Dodger Stadium to Stop COVID-19 Testing and Become a Site for Mass Vaccination

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On Monday, January 11, Governor Gavin Newsom delivered his latest update on California’s response to the coronavirus. You can see his full remarks in the livestream above.

TOO EARLY TO SAY IF HOSPITALIZATIONS ARE DECREASING

Governor Newsom today pointed out that we are seeing a 6% increase in the total number of hospitalizations over the past 14 days, which is an improvement in the state curve.

“This is one of the smallest increases we’ve seen in a two-week period in quite some time,” Newsom said.

The rate of increase is also lower in the state’s ICUs.

The governor, however, warned that it was too early to say whether or not it was one real sign of the surge.

Dr Mark Ghaly, California Secretary of Health and Human Services, explained officials expected that “if people made different decisions in the last fortnight of December, we would start seeing a certain flattening of these numbers of hospitals. “

“Having said that, we’re still concerned that over the last week we’ve seen a high number of cases and these will end up in our hospitals, you know, in five to ten days. So I don’t want to think we’re out of the woods to any extent, ”Ghaly said.

He added that his team is always grateful for the “slight flattening” they are starting to see, which could give the healthcare system some breathing space.

You can see the slight drop in hospitalizations in the governor’s slide above. (Screenshot from today’s press conference).

HOSPITAL STAFF

The governor said the state was now placing emphasis on staffing hospital staff, especially contract staff.

“We continue to work with the Federal Department of Defense and others to request additional resources… this is a top priority,” Newsom said.

More than 1,878 state and federal personnel are now deployed in the state of California, primarily in southern California, where the number is highest. In the next week, the governor says he expects around 1,000 contract agents to arrive in the field, including registered nurses, professional nurses and respiratory specialists. He said the state is currently determining exactly where they will go. These health workers will complement the 2,000 that have already been deployed.

UPDATING VACCINES

California has received just under 2.4 million doses of the vaccine, Newsom said, with a goal of immunizing 1 million Californians in 10 days and is taking an “all hands on deck” approach.

To do this, Newsom said, the state has relaxed some levels and expanded the pool of those who can administer the vaccines, including nursing students, dentists and pharmacists, among others.

“We now have 15 National Guard strike teams statewide,” he said. “And they work with the Office of Emergency Services and work directly with clinics and health care providers.”

Newsom added that the state would open larger sites for vaccine distribution, such as Dodger’s Stadium:

“We recognize that the current strategy will not get us where we need to go as fast as we all need, and that is why we are speeding up administration, not only for priority groups, but also now. open big sites, meet Dodger Stadium, Padre Stadium, Cal Expo these big mass vaccination sites, you start to see those coming in this week. You’ll see a lot, a lot more… so that’s encouraging. ”

Newsom added that it expects support of $ 350 million for vaccine distribution.

The state has also launched a new PSA campaign in English and Spanish to raise awareness on the matter, emphasizing that the vaccine is free for everyone, but that the public should always wear masks and look for themselves. socially distancing after receiving it.

GORILLAS

Members of the Gorilla Troop at San Diego Zoo Safari Park have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. On Wednesday January 6, two of the gorillas started coughing. Given the current circumstances, the San Diego Zoo has initiated the process of testing gorilla fecal samples for SARS-CoV-2 through the California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory System (CA HFS). The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) confirmed the positive results on Monday, January 11. (Ken Bohn / San Diego Zoo Global)

Yes, you read correctly. Two gorillas have tested positive for COVID-19 and a third gorilla is symptomatic.

“We are currently confirming the source of the infection and the strain,” Newsom said. “This is an area that has long been a concern, human-to-animal transmission, but our beloved gorillas, of course, are of concern to us. “

The governor said we would likely have more information on this in the next few hours. He also mentioned that his four children found this slide in his presentation particularly entertaining.

Update: According to a press release from the zoo: “Aside from a little congestion and cough, gorillas are fine.”

GENERAL LOOK AT CALIFORNIA FIGURES:

Here’s a look at the state’s long-term trends. To learn more, visit our California COVID-19 Tracker and choose California or any county within the state that interests you. These figures are up to date as of January 10:

(LAist)

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