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Jeudi 25 mars
18 h 03 : Le comté de Sacramento à au moins un mois du niveau orange, selon un officier de la santé
Plusieurs comtés sont passés au niveau orange du système de réouverture du COVID-19 de Californie cette semaine, assouplissant les restrictions relatives aux coronavirus pour plusieurs secteurs d'activité.
Mais le comté de Sacramento est encore au moins un mois avant d'atteindre le seuil pour sortir du niveau rouge plus restrictif, selon le Dr Olivia Kasirye, responsable de la santé publique.
"La bonne chose est que nos chiffres continuent de baisser régulièrement", a déclaré Kasirye jeudi. "Donc, ma meilleure estimation est que probablement à la fin du mois d'avril, nous répondrons aux critères du niveau orange."
Selon elle, sur la base du plan de réouverture en constante évolution de l’État, le comté pourrait faire le pas après que la Californie aura administré 4 millions de doses de vaccin aux résidents vivant dans les zones les plus durement touchées par la pandémie. C’est à ce moment que le seuil des taux de cas de COVID-19 changerait, permettant aux comtés de passer plus facilement à un niveau moins restrictif.
Le comté de Sacramento enregistre actuellement une moyenne de 7,4 nouveaux cas pour 100 000 habitants. Actuellement, les comtés doivent avoir moins de 4 cas pour répondre aux exigences du niveau orange, mais cela tombera à 6 cas lorsque l'État administrera 4 millions de doses dans les zones durement touchées.
15 h 46 : Le Crocker Art Museum rouvrira le 8 avril avec de nouvelles expositions
Le Crocker Art Museum rouvre ses portes au public le 8 avril, après avoir été fermé, ouvert puis fermé à nouveau en raison de la pandémie.
Le musée sera ouvert quatre jours par semaine - du jeudi au dimanche de 10 h à 17 h. Le nombre d'invités sera contrôlé à l'aide de billets chronométrés. Les personnes intéressées peuvent commander des billets en ligne ou en appelant le (916) 808-1184.
Du dimanche 11 avril au 31 mai, le musée accueillera les dimanches de bienvenue avec entrée gratuite, mais les réservations sont toujours nécessaires et les visiteurs auront toujours besoin d'un billet chronométré.
Il y aura quelques changements aux opérations normales pour les invités. Conformément aux directives du CDC, de la Californie et du comté de Sacramento, les mesures de contrôle comprendront :
- Limiter le nombre de visiteurs à 25% de la capacité du musée
- Mettre en place des réservations de billets à l'avance
- Amélioration des procédures de nettoyage
- Obliger les visiteurs et le personnel à porter des masques faciaux
Parallèlement à la réouverture, quatre nouvelles expositions seront prêtes pour les visiteurs.
- Betye, Lezley et Alison Saar dans la collection Crocker (jusqu'au 15 août) : Cette exposition explore la transformation, l'autonomisation et la réutilisation des objets historiques qui caractérisent le travail de Betye Saar ainsi que ses deux filles, Lezley et Alison Sarre.
- Pays, ville et mer : peintures de l'école romantique hollandaise et de l'école de La Haye du cadeau Beekhuis (jusqu'au 2 mai) : Cette exposition présente les villes, les paysages et les rivages uniques des Pays-Bas, qui ont inspiré les artistes pendant des siècles
- Spirit Lines : Helen Hardin Gravures avec des œuvres de sa mère Pablita Velarde et de sa fille Margarete Bagshaw (jusqu'au 16 mai) : Cette exposition examine les œuvres d'Helen Hardin, pionnière des artistes amérindiennes qui souhaitent se libérer de la tradition
- The Edge of Elegance : Porcelains by Elsa Rady (jusqu'au 1er novembre) : Cette exposition est une introduction à Rady et un regard ciblé sur l'évolution de son travail, explorant sa transition de la création d'objets fonctionnels aux pièces élégantes et non fonctionnelles qu'elle est la plus connue pour aujourd'hui
15 h 25 : Les casinos du Nevada obtiennent plus de joueurs, mais les bénéfices continuent de prendre du retard
Les casinos du Nevada font revenir de plus en plus de joueurs devant les machines à sous et les revendeurs de cartes un an après le début de la pandémie de coronavirus, mais les gains des maisons sur le Strip de Las Vegas accusent toujours un retard en février,
Le dernier rapport du tableau de contrôle des jeux sur l'état critique a montré que les gains et les revenus des casinos de février étaient presque stables dans tout l'État par rapport à janvier et en baisse de près de 26% par rapport à février 2020.
Un analyste du conseil d'administration a noté que le Strip de Las Vegas représentait près de 92% de la baisse des gains mensuels des casinos à l'échelle de l'État. Jeudi, l'aéroport international McCarran de Las Vegas a déclaré que son trafic international de passagers était en baisse de près de 95% en février 2021 par rapport à février 2020.
12 h 23 : La Californie prévoit d'étendre l'admissibilité à la vaccination à 16 ans et plus d'ici le 15 avril
La Californie étendra l'admissibilité au vaccin à tous les résidents de 50 ans et plus à partir du 1er avril et à ceux de 16 ans et plus à compter du 15 avril.
Cette décision intervient alors que la Californie a réservé 2,5 millions de doses de vaccin par semaine à partir d'avril, contre 1,8 million de doses hebdomadaires actuelles.
"Nous sommes encore plus près de mettre cette pandémie derrière nous avec l'annonce d'aujourd'hui et les stocks de vaccins devraient augmenter considérablement dans les mois à venir", a déclaré le secrétaire à la Santé et aux Services sociaux de Californie, le Dr Mark Ghaly, dans un communiqué. "Cependant, nous n'en sommes pas encore là. Il faudra du temps pour vacciner toutes les Californies éligibles. Pendant ce temps, nous ne devons pas baisser la garde. Il est important que nous restions vigilants, que nous continuions à porter des maks et que nous suivions les directives de santé publique."
Le changement permettrait à la Californie d'ouvrir les vaccins à tous les résidents avant l'objectif du président Joe Biden le 1er mai.
12 h 08 : Le boulevard Del Paso voit de nouvelles entreprises ouvertes pendant la pandémie
De nombreuses entreprises de la région de Sacramento ont fermé leurs portes pendant la pandémie et des dizaines de milliers de personnes ont perdu leur emploi.
Mais dans un quartier de Sacramento, plus d'entreprises ont ouvert que fermé au cours de l'année écoulée. À North Sacramento, le directeur exécutif du partenariat du boulevard Del Paso, Daniel Savala, a déclaré qu'il y avait eu plus d'une poignée de nouveaux magasins ouverts. Nous avons un nouveau magasin de vélos BMX qui vient d'ouvrir ce week-end", a déclaré Salava. "Nous avons un magasin de planche à roulettes Dawg Pants. Nous avons un groupe passionnant d'entrepreneurs avec Go To Bed Clothing et Uptown Takeout qui ont complètement repris un pâté de maisons du boulevard Del Paso.
Savala a déclaré qu'il pourrait être plus facile de s'installer dans la région de North Sacramento en raison du loyer relativement bas. Pourtant, il a dit que quelques restaurants n'avaient pas encore rouvert et que la région avait perdu une galerie d'art.
11 h 53 : les demandes de chômage aux États-Unis tombent au plus bas depuis le début de la pandémie
Le nombre de personnes sollicitant des allocations de chômage a fortement chuté la semaine dernière à 684 000, le moins depuis que la pandémie a éclaté il y a un an, et signe que l'économie s'améliore.
Alors qu'à l'échelle nationale, le nombre de bénéficiaires d'un programme fédéral de prestations de chômage prolongé a bondi de 730 000 à 5,5 millions, la quasi-totalité de cela s'est produite en Californie en raison de son système de classement bihebdomadaire qui peut provoquer de fortes fluctuations d'une semaine à l'autre.
Un rapport du California Policy Lab la semaine dernière a illustré un autre facteur de complication : de nombreuses personnes ont postulé à plusieurs reprises au cours de la pandémie après avoir été licenciées ou licenciées, puis rappelées au travail, puis licenciées à nouveau.
Chaque mise à pied déclenche une nouvelle demande de prestations de chômage. Le rapport du Policy Lab a révélé que 75% des demandes de chômage de la Californie au cours de la dernière semaine de février provenaient de personnes qui avaient déjà été mises à pied et qui avaient demandé des prestations.
Pourtant, c'est la première fois que les demandes d'aide hebdomadaire au chômage tombent en dessous de 700,00 depuis la mi-mars 2020. Avant que la pandémie ne déchire l'économie, les demandes n'avaient jamais dépassé ce niveau.
Mercredi 24 mars
19 h 06 : Le comté de Butte envisage d'élargir l'admissibilité au vaccin COVID-19 à tous les résidents de 16 ans et plus
Le comté de Butte envisage d'étendre l'admissibilité au vaccin COVID-19 à tous les résidents âgés de 16 ans et plus.
La directrice de la santé publique, Danette York, a déclaré mardi au conseil de surveillance du comté qu'en raison de la baisse de la demande, il fallait des efforts considérables pour remplir les cliniques de vaccination.
"Une ou deux choses que nous avons constatées, c'est qu'à mesure que nous diminuons l'âge d'admissibilité, nous diminuons également le pourcentage de participation", a-t-elle déclaré.
Le comté de Butte a élargi l'admissibilité au vaccin vendredi aux personnes de 50 ans et plus qui vivent ou travaillent dans le comté.
16 h 09 : Les prix des maisons dans la région de Sacramento augmentent avec peu de maisons sur le marché
La valeur des maisons continue de grimper dans la région de Sacramento, avec des prix de vente médians atteignant jusqu'à 460 000 $ en février. Cela représente une augmentation d'environ 3,5% par rapport à janvier et une augmentation de près de 16% par rapport à février 2020.
"Nous avons une demande importante pour les maisons et très peu de maisons sur le marché par rapport à ce que nous voyons normalement cette année", a déclaré Erin Stumpf, président élu de l'Association des agents immobiliers de Sacramento. "Bien que ce ne soit pas une anomalie totale, il s’agit certainement d’une augmentation bien plus importante d’une année à l’autre cette année qu’au cours des cinq dernières années."
Le nombre moyen de jours pendant lesquels une maison était sur le marché le mois dernier était de six, contre 10 jours en février de l'année dernière.
Stumpf a déclaré qu'il était difficile de mettre une maison sur le marché en ce moment, la pandémie créant des obstacles à la progression du processus de vente. Même si le comté de Sacramento est passé au niveau rouge, les agents immobiliers ne peuvent pas inviter le public à l'intérieur des maisons à les vérifier.
15 h 51 : L'augmentation du budget du comté du Nevada laisse espérer une reprise économique post-pandémie
Les responsables du comté de Clark, dans le Nevada, ont prévu une augmentation de 18% de son budget à partir de juillet, un signe que les responsables estiment que l'économie se redressera progressivement après le ralentissement économique causé par la pandémie,
Le Las Vegas Review-Journal a rapporté mardi que la directrice financière du comté de Clark, Jessica Colvin, a déclaré que la croissance prévue des revenus reflétait également le montant que le comté, qui comprend Las Vegas, devait compenser.
Les législateurs ont approuvé un budget provisoire de 1,51 milliard de dollars pour le prochain exercice en juillet, moins d'un an après l'adoption d'un plan de dépenses de 1,28 milliard de dollars. Colvin a déclaré que les législateurs du comté doivent toujours réfléchir à la façon d'allouer des fonds dans le cadre du programme fédéral de relance économique.
10 h 35 : Les prisons californiennes vont reprendre les visites un an après le début de la pandémie
Les prisons de l'État de Californie reprendront bientôt les visites en personne limitées avec les détenus plus d'un an après leur arrêt en raison de la pandémie de coronavirus.
alors que le système pénitentiaire se stabilise après des épidémies qui ont tué 216 personnes incarcérées dans le système étatique et 26 employés.
La pire épidémie est survenue après un transfert bâclé de personnes incarcérées insuffisamment testées à la fin du mois de mai, qui a tué plus de deux douzaines et un agent correctionnel à la prison d'État de San Quentin.
Mardi, les responsables des services correctionnels ont signalé 31 cas actifs dans la population carcérale d'État et 331 membres du personnel infectés.
10 h 29 : Les masques et les gants sauvent des vies humaines mais provoquent une pollution océanique
Des masques jetables, des gants et d'autres équipements de protection individuelle ont protégé des vies incalculables pendant la pandémie, mais ils créent également un problème de pollution mondial,
Les EPI jetés jonchent les rues et envoient un afflux de plastique nocif dans les décharges et les océans, de sorte que des groupes environnementaux comme la Pacific Beach Coalition s'attaquent au problème sur le littoral, essayant de faire quelque chose à ce sujet.
Le groupe nettoie les plages dans et autour de Pacifica, au sud de San Francisco. Les bénévoles enregistrent ce qu'ils ramassent pour évaluer ce qui pourrait se retrouver dans l'océan.
Le président du groupe, Lynn Adams, a déclaré qu'il avait vu une augmentation spectaculaire des EPI jetés et s'efforçait d'attirer l'attention sur le problème.
10 h 21 : Le Dr Fauci dit que les États-Unis ne tournent pas encore vers la pandémie
Le Dr Anthony Fauci n'est pas prêt à dire que la nation a franchi le cap de la pandémie de coronavirus, alors même que 2,5 millions d'habitants se font vacciner chaque jour. Reste à savoir si nous allons ou non prendre le virage. "
Lors d'un briefing sur le coronavirus mercredi à la Maison Blanche, il a déclaré que le principal défi restait un niveau obstinément élevé de nouveaux cas quotidiens à travers le comté - oscillant autour d'une moyenne de 55000 et plus ces derniers jours.
Alors que les cas quotidiens sont certainement bien inférieurs aux 250000 cas quotidiens pendant la vague hivernale de pointe, la moyenne actuelle est encore inconfortablement proche des niveaux observés lors de la vague COVID l'été dernier.
"Quand vous êtes à ce niveau, je ne pense pas que vous puissiez déclarer la victoire et dire que vous avez tourné le coin", a déclaré Fauci.
Du côté positif, avec le groupe croissant d'individus vaccinés, il a souligné des études récentes qui montrent des taux négligeables d'infection à coronavirus chez les personnes entièrement vaccinées. Il y a également eu une baisse significative du nombre de personnes de 65 ans et plus se rendant aux urgences avec le COVID-19. C’est le groupe d’âge le plus vulnérable à la maladie.
Mardi 23 mars
17 h 45 : Certains districts scolaires de la région de Sacramento ne sautent pas pour adopter les nouvelles directives du CDC
Les écoles californiennes pourraient bientôt permettre à encore plus d'étudiants de revenir sur le campus en suivant les nouvelles directives des Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Mais tous les districts de la région de Sacramento ne font pas encore le changement.
Les nouvelles directives du CDC minimisent la distance sociale des élèves du primaire, leur permettant de s'asseoir à 3 pieds au lieu de 6, à condition que les élèves et les enseignants portent des masques à tout moment.
Cette norme de distance s'applique également aux collèges et lycées, sauf dans les comtés où les taux d'infection au COVID-19 sont élevés et dans les écoles qui ne séparent pas les enfants en cohortes.
Samedi, le département de la santé de Californie a modifié ses propres directives pour refléter celles des CDC. Mais peu de districts locaux sautent sur l'occasion de faire le changement.
Jusqu'à présent, Natomas Unified a annoncé que les étudiants auront la possibilité de retourner sur le campus cinq jours par semaine à partir du 12 avril. Pendant ce temps, d'autres comme Elk Grove Unified - le plus grand district scolaire du nord de la Californie - attendront de voir comment les plans actuels se déroulent pendant qu'il considère les changements possibles.
17 h 42 : L'écart de revenu pour l'accès au vaccin COVID-19 persiste
L’objectif de la Californie de rendre la distribution des vaccins plus équitable est toujours en cours. Mais alors que l'État s'est engagé à réserver 40% des doses aux communautés à faible revenu, un écart persiste.
Dans le comté de Sacramento, plus de 500 000 doses du vaccin COVID-19 ont été administrées. Mais près de 60% de ceux-ci sont allés à des résidents blancs, malgré ce groupe démographique représentant moins de la moitié de la population du comté.
Les données rapportées par Sacramento sont limitées et ne reflètent pas le nombre de coups de feu dans les bras de résidents à faible revenu. Cependant, en Californie, le département de la santé rapporte que 19% de tous les vaccins administrés sont allés à des personnes vivant dans les communautés les plus durement touchées par la pandémie.
En revanche, 30% de l’approvisionnement en vaccins est allé à ceux des communautés aux revenus les plus élevés de l’État.
Les responsables de la santé de Sacramento ont déclaré qu'ils travaillaient à une plus grande équité en matière de vaccins. Dans les semaines à venir, le comté lancera un troisième site de vaccination de masse - cette fois, dans le sud de Sacramento, le quartier avec le plus grand nombre de cas de COVID-19.
15 h 35 : Le comté de Yolo passe au niveau orange pour la première fois à partir de mercredi
Le ministère de la Santé publique de Californie a annoncé mardi que le comté de Yolo passerait au niveau "modéré" ou orange du système de réouverture COVID-19 de l'État.
De nombreuses entreprises comme les parcs d'attractions, les salles de jeux et les pistes de bowling peuvent rouvrir avec certaines restrictions. Sous le niveau rouge, les restaurants et les cinémas pourront rouvrir à l'intérieur à une capacité de 25%, tandis que les gymnases pourront rouvrir à l'intérieur à une capacité de 10%. Les musées peuvent également reprendre leurs activités intérieures à une capacité de 25%.
Après le 1er avril, les événements en direct en plein air avec des sièges attribués peuvent avoir jusqu'à 33% d'occupation maximum. Les travailleurs seront testés chaque semaine et seuls les visiteurs de l'État sont autorisés. Des choses comme les stands de concession seraient fermées et les achats ne pourraient être effectués qu'au siège.
"Passer au niveau orange pour la première fois représente un progrès considérable dans le contrôle du virus qui cause le COVID-19. Nous courons le risque d'annuler nos progrès durement gagnés si nous baissons notre garde ", a déclaré le Dr Aimee Sisson, responsable de la santé du comté de Yolo. "Alors que de plus en plus d'entreprises élargissent leur capacité intérieure, il est important que nous continuions à porter des masques, que nous restions distants de 1,80 mètre et que nous ne nous rassemblions pas avec des membres non membres du ménage afin de maintenir nos taux de cas de COVID-19 bas."
Le comté de Yolo est entré dans le niveau "substantiel" ou rouge le 24 février et a atteint les repères mis en place par le CDPH pour passer au niveau orange cette semaine. Neuf autres passent du "répandu" ou du violet au rouge, comme Kern, Nevada et Stanislaus. Les comtés passant du rouge à l'orange comprennent Lassen, Marin, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Trinity et Yolo. Seuls huit comtés restent dans le niveau violet, 39 sont maintenant dans le niveau rouge, neuf sont dans le niveau orange et deux sont passés au niveau "minimal" ou jaune.
11 h 20 : Problèmes de rapport sur le site Web du chômage en Californie
L'agence de chômage de Californie, le Département du développement de l'emploi, a signalé des problèmes intermittents sur son site Web,
Les problèmes ont entraîné des retards pour certaines personnes qui tentaient de certifier leur admissibilité à continuer de recevoir des chèques. Les personnes qui perçoivent des allocations de chômage doivent certifier leur admissibilité toutes les deux semaines en se connectant au site Web, en répondant à une série de questions par oui ou par non et à d'autres tâches sur quelques pages différentes sur lesquelles les utilisateurs doivent cliquer.
Un communiqué du département a déclaré que certaines personnes avaient commencé à signaler des problèmes à partir de dimanche. Le ministère dit que les personnes qui ne sont pas en mesure de certifier leur admissibilité devraient réessayer un peu plus tard.
La perturbation a provoqué la colère de certains législateurs républicains, le député Jim Patterson ayant déclaré qu'il demanderait un rapport complet sur le problème.
10 h 26 : les résultats du vaccin AstraZeneca COVID-19 peuvent contenir des "informations obsolètes"
Les responsables fédéraux de la santé américains affirment que les résultats d'un essai américain du vaccin COVID-19 d'AstraZeneca peuvent avoir inclus des "informations obsolètes", ce qui peut signifier que la société a fourni une vue incomplète des données d'efficacité.
Mardi, AstraZeneca a déclaré que les données publiées un jour plus tôt incluaient des cas jusqu'au 17 février et qu'elle continuait d'analyser les cas qui se sont produits depuis lors,
Le géant pharmaceutique multinational a déclaré qu'une analyse préliminaire des données qui ont continué à affluer était conforme à ce qu'il avait déjà rapporté. AstraZeneca a également rapporté lundi que son vaccin COVID-19 offrait une forte protection aux adultes de tous âges dans une étude américaine que certains espéraient aider à rétablir la confiance dans le vaccin.
10 h 21 : Les factures de services publics accablent certains ménages américains
Des millions de ménages américains sont confrontés à de lourdes factures de services publics en souffrance, qui ont toutes augmenté au cours de l'année depuis que la pandémie a forcé les Américains à se recroqueviller chez eux, ce qui a amené les familles à consommer plus d'électricité.
Le moratoire de la Californie devrait prendre fin d'ici la fin du mois de juin.
En raison de la fin imminente des programmes de moratoire sur les factures, environ 37 millions de clients - représentant près d'un tiers de tous les ménages du pays - devront bientôt tenir compte de leurs factures d'électricité en souffrance à un moment où beaucoup d'entre eux sont encore aux prises avec des problèmes. emploi ou revenu perdu.
Lundi 22 mars
18 h 50 : Les travailleurs californiens peuvent désormais prendre plus de temps de maladie pour des problèmes liés à la pandémie
Des millions de travailleurs californiens peuvent désormais prendre plus de congés de maladie payés pour des problèmes liés à la pandémie.
La nouvelle loi oblige les entreprises de 25 salariés ou plus à accorder à leurs travailleurs jusqu'à deux semaines de congé de maladie supplémentaire payé. Les employés peuvent utiliser ce temps de maladie pour mettre en quarantaine, planifier un vaccin, prendre soin d'un membre de la famille malade ou prendre soin d'un enfant dont l'école ou la garderie est fermée.
Les syndicats de travailleurs ont applaudi la mesure, mais les groupes d’entreprises et de nombreux républicains ont fait valoir qu’elle était trop onéreuse pour les entreprises déjà en difficulté.
Le sénateur de l'État démocratique, Dave Min d'Irvine, se dit favorable à ces entreprises, mais "d'un autre côté, c'est une bonne politique. Nous ne voulons pas que les travailleurs malades arrivent au travail ou soient confrontés à cette décision difficile entre manquer un chèque de paie ou perdre leur emploi. "
Les entreprises seront remboursées au moyen d'un crédit d'impôt fédéral sur la masse salariale.
La mesure est rétroactive, de sorte que les entreprises devront peut-être payer les travailleurs pour les congés de maladie déjà pris cette année.
18h20 : Curative prend possession du site de vaccination de Cal Expo
Le site de vaccination au volant de Cal Expo à Sacramento passera de la gestion de la santé publique du comté de Sacramento à son partenaire, Curative.
Curative prendra le relais d'ici le 19 avril et ne fournira que des secondes doses.
Le comté suspend temporairement les vaccinations sur le site, puis d'autres partenaires fournisseurs du comté interviendront pour terminer la série de premières doses jusqu'à la mi-avril.
Avec l'approvisionnement hebdomadaire actuel en vaccins qui est attendu, la capacité de Cal Expo sous curatif sera la même avec 3 500 premières doses et l'ajout de 3 500 secondes après environ trois semaines. Lorsque l'offre hebdomadaire augmente, il sera possible d'augmenter le nombre de vaccinations sur le site.
18 h 19 : Les Nevadans peuvent maintenant voir qui a influencé les législateurs en session législative
La législature du Nevada est toujours fermée au grand public en raison des préoccupations concernant le COVID-19. Mais ces restrictions ont également empêché l'État de suivre les activités de lobbying. Maintenant, après plus d’un mois et demi, les Nevadans pourront enfin voir qui a influencé les législateurs au cours de la session législative en cours.
En général, l'État publie une base de données des lobbyistes - avec les intérêts qu'ils représentent - en ligne. Mais les mesures de sécurité en cas de pandémie les empêchaient d'être enregistrés parce que l'ancienne définition d'un lobbyiste se limitait à quelqu'un qui comparaissait en personne.
Le changement intervient après que le gouverneur Steve Sisolak a signé la loi AB110 jeudi.
La nouvelle définition inclut toute personne qui communique directement avec un législateur au nom de toute autre personne, à quelques exceptions près.
15 h 39 : Certains restaurants et entreprises de Sacramento Midtown veulent garder leurs rues fermées
Alors que les restaurants de Sacramento passent à nouveau à des places assises à l'intérieur, certaines entreprises du centre-ville de la ville ne sont pas tout à fait prêtes à abandonner les espaces extérieurs qui ont surgi pendant la pandémie.
Les repas en plein air sont devenus une nécessité en raison de la pandémie de coronavirus. Au cours de la dernière année, deux blocs de rues près des rues 20e et K, ainsi que les rues autour du Capitole et de la 18e rue, ont été fermés à la circulation des véhicules pour accueillir les repas en plein air.
Maintenant que les choses s'ouvrent, certains restaurants veulent vraiment conserver leur configuration extérieure et continuer les fermetures de rues indéfiniment, selon Emily Baime Michaels de la Sacramento Midtown Association.
"Quand nous pensons aux villes que nous aimons partout dans le monde, nous pensons à ces expériences culinaires dans les ruelles", a déclaré Michaels. "Nous pensons être dans des patios qui débordent dans les rues, et Sacramento a eu un avant-goût de cela, et je ne nous vois pas comme étant prêts à abandonner cela."
Les responsables de la ville de Sacramento disent que les membres du conseil devraient approuver une fermeture permanente de rue parce que des choses comme l'équité et l'accès d'urgence devraient être prises en compte. Cependant, le conseil a prolongé une politique pour faciliter l'installation de places assises sur les places de stationnement dans la rue pour les entreprises.
14 h 55 : Les résidents du comté de Placer peuvent demander une aide à la location
Le comté de Placer accepte les demandes d'aide à la location d'urgence jusqu'au 30 avril.
Les ménages éligibles au revenu incapables de payer le loyer et les services publics à cause du COVID-19 sont encouragés à commencer le processus de demande maintenant. Le programme fournit une aide financière aux locataires du comté éligibles pour éviter l'instabilité du logement ou l'expulsion potentielle en raison de difficultés financières liées au COVID-19.
Ceux qui sont admissibles peuvent recevoir une aide financière pour le loyer impayé ou les services publics datant de mars 2020. Une aide supplémentaire pour le loyer actuel ou futur ou les factures de services publics peut également être disponible. Une nouvelle demande est requise pour les ménages si une aide financière supplémentaire est nécessaire.
Le programme paie directement les propriétaires et les fournisseurs de services publics.
"De nombreux habitants du comté de Placer ont du mal à rattraper le loyer impayé ou les services publics", a déclaré Amanda Sharp, directrice adjointe de la santé et des services sociaux du comté de Placer. "Ce programme peut les aider à améliorer leurs conditions de vie, à stabiliser leur logement et à accroître leur tranquillité d’esprit."
Les ménages intéressés à postuler au programme doivent avoir un revenu égal ou inférieur à 80% du revenu médian régional, allant de 48 350 $ à 91 150 $ selon la taille du ménage.
Les candidats éligibles qui sont au chômage depuis 90 jours ou plus ou moins de 50% du revenu médian de la zone auront la priorité.
Les candidats doivent également prouver qu’ils ont perdu des revenus, qu’ils ont été admis au chômage, qu’ils ont encouru des frais élevés, qu’ils ont connu des difficultés financières ou qu’ils risquent d’être expulsés en raison de la pandémie. Le comté encourage les propriétaires à promouvoir également le programme et à aider les locataires à postuler.
Les personnes intéressées peuvent postuler en ligne ou appeler le 211 Placer ou le 833-342-5211. Une fois la demande traitée, le propriétaire et le locataire seront informés de l'état de la demande et des prochaines étapes.
14 h 51 : Les villes frontalières américano-mexicaines luttent contre les problèmes économiques liés à la pandémie
Les petites entreprises des villes frontalières des États-Unis sont sous le choc des retombées économiques de la fermeture partielle des frontières internationales de l'Amérique du Nord,
Des restrictions sur les voyages non essentiels ont été mises en place il y a un an pour freiner la propagation du virus et ont été prolongées presque tous les mois depuis. Les petites entreprises, les résidents et les chambres de commerce locales affirment que le bilan financier a été élevé.
La vie a été perturbée dans des communautés où il est courant de faire des emplettes, de travailler et de dormir dans deux pays différents. Alors que de plus en plus de résidents américains sont vaccinés contre le COVID-19 et que les taux d'infection chutent à travers le pays, beaucoup espèrent que les restrictions seront bientôt assouplies.
11 h 24 : Sacramento City Unified, le syndicat des enseignants, parvient à un accord pour l'apprentissage en personne
Après de nombreux mois de négociations, le district scolaire unifié de la ville de Sacramento et l'Association des enseignants de la ville de Sacramento ont conclu un accord pour rouvrir et redémarrer les cours en personne le 8 avril.
Le nouvel accord comprend des changements au plan initial proposé par le district, comme le retour des étudiants plus âgés plus tôt que prévu.
Selon un communiqué de presse, les étudiants et les familles auront également la possibilité, en vertu du nouvel accord, de passer à un modèle d'enseignement hybride ou de rester dans l'enseignement à distance pour le reste de l'année scolaire.
Dans le cadre du plan annoncé précédemment, seulement 50% des élèves par capacité d'école suivront un apprentissage en personne. Les étudiants suivraient des cours en personne deux jours par semaine et feraient un apprentissage virtuel pendant les trois autres jours.
11 h 16 : De nouvelles écoles de Las Vegas rouvrent pour l’apprentissage "hybride"
Les élèves de trois autres classes sont retournés dans les salles de classe de Las Vegas, où le district scolaire du comté de Clark a poursuivi un plan par étapes pour reprendre l'enseignement en personne,
Environ 27 000 élèves de 6e, 9e et 12e année devaient revenir lundi après plus d'un an d'apprentissage virtuel en raison de la pandémie de COVID-19. Le directeur de l'école, le Dr Jesús Jara, a déclaré que l'objectif était que tous les campus rouvrent en août.
Les enfants d'âge préscolaire jusqu'à la troisième année sont retournés à la classe Mach 1 avec un horaire "hybride" de deux jours par semaine. La prochaine vague de réouvertures est prévue le 6 avril pour les classes secondaires restantes sous le modèle hybride.
Les élèves du primaire se verront plutôt offrir un horaire de cinq jours par semaine.
11 h 13 : le programme UNLV prévoit le lancement en personne
L'Université du Nevada, à Las Vegas, change de cap et prévoit désormais des cérémonies de remise de diplômes de printemps en personne en mai alors que l'épidémie de coronavirus ralentit. À l'origine en février, la remise des diplômes devait avoir lieu virtuellement.
Whitefield a déclaré dans une lettre aux étudiants et au personnel qu'il croyait fermement que l'université "peut offrir une entrée traditionnelle tout en adhérant aux directives de santé publique".
"L’obtention du diplôme est le point culminant du parcours éducatif d’un étudiant et constitue une étape importante dans sa carrière UNLV", a écrit Whitfield. "Nous devons tout mettre en œuvre pour offrir une expérience que nos diplômés méritent si largement."
Les deux auront lieu à 8 h le 14 mai et le 15 mai. Une troisième cérémonie pour les diplômés de 2020 aura lieu le 14 mai à 18 h 30. Chaque diplômé aura droit à jusqu'à quatre invités, et tout le monde doit suivre les directives de distanciation sociale et porter des couvre-chefs.
Dimanche 21 mars
15 h 05 : La Californie adopte une règle de distance de 3 pieds pour les salles de classe
Les étudiants des salles de classe californiennes peuvent s'asseoir à 3 pieds l'un de l'autre au lieu de 6 selon les nouvelles directives adoptées par l'État alors que les responsables de l'école découvrent comment rouvrir des campus fermés pendant un an pendant la pandémie de coronavirus.
Les recommandations de l'État annoncées samedi sont intervenues un jour après que les responsables fédéraux de la santé ont assoupli les directives de distanciation sociale pour les écoles du pays. Les Centers for Disease Control and Prevention des États-Unis conseillent au moins 3 pieds d'espace entre les bureaux dans la plupart des écoles.
Le Los Angeles Unified School District, le deuxième plus grand du pays, a déclaré qu'il s'en tiendrait à la règle des 6 pieds.
Samedi 20 mars
11 h 15 : Les Jeux Olympiques de Tokyo interdisent les spectateurs étrangers en raison des risques de COVID-19
Les Jeux olympiques et paralympiques de Tokyo de cet été se dérouleront sans spectateurs étrangers en raison des inquiétudes concernant le COVID-19.
Les organisateurs ont pris la décision lors d'une réunion virtuelle entre les différentes parties prenantes aujourd'hui.
Le Comité international olympique et le Comité international paralympique ont déclaré qu'ils respectaient pleinement et acceptaient cette décision
Vendredi 19 mars
17 h 37 : Le maire de Los Angeles dit que les vaccins par code postal auraient sauvé des vies
Le maire de Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, a déclaré que "de nombreux décès" auraient pu être évités si l'État s'était concentré plus tôt sur la vaccination des habitants des quartiers les plus défavorisés,
Garcetti also said Friday the federal and state governments haven’t given local officials like him enough freedom to inoculate who they feel are most at risk. his comments ultimately are criticism of the governor and his initial tightly constrained approach to inoculating residents by age and profession. m. : Federal relief delays tax break for California businesses
The California Legislature is delaying a bill that would give a tax break to businesses,9 trillion federal coronavirus relief bill President Joe Biden signed into law includes a provision barring states from using the money to pay for tax cuts.
A bill before the California Legislature would exempt some federal aid from state taxes. Gov.S.m. : CDC says schools can now space students 3 feet apart, rather than 6
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says schools can now space masked students 3 feet apart, rather than 6 feet.
NPR reports that the updated guidance, announced Friday, still calls for 6 feet of distance between adults and students as well as in common areas, such as auditoriums, and when masks are off, such as while eating.
NPR notes that the change is momentous as in many places around the country, the 6-foot guidance has been interpreted as requiring schools to operate on part-time or hybrid schedules to reduce class sizes. A 3-foot rule would allow more schools to open in person full time.
The revision was spurred by new research including a March study of Massachusetts schools given the option of distancing at 3 feet or 6 feet. The study found no substantial difference in cases.m. : Gov.
“We’re anticipating within 5 ½ weeks where we can eliminate all of the tiering, so to speak, and make available vaccines to everybody across the spectrum because supply will exponentially increase.
He made the remarks in response to a question about Bay Area counties having to cancel vaccine appointments due to a lack of doses. and “our only constraint is manufactured supply.”
“In a few weeks these issues will be substantively addressed,” he said.
Currently California is vaccinating groups including teachers, emergency services employees, food and agricultural workers, people over 65, people experiencing homelessness and some with serious health conditions. However appointment availability has depended on supply in each county.
The projection of 5 ½ weeks is just shy of President Joe Biden’s plan of making all adult Americans eligible for the vaccine by May 1.m. : Sacramento receives 20,000 more COVID-19 vaccine doses
Sacramento County has been receiving a steady count of COVID-19 vaccines in recent weeks, and on Thursday health officials said they received more than 20,000 doses of Pfizer Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.
That all could change when Blue Shield takes over California’s vaccine rollout, as the healthcare giant will make weekly allocation recommendations to state health officials. But County Health Officer Dr. Olivia Kasirye said she expects their allotment to remain the same.
“We have heard from them that there is a commitment to make sure that we get our vaccine,” Kasirye said. “And so we are working out some of the details on how that partnership is going to work.”
She added that the county averages about 15,000 new vaccine doses weekly, and with the federal government promising more vaccines on the horizon, more doses could be on the way.m. : Nevada exceeds 1 million coronavirus vaccine doses administered
More than 1 million coronavirus vaccine doses have been administered in Nevada, Steve Sisolak said the state had reached a milestone in its vaccination efforts, which includes people who have received only one shot and those who received the second dose required for some vaccines.
As of Wednesday, 360,245 residents have been fully vaccinated, about 12% of the state's population. New cases and deaths reported daily have plummeted recently as vaccines have been administered to high-risk groups, including seniors and front-line workers.
The state is preparing to expand vaccine eligibility on April 5 and lift restrictions in the months ahead.m. : Zoos and scientists working to stop human to animal COVID-19 transmission
Some measures include social distancing, health checks and a vaccine for some zoo animals,
When Kiki the meerkat at the Sacramento Zoo was found to have upper respiratory symptoms, she was tested early on in the pandemic, and was eventually placed back with her clan. Since then, to keep the zoo safe Sacramento zookeepers are continuing to use the same COVID-19 safety protocols for humans and their animals alike. However, another California zoo has had to deal with infected animals.
Coughing among the western lowland gorillas at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park earlier this year was the first warning sign. Soon, fears were confirmed, and a troop of gorillas became the first apes known to test positive for the virus.
Karen, a 28-year-old orangutan, became the first ape in the world to get a coronavirus vaccine on Jan. 26 at the San Diego Zoo. The two-shot vaccine from New Jersey-based veterinary pharmaceutical company Zoetis developed the animal-targeted vaccine.
Since then, nine other primates at the San Diego Zoo have been fully vaccinated, and four more animals will get their first shot this month and finish their second in April.
The outbreak was linked to an asymptomatic zookeeper, causing several gorillas to get sick, and one older silverback ended up developing pneumonia. Great apes like gorillas share 98% of their DNA with humans, so they are especially susceptible to the coronavirus, along with wild cats, domesticated cats and dogs, farmed mink, and at least one reported case in a wild mink in Utah.
Thursday, March 18
m. : Sacramento’s Loaves & Fishes to host two upcoming vaccine clinics for homeless
The Sacramento homeless shelter Loaves & Fishes is hosting two upcoming COVID-19 vaccine clinics for people experiencing homelessness.
The clinics, being hosted in partnership with the Sacramento Fire Department, will be Friday, March 19, and Friday, March 26, both at 7 :30 p.m. at the Delany Center Parking Lot.
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Homeless shelters in Sacramento County began receiving doses of the vaccine on Monday. Late last week, California made new groups of workers eligible for the vaccine starting March 15, including utility and transit employees, social workers and people who are homeless. Initially, the state listed unhoused residents higher in priority for the vaccine, but dropped that ranking in late January. in Sacramento. The most recent survey from 2019 estimated there are 5,600 homeless people in Sacramento County. m : Sacramento Zip Code Hardest Hit By COVID-19 To Get Mass Vaccination Site
South Sacramento, a neighborhood hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, will soon have its own mass vaccination site dedicated to inoculating hundreds of residents daily, according to county public health officials.
The exact location of the large-scale site is still unclear, but officials said Thursday that it would be in the 95823 zip code, which encompases neighborhoods south of 47th Avenue down to Calvine Road and Center Parkway.
“We’re looking at several different locations … I’m not sure that it’s been for sure decided, I guess I can say. We’re still in negotiation,” said Rachel Allen, the county’s immunization coordinator.
In a follow up email, county spokesperson Brenda Bongiorno told CapRadio that they are “actively looking at sites that are available and logistically feasible for drive-thru/walk-up as pop-ups and permanent sites.”
She added : “At this time it’s still being worked out – once the pieces come together, it will be pretty quick to stand up a site.”
South Sacramento makes up nearly 7% of the county's COVID-19 cases, with nearly 6,500 residents testing positive. About 96,000 people in Sacramento County have tested positive and 1,565 people have died from COVID-19.m. : Cinemark and AMC Theatres are reopening in California
Both Cinemark and AMC Theatres are slated to open up nearly all of their California locations on Friday now that the vast majority of the state is in the red coronavirus tier.
At Cinemark, their theaters have been closed for about three months, and without many new films to show due to Hollywood shutting down during the pandemic, the chain is filling the void with modern classics like "Thelma and Louise" and "A League Of Their Own."
“We have the auditorium and screen space to bring back some of those really fun films while we await a real steady stream of compelling new content,” Cinemark Senior Public Relations Manager Caitlin Piper said.
Piper also said that the movie theater chain has instituted new safety and sanitizing protocols like disinfecting auditoriums between showtimes, requiring face masks, and limiting capacities to maximize physical distancing.
“This person’s sole job is to make sure that health and safety protocols are being implemented,” Piper said. S. movie theaters open on Friday after many reopen in California,
By Monday, AMC is expected to open 52 out of 54 California locations once proper local approvals are in place. m. : So now that I'm vaccinated, what can I safely do ? Scientists say keep wearing a mask.
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People who've been vaccinated for COVID-19 can enjoy small gatherings again but should keep wearing a mask and social distance in public.
They can also meet with unvaccinated people from one household at a time if the unvaccinated people are considered low risk for developing severe illness.
A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the last required dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. For now, the CDC is still discouraging unnecessary travel for vaccinated people.m. : US unemployment claims rise to 770,000, layoffs still high
The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits rose last week to 770. even as much of the U.S. economy is steadily recovering from the coronavirus recession. While numbers have dropped sharply since the depths of the recession last spring, these figures show that employers in some industries continue to lay off workers.
Before the pandemic struck, applications for unemployment aid never topped 700,000 in any one week. The four-week average of claims, which smooths out any weekly variations, dropped to 746,000, the lowest rate since late November.
Wednesday, March 17
m. : Yuba County remains in most restrictive purple tier for COVID cases
California health officials loosened restrictions yesterday on restaurants, gyms, and several other business sectors in 11 more counties. But others who anticipated moving into the red tier failed to meet the criteria.
Yuba County shares a health officer with Sutter County and also typically shares policies governing COVID-19. But while Sutter advanced to the red tier this week, Yuba remained in the most restrictive purple tier.
She says they were surprised not to meet the state’s new threshold of fewer than ten new daily cases per 100,000 residents. “Really between Sutter County and Yuba County it’s just a matter of a couple of cases per day, obviously it makes a load of difference.
Rosenbaum hopes Yuba County will meet the criteria to join Sutter in the less restrictive red tier next week.m. : Tahoe leaders say the region has become too reliant on tourists
Tahoe economic leaders say the region has become too reliant on tourists who don't have enough respect for the area.
"We want our tourists to take care of Tahoe,” said Heidi Hill Drum, head of the Tahoe Prosperity Center. “We don't want them driving up and leaving their plastic sleds on the sledding hill, that happens all the time.
The Tahoe Prosperity Center is a nonprofit that works to develop the region's economy.
Hill Drum said her agency got a federal grant for more than $100,000 to come up with a Tahoe basin-wide economic resilience plan.
"We can't magically make a unicorn fix our economy, we have to look at our regional economy as it is now and figure out how to grow in the economic clusters that are not related to tourism," she said.
She says that could include building up the region's other industries, including health and wellness, environmental innovation, construction and green building. m. : UC Davis Health official is hopeful that St. Patrick’s Day will not trigger COVID-19 cases Patrick's Day and now that Sacramento was placed back in the red tier yesterday restaurants and bars have been authorized to reopen with capacity limits. Dean Blumberg, chief of pediatric infectious diseases at UC Davis Health, says people who go out to celebrate today might trigger additional COVID-19 cases
“But what I'm hoping is that most people, who are having those kind of risky behaviors, that they've been doing this all along and maybe that pool of people have already been infected,” he said. “So I'm hopeful that going forward that these kind of holidays and gatherings won't lead to the surges that we've seen in the past.”
He says right now, the number of patients admitted with COVID to the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento is way down, and so is the number of patients on ventilators in the intensive care unit.
3 :00 p.m. : Nevada announcing revised vaccine timeline
The number of new coronavirus cases and deaths continues to be far fewer in the state than in the prior months when Nevada experienced a surge. Roughly 360,000 Nevadans have been fully vaccinated, which is about 11.8% of their total population.
President Joe Biden announced plans last week to make all Americans 18 and older eligible for vaccines within two months. Governors throughout the U.S. are now working to ensure their vaccine plans will allow all adults in their states to be eligible by May 1.m. : How well do COVID-19 vaccines protect after an organ transplant ? Studies are mixed.
A new study is raising questions about how well the COVID-19 vaccines protect organ transplant recipients.
Johns Hopkins University researchers tested about 400 transplant recipients a few weeks after their first vaccine dose and found just 17% had antibodies against the virus. Most people with strong immune systems start building protection right away.
Researchers hope the second dose works better for transplant recipients, but they should ask their doctors when it’s safe to relax virus precautions after vaccination until more is known.
2 :48 p.m. : IRS delaying filing due date to mid-May
The IRS will delay the traditional April 15 tax filing due date until May 17 to cope with added duties and provide Americans more flexibility.
The move offers more breathing room for taxpayers and IRS employees alike to cope with changes brought on by the pandemic.
The decision postpones when individual taxpayers must file their return and when their payment is due. The IRS said taxpayers who owe money would not face any further penalties or interest if they pay by May 17.m. : Disneyland, Disney California Adventure reopening end of April
Disney will reopen its theme parks in California at the end of April after remaining closed for more than a year due to the coronavirus pandemic,
Disneyland announced Wednesday that both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure will reopen on April 30 with limited capacity.
Under current state guidelines, only California residents can attend the parks. All visitors ages 3 and older will require a reservation. Events that draw large group gatherings, such as parades, will not resume immediately. The parks in Southern California closed on March 14, 2020, due to the, at the time, still-nascent coronavirus pandemic.m. : Family of formerly incarcerated person sues state corrections over his coronavirus-related death
The family of a 61-year-old Californian who was incarcerated in state prison when he contracted COVID-19 has died, and now his family is suing state corrections officials.
His family’s attorneys said it’s the first such federal civil rights lawsuit stemming from officials’ decision to transfer 122 people from the California Institute for Men near Los Angeles to the prison north of San Francisco in late May.
A class-action lawsuit is pending in Marin County Superior Court on behalf of other COVID-infected people who are incarcerated at San Quentin, in what state officials have acknowledged was a disastrous transfer.m. : State parks so popular during pandemic, parking lots are filled to capacity
While California state park officials are pleased that residents are getting outdoors during the pandemic, increased interest in trails, wildflowers and waterfalls doesn’t mean additional park resources.
While many of California’s 280 state parks have plenty of room for social distance, some have become too popular for parking lots, facilities and trails. One of those impacted parks ? McArthur Burney Falls.
Located an hour north of Redding, its 129-foot waterfall and short hikes have made it popular for visits from across the state and beyond, according to the Northern Buttes District Superintendent Matt Teague.
“Expect delays if you go to the highly demanded parks where we’re seeing the increases in visitation that expect traffic,” Teague said. “Expect delays and, in some cases, like McArthur Burney Falls. There could be a chance where if you visit on a Saturday, Sunday, or holiday, that you may not be able to get into the park.”
While statewide numbers were not available and will be complicated by pandemic closures, in 2020 Burney Falls saw record day-use attendance. With just over 322,000 guests, visitation was up nearly 55% over 2019. In January, the park saw 12,500 guests, more than triple the average number of guests for that month.
Teague said park visitors should do their research and seek out less crowded parks or to try and visit during off-peak hours.
Tuesday, March 16
m. : Organization recorded nearly 4,000 hate incidents against Asian and Pacific Islanders over the past year
An organization tracking anti-Asian harassment and violence across the country says it recorded nearly 4,000 hate incidents against Asian and Pacific Islanders over the past year.
The new data from Stop AAPI Hate includes reports of over 500 new incidents reported in just the first two months of this year.
An analysis of the data showed the majority of incidents were verbal harassments, followed by shunning or avoidance. Physical assaults made up a little over 10% of reported experiences.
It also found that women were more than twice as likely to report hate incidents than men, and showed incidents were most likely to take place in local businesses.
Earlier this month, Sacramento passed a resolution condemning the uptick in crimes against Asian Americans, including a recent incident at a Chinese-owned butcher shop in South Sacramento. m. : Nearly 90% of Californians can now dine indoors, go to the gym
California health authorities approved more counties to reopen businesses thanks to low coronavirus case rates. Sacramento and San Diego counties join Los Angeles and Orange counties that were authorized to reopen on Sunday.
San Jaoquin And Yuba counties were expected to move to the red tier, but did not meet the state's case threshold to loosen restrictions.
The San Francisco Bay Area county of San Mateo can reopen even more, including bowling alleys, cardrooms, wineries and breweries at 25% capacity indoors. It’s been a year since California shut down businesses in response to the pandemic.m. : Newest Nevada vaccine-eligible group can self-identify illnesses, health conditions
Nevada health officials say people age 55 and older can self-report to their pharmacists any underlying health conditions that make them eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccinations,
A state statistics official said on Tuesday that as eligibility broadened this week in the statewide coronavirus inoculation process, deaths from COVID-19 have fallen to an average of about four per day. Officials widened vaccination efforts to people with underlying conditions, disabilities and the unhoused at retail pharmacies, including those in supermarkets.
This next phase is being called a step towards getting more shots in more arms statewide.m. : Alcatraz reopens for indoor tours after yearlong closure
Alcatraz, the historic island prison off San Francisco, has opened up again for a limited number of indoor tours,
Touring inside the infamous prison has been off-limits for more than a year due to the pandemic. Face masks and social distancing are still required on the island, which once housed Al Capone and George “Machine Gun” Kelly.
Access will be limited to visitors who sign up for the audio tour in advance. Officials say Alcatraz will host about 1,000 tourists a day instead of the usual 5,000. The popular tourist destination had already reopened for an outdoor-only experience in August.m. : Indoor business capacity increases to 50% in Nevada as COVID-19 cases decline
As customer capacity increased to 50% at casinos, businesses and restaurants, Nevada health officials are beginning to give back to counties oversight of coronavirus prevention measures.
emergency care, public health and elected officials on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday about the state handing over pandemic authority by May 1.
Taskforce chief Caleb Cage said the Nevada Hospital Association reported some of the lowest COVID-19 hospitalizations since the first known death from COVID-19 in Nevada was reported a year ago.
Monday, March 15
m. : Gov.
It comes as opponents say they’ve collected more than enough signatures to force an election. saying he’s focused on the pandemic.
Now, he’s painting the recall as a partisan power grab driven by extremists and vowing to fight it.
m. : Many US prison guards skipping COVID-19 vaccinations
Corrections officers are refusing coronavirus vaccines at alarming rates, causing some public health experts to worry about the prospect of controlling the pandemic both inside and outside of prison.
infection rates in these facilities are more than four times as high as in the general public. Prison staff helped accelerate outbreaks by refusing to wear masks, downplaying symptoms and haphazardly enforcing social distancing and hygiene protocols in confined, poorly ventilated spaces ripe for viral spread.”
A California statewide survey showed that half of all correction employees will wait to be vaccinated.
At FCI Mendota, a medium-security federal prison near Fresno, officials closed off the main employee entrance in January, funneled employees through the visiting room, turned into a vaccination clinic and forced them on the spot to decide whether or not to get vaccinated. Employees that refused weren’t allowed to go to their posts without getting the vaccine or signing a declaration form.
The local corrections officers’ union president refused the vaccine, citing medical issues and that he doesn’t trust the prison officials’ motives.
Since employers cannot mandate that staff get vaccinated, when correctional officers refuse to be inoculated, it puts people who are incarcerated at risk. Often they have no way of protecting themselves from unmasked and unvaccinated officers. By December, 1 in 4 incarcerated people had contracted the virus,m. : First case of UK COVID-19 variant identified in Reno, Nevada
The first case of the COVID-19 variant originally identified in the United Kingdom has been confirmed in northern Nevada. Health officials are trying to determine if the infection linked to a large gathering in Washoe County may have spread the variant to others.
The new case confirmed in Washoe County, which includes Reno and Sparks, involves a woman in her 30s, whose infection is linked to a gathering of more than 60 people from different states. Seventeen additional COVID-19 cases have also been connected to the same event.
Still, not all of those who tested positive are from Washoe County, and it’s not yet confirmed if all the positive cases are from the U.K. variant.
Health officials in Nevada reported an additional 222 COVID-19 cases and one more death on Sunday. Authorities say 161 of the new cases were reported in Clark County, which includes metro Las Vegas.
Officials believe the number of infections could be far higher than reported because many people have still not been tested, especially since the virus can make people asymptomatically ill.m. : California expands vaccine eligibility to include health conditions like cancer, diabetes and obesity
Starting this Monday, Californians ages 16-64 with certain health conditions like cancer and obesity will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccines. But physicians say it'll be challenging to immunize everyone on that list with the still limited supply.
Officials estimate these conditions cover a total of 4 to 6 million newly eligible people.
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Experts say this change will vastly expand eligibility in California, particularly in communities of color.
UC Merced public health researcher Denise Payan said obesity rates are higher in Black and Brown communities, and the pandemic has likely made it worse.
“Access to healthy, fresh, healthy, nutritious food has really been disrupted,” Payan said. “So there are more people who are at risk and are missing out and don’t have access to healthy food.”
Some hospital systems say they don't have enough vaccines to give to the newly eligible patients. Still, people with chronic health conditions can contact their doctors or their local public health departments to determine whether doses are available and to potentially make an appointment.m. : Bay Area lawmakers call for changes to state vaccine distribution plan
A group of 20 Bay Area lawmakers is calling for changes to the state's vaccine distribution plan, claiming that the current version leaves out vulnerable Californians in their districts.
The state recently announced it would direct more vaccines to underserved ZIP codes, but few are in the Bay Area. San Francisco Assemblyman David Chiu argues that the current plan ignores smaller pockets of vulnerable people. "Wealthy communities are in the same ZIP code as incredibly vulnerable communities, and this vaccination distribution formula doesn't account for that reality." Mark Ghaly said that he still stands by the original plan.
He's also hopeful that an increase in vaccine supply from the federal government will address the Bay Area lawmakers' concerns.
Sunday, March 14
2 :27 p.m. : Placer County moves to red tier, effective Sunday
Placer County is one of 13 California counties that have moved Sunday to the red tier of California’s COVID-19 reopening framework, loosening some restrictions.
Under the red tier, restaurants and movie theaters will be able to reopen indoors at 25% capacity, while gyms can reopen indoors at 10% capacity. Museums may also resume indoor operations at 25% capacity.
The counties became eligible to move from the purple tier (“widespread”) to the red tier (“substantial” spread) after the state hit its goal Friday of delivering 2 million COVID-19 doses to communities hit hardest by the pandemic, triggering new thresholds.
State health officials set the 2 million-dose goal last week when they announced California would tie reopening requirements to vaccine equity.
The plan changed the threshold for counties to enter the red tier from seven cases per 100,000 residents to 10 cases once the 2 million doses were delivered.m. : California governor admits mistakes, says recall unjustified But he insists the recall effort against him has more to do with politics than the public health crisis.
He said his opponents are taking aim at his broader policy agenda, which tackles issues such as immigration and criminal justice reform.
Recall organizers say they have collected enough signatures to force an election.
Saturday, March 13
m. : LA County hospitalizations at lowest point in 4 months
Coronavirus hospitalizations in California’s most populous county have slipped below 1,000 for the first in four months.
The number of patients with COVID-19 in Los Angeles County hospitals hit 979, the lowest since Nov. 23.
There are 3,250 people hospitalized statewide, a drop of more than 85% since peaking around 22,000 in early January.
Case rates also remain low and much of the state is preparing for some restrictions to be lifted in the coming days.
State officials announced Friday that 13 counties would be eligible to open restaurants, movie theaters, gyms and museums at limited capacity on Sunday.
Friday, March 12
m. : Sacramento County and city set to receive $420 million from federal aid package
Both the city and county of Sacramento are slated to receive hundreds of millions of dollars each from the federal COVID-19 relief funding after President Joe Biden signed a $1.9 trillion stimulus package. triggering the tidal wave of shuttering businesses, closing schools, and other economic issues that left millions of residents unemployed. S. residents have gotten from federal stimulus packages, including the ones signed by President Donald Trump in March 2020, has totaled up to $3,200 per person, split over three checks.
California is expected to receive $26 billion in aid, while local governments will get a combined $16.6 billion, depending on formulas that will take population and socio-economic issues into account.
In this round of federal funding, the city of Sacramento is expected to receive $121 million in assistance, while Sacramento County should receive roughly $300 million.m. : California continues to lose jobs, but lifting restrictions may change that
California lost close to 70,000 jobs in January, but new numbers released Friday by the state’s Employment Development Department show that the unemployment rate declined slightly to 9%.
The biggest losses were for restaurants and hotels that have been hit hardest by public health orders.
The numbers released on Friday were based on surveys taken the week of Jan. 12. The number of new COVID-19 cases has declined since then, and the state is starting to lift restrictions, possibly boosting job numbers.m. : Biden is speeding up vaccine timeline, but governors say they need supplies
Governors across the country are applauding President Joe Biden’s declaration that all adults should be eligible for coronavirus vaccinations by May 1, but the goal will require a shift for states that have been methodical in how they roll out the shots.
California officials haven’t set a timeline for when the general public will be eligible for a shot and didn’t immediately say how Biden’s declaration would change plans in the nation’s most populous state. Instead, the state is prioritizing older adults, teachers and people in vulnerable neighborhoods.
While the state says it can vaccinate 3 million people per week, it is only receiving half that total each week. Plans are to ramp up weekly shots to 4 million people, but so far are only available for certain groups like those 65 and older, educators, farmworkers, and emergency service workers.4 million people with disabilities and certain health conditions will also become eligible.m. : California public schools are on the path to reopening soon for in-person learning
The State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond said COVID-shuttered California schools are still on a path to reopening next month.
This vaccination rate is considered a key number to begin the process of phasing children back to school.
"There's probably about 300,000 teachers total in the state, but that number doesn't include all school staff like classified staff, custodians … but the number of 200,000 was a key number that everyone was striving to get," Thurmond said.
Many schools are now scrambling to meet the state's reopening goal by April 1, while others plan to reopen by mid-April. The Legislature recently passed a plan with $2.6 billion in incentives for schools to reopen by April 1.
Thurmond said, by and large, students have struggled with distance learning, partly because teachers weren't adequately trained for this teaching format, and many students also don't have home computers.
Thurmond said he's working on building a robust summer school program as state lawmakers appear certain to approve funding to hire more school staff.m. : San Joaquin County sees notable drop in COVID-19 hospitalizations
For the first time in months, San Joaquin County hospitals have seen a significant drop in hospitalizations for COVID-19 patients and intensive care, signaling a major step forward for the county to potentially advance to the red tier. 22, hospitals in the county saw 1,212 cases in a single day. Now, the most recent one-day total was 96 cases. At one point, the county saw its ICU capacity jump to 175%.
COVID-19 hospitalizations have dropped by 12% just this week, signaling hope for the county. Emergency Medical Services Specialist Marissa Matta said the dropping ICU capacity brings the county closer to the state's mandate.
"So, on Tuesday, March 9th, ICU capacity in San Joaquin County was at 95%, and this is the first time since November 18th of 2020 that the ICU capacity in our county was below 100%," Matta said. Maggie Park said the county's infection rate of 11 cases per 100,000 is still high, keeping the county in the purple tier. Park said despite this, there's been meaningful progress in other areas.
"We actually have testing positivity rates in the orange this week," Park said. "We are meeting a lower tier compared to our case rates. You can earn that red, you can move one, so we have the possibility of going red next week."
Park also mentioned that the county's vaccination efforts are making strides, with over 166,000 residents vaccinated so far.m. : California State Insurance Commissioners calls for higher auto insurance reimbursements
During the pandemic some people drove less as schedules shifted from what they were before the pandemic, so State Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara says he’s going to insist on auto insurance companies reimbursing California drivers for premium overcharges during the pandemic.
While insurance companies agreed to give money back as residents drove less and got into fewer accidents, Lara said customers only got a fraction of what they should have received.
“Injury and damage claims both fell by more than 40% from March to September compared to before the pandemic,” Lara said. “Over the same time, insurance company groups returned on average 9% of premiums when they should have refunded nearly double that amount.”
Lara also said only four of the top 10 insurance companies in the state continued to offer premium rebates to drivers after December of last year, despite the continued reduction in miles traveled, crashes and injuries.
Thursday, March 11
m : Breweries, wineries, distilleries get approval to reopen outdoors
Breweries, wineries and distilleries that don't serve food can reopen outdoors in counties in the two most-restrictive tiers in California's COVID-19 reopening system, according to new guidance released by state health officials Thursday.
Under the new rules, starting March 13 these businesses can serve customers outdoors until 8 p.m. with a 90-minute time limit per customer. Previously, breweries, wineries and distilleries were closed in the purple and red tiers.
In the orange tier, indoor capacity is limited to 100 people or 25%, whichever is fewer. In the yellow tier to 200 people or 50%. In the orange tier, bars can reopen outdoors with modifications. In the yellow tier, indoor capacity is limited to 100 people or 25%.m. : California grocery store workers now eligible for COVID-19 vaccines across state
The California Grocers Association, an industry trade association, said that grocery workers across the state and every county are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.
While some counties have been quicker than others about getting vaccines to supermarket workers, CGA CEO Ron Fong said, “We wish there was a more unified system, but the reality is that it is not.”
According to Fong, in some areas of the state food workers got shots three or four weeks ago, but in Sacramento county these workers became eligible just this week.
Large grocery chains with pharmacies may be vaccinating in-house, while others are setting up appointments through hospital systems or directly with public health officials.
“We have advised workers to be proactive and not wait for the county to call you,” Fong said.
The CGA expects all their employees to have at least their first shot within the next 30 days.m. : Will the coronavirus ever go away ? Scientists say probably not.
AP Illustration/Peter Hamlin
Nobody knows for sure how the coronavirus will behave for the long term, but experts say it may be with us for decades or longer. That would happen as people build up immunity over time, either through infection or vaccination.
Correction : A previous version of this post incorrectly stated what would increase immunity over time. The factors are infection or vaccination.m. : Shasta County receives first shipment of Johnson & Johnson vaccine
Shasta County Public Health officials say that they’ve received their first shipment of the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine this week.
The county now has 1,400 doses and plans to reserve them for residents facing barriers to get to vaccination clinics. County Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Ramstrom said the county has yet to use any of the doses as it finalizes its plan to distribute them to people who would benefit the most. “We’ve talked about using it for mobile clinics once we are able to do that.
Shasta County expects to get its next shipment of Johnson & Johnson vaccines at the end of the month.m. : North Sacramento clinic faces COVID-19 vaccine shortage
While state and county officials say they want to speed up the vaccination of underserved communities, one North Sacramento clinic that primarily serves people of color can't seem to get enough doses.
Since the clinic opened to serve the Black, Brown and Asian residents living in North Sacramento, the Del Paso Vaccination Clinic at Grant High School has grown from 60 to 600 doses administered weekly. Kawanna Carter has spearheaded the clinic, and said they've been expanding service to a community hit disproportionately hard by the pandemic. However, that growth has recently halted because their data wasn't loaded properly by the supervising doctor securing the doses.
"In my opinion, the right approach would be to say 'we're not getting your data, how can we help you ?'," Carter said.
She says they built a demand for the vaccine from the ground up in a community that needs help by taking steps to tighten up the operation and find new ways to get shots directly allocated to the clinic.
"You know, we've given the information that is required, and hopefully, the next step is getting a direct supply of our own vaccine," Carter said.
Sacramento County officials say that "underserved communities continue to be a priority," so they've paired Del Paso Vaccination Clinic with another provider, WellSpace Health, to boost the clinic's supply. Carter said that the new partnership hasn't resulted in a new batch of doses.m. : Poll shows 1 in 5 Americans have lost someone to COVID-19
About 1 in 5 people in the United States say they have lost a relative or a close friend to the coronavirus.
Despite this, the public’s worry about the virus is dropping, even as some people still in mourning express their frustration at the continued struggle to stay safe. While the various coronavirus vaccines offer hope for ending the pandemic, about 1 in 3 Americans don’t intend to get one.
Those most reluctant against the shots ? Younger adults, people without college degrees and Republicans.m. : President Joe Biden signs $1.9 trillion stimulus package before speech to nation9 trillion relief package,S. defeat the coronavirus and nurse the economy back to health. He had been set to sign the American Rescue Plan on Friday, but the White House moved the signing up to Thursday afternoon, hours before the president plans to deliver his first prime-time address to the American public. Chief of Staff Ron Klain tweeted that the bill arrived at the White House late Wednesday, quicker than anticipated. Klain wrote, “We want to move as fast as possible.”
Wednesday, March 10
m. : Gov.
Less than a week after announcing a new equity goal to vaccinate 2 million Californians in lower income communities, Gov.
The state needs to administer around 100,000 vaccines in California’s hardest hit communities to reach its goal. While California has administered more than 10 million vaccines, only 18% have gone to residents in lower income communities.
Part of the equity goal includes loosening restrictions for counties to move into the less stringent red tier of the state’s reopening plan. About 80% of the state is still under the most-restrictive purple tier.m. : Biden Administration’s nearly $2 trillion plan passes final hurdle
House lawmakers Wednesday gave final approval to President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package, sending the legislation to Biden’s desk for his signature, according to NPR. Biden plans to sign it this Friday.
The House vote split on partisan lines at 220-211, with no Republican support despite calls for bipartisan support from Democratic leaders. Only one Democrat, Rep. Jarden Golden, voted against the bill.S.m. : Students of Sacramento-area community colleges can expect more online classes this fall
Even though coronavirus cases are declining as more people get vaccinated, it still looks like students at Sacramento-area community colleges will continue to take most classes online this fall.
Los Rios Community College District Associate Vice Chancellor of Strategy and Communications Gabe Ross says they’re planning to bring back more in-person classes this fall compared to this spring semester, but it’ll be substantially fewer than pre-pandemic levels because of the continued uncertainty.
“As long as there’s social distancing guidelines or requirements in place, it does hamper our ability to do on-ground instruction,” Ross said.
The school’s first priority is bringing back career-education programs.
“Things that are really dependent on facilities, right ? Welding programs, auto-tech,” Ross said. “Programs that really lead to a lot of good jobs for our students but that there’s just no way to replicate in a digital or online environment.”
Schedules for the fall semester will be posted online next month, and classes are scheduled to start in late August.m. : Does California have 'one of the lowest COVID-19 death rates' in the nation ? Not exactly. he had a strong statement about California’s fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
“California’s death rate has remained one of the lowest per capita in the nation : 134 deaths per 100,000, compared to 158 nationally, 153 in Texas,” he said during his state address. The governor’s claim is an exaggeration. California does have a slightly better rate than the nation and somewhat better than Texas, but California’s rate is only middle of the pack.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the state is 23rd lowest out of 50 states. Some individual counties such as Los Angeles and Imperial continue to have a much higher death rate than the nation’s average.
“We were the first to launch mass-vaccination sites in partnership with FEMA,” he said. and the other at Cal State Los Angeles. A third planned FEMA site for the Central Valley has yet to open.
” When looking at raw numbers, California has administered 11 million doses, more than any other state and most countries.
However, when it comes down to vaccine rollout, California has been one of the slowest states, according to Bloomberg’s vaccine tracking website.m. : Gov.
His speech primarily focused on the state's pandemic response and the progress made since last March.
"It was a year ago, a year ago, that we made that incredibly difficult decision to issue that stay-at-home order to slow the spread. "You know we agonized about it. We agonized about the sacrifices that it would require."
In the speech, he hinted that California could return to a sense of normalcy soon.
"Today, the light at the end of the tunnel is brighter than ever," he said. he never uttered the word "recall."m. : Clinic volunteers get their shot at a COVID-19 vaccine
As states ramp up inoculation efforts, volunteers are needed to do everything from direct traffic to check people in to keep the vaccination sites running smoothly. Large vaccination clinics across the U.S. have been thousands trying to nab the limited numbers of volunteer shifts in hopes of getting a shot sooner.
California launched its own vaccine volunteer program last week, though state officials say a volunteer shift won't guarantee a vaccine dose. Interested volunteers can sign up here.
That’s raised questions at a time when supplies are limited and Americans have struggled to get vaccinated even if they’re eligible, but medical ethicists say volunteers are a vital part of the public health effort. Clinic volunteers also go through training and other obligations.
“If that was really your goal, this could take more work, I think, than some other routes I can think of.”m. : COVID-19 vaccinations for agricultural workers tied up in many statesS. health centers that service agricultural workers across the nation receive COVID-19 vaccines directly from the federal government in a program created by the Biden administration. The federal vaccine came with a restriction : the health centers must follow state priorities, which troubles farmworkers and activists, including in California.
Farmworkers run an elevated risk of getting infected because of their work conditions. Purdue University estimates that 9,000 agricultural workers in the country have died of COVID-19, and nearly a half-million have been infected, with the highest numbers in Texas, California, Iowa, and others.
Tuesday, March 9
m. : Butte County moves to less restrictive coronavirus tier
Butte County has qualified to move from the most stringent purple tier to the less-restrictive red tier of the state’s COVID-19 reopening plan.
Moving into the second-highest tier allows some businesses to reopen at a reduced capacity, and with the latest announcement from Gov. certain youth and adult recreation sports can resume with modification. For a county to move down to the red tier, there should be a case rate of 4-7 per 100,000 residents with a 5-8% test positivity rate. the case rate is 7.3 per 100,000 residents, with a 3.6% positive rate. Those limits will change to 10 cases per 100,000 after the state provides 4 million vaccine doses to areas hardest-hit by the virus, based on rules released last week tying reopening to vaccine equity.
While the county might be moving into a less restrictive tier, recently, it was detected that the more contagious coronavirus variant first identified in the U.K. was detected recently in Butte County.
Butte County residents interested in seeing what businesses can now reopen can check out the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Business owners can also get some industry guidance on the modifications and mitigation measures in place to stop the viral spread.
Residents interested in youth or adult sports can also go online to see the latest guidelines on what outdoor and indoor sports are allowed, along with what safety precautions will be in place.m. : Meadowview residents can expect vaccine clinic pop-up this Friday
South Sacramento has been a COVID-19 hotspot since the start of the pandemic, and with disproportionate case rates, the neighborhoods within the area haven’t received equitable vaccine doses. a pop-up vaccine clinic is coming to Meadowview.
South Sacramento testing site coordinator Bobby Dalton Roy said he hopes the single-day clinic can become a long-term solution for the neighborhood.
“The best practice needs to be that resources and testing and the vaccine needs to be put in the zip codes or proximate to the zip codes where families are being impacted most severely by the pandemic,” Roy said.
m. : Nevada state university system will offer in-person classes in fall semester
The University of Nevada, Reno says it will offer primarily in-person classes and student services when the fall semester starts in August,
The announcement came Monday after the university said enrollment dropped below 20,000 this semester and most classes have been offered remotely because of the pandemic. University President Brian Sandoval said the university also expects to host more students in residence halls and dining hall, continue student activities, expand support services, allow fans at athletic events, and hold live performances.
UNLV spokesperson Tony Allen said the Las Vegas campus is also planning to offer most of its classes in-person while also providing on-campus facilities and services.m. : Santa Clara County won’t join Blue Shield’s vaccination plan
The state is in the process of switching over to a vaccine appointment and delivery system administered by Blue Shield, but skepticism has surfaced among the state’s 58 counties.
However, Blue Shield says 41 health centers, 28 hospitals, four large medical groups, three pharmacies, and three tribal clinics have already signed on.m. : Gov.
The stadium has been transformed into one of the country's largest coronavirus vaccination sites.
According to CapRadio's Politics Reporter Nicole Nixon, Dodger Stadium has another meaningful reason behind the choice. When it's packed with fans, the stadium seats 56. It comes as the Democratic governor faces a likely recall election later this year, fueled by anger over his handling of the pandemic. On Monday.
9 :48 a.m. : Nevada governor bets on safety as states reopen
Steve Sisolak is still attempting to strike the right balance between keeping the state's tourism industry afloat while also containing the coronavirus' spread.
About one in 10 state residents, including the governor, have tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic last year. More than 5,000 people have died, 63% of whom have been 70 or older.
Sisolak hopes vaccines will prevent future loss, contain the virus and bolster the economy back to pre-pandemic levels.
Monday, March 8
m. : Two COVID-19 vaccination clinics will open in Sacramento this week
At least two new COVID-19 vaccination sites will open this week in Sacramento, targeting some of the city’s hardest-hit communities.
While they’ve had higher COVID-19 case and death rates compared to others, Latinos haven’t received a proportionate amount of vaccine doses.
The Consulate General of Mexico is also taking appointments for all eligible Mexican nationals in its 24-county jurisdiction, regardless of immigration or health insurance status. The new clinics open as California begins to push for more equitable vaccine distribution.
Both locations are open by appointment and are only for people 65 and over, educators, or childcare workers. For appointments at the Consulate General of Mexico, interested parties can call (916) 329-3502. Those interested in the Oak Park clinic can call (916) 349-6980.m. : Young students in San Francisco may return to school April 12
San Francisco school officials plan to reopen classrooms for some of the youngest students starting April 12, under a tentative deal reached with the teachers union,
The San Francisco Chronicle reports the agreement was announced late Friday after months of debate over how and when kids would return to in-person instruction as coronavirus cases and hospitalizations decline statewide.
The students that might return to in-person school are primarily preschool through fifth grade. It’s still unclear how many of the district’s 52,000 students will return before the term ends June 2. The school board still needs to vote on the deal.m. : CDC says fully vaccinated people can meet in-person without masks
The CDC has issued new guidance for vaccinated people, basically giving them the thumbs-up to resume some pre-pandemic activities and relax precautions that have been in place.
Specifically fully vaccinated people can gather indoors with other fully vaccinated people without wearing masks or social distancing. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after they have gotten their second shot of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine (or two weeks after receiving the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine).
Vaccinated people can also gather, unmasked, with people from another household who are not yet fully vaccinated, as long as the unvaccinated household is at a low risk of serious illness from COVID-19.
However, experts still stress that vaccinated people should continue to wear a mask when in public, avoid crowds, and continue other precautions around unvaccinated people who are at a high risk of severe illness or death.
The CDC said this is a “first step” to returning to everyday activities. There’s evidence showing that fully vaccinated people are less likely to become infected and “potentially” less likely to spread the virus to others.m. : COVID-19 variant first identified in UK found in Butte County
Butte County Public Health has detected a case of the more contagious COVID-19 variant first identified in the United Kingdom.
Case investigation and contact tracing efforts are underway for the variant also known as B117. The infected patient is an adult.K. it has spread to over 200 counties in the United States. As of March 4, 250 cases of this mutation have been reported in California.
“Detection of a variant that spreads more easily is a reminder that even though case rates are declining in Butte County, we must maintain our vigilance and continue using protective measures again [the] coronavirus until most of the population has immunity,” Butte County Public Health Officer Dr. Robert Bernstein said. “We cannot let our guard down.”
There’s no indication that the available vaccines or treatments are less effective against this mutation, but there is evidence that the disease may be more severe when infected. County health officials recommend that residents continue to practice wearing masks, social distancing and practicing good hygiene.m. : American River Parkway annual membership grows due to pandemic
While COVID-19 has decimated some businesses and shuttered most public venues, outdoor spaces like the American River Parkway are enjoying a pandemic boom.
Guests can walk or bike through 29 miles along the American River and it often attracts people of all ages, from older adults walking their dogs, cyclists zipping down the trail to people looking to get their steps in for the day.
American River Parkway Foundation Executive Director Dianna Poggetto said that in 2020 the association sold 2.
"The Parkway has been, as I say, the only game in town," Poggetto said, "The Parkway itself, the American River Parkway, can not close down."
During the pandemic's early days, the parkway may have seemed too crowded for some residents, but Poggetto said she hopes the increased use continues. "It's for that mental health break."m. : More Sacramento-area residents are interested in starting new businesses
A Sacramento-area business support center said it's seen an uptick in the number of residents interested in starting new businesses.
Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce President Amanda Blackwood noted that they’ve helped local business owners navigate loan applications to stay afloat during most of the pandemic. Now, the phone calls are getting more optimistic.
“There is a shift, to ‘I see a light at the end of the tunnel, and now I’m going to start strategically planning for that,’ instead of being in a state of basic stabilization and triage,” Blackwood said.
She attributed some of this to more COVID-19 vaccinations and said people are asking for advice on how to start consulting businesses like marketing or accounting. Business owners and entrepreneurs can get advice from the Chamber’s Capital Region Small Business Development Center for free.
Saturday, March 6
m. : California counties don't want Blue Shield's vaccine program
Counties across California are increasingly asking to opt out of the state’s centralized vaccination program run by Blue Shield.
The Los Angeles Times reports that none of the state's 58 counties have signed contracts with the insurance giant even as California moves ahead plans to bring 10 counties under Blue Shield oversight beginning this week.
The state is in the process of switching over to a vaccine appointment and delivery system run by Blue Shield, intended to ensure doses are distributed equitably and reach low-income communities.
But some county leaders call the system too bureaucratic and don't want Blue Shield's oversight.
m. : Senate passes $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package9 trillion coronavirus relief plan on Saturday, according to NPR.
The package secures new aid for American families, workers and businesses, including $1,400 direct payments, an extension of supplemental unemployment benefits and an increase to the child tax credit.
Individuals earning up to $75,000 and couples earning up to $150,000 would receive the full direct payments of $1,400 per person. But those payments would phase out for individuals and couples who make more than $80,000 and $160,000, respectively.
Friday, March 5
m. : Gov.6 billion.. we didn't wait for the federal government, we're moving forward.
The new law sets aside $2 billion the state will distribute among schools districts if they offer in-person instruction by the end of this month. Sacramento-area Democratic Assemblymember Kevin McCarty was at Friday's virtual bill signing ceremony.
"I'm counting on my school district to step up and do what's right,” McCarty said. “We know we have some challenges, like in others across the state who aren't quite there yet, but it's right to do what's right for our kids."
The new law also includes more than $4 billion to pay for things like tutoring and summer school to address learning loss. Some Republicans are critical of the plan saying it's too weak and would be better if it forced districts to reopen. m. : California will soon reopen outdoor stadiums, theme parks at limited capacity
Californians may soon be able to return to outdoor ballparks, stadiums and theme parks as soon as next month under new guidelines announced Friday by state health officials.
Starting April 1, the new rules would allow outdoor sports and live performances to resume and amusement parks to reopen. They will all have limitations based on the county’s tier, and all attendees must be masked.
For counties in the purple tier, sports and performances will be limited to 100 people. Attendees must have a reservation and be from the surrounding region. That increases to 20% capacity for the red tier, 33% in the orange tier, and 67% in the yellow tier. Even in the less-restrictive tiers, attendees are restricted to in-state visitors. They can reopen once a county reaches the red tier, but only at a 15% capacity. That increases to 25% in the orange tier and 35% in the yellow. Only in-state visitors are allowed.
Though the state’s travel advisory is still in place, encouraging people to stay within 120 miles of their homes, it is a rule that state health officials admit will be tricky to enforce.m. : Study shows masks save lives, outdoor dining increases COVID-19 cases, deaths
A new national study adds strong evidence that mask mandates can slow the spread of the coronavirus and that allowing dining at restaurants can increase cases and deaths,
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the study on Friday. The agency's director said the study shows decreases in cases and deaths when people wear masks.
Inversely, it found increases in cases and deaths when in-person restaurant dining is allowed. The study was released just as some states are rescinding mask mandates and restaurant limits.
The research also builds on smaller CDC studies, including one that found that people in 10 states who became infected in July were more likely to have dined at a restaurant. Another found that mask mandates in 10 states were associated with reductions in hospitalizations.
Reopening restaurant dining was not followed by a considerable increase in cases and deaths in the first 40 days after restrictions were lifted. However, soon after, there would be increases of about 1 percentage point in the growth rate of cases, and later 2 to 3 percentage points in the growth rate of deaths.m. : Parents of color feel unheard with the speed of school reopenings
After nearly a year of distancing learning, school districts around California are working on plans to salvage the school year and bring students back into classrooms. In recent months.
However, research shows that most parents of color still have reservations.225 deaths are Latinos or Latinas.
This leaves some parents feeling like their voices haven’t been heard when it comes to school reopenings, drowned out by the louder voices of white and wealthier parents. According to a survey by the Pew Research Center, white Americans are more likely to support a quick return to classrooms, while the majority of Black, Hispanic and Asian Americans say teachers should be vaccinated first.
The survey showed that 80% of Black respondents said schools should wait until teachers who want to be vaccinated can be, while only 51% of white respondents said the same. The divide also exists among economic lines. By a two-to-one margin, lower-income people would prefer teachers to be vaccinated, while middle- and upper-income Americans are more closely divided.m. : Some teacher vaccinations go untracked in race to mass inoculateS. prioritizes teachers nationwide for coronavirus vaccines, states and many districts are not keeping track of how many school employees have received the shots.
the absence of data complicates efforts to address parents’ concerns about health risk levels. Some teachers unions are also calling for widespread vaccination as a school reopening condition.
The Los Angeles Unified School District, the largest in California, lets teachers register for vaccine appointments offered by the school system through an app designed with Microsoft. But district spokesperson Shannon Huber said the district is not tracking who has gotten vaccinated.
A reopening date for Los Angeles schools is still undetermined and depends in part on all school staff being offered vaccines, a demand of the district’s teachers union.
8 :40 a.m. : US economy adds nearly 380,000 jobs
S. employers added a surprisingly robust 379,000 jobs last month, a sign that the economy may be strengthening as virus cases drop, vaccinations ramp up, and Americans spend more.2%, the Labor Department said Friday in its monthly jobs report. About 4 million people who have lost jobs have stopped looking for work, so they’re not classified as unemployed. According to Oxford Economics, if they were included, along with a separate group that’s misclassified as working, the unemployment rate would actually be 9.3%.
Still, economists are increasingly optimistic that hiring will speed up, and Americans will once again travel, shop, go to the movies, and more.
Thursday, March 4
m. : State lawmakers approve $2 billion incentive for schools to reopen
State lawmakers signed off on a $2 billion plan to incentivize more schools to reopen classrooms. Gov.
The bill offers grants to school districts that bring high-needs and younger students back to class this spring. And the sooner they do it, the more money they get.
It doesn’t force districts to open, though, and many Republicans argued that it should.
The measure also includes more than $4 billion to pay for things like tutoring and summer school to address learning loss.
It’s unclear how much the incentive package will factor into districts’ reopening plans. Schools won’t turn down the money. But thanks to declining coronavirus infections.
4 :15 p.m. : Indoor youth sports can resume in California
The settlement means indoor youth sports can return in counties where there are 14 or fewer new coronavirus cases for every 100,000 people. Athletes and coaches would be tested before a competition in most cases.
Details of the settlement agreement were confirmed by attorneys who represented the students in the lawsuit. California public health officials did not confirm the settlement, but Health and Human Services Agency Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly said the state would issue new guidance soon.m. : When will nursing homes reopen to visitors ? State officials won’t say
As California works through vaccinating hundreds of thousands of long-term care residents and workers, family members are now pressing administrators and state health officials to finally reopen nursing homes for indoor visits.
Nearly 465,000 residents and staff of nursing homes, assisted living centers, and board and care homes have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. New coronavirus cases in the state’s skilled nursing facilities plummeted from 725 on Dec. to just 16 on Feb. 27, after vaccinations started. That’s a 98% decline in case rates.
Despite this, federal and state officials haven’t figured out how to move past the current guidelines that essentially ban in-room visits unless a resident is close to death. Most of the state’s nursing homes won’t open up for visitation until state public health officials give the OK, but the state public health agency is waiting for their O.K. from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.m. : Unemployment goes up despite drop in COVID-19 infections
The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits edged higher last week to 745,000, a sign that many employers continue to cut jobs despite a drop in confirmed viral infections and evidence that the overall economy is improving. Though the pace of layoffs has eased since the year began, they remain high by historical standards. S. economy a year ago, applications for unemployment aid had never topped 700,000 in any week, even during the Great Recession. All told, 4.3 million Americans are receiving traditional state unemployment benefits.m. : California to tie county reopenings to vaccination equity rate
The state will send the vaccines to neighborhoods in the bottom 25% of its Healthy Places Index, which assesses Census tracts based on measures related to health and socio-economic conditions. Many of these areas are in more impoverished neighborhoods in Los Angeles and the Central Valley.
As more Californians get their COVID-19 shots, officials say they will tie loosening restrictions to vaccination equity goals in these communities. For example, when 2 million residents in those neighborhoods are vaccinated, the state will loosen requirements for its color-tier system. The threshold for entering the red tier will move from seven cases per 100,000 to 10 cases.m. : When can kids get COVID-19 vaccines ? A study on teens has already started.
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When children can get any of the COVID-19 vaccines will depend on their age, but some teenagers could start rolling up their sleeves before long.
meaning some high schoolers could get their shots whenever they become eligible in their area. Pfizer and Moderna expect to release study data on children ages 12 and older over the summer.
Plans to start studies in children 11 and younger will begin later this year. Moderna’s vaccine is currently only cleared for use for people 18 and older.
9 :45 a.m. : Vaccine appointments bypass some older adults
Thousands of older Americans are spending hours online or enlisting their grandchildren’s help to sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine, and they are the fortunate ones.
overwhelmed, isolated or poor to navigate a system that favors healthier individuals with more resources.
The urgency of reaching this vulnerable population is growing as more and more Americans in other age groups slowly become eligible. Nonprofits, churches and health care outreach workers are scrambling to reach the forgotten older people who are falling through the cracks before the nation’s focus moves on and the competition for vaccines stiffens.
Wednesday, March 3
m. : San Joaquin County allows outdoor sports to open up 6 fell to below 14 cases per 100,000 residents, allowing football and a few other outdoor sports to return.
The guidance from the California Department of Public Health applies to all youth programs, including school-based, club, and recreational programs in the county.
Compliance includes that face coverings be worn when not participating in the activity. Coaches, support staff and observers must wear face coverings to be worn at all times. There must also be informed consent and testing when adjusted case rates are between 7-14 per 100,000.m. : LA County could loosen virus restrictions later this month
Health officials say Los Angeles County could move into the next phase of reopening with fewer restrictions as early as next week, though any actual lifting of coronavirus-related constraints would not happen immediately. 9 million COVID-19 cases during the pandemic. It is currently in the most restrictive purple tier of California's reopening system because of widespread transmission. County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer says she expects the county to move into the less-restrictive tier as early as next week.
5 :32 p.m. : Vaccine access rapidly expands across the country
Cities and states are rapidly expanding access to vaccines as the nation races to head off a resurgence in coronavirus infections and reopen schools and businesses battered by the pandemic.
The efforts come as the federal government ramps up shipments, with President Joe Biden saying the U.S. should have enough shots for all adults by the end of May. It also comes as more states are lifting restrictions like mask-wearing and reopening businesses despite warnings from health officials that it's too risky.
Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and other states say teachers will get the first doses of the new one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Detroit is starting to vaccinate factory workers. And some states are vaccinating anyone 55 or older.
5 :25 p.m. : Federal stimulus bill shrinks check eligibility
President Joe Biden and Democrats have agreed to tighten eligibility limits for stimulus checks,
This is a concession to party moderates, and it comes as leaders prepare to move their $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill through the Senate. Simultaneously, the White House and top Democrats are standing by progressives and say the Senate package will retain the $400 weekly emergency unemployment benefits included in the House-passed pandemic legislation.
The moves reflect a balancing act facing Biden and Democratic leaders as they try squeezing the massive relief bill through the evenly divided Senate, where they need the support of every single Democratic senator to pass basic bills.m. : Las Vegas Sands sells Venetian casino due to pandemic changes
Las Vegas Sands is selling the iconic Venetian casino resort and its Sands Expo and Convention center for $6.25 billion, withdrawing from gambling operations on the Las Vegas Strip after the changing nature of the casino business there, and just about everywhere else.
The name of the Venetian, the expo center as well as the Palazzo, the Sand’s luxury casino and resort that’s part of the same complex, will remain, along with the company’s headquarters,
Despite this, the company led by Sheldon Adelson until his death this year will effectively cease U.S. operations. Under Adelson, the company’s focus turned to Asia years ago, where revenue eventually outpaced even the operations on the Last Vegas Strip.
5 :20 p.m. : Nonprofits in financial trouble due to pandemic
S. nonprofits are in jeopardy of closing within two years because of the financial harm inflicted by the pandemic.
Even with the excess of donations that many nonprofits and charities received from individuals and foundations, it’s still not enough to stay solvent. The researchers analyzed how roughly 300,000 nonprofits would fare under 20 scenarios of varying severity.
Even the scenarios seen as more realistic resulted in closures well into double-digit percentages. The most vulnerable nonprofits may try to reduce costs this year by narrowing their focus or by furloughing workers. Some nonprofits may have to turn to mergers to bolster their finances, but several would still vanish even if those particular nonprofits survive.m. : Sacramento County expanding COVID-19 drive-thru access at McClellan Park
Sacramento County officials are expanding access to a drive-thru COVID-19 mass vaccination center at McClellan Park.
“We were able to open it last week,” County spokesperson Janna Hayes said. “The first, we limited access to only 65-plus residents. This week, we opened the opportunity to educators and childcare providers as well.”
The site operated by test manufacturing company Curative is open Monday through Friday. Hayes said that the county hopes to vaccinate around 350 people each day.
Older adults and educators working in Sacramento County will now have access to a mass vaccination site, allowing people with an appointment to get vaccinated with the Pfizer shot without leaving their car.
“You get your shot sitting in your car, then you go sit in a 15-minute observation waiting area to make sure you don’t have any immediate adverse reaction to the vaccine,” Hayes said.
Residents interested in the McClellan Park vaccinations, can sign up online here.m. : California vaccinations most often going to rich over at-risk
But community health centers say they've watched as initial shipments of the coronavirus vaccine went to larger hospitals, leaving their high-risk patients to wait,
The centers are often in areas with higher concentrations of poverty and fewer providers who accept Medicaid. Efrain Talamantes is the chief operating officer for AltaMed Health Services in Los Angeles and Orange Counties. He says his patients and staff are often an afterthought despite the emphasis on equity from the state.m. : Nevada to let some sports games, sports competitions to resume Steve Sisolak has reclassified lacrosse from a full-contact to a minimal-contact sport in Nevada’s coronavirus playbook,
This follows other moves to let indoor and outdoor game practices and competitions to resume with social distancing and other requirements. On Tuesday, the governor said he followed medical advisors in also classifying ice hockey as a full-contact sport and field hockey as a minimal-contact sport.
Sisolak signed new guidelines to let tournaments begin March 15 for Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association sports that get approval for a COVID-19 safety plan. basketball, boxing, dance and cheer, and martial arts.
Tuesday, March 2
m. : Steep decline in child-abuse related ER visits and hospitalizations during the pandemic
Natural disasters typically result in an uptick in child abuse, but a new study published today suggests this pandemic appears to be an exception.
Instead of going up, over the first few months of the pandemic, UCSF researchers found a steep decline in the number of ER visits and hospital admissions.
Suni Kaiser says it doesn’t appear to be underreporting. She says government interventions may be having a positive impact.
“Some of the policies like the CARES act and protection of eviction that were in place pretty early in the pandemic perhaps shielded families from some of the stresses that we’ve seen in prior events,” Kaiser said.
Another possible explanation : parents working from home meant fewer caregivers were home alone with small children.
4 :11 p.m. : El Dorado County moves to red tier
El Dorado County will soon be able to restart indoor dining and other businesses at reduced capacity after moving to the less restrictive red tier in California's COVID-19 reopening system Tuesday, according to state health officials.
With the move, restaurants and movie theaters will be able to reopen indoors at 25% capacity, while gyms can reopen indoors at 10% capacity. Museums may also resume indoor operations at 25% capacity.
Bars and breweries must remain closed, while wineries will still be limited to outdoor service.
In addition to El Dorado, moving to the red tier Tuesday are Lassen, Modoc, Napa, San Francisco, San Luis Obispo and Santa Clara counties. Sacramento health officials say the county could potentially move to the red tier in mid to late March. Yolo County joined the red tier last month.m. : City of San Francisco leaders cheer over reopening
An upbeat Mayor London Breed said San Francisco will reopen indoor dining, movie theaters, and gyms with reduced capacity starting Wednesday, as more counties in California open up for business,
Much of California’s population remains in the most restrictive reopening phase, with Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties still limited to outdoor dining. San Francisco’s mayor urged residents to wear their masks while enjoying the city.
12 :49 p.m. : Texas lifts mask mandate
Texas is lifting a COVID-19 mask mandate that was imposed last summer but has only been lightly enforced.
Greg Abbott’s Tuesday announcement makes Texas the largest state to do away with a face-covering order. The new rule takes effect on March 10. S. have eased coronavirus restrictions, despite warnings from health experts that the outbreak is far from over.
Texas has seen a sharp plunge in cases and hospitalizations in recent weeks. More than 42,000 people have died from the virus in Texas, which translates to 148 deaths per 100,000, placing Texas 25th among the 50 states.m. : San Francisco plans to reopen indoor dining, gyms, soon
San Francisco is poised to allow indoor dining, movie teachers and gyms with reduced capacity, as the most recent coronavirus surge continues to decline. More of California's economy is opening back up for business throughout the state as more residents are vaccinated.
Several counties in the San Francisco Bay Area issued a strict-stay-at-home order nearly a year ago, in advance of a statewide shutdown. Public health officials in the Bay Area, for the most part, have been more cautious than peers in Southern California and other states about reopening the economy.m. : Asian Americans reflect on anti-Asian attacks a year into pandemic
Asian Americans have faced a dangerous climate since the coronavirus entered the U.S. a year ago,
Instances of verbal harassment and physical assaults have occurred from coast to coast. Now, just over a year and thousands of incidents later, some of the earliest victims find moving forward has been difficult, or, at best, bittersweet.
A recent wave of attacks on older Asian Americans has reignited attention and fueled worries that hostilities have only worsened. They include the death last month of an 84-year-old San Francisco man. More than 3,000 incidents have been reported to Stop AAPI Hate, a California-based reporting center, since March 2020.m. : COVID-19-based fear fuels attacks on health care workers globally
A recent report by the Geneva-based Insecurity Insight and the University of California, Berkeley’s Human Rights Center, has identified more than 1,000 threats or acts of violence against health care workers and facilities last year.
underscoring the dangers surrounding health care workers at a time when they’re needed most. Researchers saw the most attacks last spring and summer as the virus swept across the globe.
Many attacks may have gone undetected because they’re never reported to the police or media. In the U.S. researchers counted about a dozen threats to health care workers just last year. Several incidents involved the injury or arrest of street medics during Black Lives Matter protests.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, hospital employees in the U.S. are nearly six times as likely as the average worker to be a victim of an intentional injury. Last month, a Minnesota medical assistant was killed during a clinic shooting by a former patient unhappy with his treatment.
Monday, March 1
m. : Tax filers facing unemployment fraud should request corrected forms, says IRS
With six weeks to go until tax day, many people are looking at the forms and discovering someone else got unemployment benefits using their identity and they owe federal taxes on that income. IRS spokesman David Tucker says you should get in touch with the state right away and request a corrected 1099-G. And don’t worry if you don’t get it before the April 15 tax deadline.
“If for some reason they’re finding challenges in terms of being able to receive that corrected form on a timely basis, what they should do is still file an accurate federal tax return and report only the income that they actually received,” Tucker said.
The state will automatically update the IRS with a corrected form, but you should keep an eye for your copy of that form when it arrives. Tucker says it, like all tax documents, should be kept for at least seven years.m. : California reaches deal to get children back to in-person learning
Lawmakers hope the $2 billion plan will incentivize districts to reopen classrooms for students in transitional kindergarten through second grade by March 31. Vulnerable students like homeless, disabled, foster youth, English language learners, those without internet access.
Once a county moves into the red tier of the state’s COVID-19 reopening system, counties will have to bring students through sixth grade back to classes to receive money. Districts that have already reopened can access the $2 billion to continue operating safely.m. : Nevada expecting shipment of Johnson & Johnson vaccines
Nevada expects to get 24,000 doses of the newly authorized Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine this week, but state officials have not yet detailed whether the single-shot vaccine will be targeted for use in any particular community. have deliberated prioritizing the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in mobile clinics or for homeless shelters or other communities where it can be harder to ensure someone returns weeks later for a second shot.
Nevada health officials said they are waiting for more guidance from a federal advisory group. The state has seen reports of new cases and hospitalizations drop since mid-January.m. : San Diego Comic-Con virtual this year again due to pandemic
While the San Diego Comic-Con will remain virtual for the July event, organizers are planning for a smaller-scale gathering later this year,
Comic-Con announced Monday that the annual pop-culture confab will be virtual again for a second-straight year, running on July 23-25.
The in-person experience was canceled again due to coronavirus-related cautions around large gatherings. Organizers said postponements and other challenges caused by the pandemic left them with limited financial resources.
As a result, the virtual convention in July was reduced from four to three days. The smaller in-person event in the works will be in San Diego in November.m. : California’s MyTurn vaccine appointment website may not be accessible to those without broadband
California’s vaccine appointment system is built around a website called MyTurn.
Public Policy Institute of California research associate Joe Hayes says that lack of proper access to the internet could lead to Californians not getting signed for their vaccination.
“Statewide, 20% of seniors don’t have access to broadband at home,” Hayes said. “By demographics, for instance, access we found is lower among Latino seniors. And in rural areas, it’s 30% that lack access to broadband at home.”
Hayes said that the state might be able to use the recently allocated federal funding to bridge the digital divide among its seniors. It has been corrected.m. : States continue to open despite WHO saying it is ‘unrealistic’ COVID-19 will end soonS. vaccination drive picking up speed and a third formula on the way, states are eager to reopen for business, despite warnings from health experts that the outbreak is far from over.
The push to reopen comes as nearly 20% of the nation’s adults have gotten at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, with 10% fully inoculated. The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urgently warning state officials and ordinary Americans not to let their guard down. Michael Ryan, the World Health Organization’s emergency chief, says that it’s “premature” and “unrealistic” to think that the pandemic might be stopped by the end of the year. However, he said that the recent arrival of effective vaccines could dramatically reduce hospitalizations and death.
Ryan said that the world’s focus right now should be to keep the COVID-19 transmission as low as possible. WHO director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said it was “regrettable” that younger and healthier people in rich countries are being vaccinated before at-risk health workers in the developing world. He warned against complacency, noting a recent increase in cases.m. : Sacramento Regional Transit offers free rides to vaccine appointments
Starting on Monday, if you have a COVID-19 vaccine appointment, you can get a free ride on Sacramento Regional Transit buses and light rail trains.
The transit agency is offering free rides for people getting their coronavirus shots for the next three months, but SacRT Director of Marketing, Communications, and Public Relations Jessica Gonzalez said that the program might be extended past the end of May if there’s a need.
“To ride for free, customers just need to show their COVID-19 vaccine appointment confirmation,” Gonzalez said. The proof could be something like an email, a text, or even a vaccine card.
“So you can either print that out or show that right there on your smartphone, and that will serve as valid fare on the date of your appointment,” Gonzalez said.
Their free rides will last through June.