Latest California Healthline Stories
‘Hope For The Future’: First Californians Receive COVID Vaccine: They made history Monday at the Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center on Sunset Boulevard. Gov. Gavin Newsom, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and other officials were present as the first five health care workers received the Pfizer vaccine. “I’m very excited that we have the vaccine, because it provides hope for the future,” said Helen Cordova, an ICU nurse and the first health care worker at the facility to receive the vaccine. Read more from the Los Angeles Times and Bay Area News Group. Continued coverage, below.
COVID Vaccine Approved For Californians: The COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech cleared another hurdle in California on Sunday, when a working group of scientists and experts endorsed its safety. The group reviewed the vaccine separately from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which on Friday issued emergency-use authorization. The move paved the way for vaccines to be distributed across California. Read more from the Los Angeles Times and Politico.
COVID Shots Could Begin Monday: The first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine could arrive in Sacramento on Monday, and the first injections of local health care workers potentially could begin that same day. Read more from The Sacramento Bee, Los Angeles Times and NBC Los Angeles.
Deadly Day In California: More Californians died of COVID-19 on Tuesday, 219, than any other day, the latest milestone in an accelerating pandemic that is infecting and hospitalizing residents at levels far eclipsing any seen before. Read more from the Los Angeles Times.
COVID Tally Worsens: California on Tuesday shattered single-day records of coronavirus cases and deaths — 35,400 new infections, and 219 fatalities — by far the worst tallies of the entire pandemic. The latest tally means an average of 135 Californians have died each day over the last week — a number not seen since August. Read more from the Los Angeles Times and San Francisco Chronicle.
California Takes Huge Step Back In COVID Fight: For the first time, more than 10,000 people with coronavirus infections are hospitalized in California — quadruple the number from Halloween. More than 34,000 new coronavirus cases were reported Monday, shattering the previous single-day record, set Friday. Read more from the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle and Bay Area News Group.
California AG Tapped To Lead U.S. Health And Human Services Department: President-elect Joe Biden has tapped California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, 62, to be the next HHS secretary, a historic choice that would make the former Los Angeles congressman the first Latino to hold the office. Read more from the Los Angeles Times, NPR, CNN and Politico.
Newsom Issues Statewide Stay-At-Home Order: Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday announced a sweeping new stay-at-home order that will force the shutdown of many businesses and activities in vast regions across California where hospital intensive care units are nearing capacity due to soaring COVID-19 rates. Read more from KQED.
Thursday’s summaries of California health news cover COVID records, L.A.’s stay-at-home order, vaccines, outdoor dining, schools and more.
More State Restrictions Likely Coming Today: Gov. Gavin Newsom is expected today to announce a tougher response to a surge in coronavirus infections that includes at least a three-week cutback on nonessential services and businesses and renewed stay-at-home restrictions affecting most Californians. Read more from Capitol Weekly and The Bay Area News Group.