Feb 23, 2021
LA County Surpasses 20K COVID-19 Tests; Test Positivity Rate Falls to 5.1%
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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Tuesday reported 2,091 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 157 deaths, bringing countywide totals to 1,183,378 cases and 20,057 deaths.
City-run vaccination sites in Los Angeles reopened Feb. 23 after a temporary shutdown due to inclement weather which affected transportation of the vaccine.(Photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images)
Of the new deaths reported, 51 people who died were over the age of 80, 58 people were between the ages of 65 and 79, 33 people were between the ages of 50 and 64, 12 people were between the ages of 30 and 49 and one person was between the ages of 18 and 29. Pasadena reported two deaths.READ MORE: LA County Adopts Ordinance Requiring $5 Hero Pay For Grocery Workers
And while new COVID-19 cases and test positivity rates continue to decline, L.A. County remained in the most restrictive purple tier in the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy with an adjusted case rate of 12.3 per 100,000 residents and a test positivity rate of 5.1%.
In order to move to the red tier, which would allow additional business sectors to reopen, the county must have a daily case rate at or below 7 per 100,000 residents and a test positivity rate at or below 8%.READ MORE: Celebrities, Fellow Athletes Offer Well Wishes, Prayers To Tiger Woods Following Car Crash
Public Health also reported that between Feb. 14 and Feb. 18, a total of 36 citations were issued to businesses including restaurants, food markets, gyms, personal care salons and shopping malls for noncompliance. The department said a total of 1,025 citations have been issued since the end of August.
“As more and more of our county residents return to businesses and school, it’s important to remember that the actions we all take today will affect the numbers of cases, hospitalizations and deaths several weeks from now,” Dr. Barbara Ferrer, county public health director, said. “As we continue to bear witness to the devastating loss of life from COVID-19, we ask that everyone continue to use the tools we know work to slow the spread of the virus: wear a mask and keep 6 feet of distance anytime you are around others not in your household.”MORE NEWS: Orange County Now Meets 2 Key Metrics To Move From Purple Tier Into Red Tier
There were 2,146 COVID-19 patients hospitalized Tuesday, 31% of whom were being treated in intensive care units. With testing results available fore more than 5,778,000 individuals, the county’s overall positivity rate was holding steady at 19%.
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COVID-19 live updates: SF, Santa Clara, Napa counties enter red tier
SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The COVID-19 pandemic is having a major impact across the world and also in cities across Northern California. The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.)
Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7's daily interactive newscast about the novel coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and other hot topics. You can check here to stream the show Monday-Friday at 3 p.m.
- GET HELP: Resources and information about COVID-19
- CA REOPENING TIERS: Map shows which counties can, can't reopen under Newsom's new 4-tier system
- LATEST LOCAL CASES: Updated number of COVID-19 cases, deaths in San Francisco Bay Area
Here are the latest developments on the respiratory illness in the U.S.:
Mar. 3, 2021
SF, Santa Clara, Napa counties enter red tier
Red tier rules went into effect in San Francisco, Santa Clara and Napa counties at midnight. Indoor dining, museums, movie theaters, and gyms can reopen with restrictions.
Mar. 2, 2021
Gov. Newsom discusses school reopening efforts in Santa Clara Co.
Governor Gavin Newsom visited an elementary school in Santa Clara County on Tuesday to highlight local school reopening efforts.
San Francisco, Santa Clara and Napa counties to officially move to red tier
San Francisco, Santa Clara and Napa counties officially got the OK on Tuesday to move into the red reopening tier. Joining the red tier would mean reopening gyms, movie theaters and indoor dining for those counties.
3 Bay Area counties expected to move into red tier
Three more bay area counties are preparing to reopen businesses. San Francisco, Santa Clara and Napa counties are all expected to meet the state's requirements to advance to the red tier. An announcement could happen today and the changes would go into effect tomorrow. Here's what will change under the red tier and here's a map showing what tiers counties are under.
Mar. 1, 2021
Gov. Newsom announces plan to get kids back in public schools by end of March
California's public schools could tap into $6.6 billion from the Legislature if they return to in-person instruction by the end of March, according to a new agreement announced Monday between Gov. Gavin Newsom and the state's legislative leaders. Get more details here.
More vaccines coming to California
380,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine are expected to arrive in California this week. The number of doses arriving from Moderna and Pfizer is also expected to go up.
Feb. 28, 2021
California's 7-day positivity rate at 2.4%, 14-day rate at 2.7%
California's COVID-19 positivity rate continues to steadily be on the decline. State health officials reported 3,475,562 confirmed positive cases to date, with 4,685 cases recorded Saturday. The 7-day positivity rate is 2.4% and the 14-day positivity rate is 2.7%.
As of Sunday, providers have reported administering a total of 8,772,866 vaccine doses statewide. The CDC reports that 11,158,090 doses have been delivered to entities within California, and 11,724,565 vaccine doses, which includes the first and second dose, have been shipped.
Feb. 27, 2021
Gov. Newsom releases statement on House's passage of COVID-19 relief package
On Saturday, California Governor Gavin Newsom released a statement following the House's passage of the American Rescue Plan:
"I applaud President Biden and Speaker Pelosi on the passage of the American Rescue Plan - $1.9 trillion in nationwide relief that's essential for Californians hardest hit by the pandemic, and a measure that complements the state's immediate stimulus package I signed this week. I urge the Senate to now do its part and quickly approve this measure. As economic experts have made clear, the danger right now is doing too little in the way of relief, not too much. The path to recovery for all Americans remains uncertain, and now isn't the time to slow down the support that people need. I look forward to continuing to work with our federal partners in the coming weeks to lay the foundation for an equitable and broad-based recovery."
Here's a look inside the COVID-19 relief package.
7-day and 14- day positivity rates remain below 3%
New cases: 5,151 (3,470,877)
7-day average: 5,099
14-day average:: 5,703
7-day positivity rate: 2.5%
14-day positivity rate: 2.8%
Deaths: 439 (51,821 total)
7-day average: 428
14-day average: 385
In ICU 1,578
Feb. 26, 2021
San Jose Unified School District plans to resume in-person learning for some students
The San Jose Unified School District announced it plans to resume in-person learning for some of its students in a couple of weeks.
"We have set Wednesday, April 21 as the start date for in-person learning for some students. All students already have an assignment to in-person or distance learning based on the Family Choice Process completed in November 2020. We realize family circumstances may have changed since November and are allowing families to request a change to their assignment. Please note in-person capacity is still limited by health and safety requirements," the district said on its website.
Supreme Court issues order allowing indoor worship services to resume in Santa Clara Co.
The U.S. Supreme Court issued an order Friday afternoon allowing indoor worship services to resume at 20% capacity in Santa Clara County, reversing the Ninth Circuit's decision.
"We are disappointed in the U.S. Supreme Court's order regarding indoor worship services," said James R. Williams, County Counsel. "The Supreme Court order was issued without any analysis at all of the County's gathering rules, which have always been neutral and applied equally to all gatherings across-the-board. Indoor gatherings of all kinds remain very risky, and we continue to urge all religious institutions to carefully follow the public health recommendations to avoid spread of COVID-19 among their congregations and the broader community."
US advisers endorse single-shot COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson & Johnson
U.S. health advisers endorsed a one-dose COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson & Johnson on Friday, putting the nation on the cusp of adding an easier-to-use option to fight the pandemic. Here's the full story.
San Jose mayor urges schools to reopen
San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo is strongly urging school districts in his city to reopen to in-person learning. Liccardo says vaccinations for teachers and staff could begin as soon as Sunday.
Feb. 25, 2021
Stanford to move forward with spring reopening plan
Stanford announced that it will move forward with its plans to bring juniors and seniors back to campus in spring, according to The Stanford Daily.
Moscone Center vaccination site to reopen
The mass vaccination site at Moscone Center in San Francisco is scheduled to reopen after being paused last week due to a lack of vaccine supply. Officials say it will have first and second-dose vaccines. You must have an appointment.
Feb. 24, 2021
SF-based One Medical allegedly let ineligible people get vaccine, report says
San Francisco-based One Medical has terminated several employees after it was discovered they reportedly allowed ineligible patients to get vaccinated. A company spokesperson tells ABC that the allegations "perpetuates dangerous public misconceptions" about their COVID-19 vaccine protocols and that the "majority" of the people they vaccinate across the country are not their annual due-paying members, but have been "referrals from departments of health, including health care workers, nursing home patients, educators, and the homeless." They say One Medical has a "zero-tolerance policy" for any instance of preferential vaccine treatment to ineligible persons. The City of San Francisco announced Wednesday night it would be cutting ties with the company amid these reports and requested it return 1,620 doses of the Pfizer vaccine to SFDPH.
SJ Sharks game canceled due to player in COVID-19 protocol
The San Jose Sharks game Thursday has been postponed after a player was placed in the league's COVID-19 protocol. "Despite only having one player currently impacted, the decision to cancel the team's practice and training activities on Wednesday, and postpone the game on Thursday was made out of an abundance of caution," the team tweeted on Wednesday.
San Francisco expands vaccine eligibility
San Francisco is moving into the next phase of its vaccination plan. People who work in education, childcare, emergency services and food sectors are now eligible for the shot.
Feb. 23, 2021
2 Bay Area counties join red tier
Marin and San Mateo counties have moved into the red tier, according to state data. This means dining, gyms and movie theaters could all reopen indoors at limited capacity. For more details, visit this page.
Muni offering free rides to vaccine appointments
Starting today, you can take Muni for free to and from vaccination appointments in San Francisco. Just show your appointment confirmation or vaccine card. If you have an "essential trip card," you'll get an extra $60 to get to and from vaccination sites. The card helps seniors and those with disabilities cover taxi rides during the pandemic. Paratransit rides will also be offered for free within the city.
Feb. 22, 2021
US tops 500K COVID-19 deaths
The COVID-19 death toll in the U.S. topped 500,000 Monday, all but matching the number of Americans killed in World War II, Korea and Vietnam combined. Read the full story here.
Santa Rita Jail inmates, staff to be vaccinated
The Alameda County Sheriff's Department announced that 500 doses of the Moderna vaccine have arrived at Santa Rita Jail and staff and inmates will be vaccinated "ASAP." An additional 1,100 people will be injected during a Pfizer vaccine clinic there on Tuesday.
Starting today, Berkeley is expanding vaccine eligibility to teachers. Health officials will start with those who teach the youngest kids, including pre-school through second grade.
Feb. 21, 2021
7-day positivity rate in CA remains near 3 percent
Not a whole lot of change today. The seven-day positivity rate stayed at 3.1%. Deaths were below average today. Hospitalizations have dropped under 7,000. We were at around 20,000 at the beginning of January. Overall everything is substantially down from the height of the surge.
New cases: 6,760 (3,441,946 total)
7-day average: 6,010
14-day average: 7,573
Deaths: 280 (49,105 total)
7-day average: 323
14-day average: 369
7-day positivity rate: 3.1%
14-day positivity rate: 3.5%
Hospitalizations: 6,704 (down 444 from yesterday)
In ICU: 2,003 (down 86 from yesterday)
Feb. 20, 2021
7-day positivity rate in CA drops to near 3 percent
New Cases: 6,668 (3,435,186 total)
7-day positivity rate: 3.1%
14-day positivity rate: 3.7%
Deaths: 481 (48,825)
7-day average: 341
14-day average: 370
In ICU: 2,089
Everything is finally pairing up like we saw in September and through much of October. A drop in positivity rates (fewer cases) and fewer people in the hospital.
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