Latest California Healthline Stories
Supreme Court Favors Religion Over Covid Restrictions In California: For the fifth time, the U.S. Supreme Court has sided with religious adherents and against California's covid restrictions. This time, the court barred the state from enforcing a rule that limits both religious and non-religious gatherings in homes to no more than three households. Meanwhile, Bay Area religious leaders were waiting to see just how soon prayer groups would move from online to in-person. Read more from NPR, AP and the San Francisco Chronicle.
Two Variants Identified In LA County For First Time: Two coronavirus variants thought to be more transmissible or resistant to vaccines than their predecessors have been found in Los Angeles County for the first time. Health officials identified one case of B.1.351, also referred to as the South African variant, and three cases of P.1, a mutation first identified in Brazil. Read more from the Los Angeles Times. Continued coverage, below.
Supply Of J&J Shots May Fall Significantly Next Week: California is expecting about 90% fewer Johnson & Johnson vaccine doses next week, even as the state expands eligibility to any resident over age 16 on April 15. Read more from the Bay Area News Group.
California Will Fully Reopen June 15, With Caveats: Citing a rising tide of vaccinations, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Tuesday the state will scrap its complicated tier system and fully reopen on June 15. California’s mask mandate will remain in place. Read more from the San Diego Union-Tribune and the Los Angeles Times. Continued coverage, below.
Vice President Says Oakland Vaccination Site Will Stay Open: During her first trip to Oakland since she became vice president, Kamala Harris said the federal government plans to keep a mass vaccination site at the Oakland Coliseum open beyond its scheduled closure Sunday, after local officials expressed concern about the planned shutdown just as demand for inoculations is about to explode. Read more from the San Francisco Chronicle.
Indoor Events Will Be Allowed Next Week In Some Counties: Beginning April 15, California will allow indoor live performances and events in counties outside the state's most-restrictive reopening tier, and the number of people allowed will increase if all attendees are tested or can provide a proof of vaccination. The events include conferences or seated live performances, including professional sports. Read more from CapRadio and AP.
Warning Signals From Silicon Valley? Santa Clara has been a bellwether of the coronavirus pandemic’s rampage for not just California, but across the United States. Now the county is warning that the number of cases of more contagious covid-19 variants is increasing to worrisome levels, Reuters reports. “The region’s progress in curbing the pandemic remains precarious,” its health department said. Get more from Sharon Bernstein with Reuters.
Day One Is Here: As of today, any Californian who is 50 or older can get the covid-19 vaccination -- if they can find one. News outlets report on the first of two planned eligibility expansions, as well as the challenges of getting an appointment: Los Angeles Times | LAist | CBSLA | Bay Area News Group | San Francisco Chronicle
Will California Avoid A 'Fourth Wave'?: On the good news side of the covid ledger: All adults over 50 will be able to get vaccinated starting tomorrow. And California continues to defy the national trend for surging cases, allowing more counties to reopen further. But some public health experts warn that the state has been here before and that California is still vulnerable to yet another coronavirus resurgence. News outlets, including the Los Angeles Times, The Sacramento Bee, San Jose Mercury News and CalMatters, report on that possibility.
As Dire National Warnings Are Issued, How Is California Faring? “I do feel like the pandemic is over,” one Californian told the Los Angeles Times, with more schools, businesses and outdoor spaces reopening. "Not so fast," says state public health officials who are increasingly worried that spring break and holidays could unwind California’s hard-won gains against covid-19. Read more from the Los Angeles Times.