Latest California Healthline Stories
Newsom Blasts Plan To Reopen Schools: After weeks of tense negotiations, California’s legislative leaders agreed Thursday on a $6.5 billion proposal aimed at getting students back in classrooms this spring. But the plan does not have the blessing of Gov. Gavin Newsom. Read more from AP, the Los Angeles Times, KQED and CalMatters.
California To Provide $600 Covid-Relief Checks: Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday that low-income Californians will receive a $600 state stimulus payment to help them weather financial hardships during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more from the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle and AP.
More Covid Shots Coming: The White House on Tuesday announced a 23% leap in the nation’s allocations of vaccine doses, bringing the total to about 13.5 million a week. California will receive about 23% more first doses next week than this week, according to Tuesday allocation updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read more from the Sacramento Bee.
L.A. Elementary Schools Cleared To Reopen: Los Angeles County elementary school campuses are cleared to fully reopen for the first time in nearly a year because of dropping coronavirus rates, health officials confirmed Monday night. However, Los Angeles Unified School District said its campuses would not reopen until all staff was vaccinated. Read more from the Los Angeles Times, CBS LA, CNN and KTLA.
California Variant Has Gone Global: The coronavirus variant first seen in Los Angeles in July now accounts for about 44% of new infections in Southern California and more than a third of new infections throughout the state, researchers reported Thursday. In addition, the variant has spread across the U.S. and to six other countries. Read more from the Los Angeles Times.
First Cases Of B.1.351 Variant Identified In Bay Area: Two cases of a coronavirus variant first found in South Africa have been identified in Alameda and Santa Clara counties, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Wednesday. They are the first two cases of the B.1.351 variant in California. Read more from the San Francisco Chronicle, San Diego Union-Tribune and Bay Area News Group.
A Grim Covid Tally: California, the most populous state, was poised to surpass New York as the state with the most coronavirus deaths. The Golden State hit 44,974 coronavirus deaths on Tuesday, closing in on New York’s 45,140 deaths. Read more from the San Francisco Chronicle.
B.1.1.7 Variant Spreading In California: State officials are expressing growing concern about the transmission of the U.K. variant, which has been identified in San Diego, Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Alameda, San Mateo and Yolo counties. “Our progress can easily be undone,” L.A. County Supervisor Hilda Solis said. Read more from the Los Angeles Times, Orange County Register and Sacramento Bee.
US Supreme Court Strikes Down California Ban On Indoor Church Services: Some California churches reopened their doors for services Sunday after the Supreme Court ruled last week that the state’s orders prohibiting indoor services during the pandemic appeared to violate the Constitution. But the court said that the state, for now, can keep in place indoor restrictions on singing and chanting. Read more from the Los Angeles Times, AP and NPR.
In Letter, Health Care Experts Say Schools Must Reopen: About 200 health care professionals throughout Los Angeles County have joined a growing chorus of voices calling for schools to reopen. The pediatricians, internists, neurologists, psychologists and more said the nearly yearlong school closures have led to social isolation that has taken a toll on the mental health of children. Read more from the Southern California News Group.