Coronavirus Bay Area Live Updates: Pediatric COVID Cases Rise For Week 3
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Here are the latest developments on respiratory disease in the Bay Area:
23 November 2021
Pediatric COVID Cases Rise For Week 3
The United States has reported an increase in pediatric cases of COVID-19 for the third week in a row. Nearly 142,000 children tested positive last week, a 16% increase from the previous week and a 41% jump in the past three weeks, according to a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association. Nearly 6.8 million children have tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.
22 November 2021
Newsom provides recalls update during visit to Bay Area Vaccination Clinic
Gov. Gavin Newsom is in the Bay Area on Monday, where he discussed the importance of booster shots at an event at a vaccination clinic.
Interior mask mandate in effect at Santa Cruz Co.
An indoor mask warrant is now in effect in Santa Cruz County and it covers private environments like a home. If you get together with other people who don’t live in the same household, the county says you need to mask yourself regardless of immunization status. Businesses are also required to follow the guidelines. You can remove your mask when eating or drinking.
November 19, 2021
Apple sets February 1 as deadline for returning employees to the office
Apple has a new deadline of February 1 for employees to return to the office. Many will need to come at least three days a week, but some workers will need to be in the office four to five days a week. The company will offer some teams up to four weeks of remote work each year. Vaccines are not required, but unvaccinated workers will need to be tested daily.
November 18, 2021
Oakland Unified now hosts a vaccination clinic
The Oakland Unified School District is now home to a vaccination clinic. It will include a visit from the state epidemiologist. The clinic runs from noon to 6 p.m. at Markham Elementary School. If you can’t make it to that one, you have options. The district announced that it is planning 21 pop-ups for immunization this week in elementary schools. It also offers COVID testing and take-away tests during the week-long break.
November 17, 2021
Alameda Co. publishes immunization data
Alameda County says it continues to ensure that vaccinations are accessible to everyone. He announced that 81% of Latino residents and 74% of black residents aged 12 and older received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Latino and black residents have lower vaccination rates than other races and ethnicities in the county and are among the most disproportionately affected.
November 16, 2021
Pfizer agrees to let other companies manufacture its COVID-19 pill
Pfizer has signed an agreement with a UN-backed group to allow other manufacturers to manufacture its experimental COVID-19 pill. The agreement will provide equitable access to more than half of the world’s population living in 95 countries. Oral treatment has been shown to reduce the risk of hospitalizations and death from COVID by 89%. This deal is similar to an agreement made by Merck last month.
November 15, 2021
Dozens of inmates quarantined after outbreak at Santa Cruz County jail
A dozen inmates at the Santa Cruz County Main Jail tested positive for COVID-19 last week in what authorities say was the largest lockdown outbreak since the pandemic began. The cases were revealed Nov. 12 during routine testing using rapid tests, according to a statement released Monday by Sheriff Jim Hart. Detainees who tested positive are either asymptomatic or have mild symptoms, and have been quarantined. Another 35 to 40 inmates who were exposed were also quarantined, the sheriff said.
Israel to start immunizing young children
Israel’s Ministry of Health has announced that children between the ages of 5 and 11 will be eligible for vaccination against COVID-19. The move follows an advisory committee approval last week of the low-dose Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children ages 5 to 11.
November 12, 2021
Sonoma Co. to organize vaccination clinics for children
The Department of Health Services will be hosting three COVID-19 vaccination clinics for children in Sonoma County this afternoon. A clinic at Healdsburg Fitch Mountain Elementary School begins at 3 a.m. Roseland Elementary School in Santa Rosa will be holding its clinic at 3:30 p.m. And Dunbar Elementary in Glen Ellen will open from 4.
November 11, 2021
Somoma Co. expands health prescription to include flu shots
Sonoma County is expanding its county health order to include flu shots. Workers at some health care and assembly facilities will need to be vaccinated against COVID and the flu. County officials say flu shots are especially important this year to prevent hospitals from being overrun with patients with the flu and COVID-19 – or the so-called ‘twindemia.’
November 10, 2021
Cases, hospitalizations are climbing in California.
California is backing down in battle against COVID-19, cases on the rise again. The state has up to 6,000 new cases a day and hospitalizations have jumped 4% in just two weeks. This puts the state back in the red category for high transmission. And experts say the next few months are critical due to the holidays for whether we’ll see another winter wave.
November 9, 2021
Grand Princess cruise ship returns to SF
The cruise ship that gained international attention in the early days of the pandemic has returned to San Francisco. The Grand Princess was back in town yesterday, for the first time since the cruise industry resumed sailing. One of the first major outbreaks of COVID occurred aboard this ship in March 2020. The ship was held off our shores for days as authorities scrambled to develop a quarantine plan for the thousands passengers on board.
November 8, 2021
Viva Calle returns to San José
Viva Calle is back in San Jose as part of a city-wide program to get people to enjoy parks and outdoor spaces after COVID-19 closures. Yesterday several miles of streets in San Jose were closed to cars.
November 5, 2021
Vaccination clinics for children fill up quickly
County clinics set up for this weekend in the Bay Area are filling up quickly for children ages 5 to 11. San Mateo County even created a kid-friendly vaccination site at the event center to make the experience a little more enjoyable.
November 4, 2021
San Mateo Co. to open vaccination clinic for children on Saturday
San Mateo County wants to help children feel comfortable when they receive their COVID vaccines. The county opens its first pediatric vaccination clinic at the San Mateo County Event Center. Children aged 5 to 11 will be greeted by superheroes on a red carpet. There will be televisions and life-size chess and Connect Four games. The clinic is open this Saturday and then from Wednesday to Saturday next week. Appointments are compulsory.
November 3, 2021
Don’t Give Children Painkillers Before Vaccine, CDC Says
The CDC reminds parents not to give children pain relievers before vaccination to try to lessen side effects. The CDC says pain relievers before an injection are not recommended because it is not known how this might affect the vaccine. Instead, the agency urges parents to talk to their doctor about an aspirin-free pain reliever after the injection if needed.
November 2, 2021
COVID infections on the rise in 2 Bay Area counties
Alameda and San Mateo counties have moved from a “moderate” level of spread to a “substantial” level. San Mateo was in the yellow or moderate level for about two weeks. On Monday, the county reported a seven-day case rate of 53 per 100,000 population, which now places it in the orange level that specifies substantial spread. Alameda County was in the yellow for about a week, but its case rate has now climbed to 51 cases per 100,000. Neither counties are responding to local measures to remove indoor masks as rates rise. immunizations are below the required 80% mark.
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