Latest California Healthline Stories
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.
Vaccine Rush Is On: Since it was announced that California will expand covid vaccination eligibility to all adults starting April 15, residents aged 50 to 64 have rushed to slot in their shot ahead of that date, according to The Associated Press. The urgency is high for millions to take advantage of this time with growing concerns over vaccine supplies and wait times for appointments. And two FEMA-managed mass sites are set to close soon. More coverage of California's widened rollout are reported by AP, ABC7 and CalMatters.
All Californians 16 And Up Eligible For Vaccines Starting April 15: Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Thursday that the state would do away with its vaccine eligibility tiers earlier than anticipated. People 50 and older will get a head start, with vaccines opening to them April 1, state officials said. Read more from the San Francisco Chronicle, Sacramento Bee and Los Angeles Times.
Prison Officials Unveil Visitation Plan: A year after prisons suspended in-person visits statewide, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is beginning a phased reopening that allows limited visitation starting next month. Read more from The Sacramento Bee.
Some People Luckier Than Others As Eligibility Opens Up Sporadically: A growing number of California’s 61 health departments have broken with state health guidelines and made covid shots available to potentially millions of additional people, sparking joy among locals, and frustration and envy from residents in counties that are sticking with stricter rules. Read more from the Los Angeles Times.
Covid Cases Dropping In Bay Area: San Francisco has reported its lowest covid case rate since very early in the pandemic — a year ago when the city was in lockdown. However, some counties are still a ways from achieving the lower levels seen last fall. Read more from the San Francisco Chronicle.
All Californians Soon Eligible For Covid Vaccine: California is poised to make coronavirus vaccines available to all residents 16 and older by the last week of April, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday. Read more from the San Francisco Chronicle and The Sacramento Bee.