Wednesday, May 12, 2021 | California Healthline


Newsom Unveils $12B Plan To Fight Homelessness: In what was lauded as the only greatest funding any state has ever made to deal with homelessness, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday introduced a $12 billion proposal to create inexpensive housing, enhance psychological well being providers and fund different packages to get individuals off the road. Learn extra from the San Diego Union-Tribune, The Mercury News and AP.

3 Counties Ease Covid Restrictions: California well being officers promoted three counties to looser covid-19 restriction ranges Tuesday, two of them transferring into the least-stringent tier within the framework. Mono and San Mateo counties moved from the orange tier into the loosest tier, yellow. Madera County superior from crimson to orange. Learn extra from The Sacramento Bee. Continued protection, under.

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

Sacramento Bee:
More CA, Federal Steps Before COVID Vaccine Can Go To 12-15 

The Meals and Drug Administration has cleared Pfizer’s two-dose COVID-19 vaccine to be used in kids ages 12 to fifteen, however native well being suppliers are awaiting just a few extra procedural steps earlier than they’ll supply jabs or appointments to adolescents in that group. “By mid-week, the subsequent step is for the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) to make its assessment, in addition to the Western States Scientific Security Evaluation to independently assessment the FDA’s expanded EUA associated to the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine,” Sacramento County’s well being workplace defined in an replace to its COVID-19 webpage. (McGough, 5/11)

Bay Area News Group:
Vaccination Appointments Open On Thursday To All Age 12 And Older Californians 

Beginning Thursday morning, Californians age 12 and older can ebook COVID-19 vaccine appointments on the state’s My Flip appointment system. Throughout the subsequent a number of days and weeks, vaccines for kids additionally will likely be out there via many pediatric and household follow places of work, in addition to healthcare networks comparable to Kaiser, federally certified well being facilities and pharmacies that provide vaccines, comparable to CVS, Walgreens, Costco, Ralphs, Ceremony Assist and Albertsons/Safeway. (Krieger, 5/11)

San Diego Union-Tribune:
Adolescent Vaccination Could Be Available As Early As Thursday 

Some San Diego County establishments are poised to start out adolescent coronavirus vaccination as early as Thursday supplied Monday’s preliminary approval from the U.S. Meals and Drug Administration clears closing federal and state hurdles. Dr. Mark Ghaly, California’s secretary of well being and human providers, stated throughout a information convention Tuesday that as long as the nation’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and the Western States Scientific Security Evaluation Workgroup log off on the vaccine as anticipated Wednesday, the vaccination effort can broaden instantly. (Sisson, 5/11)

Los Angeles Times:
COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments For Californians 12-15 Could Begin Thursday 

COVID-19 vaccine appointments for Californians ages 12 to fifteen may change into out there as quickly as Thursday. If every part goes to plan, California’s MyTurn web site will start making appointments out there on Thursday morning, state epidemiologist Dr. Erica Pan stated. The timing for when different vaccine suppliers will start to supply appointments will fluctuate. (Lin II, 5/11)

San Francisco Chronicle:
Here’s Where Bay Area Teens Will Be Able To Get The COVID Vaccine

Bay Space well being departments and suppliers are gearing as much as vaccinate 12- to 15-year-olds, who’re poised to change into eligible for the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine as quickly as Thursday following the U.S. Meals and Drug Administration’s choice this week to permit the vaccine for use in adolescents. Now that U.S. vaccine provide is plentiful, increasing the pictures to adolescents will principally imply tapping the present vaccine infrastructure, with just a few tweaks. Vaccine clinics for adults and older teenagers will broaden to these as younger as 12. Drive-through vaccination websites will add lanes for the youthful age group. Some counties plan to deliver pictures to colleges. (Ho, 5/11)

Modesto Bee:
Stanislaus County Will Offer Pfizer Vaccine To Adolescents 

Stanislaus County plans to supply the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine to adolescents at public clinics however can’t start to do this till Thursday, well being officers stated. The FDA expanded the emergency authorization for Pfizer vaccine to younger individuals age 12 to fifteen on Monday. The Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention will meet Wednesday to think about suggestions for administering the two-dose vaccine to that youthful group. (Carlson, 5/11)

California Coronavirus Updates: Get A Shot, See A Shark: Long Beach Offers Tickets To Aquarium For Residents Who Get Vaccinated 

Town of Lengthy Seashore is providing tickets to the Aquarium of the Pacific as an incentive to beat resistance to COVID-19 vaccinations, in accordance with the Related Press. Lengthy Seashore will give two tickets to anybody receiving their first dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at city-run vaccination websites. Town stated Tuesday that the supply runs via Might 15. (5/11)

Los Angeles Times:
Hundreds In Orange County Protest COVID Vaccine Passports 

On the identical day that Orange County recorded a few of its most constructive coronavirus statistics up to now — nearing the least restrictive yellow tier within the state’s reopening blueprint — a whole bunch of protesters gathered to blast the Board of Supervisors for a proposal to create “vaccine passports,” or digital information that doc COVID-19 vaccination standing. The general public backlash started in April after the county introduced plans to launch a pilot program for credentialing. Virtually instantly, a vocal group of opponents expressed concern that the digital information could be used to “monitor” individuals and reveal personal healthcare info. Opponents additionally stated it could permit the county to favor residents who selected to get vaccinated. County officers have repeatedly stated the claims will not be true. (Smith and Vega, 5/11)

Los Angeles Times:
How Vaccine ‘Passports’ Became A Battle Cry For COVID-19 Conspiracies 

It’s a easy sufficient idea because the world begins its restoration from the pandemic: storing COVID-19 vaccination information on-line to allow them to be simply accessed on smartphones and different units. Backers see it as a way more environment friendly proof of vaccination than the paper slips issued by the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention. (Smith and Vega, 5/12)

Orange County Register:
Orange County Won’t Develop Digital Record For Showing Vaccination 

As county supervisors focus their efforts on additional boosting vaccination charges amongst residents, they made official on Tuesday pausing all work on creating an opt-in digital vaccine document individuals may present offering verification to a 3rd social gathering, saying the general public debate had change into “counterproductive” to the aim of encouraging extra individuals to take the shot. (Sheets, 5/11)

Los Angeles Times:
As California Gains The Upper Hand On COVID-19, Who Is Still Dying? 

Regardless of a statewide temper of optimism as extra individuals get vaccinated and case charges enhance, a mean of 57 Californians a day are nonetheless succumbing to the novel coronavirus. A median of about 12 of these day by day deaths are in Los Angeles County, in accordance with information from the previous seven days. On the one hand, that’s an enormous trigger for celebration. Through the worst days of the pandemic, California was seeing a mean of almost 600 individuals per day dying. However the sharp drop in deaths additionally raises a query: Who continues to be dying and why? (Smith and Karlamangla, 5/12)

Los Angeles Times:
Indian American Doctors Struggle With COVID Crisis Back Home 

India has change into the most recent epicenter of the coronavirus worldwide, as overwhelmed hospitals there deplete provides of beds, high-flow oxygen and mandatory medicines. In a single day final week, the nation reported almost 4,000 deaths. The dire state of affairs has been significantly laborious to look at for the big variety of Indian American healthcare staff who spent the previous yr battling the pandemic of their adopted nation. The American healthcare system depends disproportionately on Indian medical doctors, with 1 out of 10 physicians within the U.S. figuring out as Indian — nearly all of whom have been born in India, in accordance with census information. (Karlamangla, 5/12)

Los Angeles Daily News:
COVID-19 Case Rate Continues Falling In LA County; 18 More Deaths Confirmed 

The speed of latest COVID-19 infections continued falling in Los Angeles County on Tuesday, Might 11, with new state figures displaying the county nonetheless safely entrenched within the yellow tier of the state’s economic-reopening blueprint. The state’s weekly launch of county-by-county COVID metrics confirmed Los Angeles County’s common fee of day by day new infections falling to 1.4 per 100,000 residents. The speed final week was 1.6. (5/11)

The Bakersfield Californian:
COVID-19 Ticks Back Up In Kern County As Vaccinations Decrease 

COVID-19 has begun to creep again up in Kern County, halting weeks of decline. Within the newest weekly replace, the Kern County Division of Public Well being Providers reported the primary rise in coronavirus circumstances because the finish of the winter surge. On the identical time, vaccination charges have declined, making it tougher for officers to get the virus below management. (Morgen, 5/11)

Modesto Bee:
Stanislaus Has 2 More Deaths To COVID-19 And 39 New Cases 

Stanislaus County reported simply 39 new COVID-19 circumstances Tuesday and continued to maintain its hospital affected person depend down. Two extra residents have died from the virus, for a complete of 1,058 since April 2020, the Well being Providers Company stated. The brand new circumstances deliver the overall to 55,466. Stanislaus has 593,002 adverse take a look at outcomes and 53,955 people who find themselves presumed recovered. (Holland, 5/12)

San Francisco Chronicle:
Bay Area Reopens Some More: San Mateo County Moves To Yellow Tier

San Mateo County is advancing into the least restrictive stage of California’s color-coded reopening plan, turning into the primary Bay Space county to hitch San Francisco within the yellow tier. Sonoma County had additionally hoped to maneuver ahead Tuesday however fell simply wanting the state’s necessities for the ultimate reopening stage, which permits most companies to broaden capability indoors and lets many outside occasions resume. (Vaziri, 5/11)

Los Angeles Times:
Orange County Reaches Yellow Tier, Widest Reopening Ahead 

In one other milestone for reopening the Southern California economic system, Orange County is now inside hanging distance of its widest reopening based mostly on the state’s four-tiered, color-coded blueprint. In accordance with information launched Tuesday, Orange County’s fee of latest coronavirus circumstances — adjusted based mostly on the variety of checks carried out — dropped to 1.8 per day per 100,000, that means it may transfer into the yellow tier, essentially the most lenient class, as quickly as subsequent week, if developments maintain. (Smith and Lin II, 5/11)

Orange County Register:
Orange County Could Move To Yellow Tier By May 19 

Orange County notched a primary week of eligibility for the much less restrictive yellow tier, setting it as much as advance in reopening extra of the enterprise and the general public sectors as of Might 19 if its progress curbing the coronavirus continues. A county has to point out it could actually preserve the three metrics the state is watching in its tiers system below the brink for the subsequent tier for 2 weeks earlier than it could actually make the transfer.Leaving the orange tier for yellow would imply for numerous companies – together with bowling alleys, breweries, dance studios and film theaters – a lift in allowed capability from 25% to 50%. Elevated capability has already been allowed for eating places and most retail. (McCrea, 5/11)

Sacramento Bee:
Placer County Still In California COVID Red Tier For Business 

Placer County has been a pacesetter within the Sacramento area in getting its residents vaccinated. Practically 80% of these over the age of 65 have obtained at the very least one dose and almost half the grownup inhabitants is absolutely vaccinated. So why is the county nonetheless in one among California’s extra restrictive tiers for enterprise openings? (Sullivan, 5/12)

Why COVID-19 Tests Could Still Cost You $400 In San Diego County

Beneath federal legislation, insurance coverage corporations are required to pay the complete price of COVID-19 checks normally. But a survey commissioned by inewsource exhibits many native suppliers are charging a whole bunch of {dollars} that customers should pay upfront.The survey of fifty native testing suppliers discovered virtually half didn’t settle for insurance coverage in some or all circumstances, as an alternative putting the burden on prospects to pay upfront after which ask their insurance coverage corporations to reimburse them. It additionally discovered seven suppliers have been charging sufferers for medical visits or processing charges even when the checks have been coated by insurance coverage. (Castellano, 5/11)

Unequal Distribution: How Businesses In East Oakland And Other Communities Of Color Missed Out On PPP Loans 

Throughout the US, because the pandemic ravaged native economies, scores of small-business homeowners utilized for forgivable Paycheck Safety Program loans, a federal initiative that injected some $700 billion into companies as a lot of the economic system shut down. But, a Reveal evaluation of greater than 5 million PPP loans issued in the course of the first two rounds of funding from April via August discovered sweeping racial disparities in how that cash was distributed, with companies in largely white neighborhoods receiving loans at a far larger fee than these in neighborhoods with important minority populations. Such was the case on this stretch of East Oakland alongside Worldwide Boulevard, the place nearly 5% of companies obtained PPP loans throughout that interval, the evaluation discovered. (Bandlamudi and Inexperienced, 5/11)

San Francisco Chronicle:
How Will Historians Remember The Coronavirus Pandemic In San Francisco?

As we proceed to look again and wince on the metropolis’s hubris and negligence, we’ve reached the purpose within the COVID-19 pandemic the place we are able to dare to look ahead. A century from now, when virtually all of us are gone, what is going to Bay Space residents should say about our actions? The pandemic continues to be removed from over, with worrying variants circulating and continued tragedy unfolding in different elements of the U.S. and the world. However it’s also more and more clear that when the story is instructed, San Francisco will likely be famous for its successes, not its blunders. Officers say it has the bottom fee of deaths per 100,000 of any main U.S. metropolis. (Hartlaub, 5/12)

Sacramento Bee:
High School Graduations Planned In Sacramento, Placer, Yolo 

College students throughout the Sacramento area will don caps and robes on the finish of Might and early June and have a good time with their friends with in-person commencement ceremonies. In accordance with state tips launched on how you can maintain commencement ceremonies, college districts within the space have introduced plans to carry ceremonies with limitations: attendees needs to be screened for a fever and COVID-19 signs, six foot distancing is required, and there are strict limits on what number of tickets will likely be out there to every pupil. (Morrar, 5/12)

San Francisco Chronicle:
S.F. Is Rapidly Losing Care Facilities For The Mentally Ill And Elderly. But A Plan To Save Them Is Promising

Small residential care amenities just like the one at 628 Shotwell St. are disappearing at an alarming fee in San Francisco, placing susceptible seniors and adults with disabilities, psychological sickness or dependancy prone to homelessness with little entry to wanted remedy providers. In San Francisco, the variety of assisted dwelling amenities for seniors and adults with disabilities dropped 38% since 2012, with beds dropping 17%, in accordance with metropolis stories. Hardest hit have been the smallest amenities serving low-income residents. No less than 100 individuals have been ready to get a spot in a facility, in accordance with the latest depend. (Moench, 5/11)

Sacramento Bee:
Stabbings Spotlight Missteps In County Mental Health Program 

In courtroom information, victims say that call set in movement the tragedy on the Wellness & Restoration Middle, which offers treatment administration, drug and alcohol counseling, case administration, and remedy. The deaths have put a highlight on the triage system that funnels a whole bunch of individuals like Martin Lackey-Garcia into psychological well being or substance abuse remedy packages within the area. For the reason that stabbings, 19 individuals have submitted “public entity” claims in opposition to Sacramento County, a mandatory step earlier than taking authorized motion. Two lawsuits filed earlier this yr are blaming the county’s broadly used psychological well being entry staff who first evaluated Lackey-Garcia and the triage strategies they used to make the “inappropriate” referral. (Finch II, 5/12)

San Francisco Chronicle:
S.F. Proposal Would Allow Paramedics, Not Just Police, To Order Mental Health Holds

Paramedics — not simply law enforcement officials — may impose psychological well being holds on disturbed individuals in San Francisco below laws launched Tuesday. The proposal by Supervisor Ahsha Safaí would give about three dozen paramedics the authority to order individuals they consider are experiencing a psychological well being disaster and are a hazard to themselves or others to be held in confinement for as much as 72 hours. (Rubenstein, 5/11)

Sacramento Bee:
Sacramento Mental Health Provider Launches Robust Growth Plan 

Sacramento-based Neighborhood Psychiatry acquired an East Coast behavioral well being supplier as a part of an formidable plan to reshape and broaden how thousands and thousands of individuals will be capable of entry psychiatric care, the corporate’s CEO stated. Christopher Brengard, the chief government officer of Neighborhood Psychiatry, stated his firm had obtained a capital infusion from world funding companies within the fourth quarter of 2020 and was planning strong progress. The corporate introduced Tuesday that it had accomplished the acquisition of MindPath Care Facilities, based mostly in Durham, North Carolina, on Friday. (Anderson 5/11)

San Francisco Chronicle:
House Of Prime Rib Admits Its Meat May Have Gotten People Sick, Amid Deluge Of Complaints

The Home of Prime Rib has a problem with its flagship meat: The enduring San Francisco restaurant admitted on Tuesday that a few of its prime rib could also be related to stories of foodborne sickness. After a San Francisco Division of Public Well being investigation final month and new stories swirling on social media this week, the greater than 70-year-old restaurant stated on Instagram that it “not too long ago had an remoted situation with a few of our prime rib which was instantly found and addressed.” (Kadvany, 5/11)

Los Angeles Times:
Another Consequence Of L.A. Homelessness: 24 Fires A Day 

The angst in Venice is a part of a widening tableau of concern, anger and tragedy that has change into an on a regular basis consequence of homelessness throughout Los Angeles. Because the variety of tents, makeshift shelters and campers on Los Angeles streets has surged, so has the scourge of fireplace. Within the three years because the Los Angeles Hearth Division started classifying them, fires associated to homelessness have almost tripled. Within the first quarter of 2021, they occurred at a fee of 24 a day, making up 54% of all fires the division responded to. (Smith, Queally and Molina, 5/12)


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