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Health care worker dies after second dose of COVID vaccine, investigations underway

Tim Zook’s last post on Facebook brimmed with optimism. “Never been so excited to get a shot before,” he wrote on Jan. 5, above a photo of the Band-Aid on his arm and his COVID-19 vaccination card. “I am now fully vaccinated after receiving my 2nd Pfizer dose.” Zook, 60, was an X-ray technologist at South Coast Global Medical Center in Santa Ana. A couple of hours later, he had an upset stomach and trouble breathing. By 3:30 p.m. it was so bad his colleagues at work walked him to the emergency r...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Florida, News, California, Cdc, Los Angeles, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, United States, Healthcare, John F Kennedy, Fda, Lincoln, Pfizer


Biden administration to boost vaccine supply amid shortages

The Biden administration is boosting purchases of coronavirus vaccines to deliver enough to protect 300 million Americans by the end of the summer, as it surges deliveries to states for the next three weeks following complaints of shortages and inconsistent supplies. President Joe Biden was set to announce the surge in deliveries to states Tuesday afternoon, along with the news that the federal government is purchasing an additional 100 million doses each of the two approved coronavirus vaccines...
Tags: Health, News, Colorado, California, Cdc, White House, West Virginia, Eu, Sport, European Union, Joe Biden, Soccer, Army, Belgium, New Orleans, Astrazeneca


California reveals data used to lift stay-at-home order

SACRAMENTO — California’s health department on Monday released to the public previously secret projections for future hospital intensive care unit capacity throughout the state, the key metric for lifting the coronavirus stay-at-home order. However, state officials did not explain how regional per capita virus cases and transmission rates that also were released might influence how much ICU space will be available in four weeks. Last week, state health officials told The Associated Press they we...
Tags: Health, Science, News, California, California News, Sacramento, Sport, Soccer, San Diego, Associated Press, Lausd, Gavin Newsom, Southern California, San Francisco Bay Area, Northern California, State


LA County touts improved vaccine signup site as coronavirus numbers continue to decline

With coronavirus statistics continuing to budge downward and a reimagined vaccination signup website to show off on Monday, Jan. 25,  Los Angeles County health officials expressed guarded optimism that the pandemic was started to ease up at last — with fingers crossed that they would get enough vaccines soon to make a bigger dent in the mammoth task of inoculating 10 million county residents. After state health officials today lifted all regional stay-at-home orders, including in the 11-county S...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, California, Government, Sport, Soccer, Long Beach, Community, Lausd, Pasadena, Local News, Southern California, Los Angeles County, South Coast Air Quality Management District


California lifts coronavirus stay-at-home orders, curfew statewide

SACRAMENTO — California lifted regional stay-at-home orders across the state Monday in response to improving coronavirus conditions, returning the state to a system of county-by-county restrictions, state health officials announced. The order had been in place in the San Francisco Bay Area, San Joaquin Valley and Southern California, covering the majority of the state’s counties. The change will allow businesses such as restaurants to resume outdoor operations in many areas, though local officia...
Tags: Health, News, California, California News, Sacramento, Sport, Soccer, Gavin Newsom, Southern California, San Francisco Bay Area, Northern California, San Joaquin Valley, LA County, Newsom, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR


LA County: More coronavirus vaccination appointments available this week

Los Angeles County officials said Sunday, Jan. 24, that appointments are available this week at the county’s five large coronavirus vaccination centers at Magic Mountain, the Pomona Fairplex, Cal State Northridge, the Forum in Inglewood and the County Office of Education in Downey. Appointments can be booked at www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/vaccine/index.htm. Residents who receive their first dose of the vaccine at a county-run large capacity vaccination site will be provided t...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, Government, India, Paul Simon, Sport, Soccer, United States, Community, Compton, Simon, Inglewood, Los Angeles County, Clippers


L.A. County surpasses 15,000 coronavirus deaths

Los Angeles County eclipsed the sad milestone of 15,000 coronavirus deaths on Saturday, Jan. 23, as another 269 fatalities pushed the county’s death toll to 15,162 since the pandemic began. As the current surge continued to rage, the county has endured more than 5,000 deaths since Dec. 30, officials said. The news arrived, however, amid recent glimmers of hope, as deaths, new cases and hospitalizations have begun to show signs of inching downward, though still at levels that overtax healthcare t...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, California, Government, Uncategorized, Paul Simon, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, Community, Compton, Los Angeles County, Department of Public Health, Ferrer


LA County officials vow improvements in coronavirus vaccination system

Los Angeles County health officials were hopeful on Friday, Jan. 22, that a new statewide website for booking coronavirus appointments will make the process a whole lot easier than it was this week, when the process was marred by technical hiccups and too few slots to meet the epic demand. Meanwhile, public health officials  reported 256 deaths on Friday along with 9,277 new cases, for pandemic-long totals of 14,894 and 1,054,802, respectively. Signs were still indicating that transmission of th...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, California, Cdc, Government, Paul Simon, Sport, Soccer, Long Beach, Community, Mlb, Johnson, Disneyland, Pasadena


FAQ: Here’s what you need to know now about getting a coronavirus vaccine in LA County

With all the developments arising this week in Los Angeles County, there’s a pretty good chance you are confused about whether you are eligible to get a coronavirus vaccine, how you sign up and where you should go to get your shot. We’ll try to answer your questions. 1. I am 65 years old and I live in Los Angeles County. Can I get a vaccine? Appointments will be available for L.A. County residents 65 years old and older starting Tuesday afternoon at VaccinateLACounty.com. The first appointment...
Tags: Health, News, Education, California, Washington, Kaiser Permanente, Government, Sport, Soccer, Long Beach, Community, Pfizer, Pasadena, Gavin Newsom, Southern California, Los Angeles County


A new COVID-19 challenge: Mutations rise along with cases

The race against the virus that causes COVID-19 has taken a new turn: Mutations are rapidly popping up, and the longer it takes to vaccinate people, the more likely it is that a variant that can elude current tests, treatments and vaccines could emerge. The coronavirus is becoming more genetically diverse, and health officials say the high rate of new cases is the main reason. Each new infection gives the virus a chance to mutate as it makes copies of itself, threatening to undo the progress mad...
Tags: Health, England, Science, News, Nbc, Cdc, China, Los Angeles, Sport, Joe Biden, Britain, Soccer, United States, South Africa, Harvard University, United Kingdom


New local coronavirus strain may be contributing to surge, Cedars-Sinai says

More than one-third of COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles may have been caused by a new, locally-distinct strain of the coronavirus, researchers from Cedars-Sinai said on Monday, Jan. 18. They believe it may have contributed to the virus’ devastating resurgence in recent weeks, but don’t yet know for sure. Researchers designated the strain CAL.20C, a Monday evening news release said. Their “findings did not indicate whether the strain is more deadly than current forms of the coronavirus.” Los Angeles...
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Southern California health providers scramble to isolate Moderna vaccine tied to bad reactions

Hundreds of health providers all over the state, including some in Southern California, have received doses from a specific lot of Moderna vaccine tied to about six serious reactions in San Diego last week. On the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, hospitals were scanning their records to determine if they had received doses from the batch tied to those reactions, and, if so, how many doses were already in people’s arms and how many had to be pulled from inventory until more is understood about wha...
Tags: Health, News, California, Cdc, Kaiser Permanente, Los Angeles, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, Healthcare, San Diego, Kaiser, Pasadena, Riverside County, Martin Luther King Jr, Southern California


Children are the next frontier for COVID vaccine clinical trials

Twelve-year-olds are tween-agers, staring down puberty and middle school, surprisingly mature one minute and tortured by angst the next. Some also are scientific pioneers, volunteering for clinical trials to test COVID vaccines in children. Slowly and gingerly, researchers are testing COVID-19 vaccines in younger and younger kids — even as millions of doses are pushed into the arms of their parents — with an eye toward FDA approval in the next year or two. Stephanie Chao, director of pharmacy...
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Children the next frontier for COVID vaccine clinical trials

Twelve-year-olds are tween-agers, staring down puberty and middle school, surprisingly mature one minute and tortured by angst the next. Some also are scientific pioneers, volunteering for clinical trials to test COVID vaccines in children. Slowly and gingerly, researchers are testing COVID-19 vaccines in younger and younger kids — even as millions of doses are pushed into the arms of their parents — with an eye toward FDA approval in the next year or two. Stephanie Chao, director of pharmacy...
Tags: Health, News, Medicine, California, Cdc, Stanford, China, India, Los Angeles, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, Healthcare, Vaccinations, Fda, Berkeley


Coronavirus vaccine shipments unpredictable, says LA County’s chief science officer

Los Angeles County health officials said on Friday, Jan. 15, their vaccination efforts have been stymied by a short supply of doses and an unpredictable shipment schedule that’s making it tough to plan. Within the state’s most populous county, about 219,000 healthcare workers have received their first vaccine doses while about 60,000 have had their second dose, according to Dr. Paul Simon, chief science officer for the county Department of Public Health. Simon anticipates 200,000 more healthcare...
Tags: Health, Business, England, News, California, Washington Post, Cdc, Government, Paul Simon, Los Angeles, Sport, Britain, Soccer, Long Beach, Michigan, Eric Garcetti


With hundreds of healthcare workers in line, Dodger Stadium becomes massive vaccination site

Dodger Stadium transformed into a massive vaccination center on Friday, Jan. 15, amid concerns that shortfalls in anticipated supplies are slowing the rollout of the vaccine. Lines of cars showed up early Friday morning along the Academy Road entrance, where members of CORE and L.A. City Fire Department  personnel directed eager healthcare workers — from pharmacists to nurses — into the stadium, where they would wait in another long line to be inoculated. Among them was Kanwar Ali, a pharmacist,...
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LA County schools chief recovering from COVID-19

Los Angeles County Superintendent of Schools Debra Duardo, who has been quarantining since last week after contracting the coronavirus, gave a positive update about her recovery on Thursday, Jan. 14. “It’s been a difficult 10 days, but I’m happy to say that I am finally seeing major improvements in my health,” Duardo tweeted. “I have an incredibly strong team and I am grateful for the outpouring of support I’ve received. Thank you for all the well wishes. Stay safe & be well.” The schools chief ...
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L.A. County strives to step up vaccines, but seniors told they’ll have to wait until February

Public health officials worked to clarify Los Angeles County’s coronavirus timetable on Thursday, Jan. 14, as many seniors found themselves confused over when exactly they could sign up for a vaccine — and why they must wait, likely for another month, for those  shots — after Gov. Gavin Newsom said on Wednesday they could get them immediately. Another 287 people, meanwhile, lost their lives to the outbreak, officials announced. Despite the governor’s announcement on widening vaccine delivery, th...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, La, Government, Walmart, Sport, Soccer, Long Beach, Community, Lausd, Disneyland, Pasadena, Orange County, Major League Baseball


Tech and health companies including Microsoft and Salesforce team up on digital COVID-19 vaccination records

A new cross-industry initiative is seeking to establish a standard for digital vaccination records that can be used universally to identify COVID-19 vaccination status for individuals, in a way that can be both secure via encryption and traceable and verifiable for trustworthiness regarding their contents. The so-called ‘Vaccination Credential Initiative’ includes a range of big-name companies from both the healthcare and the tech industry, including Microsoft, Oracle, Salesforce and Epic, as we...
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LA city employees agree to delay pay raises – to stave off layoffs and furloughs

Los Angeles city officials and unions representing more than 18,000 city employees have struck a deal on Tuesday, Jan. 12, that would delay pay increases scheduled this year, to avoid layoffs and furloughs for the next five months. The city faces a $675 million shortfall, amid a recession brought on by closures to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. In response, city leaders weighed deep cuts, including hundreds of layoffs. Tuesday’s agreement calls for postponing a pair of 2% raises sc...
Tags: Health, Business, Budget, News, La, Government, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Community, SEIU, Southern California, 288, Los Angeles Police Department, LA County, UCLA School of Dentistry


L.A city employees agree to delay pay raises – to stave off layoffs and furloughs

Los Angeles city officials and unions representing more than 18,000 city employees have struck a deal on Tuesday, Jan. 12, that would delay a pay increases scheduled this year, to avoid layoffs and furloughs for the next five months. The city faces a $675 million shortfall, amid a recession brought on by closures to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. In response, city leaders weighed deep cuts, including hundreds of layoffs. Tuesday’s agreement calls for postponing a pair of 2% raises ...
Tags: Health, Business, Budget, News, California, Government, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Community, Lausd, SEIU, Los Angeles Police Department, LA County, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories Breeze


Photos: UCLA School of Dentistry gives out dental hygiene kits during food giveaway

The line of masked people stretched from Tyrone Avenue on to Victory Boulevard for the weekly Central Lutheran Church Mobile Pantry LA Food Bank Food Distribution in Van Nuys on Monday, Jan. 11. During this edition of the food giveaway, those in line would also receive information on dental hygiene and dental kits from the UCLA Dental School. “Dental care is under accessed, especially by underserved communities, and we want them to know there are benefits and access for them,” said Dental Hygien...
Tags: Health, News, Education, Sport, Soccer, Community, Local News, Dental, 288, LA County, Victory Boulevard, Van Nuys, Los Angeles Daily News, UCLA School of Dentistry, Central Lutheran Church, Brummel


U.S. to require all arriving passengers to get COVID-19 test

NEW YORK — Anyone flying to the U.S. will soon need to show proof of a negative test for COVID-19, health officials announced Tuesday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention requirement expands on a similar one announced late last month for passengers coming from the United Kingdom. COVID is already widespread in the U.S., with more than 22 million cases reported to date, including more than 375,000 deaths. The new measures are designed to try to prevent travelers from bringing in newer ...
Tags: Health, Business, New York, News, California, Cdc, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, LA County, Kevin de Leon, National News, Robert R Redfield, International-travel, Coronavirus


Councilman Kevin De Leon calls for 25,000 units for LA’s homeless by 2025

Los Angeles City Councilman Kevin De Leon unveiled a plan on Tuesday, Jan. 12, aimed at creating 25,000 dwelling units by 2025 for people experiencing homelessness, saying that local officials need to follow a “North Star” when addressing the city’s housing  crisis. De Leon, who first took office last October, said the current pace of housing people experiencing homelessness has not met the needs of the “crisis that’s unfolding on our city streets every single day.” “It’s not acceptable,” he sai...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, Housing, La, Government, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Community, Homeless, City Council, Eric Garcetti, City Hall, Affordable Housing


Uber and Moderna partner on COVID-19 vaccine access and information

Uber and pharmaceutical company Moderna have announced a partnership around COVID-19 vaccination, which will include a number of different initiatives. To start, it’s only confirmed component is to provide users with credible, factual information about COVID-19 vaccine safety through Uber’s consumer app, but the companies have also discussed additional “options” including building ride scheduling via Uber directly into the immunization appointment booking process. Still in its early days, the...
Tags: Health, TC, Transportation, Uber, Apps, Medicine, Social Media, Tech, Ceo, United States, Vaccination, Fda, Vaccine, Vaccines, LA County, Pharmaceutical


Healthvana’s digital COVID-19 vaccination records are about communication, not passports for the immune

As the vaccination campaign to counter COVID-19 gets underway (albeit with a rocky start), a number of companies are attempting to support its rollout in a variety of ways. Healthvana, a health tech startup that began with a specific focus on providing patient information digitally for individuals living with HIV, is helping Los Angeles County roll out mobile vaccination records for COVID-19 using Apple’s Wallet technology. A cursory appraisal of the implementation of this tech might lead one to...
Tags: Apple, Health, Google, Android, Startups, TC, Instagram, Virginia, Hiv, Los Angeles, Tech, Windows 95, Vaccination, Biotech, Biotechnology, Life Sciences


Officials hope LA County’s coronavirus hospitalizations could be plateauing

As state officials closed in on 30,000 coronavirus deaths, Los Angeles County’s daily report slid below 200 fatalities for the first time in six days on Sunday, Jan. 10, as public officials hoped for a break in the as-yet uncontrolled post-holiday COVID surge. The county Public Health Department reported 14,482 new cases of COVID-19 and 166 additional deaths on Sunday, bringing the county’s totals to 920,177 cases and 12,250 fatalities. Meanwhile, state officials posted 468 deaths on Sunday, a d...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, California, Government, Sport, Soccer, Cuba, Lapd, Feb, Los Angeles County, Department of Public Health, LA County, City News Service, Office of Emergency Services


L.A. County surpasses 900,000 coronavirus cases and 12,000 deaths

Eclipsing two sad milestones on the same day, Los Angeles County surpassed 900,000 confirmed coronavirus cases and 12,000 deaths, public health officials reported Saturday, Jan. 9. The county posted 221 new deaths and 16,982 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday. As the post-holiday surge appeared to be at full strength, health officials confirmed that the county had lost more 1,000 lives to COVID-19 in the past four days and posted more than 100,000 new cases in the last week. With overtaxed local ...
Tags: Health, Business, New York, News, Education, California, Government, Los Angeles, Sport, Hospitals, Public Health, University, Soccer, Pennsylvania, Community, Associated Press


As 258 more COVID deaths are posted, LA County urges people to wait their turns for vaccines

As Los Angeles County lost another 258 lives to coronavirus — one of the highest single-day totals of the pandemic — health officials pleaded on Wednesday, Jan. 6, with residents not to sign up for a vaccine appointment meant for healthcare workers. “Please do not sign up for an appointment if you’re not an eligible frontline healthcare worker,” said Barbara Ferrer, the public health director, acknowledging that some people have been inoculated inappropriately because they were not asked for ver...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, California, La, Government, Sacramento, Walmart, Sport, Soccer, Long Beach, Pasadena, Paramount, Gavin Newsom, Southern California


Pandemic-Era Heroes: Henry Miao donated thousands of masks to frontline workers

Pandemic-Era Heroes Name: Henry Miao Hometown: Walnut Role: Owner of Henrial Quote: “His distribution truly helped,” West Covina Mayor Letty Lopez-Viado said of Miao. “People couldn’t get one single mask. It bought time for others to make more masks. We were able to distribute to the community. Our city got masks when other cities didn’t have any.” Latest installment in a series of stories about people who have made a big difference in the community during a time framed by the coronavirus pan...
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