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Face Mask Could Tell You If You Have Covid: The Nationwide Institutes of Well being has awarded UC San Diego $1.3 million to develop a small, wearable sensor that displays your breath and saliva and may inform whether or not an individual has the coronavirus. Learn extra from the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Many Still Don’t Wear Masks: Three out of 10 Los Angeles County residents and almost half of adults within the U.S. don’t put on protecting face masks when they’re in shut contact with individuals who stay outdoors their households, in accordance with findings of an ongoing examine by researchers at USC. Learn extra from the LA Daily News.

Beneath, take a look at the roundup of California Healthline’s protection. For at the moment’s nationwide well being information, learn KHN’s Morning Briefing.

Bay Area News Group:
Biden’s COVID Plan Brings Sigh Of Relief From Many In California

The president moved Thursday to ramp up the nation’s provide of vaccines and private protecting gear, enhance testing websites, reimburse states for vaccine bills and increase outreach to underserved communities, additionally mandating that folks put on masks whereas touring. The actions prompted a sigh of aid from many well being specialists and politicians in California, the place efforts to vaccinate residents have confronted irritating hiccups. “The whole lot I noticed him doing, I assumed, sure, that is one thing we should always have been doing some time again,” stated Dr. John Swartzberg, professor emeritus of infectious illness and vaccinology with the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program. (Kendall, 1/21)

The Hill:
Biden Unveils Coronavirus Plan, Warns It Will Take Months To ‘Turn Things Around’ 

President Biden on Thursday unveiled a complete technique to handle the coronavirus pandemic whereas warning that it could take months for his administration’s actions to considerably alter the trajectory of the pandemic. Biden, searching for to handle expectations as the USA confronts a dire interval of infections, stated that the COVID-19 demise toll would possible high 500,000 in February and that it could take months to get People vaccinated towards the virus. (Hellmann and Chalfant, 1/21)

The Washington Post:
Biden To Require Masks On Planes, Buses, Trains And At Airports 

President Biden signed an order Thursday mandating masks in airports and on many planes, trains, ships and intercity buses. His motion comes on the heels of a Wednesday order — his first as president — requiring masks on federal property. Collectively, the 2 orders come as near a nationwide masks mandate as his federal powers could permit, leaving it to states and municipalities to require residents to put on masks at a neighborhood degree. (Laris and Wan, 1/21)

The Hill:
Biden Requires International Travelers To Quarantine Upon Arrival To US 

President Biden on Thursday signed an govt order to again up Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention (CDC) pointers recommending that worldwide vacationers quarantine for seven days after arriving in the USA. Biden’s govt order says vacationers should comply with CDC orders that require a unfavorable COVID-19 take a look at to get into the nation in addition to a quarantine interval upon arrival to the states. (Lonas, 1/21)

Biden To Sign Order To Increase Pandemic-Related Food Aid 

U.S. President Joe Biden on Friday will signal two govt orders aimed toward rushing pandemic stimulus checks to households who want it most and rising meals assist for youngsters who usually depend on college meals as a primary supply for vitamin. …“We’re at a precarious second in our financial system,” Brian Deese, director of the White Home Nationwide Financial Council, informed reporters in a preview of the orders. He stated the actions will not be an alternative choice to complete legislative aid, “however they may present a important lifeline to hundreds of thousands of American households.” (Holland and Saphir, 1/22)

Biden To Bump Up Food Assistance For People ‘Hanging By A Thread’

Biden plans to ask the Agriculture Division, which administers the meals stamp program, for a 15% bump within the emergency advantages given to households whose children usually would depend on breakfast and lunch from college packages, Deese stated. That change might enhance meals stamp advantages for a household of three by about $105 over two months, he stated. Biden additionally needs about 12 million of the lowest-income meals stamp recipients to have the ability to qualify for the emergency meals advantages. This tweak would elevate their meals stamps by 15% to twenty% per thirty days, Deese stated. (Rampton and Horsley, 1/22)

Biden To Sign Executive Orders Expanding Aid To Low-Income Americans

The opposite is geared towards bettering the roles of federal staff and contractors, which was among the many President’s marketing campaign commitments. It lays the groundwork for requiring contractors to pay a $15 hourly minimal wage and to supply emergency paid go away by the top of Biden’s first 100 days. It additionally directs companies to find out which federal staff are incomes lower than that minimal and develop suggestions to advertise bringing them as much as $15 an hour. Biden included a name to boost the nationwide hourly minimal wage to $15 as a part of the $1.9 trillion aid bundle he outlined final week earlier than taking workplace. It’s presently $7.25 an hour. (Luhby, 1/22)

The Washington Post:
Biden Executive Order Seeks Stronger Workplace Safety Guidance From OSHA

President Biden signed an govt order Thursday to direct federal regulators to difficulty stronger security steering for workplaces working within the midst of the pandemic. The manager order on “Defending Employee Well being and Security” seeks to reorient employee security pointers and enforcement on the Labor Division’s office security division — the Occupational Security and Well being Administration. (Rosenberg, 1/21)

Biden Executive Orders: The 17 Things Joe Biden Did On Day One

Joe Biden signed greater than a dozen govt orders in his first hours as president on Wednesday, the primary salvos in a coming legislative and regulatory campaign to erase Donald Trump’s legacy from federal regulation and advance his personal agenda. Whereas lots of Biden’s first coverage strikes are anticipated reversals of Trump insurance policies, others go additional, and his crew has signaled that many extra actions will probably be introduced within the days forward. Here’s what Biden did Wednesday, and what it means for the nation. (Ollstein, Kakkar and Jin, 1/21)

The New York Times:
Here’s What’s In Biden’s Executive Orders Aimed At Covid-19 

One order calls on company leaders to test for shortages in areas like private protecting gear and vaccine provides, and establish the place the administration might invoke the Protection Manufacturing Act to extend manufacturing. The White Home has stated it might use the Korean Battle-era regulation, which the Trump administration made use of in its vaccine improvement program, to extend manufacturing of a kind of syringe that permits pharmacists to extract an additional dose from vaccine vials. The Biden crew has stated it recognized 12 “quick provide shortfalls” important to the pandemic response, together with N95 surgical masks and isolation robes, in addition to swabs, reagents and pipettes utilized in testing. (Weiland, 1/21)

Biden Is Already Facing Pressure To Scale Back His $1.9 Trillion Covid Relief Plan

President Joe Biden’s first Covid-19 bundle is already dealing with hurdles in Congress that threaten to pressure the fledgling administration to curb a few of its extra progressive goals only one week after the proposal’s debut. Early critiques from Republican Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Mitt Romney of Utah, two members of the bipartisan group of senators who crafted the framework for December’s stimulus bundle, challenged the $1.9 trillion plan. (Franck and Pramuk, 1/21)

The Hill:
Pelosi Says House Will Move Immediately On COVID-19 Relief 

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) stated Thursday that Home Democrats will transfer instantly on an enormous coronavirus aid bundle, setting the stage for an early showdown within the newly flipped Senate over the chief legislative precedence of the nascent Biden administration. Home Democrats have rearranged their schedule over the subsequent two weeks, scrapping votes subsequent week to permit the related committees to think about the assorted provisions of their rising COVID-19 aid bundle. Pelosi steered that bundle might hit the Home ground as early because the week of Feb. 1. (Lillis, 1/21)

Biden To End Ban On Funding Groups That Provide Abortions Abroad

President Biden is getting ready to reverse a Trump administration coverage that prohibits U.S. funding for nongovernmental teams that present or refer sufferers for abortions — the primary of a number of strikes reproductive rights advocates are hoping to see from the Biden administration. In ready remarks launched by the White Home on Thursday, Dr. Anthony Fauci tells the World Well being Group’s govt board that Biden will quickly revoke the Mexico Metropolis Coverage “as a part of his broader dedication to guard ladies’s well being and advance gender equality at house and world wide.” The coverage, first instituted by the Reagan administration, has pingponged on and off between Republican and Democratic presidents ever since. Trump reinstituted and expanded the coverage, which critics describe as a “gag rule,” inside days of taking workplace. An evaluation revealed in 2019 within the medical journal The Lancet discovered that the Mexico Metropolis Coverage elevated the abortion fee in at the very least some affected international locations, possible as a result of it additionally lowered entry to contraception. (McCammon, 1/21)

Pope Urges U.S. Reconciliation As Bishops Call Out Biden On Abortion 

Pope Francis informed President Joe Biden on Wednesday that he was praying that God would information his efforts to carry reconciliation in the USA, whereas the top of the nation’s Catholic bishops condemned Biden’s pro-choice stand on abortion. In a message despatched shortly after the second Catholic U.S. president was sworn in, Francis additionally stated he hoped Biden would work in the direction of a society marked by true justice, freedom and respect for the rights and dignity of each individual, particularly the poor, the weak and people with no voice. (Pullella, 1/20)

Fox News:
White House Says Biden Is A ‘Devout Catholic’ When Asked About Abortion Policies 

White Home Press Secretary Jen Psaki described President Biden as a “religious Catholic” after being requested about his stances on taxpayer funding for abortion. Psaki’s feedback got here throughout her first press convention Wednesday, the place an EWTN World Catholic Community reporter requested her about “two huge issues for pro-life People” — the Hyde Modification and Mexico Metropolis Coverage. The previous bars using federal funds to pay for abortion below most circumstances, whereas the latter restricts taxpayer funding of abortion overseas. “What’s President Biden doing on these two objects proper now?” reporter Owen Jensen requested. (Dorman, 1/21)

How Joe Biden’s Catholic Faith Informs His Politics

President Joe Biden carries a rosary in his pocket and attends Mass commonly. How does his religion inform his politics? And the place does Biden’s Catholicism land within the spectrum of American Catholic perception? (McQuilkin and Chakrabarti, 1/20)

Sacramento Bee:
How State Errors Are Confounding Vaccine Rollout In CA

Every Tuesday, Sacramento County well being officers await an e-mail from the state alerting them to what number of doses of COVID-19 vaccine they’ll obtain — a quantity that helps native pharmacies and well being officers manage the large distribution effort. So, Dr. Olivia Kasirye, the county’s well being officer, was alarmed final week when she learn that her crew would obtain simply 975 doses — for a county with about 1.4 million individuals. It was a mistake. California well being care officers had been overestimating the variety of individuals over 75 who would get vaccinated by hospitals and undercounting the variety of doses the county wanted to farm out to smaller clinics and pharmacies, she informed The Sacramento Bee on Thursday. (Pohl and Reese, 1/22)

Modesto Bee:
Stanislaus County COVID Clinics Reopen Only To Shut Down Again Due To Lack Of Vaccines

A whole bunch of individuals turned out Thursday for COVID-19 vaccination clinics at Modesto Centre Plaza and Stanislaus State College. Stanislaus County reopened its vaccination clinics Thursday after a two-day hiatus. Each the Modesto and Turlock clinics had been one-day affairs. A county spokesperson stated the clinics will probably be closed Friday as a result of there’s not sufficient vaccine readily available to proceed. The county Well being Providers Company will announce further clinic dates when an ample provide of vaccine is offered, stated spokesperson Kamlesh Kaur. The general public can count on sporadic opening and shutting of coronavirus vaccination clinics till regular provides of vaccine can be found from the state. The state in flip says it’s not almost getting sufficient vaccine from the federal authorities, and that will not change till further coronavirus vaccines get approval in March. (Carlson, 1/21)

The Desert Sun:
Riverside County Promises ‘New Website’ After More Glitches During Vaccine Sign-Up

Appointments on the six further COVID-19 vaccine clinics introduced by Riverside County this week had been booked in below an hour Thursday, prompting county officers to announce modifications to their on-line system. The county’s registration website opened appointments at midday. By 12:27 p.m., Riverside County Public Well being Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser tweeted that residents had been having problem with the web site. He stated the county’s IT crew was addressing the difficulty. “Maintain refreshing your display screen,” Kaiser suggested. (Sestito, 1/21)

San Diego Union-Tribune:
San Diego’s COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout Boosted By More Doses And A Second Mass Immunization Site 

After a sluggish begin to San Diego County’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout, the area has obtained 173,000 doses over the previous few days, coinciding with the launch of a mass inoculation website in Chula Vista on Thursday. Sharp HealthCare will run the positioning, positioned in a former Sears division retailer, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days every week. County Supervisor Nora Vargas stated that 1,800 individuals made appointments Thursday, and a Sharp spokesperson added that the positioning will vaccinate 5,000 individuals a day by subsequent week. (Wosen, 1/21)

California Debates Speed Vs. Equity In Vaccine Distribution Plan

With a scarce vaccine provide and a mounting demise toll, the stress between fairness and effectivity is rising. “The suggestions that we received is, the primary system is simply too difficult, it’s slowing us down,” stated Tomás Aragón, the brand new director of the state’s Division of Public Well being, who helped define the brand new age-based precedence proposal at public conferences on Jan. 12 and Jan. 20. “Bought to maintain it easy. Simplicity goes to avoid wasting lives.” Distributing vaccines by age is less complicated and can assist ease the burden on the state’s overwhelmed well being care system, Aragón stated. Older individuals account for 65% of ICU admissions in California and 83% of deaths, in accordance with the most recent state well being information. (Dembosky, 1/21)

SF Gate:
San Francisco Announces Goal: Vaccinate All Residents By June 30

Town of San Francisco and its well being care suppliers introduced a purpose Wednesday to vaccinate all residents by the beginning of summer time.”Working with our main well being system companions and different group clinics, our purpose by June 30 is to get our complete inhabitants of 900,000-plus people in San Francisco vaccinated for COVID-19,” stated Roland Pickens, director of San Francisco Well being Community, town’s public well being care system, at a supervisors’ listening to Wednesday. “As you’ll be able to think about there will probably be many twists and turns within the street, however we’re feeling assured that when the vaccine provide is extra available and dependable we will attain this purpose primarily based on our present planning and collaboration.” (Graff, 1/21)

Los Angeles Times:
COVID Vaccines Reach Long Beach Food Workers; Teachers Next 

Town of Lengthy Seaside this week expanded distribution of COVID-19 vaccines to meals staff, the primary group of important staff in Los Angeles County outdoors the healthcare trade to be supplied the important pictures. These eligible embrace grocery retailer and restaurant staff who stay or work in Lengthy Seaside. (Seidman and Lau, 1/21)

LA Daily News:
Six Flags Magic Mountain Asks: Would You Visit The Park If A COVID-19 Test Or Vaccine Was Required? 

Six Flags Magic Mountain needs to know should you would take a COVID-19 take a look at or get a coronavirus vaccine in the event that they had been required to go to the Valencia amusement park, in accordance with a brand new Six Flags survey. The Six Flags Coronavirus Planning Survey seeks suggestions from previous and potential guests to Magic Mountain and different parks within the chain about their emotions and opinions on a variety of potential COVID-19 protocols and necessities. (MacDonald, 1/21)

Los Angeles Times:
California Schools Can Act As COVID-19 Vaccine Centers 

Faculties can be utilized as COVID-19 vaccine facilities below new state pointers, however they’ll have to use to well being authorities for the position — and the extra urgent difficulty is the scarcity of doses, not the shortage of inoculation websites. The power to make use of campuses for vaccinations has been the topic of an assertive push by native college officers, particularly Los Angeles colleges Supt. Austin Beutner, who made the difficulty a central focus of a briefing this week. (Blume, 1/21)

Los Angeles Times:
Orange County To Open Second Mass COVID-19 Vaccination Site 

Orange County’s second large-scale COVID-19 vaccination website will open at Soka College in Aliso Viejo on Saturday as officers proceed their efforts to ramp up inoculations regardless of ongoing provide points. The announcement comes every week after the county launched its first vaccination middle at Disneyland in Anaheim. (Fry, 1/21)

It’s A Secret: California Keeps Key Virus Data From Public

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has from the beginning stated his coronavirus coverage selections could be pushed by information shared with the general public to supply most transparency. However with the state beginning to emerge from its worst surge, his administration received’t disclose key data that may assist decide when his newest stay-at-home order is lifted. State officers stated they depend on a really advanced set of measurements that may confuse and doubtlessly mislead the general public in the event that they had been made public. (Thompson, 1/22)

Los Angeles Times:
Coronavirus Variant Found In Denmark Is Increasingly Common In Northern California

A pressure of coronavirus first recognized in Denmark is turning into more and more widespread in hospitals and jails in Northern California and the Bay Space, in accordance with the state’s Division of Public Well being. The variant, L452R was recognized in viral genomic sequencing of outbreaks, together with one which started Christmas Day in Kaiser’s San Jose Medical Heart that contaminated 15 sufferers and at the very least 74 staffers. One Kaiser staffer has died. Ten of the contaminated individuals had been discovered to have the variant, in accordance with a Kaiser spokeswoman. The variant was additionally present in some sufferers in a number of giant outbreaks the place the speed of an infection amongst those that had been uncovered was very excessive, in accordance with a Santa Clara County Public Well being Division information launch. (Logan, 1/21)

Los Angeles Times:
California Sees Record-Breaking COVID-19 Deaths In Winter Surge

California is continuous to see record-breaking deaths from COVID-19, a lagging indicator of the winter surge that’s coming at the same time as total coronavirus circumstances and hospitalizations have flattened and began to barely decline. The state broke the report Thursday for many COVID-19 deaths in a single day: 736, surpassing the mark set on Jan. 15, when 700 deaths had been reported. California continues to be averaging about 500 deaths a day over the previous week, one of many worst such figures of the pandemic, however barely decrease than every week in the past, when the state was averaging 534 deaths a day. (Lin II and Cash, 1/22)

Los Angeles Times:
Chance Of COVID Death In The Hospital Doubles Amid L.A. Surge

The probabilities that an individual hospitalized for COVID-19 will die in Los Angeles County have doubled in current months. That’s in accordance with an evaluation launched Wednesday by the county’s Division of Well being Providers, which discovered that the chance somebody will die of the illness whereas hospitalized elevated from about 1 in 8 in September and October to roughly 1 in 4 since early November. These elevated odds coincide with a devastating spike in L.A. County’s demise toll. In early November, when the present coronavirus surge started, there have been fewer than 20 COVID-19 deaths per day, on common. However over the weeklong interval that ended Wednesday, there have been roughly 206 deaths reported every day, in accordance with information compiled by The Instances. (Lin II and Cash, 1/21)

Capital & Main:
As Los Angeles COVID Vaccines Roll Out, Black And Latino Cases Surge

To nobody’s shock, California’s patchwork strategy to distributing and administering COVID-19 vaccines has been chaotic. Statements from the governor’s workplace are countered by native well being officers, generally virtually instantly. Clinics and suppliers scramble to be taught what number of doses they’ll be allotted and when these will arrive, and sufferers could wait on maintain for hours to schedule an appointment. The Trump administration’s abdication of federal duty has exacted a heavy toll, whereas the state’s incapacity to include the virus means that even a clean vaccination course of would cowl solely a lot of the injury. By means of all of it, although, some truths have remained maddeningly constant. And because the newest data out of virus-ravaged Los Angeles County makes clear, these truths aren’t going to alter – so vaccine coverage might want to. (Kreidler, 1/21)

Santa Rosa Press Democrat:
Coronavirus Resurgence In Sonoma County Outruns Contact Tracers

Final summer time, earlier than coronavirus transmission turned widespread all through the group, a nimble platoon of dozens of public well being staff jumped on each new case detected in Sonoma County. Some 70 so-called contact tracers tracked viral unfold in neighborhoods, vineyards, factories and day care facilities. They known as individuals who had been contaminated and put collectively lists of all their potential shut contacts, suggested residents how one can quarantine and isolate and performed testing of these uncovered to the extremely contagious infectious illness. (Espinoza, 1/21)

Eli Lilly Says Its Monoclonal Antibody Prevented Covid-19 In Clinical Trial

Eli Lilly stated Thursday that its monoclonal antibody prevented Covid-19 infections in nursing house residents and employees in a medical trial, the primary time such a therapy has been proven to forestall an infection. Lilly launched the leads to a press launch, though it stated that it could publish the information in a analysis paper as shortly as potential. (Herper, 1/21)

LA Daily News:
‘A Lot Of Us Are Going To Have PTSD.’ Fatigue, Burnout, Exhaustion Plague Hospital Staffs During COVID Surge 

When Ruth Godde hooks up her sufferers to a ventilator at Antelope Valley Hospital, generally they seize her arm and ask if they will make it. “You possibly can’t with assurance say ‘sure’ to them, however you don’t need them to be extra burdened than they already are, so we are saying, ‘We’re doing this to avoid wasting you,’ ” she stated. “However you understand as you’re incubating them the possibilities are they won’t make it. In a number of situations, they don’t. ”Because the COVID case depend surges throughout Southern California, medical staff report burnout, fatigue and exhaustion as they scramble to avoid wasting their sufferers’ lives. (Grigoryants, 1/22)

San Diego Union-Tribune:
San Diego Neighbors Prepare Care Packages For Paradise Valley Health Workers 

A bunch of residents in southeastern San Diego is gathering small tokens of appreciation to offer to San Diego’s well being care staff, who’ve been on the forefront of the pandemic. Paradise Hills residents plan to distribute at the very least 100 reward luggage to staff at Paradise Valley Hospital in early February. The luggage embrace hygiene merchandise, snacks, gum and hair equipment. (Lopez-Villafana, 1/22)

San Francisco Chronicle:
UCSF Gets State Regents’ OK For Massive Rebuild Of Parnassus Campus

UCSF’s “modernization plan” for its Parnassus Heights campus received the go-ahead from the College of California Board of Regents on Thursday. The $3 billion, 30-year challenge features a new hospital and analysis amenities in addition to 1,200 items of housing for college students and school. The vote units the stage for an enormous building challenge — the largest of its sort in San Francisco’s historical past — that may remodel the historic well being care campus that sits atop Parnassus Heights. The challenge will embrace the substitute of the 70-year-old Moffitt Hospital, which doesn’t meet the state’s seismic code and have to be decommissioned for inpatient care by 2030, the identical time the brand new hospital is scheduled to open. (Dineen, 1/21)

Orange County Register:
UC Irvine Plans $1 Billion, Campus-Adjacent Medical Complex With 144-Bed Hospital

UC Regents on Thursday, Jan. 21, accredited a $1 billion medical advanced with a 144-bed hospital subsequent to UC Irvine’s primary campus. Their approval clears the best way for the college and its medical arm to get began on UC Irvine Medical Heart Irvine-Newport, a multi-building advanced that may supply specialty care in oncology, neurosciences, kids’s well being and different areas. It is not going to change the big medical middle the college operates in Orange. (Robinson, 1/21)

FDA Approves 1st Long-Acting HIV Drug Combo, Monthly Shots

U.S. regulators have accredited the primary long-acting drug combo for HIV, month-to-month pictures that may change the each day drugs now used to manage an infection with the AIDS virus. Thursday’s approval of the two-shot combo known as Cabenuva is anticipated to make it simpler for individuals to remain on monitor with their HIV medicines and to take action with extra privateness. It’s an enormous change from not way back, when sufferers needed to take a number of drugs a number of occasions a day, rigorously timed round meals. (Marchione, 1/21)

FDA Approves First Long-Acting Injectable To Treat HIV Infection

In a transfer that would remodel HIV therapy, the Meals and Drug Administration has accredited a month-to-month injectable treatment, a routine designed to rival drugs that have to be taken each day. The newly accredited medication, which is known as Cabenuva, represents a big advance in treating what continues to be a extremely infectious illness. (Silverman, 1/21)

Sacramento Bee:
New CA Bill Requires Employers To Offer Bereavement Leave

Massive California employers could be required to supply as much as 10 days of unpaid bereavement go away below a invoice presently being thought of by the Legislature. The invoice, Meeting Invoice 95, authored by Assemblyman Evan Low, D-Cupertino, requires employers with 25 or extra staff to supply 10 days of bereavement go away to staff whose partner, baby, father or mother, sibling, grandparent, grandchild or home companion has died. The invoice requires smaller employers to supply as much as three days of bereavement go away. (Sheeler, 1/22)

San Diego Union-Tribune:
Veterans Sought For Traumatic Brain Injury Research 

Veterans are sought to take part in a Veterans Affairs analysis examine on elements that contribute to complications and neck ache in veterans with gentle traumatic mind harm, aka TBI. Outcomes of the examine are meant to assist researchers higher perceive the explanations for complications and neck ache after TBI and should result in improved therapy. The examine is open to veterans ages 18-55 who’ve had TBI. (McIntosh, 1/21)

San Francisco Chronicle:
Mayor Breed Was Set To Open 1,000 Shelter Beds For S.F.’s Homeless. Then The Pandemic Hit

In October 2018, Mayor London Breed introduced an bold purpose she stated was key to addressing San Francisco’s swelling homeless inhabitants: open 1,000 shelter beds all through town by 2021. By January 2020, she was on monitor to satisfy — and even exceed — that purpose. However that was earlier than the pandemic, earlier than the financial turmoil and earlier than town needed to rehash its response to sheltering its most weak. A brand new Navigation Heart will open within the Bayview district on Monday, however Breed continues to be in need of her purpose by about 200 beds. On the similar time, the pandemic pressured town to skinny out its present shelters to permit for social distancing. It additionally prompted officers to shortly shelter 1000’s in new methods: sanctioned tent websites, downtown lodge rooms and trailers on empty heaps. (Thadani, 1/21)

Los Angeles Times:
Finally, A President With A COVID Plan 

If there’s a single day that marks the start of the COVID-19 pandemic within the U.S., it could be Jan. 21, 2020, when the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention reported that it had confirmed the primary case of the novel coronavirus on American soil. The next day, President Trump, who was attending the World Financial Discussion board in Davos, Switzerland, dismissed the menace from the then-unnamed virus with the kind of willful carelessness that outlined his authorities’s strategy to the pandemic that may quickly rear its ugly head. “It’s one individual coming in from China,” he informed CNBC. “We’ve got it below management. It’s going to be simply effective.” (1/22)

San Francisco Chronicle:
Incoming HHS Secretary Becerra Will Be A Champion For Whistle-Blowers 

Most are applauding Xavier Becerra as President-elect Joe Biden’s option to run the usHealth and Human Providers. That is the company — with almost $1.3 trillion at its disposal — that oversees the protection of our medicine (via the Meals and Drug Administration), offers with outbreaks and pandemics (via Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention), and administers Medicare and Medicaid. It’s on the epicenter of guaranteeing our final public well being and security. No straightforward job, particularly today. However there’s one other key attribute of this regulatory physique that even perhaps additional separates it from its sister companies. It’s a magnet for fraud. Billions of {dollars} a 12 months of it. And absolutely to develop bigger because the trillions in COVID aid snake via the system into the fingers of those that would put revenue earlier than affected person well-being. (Gordon Schnell and Max Voldman, 1/20)

Sacramento Bee:
CA Must Address COVID Vaccine Fears Of Black & Latino People

Healthcare staff who had been granted top-priority entry to the COVID-19 vaccine are declining it though we had assumed all of them would need it. Latest surveys have proven that frontline staff’ skepticism towards COVID-19 vaccinations is now akin to the inhabitants at giant, with roughly 20% to 40% of Los Angeles county’s healthcare workforce declining the vaccine. Constructing belief and offering details about vaccines is important to mitigating gaps in vaccination acceptance. Quite a few group organizations have taken it upon themselves to arrange city halls and data periods to coach the general public and tackle issues concerning the vaccine, however they can’t accomplish this alone. We’d like a strategic plan that may amplify the voices of group leaders and enhance their visibility on the frontlines of vaccine schooling. (Daniel Turner-Lloveras and Violeta Osegueda, 1/21)

San Diego Union-Tribune:
As Seniors, Our Risk For COVID-19 Is High But Our Chances Of Conveniently Getting A Vaccine Are Low 

For the reason that COVID-19 pandemic hit the USA again in late February, I’ve watched as many individuals have restricted their social gatherings, positioned their gymnasium memberships on maintain and commenced working from house. Native eating places have shuttered their doorways — reopened with modifications — and closed down once more. Some reopened for supply and takeout. Others by no means will. Nevertheless, not a lot has modified for me. (Walter Wickens, 1/20)

California Health Report:
Vaccines Are Coming. What Can We Do Until Then? 

Simply weeks in the past, within the closing days of 2020 because the pandemic surged throughout the U.S., well being care staff like me lastly noticed a glimmer of hope at midnight winter as we obtained the primary of two doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine. I felt aid as I obtained my shot. After months of relentless pandemic care on the entrance line, we’ve lastly obtained a significant instrument within the combat towards COVID-19 that may assist California return to some normalcy over the approaching months. However this second of hope has been dampened by reckless misinformation across the vaccines. Even though each the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have proven to be over 90 p.c efficient in medical trials, with a miniscule threat of any extreme unwanted side effects, nonetheless almost 40 p.c of People say they received’t get the vaccine. This quantity is disheartening, contemplating that Dr. Anthony Fauci has estimated that as much as 85 p.c should be vaccinated for true herd immunity. With out widespread confidence within the vaccines, the coronavirus might stick round for years to come back. (Dr. Adam Dougherty, 1/21)

San Francisco Chronicle:
How COVID Pandemic Is Reshaping Rituals Of Death And The Way We Mourn

So ingrained is the household demise vigil that through the Civil Battle, dying troopers generally pulled out household images to create it of their imaginations. In the present day, whereas households cry on sidewalks, 1000’s die of COVID attended solely by nurses and aides holding iPads and wearing hazmat fits. Simply as visceral is our unstated promise to deal with the our bodies of the lifeless with reverence. Within the highly effective Greek tragedy, Antigone refuses to depart her disgraced brother’s physique to be “chewed up by birds and canines and violated.” Now, throughout COVID surges, the lifeless are stacked in fridge vehicles. (Katy Butler, 1/17)

Los Angeles Times:
How L.A.’s Stratospheric Housing Costs Help Fuel COVID Spread 

In 1991, poring over an evaluation of newly launched information from the earlier 12 months’s census, I got here throughout a startling statistic: Probably the most densely populated census tract in the USA wasn’t some Manhattan neighborhood of high-rise residences. It was proper right here in Los Angeles, within the neighborhood centered on MacArthur Park, a mile or so west of downtown. Might that be true? (Harold Meyerson, 1/22)

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