Category: COVID-19


CDPH CHC to Convene LHD Webinar on December 10

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Center for Healthy Communities (CHC) will convene a peer-to-peer learning collaborative session on Thursday, December 10 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm. The webinar will focus on “Positive Promotion: How to Harness the Power of Young Social Media Influencers to do Good” and will feature Contra Costa County…

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Standards Board Adopts Emergency Regulations to Protect Workers from COVID-19

The Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board unanimously adopted emergency temporary standards to protect workers from hazards related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The emergency standards take effect immediately if approved by the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) within the next 10 calendar days. The temporary standards apply to most workers…

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State Pulls Emergency Brake on Blueprint for Safer Economy, Issues Limited Stay-at-Home Order for Purple Tier Jurisdictions

Amid a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations across the country and California, the Newsom Administration this week took immediate actions to mitigate the further spread of COVID-19. On Monday, the state pulled an “emergency brake” in the Blueprint for a Safer Economy, moving 28 counties into the most restrictive Tier 1 (Purple/Widespread) category,…

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Legislature Convenes Oversight and Informational Hearings on COVID-19, Healthcare Costs

This week, the California Legislature convened several oversight and informational hearings on the impacts of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, as well as healthcare costs in California. Below, we briefly summarize these hearings. COVID-19 Impacts on Foster Care The Senate Human Services Committee convened an informational hearing on Monday to explore the COVID-19 impacts on the…

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DOF Publishes Second Quarter CARES Act Report

This week, the California Department of Finance (DOF) issued the Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) second quarter report, detailing state and local expenditures incurred responding to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The second quarter report covers expenditures between March 1 and September 30. Recall, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress…

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Newsom Announces $62m Emergency Allocation to Support Project Roomkey

On Monday, Governor Gavin Newsom announced the state’s intent to immediately allocate $62 million in one-time funds from the state’s Disaster Response-Emergency Operations Account (DREOA) to counties providing housing to current Project Roomkey participants. According to the Administration, funds are being made available to Roomkey sites to ensure clients living in motel or hotel rooms…

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CDC Advises Against Thanksgiving Holiday Travel

This week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an advisory, urging Americans to celebrate the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday at home with household members only. The CDC indicates travel may increase the risk of getting or spreading COVID-19 and postponing travel and staying home is the best way for Americans to protect…

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Pfizer Applies for COVID-19 Vaccine EUA

Today, Pfizer and BioNTech submitted an emergency use authorization (EUA) request to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its mRNA vaccine candidate for use against the COVID-19 virus. According to Pfizer, today’s FDA filing would potentially enable use of the vaccine in high-risk populations in the U.S. by the middle to end of…

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FDA Approves First At-Home COVID-19 Test

This week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for the first prescription at-home COVID-19 test, developed by Lucira Health, for use by people who are at least 14 years old and have COVID-19 symptoms. The test is available for younger people, but a healthcare provider must collect the…

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