Latest California Healthline Stories
San Francisco Eases Mask Rules Starting Oct. 15: San Francisco will loosen its mask mandate for certain indoor spaces on Oct. 15, but in the city and much of the rest of the Bay Area, people will still be required to wear face coverings in most public places for the next couple of months and possibly into 2022, according to new rules announced Thursday. Read more from the San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times and KQED. Keep reading for more on the Bay Area's mask mandate.
Thursday’s summaries of California health news cover proof of vaccination, masks, covid shots for kids, hospitalizations, schools and more.
PFAS Chemicals Banned From Baby Products, Food Packaging: California on Tuesday became one of the first states to ban a class of harmful chemicals, known as PFAS, from food packaging and from infant and children’s products after Gov. Gavin Newsom signed two bills. PFAS have been linked to reproductive problems and cancer. Read more from the San Francisco Chronicle and The Hill.
New Law Aims To Prevent Infant Deaths Among Blacks, Native Americans: Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill into law on Monday that aims to improve the survival rates of Black and Indigenous people and their babies during childbirth in California. In California, Black and Native American babies die at a rate more than double the state average. Read more from KQED and The Sacramento Bee.
Two California Scientists Awarded The Nobel Prize In Medicine: Ardem Patapoutian, a neuroscientist at Scripps Research in La Jolla, and his partner physiologist David Julius of UC San Francisco were awarded the 2021 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine Monday for discovering receptors that enable people to sense heat, cold and touch. The discovery is essential to understanding a key part of human life, enabling a person to do everything from feel the caress of a finger on their skin to gauge the temperature of a cup of coffee. Read more from the San Diego Union-Tribune, The Mercury News, The New York Times and CNN.
Santa Cruz Is First California County To End Mask Mandate As Covid Cases Fall: Santa Cruz County has lifted its mask mandate because of decreasing rates of covid-19 transmission. The county has hit moderate levels of transmission as defined by the CDC. Read more from the Santa Cruz Sentinel and SF Gate.
It’s Vaccine D-Day For Health Workers: California’s vaccination mandate for health care workers arrives as planned today despite a last-minute indication from the California Hospital Association that a 45-day extension would be available for facilities experiencing a “critical staffing shortage.” Asked about the statement, the California Department of Public Health said Wednesday that “no changes to the vaccine requirements for health care workers have been made or are imminent.” Read more from the San Diego Union-Tribune. Scroll down for more coverage of California’s vaccine mandates.
Statewide School Vaccine Mandate Possible, Newsom Says: California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday said that his administration hasn’t ruled out implementing a statewide vaccine mandate in K-12 schools. “We are in discussions with 1,050 school districts,” Newsom said Tuesday morning. “We’re working very closely with their staff to understand the logistical challenges and hurdles.” Read more from The Sacramento Bee.
SoCalGas To Pay $1.8 Billion Over Gas Leak: It’s been nearly six years since noxious fumes spewed from a failing well in the hills above the San Fernando Valley, sickening thousands with headaches and nosebleeds. On Monday, Southern California Gas Co. and its parent company announced agreements to pay up to $1.8 billion to settle years of legal action. Read more from the Los Angeles Times, San Diego Union-Tribune and LA Daily News.
Monday’s health news summaries wildfire smoke, diabetes, vaccine outreach, hospitalizations, covid outbreaks, mandates, schools and more.