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California’s Smallest County Makes Big Vaccination Gains

In rural Alpine County, the place snowbound mountain passes isolate small cities, distributing the covid vaccine is a group effort. Not like in lots of city areas the place residents jockey for restricted appointments, the tempo of vaccinations right here is robust and regular. (Hannah Norman,

Ventura County Star:
Second Dose Efforts In Ventura County Slowed By Vaccine Shortages

Greater than 33,000 Ventura County residents are set to obtain their second of two doses of COVID-19 vaccine in February. County vaccine activity pressure leaders mentioned Thursday they had been nonetheless about 10,000 second doses in need of what they wanted even after the state authorized an emergency allocation. They cited supply shortages of Pfizer vaccine. (Kisken, 2/4)

Fresno Bee:
COVID-19: Fresno Asks Biden For More Vaccine As Cases Rise 

Fresno leaders are bypassing Gov. Gavin Newsom and taking their case straight to President Joe Biden to foyer for a larger allocation of scarce COVID-19 vaccine doses to Fresno County as new instances proceed so as to add up throughout the town and the county. The Fresno Metropolis Council unanimously handed a non-binding decision Thursday to ask the nation’s leaders to step in and enhance the vaccine outlook for Fresno County. (Sheehan 2/4)

San Francisco Chronicle:
Napa County Has Halted First-Dose Vaccinations, Fearing It Will Run Out Of Second Doses

Napa County has halted first-dose vaccinations resulting from restricted provide, county officers mentioned on Thursday. “We’re working out of vaccine,” Dr. Karen Relucio, the county’s well being director, mentioned throughout a briefing. “We principally needed to cease our first dose clinics as a result of we don’t have sufficient to get to the folks that want the second dose.” She mentioned county residents who received their first doses of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines could should delay getting their second doses by at the least two weeks, with precedence given to well being care employees and people who are 75. (Vaziri, 2/4)

San Francisco Chronicle:
S.F. Opening Mass Vaccination Site At Moscone Center In Anticipation Of More Doses

As soon as a hub for tech conferences, Moscone Middle in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood will open as a mass vaccination website Friday, with an eventual capability to ship as much as 10,000 doses per day. It’s the newest such venue within the area, reflecting hopes that the coronavirus vaccine will quickly be extra broadly accessible. However the stark actuality for the area, state and nation is that not sufficient doses can be found, whilst Johnson & Johnson requested emergency use authorization within the U.S. for its single-shot vaccine Thursday — providing the eventual prospect of a 3rd vaccine choice. (Williams, Thadani and Vaziri, 2/4)

LA Daily News:
LA County Coronavirus Stats Keep Dropping; New Vaccine Strategy To Be Unveiled Next Week 

Los Angeles County Public Well being officers are on the brink of unveil subsequent week a complete plan for vaccinating the subsequent section of residents, together with lecturers, public security officers, emergency providers employees and different important staff. In the meantime, the county was able to swing open the gates at one other vaccination heart on Friday, Feb. 5 — a second mega-site in hard-hit Pomona. (Rosenfeld, 2/4)

Medical Drone Startup To Begin Covid Vaccine Delivery In April 

Zipline Inc., a drone supply service that makes a speciality of medical provides, introduced Thursday that it plans to start transporting COVID-19 vaccines in April. The South San Francisco-based startup mentioned in a launch that it’s partnering with “a number one producer of COVID-19 vaccines” in the entire markets the place its drones presently function. Zipline has been delivering medication and provides to rural clinics in Rwanda and Ghana since 2016 and, final 12 months, started delivering private protecting tools to hospitals and clinics in North Carolina. It plans so as to add operations in Nigeria later this 12 months. Zipline declined to specify its vaccine associate however mentioned it has constructed a system that may ship ultra-low temperature medical provides, together with “all main COVID-19 vaccines.” (Boudway, 2/4)

Los Angeles Times:
California Debates COVID-19 Vaccine Priorities

With COVID-19 vaccines nonetheless in brief provide in California, there may be rising debate about who must be given the subsequent precedence for the pictures and the way quickly the state can ramp up efforts to raised meet surging demand. The state has launched a high-level activity pressure to type out logistics for the way residents with disabilities and underlying well being circumstances might be prioritized subsequent, state officers introduced at Wednesday’s vaccine advisory committee assembly. The group spent important time discussing how these residents might be factored into the state’s precedence steerage — a suggestion that would come as early as Friday. (Lin II, Shalby, Cash and Sharp, 2/4)

Modesto Bee:
Sutter Expands COVID Vaccine Access For Stanislaus Patients

Sutter Well being on Thursday expanded its COVID-19 vaccinations to sufferers who’re age 65 or older. A media advisory mentioned the Sacramento-based well being system was rapidly increasing its vaccination rollout by scaling up clinics throughout Northern California. Sutter had beforehand restricted coronavirus vaccine appointments to well being employees and older seniors 75 and older. Its vaccination appointments are for Sutter sufferers who can schedule by way of an internet portal or a hotline. Sufferers utilizing a Sutter name heart had been suggested to anticipate longer than regular wait instances. (Carlson, 2/4)

San Diego Union-Tribune:
Airport Workers In San Diego Demand Gov. Newsom Put Them On Vaccine Priority List 

When California Gov. Gavin Newsom recalibrated the vaccine distribution hierarchy final week to an age-based method, sure important employees all of a sudden discovered themselves additional again within the line than earlier than. That’s an issue for custodians at California’s airports, mentioned Christian Ramirez, a coverage director for SEIU United Service Staff union. On Thursday, Ramirez and about 40 different members of the union rallied in shifts at San Diego Worldwide Airport and held a memorial for uncounted airport employees who’ve died through the pandemic. (Dyer, 2/4)

San Diego Union-Tribune:
Binational Crossers Can Decide On Which Side Of The Border To Ask For The COVID-19 Vaccine 

A phase of the binational inhabitants within the San Diego-Tijuana area should resolve on which facet of the border to request the COVID-19 vaccine. Some transfronterizos, or cross-borderers, are U.S. residents dwelling in Tijuana or Playas de Rosarito. Some have twin citizenship, and others have a U.S. residency allow or inexperienced card however want to reside in Mexico. (Navarro, 2/4)

Bay Area News Group:
Racial Disparities Haunt Bay Area COVID Vaccine Programs

As Bay Space well being care suppliers work to vaccinate individuals in opposition to COVID-19, early knowledge means that the pictures aren’t reaching the individuals who want them most — communities of coloration which were hit hardest by the virus. As of Thursday, simply three counties — Alameda, Contra Costa and San Mateo — had launched numbers on the racial and ethnic breakdown of vaccine recipients. However in every, the info exhibits that Latinx residents are receiving solely a small proportion of the pictures delivered to date — a lot smaller than their share of infections and deaths. (Kendall and Kelliher, 2/4)

San Francisco Chronicle:
More Bay Area Women Are Getting Vaccinated Than Men. Here’s Why

The info about who will get a coronavirus vaccination is notoriously incomplete — race and ethnicity classes are sometimes lacking, for instance. However some info exists, and it reveals an intriguing sample: Extra ladies seem like getting vaccinated than males. Alameda County has given 65% of its pictures to ladies. The determine is about 62% for Contra Costa County and San Mateo County and at the least 60% for Marin County. In Solano County, a majority of vaccines additionally went to ladies, though the county didn’t have an actual quantity. (Moench, 2/4)

Orange County Register:
UC Irvine Researcher Hopes To Create ‘Universal’ Vaccine For Many Coronaviruses

Folks have marveled on the scientific achievement of growing a number of extremely efficient vaccines for COVID-19 in lower than a 12 months, the quickest such improvement in historical past. However what if there was a “common” vaccine that labored in opposition to many sorts of coronaviruses, together with these we haven’t researched and even found but? UC Irvine immunology professor Lbachir BenMohamed believes he can create one, and he’s testing greater than a dozen attainable candidates now. (Robinson, 2/4)

Los Angeles Times:
What’s The Difference Between A Variant And A Strain? 

Confusion over the phrases “variant” and “pressure” predate this coronavirus. It appears virologists by no means received round to defining their phrases. … The excellence between a variant and a pressure hinges on whether or not the virus in query behaves in a definite manner, in response to Dr. Adam Lauring, who research the evolution of RNA viruses on the College of Michigan, and Emma Hodcroft, an knowledgeable on viral phylogenetics on the College of Bern in Switzerland. (Kaplan, 2/4)

Monterey Herald:
COVID-19 Case Rate Drops By More Than 50% In Santa Cruz County

Within the final two weeks, Santa Cruz County’s COVID-19 case fee has dropped by 55% in Santa Cruz County, in response to well being officers. In a press convention Thursday, County Well being Officer Dr. Gail Newel additionally introduced she and the County Public Well being Division are supporting choose faculties that need to apply for state waivers — particularly kindergarten by way of sixth grade classroom settings — that would permit them to reopen in-person lessons, with modifications. That shift is a results of Santa Cruz County’s case fee dropping. (Hagemann, 2/5)

Los Angeles Times:
COVID-19 In L.A. County Finally On A Sustained Decline

The numbers of recent coronavirus infections and hospitalizations are nosediving in Los Angeles County, welcome information following a catastrophic winter wave that pummeled the area. Officers stress, nonetheless, that the county is way from out of the woods. Although these figures have tumbled in current weeks, they continue to be properly above their pre-surge ranges — and are nonetheless too excessive for the county to unlock extra sectors of its battered financial system or to supply the long-term reduction hospitals desperately want. And the ultimate, most devastating consequence of the pandemic — the variety of individuals dropping their battle with the illness — stays excessive. (Cash and Lin II, 2/4)

Sacramento Bee:
Sacramento School District Removes Classroom Air Cleaners

The Sacramento Metropolis Unified College District eliminated controversial air purifiers from school rooms this week and can start testing the units for the way successfully they clear the air and whether or not they doubtlessly launched dangerous chemical substances, district officers confirmed. As a part of its reopening effort, the college district purchased hundreds of air cleaners, substitute filters and bulbs final 12 months by way of a greater than $6 million contract with Johnson Controls. However a number of specialists recognized potential issues concerning the V-PAC SC air cleaners, saying the units the district bought are overpriced, inefficient and have pointless and unproven know-how. (Yoon-Hendricks, 2/5)

Fresno Bee:
Antibody COVID-19 Therapy Going Largely Unused In Fresno CA 

Fresno County well being officers are encouraging native medical doctors to make use of a pair of medicine with emergency approval from federal regulators as a therapy to maintain high-risk coronavirus sufferers from having to be hospitalized for extra severe care. The medication, known as multiclonal antibodies, obtained emergency use authorization from the U.S. Meals and Drug Administration in November, however have but to realize actual traction as a remedy for COVID-19 sufferers in Fresno County. (Sheehan, 2/5)

Orange County Register:
COVID-19 Test Kit Maker Innova Expands Pasadena Operation

Innova Medical Group, a maker and distributor of COVID-19 fast check kits, has leased 25,000 sq. ft of extra workplace area in Pasadena in a deal valued at $13.2 million. The area, owned by CBRE International Traders, is adjoining to Innova’s present headquarters at 800 E. Colorado Blvd. within the Pasadena Towers I constructing. The corporate is trying to fill greater than 1,600 positions there, at its COVID-19 antigen check manufacturing services in Orange County and at extra services in Brea, Pomona and Rancho Santa Margarita. Innova plans to supply 5 million check kits per day by the top of February, finally boosting that to 50 million a day. (Smith, 2/4)

Sacramento Bee:
McKinsey & Co. To Pay CA $59.6 Million In Opioid Settlement

California Lawyer Common Xavier Becerra introduced Thursday that worldwide administration guide McKinsey & Co. pays out $573 million to 47 states, together with a bit greater than $59.6 million to California, to settle an investigation into its function within the opioid epidemic. “The abuse of opioids, not simply by those that consumed these medication however by those that produced, marketed, distributed and distributed them, has left a lot of America in mourning. We are able to’t convey again misplaced lives, however we are able to maintain ringleaders accountable,” Becerra mentioned. “McKinsey & Firm was a participant on this unfolding opioids tragedy. At the moment’s settlement holds McKinsey to account.” (Anderson, 2/4)

LA Daily News:
San Fernando Valley Residents File Class-Action Lawsuit Against LADWP Over Sun Valley Gas Leak 

Neighbors of 4 San Fernando Valley communities filed a class-action lawsuit in opposition to the town of Los Angeles and the Division of Water and Energy, alleging that info was withheld concerning the Valley Producing Station in Solar Valley and a collection of gasoline leaks, placing close by communities in danger. The category-action criticism filed in Los Angeles Superior Court docket on Tuesday, Feb. 2, alleges the DWP “intentionally uncared for the ability and admits this got here at a sacrifice of the well being and well-being of its neighbors, members of the predominantly Latino and African-American communities” in Solar Valley, Pacoima, Shadow Hills and Arleta. (Grigoryants, 2/4)

San Francisco Chronicle:
Maker Of Roundup Herbicide Offers $2 Billion To Settle Lymphoma Cancer Cases

After a collection of Bay Space jury verdicts that linked Monsanto’s broadly used Roundup herbicide to most cancers, father or mother firm Bayer is making its second try to resolve future lawsuits with a proposed $2 billion settlement. The settlement requires approval from a federal choose in San Francisco, whose criticisms of a proposed $1.25 billion settlement final summer time despatched Bayer and a gaggle of plaintiffs’ legal professionals again to the negotiating desk. The brand new model is each financially bigger and fewer restrictive, leaving nonparticipants freer to pursue their instances in court docket, with some limitations on damages. (Egelko, 2/4)

Los Angeles Times:
Federal Judge Brings L.A. Officials To Skid Row, Demands Action

“This isn’t what I name a sound chunk day,” U.S. District Choose David O. Carter noticed Thursday as elected officers shuffled out and in of a tent higher geared up for a marriage than a federal court docket listening to. And but right here they had been, on the coronary heart of L.A.’s skid row, almost a 12 months right into a court docket case in search of reduction for homeless individuals in Los Angeles. Some supplied particular treatments they’d wish to see to assist resolve an ever-worsening homelessness disaster, whereas others spoke of the necessity for extra collaboration and coordination. Carter had known as the plaintiffs, intervenors and defendants within the case right here after spending a lot of Friday and Saturday —drenched — attempting to get homeless ladies into tents that will protect them from the rain. (Oreskes, 2/4)

Modesto Bee:
Newsom Must Keep Strong COVID Rules In Place During Surge

Gov. Gavin Newsom just lately lifted California’s regional stay-at-home orders — but now could be the time to double down on security precautions. Sure, we’ve got made some progress in decreasing case counts, however the variety of new day by day instances and the speed of constructive assessments stays far above the extent public well being specialists say is protected for reopening our financial system. In all of Southern California and the San Joaquin Valley, no ICU beds can be found — a troubling actuality for the tens of hundreds of Californians prone to want hospitalization within the coming weeks and months. We discovered the laborious manner final summer time that reopening too rapidly, earlier than the virus is absolutely suppressed, will inevitably result in a surge of infections. A research from the Nationwide Middle for Catastrophe Preparedness means that as many as 210,000 American lives misplaced to COVID-19 may have been saved if our nationwide response had been as quick and as efficient as different nations. Now, almost 11 months later, after repeatedly compromising our capacity to rein on this virus by rescinding stay-at-home orders on the first indicators of enchancment, greater than 38,000 Californians have died. (Anna Valdez and Claudia Deeg, 2/3)

San Diego Union-Tribune:
We Knew Vaccines Were Coming Four Months Ago. Why Wasn’t America Ready To Quickly Give Them Out? 

It’s been 13 months since China shut down a area of 18 million individuals due to the fast human-to-human switch of a brand new pressure of coronavirus. It’s been a 12 months because the World Well being Group declared a worldwide well being emergency due to the unfold of the coronavirus and COVID-19, the illness it causes. It’s been 11 months since Gavin Newsom turned the primary governor to order a statewide lockdown. It’s been eight months because the U.S. recorded its first 100,000 deaths from the pandemic. And it’s been 4 months since Dr. Anthony Fauci — the federal authorities’s main infectious illness anticipate — expressed optimism that efficient vaccines would quickly be accessible. (2/3)

Bay Area News Group:
Spend Billions On COVID Vaccines, Not Faux School Reopenings 

Gov. Gavin Newsom has proposed spending $2 billion to reopen faculties in California, whereas President Biden needs $170 billion to reopen faculties and universities nationwide. To get youngsters again into the classroom, that cash can be much better spent placing vaccines into individuals’s arms, beginning with college personnel and including college students as quickly as inoculations are authorized for them. (Brian Foster, 2/5)

Bay Area News Group:
Borenstein: Kaiser Keeps COVID And Non-COVID Patients In Same Units

Unbeknownst to household and sufferers, Kaiser has been maintaining COVID and non-COVID sufferers on the identical hospital nursing models when mattress area runs brief. Kaiser refuses to say how widespread the apply has been or what number of sufferers consequently contracted the lethal virus. I discovered of the apply when an aged, immunocompromised relative hospitalized in Kaiser’s Oakland facility for an unrelated motive examined constructive for the virus on the ninth day of her keep. She had examined damaging on the primary, third and sixth days within the hospital and had been permitted no exterior guests. The constructive check was reconfirmed on the tenth day. (Borenstein, 2/5)

San Diego Union-Tribune:
Women Leaders And Antibody Infusion Are Keys To COVID-19 Response In Any Hard-Hit Community 

A lethal surge of COVID-19 instances has inundated well being care programs in communities throughout the nation, whilst long-awaited vaccines have gotten extra accessible. To fight this surge, hard-hit native communities ought to undertake a method born from expertise piloting a U.S. Well being and Human Providers Division (HHS) program in close by El Centro that pairs vaccination stations with monoclonal antibody (MAB) infusion facilities. (Adolphe Edward and Ingrid Vanderveldt, 2/3)

Sacramento Bee:
Sacramento County Leaders Must Address Homeless Crisis

Lately, by unanimous vote, the Sacramento Metropolis Council authorized a brand new citywide technique to deal with the town’s quickly escalating homelessness disaster. Their determination got here lower than two months after receiving a letter from 60 members of the Downtown Sacramento Partnership, a enterprise and property proprietor group, stating that the homeless disaster was placing downtown’s financial future in jeopardy. This letter known as on native officers, together with the town, the sheriff’s workplace and the district legal professional, to step in to create “a protected, clear and welcoming bodily atmosphere” for downtown workplace employees after they return post-pandemic. “The expansion of homelessness with out aggressive motion is immoral,” Mayor Darrell Steinberg mentioned at a January council assembly. (Michele Steeb and David Flanagan, 2/5)

San Diego Union-Tribune:
Rev. Al Sharpton: Why The City Of San Diego Should Not Switch To Falck For Its Ambulance Services 

2020 will undoubtedly be remembered as some of the consequential years of our time. Our nation confronted a devastating pandemic, skilled a nationwide reckoning with racism and endured some of the bitter presidential elections in American historical past. Now, with Inauguration Day behind us and a brand new administration in place, People are craving for a 12 months of therapeutic and actual progress round race and inequity. For many people, the political shift in 2021 represents a possibility to reassess what’s essential to us as people and as a broader extra unified group. (Al Sharpton, 2/4)

San Diego Union-Tribune:
Why The City Of San Diego Should Switch To Falck For Its Ambulance Services

The contract to supply emergency ambulance look after the town of San Diego will quickly be reviewed by the San Diego Metropolis Council. After the preliminary request for proposal in 2019 was scrapped when the incumbent supplier filed an enchantment in opposition to the profitable contractor in January 2020, the town is on monitor to verify a five-year contract that’s meant to supply a direct and life-saving service to our communities. (Nancy Maldonado, Francine Maxwell and Jason Paguio, 2/4)


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