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Here are the latest developments in Bay Area respiratory diseases:
November 17, 2021
7:30 in the morning
Alameda Co. publishes vaccination information
Alameda County says it will continue to make sure vaccinations are available to everyone. It reported that 81% of Latinos and 74% of blacks 12 years of age and older had received at least one dose of COVID-19. Latin and black residents have lower vaccination rates than other races and ethnic groups in the county and have a disproportionate impact.
November 16, 2021
5:30 in the morning
Pfizer agrees to allow other companies to manufacture its COVID-19 pill
Pfizer has signed an agreement with a UN-backed team to allow other manufacturers to manufacture its experimental COVID-19 pills. The agreement provides equal access to more than half of the world’s population living in 95 countries. Oral therapy has been shown to reduce the risk of COVID-associated hospitalization and death by 89%. This agreement is similar to the agreement Merck made last month.
November 15, 2021
at 7 p.m.
Dozens of inmates quarantined in Santa Cruz County Jail after the outbreak
A dozen inmates at Santa Cruz County Central Prison last week became positive for COVID-19, which authorities say is the most significant epidemic since the pandemic began. According to Sheriff Jim Hart’s news release Monday, the cases came to light on November 12 during routine tests with quick tests. Prisoners who test positive are either asymptomatic or have mild symptoms and are quarantined. 35-40 exposed prisoners have also been quarantined, the sheriff said.
7:10 in the morning
Israel begins vaccinating younger children
The Israeli Ministry of Health said children aged 5 to 11 can be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. The decision is the result of last week’s approval of a low-dose Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for 5 to 11-year-olds by an advisory panel.
November 12, 2021
7:30 in the morning
Sonoma Co. hold vaccine clinics for children
The Department of Health will host three COVID-19 vaccination clinics for children this afternoon in Sonoma County. The clinic at Healdsburg Fitch Mountain Elementary School will begin at 3 a.m. Roseland Elementary in Santa Rosa will have its clinic at 3:30 p.m. And Dunbar Elementary in Glen Ellen will open its doors from 4 p.m.
November 11, 2021
7:30 in the morning
Somoma Oy is expanding its health order to cover influenza vaccinations
Sonoma County is expanding its county health regulations to cover flu vaccinations. Certain health care and parish workers are required to take their COVID and influenza vaccines. County authorities say influenza vaccinations are particularly important this year to prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed by both flu and COVID-19 patients – or so-called “twindemia.”
November 10, 2021
7 in the morning
Cases of hospitalizations are on the rise in California.
California is turning its course in the fight against COVID-19 as the number of cases increases again. There are as many as 6,000 new cases a day in the state, and hospitalizations have risen 4 percent in just two weeks. This puts the state back in the red category for high transmission. Experts say the next few months will be critical for the holidays as to whether we see a new winter rise.
November 9, 2021
7 in the morning
The Grand Princess cruise ship returns to SF
In the early days of the pandemic, the cruise ship, which attracted international attention, returned to San Francisco. The Grand Princess returned to town yesterday, for the first time since the cruise industry resumed sailing. One of the earliest major COVID epidemics occurred on this ship in March 2020. The ship was kept off our coast for several days as authorities rushed to draw up a quarantine plan for thousands of passengers.
November 8, 2021
7:15 in the morning
Viva Calle returns to San Jose
Viva Calle has returned to San Jose as part of a city-wide program designed to get people to enjoy the parks and outdoor spaces after the COVID-19 closures. Several miles of San Jose streets were closed from cars yesterday.
November 5, 2021
5:45 in the morning
Vaccine clinics for children are filling up fast
The county clinics set up in the Bay Area this weekend are quickly filling for children ages 5-11. San Mateo County even created a child-friendly vaccine site at the Event Center to make the experience a little more enjoyable.
November 4, 2021
5:15 in the morning
San Mateo Co. opens a pediatric vaccination clinic on Saturday
San Mateo County wants to help children feel at home when they receive their COVID vaccine. The county will open the first children’s vaccine clinic at the San Mateo County Event Center. The superheroes greet children aged 5-11 on the red carpet. There will be TVs and life-size Chess and Connect Four games. The clinic is open this Saturday and then from Wednesday to next week’s Saturday. An appointment is required.
November 3, 2021
6:45 in the morning
Don’t give children a painkiller before the vaccine, the CDC says
The CDC reminds parents not to give children a painkiller before vaccination to alleviate side effects. The CDC says painkillers are not recommended before vaccination because it is not known how it may affect the vaccine. Instead, the agency urges parents to talk to their doctor about a non-aspirin painkiller if needed after the injection.
November 2, 2021
6:15 in the morning
COVID infections are on the rise in two Bay Area counties
The counties of Alameda and San Mateo have declined from a “moderate” level of spread to “significant.” San Mateo was at the yellow or moderate level for about two weeks. On Monday, the county reported a seven-day incidence of 53 cases per 100,000 residents, which now puts it at an orange level that defines a significant spread. Alameda County was in the yellow for about a week, but the number of cases has now risen to 51 cases per 100,000. Neither province meets local metrics for removing masks because the vaccination rate is below the required 80%.
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