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Saturday, April Three
12:28 p.m.: The CDC updates its journey steering for totally vaccinated folks
The Middle for Illness Management and Prevention has up to date its web site to say that “people who find themselves totally vaccinated with an FDA-authorized vaccine can journey safely inside the USA.”
Nonetheless, the CDC continues to discourage nonessential journey.
Those that are totally vaccinated—which suggests two weeks after they obtained their final dose—will not have to get examined earlier than or after journey until their vacation spot requires it. Additionally they don’t have to self-quarantine upon return.
Lower than a month in the past, the CDC first launched up to date steering about gatherings for totally vaccinated folks.
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Friday, April 2
four:18 p.m.: Testing charges, vaccine fairness preserve San Joaquin County in purple tier
As most California counties transfer into much less restrictive tiers beneath the state’s reopening system, San Joaquin County is one in all simply three remaining in probably the most extreme purple class.
Ginger Manss is chief nursing officer for Neighborhood Medical Facilities, a community of well being clinics serving low-income and uninsured sufferers within the Central Valley. She says there are two issues holding San Joaquin County again.
“One is our testing charges — our positivity charges are simply over the place they have to be with a view to transfer to the subsequent tier,” she mentioned. “The second is our well being fairness, getting our vaccines to the folks most in want.”
Well being officers say folks haven’t been searching for checks as typically because the vaccine roll-out started.
When folks aren’t getting examined after journey or potential exposures, they might be unknowingly spreading the virus to others.
County representatives say that is occurring extra in a handful of low-income ZIP codes. The county well being division says they’ve added testing and vaccination websites in 10 of those areas the place they’re seeing excessive case numbers. They hope this may gradual the unfold, and assist them meet the state’s new vaccine distribution guidelines.
They’re hoping to vary tiers later this month. Within the meantime, they’re asking everybody to proceed sporting masks and avoiding indoor gatherings.
four:10 p.m.: Newsom urges vaccination, continued vigilance over Easter vacation
A day after being inoculated with the one-dose Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine, Gov. Gavin Newsom was in San Diego Friday urging folks eligible for COVID pictures to get them.
“These vaccines are secure,” he mentioned. “I took the vaccine 24 hours in the past, actually slept like a child, really feel nice, no impacts by any means and I am unable to actually … I used to be making an attempt to determine, was it my left arm or my proper arm? … I am unable to even really feel the place the vaccine was administered.”
With Easter two days away, Newsom additionally requested the general public to remain vigilant in stopping the unfold of COVID.
“Let’s not run the 90-yard sprint, let’s not put down our guard, let’s not drop these masks, let’s proceed to be aware as we transfer into this crucial vacation weekend,” he mentioned.
In the meantime, the state public well being division Thursday lifted a journey advice for Californians to stay near dwelling.
10:11 a.m.: As California expands vaccine entry, clinics, residents in underserved communities attempt to fill within the vaccination hole
Latinos make up lower than 40% of California’s inhabitants however account for greater than half of the state’s COVID-19 instances.
Giant immigrant and agricultural communities in counties like Merced have discovered their residents hit particularly exhausting. Now, California is hoping that allocating 40% of doses to underserved communities could make an impression.
However to achieve the folks most in want, native clinics and residents are left to do a lot of the legwork. At Fortress Household Well being in Merced, employees are sending out organized social media campaigns to the neighborhood to reply their questions in regards to the vaccine and proper misinformation. The well being heart has additionally been organizing massive vaccination pop-ups within the county for lecturers and different important employees, together with outreach to native farms.
Different native clinics depend on what they name “promotoras” — folks with deep connections within the Latino neighborhood who can dealer connections between residents and the well being care system.
Whereas state officers acknowledge the disproportionate impression COVID-19 has had on Latinos and different communities of shade, efforts in the direction of vaccine equality over the previous 12 months have barely moved the needle.
The loss of life fee for Latinos is 22% increased than the statewide common. Whereas vaccines are allotted to neighborhoods and counties in want, provide nonetheless stays a problem.
The only-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine will probably be a giant a part of the ramp-up and will assist immunize transient populations, like migrant farmworkers.
9:28 a.m.: Extra on-site on line casino vaccination facilities open up for hospitality employees in Las Vegas
One other Las Vegas on line casino operator says it would provide on-site coronavirus vaccinations to hospitality employees, in response to the Related Press.
Station Casinos mentioned that it’s going to host clinics beginning on Tuesday at six of its properties in Las Vegas and suburban Henderson. American Medical Response will administer COVID-19 vaccines by appointment for employees and relations.
Station joins MGM Resorts Worldwide, Caesars Leisure, the Cosmopolitan and Wynn Resorts with applications to inoculate workers on-site. Nevada state well being officers reported 350 further COVID-19 instances on Thursday, pushing the overall variety of state instances previous 304,000 since March 2020. Together with seven new deaths brings the loss of life whole to five,256.
9:09 a.m.: Totally vaccinated Individuals can journey once more, CDC says
Add journey to the actions vaccinated Individuals can take pleasure in once more, in response to the Related Press.
The Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention up to date its steering on Friday to announce that totally vaccinated folks can journey throughout the U.S. with out getting a COVID-19 check or going into quarantine. The company beforehand cautioned towards pointless journey, even for vaccinated folks.
Based on the CDC, practically 100 million folks within the U.S. — about 30% of the inhabitants — have obtained not less than one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Nonetheless, an individual is just thought-about totally vaccinated two weeks after receiving the final required dose.
Totally vaccinated folks ought to nonetheless put on a masks and socially distance when touring. For worldwide journey, vaccinated folks ought to nonetheless get a COVID-19 check earlier than flying to the U.S. and be examined quickly after returning. Vacationers don’t have to quarantine.
It must be famous that touring may probably introduce virus variants, and on account of variations in vaccine protection world wide, the CDC nonetheless urges warning on abroad journey.
Unvaccinated individuals are nonetheless suggested to keep away from any pointless journey.
Thursday, April 1
5:20 p.m.: State advisory not tells residents to keep away from touring greater than 120 miles from dwelling
California has up to date its coronavirus journey advisory to take away the advice that Californians not journey greater than 120 miles from dwelling.
The state nonetheless advises that suspending journey and staying dwelling are the perfect methods to guard your self and others from the virus.
The replace to the journey advisory comes the identical day the state opened vaccine eligibility to all these 50 and older.
The state has issued the next steering for vacationers:
All vacationers arriving in or returning to California from different states or international locations ought to observe CDC journey steering.
All vacationers ought to get examined with a viral check 1-Three days earlier than journey.
All vacationers who check optimistic or develop signs of COVID-19 ought to isolate and observe public well being suggestions.
So far, greater than 18.four million vaccine doses have been administered in California.
5:08 p.m.: State audit credit public well being division on testing, however contact tracing falls brief
The state auditor launched a report Thursday that discovered the California Division of Public Well being’s pandemic spending has had combined outcomes.
The division has exceeded its testing expectations — doubling its goal purpose on the finish of final 12 months.
However it struggled in different areas. The state and its native counterparts have lower than half the variety of contact tracers it initially deliberate to rent.
And oversight of spending by native well being departments has been missing. The auditor discovered the state failed to gather progress stories from all counties and didn’t conduct correct evaluations of its knowledge techniques.
The Division of Public Well being says it would revise its plan for hiring contact tracers and can work with counties to make sure they file essential updates.
four:56 p.m.: Gov. Newsom receives Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine
Gov. Gavin Newsom has obtained his dose of the one-shot Johnson-and-Johnson COVID vaccine. He bought it Thursday, the identical day folks 50 and older in California grew to become eligible for inoculations.
“In the present day’s an vital day clearly with the chance now for folks my age which were ready,” mentioned Newsom, who’s 53.
Afterward, Newsom urged Californians to stay vigilant in sporting masks and social distancing.
“The illness just isn’t taking Easter weekend off. This illness just isn’t taking spring break off. This illness stays as lethal because it’s ever been,” he mentioned.
California has administered greater than 18 million doses up to now and 6.7 million individuals are totally vaccinated. The Democratic governor probably will face a recall election stemming partly from his dealing with of the pandemic.
10:45 a.m.: Elk Grove Unified College District reopening center and highschool for in-person studying
Elk Grove Unified College District is welcoming again center and highschool college students to in-person instruction on Thursday.
College students have the choice of coming again to campus two days every week whereas sporting masks and sitting six toes aside. EGUSD Spokesperson Xanthi Soriano mentioned some elementary college college students have already been again in lecture rooms for the previous couple of weeks and are following security pointers.
“On campus, we’re nonetheless sustaining six toes aside, beginning or efficient April 13, we will probably be altering that to reconfigure desks to 3 toes aside, with few exceptions,” Soriano mentioned.
Quickly older college students can even be capable of return for 4 days-a-week in-person instruction with desks spaced three toes aside, as per federal well being pointers.
“We’re going to see one other wave of scholars having the ability to entry the sources that we now have at our colleges,” Soriano mentioned. “It will likely be only a nice alternative for them to have entry to a routine and the entire college websites, together with vitamin.”
Whereas the district has needed to cope with COVID-19 exposures since reopening, Soriano mentioned the college is ready to regulate transmission by way of quarantine and phone tracing.
10:15 a.m.: Can I nonetheless unfold COVID-19 even after I’m vaccinated? Sure, however the threat appears low.
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Specialists are nonetheless learning how good COVID-19 vaccines are at stopping folks from spreading the virus, however they consider the chance is low, in response to the Related Press.
The present vaccines are extremely efficient at stopping folks from getting severely sick with the coronavirus however even vaccinated folks may get asymptomatically contaminated and unfold it to others.
Given the uncertainty, consultants say totally vaccinated folks ought to proceed to put on masks, social distance in public, and when visiting unvaccinated and high-risk family and friends.
10:09 a.m.: Biden launches neighborhood corps to spice up COVID-19 vaccinations throughout US
The Biden administration is unveiling a coalition of neighborhood, non secular and superstar companions to advertise COVID-19 pictures because it seeks to beat vaccine hesitancy.
Based on the Related Press, the Division of Well being and Human Providers’ new “We Can Do This” marketing campaign options tv and social media advertisements.
The marketing campaign depends on a neighborhood corps of public well being, athletic, religion, and different teams to unfold the phrase in regards to the three accredited coronavirus vaccines’ security and efficacy.
Vice President Kamala Harris and Surgeon Common Vivek Murthy met Thursday with greater than 275 inaugural neighborhood corps members to kick off the trouble.
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