Wednesday, April 28, 2021 | California Healthline


Newsom May Adjust Mask Mandate: California’s masks mandate will stay in place for now, however Gov. Gavin Newsom says modifications may very well be coming in gentle of latest federal pointers launched Tuesday stating that totally vaccinated individuals don’t must put on masks outside “besides in sure crowded settings and venues.” Learn extra from The Sacramento Bee. Continued protection, beneath.

LA County Gets Taste Of Yellow Tier: Los Angeles County’s every day price of latest covid instances fell low sufficient — barely — on Tuesday to qualify for a transfer to the least restrictive yellow tier, a momentous achievement for a area that was as soon as so ravaged by covid that it was thought of the epicenter of the pandemic in California. The county should meet the brink for an additional week earlier than it could possibly really advance. Learn extra from the Southern California News Group and Los Angeles Times.

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


USA Today:
CDC Updates Mask Mandates, Rules For Vaccinated People Outdoors


Absolutely vaccinated Individuals don’t must put on a masks outdoors, besides in crowded settings, underneath new pointers launched Tuesday by the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention. Throughout a White Home briefing, public well being officers stated totally vaccinated people can unmask whereas strolling, working, mountaineering, or biking outside alone or with members of their family. (Rodriguez, 4/27)


Los Angeles Times:
New CDC Mask Guidance Emphasizes COVID-19 Vaccine Benefits 


Within the eyes of U.S. well being officers, there are two teams of individuals: those that are vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19 and people who will not be. And so they’re stepping up their efforts to get unvaccinated Individuals to modify sides. New pointers from the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention relating to when individuals can safely shed their masks make the advantages of vaccination abundantly clear. As a substitute of specializing in the intense and probably lethal threat of COVID-19 to those that aren’t immunized, they emphasize the extent to which those that are can return to an almost-normal life. (Kahn and Kaplan, 4/28)


The Santa Rosa Press Democrat:
Vaccinated Sonoma County Residents In No Hurry To Shed Their Masks


Sitting on a park bench at Healdsburg Plaza, Lisa Budesa and her sister Julie Younger spent Tuesday afternoon in dappled shade and delicate breezes, listening to a neighborhood musician taking part in guitar within the close by gazebo. Budesa, 65, of Forestville, and Younger, 61, of Petaluma, each wore face masks, though they didn’t must. On Tuesday, federal well being officers eased pointers for Individuals who’re totally vaccinated in opposition to the coronavirus, saying they now not must cowl their faces outside except they’re in a big crowd of strangers. (Espinoza, 4/27)


CNN:
Six-Foot Social Distancing Rule Misses Bigger Risks, MIT Experts Say 


On the subject of being indoors, the six toes rule of social distancing misses the larger level of how coronavirus spreads, based on two Massachusetts Institute of Expertise specialists. On the subject of being indoors, the six toes rule of social distancing misses the larger level of how coronavirus spreads, based on two Massachusetts Institute of Expertise specialists. Whereas staying six toes aside can assist forestall the unfold of huge droplets of saliva or mucus that carry coronavirus and different germs, that distance does nothing to guard individuals from tiny airborne particles of virus known as aerosols, MIT engineer Martin Bazant and mathematician John Bush write in a report printed Tuesday within the Proceedings of the Nationwide Academy of Sciences. (Fox, 4/27)


CNBC:
Pfizer At-Home Covid Pill Could Be Available By Year-End, CEO Albert Bourla Says


Pfizer’s experimental oral drug to deal with Covid-19 on the first signal of sickness may very well be obtainable by the top of the 12 months, CEO Albert Bourla informed CNBC on Tuesday. The corporate, which developed the primary licensed Covid-19 vaccine within the U.S. with German drugmaker BioNTech, started in March an early stage medical trial testing a brand new antiviral remedy for the illness. The drug is a part of a category of medicines known as protease inhibitors and works by inhibiting an enzyme that the virus wants to copy in human cells. (Lovelace Jr., 4/27)


Orange County Register:
Orange County’s Three Main Coronavirus Metrics Remain Low, But Fall Short Of Yellow Tier 


Orange County’s progress in opposition to COVID-19 was combined this week as its newest pandemic report card – which determines the strictness of a county’s coronavirus-curbing guidelines – confirmed a slight acquire in a single metric and a minor setback in one other, based on a state Division of Public Well being replace Tuesday, April 27. However in comparison with extra dire durations of the pandemic, California’s public well being gauges present the coronavirus has slowed to a crawl amid a resurgence in different components of the world. (Wheeler, 4/27)


The Mercury News:
Map Of California COVID Tiers, April 27


4 California counties improved their COVID restriction standing with the newest reassignment announcement Tuesday. Mendocino moved into the yellow tier, and Glenn, Sutter and Amador to the orange tier. The looser restrictions in these counties will take impact Wednesday, April 28. (4/27)


Napa Valley Register:
Napa County Reports 2 COVID-19 Deaths


Napa County reported its first COVID-19 deaths in over a month — a person underneath age 65 who died out of county and a girl over 65 who died in county. These had been the county’s 79th and eightieth deaths since March 2020 and the primary deaths because the week of March 22. (Courtney, 4/27)


Modesto Bee:
Hospital Cases Of COVID-19 Increase Again In Stanislaus


Hospital instances of COVID-19 jumped to 118 in Stanislaus County on Tuesday, one of many highest counts in latest months. The 5 hospitals had topped triple digits for the primary time since March 12 with the 102 reported Monday. The figures stay properly beneath the 300-plus in early January. (Holland, 4/28)


Modesto Bee:
Stanislaus County Health Officer Predicts New COVID-19 Surge


As Stanislaus County retains making progress with coronavirus vaccinations and tamping down instances, its prime well being officer stated Tuesday she doesn’t see how California and its counties will keep away from a brand new surge of COVID-19 sickness. California stays on a path of totally reopening its financial system in mid-June and a few specialists consider that vaccinations and public precautions will reduce the affect of a brand new surge, if it does arrive. County public well being officer Dr. Julie Vaishampayan pointed to surges within the jap United States and in Michigan, and stated a rise in instances was making regular progress throughout the nation. (Carlson, 4/27)


KQED:
The Lasting Impact Of COVID-19 In San Quentin State Prison 


Final summer season, confirmed COVID-19 instances ballooned inside San Quentin State Jail. Now, with many incarcerated individuals and employees now vaccinated, infections are very low and the worst of the outbreak appears to be over. However the packages that many relied on earlier than the pandemic nonetheless have not  returned — and incarcerated individuals are nonetheless dealing with the scars of a traumatizing 12 months. (Katayama, Wolffe, Cruz Guevarra, Martos, and Montecillo, 4/28)


AP:
Young Boy Dies With COVID-19 After Family Travels To Hawaii


A toddler who traveled to Hawaii along with his vaccinated dad and mom has died after contracting COVID-19.The Hawaii Division of Well being stated Tuesday the boy is underneath 11 and had a recognized underlying situation. It was the primary coronavirus-related loss of life of a kid in that age vary in Hawaii. … The kid’s dad and mom had been totally vaccinated and had been examined for COVID-19 earlier than touring to Hawaii. (Jones, 4/28)


Los Angeles Times:
It’s Very Easy To Get The COVID-19 Vaccine In California 


It’s by no means been simpler to get a COVID-19 vaccine in California, officers say, with Los Angeles County and plenty of different counties now providing vaccines at some websites with out requiring an appointment. “This can be our first full week the place all people can simply stroll in, and also you don’t must make an appointment,” L.A. County Public Well being Director Barbara Ferrer stated Monday. “It’s very easy to get vaccinations now.” (Lin II and Cash, 4/27)


San Diego Union-Tribune:
No Appointments Necessary As County Vaccination Sites Invite Walk-Ups 


Decrease appointment demand drove the county to announce walk-in availability at 16 of its smaller vaccination places Tuesday, offering a brand new no-appointment-necessary choice for individuals who haven’t but acquired a primary dose. The county well being division introduced the daring step noon Tuesday simply after the U.S. Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention tweaked mask-wearing steering, stating that those that are totally vaccinated needn’t put on masks outside except they’re in crowds. (Sisson, 4/27)


Bay Area News Group:
Are Californians Really Skipping Their Second COVID-19 Vaccine Doses?


Hundreds of thousands of Individuals have apparently skipped their second COVID-19 vaccine doses, however precisely what number of in California did so stays unclear, partly as a result of the state’s disjointed vaccination system makes it troublesome to trace individuals who go to totally different clinics for his or her two particular person doses. Based on knowledge obtained by the New York Occasions from the Facilities of Illness Management, greater than 5 million individuals — or practically 8% of those that acquired a primary dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines — have missed their second photographs as of April 9. (Angst, 4/28)


Napa Valley Register:
To Regain Vaccination Momentum, Napa County Is Working On A New COVID-19 Strategy 


Napa County’s public well being officers realized that they had an issue after they assessed the disappointing turnout finally week’s vaccination clinics on the Meritage Resort. There was sufficient vaccine to provide first photographs to 11,700 individuals, together with youths 16 and older who had been eligible for the primary time for cover in opposition to COVID-19. Issues went properly that first day, with takers for practically all 3,000 obtainable doses, stated Janet Upton, the county’s public info officer. (Courtney, 4/27)


Orange County Register:
Orange County Officials Put Digital Vaccine Records On Hold 


How Orange County would possibly present individuals proof they’ve acquired a COVID-19 vaccine is in limbo, after county supervisors heard quite a few complaints alleging a proposed digital file would violate individuals’s privateness or permit them to be tracked one way or the other. In early April, OC Well being Care Company Director Dr. Clayton Chau stated the county deliberate to check a digital vaccine verification, seemingly within the type of a QR code that may very well be scanned, after which make it broadly obtainable to the vaccinated public. However on Tuesday, April 27, Chau informed county supervisors a pilot program for county staff wants their approval to maneuver ahead, and that it’s a coverage determination for the board whether or not to supply the choice of digital data to everybody vaccinated at a county-run website. (Robinson, 4/27)


Sacramento Bee:
CA Capitol Employees Asked To Submit Vaccinations Status 


Staff for the California state Meeting and Senate are being requested to submit their COVID-19 vaccination standing as a method to assess whether or not the constructing is able to safely reopen to extra individuals. In practically an identical memos despatched to staffers on Tuesday, Meeting Guidelines Committee Chief Administrative Officer Debra Gravert and Secretary of the Senate Erika Contreras requested staff and members to electronically or bodily submit their vaccine file playing cards to Capitol Well being Providers. (Wiley, 4/27)


Capital & Main:
California Faces Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Dilemma 


From Gov. Gavin Newsom on down, there’s normal settlement in regards to the standing of COVID-19 vaccination efforts in California. Except the state’s most weak populations are inoculated at charges that match their threat profiles, the considering holds, broad makes an attempt at stamping out the virus are going to fall quick. Among the state’s personal numbers counsel the scope of that problem. Via April 21, the latest day of knowledge obtainable, 30.1% of California’s doses of vaccine had been administered in what the state says are communities that already benefit from the healthiest residing circumstances. Amongst communities with the least wholesome circumstances, solely 21% of the state’s provide has been administered. (Kreidler, 4/27)


The Bakersfield Californian:
Kern Supervisors Approve Two New Psychiatric Health Facilities 


The Kern County Board of Supervisors have accredited development of two psychiatric well being amenities that officers hope will counter a rise in these searching for remedy. Nonetheless in an early section of the method, the Board’s unanimous vote on Tuesday permits Kern County Behavioral Well being and Restoration Providers to hunt out design corporations and financing for the amenities, which might add 32 beds to Kern County. (Morgen, 4/27)


USA Today:
Community Health Centers To Get $1 Billion To Become ‘State-Of-The-Art’ Facilities, Improve Equity


Lots of of group well being facilities throughout the nation can start making use of for a share of $1 billion in new funding for main development and renovation initiatives, the Biden administration introduced Tuesday. The Division of Well being and Human Providers, which supplied the data first to USA TODAY, stated the cash will assist meet President Joe Biden’s aim of enhancing fairness in battling COVID-19 and in offering well being care companies typically. (Groppe, 4/27)


Stat:
Biden Administration Will Let Nearly All Providers To Prescribe Buprenorphine


The Biden administration on Tuesday introduced it will transfer ahead with a dramatic deregulation of habit drugs first proposed by the Trump administration in January. The change would permit nearly any prescriber to deal with sufferers utilizing the drug buprenorphine, the simplest medicine for opioid habit. At the moment, docs, doctor assistants, and nurse practitioners should bear a separate coaching and apply for a waiver earlier than they’re allowed to prescribe the drug to sufferers. (Facher, 4/27)


NPR:
As Opioid Deaths Surge, Biden Team Moves To Make Buprenorphine Treatment Mainstream


The Biden administration says new federal pointers launched Tuesday will permit much more medical practitioners to prescribe buprenorphine, a drug confirmed to cut back opioid relapses and overdose deaths. The change lowers regulatory hurdles that critics consider sharply restrict use of the life-saving medicine at a time when drug deaths are surging. “We have now made this a lot simpler for physicians but in addition for different medical practitioners,” stated Dr. Rachel Levine, assistant secretary of well being, talking with NPR. (Mann, 4/27)


CapRadio:
San Joaquin County Takes Action To Lower Rate Of Black Mothers And Infants Dying From Pregnancy Complications 


San Joaquin County is taking motion to decrease the alarming price of Black moms and infants dying from being pregnant problems. African American moms are thrice extra prone to die from pregnancy-related causes than another race. Rally Round Our Sisters is a countywide consciousness marketing campaign on the health-related inequities dealing with African-American girls resulting in maternal and toddler deaths. In San Joaquin County, greater than 50% of pregnant Black moms are single, separated or divorced, in comparison with a median of 16% of white moms. (Ibarra, 4/27)


KCRA:
Latinos, Hispanics In CA Unable To Receive Mental Health Services


New knowledge reveals practically 4 million Hispanic and Latino individuals throughout the nation will not be receiving the psychological well being care companies that they want, and a few say it is even develop into a luxurious. Of that roughly 3.8 million, practically 1 million of them are in California. Hispanics and Latinos have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19 in California, accounting for the very best variety of optimistic instances and deaths. (De La Cruz, 4/27)


AP:
Burning Man Cancels 2021 Festival In Northern Nevada Desert


Burning Man organizers introduced Tuesday they’re canceling this summer season’s annual counter-culture pageant within the Nevada desert for the second 12 months in a row due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The San Francisco-based group posted a video on its web site that stated there are too many uncertainties to resolve in time to carry the occasion as scheduled Aug. 26 to Sept. 3 within the Black Rock Desert 100 miles (160 kilometers) north of Reno. (Sonner, 4/27)


AP:
Largest Firefighting Plane May Be Sold For COVID-19 Response 


As Western states put together for this 12 months’s wildfire season, the world’s largest firefighting aircraft has been grounded and may very well be transformed to assist battle in opposition to one other disaster, the COVID-19 pandemic. After investing tens of thousands and thousands into upgrading the World SuperTanker and its know-how, the income coming largely from contracts with the U.S. authorities and California didn’t produce sufficient revenue for the corporate to proceed the funding the tanker, stated Roger Miller, managing director at Alterna Capital Companions LLC, the funding firm that owns the aircraft. (Nieberg, 4/27)


The New York Times:
Daniel Kaminsky, Internet Security Savior, Dies At 42


Daniel Kaminsky, a safety researcher recognized for his discovery of a elementary flaw within the cloth of the web, died on Friday at his dwelling in San Francisco. He was 42. His aunt, Dr. Toby Maurer, stated the trigger was diabetic ketoacidosis, a situation that led to frequent hospitalizations lately. … Mr. Kaminsky’s generosity prolonged to his many facet initiatives. When a pal struggled with coloration blindness, he developed the DanKam, a cell app that makes use of a telephone’s digicam to decipher colours in any other case indecipherable to the colorblind. … When his aunt, a dermatologist, informed him that she might now not deal with under-resourced sufferers for AIDS-related pores and skin ailments, some probably deadly, in sub-Saharan Africa and Rohingya refugee camps, Mr. Kaminsky helped develop telemedicine instruments for the Nationwide Institutes of Well being and AMPATH, a well being challenge led by Indiana College that he sought to carry to San Francisco in the course of the coronavirus pandemic. (Perlroth, 4/27)


The Fresno Bee:
How Much Is Rent Relief Helping Californians?


A state legislation handed in January prolonged eviction protections for tenants via June 30, so long as tenants present they misplaced their earnings as a consequence of COVID-19 and pay 1 / 4 of what they owe. The legislation additionally allocates a whopping $2.6 billion in federal cash for hire reduction. Trejo, nevertheless, is one among many determined Californians who received’t profit as a result of her debt is to not a landlord. (Tobias, 4/27)



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