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Yolo County opens vaccine clinic eligibility to seniors 65 and older | COVID-19 updates for Northern California

The state’s top health officer said Tuesday that intensive care capacity that had hovered at zero is now rebounding across the hardest-hit areas.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — 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.

Updates from Feb. 1 can be found here.

Cosumnes Fire Department to host small vaccination clinics

The Cosumnes Fire Department will host two small vaccination clinics to help Sacramento residents 65 and older.

According to a Facebook post from the fire department, a limited supply of vaccines will be given to the public on a first-come, first-served basis before the doses expire. Appointments are required and can be scheduled at the Cosumnes Fire website.

At the appointment, you must provide:

  • Photo ID
  • Age verification (California ID, Driver’s License or birth certificate)
  • Proof of Sacramento County residency

Once the appointments are filled, people may be placed on a waiting list and contacted at a later date if more appointments become available.

Yolo County opens vaccine clinic eligibility to seniors 65 and older

Yolo County will now vaccinate seniors 65 and older that live in the county, regardless of medical insurance. The clinics will be held from February 3 to 6 and will be located in Esparto, Knights Landing, Woodland and West Sacramento. 

"Yolo County is working diligently to ensure that all vaccine doses received from the State of California are administered in the most effective and efficient manner possible while still focusing on those who are at the highest risk of serious complications or death from COVID-19," said county officials in a press release.

To be eligible for the vaccine clinics in the first week of February, you must be:

  • 65 or older 
  • A resident of Yolo County or
  • A health care worker who works in Yolo County but has not yet been vaccinated 

Click here to find a vaccine clinic near you and sign up for an appointment.

California coronavirus hospitalizations are plummeting

California hospitals, which weeks ago were on the verge of rationing care, are now seeing a rapid decline in new admissions that should cut coronavirus hospitalizations in half in another month. 

The state’s top health officer said Tuesday that intensive care capacity that had hovered at zero is now rebounding across the hardest hit areas. 

State officials had used plunging ICU capacities to issue stay-home orders for most of California during its worst surge. But California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly says capacity is improving, while positivity rates and other indicators are also promising.

UC Davis opens appointments for vaccine clinic

UC Davis has begun taking appointments for those who qualify for the COVID-19 vaccine in Phase 1A. The vaccine clinic opened Monday afternoon for employees before opening it up to the public. 

According to the UC Davis website, the vaccine supply is limited. The campus received 500 doses of the Moderna vaccine this week and expects to receive the same amount next week.

State releases latest COVID-19 statistics 

On Tuesday, the state of California announced a state total of 3,270,770 COVID-19 cases. There were also 422 deaths reported on Tuesday, bringing the state's death total to 41,330. As of Tuesday, 3,649,440 vaccine doses have been administered statewide.

‘Case rates are down but they aren’t low’ | Update from the state on COVID-19 fight

California's Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly discussed the state's latest coronavirus and vaccine statistics and provided an update on California's fight against COVID-19 during a noon press event on the California Department of Public Health YouTube account.

Dr.  Ghaly said the state’s numbers are starting to improve, however, he urged people to continue to physically distance and minimize gathering as the Super Bowl and Lunar New Year celebrations approach.

For the first time, Dr. Ghaly released the calculations the state uses to see the ICU projections. While the math may be complicated, the projection percentages reported show the ICUs in much of California will be seeing more than 29% capacity in roughly 30 days.

Vaccinations across the state are also starting to ramp up, Dr. Ghaly said. However, the state is also struggling to share data surrounding the equity of vaccinations. Dr. Ghaly said the usage of MyTurn and work with community partners could help the state improve on data collection and reporting on how equitable the vaccination process has been.

At least 18 counties have a case rate lower than 25, this matters because those 18 counties are eligible to reopen schools according to Gov. Newsom’s latest plan for reopening schools.

7 of the 10 worst jail, prison virus outbreaks happened in California

According to data from the New York Times, coronavirus outbreaks in jails and prisons happened the most in California. The Fresno County Jail has seen nearly 4,000 cases in the last seven months.  Other jails or prisons listed include Avenal State Prison, Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison, Soledad prison, California Men’s Colony prison, and San Quentin State Prison.

According to ABC7, the facility holds nearly 3,000 people at full capacity.

This follows a recent report from the California's inspector general that says misguided attempts to protect inmates from the coronavirus at one prison “caused a public health disaster” at another. Outdated tests failed to detect that some of the transferred inmates were already infected, and two of them later died. Corrections officials reiterated Monday that they had the best intentions. The report says the transfer of those inmates from the California Institution for Men east of Los Angeles to San Quentin State Prison north of San Francisco at the end of May led to the deaths of 28 inmates and a correctional officer there, while infecting 75% of inmates.

Solano County Public Health Department opens vaccination site in Benicia

Beginning at 9 a.m. today, residents of Solano County who are 75 years old and above can get vaccinated during a "mass event" at 187 East L St. The vaccination clinic is available until 5 p.m. or until doses run out.