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Are herd immunity and the California coronavirus variant preventing a West Coast spring surge?

Are herd immunity and the California coronavirus variant preventing a West Coast spring surge?

Copyright © 2021, Los Angeles Times | | | |AdvertisementWith coronavirus cases and related hospitalizations climbing nationwide, is California also headed for a fourth wave in the COVID-19 pandemic? Coronavirus cases have risen in the Midwest, New England and the New York area, and there’s concern that Los Angeles County could be — as it has been in the past — only behind trends coming out of New York. In the last week, average daily coronavirus cases nationally over the previous week and daily COVID-19 are up 7%.But so far, California remains in good shape, relatively speaking. California...

Apr 12
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Cal State L.A. offering COVID-19 vaccines for all adults

Cal State L.A. offering COVID-19 vaccines for all adults

Copyright © 2021, Los Angeles Times | | | |AdvertisementThe Cal State Los Angeles mass vaccination site will allow any adult to stand in line for a COVID-19 vaccine between Thursday and the end of Sunday, the governor’s Office of Emergency Services said Wednesday night. The decision comes about a week before the state, starting April 15, formally allows any Californian 16 and older to get the vaccine. The move came about because there has, in recent days, been excess capacity at the to administer COVID-19 vaccinations. Thousands of appointment slots there have gone unbooked by eligible...

Apr 8
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An apparent fourth wave of COVID-19 is centered in the East. Will it hit California?

An apparent fourth wave of COVID-19 is centered in the East. Will it hit California?

Copyright © 2021, Los Angeles Times | | | |AdvertisementWhat appears to be a fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic has struck Michigan, the New York region and New England, and experts are uncertain whether it will remain contained.“The United States has entered a fourth wave of transmission, and there’s no disputing this. Whether it remains as small regional outbreaks, or whether it generalizes nationwide remains to be seen,” Dr. George Rutherford, a UC San Francisco epidemiologist, said Friday at a campus town hall meeting.Nationally, there has been an 8% week-over-week increase in the...

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California is far from herd immunity, making a 4th COVID-19 wave possible. Here's how

California is far from herd immunity, making a 4th COVID-19 wave possible. Here's how

Copyright © 2021, Los Angeles Times | | | |AdvertisementCalifornia is optimistic that the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic is . But there are a number of things that could still go wrong and prompt a fourth wave, experts warn. Dr. George Rutherford, an epidemiologist and infectious diseases expert at UC San Francisco, estimated that roughly 67% of a population needs immunity to COVID-19 before can be established, meaning the spread of disease between people is unlikely. It’s not a hard-and-fast percentage, Rutherford said; the threshold given by the U.S. government’s top infectious diseases...

Mar 8
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L.A., Orange counties dramatically improve COVID rates, await word on major reopenings

L.A., Orange counties dramatically improve COVID rates, await word on major reopenings

Copyright © 2021, Los Angeles Times | | | |AdvertisementSome of California’s biggest counties are now closer to a wider economic reopening than they’ve been in months, with only a smattering of strategically deployed COVID-19 vaccines standing between them and the ability to resume on-site dining and welcome additional students for on-campus learning. According to released Tuesday, Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties recorded coronavirus case rates low enough to enable them to escape the strictest, or purple, tier of California’s . The timing of when they officially land in a...

Mar 9
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How California plans to keep wealthy residents from taking COVID vaccines from the needy

How California plans to keep wealthy residents from taking COVID vaccines from the needy

Copyright © 2021, Los Angeles Times | | | |AdvertisementWith California now dedicating supply to underserved communities, one challenge is making sure the doses actually get to those in need.Even before the change in policy, people in wealthier communities have used to secure vaccine appointments intended to be reserved for lower-income neighborhoods.One solution, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Thursday, will be to use single-use access codes to secure appointments, instead of group-access codes.Newsom also acknowledged that counties have had , and pledged to continue improving...

Mar 5
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California theme parks, stadiums can reopen as early as April 1 after COVID-19 rules revamped

California theme parks, stadiums can reopen as early as April 1 after COVID-19 rules revamped

Copyright © 2021, Los Angeles Times | | | |AdvertisementCalifornia theme parks and sports stadiums will be allowed to welcome back visitors far sooner than expected under new guidance the state unveiled Friday. While the changes don’t mean it’ll be business as usual at large-capacity facilities, they do reflect the state’s growing sentiment that, with case rates on the decline and the COVID-19 continuing to ramp up, it is now possible to resume some activities — particularly those that can be held outdoors with additional safety modifications.“Throughout the pandemic, California’s business...

Mar 5
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Is it finally safe for California to reopen? It's happening fast, despite lingering risks

Is it finally safe for California to reopen? It's happening fast, despite lingering risks

Copyright © 2021, Los Angeles Times | | | |AdvertisementAlfresco is no longer the only dining option at San Francisco restaurants. In Silicon Valley, residents can exercise inside a gym. And Los Angeles County, along with the rest of Southern California, is closer than it’s been in months to removing the proverbial padlock from its economy. As daily coronavirus cases plunge, California is barreling toward what would be the widest reopening of businesses, schools and public spaces since the horrific surge of the fall and winter.AdvertisementBut even with cases falling and vaccine...

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New optimism that COVID-19 is finally dwindling as L.A. gains some herd immunity

New optimism that COVID-19 is finally dwindling as L.A. gains some herd immunity

Copyright © 2021, Los Angeles Times | | | |AdvertisementAs coronavirus cases plummet nationwide and vaccinations total 1.7 million Americans a day and rising, health experts are increasingly striking a new tone in their pandemic assessments: optimism. “I could be wrong, but I don’t think we’re going to see a big fourth surge,” said Dr. Paul Offit, a vaccine expert at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. “I think we’ve seen the worst of it.”Many epidemiologists and other scientists, while still cautious, say they feel increasingly hopeful that the rest of 2021 will not replay the nightmare...

Feb 20
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Vaccination appointments now open to all 16 and older in California

Vaccination appointments now open to all 16 and older in California

Copyright © 2021, Los Angeles Times | | | |AdvertisementEveryone in California 16 and older can now book COVID-19 vaccine appointments on the state’s . The changes to the system went into effect Wednesday night. In Southern California, residents of Orange and Ventura counties ages 16 and up became newly eligible to book vaccine appointments through My Turn. Los Angeles, San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Imperial counties had already made everyone 16 and older eligible.Men are more likely to die from COVID-19, but less likely to get vaccinated. The...

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