Wednesday, February 10, 2021 | California Healthline

A Grim Covid Tally: California, essentially the most populous state, was poised to surpass New York because the state with essentially the most coronavirus deaths. The Golden State hit 44,974 coronavirus deaths on Tuesday, closing in on New York’s 45,140 deaths. Learn extra from the San Francisco Chronicle.

S.F. Bay Oil Spill Prompts Health Advisory: An oil spill Tuesday afternoon on the Chevron Refinery despatched a minimum of 100 gallons of oil, if no more, into San Francisco Bay waters. Residents had been warned of attainable eye, pores and skin, nostril or throat irritation. Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia stated Tuesday night time that the quantity leaked might be as a lot as 600 gallons. He famous that some oil appeared to have washed up on the town shoreline. Learn extra from the Bay Area News Group.

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Have you ever tried to get a covid vaccine? Confusion over eligibility, technical glitches and shortages are only a few of the problems  individuals face when attempting to arrange an appointment to get vaccinated in opposition to covid-19. Tell us your stories.

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

Fresno Bee:
COVID Vaccine: Fresno County Doubles Allotment For The Week

Fresno County greater than doubled its allotment of coronavirus vaccines this week. County public well being officers had anticipated to obtain 8,000 doses of the 2 vaccines for distribution — equal to the quantity it obtained final week. As a substitute, it obtained 19,000 doses, which it would work to distribute over the following seven days. Officers weren’t precisely certain the explanation for the rise, or if they’ll anticipate an identical allotment subsequent week. Native officers have requested the state to tell them about how a lot vaccine they’ll obtain over the following 4 weeks, which might assist with distribution plans. (Tehee, 2/9)

Orange County Register:
OC Won’t Start Vaccinating Teachers, Food Workers For At Least Two Weeks

Orange County will wait a minimum of one other two weeks earlier than providing COVID-19 vaccine pictures to educators, meals service staff and others who’re newly eligible below state tips, county Well being Officer Dr. Clayton Chau stated Tuesday. Feb. 9. The extra time will assist the county get via a ready record of individuals 65 and older who haven’t been vaccinated but, Chau informed the Orange County Board of Supervisors. Thus far, about 100,000 of Orange County’s seniors, plus many of the county’s well being care staff who wished pictures, have been inoculated, Chau stated – however these two teams collectively equal greater than 700,000 individuals, and vaccine provides proceed to be restricted. (Robinson, 2/9)

Teacher Vaccines In California Determined By Location, Luck

Trainer vaccinations have emerged as a central level of competition in California’s charged debate over reopening colleges as unions representing academics and college staff have listed vaccine entry as one among their calls for earlier than returning to campuses. However, confronted with a restricted provide and dueling precedence teams, a lot of California’s largest counties haven’t but begun providing vaccines to academics. And although some counties anticipate to start vaccinating academics inside the subsequent week or so, a number of others informed CalMatters that their provide’s shortage makes it troublesome to challenge when their educators might anticipate a dose. Some counties don’t anticipate to supply vaccinations to academics till a month from now or late March. (Cano, 2/9)

San Francisco Chronicle:
S.F. Teachers, Emergency Responders And Food Workers Eligible For Vaccine Starting Feb. 24

Lecturers and baby care staff, emergency responders, meals and agricultural staff in San Francisco shall be eligible to obtain the coronavirus vaccine beginning Feb. 24, San Francisco Mayor London Breed introduced at a information convention Tuesday. The expanded vaccine eligibility is “a very thrilling factor,” Breed stated, however famous that provide stays restricted. Presently, well being care staff, long-term care residents and other people 65 and older are the one teams eligible to obtain the vaccine in San Francisco. (Vaziri, Bobrowsky and Thadani, 2/9)

Bay Area News Group:
Marin County To Widen Vaccine Access To 65-Plus Bracket

Marin County will develop the pool of individuals eligible for coronavirus vaccines to residents 65 and older starting subsequent week, the county’s public well being officer stated Monday. The change represents the primary time that lots of the the roughly 33,000 Marin residents between the ages of 65 and 74 will be capable to e book appointments to get vaccinated. The county has thus far reserved its restricted provide of vaccine doses for residents age 75 and older, along with individuals residing in senior care facilities, well being care staff and different occupational teams. (Pera, 2/9)

The Desert Sun:
COVID-19 Vaccine: Palm Springs Convention Center To Become Vaccination Site

The Palm Springs Conference Heart will open as a COVID-19 vaccine website on Friday, in response to Dr. Geoffrey Leung, Riverside College Well being System-Medical Heart chief of household drugs. The transfer will take some strain off Riverside County’s vaccination website in Indio. Clinics on the Palm Springs website shall be operated by Healing Inc., and appointments shall be scheduled via Healing’s web site. Details about when appointments might be booked was not instantly obtainable. The conference middle was beforehand used as a COVID-19 testing website, additionally operated by Healing. (Sestito, 2/9)

The Bakersfield Californian:
County Unveils Drive-Thru COVID-19 Vaccination Site At Fairgrounds, Awaits More Doses Before Its Launch

On Tuesday, the Kern County Public Well being Companies Division unveiled what’s going to change into a serious a part of its mass vaccination plan: its drive-thru facility on the Kern County Fairgrounds. Practically three weeks previous, the fairgrounds website was carried out as a centralized location to get Bakersfield and the county vaccinated. The most recent piece to that puzzle is the drive-thru amenity which, when absolutely working, ought to be capable to accommodate about 3,500 Kern residents per day trying to get the COVID-19 vaccine. However the challenge received’t formally be operational till the county begins to get much more vaccine doses. (Gallegos, 2/9)

Los Angeles Times:
Mass-Vaccination Site Launches At 49ers Stadium In Santa Clara

A mass-vaccination website launched Tuesday at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, the place 15,000 persons are anticipated to be inoculated every day as soon as vaccine provides enhance. A joint effort between the San Francisco 49ers, who play their dwelling video games on the stadium, and the Santa Clara public well being system, the location will begin by providing about 5,000 pictures a day, county officers stated. NFL officers earlier this month supplied all of their stadiums to the federal authorities for use as vaccine-distribution websites, the Related Press reported. (Seidman, 2/9)

Bay Area News Group:
Coronavirus: California’s Largest Vaccine Site Launches At Levi’s Stadium

In a bid to dramatically increase the variety of residents receiving the coveted coronavirus vaccine, the 49ers and Santa Clara County on Tuesday opened Levi’s Stadium as what officers hope will change into California’s largest vaccination website within the coming weeks. On Tuesday, simply 500 individuals had been slated to get a shot, however that determine is predicted to rise to a number of thousand a day by subsequent week, and the stadium might accommodate as much as 15,000 appointments a day if California can get sufficient vaccine, which is presently very restricted in provide. “The aim is fairly straight ahead,” Gov. Gavin Newsom stated Tuesday morning throughout a information convention exterior the stadium in Santa Clara. “The aim is to design a system that has just one limitation: that’s provide,” (Webeck and DeRuy, 2/9)

California Uses ZIP Codes, Outreach To Boost Vaccine Equity

In California, which has prioritized seniors and well being care staff, Gov. Gavin Newsom has introduced a federal partnership for mass vaccination websites set to open subsequent week in Oakland and east Los Angeles, saying the places had been chosen to focus on working-class “communities which can be typically left behind.” “Our focus is on fairness, in and round that census tract, not simply ZIP code,” Newsom stated Tuesday. “I don’t need of us coming from everywhere in the Bay Space which can be nicely resourced, which have automobiles, for instance, that may get forward of the road, actually not simply figuratively, to reap the benefits of that.” Newsom additionally says a brand new state vaccine distribution system can pay suppliers to supply pictures in susceptible neighborhoods and communities of shade. Insurer Blue Protect of California will run this system and gather demographics on who’s getting the pictures. (Har and Taxin, 2/9)

Modesto Bee:
Stanislaus Officials Say COVID Vaccine Isn’t Fairly Allocated

Stanislaus County officers stated Tuesday the county is coping with the fact of not getting a proportional allocation of coronavirus vaccines for residents and important staff. Vito Chiesa, chairman of the county Board of Supervisors, stated the state is allocating extra vaccine to prosperous counties close to the coast, whereas Stanislaus struggles to supply the pictures to academics, agricultural staff and individuals who have front-line jobs serving the general public. Stanislaus has been capable of administer 9,433 doses per 100,000 residents, which is about half the doses administered in Napa County per capita, in response to the Los Angeles Instances vaccination tracker. Stanislaus officers say all of the doses allotted to the county every week are injected or distributed to permitted well being care suppliers. (Carlson, 2/9)

LA Daily News:
LA County Vows To Increase Equity For Coronavirus Vaccines In Hardest Hit Areas

One of many key facets well being officers tried to depend on to make sure the coronavirus vaccine reaches individuals in communities hardest hit by the virus concerned utilizing dozens of federally certified well being clinics specifically tailor-made to supply care in underserved areas. There was only one downside. The vaccines being administered at these well being clinics weren’t earmarked in any approach for sufferers who use the clinic or for different individuals within the close by neighborhood. As a substitute, a lot of these vaccination appointments have been snatched up by others, typically driving from miles away for coveted doses. (Rosenfeld, 2/9)

Los Angeles Times:
The Frantic Race To Curb Racial Inequities In L.A. COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

As stark disparities emerge in vaccination charges, L.A. County officers are jump-starting efforts to enhance entry for individuals of shade. Methods embody creating extra vaccination websites in addition to higher public messaging campaigns, enhancing entry to transportation and reserving spots at neighborhood vaccination places earlier than individuals from different components of the county can scoop them up. “We have now a whole lot of work to do to repair this,” L.A. County public well being director Barbara Ferrer stated Tuesday at a county Board of Supervisors assembly. “Nevertheless approach you chop this knowledge, it’s clear that in a few of our hardest-hit communities, there are populations that aren’t getting vaccinated on the identical fee as different teams.” (Vives, Cosgrove and Karlamangla, 2/10)

Modesto Bee:
Half Of California Prison Employees Are Reluctant To Get COVID Vaccine, Officials Say

Many California jail workers members have been reluctant to get their COVID-19 vaccination, in response to testimony from a senior California Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation official at a legislative listening to this week. “We had a really detailed on-line survey firstly of this (vaccination) effort. They discovered that about half the individuals need the vaccine now, and one other quarter stated ‘I’d prefer to see my buddy right here go first however I would like it,’” stated Dr. Joseph Bick, director of Correctional Well being Care Companies on the division. (Sheeler, 2/9)

Sacramento Bee:
CA School Reopening Deal Could Come This Week, Newsom Says

Gov. Gavin Newsom and the Legislature are getting near a deal on reopening elementary colleges and hope to announce a remaining plan this week, the governor stated Tuesday morning. Newsom stated he met with lawmakers Monday night time and that negotiations are progressing. A key sticking level has been vaccines, and whether or not academics will have to be vaccinated earlier than returning to lecture rooms. Trainer unions argue colleges shouldn’t require academics to return until they’ve been supplied the vaccine. (Korte and Bollag, 2/9)

Sacramento Bee:
Sacramento County Nets $60 Million For COVID-19 Efforts

In contrast to the earlier allocation from the federal authorities, this one comes with a whole lot of strings hooked up. The aim is restricted to public well being capabilities that the county remains to be sorting via. Dr. Olivia Kasirye stated the grant will enable the Sacramento County’s public well being division to substitute common fund income utilized in its funds with the brand new cash. Supervisor Phil Serna stated he hoped to keep away from the identical type of public spectacle created final yr when the county was given Coronavirus Aid Fund {dollars}. A choice by county directors to direct many of the cash to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Workplace proved controversial amongst residents who complained for months. (Finch II and Bizjak, 2/10)

Sacramento Bee:
Placer: Fewer COVID Deaths In January, More Vaccine Needed

The toll of COVID-19 on Placer County turned out to not be as lethal in January as public well being officers feared. Forty-eight individuals died of the virus final month in comparison with an all-time excessive of 80 in December, stated Dr. Rob Oldham, well being and human companies director and interim public well being officer for Placer County. Of those that died, 91% had a minimum of one underlying well being situation, in response to the county’s month-to-month epidemiology report. Oldham referred to as the downward development in COVID-19 exercise “excellent news.” (Sullivan, 2/9)

California Probes Whistleblower Allegations From COVID Lab

The California Division of Public Well being is investigating whistleblower allegations of mismanagement and incompetence, together with reviews of staff sleeping on the job, on the state’s new billion-dollar COVID-19 testing laboratory. Inner paperwork from the PerkinElmer-run lab north of Los Angeles element alleged issues like contamination inflicting inconclusive checks, swapped samples and inaccurate outcomes despatched to sufferers, in response to information obtained by CBS13 TV in Sacramento. Paperwork additionally reveal that some staff dealing with affected person specimens had been unlicensed and inadequately skilled, the report stated. (2/9)

The New York Times:
How Covid Overwhelmed One L.A. Hospital In California’s Worst-Hit County 

Over the New 12 months’s vacation, the grown kids of two immigrant households referred to as 911 to report that their fathers had been having problem respiratory. The lads, born in Mexico and residing three miles from one another in the USA, each had diabetes and hypertension. They each labored low-wage, important jobs — one a minibus driver, the opposite a cook dinner. And so they each hadn’t realized how sick they had been. Three weeks later, the lads — Emilio Virgen, 63, and Gabriel Flores, 50 — each died from Covid-19. Their tales had been hauntingly acquainted at Martin Luther King Jr. Group Hospital, by dimension the hardest-hit hospital within the hardest-hit county within the state now main the nation in circumstances and getting ready to surpassing New York with the best demise toll. Within the intensive care unit on Jan. 21, Mr. Virgen turned No. 207 on the hospital’s record of Covid-19 fatalities; Mr. Flores, simply down the corridor, turned No. 208. (Fink, 2/8)

Ventura County Star:
Long-Awaited Study Shows No Major Health Concerns From Water Wells On Oxnard Plain

The realm below research lies on the Oxnard Oil Subject, an expanse in jap Oxnard and southwestern Camarillo that incorporates greater than 370 lively, idled and deserted oil and fuel wells. It’s categorised by the state as excessive precedence for groundwater monitoring, a latest report exhibits. The USGS research was issued late final month, virtually two years after the Ventura County Board of Supervisors banned the drilling of wells utilizing the steam injection course of close to the Fox Canyon Aquifer, which provides consuming water for tons of of hundreds of county residents. The supervisors’ short-term ban in April 2019 was triggered by preliminary outcomes exhibiting petroleum-related gases of unknown origin in three irrigation wells on the Oxnard discipline. The moratorium was prolonged repeatedly however expired in December, the utmost size it might run. (Wilson, 2/9)

Sacramento Bee:
Domestic Violence Grew ‘More Lethal’ In Sacramento County Amid Pandemic, Officials Say

Sacramento County had eight deaths linked to home violence in 2020, up from two within the prior yr, in response to a report that the District Lawyer’s Workplace gave to the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. Daybreak Bladet, the assistant chief deputy district legal professional for the sexual assault and household violence bureau, stated that her group “rapidly acknowledged that the isolation of (the COVID-19) quarantine put home violence victims in a way more susceptible place — typically trapped inside the identical partitions and unable to speak for assist.” Amid the pandemic, Sacramento County District Lawyer Anne Marie Schubert devoted two of her Justice Journal podcasts to discussing how her workplace, regulation enforcement, community-based organizations and different district attorneys statewide are trying to succeed in males, ladies and nonbinary people who’re being abused of their houses. (Anderson, 2/10)

Southern California News Group:
California Man Sentenced To Prison In Erectile Dysfunction Drug Smuggling Scheme

A South Korean nationwide who lived in Fullerton was sentenced Tuesday, Feb. 9 to just about 4 years in federal jail for smuggling erectile dysfunction medication into the USA and promoting them as natural enhancement merchandise. Prosecutors with the U.S. Lawyer’s Workplace stated 62-year-old Nam Hyun Lee — additionally referred to as Daniel Lee — made hundreds of thousands of {dollars} from the scheme. He has been in federal custody since his arrest on October 31, 2018. Lee, who was residing illegally in the USA, pleaded responsible in September to 1 rely of smuggling misbranded medication, particularly Sildenafil, the lively ingredient in Viagra, federal authorities stated in an announcement. He admitted that 21.4 kilograms of that drug was imported into the USA from China. In a plea settlement, Lee additionally admitted to smuggling Tadalafil, the lively ingredient in Cialis. (Fausto, 2/10)

LA Daily News:
LA County Leaders Seek Faster Release Of FEMA Funds To Help Extend Hotel Rooms For Homeless

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday, Feb. 9, to foyer the federal authorities to extra rapidly fund the sheltering individuals experiencing homelessness in packages corresponding to Challenge Roomkey — if not present the funding upfront. The approval of the movement, authored by Supervisors Janice Hahn and Hilda Solis, comes on the heels of the Biden Administration’s announcement final month that the Federal Emergency Administration Company would supply 100% reimbursement, fairly than the everyday 75%, for native authorities spending on so-called “non-congregate” shelters. (Chou, 2/9)

Fresno Bee:
Fresno Considers Program To Reduce Evictions, Homelessness

Tenant activists are urgent the Fresno Metropolis Council to undertake a “proper to counsel” program, the place renters dealing with eviction could be supplied with authorized help, just like how public defenders can be found for felony defendants with out illustration. They are saying this system is essential in maintaining individuals of their houses and off the streets. Proof from cities with comparable packages counsel there’s reality to that declare. A 2018 research discovered that evictions in New York Metropolis contributed to a major and chronic enhance in homelessness, together with greater emergency room use. (Bergstrom, 2/9)

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