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School Reopening Plan Gets Final Approval: California lawmakers gave final approval Thursday to a $6.6-billion plan to urge more school districts across the state to reopen classrooms for their youngest students. Gov. Gavin Newsom plans to sign the legislation Friday. Read more from the Los Angeles Times, KQED and AP.
California To Set Aside 40% Of Vaccine Doses For Vulnerable Residents: California will adopt a system that will allocate 40% of covid vaccine supply to its lowest-income residents, state officials said Wednesday. It will not affect who is currently eligible to get shots. Read more from the San Francisco Chronicle, Bay Area News Group, CapRadio and The New York Times.
How Does California’s Pandemic Response Compare To Other States?: With its color-coded tier system, California’s approach has been more cautious than most other states. On Tuesday, after Texas declared it will fully reopen and also rescind mask mandates, California Gov. Newsom criticized the move as “absolutely reckless.” Read more from the San Francisco Chronicle.
California Hashes Out Plan To Reopen Elementary Schools: California officials on Monday announced details of a plan to offer school districts $2 billion to reopen elementary schools for in-person learning by April 1. Read more from the Los Angeles Times, EdSource, San Francisco Chronicle, Sacramento Bee and San Diego Union-Tribune.
For Many Teachers, The Big Day Arrives: Teachers and workers in child care, emergency services and food and agriculture are eligible to receive covid shots in Los Angeles County starting Monday, though officials warn there is a limited supply. Over the weekend, hundreds of San Diego teachers flocked to locations throughout the county to take advantage of their newly eligible status, which kicked in Saturday. Read more from the Los Angeles Times and San Diego Union-Tribune.
State Gives More Details On Teacher Vaccinations: California public health officials offered details Thursday on the vaccination effort for K-12 employees, with the priority being teachers and employees already working on-site at schools and those who serve students in disadvantaged communities. Read more from the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, AP and Politico.
50,000 Dead From Covid In California: The state has become the first to surpass 50,000 covid-19 deaths, a tally that came as Los Angeles County reported a backlog of more than 800 deaths over the autumn-and-winter surge. Read more from the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, AP and NBC.
As Covid Cases Fall, Five Counties Move To New Tiers: California public health officials promoted five counties into looser, red-tier covid-19 restrictions Tuesday. Yolo, Humboldt, Marin, San Mateo and Shasta counties changed status. Read more from the Sacramento Bee, Los Angeles Times and Bay Area News Group.
California Variant Is Pervasive And Dangerous, Scientists Say: A coronavirus variant that became the dominant strain in California not only spreads more readily than its predecessors, it also evades antibodies generated by covid vaccines or prior infection and is associated with severe illness and death, researchers said. Read more from the Los Angeles Times, Bay Area News Group and San Francisco Chronicle.
‘We’re Not Doing Enough’ To Distribute Vaccine Equitably, Newsom Says: Gov. Gavin Newsom acknowledged Sunday that state and local health officials have stumbled in distributing the covid-19 vaccine equitably among Latino and Black communities in California. Speaking at a mobile vaccination clinic in Inglewood, Newsom said the state needs to “do more and do better." Read more from the Los Angeles Times.