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Here are the latest developments on respiratory disease in the Bay Area:
September 28, 2021
CA has the lowest transmission rate in the United States
California is moving in the right direction when it comes to controlling the spread of the virus. According to new CDC figures, our state continues to have the lowest transmission rate. It is the only state in the United States in the “moderate” virus transmission category. All other states have “high” or “substantial” viral transmission. When it comes to COVID-19 testing, California’s positivity rate has fallen to 2.6% in the past eight weeks. State data shows the Bay Area is doing better than California as a whole. Marin County has the lowest 7-day average in the state with just 8.5 cases per 100,000.
September 27, 2021
Folsom Street Fair returns to SF after 2 years
The Folsom Street Fair in San Francisco returned after a 2-year delay due to COVID. While the one-of-a-kind event has not changed, the pandemic is prompting new rules and guidelines. Proof of vaccination was required for entry as well as masks. Before COVID, around a quarter of a million people attended the festival. This year the crowd was much smaller, around 40,000 people. Another new rule this year – no street alcohol sales. Instead, organizers wanted people to support local bars which have had a hard time during the pandemic.
September 24, 2021
CVS, Walgreens and Rite Aid Offer COVID-19 Booster Injections
Today, with guidance from the CDC, three pharmacies announced they will give a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 recall to eligible populations.
CVS announced that it has started giving booster shots today. You can make an appointment here.
Rite Aid started offering walk-in shots today and will start booking online tomorrow.
Walgreens says it will also be making online appointments starting tomorrow.
Pharmacies have listed the following guidelines established by ACIP and CDC:
CDC director cancels panel and recommends COVID-19 boosters for frontline health workers
The CDC panel voted Thursday against the claim that people can receive a booster if they are between the ages of 18 and 64 and are healthcare workers or have other jobs that put them at increased risk of be exposed to the virus. But CDC director Dr Rochelle Walensky disagreed and postponed the recommendation, noting that such a move aligns with an FDA recall clearance decision earlier this week. Here is the full story.
WHO approves antibody treatment for some people
The World Health Organization recommends expensive antibody therapy for some coronavirus patients in the latest update to its guidelines for treating people with COVID-19. The new guidelines, published in the journal BMJ on Friday, indicate that the two antibodies – casirivimab and imdevimab – made by Regeneron should be given to people infected with COVID-19 who are at the greatest risk of hospitalization and to people whose own system immune did not rise. answer.
September 23, 2021
CDC Advisory Board Supports Pfizer Boosters For People 65+, At-Risk Groups
U.S. COVID-19 vaccination campaign on the eve of a major new phase: Government advisers on Thursday recommended booster doses of Pfizer vaccine to millions of Americans
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory committee recommended the additional doses for people 65 and older, nursing home residents, and people 50 to 64 with underlying health conditions. He also said that boosters may be offered to people between the ages of 18 and 49 with underlying illnesses.
The injections would be given at least six months after the second dose of Pfizer vaccine. Here is the full story.
California considering school vaccination mandate
California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr Mark Ghaly said the state is considering a mandate for school vaccinations, but they don’t have a plan in place yet. Ghaly made the announcement during an update this morning on California’s action plan for the COVID-19 vaccine. Among the main priorities: Number one: vaccinate the unvaccinated; second, the strong collaborative efforts with health systems, which play a greater role in immunizing people; and third, working with schools, to have children immunized when they become eligible.
Fremont arts festival canceled
For the second year in a row, the Fremont Festival of the Arts will not take place. It was scheduled to take place this weekend, but the Fremont Chamber of Commerce canceled it due to COVID concerns. The chamber’s CEO told the East Bay Times that security screening would have been difficult as the event often attracts more than 300,000 people.
Oakland Unified School District Approves COVID Vaccination Mandate for Students 12 and Older
The Oakland Unified School Board voted to approve vaccination mandates for ages 12 and up. Those with certain medical cases and certain religious beliefs are exempt – but there is no doubt that this is a major milestone with the Delta variant spreading so rapidly among children. Here is the full story.
September 22, 2021
Biden doubles U.S. global COVID-19 vaccine donation to 1 billion Pfizer doses
President Joe Biden announced on Wednesday that the United States is doubling its purchases of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccines to share with the world to 1 billion doses as he embraces the goal of vaccinating 70% of the world’s population during of the next year. Get the full story here.
Oakland Unified Considering Vaccination Mandate For Students
Oakland Unified will today consider a proposal that would require all eligible students to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The resolution would give students until October 3 to get their first dose and until October 31 to get their second. Immunization rates in the district are already on track.
FDA clears Pfizer COVID vaccine recalls for at-risk groups
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration cleared Pfizer’s booster shots for the elderly and other high-risk Americans on Wednesday, paving the way for third doses to be offered at the end of the week. Full story here.
September 21, 2021
San Francisco airport workers to be vaccinated under new mandate
All employees at San Francisco airport will now need to be vaccinated against COVID-19, the mayor of London Breed announced Tuesday morning. The vaccine requirement takes effect immediately and applies to airline, service, concession and construction employees. Some workers may be eligible for an exemption from the vaccine for a medical disability or “sincere” religious belief. These people will need to undergo weekly COVID-19 tests. The mayor says San Francisco is the first US airport to issue such a warrant.
Dreamforce kicks off today at Moscone Center in San Francisco
Dreamforce kicks off today at Moscone Center in San Francisco. Salesforce’s annual convention will be small, attracting about 5,000 people instead of the typical 170,000 people. In-person events are “by invitation only” due to COVID protocols. Anyone will be able to watch it online. Vaccines are mandatory for anyone attending in person. Dreamforce runs until Thursday.
September 20, 2021
SF Marathon returns with new protocols
The runners are back on the streets of San Francisco. The San Francisco Marathon started early Sunday morning. The runners headed north along the Embarcadero, into the Presidio, across the Golden Gate Bridge, through the Richmond District and back to the Ferry Building. Runners were required to wear masks on national park property. COVID forced organizers to cancel the marathon last year. This year on the men’s side, Greg Billington of San Francisco came first. The winner in the women’s category was Judith Corachan from Spain.
September 17, 2021
Apple will add a test mandate for employees
Apple is adding a testing mandate for its staff in stores and offices. For employees who are vaccinated, they will be tested from time to time. Unvaccinated workers will be tested much more frequently. Unlike several other tech companies, Apple has not issued a vaccination warrant. The test warrant will go into effect next month. Company employees are not expected to return to the office until early next year.
September 16, 2021
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SF offering free public performances
San Francisco brings the streets to life with free public performances. It’s called SF Wednesdays and the idea is to bring entertainment to some of San Francisco’s iconic places. Performances continue every Wednesday through October 20, at Union Square, Embarcadero Plaza and Mint Plaza in SoMa.
CDC COVID-19 Transmission Categories by California County
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CDC COVID-19 Transmission Levels by U.S. County
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VACCINE TRACKER: How California is doing, when you can get the coronavirus vaccine
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