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Nursing homes still have unvaccinated staff months after shots became available, and California is pushing to inoculate more

When the coronavirus pandemic first gripped the nation, it was nursing homes that quickly captured national attention as facilities grappled with a virus that spread quickly among staff and vulnerable residents, leading to thousands of deaths in California alone. Now, months after COVID-19 vaccines became available, there are Southern California nursing homes with sizable percentages […]

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L.A.-area businesses scramble to respond to highly contagious delta variant, shifting health guidelines

More businesses in the Southland are scrambling to adjust to a rapidly shifting environment rocked by a cascade of evolving mask and vaccine recommendations from federal, state, and local officials. That comes as new COVID-19 cases continue to surge, fueled by the hyper-contagious delta variant, which now accounts for more than 80% of specimens sequenced in the […]

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Parents urge Tustin school district to end classroom mask mandate

A group of Orange County parents are pushing the Tustin Unified School District to end its classroom mask mandate. A demonstration was held by some parents Monday, led by organizations that are currently suing California Gov. Gavin Newsom and state health officials over the announcement earlier this month that all students will be required to […]

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L.A. County would be in most restrictive purple tier now if California were still using COVID reopening system

If California were still using its tier-based blueprint for lifting coronavirus restrictions, Los Angeles County and 16 others would now be in the most restrictive purple tier. On June 15, California lifted most of its restrictions and got rid of its color-coded tier system, the Blueprint for a Safer Economy, which was first introduced in […]

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California to continue requiring masks indoors at schools but not physical distancing

Citing limitations of schools to accommodate physical distancing, state officials announced Friday that California will continue to require masks indoors at schools. The announcement came after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention relaxed its COVID-19 guidelines, saying vaccinated teachers and students don’t need to wear masks inside school buildings. California Health and Human Services […]

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Infectious Delta variant is now California’s dominant coronavirus strain

The infectious Delta variant has become California’s most identified strain of the coronavirus, a troubling development that underscores the strain’s danger to unvaccinated populations. New data released by the California Department of Public Health now say that 35.6% of coronavirus variants so far analyzed in June have been identified as the Delta variant, which was first identified […]

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California to announce 6 winners of ‘Dream Vacations’ giveaway in state’s final vaccine incentive lottery drawing

California lawmakers and public health officials are expected to draw six winners in the state’s “Dream Vacations” giveaway Thursday as part of the statewide vaccination incentive program. The event, which will take place at 2:15 p.m., will be the final drawing in the state’s “Vax for the Win” lottery that has given away prizes to residents who receive […]

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Threat of highly contagious Delta coronavirus variant looms large in California

Delta is now the variant of the coronavirus identified third most often in California, according to new data — underscoring that the variant is highly contagious, a danger to people who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19. The Delta variant now makes up 14.5% of California coronavirus cases analyzed so far in June, up from […]

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Here’s how COVID vaccine and testing requirements at large events will work after California reopens June 15

With California reopening its economy June 15 after months of coronavirus-related restrictions, officials last week released more details about admission into large events like concerts and games. Next month, the state will drop its physical distancing requirements and business capacity caps. It will also align with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s masking plan, which […]

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Vaccinating young teens seen as vital to crushing COVID in California

When L.A. County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer announced last week that the county could obtain herd immunity among adults and the oldest teenagers as soon as July, it marked an incredible milestone for a region once positioned as an epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic. But the remarks also raised questions about what role, if any, […]