CALIFORNIA, USA — ABC10 is following the latest coronavirus statistics and vaccine news for the Sacramento region and the state of California.
This blog will be updated throughout the day with the latest COVID-19 news. Click HERE to learn when and where you can sign-up to get the coronavirus vaccine near you.
Sutter Health to open 3 new COVID vaccination clinics in Sacramento, Roseville, Modesto
Sutter Health is set to open three new coronavirus vaccination locations, one each in Sacramento, Roseville, and Modesto.
The locations in Roseville and Sacramento will open on Saturday. The Modesto location will open on Monday. All three location will have the capacity to vaccinate more than 2,000 patients per day, with prioritization for those 75 years old and older and health care workers.
“These large-scale vaccine clinics are an important part of our strategy to continue to deploy as much vaccine as possible to eligible patients,” said Branden Nelson, R.N., Director of Clinical Operations.
In order to register, patients will need to make an appointment beforehand. Those qualified patients are able to self-schedule through Sutter’s online patient portal or through a dedicated hotline. They can schedule on the My Health Online app or by calling 844-987-6115.
Students at Yuba City Charter School to remain on distance learning indefinitely
Officials with Yuba City Charter School have decided to continue with distance learning indefinitely.
In a letter sent a letter home to parents announcing the decision, and posted the letter on the school Facebook page, Superintendent and Principal James Ferreira said, in part, “Yuba City Charter School will remain fully on distance learning until the public health official give clear advice that returning to school is safe and advised.”
“This decision is mine alone,” Ferreira said in the letter. “Please do not blame or criticize your child’s teacher or other school personnel.”
In the letter, Ferreira swiped at “the media” and social media while defending community leaders, saying the “jumble of contradictory information” they have received. The letter did not cite any specific news source.
Ferreira said his decision was based on the recommendation of bi-county Health Officer Dr. Phuong Luu. The decision to return to in-person learning will be based on her advice, Ferreira said.
State releases latest COVID-19 statistics
On Friday, the state of California announced a state total of 3,205,947 COVID-19 cases. There were also 617 deaths reported Thursday to Friday, bringing the state's death total to 39,578.
'Keep the Lights on Rockin' grant offers $1,000 to help businesses pay power utilities during the pandemic
Leaders with Placer County and the Rocklin Chamber of Commerce are opening applications for the Keep the Lights on in Rocklin grant. The grant will offer approved businesses $1,000 to help with power utility payments during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Qualifying businesses include:
- Hair Salons & Barbershops
- Personal Care Services
- Movie Theaters
- Gyms & Fitness Centers
- Wineries; Bars, Breweries & Distilleries
- Family Entertainment Centers
Businesses who wish to apply for the money can make submit applications through February 14 on the Rocklin Chamber of Commerce website.
Gov. Newsom signs legislation to extend California's eviction moratorium through June
To avoid mass evictions, Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill Friday to extend the current eviction moratorium to June 30, 2021. The previous moratorium was set to expire on Jan. 31.
As hundreds of thousands of Californians struggle to stay housed, lawmakers say, while it doesn’t completely solve the problem, the eviction moratorium extension is a step in the right direction.
A look at 12 different COVID-19 treatments being tested at UC Davis
The UC Davis School of Medicine is at the forefront of coronavirus research. In a press release, the university broke down 12 different treatments researchers are testing to try and combat the virus.
Several trials involve using stem cells to help people recover faster and with fewer complications from COVID-19. Other researchers are looking into how monoclonal antibodies work against the virus, and still others are experimenting with antiviral drugs and other methods.
Johnson & Johnson reveals Phase 3 trial data of single-shot vaccine
With a dire need for more vaccine doses amid the pandemic, Johnson & Johnson has revealed some positive trial data for its vaccine.
According to a press release, the company's COVID-19 vaccine candidate was 66% effective overall in preventing moderate to severe illness and 85% effective in preventing severe disease.
Though Johnson & Johnson's vaccine is less effective than other vaccines like Moderna and Pfizer, it is a single-shot option. This means unlike Moderna and Pfizer, this new vaccine option would only require one dose. These results come on the heels of another vaccine in final testing. Novavax reported this week that its vaccine appears 89% effective in a U.K. study and that it also seems to work against new mutated versions of the virus circulating in Britain and South Africa.
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California will finish vaccinating health care workers, people over 65 and essential workers like teachers and agriculture workers before moving to the new approach.