Thursday, December 17, 2020 | California Healthline

Sacramento Bee:
COVID Vaccine Arrives In Placer County As Hospitals Face ‘Toughest Part Of The Pandemic’

About 4,000 Placer County well being care employees will obtain the primary dose of the vaccine this week, Dr. Rob Oldham, the county’s director of well being and human providers and interim well being officer, mentioned in a public assembly Tuesday. And one other 3,000 doses are on the way in which for the county’s most weak residents residing in long-term care amenities. “Our complete group has sacrificed and suffered all through this pandemic, however our well being care employees and long-term care facility residents have made particular sacrifices and have confronted particularly important burdens,” Oldham mentioned. “So we’re so completely satisfied to see some potential reduction coming their manner quickly and to have the true hope of getting a vaccine accessible to the remainder of our group within the coming months.” (Sullivan, 12/16)

California Sets Teachers, First Responders For Next Vaccines

Academics, first responders, and grocery and restaurant employees had been amongst these beneficial Wednesday to get the subsequent spherical of scarce vaccines in California, as had been florists and sawmill operators who fall into the identical broad class of these deemed important employees. “We’ve received to determine who we’re going to prioritize,” mentioned Dr. Oliver Brooks, co-chairman of a 16-member panel of medical consultants recommending who makes the potential life-and-death reduce after the primary spherical of about 3 million vaccines started going this week to well being care employees and people in long-term care amenities. (Thompson, 12/17)

Anchorage Daily News:
Alaska Health Care Worker Hospitalized Overnight And Another Received Brief Emergency Treatment After COVID-19 Vaccine

A Juneau well being care employee was hospitalized and handled for a critical allergic response after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday, hospital and well being officers mentioned Wednesday morning. Wednesday night, hospital officers reported that one other employee who obtained a vaccine on the hospital that day obtained transient emergency therapy as nicely, however didn’t expertise anaphylaxis, or what’s often called a life-threatening allergic response. A number of well being care employees and officers on Wednesday had been adamant concerning the significance of individuals persevering with to obtain the vaccine, and the state’s high well being official mentioned no adjustments to the vaccination plan had been anticipated. (Krakow, 12/16)

USA Today:
Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Goes Before FDA Committee For Final Review

A second COVID-19 vaccine possible will obtain a thumbs up Thursday from an advisory committee to the U.S. Meals and Drug Administration, which licensed the primary one per week in the past. This time, the committee is reviewing a vaccine made by Cambridge, Massachusetts, biotech Moderna, with related expertise and outcomes because the one it supported final week by Pfizer and its German collaborator, BioNTech.  (Weintraub, 12/17)

‘We Want Them Infected’: Trump Appointee Demanded ‘Herd Immunity’ Strategy, Emails Reveal

A high Trump appointee repeatedly urged high well being officers to undertake a “herd immunity” method to Covid-19 and permit thousands and thousands of Individuals to be contaminated by the virus, in response to inner emails obtained by a Home watchdog and shared with POLITICO. “There isn’t a different manner, we have to set up herd, and it solely comes about permitting the non-high threat teams expose themselves to the virus. PERIOD,” then-science adviser Paul Alexander wrote on July 4 to his boss, Well being and Human Providers assistant secretary for public affairs Michael Caputo, and 6 different senior officers. (Diamond, 12/16)

Bay Area News Group:
Coronavirus: California Breaks Daily Death Record As ICU Capacity Dwindles 

California has moved on from document case numbers to document fatalities from COVID-19. On Tuesday, county well being departments mixed to report 31,394 new circumstances and 255 new victims of the virus, California’s largest single-day loss of life toll of the pandemic, in response to knowledge compiled by this information group, coming sooner or later after the state reported a document variety of new infections. All of the whereas, medical sources proceed to dwindle to harmful ranges across the state. (Webeck,12/16)

Los Angeles Times:
California’s Record COVID-19 Surge Persists: 51,724 Cases And 393 Deaths In A Single Day

Single-day pandemic information had been shattered throughout California but once more on Wednesday. For the primary time, a Los Angeles Instances county-by-county tally discovered greater than 50,000 new coronavirus circumstances and almost 400 deaths in California reported in a single day. The Instances survey Wednesday night time discovered 51,724 new coronavirus circumstances reported in a single day, shattering the state’s single-day document damaged on Monday, when 42,088 circumstances had been reported. (Lin II, Cash and Greene, 12/16)

San Francisco Chronicle:
Are COVID Cases Spiking Across All Age Groups In California?

California’s present coronavirus surge seems to be sparing nobody demographic. Latest knowledge compiled by George Lemp, an infectious illness epidemiologist and retired director of the California HIV/AIDS analysis program on the College of California, present that circumstances have risen meteorically amongst all ages group within the state. New COVID-19 circumstances elevated 350% general within the interval from Nov. 15 to Dec. 12, in comparison with the earlier 4 weeks. Every age group noticed will increase nicely over 300%, and the very best was 360% amongst people 80 years and older. Whereas not considerably larger than the opposite age teams, the first concern is older people are at larger threat for extreme sickness with COVID-19. (Hwang, 12/16)

Los Angeles Times:
California Hospitals Struggle With COVID-19 Surge

Within the final week, California has averaged greater than 32,000 coronavirus circumstances every day, in response to The Instances tracker. That’s a 129% improve from two weeks in the past. What’s extra, these figures are additionally contributing to larger hospitalization charges than at some other level through the pandemic. To the surface world, the numbers could also be little greater than statistics, however inside Southern California’s hospitals, circumstances are quickly deteriorating as beds refill and employees burn out. (Smith, 12/16)

San Diego Union-Tribune:
ICUs Reach Unsettling Milestone As Surge Shows No Signs Of Slowing 

For the primary time for the reason that coronavirus pandemic began in San Diego County, the variety of COVID-19 sufferers in native intensive care models exceeded the quantity requiring important care who shouldn’t have the illness. In line with the county well being division’s newest COVID-19 monitoring report launched Wednesday, there have been 301 sufferers in intensive care models with the illness and 282 with out as of Tuesday, the latest day for which complete knowledge had been accessible. (Sisson, 12/16)

LA Daily News:
Hospitals ‘Under Siege’ As LA County Confronts Deadliest-Ever Coronavirus Day, 21,411 New Cases 

Los Angeles County reported its deadliest day of the pandemic to date on Wednesday, Dec. 16, including 138 extra lives misplaced to the unrelenting novel coronavirus. Officers warned, nonetheless, that the worst is probably going but to return. Common every day deaths reported over the previous week in L.A. County now surpass 60, a brand new excessive, as a complete of 8,568 folks have misplaced their lives right here to date. The county on Wednesday additionally reported 21,411 new circumstances, one other document for every day reviews. Not counting the 7,000 that had been associated to a reporting delay, the numbers nonetheless toppled the earlier excessive of 13,815 on Dec. 11. (Rosenfeld, 12/16)

Bay Area News Group:
COVID: Bay Area Falls Below 15% ICU Bed Capacity, Triggering Regionwide Stay-At-Home Order

In a sobering milestone on one other document day of coronavirus circumstances and deaths in California, the supply of ICU beds at hospitals throughout the Bay Space on Wednesday fell beneath 15% for the primary time, triggering state guidelines that may place each county within the area underneath a stay-at-home order. The alarming pattern got here because the Golden State suffered by far its most ugly day for the reason that pandemic started: greater than 51,000 new circumstances and at the very least 428 new COVID-19 deaths had been reported, obliterating the document 255 from solely the day earlier than. (Rogers and Prodis Sulek, 12/16)

San Francisco Chronicle:
Bay Area Falls To 12.9% ICU Availability, Triggering State’s Stay-At-Home Order In San Mateo, Napa, Solano Counties

Intensive care availability plummeted within the Bay Space on Wednesday to fall underneath 15% for the primary time, forcing your entire 11-county area underneath the state stay-at-home order. And as of Thursday night time, greater than 98% of California might be shut down because the pandemic rages on. The state mandate will have an effect on solely 5 counties within the Better Bay Space area: Napa, Monterey, San Mateo, Santa Cruz and Solano. The opposite six counties had preemptively adopted stay-at-home directives earlier this month. (Vaziri and Allday, 12/16)

The Bakersfield Californian:
Bakersfield Hospitals Mount Intense Effort To Care For Influx Of Patients 

The state of affairs in native hospitals continues to accentuate as a spike in COVID-19 admissions in current days has pushed some amenities previous their worst factors this summer time, hospital directors mentioned Wednesday. On the two Mercy hospitals in Bakersfield, area for important care sufferers has run out. There have been 32 ICU sufferers within the downtown and southwest hospitals at one level Wednesday morning however solely 28 beds, in response to Bruce Peters, CEO of the 2 hospitals. Nearly half the ICU sufferers had been on ventilators, he mentioned. (Shepard, 12/16)

San Francisco Chronicle:
Bay Area Nurses Battle Hospitals Over How Many Patients They Can Handle As Coronavirus Cases Surge

Essentially the most seen image of California’s devastating wave of COVID-19 has been the dwindling provide of intensive-care beds, a marker forcing areas to shut companies and ban even outside eating if the numbers get too low. However hospitals say one other scarcity is tying their palms: Nurses are in critically brief provide at each degree. “It’s not about beds, mattresses or pillows. It’s concerning the care crew on the bedside,” Carmela Coyle, president of the California Hospital Affiliation, advised The Chronicle. “There isn’t a cavalry coming with extra nurses.” (Asimov, 12/16)

Fresno Bee:
Huge Spike In Fresno County Coronavirus Cases. Was A California Computer Backlog To Blame?

The California Division of Public Well being on Wednesday reported 2,590 new coronavirus circumstances in Fresno County — which might be the largest spike for the reason that pandemic began in March. It was a pattern repeated throughout the state as California blew previous the earlier single-day document for brand new circumstances by almost 20,000 and in addition reported the very best every day loss of life toll of the pandemic. The state added 53,711 lab-positive circumstances of COVID-19 and 293 deaths, in comparison with a earlier excessive of 225 disclosed Saturday. (Galaviz, 12/16)

Fresno Bee:
COVID-19 Safety Steps Urged For Fresno Farmworkers. Will It Protect Food Supply Chain?

To sluggish the coronavirus’ unfold within the agricultural business, Fresno County officers launched new security tips to guard farmworkers. Among the many slew of suggestions introduced Wednesday, the Fresno County Well being Division desires employers to implement screening and testing tips for farmworkers, advising that at the very least 10% of their workers get examined each two weeks. The objective is to weed out employees who could also be COVID-19 constructive however asymptomatic and stop a brilliant spreader occasion, they mentioned. (Lopez, 12/17)

Bay Area News Group:
Coronavirus: Outbreak In Contra Costa Jails Under Investigation 

Contra Costa Well being Providers mentioned its employees is investigating an outbreak of COVID-19 amongst three dozen inmates at two detention websites. In an announcement Wednesday night, the division mentioned 36 inmates on the Martinez and West County detention amenities have examined constructive for COVID-19, however none required hospitalization as of Wednesday morning. The outbreak apparently started within the Martinez jail, adopted by circumstances in Richmond after a switch of a number of inmates, and employees haven’t but discovered if all circumstances are a part of a single outbreak. (Kelly, 12/16)

San Diego Union-Tribune:
Hundreds Of Donovan State Prison Inmates Sickened With COVID-19 

Greater than 400 inmates at Donovan State Jail have examined constructive for COVID-19 in current days, making the Otay Mesa lockup the location of one of many worst outbreaks for the lethal virus inside the state jail system. The California Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation reported 411 lively circumstances inside Donovan on Tuesday. All however three of the circumstances occurred up to now two weeks. (McDonald, 12/16)

Orange County Register:
Coronavirus: Unprecedented Order Issued Suspending Ambulance Diversions In Orange County

The Orange County Well being Care Company on Wednesday issued an order suspending the power of hospitals that participate within the 911 system to request a diversion of ambulances to different medical facilities. Dr. Carl Schultz, the company’s EMS medical director, mentioned in an announcement that hospital emergency rooms have turn out to be so overwhelmed as a result of COVID surge that “virtually all hospitals had been happening diversion.” (12/16)

San Francisco Chronicle:
California Sued Over New Coronavirus Workplace Rules 

A gaggle of small California companies and nationwide enterprise teams sued California state businesses Wednesday, searching for to rollback broad office protections in opposition to the coronavirus applied final month. The Nationwide Retail Federation and the Nationwide Federation of Impartial Companies say guidelines adopted by the California Division of Industrial Relations to forestall virus infections within the office violate the state’s Administrative Procedures Act and weigh too closely on companies which have been pushed to the breaking level by the pandemic. (DiFeliciantonio, 12/16)

Modesto Bee:
Long Beach, CA Groups Say Police Held Superspreader Event

Two group teams in California filed a grievance on Monday alleging the Lengthy Seashore Police Division’s senior employees held a coronavirus superspreader occasion final month. The Lengthy Seashore Reform Coalition and Folks of Lengthy Seashore accused Chief of Police Robert Luna of holding a gathering of roughly 300 cops Nov. 5 contained in the Lengthy Seashore Conference Heart, in response to the grievance filed with the Citizen Police Grievance Fee. The teams mentioned that the occasion was held “with out requiring compliance with Well being Division mandates related to social distancing and masks to forestall the unfold of COVID-19, thereby knowingly and willfully ordering a superspreader occasion to happen.” (Lin, 12/16)

Sacramento Bee:
Maskless Christmas Singalong With Kirk Cameron ‘Un-Christian’ In Pandemic, Mayor Says

Actor Kirk Cameron faces backlash over a Christmas carol singalong Sunday night time that he promoted as a protest in opposition to coronavirus restrictions. “Liberty and freedom are very fragile they usually include nice accountability,” mentioned Thousand Oaks Mayor Claudia Invoice-de la Pena, KABC reported. “Persevering with to carry giant gatherings and ignoring all tips, I really feel, is un-Christian.” In an Instagram submit earlier than the occasion — held in a Thousand Oaks shopping center car parking zone — Cameron mentioned the gathering would function a protest in opposition to coronavirus stay-home orders in California. (Sweeney, 12/16)

Bay Area News Group:
COVID Relief Checks: Will They Be Enough For The Bay Area’s Unemployed Workers? 

With one other federal stimulus bundle inside attain, some Bay Space employees — many who’ve been unemployed and struggling for months — are respiration a cautious sigh of reduction. However they fear the bundle, which can embrace stimulus checks of between $600 and $700, gained’t be sufficient. “You can provide me an additional $600 as soon as, however who’s going to assist me over the subsequent months?” Alma Cardenas, a single mom of two residing in East San Jose, requested in Spanish. “I owe $14,000 on my bank card even with unemployment.” (Kendall and DuSalt, 12/16)

LA Daily News:
9 Months In, How Are People Dealing With COVID-19 Stress? 

Despair, anxiousness, a sense of doom.COVID-19 has taken a heavy toll on households and companies because the well being disaster continues to surge. Scores of individuals are struggling to deal with the stress that may come up from sporting masks, social distancing, fixed sanitizing and the uncertainty of when their lives will return to regular. (Smith, 12/16)

Modesto Bee:
Modesto Nurses Charge That Change In Staffing Ratios Is ‘Not Safe’ For COVID Patients

Nurses at two Kaiser Permanente hospitals within the Northern San Joaquin Valley are protesting a state government resolution to permit extra versatile nurse-to-patient ratios as medical facilities wrestle with the coronavirus pandemic. The hospital business, together with state officers, mentioned the extra versatile ratios are vital as crowded hospitals take care of a critical scarcity of important care nurses. Members of the California Nurses Affiliation mentioned Wednesday the waivers are usually not protected for sufferers. Greater than 35 nurses held an informational picket exterior the Kaiser Modesto Medical Heart on Dale Street in Modesto. (Carlson, 12/16)

Los Angeles Times:
California Opens COVID-19 Field Hospitals Across The State

California is opening non permanent subject hospitals to assist with overflow sufferers as COVID-19 surges fill intensive care models throughout the state. The sector hospitals will take care of non-ICU sufferers in locations reminiscent of Costa Mesa, Porterville, Sacramento and Imperial; different amenities are on standby standing in Riverside, Richmond, Fresno, San Diego and San Francisco. (Lin II and Gutierrez, 12/16)

California Turns To Traveling Nurses, Help Overseas, As Hospitals Face Staffing Shortage

On Wednesday, Governor Gavin Newsom mentioned California is now seeking to different nations to probably fill staffing shortages at hospitals, as COVID-19 circumstances proceed to surge. State officers are additionally discussing the potential for bringing again the USNS Mercy hospital ship to the Port of Los Angeles. They’ve now requested 10 groups of 20 medical personnel from the Division of Protection. State Well being and Human Providers Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly says hospitals are often capable of fill shortages with out intervention from the state, by utilizing staffing firms for touring nurses. However these firms are already stretched skinny. (Pollack, Nguyen and Bushman, 12/17)

Los Angeles Times:
Unions Call For Emergency L.A. County COVID-19 Shutdown 

In a transfer that displays the desperation of academics, nurses, healthcare, grocery and lodge workers, their influential unions are calling for a strict month-long Los Angeles County shutdown in January to manage the raging COVID-19 pandemic, save lives and in the end enable for a faster reopening of faculties and the economic system. (Blume, 12/17)

LA Daily News:
More Southern California Kids Are Killing Themselves During Coronavirus Pandemic

Melinda Robbins was driving house along with her household in late August when she realized a former pupil had killed himself. “I cried all the way in which house,” the highschool language arts instructor mentioned. “His passing broke me. ”In spring, the boy left her class at Lee Pollard Excessive Faculty within the Corona-Norco Unified Faculty District and shifted to house education. “This isn’t the primary pupil that I’ve misplaced in my profession, and I hope and pray it will likely be the final,” Robbins mentioned. (Escobar and Yoarbrough, 12/17)

San Francisco Chronicle:
Feds Seize 10 Pounds Of Fentanyl In Tenderloin Trafficking Case, ‘Crime Family’ Accused

Kristen Marshall, supervisor of the DOPE Challenge, which manages the town’s overdose response, mentioned arresting “mid-level drug sellers” doesn’t scale back demand on the streets — however as a substitute prompts folks to hunt out medication from different sources, probably with totally different efficiency or a extra harmful provide. The arrests might dent the street-level marketplace for “perhaps per week, tops,” she mentioned, and people within the hurt discount group are “bracing” for the fallout. Final 12 months when Anderson introduced an analogous Tenderloin anti-dealer initiative, Marshall mentioned she noticed a slight, however non permanent, disruption out there, but additionally an uptick in overdoses. “Instantly after operations like that, it’s vital to know that it creates an inconsistent and chaotic market,” she mentioned. “We have now to let everybody know as a result of it will improve overdose threat and put together packages for mass withdrawal signs.” (Thadani and Cassidy, 12/16)

San Diego Union-Tribune:
San Diego’s Carlsmed Corrals $10 Million To Bring Personalized Medicine To Spine Surgeries 

San Diego’s Carlsmed, which obtained regulatory clearance final week for personalised implants utilized in complicated backbone surgical procedures, has raised $10 million in a Collection A spherical of enterprise capital funding. The ten-employee startup will use the cash to additional commercialize its “aprevo” implants for grownup degenerative scoliosis. The situation leads to curvature of the backbone that may result in decrease again and leg ache, amongst different issues. It impacts about 6 million adults within the U.S. (Freeman, 12/16)

San Francisco Chronicle:
‘This Isn’t The Golden State Of The Past’: California Is Barely Growing

The state added 21,200 folks within the 12 months that ended July 1, a development fee of 0.05%, in response to knowledge launched Wednesday by the state Division of Finance. That nudged California’s inhabitants to 39.78 million. It was the state’s lowest recorded inhabitants development fee since 1900. The earlier document for sluggish development was set only one 12 months earlier. Among the many causes: Extra individuals are leaving California than are shifting in from different states, immigration is down, births are dropping and deaths are up due to an growing older inhabitants and the coronavirus pandemic. (Gardiner, 12/16)

Los Angeles Times:
COVID-19 Drives California Population Growth To Record Lows

California’s inhabitants is now rising at its slowest fee in additional than a century. The California Division of Finance, which screens the state’s inhabitants knowledge, discovered that from July 1, 2019 to July 1, 2020, California noticed a web acquire of solely 21,200 new residents — a 0.05% development fee not seen since 1900. As of July, the state’s inhabitants was 39.78 million. Over that interval, Los Angeles County reported a web lack of 40,036 folks, greater than some other county within the state. (Smith and Branson-Potts, 12/16)

Motel Dwellers Say They Were Forced Into Homelessness—So The Motel Could House Homeless People

L.A. County was all set to buy its tenth vacant lodge and convert the property into housing for the homeless as a part of California’s new Challenge Homekey program, however there was one minor drawback: the Studio 6 motel in Commerce wasn’t vacant. Earlier this month, after the motel proprietor kicked everybody out, dozens of occupants claimed they’d been residing within the motel for months — and even years — and had been being compelled into homelessness. (Schrank, 12/16)

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