolak had instructed state businesses to organize for 12% finances cuts in every of the following two fiscal years. A particular session final summer time had made $1 billion in cuts from the earlier finances.

12:18 p.m.: California extends an extra $600 payment to low-income residents

Thousands and thousands of low-income Californians would get a $600 fee from the state below a brand new finances proposal by Gov. Gavin Newsom, based on the Related Press.

The proposed fee introduced Wednesday would go to residents with annual incomes of lower than $30,000 a yr. The pool of eligible individuals consists of some immigrants who’re undocumented and file taxes with the state. Roughly 4 million individuals can be eligible for the fee for a complete state value of $2.4 billion.

Newsom is asking lawmakers to approve the proposal shortly, so individuals can get their funds beginning in February. The governor can be asking the Legislature to increase a moratorium on evictions.

Tuesday, January 5

5:43 p.m.: Too soon to know impact of Granite Bay New Year’s party, health officials say

Well being officers say it’s too early to inform whether or not a highly-criticized New 12 months’s Eve celebration in Granite Bay was a super-spreader occasion. 

The largely-maskless occasion that has drawn the ire of many, together with Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg.

For many who attended the social gathering, well being officers recommend one factor. 

“Anyone who was at that social gathering must be quarantining proper now,” mentioned Susie Welty, an epidemiologist at UC San Francisco. 

Welty says sluggish testing turnaround occasions and a scarcity of public belief make contact tracing a big social gathering harder, particularly as COVID-19 instances spike through the holidays.

“It’s simply the dimensions of this. The variety of instances,” she mentioned. “The variety of contacts we’ve. We’re not outfitted for this type of public well being response.” 

Officers recommend getting examined after 5 days of isolating in response to an publicity. So it’s too early to know whether or not the gathering will end in confirmed COVID-19 instances.

Welty mentioned contact tracers are doing their finest, however there’s little they’ll do when individuals aren’t heading well being recommendation.

5:22 p.m.: Ukiah hospital delivers 800 vaccine doses in two hours after freezer failure

The freezer holding 850 doses of the Moderna COVID vaccine failed at Adventist Well being Ukiah Valley Medical Heart Monday. So did the alarm that might have warned of the failure, leaving the hospital simply two and a half hours to vaccinate that many individuals or watch the doses spoil.

Adventist gave pictures primarily based on Monday’s precedence record, arrange 4 cellular vaccination pop-up areas and put out the phrase within the Mendocino County neighborhood of 16,000. Mendocino Faculty math professor Leslie Banta acquired the decision simply after 1 p.m.

“Hurried over to the church, didn’t have to attend in line very lengthy, and had my shot at 1:30,” Banta mentioned. “The dosages expired at two o’clock. In order that they had been capable of vaccinate almost 800 individuals in about two hours, It was wonderful work on their half. It took a heroic effort for his or her workers.”

All of the doses had been administered earlier than the deadline. Those that acquired the vaccine might be contacted within the subsequent three weeks or so to come back again for the follow-up second dose.

3:24 p.m.: Grammys will be postponed to March due to coronavirus surge

Music followers should wait a bit longer for this yr’s Grammy Awards ceremony. In accordance with the Related Press, the 2021 Grammy Awards will not be held this month and can finally be broadcast in March because of the current improve in COVID-19 instances and deaths in California.

The Recording Academy instructed the AP on Tuesday that the annual present would shift from its authentic Jan. 31 broadcast to a yet-to-be-announced date in March. Beyoncé is a number one contender this yr with 9 nominations.

The award present will nonetheless be held in Los Angeles on the Staples Heart, regardless of the county being the epicenter of California’s disaster.

L.A. County has surpassed 10,000 COVID-19 deaths, totaling about 40% of the overall deaths statewide.

3:06 p.m.: Nevada officials plan to start vaccinating people age 75 and older

Nevada Well being officers are planning to start COVID-19 vaccinations for individuals aged 75 and above, based on the Related Press.

The inoculation effort may start at pharmacies in Clark County as quickly as subsequent week. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Monday {that a} Southern Nevada Well being District spokesperson mentioned the beginning date could possibly be as quickly as Jan. 11.

Vaccination efforts within the state have centered up to now on front-line well being care staff, workers, and residents in long-term care amenities. A Nevada Well being and Human Providers spokesperson mentioned a number of counties may “quickly” start vaccinating individuals within the state’s second-tier precedence group, which incorporates older adults.

Each well being businesses have mentioned that extra data might be launched as particulars are confirmed.

3:03 p.m.: Sacramento region hospitals remain below 15% ICU capacity

ICU capability in Sacramento space hospitals has been hovering under 15% previously a number of days.

On Monday, the capability fell to 12%, based on Sacramento County Public Well being Officer Dr. Olivia Kasirye. The area will stay below California’s regional stay-at-home order till state projections present ICU capcity above 15% capability 4 weeks out.

“We’re nonetheless in that state of affairs the place it is tenuous; we’ve to be cautious,” she mentioned on CapRadio’s Insight. “We’re not out of the hazard simply but.”

Well being officers are nonetheless ready to see if there’ll finally be any post-holiday COVID-19 surge. In the meantime, Kasirye mentioned she’s disheartened to listen to about individuals not taking California’s regional stay-at-home orders severely, particularly within the mild of the Granite Bay New 12 months’s Eve social gathering attended by tons of.

“I believe it’s saddening to seek out that persons are nonetheless selecting to disregard the warnings that we’re placing out.”

10:26 a.m.: Only about 1% of Californians vaccinated amid COVID-19 vaccine campaign

Distribution hiccups and logistical challenges have slowed the preliminary coronavirus vaccine in California, based on the Related Press.

Gov. Gavin Newsom mentioned that the present tempo is “not adequate” as virus caseloads proceed to spike throughout the state. Out of California’s 30 million residents, solely about 1% of the state has been inoculated.

About 454,000 doses have been administered, however that’s only a quarter of the 1.3 million the state has acquired up to now. On Monday, the state’s demise toll topped 26,500, and confirmed instances soared close to 2.4 million for the reason that begin of the pandemic. State hospitals are swamped with greater than 22,000 COVID-19 sufferers.

10:22 a.m.: Is it possible to be reinfected with COVID-19?  Yes, but unlikely.

AP Illustration/Peter Hamlin

When you’ve already had the coronavirus, it’s potential you may get reinfected, however these instances appear to be uncommon, based on the Related Press.

Whereas some reinfections have been confirmed, two new research recommend that it could be uncommon to get the virus once more for at the least a number of months, and perhaps longer. In a single examine, solely 0.3% of U.S. individuals who had been beforehand contaminated examined optimistic once more over the following a number of months.

A equally low charge of reinfections was present in a examine of U.Okay. well being staff. The findings appear to bode nicely for present COVID-19 vaccines, which set off the sort of immune responses that the research discovered protecting.

10:10 a.m.: Granite Bay New Year’s Eve party attendees encouraged to get coronavirus tests, self-isolate

Placer County well being officers are encouraging the tons of of partygoers who attended a New 12 months’s Eve social gathering on the posh Granite Bay residence previously owned by actor Eddie Murphy to get examined for COVID-19 and self-isolate.

Placer County Sheriff spokesperson Angela Musallam mentioned the deputies did reply to a noise grievance coming from the home social gathering however mentioned it could have been unconstitutional for them to implement Gov. Gavin Newsom’s public well being orders.

“, whereas it was disappointing to see that, this isn’t inside regulation enforcement’s purview to even implement,” Musallam mentioned.

The county couldn’t verify social media experiences that some social gathering attendees have begun experiencing COVID-19 signs. The interim well being official mentioned individuals who attended any giant gathering over the vacations ought to get examined for the virus and keep away from others.

Monday, January 4

5:22: Sacramento to discuss protections for renters

Sacramento Metropolis Council will focus on town’s Tenant Safety Program Tuesday because the deadline for paying back-rent approaches.

This system was put in place in 2019 and amended final yr to guard renters from evictions through the pandemic. However Councilmember Katie Valenzuela mentioned this system just isn’t offering the protections it ought to for tenants struggling to pay lease. 

Valenzuela says she hopes extra revolutionary options to strengthen protections for renters could be thought-about.

“Changing again lease owed into client debt, so I nonetheless owe you as my landlord, however it may well not be grounds for eviction and the reimbursement schedule could be negotiated primarily based on what the tenant can afford and what the owner wants,” Valenzuela mentioned, as one choice that might help renters.

The California Condominium Affiliation representing landlords mentioned their members have been in compliance with rental packages. However they’ve famous previously that stronger tenant protections may push out small mother and pop landlords.

5:19 p.m.: California to open up who can administer COVID-19 vaccine, Newsom says

Gov. Gavin Newsom is promising to hurry up the method of getting Californians vaccinated towards COVID-19. 

The governor says the state has acquired 1.29 million doses, with one other 611,000 on the best way. However up to now, solely 454,000 doses have been administered in California. A part of his answer is to permit vaccinations to be given by greater than medical doctors and clinic staff.

“We’re already working this final variety of days to extend the variety of distribution websites and extra importantly to speed up the efforts of who can distribute the vaccine,” Newsom mentioned throughout a press convention Monday. “Dental administration — so dentists administering the vaccine — pharmacy techs, Nationwide Guard, extra of our Nationwide Guard deployed to start the distribution and administration.”

Newsom says one other $300 million might be put towards public consciousness of the vaccine and the place to get it. He’ll launch particulars of that on Friday.

12:01 p.m.: California hospitals swamped as COVID-19 numbers rise

California’s COVID-19 demise toll topped 26,500 this weekend, based on the California Division of Public Well being.

Because the begin of the pandemic, the state’s confirmed instances have neared 2.4 million. Hospitals within the state are treating greater than 22,000 COVID-19 sufferers, together with almost 4,700 in ICUs, based on the California Division of Public Well being.

Authorities in California have warned of a possible large surge on the horizon as a result of journey and gatherings for the December holidays and New 12 months’s.

11:58 a.m.: 2021 men’s March Madness to take place in bubble in Indiana

All 67 of the 2021 males’s March Insanity video games might be performed in a bubble in Indiana in an effort to stage the school basketball event after final yr’s was canceled because of the pandemic, NPR reports.

A few of final yr’s 2020 March Insanity video games had been initially set to happen on the Golden 1 Heart in downtown Sacramento earlier than being canceled because of the virus. Golden 1 Heart final hosted March Insanity in 2017, which had a $4 million financial influence on town.

The NCAA says it’s nonetheless figuring out whether or not followers can attend the video games. The group additionally introduced plans to carry the ladies’s event in March, with Ultimate 4 video games in San Antonio, Texas. It mentioned it was in talks to carry the entire girls’s event in that very same area to cut back workforce journey.

11:52 a.m.: Inflatable holiday costume could be tied to San Jose hospital staff outbreak

One worker is useless and dozens of staff are contaminated with COVID-19 on the Kaiser Permanente San Jose Medical Heart after an worker appeared on the hospital carrying an inflatable vacation costume on Christmas Day, the Related Press experiences.

Since Dec. 27, 44 workers members within the emergency division have examined optimistic for the virus, based on Kaiser Permanente San Jose Medical Heart Senior Vice President and Space Supervisor Irene Chavez.

Inflatable costumes just like the one utilized by the worker normally depend on battery-operated followers to suck in air to maintain its form, which may have unfold COVID-19-infected droplets within the air. Investigators are trying into the functioning of the fan.

6:40 a.m.: New California law gives workers new COVID-19 protections

California now has strict new guidelines meant to guard staff from contracting COVID-19 on the job below AB 685, a brand new state regulation which took impact Jan. 1.

When you can’t work remotely and have spent any time at work the previous couple months, you could have acquired an electronic mail from HR telling you {that a} colleague examined optimistic for the coronavirus, or was uncovered to somebody with it.

Beginning this yr, employers should try this. The brand new regulation requires written notification of potential exposures within the office.

Labor lawyer Caroline Donelan says employers have an moral obligation to maintain their staff protected, and plenty of have already been doing this.

“These processes are in all probability already in place for many employers. However now along with this moral obligation, they now have a authorized obligation to do,” Donelan mentioned.

The regulation additionally requires firms to report outbreaks — outlined as three or extra instances at a jobsite — to their native public well being division.

Donelan says staff who don’t really feel they’re getting these protections have a couple of choices. She says it’s a good suggestion to start out by talking along with your employer first. But when that doesn’t change something, head to Cal/OSHA’s website.

“They’ve a hotline to name if workers have questions on issues like paid sick go away, retaliation protections,” Donelan mentioned. “And in the event that they really feel like they’ve gotten to the purpose the place they need to file a grievance, that may be completed fully on-line as nicely.”

The very last thing AB 685 does is give Cal/OSHA the authority to close down work websites that aren’t following these new coronavirus guidelines. However Donelan says the company is already overwhelmed, and the way a lot it really makes use of that energy stays to be seen.

Learn more about new California laws for 2021 in our interactive guide here.

6:35 a.m.: LA County recording new COVID-19 case every six seconds, mayor says

The mayor of Los Angeles says the pandemic is getting worse because the coronavirus spreads quickly inside households and Californians let their guard down, according to the Associated Press.

Mayor Eric Garcetti says LA County is recording a brand new COVID-19 case each six seconds. Garcetti mentioned on the CBS program “Face the Nation” on Sunday that he’s involved information of a vaccine rollout “has made all people so hopeful” that they wrongly really feel they’ll chill out their habits. He mentioned they have to keep vigilant.

California hospitals stretched to their limits will get assist from the state’s Hearth and Rescue Mutual Help System, which is normally utilized in response to wildfires, floods and different pure disasters.

Sunday, January 3

10:55 a.m.: Greater Sacramento region remains under regional stay-at-home order

Keep-at-home orders for the Sacramento area might be prolonged, state officers introduced Saturday, as intensive care unit capability is projected to stay low.

The area fell below the state’s regional stay-at-home order Dec. 10, after ICU capability dropped under the state’s 15% threshold to stay open. Below the orders, companies resembling barbershops and nail salons should shut, whereas retail shops can keep open at 20% capability and eating places are restricted to takeout-only.

Areas should keep below the orders for at the least three weeks, however can come off as soon as projections present ICU capability rising above 15% 4 weeks sooner or later. The Higher Sacramento area would have been capable of go away the order as quickly as Jan. 1. However on Saturday, the state reported that the area’s four-week ICU capability projections don’t meet the factors to exit the order.

The Southern California and San Joaquin Valley areas additionally stay below the order. The Bay Space will stay below the order till at the least Jan. 8 when it has an opportunity to exit primarily based on ICU projections.

10:23 a.m.: U.S. COVID-19 death toll tops 350,000

Greater than 350,000 individuals in the US have been killed by the coronavirus, NPR reports.

The devastating milestone is based on a Johns Hopkins University tracker.

A brand new variant of the virus continues to unfold throughout dozens of nations, together with the U.S., the place it has been discovered up to now in California, Colorado and Florida.

The U.S. may see a very lethal January, after a file variety of infections in December.

President-elect Joe Biden mentioned this week that “the following few weeks and months are going to be very powerful, a really powerful interval for our nation — perhaps the hardest throughout this whole pandemic.”

10:11 a.m.: New director appointed to California unemployment department

California’s governor has appointed Rita L. Saenz to supervise the state’s unemployment advantages division, which has been overwhelmed by claims through the coronavirus pandemic and in addition has paid out tons of of thousands and thousands of {dollars} in phony claims. 

Gov. Gavin Newsom introduced the appointment Wednesday of Saenz, a former director of the state Division of Social Providers. 

She replaces Sharon Hilliard, who was appointed by Newsom in February however retires this week. 

The division has been struggling to take care of an enormous backlog of unemployment claims due to the COVID-19 outbreak that shut most nonessential companies and price thousands and thousands their jobs.

—Related Press

Saturday, January 2

12:28 p.m.: Pharmacist arrested, accused of destroying more than 500 Moderna vaccine doses

A pharmacist from Milwaukee was arrested Thursday on suspicion of deliberately eradicating tons of of coronavirus vaccines from refrigeration, resulting in their destruction, according to NPR

Police officers from Grafton, Wisconsin, mentioned in a press release the pharmacist, who has been fired from the Advocate Aurora Well being hospital system, was arrested on advisable costs of first-degree recklessly endangering security, adulterating a prescription drug and legal injury to property.

Well being care staff had been pressured to throw out about 570 doses of the Moderna vaccine that had been faraway from required refrigeration. Nonetheless, 57 sufferers got the medication that had been unnoticed. Bahr mentioned these vaccines had been rendered probably much less efficient or altogether ineffective. The sufferers had been notified and are usually not at any threat of antagonistic well being results, he mentioned.

Officers mentioned that in a written assertion to Aurora Well being officers, the pharmacist accountable admitted “to deliberately eradicating the vaccine figuring out that if not correctly saved the vaccine can be ineffective.”

11:09 a.m.: United States surpasses 20 million confirmed cases on New Year’s Day

Greater than 20 million confirmed instances of the coronavirus have been recorded in the US, NPR reports. 

The nation reached the grim milestone on Friday, the primary day of 2021, according to numbers from Johns Hopkins University.

With 10 million instances recorded Nov. 9, the U.S. greater than doubled the variety of infections in lower than two months. It accounts for almost 1 / 4 of all instances on this planet and a fifth of all deaths.

California leads the U.S. in instances, with a new single-day record in deaths recorded on Friday.

10 a.m.: California reports a record 585 virus deaths in single day

California began the brand new yr by reporting a file 585 coronavirus deaths in a single day.

The state Division of Public Well being mentioned Friday there have been greater than 47,000 new confirmed instances reported, bringing the overall to greater than 2.29 million.

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s workplace says California will start collaborating with the U.S. Military Corps of Engineers to guage and improve outdated oxygen supply techniques at six Los Angeles space hospitals.

California this week turned the third state to exceed 25,000 COVID-19 deaths for the reason that begin of the pandemic.

—Related Press


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