Friday, August 27, 2021 | California Healthline


Is An Indoor Vaccine Mandate Next?: California Democrats are contemplating laws to require folks to show they’re absolutely vaccinated earlier than getting into indoor public areas like eating places, bars, film theaters, gyms, resorts and stadiums. The proposal hasn’t been formally launched within the Legislature, and the timeline for motion is unclear. Learn extra from The Sacramento Bee, Bay Area News Group and Los Angeles Times.

LA County Won’t Ease Strict School Quarantine Rules: Los Angeles County well being officers will proceed to implement strict faculty quarantine guidelines amid a “sobering” 3,186 coronavirus circumstances at campuses countywide final week, public well being officers stated Thursday, Aug. 26. The county quarantine guidelines, that are stricter than state pointers, have raised issues amongst some faculty leaders and oldsters about tutorial disruption. Learn extra from the Los Angeles Times and LA Daily News.

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Sacramento Bee:
Sacramento Hospitals ‘At Capacity’ Amid COVID Delta Surge 

Extra Sacramento County residents have died of COVID-19 within the first three weeks of August than in any full calendar month since February, based on the county well being workplace, because the extremely contagious delta variant of coronavirus bombards the capital area with infections and fills up hospital beds. The county’s information dashboard reveals not less than 76 confirmed coronavirus deaths this month. That’s 9 greater than all of March and on tempo to greater than double the fatality price from April by way of July, a stretch that averaged rather less than 40 deaths a month. (McGough, 8/26 )

Los Angeles Times:
COVID-19 Cases Rise Among Unvaccinated Youth, Latinos

Los Angeles County has seen a slowdown within the newest surge in COVID-19 sufferers headed to hospitals, however it’s unclear but whether or not it has gotten previous one other peak, Barbara Ferrer, director of the county public well being division, stated Thursday. It’s “onerous to know,” Ferrer stated, cautioning that “we’ve got a number of danger proper now” as many individuals return to their routines and kids and lecturers return to highschool with the extremely transmissible Delta variant circulating within the county. (Alpert Reyes and Lin II, 8/26)

San Diego Union-Tribune:
COVID-19 Cases On Rise In San Diego Jails; Detention Staff Required To Vaccinate Or Test Weekly 

Amid a unbroken rise in COVID-19 circumstances in San Diego County jails, the Sheriff’s Division is requiring that its detention employees both be vaccinated in opposition to the illness or endure weekly testing. As of Thursday, there have been not less than 200 energetic COVID-19 circumstances amongst these in custody all through the county’s seven detention amenities, or a little bit greater than 5 p.c of the three,876 folks in jail, based on division information. That was a rise of 85 circumstances since Wednesday. (Riggins. 8/26)

Orange County Register:
Coronavirus: L.A. County Reported 3,226 New Cases And 31 New Deaths, Aug. 26 

Los Angeles County public well being officers reported 3,226 new circumstances of the coronavirus, bringing the full variety of circumstances to 1,394,488 as of Thursday, Aug. 26. The full variety of circumstances represents 13.9% of Los Angeles County’s inhabitants. Officers reported 31 new deaths linked to the coronavirus, for a complete 25,181 deaths since monitoring started. The full variety of deaths represents 0.25% of Los Angeles County’s inhabitants. (Goertzen, 8/26)

The Bakersfield Californian:
Case Rates In Kern Are Highest In Bakersfield

Within the earliest days of the pandemic in Kern County, coronavirus circumstances first appeared in southwest Bakersfield earlier than migrating downtown. The waves of COVID-19 that hit the county since March 2020 did not have that very same trajectory, however the newest surge of the virus appears to be a return to kind. (Gallegos, 8/26)

Los Angeles Times:
Long COVID’s Daunting Toll Seen In Earliest Pandemic Patients

COVID-19 sufferers in Wuhan had been among the many pandemic’s first victims, and a complete new examine finds {that a} yr after shaking the coronavirus, survivors had been extra possible than their uninfected friends to undergo from mobility issues, ache or discomfort, anxiousness and melancholy. An in depth accounting of 1,276 folks hospitalized for COVID-19 within the pandemic’s opening months reveals {that a} full yr later, nearly half continued to report not less than one lingering well being drawback that’s now thought-about a symptom of “lengthy COVID.” (Healy, 8/27)

Bay Area News Group:
COVID-19 At Oakland Schools Shuts Down Several Classrooms

Nearly three weeks after Oakland Unified Faculty District’s 35,000 college students returned to school rooms for the reason that begin of the pandemic, dozens of scholars and lecturers have reported getting COVID-19 off-campus and 7 lessons have been pressured to briefly shut to stop its unfold. Earlier this week, nevertheless, district officers discovered that not less than 12 circumstances — a few of which had prompted them to shut school rooms — had been primarily based on false constructive check outcomes. (Sciacca, 8/26)

The (Santa Rosa) Press Democrat:
Sonoma County Schools See 83 Virus Cases In First Two Weeks

Sonoma County colleges handled not less than 83 circumstances of COVID-19 throughout the first two weeks of the varsity yr, well being officers stated in a neighborhood briefing this week. Of the circumstances recognized, 68 had been college students and 16 had been employees members. Round 10%, or eight of these circumstances, had been decided by contact tracers to be brought on by school-based transmission. These and different countywide statistics offered Wednesday by Sonoma County public well being staff on the epidemiology and faculty help workforce provide a broad snapshot of faculties’ dealings with COVID-19 throughout their preliminary weeks of full-time in-person instruction. (Tornay, 8/26)

Quarantines And Teacher Shortages: A Double Whammy For California Districts 

Quarantines and instructor shortages are threatening to overwhelm faculty districts already struggling to supply unbiased examine for tens of hundreds of scholars who’ve chosen it or might be pressured into it due to Covid infections and publicity. Many districts are confused over the best way to educate college students in quarantine — what’s required, what’s allowed and what’s funded. At this level, unbiased examine, even for eight to 14 days as a result of a quarantine, is the one training choice that the state is keen to fund apart from in-person instruction. The Legislature let the one-year legislation setting the foundations for distance studying expire on the finish of June. (Fensterwald and Marquez Rosales, 8/27)

Los Angeles Times:
The Frenzy Behind Happy Masks: How A Face Covering Went Viral

Nikki Hart needed to get some Pleased Masks for her children. The Culver Metropolis mom of two had heard dad and mom extol the match and filtration of the corporate’s face coverings. And when her 4-year-old son tried on a good friend’s masks, it didn’t fog up his eyeglasses. So on Aug. 9, Hart logged onto the corporate’s web site and ready for the 6 p.m. launch of a brand new batch of Pleased Masks. With the return to highschool looming, Hart stated she knew of a number of different mothers who had been hoping to attain them, too. “It felt like I used to be making an attempt to get tickets to the Rolling Stones,” she stated. (Miller, 8/27)

San Diego Union-Tribune:
San Diego To Mandate City Workers Be Fully Vaccinated 

The Metropolis of San Diego notified all 11,000 of the town’s staff by electronic mail Thursday that they have to get a COVID-19 vaccine by Nov. 2. The town is the primary main authorities company within the area to mandate that every one staff get vaccinated. Los Angeles issued the same mandate final week requiring metropolis staff to be vaccinated by Oct. 5. The e-mail to San Diego metropolis staff doesn’t clarify the rationale for the Nov. 2 deadline. (Garrick, 8/26)

San Diego Union-Tribune:
Rage Against The Vaccine: How A San Diego Group Is Lashing Out At COVID-19 Rules 

On an August morning, 300 folks flooded the San Diego County Board of Supervisors assembly to protest masks and vaccine pointers that officers advocate as life-saving measures within the COVID-19 pandemic. Demonstrators referred to as them constitutional violations and assaults on private liberty. “We’re preventing for freedom with folks world wide,” stated Alysson Hartmann, co-founder of ReOpen San Diego, which organized the protest. “We’re the one factor standing between tyranny and our nation and youngsters.” (Brennan and Durham, 8/26)

The (Santa Rosa) Press Democrat:
FDA’s Approval Of Pfizer Vaccine Draws Limited Reaction

Folks cite a variety of causes for declining the coronavirus vaccines right here in Sonoma County and elsewhere, however one frequent clarification has been, “They don’t have actual FDA approval.” For months, well being staff have doled out photographs of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson below emergency use authorizations from the U.S. Meals and Drug Administration. That authorization was given after the formulation had gone by way of three levels of vigorous examine. Full approval requires a fourth stage, one which examines a bigger pool of vaccine and placebo recipients over an extended time frame. (Barber and Espinoza, 8/26)

Bay Area News Group:
Free Air Purifiers To Be Given Away By Bay Area Air District To Protect Vulnerable People From Wildfire Smoke 

In an effort to scale back the rising well being dangers from wildfire smoke to a number of the Bay Space’s most susceptible residents, air regulators introduced Thursday they plan to supply free air purifiers to three,000 low-income Bay Space residents who are suffering from bronchial asthma and different respiratory issues. The Bay Space Air High quality Administration District, a state company primarily based in San Francisco, stated it would spend $350,000 on this system, and can search donations from companies and others to develop it extra broadly within the months forward. (Rogers, 8/26)

San Francisco Chronicle:
Caldor Fire Prompts First Evacuation Warnings Inside Lake Tahoe Basin

Evacuation warnings had been issued contained in the Tahoe Basin on Thursday for the primary time for the reason that Caldor Fireplace erupted southwest of Lake Tahoe two weeks in the past, and evacuations had been ordered at Echo Summit. Residents of Christmas Valley within the South Lake space had been instructed to arrange to vacate their houses whereas residents between Twin Bridges and Echo Summit had been ordered to go away. The developments in El Dorado County got here as one other new wildland fireplace began in Tuolumne County, forcing evacuations in Sonora. (Cabanatuan and Hepler, 8/26)

Los Angeles Times:
A Hellish Summer In Lake Tahoe: Choked In Smoke With The Caldor Fire Closing In Fast

The scent of burnt pine chokes the mountain air, but it surely’s the indicators alongside the roadways that announce the early finish of the summer season season at South Lake Tahoe. “FOREST CLOSED,” “NO CAMPING,” “NO BARBECUES.”Because the harmful Caldor fireplace creeps nearer to the favored resort space, the boaters, hikers and beachgoers who sometimes descend on South Lake Tahoe forward of Labor Day have all however vanished. And the lake itself — a blue jewel of California — is now uneven and darkish below a dense blanket of smoke. The layer of ash within the space is thick sufficient in some locations to go away footprints. (Smith and Armond, 8/27)

With Wildfire Threatening, Lake Tahoe Prepares For Emergency

The choice to flee their dwelling Thursday within the mountains above Lake Tahoe turned clear when Johnny White and Lauren McCauley may see flames on the webcam at their native ski resort. At the same time as ash rained down below a cloud of heavy smoke, the couple wasn’t panicked as a result of that they had an early warning to go away their dwelling close to Echo Summit, about 10 miles (16 kilometers) south of the lake, and wished to keep away from last-minute pandemonium if the wildfire continued its march towards the vacationer vacation spot on the California and Nevada border. (Metz and Melley, 8/27)

Sacramento Bee:
Newsom Recall Candidate Faulconer Calls For Parental Leave

Gubernatorial recall candidate Kevin Faulconer desires to implement absolutely paid parental depart as a part of a plan he says will help California girls, particularly working moms. The plan, which Faulconer launched Thursday, comes as he and different candidates lambaste recall entrance runner Larry Elder over feedback he made in help of being pregnant discrimination. Faulconer accused Elder of eager to “eradicate girls’s protections” and stated his plan will present moms with help once they want it most. (Korte, 8/26)

Los Angeles Times:
‘Mad Moms’ And Mask Mandates: Will They Determine Newsom’s Fate? 

Nearly since its inception, the hassle to oust Gov. Gavin Newsom has been inextricably tied to the pandemic’s impression on colleges. Recall backers say they succeeded in qualifying for the poll largely due to moms’ frustration with closed school rooms and their kids’s struggles with digital studying. Now, as recall ballots are dropping in mailboxes, kids are returning to highschool amid heated battles over masks mandates and skyrocketing circumstances of the extremely transmissible Delta variant. Leaders of the hassle to take away Newsom for workplace are assured that ladies, exasperated by the impact of Newsom’s insurance policies on their kids, are the explanation they may prevail. (Mehta, 8/27)

Los Angeles Times:
How To Vote By Mail In Newsom California Recall Election 

If California was flirting with mail-in voting earlier than 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic carried out a shotgun marriage ceremony. To verify the coronavirus didn’t shut folks out of the November 2020 election, the state Legislature handed and Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a measure requiring counties to ship mail-in ballots to all registered voters, no utility or request obligatory. The state later prolonged this requirement by way of not less than 2021.The ballots for the Sept. 14 recall election have already been delivered, and voters are beginning to fill them out and return them. However it’s not too late to acquire a mail-in poll for those who’re a freshly registered voter otherwise you’re residing at a brand new tackle. Listed here are just a few ideas for the best way to receive, return and monitor your poll. (Healey, 8/27)

Supreme Court Allows Evictions To Resume During Pandemic

The Supreme Courtroom’s conservative majority is permitting evictions to renew throughout america, blocking the Biden administration from imposing a short lived ban that was put in place due to the coronavirus pandemic. The court docket’s motion late Thursday ends protections for roughly 3.5 million folks in america who stated they confronted eviction within the subsequent two months, based on Census Bureau information from early August. (Sherman, 8/27)

California Advances 2 Zoning Bills To Promote Scarce Housing

Spurred by an reasonably priced housing scarcity, spiking dwelling costs and intractable homelessness, California lawmakers on Thursday superior the second of two measures designed to chop by way of native zoning ordinances. The measure promoted by Senate chief Toni Atkins and supported by Meeting Speaker Anthony Rendon, each Democrats, would make it simpler to construct smaller second models on what at the moment are single-family properties. That would embody as much as 4 models, resembling duplexes or houses with hooked up residing models, if the lot is cut up into two equal parcels below the invoice. (Thompson, 8/26)

The New York Times:
California Advances Zoning Measure To Allow Duplexes 

California wants extra housing. Extra condominiums, extra townhouses close to mass transit, extra suburban condominium buildings. There isn’t any different answer to the state’s determined homelessness drawback and a deepening housing affordability disaster, based on a broad assortment of economists and housing specialists. But for years the State Legislature has struggled to observe their prescription to extend city density, actually because lawmakers worry angering suburban voters, whose preferences for single-family dwelling residing have been thought to be politically sacrosanct. (Dougherty, 8/26)

San Francisco Chronicle:
It Took 13 Years, But 200 Affordable Homes Are Finally Coming To SoMa

When reasonably priced housing builder Tenderloin Neighborhood Improvement Corp. first bid on the parking zone at Fifth and Howard again in 2007, there have been loads of causes to assume it was a loopy concept. In spite of everything, at $12 million, the 32,000-square-foot parcel was costly, and two well-capitalized rental builders had been additionally chasing the property, bidding up the value. Moreover, the Mayor’s Workplace of Housing didn’t have the cash to fund the event. Even when they had been capable of persuade the town to fund the land acquisition, the place would the cash come from to assemble it? (Dineen, 8/26)

Bay Area News Group:
Santa Clara County Cut New Homelessness Almost 30% During COVID

Santa Clara County has housed practically 5,000 folks since January and lower its variety of newly homeless residents by nearly 30% over the previous yr — placing the county properly on its approach to assembly formidable objectives set in 2020. However the disaster is so in depth, that even these important positive factors have did not make a noticeable dent within the proliferation of homeless encampments from San Jose to Gilroy. (Kendall, 8/26)

San Francisco Chronicle:
S.F. Wants To Put Homeless Hotels Around The City. These Are The Neighborhoods Pushing Back

Many Japantown neighborhood leaders, enterprise homeowners and residents are opposing San Francisco’s plan to purchase a vacationer lodge within the neighborhood and convert it into everlasting reasonably priced housing with social providers for folks experiencing homelessness. Locals say their opposition isn’t “anti-homeless,” stating many supported utilizing the Buchanan Lodge to accommodate homeless folks throughout the pandemic. However they’re anxious in regards to the demise of tourism if one of many neighborhood’s two resorts is completely misplaced, and significant of what they really feel is a rushed course of in a traditionally marginalized neighborhood. (Moench, 8/26)

San Francisco Chronicle:
Bill To Decriminalize Psychedelics Shelved In California Legislature

A invoice that might have decriminalized the usage of A invoice that might have decriminalized the usage of some psychedelic medication has stalled within the California Legislature — not less than for this yr — after its creator pulled the proposal. The measure, SB519 by state Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, would have allowed the possession and private use of hallucinogenic mushrooms, LSD, MDMA and different psychedelics, which supporters argue have therapeutic mental-health advantages. (Gardiner and Koseff, 8/26)

San Francisco Chronicle:
Investigators Have Ruled Out 2 Causes Of Death In Case Of Mariposa Family, But Still Have No Answers

Investigators stated Thursday they’ve dominated out publicity to chemical compounds from a mine alongside the path and use of a gun or different weapon within the mysterious case of a former San Francisco household who died together with their canine on a distant Mariposa County climbing route. In its first replace on the case in practically per week, the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Workplace supplied extra particulars in regards to the timeline of occasions, indicating the household was noticed heading to the trailhead on the morning of Aug. 15 by a witness. (Gafni, 8/26)

Modesto Bee:
Modesto Church’s Vaccine Religious Exemptions Questionable 

By providing paperwork to assist folks get round their employers’ COVID-19 vaccine mandates, The Home Modesto on Sunday should have recognized it might be in comparison with nutty church buildings beating them to the punch. In his announcement providing untested spiritual exemptions to photographs, The Home senior affiliate pastor Mike Trenton acknowledged that “some church buildings in Northern California have already finished this previously week. ”That’s a curious strategy, as a result of the one getting essentially the most consideration is Rocklin’s Future Church. Its defiant pastor was ridiculed for holding superspreader providers earlier within the pandemic, when most different church buildings adopted public well being orders and closed. (Garth Stapley, 8/25)

Audit Report Provides Ammo For Newsom Recall 

State Auditor Elaine Howle periodically points a listing of “excessive danger” state companies and packages, basically warnings to governors and state legislators about festering issues needing consideration. … Howle’s newest report was launched final week and from a purely political standpoint, the timing couldn’t have been worse for Gov. Gavin Newsom. He’s making an attempt to stave off a surprisingly highly effective motion to recall him and a number of other of the report’s objects present ammunition for the pro-recall marketing campaign’s rivalry that he’s been a poor supervisor. The report’s most damning critique declares that “the state’s administration of COVID-19 federal funds has led to inefficiency and will have resulted in substantial fraud.” (Dan Walters, 8/23)

The Recall Is Republicans’ Last Best Hope In Deep Blue California 

Recall is a blunt instrument. There’s no denying that it’s weird that Larry Elder, the main different candidate, may substitute Newsom after getting lower than 20 p.c of the vote. The way in which the recall works is that voters are first requested whether or not or to not recall Newsom. If a majority says “sure,” he’s gone. Then, whichever candidate will get essentially the most votes on the alternative poll, even when it’s a small plurality, turns into governor (Elder has led polls amongst alternative candidates with as little as 18 p.c of the vote). (Wealthy Lowry, 8/25)

The New York Times:
California Could Throw Away What It’s Won

In case you stay in California and haven’t but voted or made plans to vote on the proposed recall of Gov. Gavin Newsom, please get up. It is a state of affairs by which apathy may have superior penalties: California, which isn’t as liberal a state as it’s possible you’ll think about however is nonetheless significantly extra liberal than the nation as a complete, could also be about to absent-mindedly purchase a Trumpist governor who may by no means win a traditional election. This is able to occur at a second when management of statehouses is particularly essential as a result of it shapes the response to the coronavirus. MAGA governors like Greg Abbott in Texas and Ron DeSantis in Florida aren’t simply refusing to impose masks or vaccination necessities themselves; they’re making an attempt to stop others from taking precautions by issuing government orders and backing laws banning the imposition of such necessities by native governments and even personal companies. And that’s the form of governor California will in all probability discover itself with if the recall succeeds. (Paul Krugman, 8/26)

Sacramento Bee:
Sacramento Must Be National Leader In Guaranteed Income 

The pandemic induced a sea change on common fundamental earnings as folks throughout the ideological spectrum realized the ability of direct money funds below federal and state COVID aid payments. Simple information, from the Stockton program and a number of rounds of stimulus checks, confirmed that folks had been capable of purchase meals, pay their payments, and had been mentally more healthy in consequence. When the pandemic subsides, there’s a actual basis — constructed by confirmed coverage, unbiased information, and rising political will — to determine assured earnings packages in each metropolis. (Yousef Baig, 8/27)


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