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Gov. Newsom signs executive order to extend ban on evictions amid pandemic
An executive order to halt evictions amid the COVID-19 pandemic was signed on Thursday by Gov. Gavin Newsom.
The order also extends protections against price gouging for emergency and medical supplies. Those protections are expected to expire once the pandemic is over.
The order lasts at least through June 30.
Sutter Health to receive about 60,000 COVID-19 vaccines in March
Sutter Health is expecting about 60,000 COVID-19 vaccines for March. They expect to receive 30,000 vaccines for the week of March 8 and another 30,000 for the following week.
According to Sutter Health, 60,000 vaccine dosages make up about two-thirds of how much they need to finish giving the second doses for about 90,000 senior patients and community health workers.
CDPH offers tips on 'double masking'
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is offering the public a refresher on proper mask-wearing and effective use of “double masking” for added safety.
The CDPH says a good fit and filtration is paramount to improve protection for yourself and others, especially if you are in an environment where you could be exposed to an infected person.
Double masking is an effective way to improve fit and filtration, according to the CDPH.
“A close-fitting cloth mask can be worn on top of a surgical/disposable mask to improve the seal of the mask to the face,” health officials said.
However, officials advise against wearing more than two masks because it could be difficult to breathe through. They also advise against wearing two medical masks, or to wear a medical mask on top of a KN95 or an N95.
Double masking may be appropriate where improved fit and filtration are especially important, and some situations such as the following:
- In indoor spaces with people from outside your household.
- In close quarters with other people where social distancing is not possible (examples: riding a crowded bus, waiting in line at a crowded airport terminal).
- In any public place for people who are older or with medical conditions that put them at higher risk of severe COVID illness.
- Providing care for family members who are sick with or may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.
- Living in a household with someone who is suspected of having or has COVID-19.
- Someone from outside your household comes into your home (example: friend, relative, repair person).
- You work outside the home and live with someone who is older or with a medical condition that puts them at higher risk of severe COVID illness.
State releases latest COVID-19 statistics
On Thursday, the state of California announced a state total of 3,488,467 confirmed cases of COVID-19. California reported 273 new deaths from COVID, bringing the total to more than 53,048 since the start of the pandemic.
The state reported at least 9,673,787 vaccine doses had been administered to Californians.
Johnson & Johnson vaccine arriving to San Joaquin, Stanislaus next week
Officials in Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties confirmed that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be arriving in their respective counties next week.
Stanislaus County officials said their expecting 4,500 doses of the vaccine and San Joaquin County officials are expecting 2,600 doses.
Yamilet Valladolid, Government and Community Affairs Manager with Golden Valley Health Center, said they're supportive of the single dose vaccine from Johnson & Johnson.
"In all due honesty, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine seems like a wonderful idea for many, and I’m just going to say that whichever vaccine is available to you, I think that people just need to ensure that they get protected, if that’s their choice…,” Valladolid said.
She added that one of the advantages for the single-dose vaccine is that it's more accessible to people who might worry about taking additional time off work for a second shot, which would be the case with Pfizer or Moderna doses.
Sacramento River Cats' season now set to kick off in May
The MLB announced it is pushing the start date back a month for all AAA clubs, which means the Sacramento River Cats will now kick off its season in May.
The River Cats' first game is now scheduled for Thursday, May 6 in Las Vegas against the Aviators.
California to allocate 40% of vaccines to hardest-hit communities
California will begin setting aside 40% of all vaccine doses for the state's most vulnerable neighborhoods in an effort to inoculate people most at risk from the coronavirus more quickly.
The state is targeting about 400 ZIP codes, with about 8 million people eligible for shots, codes based on the "Healthy Places Index." State health officials are concerned that even in the hardest-hit areas, people who live there are not getting the vaccine.
Once 2 million vaccine doses are given out in those neighborhoods, the state will make it easier for counties to move through reopening tiers that dictate what businesses can be open. The details were shared Wednesday by two Newsom administration officials who spoke only on condition of anonymity.
Gov. Newsom is speaking today in San Joaquin County about the "state’s focus on addressing COVID-19 health inequities in disproportionally impacted communities as part of the pandemic response." The governor will live stream this event on his social media pages.
Resources guide for California families
- San Joaquin County Help: A Resource Guide for Struggling Families and Individuals
- Yolo County Help: A Resource Guide for Struggling Families and Individuals
- Stanislaus County Help: A Resource Guide for Struggling Families and Individuals
- Sacramento County Help: A Resource Guide for Struggling Families and Individuals
- Where to find help in Placer County: A resource guide for struggling individuals and families
- Northern California Help: A resource guide for struggling Families and individuals
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