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Moderna Vaccine Approved For Use In California: A bunch of consultants on Sunday endorsed Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine, clearing the best way for it to be distributed all through California. The group reviewed the vaccine individually from the FDA, which on Friday issued emergency-use authorization. Learn extra from the Los Angeles Times and Sacramento Bee.

Vaccine Shipments Could Arrive Today: Bay Space officers anticipated receiving shipments of a second vaccine as quickly as right now. It’s unclear what number of preliminary doses will probably be shipped to the Bay Space. “We’re probably not certain as a result of will probably be distributed very in a different way,” Dr. Peter Chin-Hong of the us College of Drugs stated Sunday. “It’s really a greater distribution system” than the Pfizer rollout, he stated, as a result of Moderna’s distribution firm is skilled at delivering medicine to hospitals. Learn extra from the San Francisco Chronicle.

Beneath, try the roundup of California Healthline’s protection. For right now’s nationwide well being information, learn KHN’s Morning Briefing.

USA Today:
COVID-19 Vaccine: Police, Firefighters, Teachers Will Be Next In Line

Police, firefighters, lecturers and grocery employees will probably be amongst these subsequent in line for a COVID-19 vaccine, a Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention advisory panel determined Sunday. The committee voted 13-1 to advocate that Part 1b embody individuals 75 and older and front-line important employees. Part 1c will embody individuals 65 to 74 and folks 16 to 64 who’ve high-risk medical situations, together with different important employees. (Weise, 12/20)

Panel: People Over 75, Essential Workers Next For Vaccines

Sunday’s vote by the panel was who ought to be subsequent in line, and by a vote of 13-1, it determined that it ought to be individuals 75 and older, who quantity about 20 million, in addition to sure front-line employees, who whole about 30 million. The important employees embody firefighters and police; lecturers and college workers; these working in meals, agricultural and manufacturing sectors; corrections employees; U.S. Postal Service workers; public transit employees; and grocery retailer employees. They’re thought of at very excessive threat of an infection as a result of their jobs are crucial and require them to be in common contact with different individuals. It’s not clear how lengthy it can take to vaccinate these teams. (Hanna and Stobbe, 12/20)

Los Angeles Times:
Hospital Housekeepers Among First To Get Vaccine

They consolation adults and youngsters, shield sufferers and staffers from the unfold of an infection and toil in a panorama of heartache and threat alongside nurses and medical doctors for a fraction of the pay — and not one of the glory. The unleashing of the vaccine has raised questions on its distribution: who will get it first and whether or not the wealthy, highly effective and well-known can lower to the entrance of the road. The hospital housekeepers’ second within the highlight of the vaccination of America is a small cosmic push within the route of fairness. “Whether or not it’s that [environmental services worker] or it’s this top-notch doctor, they’re the identical for us,” stated Dr. Neha Nanda, medical director of an infection prevention at Keck Drugs of USC. “Every individual is equally necessary.” (Mejia, 12/19)

The Hill:
FDA Investigating Allergic Reactions To Pfizer Vaccine Reported In Multiple States 

The Meals and Drug Administration (FDA) is investigating allergic reactions to the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine that had been reported in a number of states after it started to be administered this week. Peter Marks, director of the FDA’s Heart for Biologics Analysis and Analysis, instructed reporters late Friday that the reactions had been reported in multiple state in addition to Alaska and that the FDA is probing 5 reactions. (Axelrod, 12/19)

Capital Public Radio/KXJZ:
Can California Protect COVID-19 Vaccine From Cheaters And Fraudsters?

For the subsequent a number of weeks, vaccines will probably be obtainable in restricted quantities in California and throughout the nation — and solely to high-risk people, with provide anticipated to ramp up within the months to return. Consultants estimate vaccines will probably be obtainable to most people someday within the spring. Till then, step in line. However the pandemic already has showcased deep inequalities, scams, greed, fraud and a system that favors the wealthy and well-known. Will or not it’s the identical with the COVID-19 vaccine? “We will probably be very aggressive in ensuring that these with means, these with affect are usually not crowding out these which can be most deserving of the vaccines,” Gov. Gavin Newsom stated in a latest press briefing. (Ibarra, 12/20)

Los Angeles Times:
Anti-Vaxxers Team Up With Alt-Right Against COVID-19 Vaccine

As California and the nation start rolling out coronavirus vaccines, anti-vaccine campaigners are aligning with small-business house owners and far-right teams, an effort that some consultants concern may supercharge distrust of presidency at a vital second for public well being. In California, the motion towards companies is being led by a gaggle calling itself Freedom Angels 2.0. Initially based by three ladies in response to a 2019 state invoice tightening vaccine necessities for attendance in faculties, the group was greatest recognized for its protests on the state Capitol in opposition to that measure and different vaccine laws, usually filling hallways and disrupting hearings with youngsters in tow. (Chabria, 12/18)

U.S. Slashed Vaccine Numbers For Several States Due To Confusion Over FDA Requirement

Officers with Operation Warp Pace, the U.S. authorities program to distribute Covid-19 vaccines to Individuals, needed to slash the quantity doses for a number of states as a consequence of confusion over the U.S. Meals and Drug Administration’s certificates of research requirement for vaccine rounds. The federal authorities’s error disrupted vaccination distribution plans in no less than 14 states and pissed off governors and state well being officers who stated they had been caught off guard upon studying of cargo shortfalls. (Newburger, 12/20)

Fox News:
Murthy Believes ‘Realistic’ Timeline Sees Public Vaccinations Starting Midsummer

President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee for surgeon basic believes {that a} extra “lifelike” timeline will see the coronavirus vaccine distributed to the general public beginning midsummer 2021. Dr. Vivek Murthy cautioned that the Trump administration’s timeline, which might see basic public entry to the vaccine as early as April 2021, is feasible however would require all the pieces to go proper. “I believe relating to the vaccine timeline, all of us need the vaccine to be delivered as shortly, as pretty as attainable, and you’ll make sure that each day and evening, myself and others on the Biden workforce are working towards that finish,” Murthy instructed NBC’s Chuck Todd throughout Sunday’s “Meet the Press.” “However we additionally need to be lifelike in regards to the timeline.” (Aitken, 12/20)

Los Angeles Times:
California Continues To Shatter Coronavirus Case Records

The virus’ unfold confirmed no indicators of slowing in L.A. or throughout the state, which posted file numbers all week, heightening issues that already overwhelmed hospitals will get much more strained within the coming weeks. Consultants say it sometimes takes two to 3 weeks for an individual who contracts the coronavirus to turn into sick sufficient to require hospital care. And California is now reporting two to 3 occasions extra instances than it was originally of December, in keeping with information compiled by The Occasions. (Wigglesworth and Newberry, 12/19)

Bay Area News Group:
San Francisco Surpasses 20,000 Coronavirus Cases, Health Officials Report

Alameda County recorded its highest-ever variety of new coronavirus instances on the identical day that San Francisco well being officers reported that the town had surpassed 20,000 instances of the lethal virus, a grim milestone for a area beset with a well being disaster in contrast to every other. Vaccines for the virus are already being administered to healthcare employees throughout California, however well being officers are persevering with to battle a 3rd lethal surge within the virus that has been far tougher to take care of than the earlier two. Within the Bay Space, 216,530 individuals have contracted the illness — 4,188 of whom had been reported contaminated Saturday — and a pair of,267 individuals have died, together with 18 new deaths. (Toledo, 12/20)

San Diego Union-Tribune:
Why COVID-19 Rages Amid California’s New Stay-At-Home Order 

California’s first coronavirus lockdown order, within the spring, produced advantages inside a month. By April, Gov. Gavin Newsom was capable of crow that the state had “arguably flattened” the curve on infections. It has been two weeks since a second stay-at-home order was issued, and no such flattening has but occurred throughout most of California. This can be as a result of restrictions are looser than these within the spring, and since many Californians are so fatigued by public well being orders — or militantly immune to them — that they’re mixing with individuals from exterior their households. (Dolan, Lin II and Lai, 12/21)

The Hill:
Surgeon General Nominee Says More Contagious Viral Strain In UK Does Not Appear To Be Deadlier 

Former Surgeon Normal Vivek Murthy, whom President-elect Joe Biden has nominated to return to the place, stated Sunday {that a} new, extra contagious coronavirus pressure reported within the U.Ok. doesn’t look like any deadlier. “This information from the U.Ok. seems to be a couple of new pressure of the virus that’s extra transmissible, extra contagious than the virus we’ve seen previous to this,” Murthy stated on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “Whereas it appears to be extra transmissible, we would not have proof but that it is a extra lethal virus to a person who acquires it.” (Budryk, 12/20)

The Bakersfield Californian:
Local Prisons See Spike In COVID-19 Cases 

As hospital beds refill and coronavirus surges throughout California, many state prisons in Kern County are going through their worst outbreaks but. The California Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation stories there have been 1,766 energetic instances as of Friday within the 5 state prisons in Kern County alone. (Morgen, 12/19)

Los Angeles Times:
Grocery Stores, Essential Businesses Hit Hard By COVID-19

Supermarkets have been hit exhausting by the unprecedented explosion of the coronavirus in Los Angeles County, additional straining a vital service that should stay open regardless of the brand new stay-at-home order. Outbreaks are growing at an alarming charge throughout industries, officers say — an unavoidable consequence of so many individuals falling sick within the area. However these at grocery shops and different important retailers pose a novel problem for officers trying to scale back coronavirus transmission, in addition to for county residents making an attempt to pare down their actions to solely what is important. (Karlamangla, 12/20)

San Diego Union-Tribune:
As Crisis Deepens, Hundreds Of Hotel Rooms Reserved For COVID-19 Response Go Unused By San Diego County

As COVID-19 spreads unchecked throughout the area and state, San Diego County officers are leaving vacant tons of of resort rooms they’d reserved for sick or at-risk individuals, though a lot of the associated fee is being sponsored by state and federal aid funds. The county’s stage of participation in a single resort shelter program was so minimal that simply 6 % of the obtainable rooms had been occupied final month. (McDonald, 12/20)

Los Angeles Times:
Gov. Gavin Newsom Will Enter Quarantine After COVID-19 Exposure 

Gov. Gavin Newsom will go into quarantine once more for 10 days after being uncovered to a workers member who examined constructive for the coronavirus, a consultant stated in an announcement Sunday evening. Newsom examined destructive however will enter quarantine as a precaution, in accordance with state public well being pointers. Different staffers within the governor’s workplace who had been uncovered to the contaminated particular person additionally examined destructive. They’ll start 10-day quarantines, the consultant stated. (Feldman, 12/20)

The Desert Sun:
Groups Work To Educate Worried Farmworkers About COVID-19 Vaccine

Maria Isabel Ventura rushed her husband from Blythe to Palm Springs a number of weeks in the past, watching with despair as he struggled to breathe alongside the 120-mile journey by the desert. Contaminated with COVID-19, he was so weak by the point they arrived that he wanted a wheelchair to journey from the automobile to the doorways of Desert Regional Medical Heart’s emergency division. (Plevin, 12/19)

San Diego Union-Tribune:
Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed By Family Of First Person To Die From COVID-19 In Immigration Custody 

The household of Carlos Ernesto Escobar Mejia, who died in immigration custody after contracting the coronavirus throughout an outbreak at Otay Mesa Detention Heart, has sued the federal authorities in addition to the personal jail firm accountable for the power. Escobar Mejia was the primary individual to die within the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement due to COVID-19. Eight in whole have died from the virus for the reason that pandemic started. (Morrissey, 12/20)

Los Angeles Times:
South Korea Sends San Diegan A COVID-19 ‘Survival Box’ 

Forty years in the past, Paul Courtright went to South Korea as a Peace Corps volunteer, serving to a growing nation discover its footing after many years of international occupation, poverty, illness and warfare. Final month, with the US reeling underneath a surge in coronavirus instances, South Korea returned the favor. It despatched “COVID-19 survival bins” to Peace Corps alumni within the U.S. (Wilkens, 12/20)

Bay Area News Group:
Monterey County Family Cares For Each Other, Loses Two To COVID-19 

Julia Duran was caught between a rock and a tough place. She knew that she can be placing herself in danger when her 81-year-old father developed a cough and her 78-year-old mom and 46-year-old brother with down syndrome, quickly started to really feel sick. However she had restricted choices they usually wanted assist. Ultimately, COVID-19 would declare the lives of two of her relations whereas the an infection would trigger various levels of sickness and hospital stays for others. (Herrera, 12/21)

Congress Strikes Stimulus Deal After Days Of Frantic Talks 

Congressional leaders on Sunday clinched a Covid stimulus deal after days of hard-fought negotiations — however Individuals must wait no less than slightly longer to get a lot wanted aid. Senate Majority Chief Mitch McConnell introduced Sunday night that negotiators had finalized a $900 billion coronavirus help bundle, after breaking a multi-day stalemate over the Federal Reserve’s lending powers. (Everett, Desiderio, Zanona and Caygle, 12/20)

San Francisco Chronicle:
California, Hard-Pressed Cities Lose In COVID Stimulus Deal As Aid Is Left Out 

A $900 billion coronavirus help bundle that congressional leaders agreed to Sunday contains no devoted cash for state or native governments, undercutting hopes that California and plenty of of its cities would be capable to shut rising funds gaps with out main cuts. The deal, which the Home and Senate are anticipated to vote on as early as Monday, features a new spherical of direct $600 stimulus funds to many adults and youngsters, an extra $300 per week in jobless help, rental and meals help, cash for vaccine distribution and a small enterprise mortgage program. All of that would assist extraordinary Californians struggling by the pandemic. (Koseff, 12/20)

Modesto Bee:
It’s A Deal. Californians Could See More Unemployment Payments, Stimulus Checks Soon

Thousands and thousands of Californians would get fast monetary assist — stimulus checks, extra unemployment advantages and different help — underneath the financial aid settlement introduced Sunday by congressional leaders. The deal, which nonetheless wants approval from Congress and President Donald Trump, assures an estimated 1 million state residents they might not lose unemployment advantages which can be set to run out on the finish of this week. That approval is anticipated Monday. Underneath the $900 billion settlement, weekly advantages for certified unemployed individuals, now a most $450 in California, would go up by $300 for 11 weeks, in keeping with Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s workplace. (Lightman, 12/20)

When Will You Get A Second Stimulus Check? 

Lawmakers are anticipated to vote Monday on the deal, which would offer for $600 checks, however consultants say it can take no less than two weeks for the Treasury to get money into people’ financial institution accounts after laws is signed. “The timing might be more difficult this time, however the IRS may seemingly start to get the cash out in January,” stated Howard Gleckman, a senior fellow on the City-Brookings Tax Coverage Heart. (Lobosco, 12/20)

The New York Times:
The Stimulus Deal: What’s In It For You

Particular person adults making as much as $75,000 a 12 months would obtain a $600 cost, and a pair incomes as much as $150,000 a 12 months would get twice that quantity. If they’ve dependent youngsters, they might additionally get $600 for every youngster. The primary funds early this 12 months started arriving through direct deposit about two weeks after laws handed. It took some individuals months, nevertheless, to obtain the cash. (Bernard and Lieber, 12/20)

Here’s What’s In The Second Stimulus Package 

The invoice would prolong till January 31 the eviction safety set to run out on the finish of the 12 months. It additionally would offer $25 billion in rental help for people who misplaced their supply of earnings through the pandemic. (Lobosco and Luhby, 12/20)

Bay Area News Group:
Protest At Stanford Hospital Over COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout

Greater than 100 Stanford Well being Care medical residents and fellows protested directors’ rollout plans for the primary wave of COVID-19 vaccines Friday, asserting that they had been principally disregarded regardless of their common contact with contaminated sufferers — generally in favor of higher-ranking college at far decrease threat. Bolstered by uproarious chants like “First within the room, again of the road,” the morning demonstration within the halls of the college’s prestigious hospital spurred a immediate response from hospital leaders, together with from Stanford Well being Care CEO David Entwhistle, who instructed the assembled crowd: “We’ll appropriate it. We all know that it’s flawed.” The seeds of the protest had been planted earlier this week after Stanford introduced the way it was going to distribute its preliminary allocation of vaccines — upwards of 5,000 doses. (Salonga, 12/18)

The Desert Sun:
Nurse Strike At Three SoCal Hospitals Averted

A deliberate strike by nurses at Riverside County’s largest hospital has been averted with a tentative new deal reached Saturday, their union introduced. The tentative settlement concluded 102 hours of negotiations since Dec. 11, after members voted to authorize a strike and a federal mediator was introduced in to assist resolve points. Members are scheduled to vote to ratify the contract Dec. 22 and 23. (12/20)

Modesto Bee:
EMT Has COVID Symptoms After Giving CPR To United Passenger

When a fellow passenger fell sick Monday on a cross-country United Airways flight, emergency medical technician Tony Aldapa knew he had to assist. “Realizing I had the information, coaching and expertise to assist out, I couldn’t have sat idly by and watched somebody die,” Aldapa wrote on Twitter. He and two others carried out CPR on the dying passenger for practically an hour, Aldapa wrote. However the man died at a hospital after United Flight 591, certain from Orlando to Los Angeles, diverted to New Orleans, McClatchy Information beforehand reported. (Sweeney, 12/20)

Fresno Bee:
Fresno Patients Are Not Receiving Adequate Care In Latest COVID Surge, Hospital Staff Say

As Fresno hospitals refill with COVID-19 sufferers, many nurses and different employees stated staffing shortages are resulting in a lower in high quality of look after sufferers. In a questionnaire circulated by The Bee, registered and vocational nurses, respiratory technicians, a bodily therapist, a lab tech and a housekeeping aide described the state of affairs of their office as anxious, hectic, terrible, unpredictable, chaotic and exhausting. Responses got here from employees in Fresno hospitals resembling Neighborhood Regional Medical Heart, Clovis Neighborhood Medical Heart, Saint Agnes Medical Heart, Kaiser Permanente and Valley Kids’s Hospital. (Calix, 12/20)

Los Angeles Times:
‘We’re Going To Be New York’: L.A. Hospitals Brace For The Worst

A physician at an L.A. County public hospital stated the variety of COVID-19 sufferers is “growing exponentially, with out an finish in sight.” Many elements of that hospital are being transformed to COVID-19 wards, and ICU groups are being staffed up with employees from different departments which can be quickly halting providers. The physician, who was not approved to talk to the media and requested anonymity, stated it seems that by early January, the hospital must start rationing care. “We’re going to be New York, with our bodies piling up. Wouldn’t be stunned if L.A. rings within the new 12 months because the COVID capital of the world,” the doctor stated. “I don’t know what number of methods to clarify to individuals to isolate and keep residence, in need of bringing a digital camera to the ICU and [emergency department] to point out them the mess of what we’re experiencing.” (Wigglesworth and Karlamangla, 12/21)

As COVID-19 Cases Soar, Overwhelmed California Hospitals Worry About Rationing Care

On Friday, the nation’s most populous state recorded 43,608 new instances, whereas virtually 17,400 persons are at present hospitalized with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 instances, in keeping with the California Division of Public Well being. Over 3,500 of these instances are being handled in intensive care items, placing immense pressure on hospitals. Practically all of California is underneath keep at residence orders as ICU capability statewide hovers round 2%. In Southern California and the 12-county San Joaquin Valley space, ICU capability has been exhausted, leaving some services to enter “surge” mode, placing crucial sufferers in different elements of the hospital like emergency rooms or working restoration rooms. (Lonsdorf, 12/20)

San Diego Union-Tribune:
COVID-19 Crushing County’s ERs: Too Many Patients, Too Few Beds, Not Enough Staff 

At 4 p.m., two sufferers in respiratory misery arrived at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa, one by ambulance and one introduced in by family members by the primary entrance. Then phrase arrived that one more affected person, this one struggling a stroke, can be delivered by ambulance in 10 minutes. For many of its historical past serving an enormous swath of East County, three instances in 10 minutes would barely be value mentioning for the area’s busiest emergency division. However with greater than 70 sufferers already occupying beds on the unit, three extra equaled a full home, and it was time to as soon as once more start the method of shifting sufferers round. (Sisson, 12/19)

Orange County Register:
What Public Health Leaders Mean By ‘0% ICU Beds Available’

Intensive care mattress availability in Southern California has been reported at 0% capability by state and county well being officers. However that alarming determine carries an enormous asterisk: it doesn’t imply there are not any open ICU beds that day.
Within the context of the coronavirus pandemic’s bleakest chapter, the state Division of Public Well being’s front-and-center metric, “present ICU capability by area,” takes the precise proportion of remaining grownup ICU beds every day and tweaks it to replicate the lopsided share of COVID-19 sufferers in intensive care in comparison with others who additionally want these beds for life-saving therapy and gear, resembling ventilators. Beds for newborns and youngsters are excluded. (Wheeler, 12/18)

Sacramento Bee:
CA Faces Latino Doctor Shortage Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

The excessive variety of coronavirus infections and deaths amongst California’s Latino communities is underscoring the state’s scarcity of culturally competent, Spanish-speaking medical doctors. Medical consultants concern the shortage of Latino or Spanish-speaking medical doctors may result in worse well being outcomes for the state’s Hispanic communities, who, thus far, symbolize greater than 700,000 COVID-19 instances and 10,000 virus-related deaths in California. “You possibly can’t plant strawberries in your entrance room. You possibly can’t keep at residence and be a farmworker. Therefore, as a result of they’re extra uncovered, they’re extra prone to turn into contaminated,” stated Dr. David E. Hayes-Bautista, director of the Heart for the Research of Latino Well being and Tradition at UCLA. “Now, at that time, the Latino physician scarcity out of the blue turns into crucial.” (Bojórquez, 12/21)

Los Angeles Times:
San Francisco Public Schools Won’t Reopen In January 

San Francisco public faculties gained’t reopen for in-person studying in January due to a breakdown in negotiations between the varsity district and lecturers unions over coronavirus security, the San Francisco Unified College District stated. “The district can not meet the entire new necessities SFUSD’s labor unions have proposed, and there may be not ample time to finish bargaining to be able to reopen any college websites on Jan. 25,” the district stated in a web-based assertion. (Dolan, 12/20)

Fresno Bee:
More COVID Outbreaks Happen At CSU Party Schools 

The California State College campuses with probably the most reported instances of COVID-19 have one thing else in widespread — additionally they recurrently high the lists of greatest social gathering faculties within the state. San Diego State, Cal Poly, and Chico State are struggling among the worst coronavirus outbreaks among the many 23 CSU faculties. Across the U.S., school cities have been among the hardest hit as college students in different states returned to campus, solely to be despatched residence weeks later after an outbreak. Events and gatherings are bearing many of the blame. (Panoo, 12/21)

San Francisco Chronicle:
Bay Area Spare The Air Alert Issued For Monday Due To Smoke

That is the second such alert this winter and follows a record-setting 12 months for unhealthy air situations within the area. As fires raged by California this summer time and fall, the Bay Space was coated in smoke. On one morning in September, residents woke as much as a darkish, orange-hued sky that made nationwide information and was broadly described as apocalyptic. Properly over 50 Spare the Air alerts have been issued — far exceeding the earlier file, 46, set in 2017. Those that ignore the order should both take a “wooden smoke consciousness course” or pay a $100 high quality. Second-time offenses are met with a $500 ticket and that quantity will increase with every subsequent violation. (Kost, 12/20)

The Bakersfield Californian:
In An Especially Stressful Year, New Hotline Provides Relief For Those In Need 

December is already probably the most anxious time of the 12 months for a lot of Individuals, however add a pandemic into the combo and the stress might be an excessive amount of to deal with. That’s why the Kern County Latino COVID-19 Job Drive has launched a brand new psychological well being and wellness hotline. By calling 525-5900, Kern County residents struggling to make it by probably the most difficult vacation season in latest reminiscence can get entry to a sympathetic ear and a few probably much-needed recommendation. (Morgen, 12/20)

Sacramento Bee:
Fewer Black Kids Are Dying In Sacramento County. Here’s Why

In response to new outcomes shared with the Board of Supervisors final week, the county noticed the speed of Black youngster deaths drop by 30% and the speed of Black toddler deaths drop by 19% by 2018, probably the most not too long ago obtainable information launched. As a part of the Black Little one Legacy Marketing campaign, seven neighborhood facilities obtain $120,000 yearly to supply a plethora of applications and providers designed to stop Black childhood dying: Case managers helped join households to authorities help. Nighttime youth-focused occasions saved teenagers out of bother. Anticipating moms acquired protected sleeping habits training, free cribs and residential visits. Mother and father enrolled in anger administration coaching and parenting courses. (Yoon-Hendricks, 12/19)

The Bakersfield Californian:
Eye Care Provider For Kern County’s Neediest Struggles To Survive In A Pandemic 

It’s Arturo Beltran’s first go to to an eye fixed physician at Superior Heart for Eyecare. He’s simply 5 years previous, so his mother, Marisela Rodriguez, hoists him up on her lap in order that an ophthalmic technician might help to search out out what sort of prescription he may want. “OK, that is straightforward stuff, buddy, I’m simply going to have you ever take a look at some balloons,” the technician, Gabriel Uranday, tells Beltran, as he friends into the autorefractor. Over the course of the subsequent hour, Beltran will wind his method by the 6,000-square-foot ACE clinic on Westwind Drive simply off Truxtun Avenue. He sees an optometrist, Jolly Mamauag-Camat, who gently touts the advantages of carrying glasses whereas he’s doing schoolwork, and eventually he goes to select his very personal pair of glasses. (Gallegos, 12/18)

Bay Area News Group:
Rehab Doctor Jailed For ‘Patient Brokering’ Released To Luxury California Home After COVID Diagnosis 

The Beverly Hills physician accused of constructing an opulent life on the backs of determined drug customers — and contributing to a few of their deaths — has been launched from jail after he was recognized with COVID-19, regardless of the strident objections of prosecutors who’ve charged him with 88 felonies and concern he’s a flight threat. Randy Rosen ran Wellness Wave, a surgical heart in Beverly Hills that allegedly paid addicts wanting to make a buck to endure pointless surgical procedures, get pointless lab exams and obtain pointless injections for inflated costs, in keeping with Orange County prosecutors. (Sforza, 12/21)

Sacramento Bee:
Dozens Of Sacramento Hotel Tenants Facing Eviction

Amid a extreme surge in coronavirus instances and with Sacramento nighttime temperatures dipping into the 30s, dozens of tenants may quickly be evicted from a River District residential resort. The Calabasas-based Ezralow Co. despatched notices to no less than 38 tenants of the Hawthorn Suites on Nov. 16, saying they wanted to depart so the resort might be renovated or bought. For the 14 tenants who had been staying there greater than a 12 months, the notices ordered them to maneuver out by Jan. 15, providing a month of waived lease. For the 24 tenants who’ve been there lower than a 12 months, the notices provided no monetary help, and stated they wanted to depart by Dec. 15. (Clift, 12/20)


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