Tuesday, December 22, 2020 | California Healthline

Field Hospitals Open Amid Crush Of COVID Infections: With intensive care capability buckling below an unprecedented surge in coronavirus instances, California has opened 4 subject hospitals the place dozens of sufferers are being handled, and the state is bringing in a whole lot of extra well being care suppliers. Learn extra from the San Francisco Chronicle.

Desperately Seeking Nurses: A lot of California has exhausted its normal capability to workers intensive care beds, and the nation’s most populated state is desperately trying to find 3,000 non permanent medical staff to satisfy demand. State officers are reaching out to international companions in locations like Australia and Taiwan amid a scarcity of non permanent medical staff within the U.S., notably nurses skilled in crucial care. Learn extra from AP.

Under, try the roundup of California Healthline’s protection. For at present’s nationwide well being information, learn KHN’s Morning Briefing.

San Francisco Chronicle:
Bay Area Gears Up To Quicken Pace Of Coronavirus Vaccinations As Moderna Shipments Arrive 

Shipments of the Moderna vaccine, the second coronavirus vaccine to realize U.S. regulatory authorization, started arriving within the Bay Space on Monday as state and native officers geared as much as quicken the tempo of vaccinations. Marin County obtained 3,100 doses of the Moderna vaccine and 975 vials of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine Monday. UCSF is scheduled to obtain its first Moderna vaccines Tuesday. (Ho, 12/21)

San Diego Union-Tribune:
COVID Vaccine Reaches San Diegans In Nursing Homes; County Gets 20K Doses From Moderna 

A few of San Diego’s first nursing residence residents to obtain a COVID-19 vaccine bought their pictures Monday, whereas 20,000 doses of a second coronavirus vaccine from Moderna flowed into the county. The temper was festive at Birch Patrick Convalescent Middle, the place Carlos Alegre, 72, was the primary resident vaccinated on the nursing residence, which is a part of Sharp Chula Vista Medical Middle. Greater than a dozen nurses and workers members cheered when Alegre bought his shot. (Wosen, 12/21)

Pfizer And Moderna Test Vaccines Against UK Coronavirus Variant 

Pfizer and Moderna are testing their coronavirus vaccines to see in the event that they work in opposition to the brand new mutated model of the virus that is not too long ago been present in the UK and different international locations, in line with firm statements. “Primarily based on the info so far, we anticipate that the Moderna vaccine-induced immunity could be protecting in opposition to the variants not too long ago described within the UK; we will probably be performing extra checks within the coming weeks to verify this expectation,” in line with the Moderna assertion. (Levenson and Cohen, 12/22)

BioNTech CEO Confident Vaccine Will Work On UK Variant

German pharmaceutical firm BioNTech is assured that its coronavirus vaccine works in opposition to the brand new UK variant, however additional research are must be utterly certain, its chief government mentioned Tuesday. The variant, detected primarily in London and the southeast of England in latest weeks, has sparked concern worldwide due to indicators that it might unfold extra simply. Whereas there isn’t any indication it causes extra severe sickness, quite a few international locations in Europe and past have restricted journey from the UK in consequence. (Jordans, 12/22)

The Washington Post:
BioNTech Can Create Vaccine For New Variant In Six Weeks If Needed, CEO Says

BioNTech mentioned Tuesday that its coronavirus vaccine will doubtless be efficient in opposition to the brand new variant recognized in Britain, however {that a} new model may very well be developed inside six weeks if essential. Whether or not regulators could be prepared to shortly approve a slightly-modified model of the vaccine that has been cleared for distribution in america, Britain and European Union is one other story, CEO Ugur Sahin informed reporters at a information convention. However from a technical perspective, tweaking the vaccine co-developed with Pfizer would merely be a matter of changing one mutation with one other whereas the “messenger” molecule stays the identical. (Noori Farzan, 12/22)

Sacramento Bee:
Child Care Workers Should Be Prioritized For COVID Vaccines, Lawmakers Tell Gavin Newsom

As he holes up in a room in his home, quarantining from the remainder of his household after a possible COVID-19 publicity, Gov. Gavin Newsom joked that he seems like a “full-time purple carpet concierge” for individuals who need to know once they can get a coronavirus vaccine. “Everybody that does have entry to my direct e-mail and my textual content messages, asking about their aunt or uncle, a couple of good friend or member of the family, when are they going to be within the queue, when are they going to get the chance to be vaccinated,” Newsom mentioned throughout a press convention on Monday. “I’ll remind them, as I remind you … that now we have a public course of for vaccinations.” The Democratic governor has tasked a bunch of specialists with assessing who ought to be in line after medical staff and nursing residence residents get their pictures. (Sheeler, 12/22)

Capital Public Radio/KXJZ:
Central Valley Farmworkers Distrustful Of COVID Vaccine, Survey Suggests

For the reason that begin of the pandemic, Hernan Herandez and his staff with the California Farmworker Basis have been out within the fields of San Joaquin Valley, handing out tens of hundreds of face masks and administering COVID-19 checks to agricultural staff. “We’re testing about 200 to 250 farmworkers a day, versus prior to now solely having round 40 or 50,” mentioned Hernandez, government director of the Tulare County-based non-profit group that gives companies to the world’s agricultural workforce. He says at first, farmworkers had been hesitant about getting COVID-19 checks due to  “unhealthy advertisements” they noticed on-line, however now they’re extra snug. (David Romero, 12/21)

The Bakersfield Californian:
Questions About The COVID Vaccine In The Workplace? This Webinar Has The Answers 

Because the coronavirus vaccine turns into increasingly more broadly accessible, many employers throughout Kern County are questioning how their workplaces is likely to be impacted. To reply among the many questions that may inevitably come up within the subsequent few months, the Better Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce held a Zoom webinar final week, bringing in authorized and healthcare specialists to set native employers straight. Now accessible on YouTube, the webinar solutions among the most urgent issues enterprise house owners face. (Morgen, 12/21)

SF Gate:
New, More ‘Sticky’ COVID-19 Strain Not Detected In California, But Officials Remain On Alert

The brand new, extra infectious pressure of the novel coronavirus that compelled the UK into a brand new lockdown and drew journey bans from different international locations has not but been detected in California. Throughout his Monday press convention, Gov. Gavin Newsom mentioned officers behind the state’s genome sequencing initiative have been “proactive” in trying to find the pressure, however haven’t seen proof it has discovered its approach into California. (Ting, 12/21)

San Francisco Chronicle:
New Coronavirus Strain In The UK: Is There Cause For Concern In Bay Area?

Prime Minister Boris Johnson imposed powerful new lockdown measures, saying that the mutation is 70% extra transmissible than present strains, with British Well being Secretary Matt Hancock saying the variant is “uncontrolled” via London and southeastern England. The same pressure was additionally detected in South Africa, accounting for 90% of the infections within the nation. “We haven’t seen something associated to a brand new pressure but into the state of California,” Gov. Gavin Newsom mentioned throughout a press briefing Monday, however added that state officers are monitoring it intently. (Vaziri and Fimrite, 12/21)

White House Considers Covid Testing Requirement For Travelers From UK

The White Home is contemplating requiring vacationers from the UK to current proof of a adverse coronavirus check earlier than arriving in america, two administration officers inform CNN. The discussions come amid the invention of a brand new variant of coronavirus found within the UK and as a slew of nations have suspended journey. US public well being officers, together with Dr. Anthony Fauci, have mentioned they don’t imagine the state of affairs at present warrants suspending journey from the UK. (Diamond, 12/21)

Los Angeles Times:
COVID-Related MIS-C Illness Strikes More California Children

“It was identical to a nightmare,” Rosa Vasquez mentioned about her daughter’s 12-day hospitalization. “There was a time the place I assumed she was going to die.” Xitlali, which implies “star” in Nahuatl, was one of many first youngsters in Los Angeles County to be identified with multisystem inflammatory syndrome, a uncommon and doubtlessly lethal sickness generally known as MIS-C that infects youngsters uncovered to the coronavirus. Seven months later, no less than 45 youngsters within the county have been identified with MIS-C, and one has died. (Shalby, 12/21)

The Hill:
More Than 150 California Children Have Been Diagnosed With Coronavirus-Related Syndrome 

Greater than 150 California youngsters have been identified with a coronavirus-related multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C) all through the pandemic. The state Division of Public Well being has reported that as of Dec. 14, no less than 152 youngsters have been identified with MIS-C, a uncommon and typically lethal inflammatory sickness that scientists imagine can infect youngsters who’ve been uncovered to the coronavirus. (Coleman, 12/21)

Bay Area News Group:
Coronavirus: Gov. Newsom Says Stay Home Order Likely To Be Extended

With the latest surge in coronavirus instances, hospitalizations and deaths exhibiting few indicators of abating, Gov. Gavin Newsom mentioned Monday it’s “very doubtless” California will lengthen into 2021 the stay-home orders affecting most residents of the Golden State. The restrictions had been set to start expiring on the finish of December for some areas, however the state plans to judge capability in hospital intensive care items and different elements within the coming days that doubtless will imply extra time at residence. California for the primary time on Monday topped greater than 60,000 new instances in a day, in line with reporting by this information group, and was closing in on a mean 250 deaths a day over the previous week. (DeRuy, 12/21)

Los Angeles Times:
Coronavirus Stay-Home Orders Likely To Be Extended In Southern California

Sweeping restrictions on companies and actions are anticipated to stay in place previous their unique expiration date throughout a large swath of California, as the provision of treasured intensive care beds continues to dwindle within the face of an unrelenting COVID-19 surge, state officers mentioned. Although nothing is particular but, Gov. Gavin Newsom acknowledged Monday that the stay-at-home orders issued for Southern California and the San Joaquin Valley will in all probability must be prolonged. (Cash and Lin II, 12/21)

Los Angeles Times:
Fears Of A COVID-19 Christmas Surge Are Not Stopping Travel

Coronavirus testing facilities are seeing brisk enterprise, together with from some individuals who need to know whether or not they have the virus earlier than attending vacation occasions. And last-minute buyers are nonetheless out searching for that excellent reward. To the alarm of California well being officers, Christmas is wanting an terrible lot like Thanksgiving, when the place social gatherings put an already unprecedented surge of the coronavirus into overdrive. The Thanksgiving “super-spreader” occasions helped fill hospitals with COVID-19 sufferers, forcing extra restrictions on companies and pushing the healthcare community to the brink. (Smith, Lin II and Cash, 12/22)

San Francisco Chronicle:
As Coronavirus Raged, Sonoma County Did Little To Enforce Rules On Weddings With As Many As 100 People

Whilst Sonoma County has had the excellence of rating worst amongst Bay Space counties for the prevalence of COVID-19 instances throughout the pandemic, officers there have taken no enforcement motion on complaints about no less than 15 giant wedding ceremony gatherings. The county has heard of about two dozen weddings that didn’t meet COVID-19 restrictions, one with as many as 100 attendees; enforcement in some instances fell to different jurisdictions. No citations or fines had been issued to any of the gatherings violating state and county occasion restrictions, in line with the allow division that’s charged with enforcement, saying it wasn’t essential as a result of they had been “one-time occasions” that may be tough to implement after the very fact. (Duggan, 12/22)

Modesto Bee:
Stanislaus County Reels From Coronavirus Deaths. Hospitalizations Soar To New High

Stanislaus County is reporting eight coronavirus deaths per day, as native hospitals are full of sick sufferers and plenty of residents ignore a stay-home order within the days main as much as Christmas. An replace Monday afternoon recorded 10 new deaths, and COVID hospitalizations soared to 363 after a short dip to 315 hospitalizations on Sunday. Up to now seven days, 55 folks have died from COVID-19 in Stanislaus County, which has the third highest COVID-19 mortality price amongst California counties. Monday’s up to date depend pushed the county’s pandemic loss of life toll to 533. (Carlson, 12/22)

San Diego Union-Tribune:
Coronavirus Stay-Home Orders Likely To Be Extended In Southern California 

Sweeping restrictions on companies and actions are anticipated to stay in place previous their unique expiration date throughout a large swath of California, as the provision of treasured intensive care beds continues to dwindle within the face of an unrelenting COVID-19 surge, state officers mentioned. Although nothing is particular but, Gov. Gavin Newsom acknowledged Monday that the stay-at-home orders issued for Southern California and the San Joaquin Valley will doubtless must be prolonged. (Cash and Lin II, 12/21)

LA Daily News:
LA County Officials Warn Surge Upon Surge Could Come Next 

The staggering rise in coronavirus instances, hospitalizations and deaths throughout Los Angeles County in latest weeks may very well be a prelude an excellent grimmer situation, well being officers warned on Monday, Dec. 21, with the following two weeks — marked by Christmas after which the brand new 12 months — resulting in a surge-upon-surge that would power hospitals to activate disaster planning. That dire warning got here the identical day Gov. Gavin Newsom mentioned the area will doubtless stay below stay-at-home orders past subsequent week. (Rosenfeld, 12/21)

Los Angeles Times:
Orange County Obliterates Its COVID-19 Records

Orange County reported its highest each day variety of coronavirus instances over the weekend, the newest file to fall amid probably the most brutal barrage from a illness that’s now infecting, hospitalizing and killing Californians at ranges by no means seen earlier than. The 4,606 new coronavirus infections introduced Sunday shattered the county’s earlier one-day excessive of three,445, in line with knowledge compiled by The Occasions. There have been 3,000-plus new each day instances logged countywide solely 5 occasions all through your entire pandemic — all since Dec. 13. (Cash and Lin II, 12/21)

Fresno Bee:
Fresno County Ranked No. 1 Among U.S. Metro Areas For COVID-19 Spread, Says NYT Analysis

Fresno County ranks highest within the nation for metro areas the place the coronavirus pandemic is spreading the quickest, in line with an evaluation Monday from the New York Occasions. The record of metro areas with 50,000 or extra residents exhibits Fresno County’s inhabitants of 1 million on the highest spot within the prime 10 record, which is populated nearly solely by California and Texas cities. The record is adjusted for inhabitants dimension. (Miller, 12/21)

Fresno Bee:
Fresno County Adds 89 COVID-19 Deaths, Making December The Pandemic’s Deadliest Month

One other 89 Fresno County residents have died from points associated to the coronavirus pandemic, in line with the newest replace on Monday from well being officers. That’s a complete of 646 individuals who have died in Fresno County associated to the pandemic, in line with the primary deaths replace since Tuesday. The county mentioned Monday 2,188 new instances pushed the whole to 57,616. With 165 deaths thus far in December, the month is now Fresno County’s deadliest associated to the pandemic. The earlier file was 152 deaths in August. (Miller, 12/21)

San Diego Union-Tribune:
Addresses Of Outbreaks Across San Diego County Revealed 

Though well being officers often launch details about the variety of COVID-19 outbreaks which might be being investigated throughout the county, the particular areas have often been stored a secret. Till now. On Monday, the general public media station KPBS printed an investigation that exposed the addresses of 1,006 outbreaks that occurred between March and December. (Winkley and Schroeder, 12/21)

Here’s Where COVID-19 Outbreaks Have Happened In San Diego County  

Neighborhood outbreaks of COVID-19 have touched each nook of San Diego County and all kinds of institutions over the previous 9 months, however they’re most prevalent in large field shops, eating places and group dwelling conditions like nursing properties and jails, in line with county outbreak information obtained solely by KPBS. Should you’ve gone out in any respect because the pandemic first struck, you fairly doubtless walked into a spot the place an outbreak occurred, in line with the KPBS evaluation of 1,006 outbreak information courting from March via the tip of November. (Trageser and Stegall, 12/21)

Bay Area News Group:
COVID-19: A Slower Rate In The Increase Of Positive Cases 

Well being officers within the California opened Christmas week with a blended bag of stories: The typical variety of new COVID-19 instances within the state continued to creep up, however the price of enhance has slowed. The state’s seven-day common of recent instances barely elevated to 41,888 in Sunday’s reporting, up from 41,475 on Saturday, in line with figures compiled by this information group. Within the 4 earlier days, the common seven-day whole of recent instances was on a pointy upward climb, from round 32,000 to 41,000. (Hurd, 12/21)

Sacramento Bee:
COVID-19 Infections Rise At California Veterans Homes

The coronavirus has reached California’s state-run veterans properties, which had managed to maintain infections to a minimal via the 12 months. CalVet’s eight properties had 72 lively instances as of Friday, together with residents and staff, in line with the newest knowledge from the division. Thirty-three residents and 39 staff had been contaminated, in line with CalVet. The division doesn’t launch numbers for particular properties. Emails obtained by The Sacramento Bee for 5 of the eight properties present that extra staff than residents are contaminated total (numbers are included under). A house in West Los Angeles had probably the most infections amongst residents for the 5 properties, with 15 infections amongst 300 residents and 12 amongst 445 staff. (Venteicher, 12/22)

Child Care Providers And Parent Anxiety Rises With Coronavirus Case Count

Greater than half of all coronavirus outbreaks reported at baby care and early education schemes in Los Angeles County because the pandemic started have stemmed from the latest file surge in COVID-19 instances. There are 22 open investigations into websites with three or extra instances in workers and youngsters. Since June, 40 outbreaks have been recorded. “I need to give loads of credit score to all of our suppliers, or our childcare suppliers, they’ve executed an incredible job,” mentioned L.A. County Public Well being Director Barbara Ferrer at a media briefing final week. “For a lot of, many months, taking good care of babies, younger youngsters and utilizing loads of security and there have been very, only a few instances.” (Dale, 12/21)

San Diego Union-Tribune:
COVID-19 Outbreak In Office At Chula Vista Courthouse, Court Officials Say 

A COVID-19 outbreak hit an workplace of the Chula Vista courthouse, sending a number of staff into quarantine, San Diego Superior Courtroom officers mentioned. The reported unfold within the department’s felony enterprise workplace marks the primary group outbreak within the county courts because the pandemic started, Presiding Decide Lorna Alksne wrote in an e-mail to judges final week. (Figueroa, 12/21)

Los Angeles Times:
More Than 10% Of Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Personnel In Coronavirus Quarantine

Greater than 10% of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Division’s staff are in quarantine as a result of coronavirus, a quantity officers attributed to the explosion of instances all through the county. As of Monday, 655 non-sworn and 1,216 sworn personnel had been in quarantine after having examined constructive or having had a confirmed publicity, in line with division knowledge. The division has about 17,500 staff, in line with spokesman Lt. John Satterfield. Of these, greater than 10,100 are sworn personnel, in line with knowledge from early September. (Miller and Rector, 12/21)

Hundreds Of People At San Quentin Petition For Release As COVID-19 Surges

A Marin County choose might start ordering the discharge or switch of a whole lot of males incarcerated at San Quentin State Jail as early as Monday. Greater than 400 aged and medically susceptible incarcerated folks petitioned the superior courtroom for launch throughout and after an enormous outbreak on the jail this summer time that contaminated 2,200 folks and resulted within the deaths of 28 males. Lots of the males who’ve requested the courtroom for aid are age 60 and over, or have power medical circumstances that the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention has decided put them at larger threat of changing into critically ailing or dying from COVID-19. (Small, 12/21)

San Francisco Chronicle:
Rapid Home Coronavirus Testing Kits Are Finally Coming To The Bay Area. Why Did It Take So Long?

The brand new checks, which have smartphone apps that may assist customers interpret the outcomes and join them to well being professionals, will assist with what specialists say is an egregiously insufficient testing program within the Bay Space and across the nation. The difficulty is, the know-how comes too late for hundreds of people that contaminated others with out figuring out it. A whole bunch, if not hundreds, of deaths might have been prevented had the federal authorities acted earlier and authorised use of the know-how, which has been round for a very long time, mentioned Dr. Peter Chin-Hong, a professor of drugs and infectious illnesses at UCSF. “Every little thing is simply too late, sadly,” mentioned Chin-Hong, including that even he’s confused about the place to go to be examined and anxious about how lengthy it takes. “We must always have had testing way back. Lack of testing is without doubt one of the important the explanation why we’re right here, with the surge and lack of hospital beds.” (Fimrite, 12/21)

Los Angeles Times:
L.A. County Allows Churches To Meet Indoors

Los Angeles County officers have lifted a ban on indoor non secular companies after a collection of courtroom rulings involving homes of worship that argued that the pandemic-related restrictions violate non secular freedoms. Whereas county church buildings are once more permitted to carry indoor companies below the brand new coverage, introduced Saturday, they need to nonetheless adjust to different restrictions, comparable to social distancing and masks sporting. The loosened public well being pointers come amid surging coronavirus an infection charges and hospitalizations and as some church buildings proceed to defy public well being orders. (Cosgrove, 12/21)

Bay Area News Group:
Kaiser Permanente Workers Getting ‘Hero’s Bonus,’ Extended Paid-Leave Benefits 

Kaiser Permanente and 85,000 of its unionized staff have reached an settlement to pay staff a “hero’s bonus” in recognition of the hazards they face coping with COVID-19 sufferers. The healthcare big has annual efficiency incentive plans and bonus applications in place for the overwhelming majority of its staff — greater than 190,000 — however these are based mostly on the corporate’s capability to ship high quality care and enhance the variety of sufferers it serves. (Smith, 12/22)

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 docs. Medical specialists worry the shortage of Latino or Spanish-speaking docs might result in worse well being outcomes for the state’s Hispanic communities, who, thus far, signify greater than 700,000 COVID-19 instances and 10,000 virus-related deaths in California. (Bojorquez, 12/21)

San Diego Union-Tribune:
Health Care Rationing On The Horizon If Hospital Surge Continues, Leaders Say 

No one actually needed to speak about it Monday, however with hospitalizations projected to hit 100,000 statewide by the tip of the month, leaders reluctantly acknowledged Monday that they’re prepared to start rationing care if essential. Requested throughout a information convention whether or not plans had been in place for the day when all capability is used up and no extra surge maneuvers are attainable, Dr. Mark Ghaly, secretary of well being and human companies for California, famous that the state printed “disaster care pointers” in June. (Sisson, 12/21)

Fresno Bee:
Mixed Status Households Included In Federal COVID-19 Package 

Some households dwelling with family members with blended authorized immigration statuses are included within the newest federal COVID-19 aid package deal authorised by Congress on Monday. U.S. residents in mixed-status households had been denied stimulus funds below the Coronavirus Support, Aid, and Financial Safety (CARES) Act, handed in March, if a dependent of their family didn’t have a Social Safety Quantity. For instance, U.S. residents married to somebody with no Social Safety quantity had been excluded from the earlier federal aid package deal. (Bojorquez, 12/22)

Bay Area News Group:
Coronavirus Economy: California Unemployment Claims Backlog Rises

The backlog of unemployment claims that state authorities officers have didn’t pay to individuals who have misplaced their jobs in California is rising once more, grim tidings for staff to ponder forward of the Christmas vacation. As of Dec. 16, an estimated 683,200 California staff had been trapped in a bureaucratic limbo created by the state Employment Growth Division, which has battled with uneven success to whittle away a mammoth backlog of unpaid jobless claims. Essentially the most not too long ago reported backlog is a rise of 12,500 in contrast with Dec. 9, when an estimated 670,700 California staff had been caught within the EDD’s logjam. (Avalos, 12/21)

Southern California News Group:
Fentanyl Bill Reintroduced In California Legislature As Overdose Deaths Surge

Fentanyl is an affordable, artificial opioid — 50 to 100 occasions stronger than morphine — that’s pouring into California over the Mexican border, masquerading as different medicine and leaving carnage in its wake. With overdose deaths associated to fentanyl surging, state Sen. Pat Bates, R-Laguna Niguel re-introduced a invoice on Dec. 15 that may job California’s Lawyer Common with getting a firmer deal with on the issue and crafting coherent options. Modeled after an earlier legislative effort focusing on methamphetamine, Senate Invoice 75 would require the A.G.’s workplace to determine and chair a “Southern California Fentanyl Process Drive” to reinforce legislation enforcement company coordination, suggest adjustments to the legislation and produce a state-wide caliber of experience to the difficulty. It will cowl the hard-hit counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego. (Sforza, 12/22)

Orange County Register:
Disneyland Hosts Christmas Food Bank For Cast Members And Local Residents

Disneyland staff and native residents affected by COVID-19 layoffs and furloughs lined up in an in any other case empty forged member parking zone for a drive-thru meals financial institution aimed toward offering the necessities for a Christmas dinner and including a bit of vacation happiness to a tough 12 months. The Energy of One Basis hosted a Christmas meals financial institution on Monday, Dec. 21 at Disneyland for former and present Disneyland staff and different native residents impacted by pandemic-related furloughs and job losses. (MacDonald and Gritchen, 12/21)

San Francisco Chronicle:
Airbnb Suspends Or Removes More Than 65 Bay Area ‘Party House’ Listings

Trip-rental firm Airbnb introduced it has eliminated or suspended greater than 65 listings on its web site within the Bay Space in its newest transfer to stamp out “social gathering homes” which have resulted in previous mayhem. The corporate mentioned the listings had been throughout San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose and have obtained earlier complaints or violated the corporate’s coverage on gatherings. “The overwhelming majority of hosts within the Bay Space contribute positively to their neighborhoods and the native financial system, and so they additionally take necessary steps to assist stop unauthorized events,” the corporate mentioned. “Our actions at present handle the small minority of hosts who’ve beforehand obtained warnings about internet hosting responsibly or have in any other case violated our insurance policies.” (DiFeliciantonio, 12/21)

Bay Area News Group:
Nearly 200 Tombstones In San Jose Remember Homeless Lives Lost

Every gravestone was marked with the title and age of somebody who died within the county with no residence, from Dec. 1, 2019 via Nov. 30, 2020. The loss of life depend was 22% larger than eventually 12 months’s memorial — a disturbing pattern activists say highlights the necessity for metropolis and county leaders to do extra. “Each one in all these tombstones is crying out to us. Not simply to memorialize them, not simply to say their names — though that’s a superb begin in a society that has executed its greatest to erase them from our collective reminiscence,” mentioned Sandy Perry, an organizer with the Reasonably priced Housing Community of Santa Clara County and an outreach minister with CHAM Deliverance Ministry. “They’re crying out with the previous saying that claims don’t mourn. Set up.” (Kendall, 12/21)

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