Latest California Healthline Stories
The Big Reopening Is Almost Here: Californians come Tuesday will largely return to a world most Golden Staters haven’t seen for nearly a year and a half. Limits on indoor and outdoor gatherings go away. So do the half-capacity limits on restaurants, theaters, gyms and places of worship. Read more from the Bay Area News Group and San Francisco Chronicle. More on the reopening, below.
Shifting Rules About Masks Confuse Business Owners: Businesses in California remain baffled by the changing rules over who needs to wear masks as the state prepares to fully reopen Tuesday. Some business leaders say Gov. Gavin Newsom should step in and order just one set of mask rules for everyone. Read more from AP and the San Francisco Chronicle. More coverage about California’s reopening, below.
Safety Board Backs Down On Workplace Mask Rules: California’s workplace-safety board on Wednesday voted to drop controversial new rules that could have required many workers to keep their masks on for months, yielding to growing pressure. Read more from the Bay Area News Group, Los Angeles Times and AP.
California Announces Final List Of Color-Coded Tiers: California health officials on Tuesday released the final list of counties’ covid-19 reopening tier levels, with the state scheduled to do away with them June 15. Six counties were promoted: Alameda, Napa, San Diego, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara moved into yellow; Stanislaus moved into orange. Read more from The Sacramento Bee. Continued coverage, below.
Fully Vaccinated Napa Woman Dies Of Covid: Napa County reported its first covid death of a fully vaccinated resident earlier this month. Health officials said the woman was older than 65, had underlying health conditions and had received her second dose of the Moderna vaccine at least 30 days before testing positive for the alpha variant (B.1.1.7), which is believed to be more transmissible. Read more from the Los Angeles Times and Bay Area News Group.
New Covid Cases Plummet To Early 2020 Levels: California is averaging the fewest new daily covid cases since March 31, 2020, a time when testing was limited and pandemic lockdowns had just begun. On Friday, counties reported 1,062 new covid cases, according to data tracked by the Bay Area News Group. Read more here. Continued coverage, below.
Californians Must Wear Masks At Work Unless Everyone Is Vaccinated: If anyone in a workplace is unvaccinated, all colleagues must wear masks when in the same room, according to a new state workplace standard passed Thursday. The standards board for Cal/OSHA said it considers the measure temporary and will act quickly to craft a replacement. Read more from the San Francisco Chronicle, Bay Area News Group, Los Angeles Times and San Diego Union-Tribune.
Don’t Toss Your Mask Just Yet: The California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board meets Thursday and will consider new workplace rules that would only allow workers to go maskless if everyone in a room is fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. The rules could remain in place into early next year. Read more from AP and KABC.
70% Of Adult Californians Have Received At Least One Jab: One month ahead of the target date set by the Biden administration, California has now at least partially vaccinated 70% of its adult residents against covid-19. Clearing that hurdle is a vital development as the state prepares to fully reopen later this month. Read more from the Los Angeles Times.
Crowds Jam Beaches, LAX For Memorial Day Weekend: The holiday weekend brought no small measure of relief as Californians cautiously resumed doing the things they normally do, starting with barbecues and trips to the beach. Read more from Sarah Parvini, Harriet Ryan and Michael Finnegan of the Los Angeles Times. Meanwhile, LAX broke a 2021 record for passenger traffic Friday, with more than 78,000 travelers going through TSA checkpoints. Read more from Alex Wigglesworth of the Los Angeles Times.