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California Health Officials ‘Closely Monitoring’ New COVID Omicron Variant

SACRAMENTO (CBS SF) — State health officials released a statement Sunday confirming that they are “closely monitoring” developments with the new Omicron variant of COVID-19 that recently surfaced and is spreading around the world. State Public Health Officer and Director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Dr. Tomás J. Aragón issued the below statement on the variant: READ MORE: COVID Vaccine and Booster Resources for Bay Area Residents “California is closely monitoring the new Omicron variant, which has…

California health officials on watch for omicron variant

US will start restricting travel from 8 African countries over omicron variant Monday Nearly two years since the start of the pandemic that has claimed more than 5 million lives around the world, countries are on high alert. Many, including the U.S., have already imposed travel restrictions on flights from southern Africa as they seek to buy time to assess whether the omicron variant is more transmissible than the current dominant delta variant. SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California public health officials…

No Known Cases of New Omicron Variant in California

The California Department of Public Health said it is aware of the new Omicron COVID-19 variant but that there are no known cases involving this variant in California at this time. “We continue to monitor the situation carefully,” the department said in an email. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden and director of the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Friday there is “no indication” Omicron is in the U.S. right now. Curative,…

California Department of Public Health Laboratory Field Services Concludes Inspection Process for the Valencia Branch Laboratory

Image by Arek Socha from Pixabay  November 23, 2021 – SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) on Monday released the results of a routine inspection and a complaint investigation of the Valencia Branch Laboratory. The CDPH Laboratory Field Services Branch, which regulates all laboratories in California, closed its two inspections after multiple visits and detailed assessment of the laboratory with no sanctions imposed and all previously identified deficiencies corrected. Here is an issue brief summarizing the processes…

Experts gather to discuss opportunities and challenges of California health data exchange – State of Reform

Share this: On Friday, the Connecting for Better Health coalition convened several representatives from various health care organizations for a discussion on the need to accelerate the adoption of a statewide health data exchange in California. Get the latest state-specific policy intelligence for the health care sector delivered to your inbox. The focus of this conversation was to gain input from these representatives on the implementation of Section 340 of Assembly Bill 133, or the Budget Trailer Bill on Health,…

California health officials to vaccine providers: Don’t turn away people who want COVID-19 boosters – KCRA Sacramento

California health officials to vaccine providers: Don’t turn away people who want COVID-19 boosters  KCRA Sacramento All adults can get a COVID vaccine booster in California, not just those CDC listed  NPR All adults in California can receive a COVID-19 booster shot  Desert Sun California health officials encourage all adults to get COVID vaccine booster shots as winter surge fears grow  KGO-TV No Adults Should Be Denied a COVID-19 Booster In California, Official Says  U.S. News & World Report View…

CA health officials encourage all adults to get booster shots as winter surge fears grow

MARIN COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) — Vaccine clinics across the Bay Area were busy this weekend giving COVID-19 booster shots. Health officials say it’s the best way to protect yourself against a possible winter surge of the virus. California health officials are now encouraging any adult who wants a booster shot to get one but there’s still some confusion over the messaging. “Getting the booster is for our health and to be with family and friends, so it’s a good thing,”…

California Public Health Director Wants to Offer COVID-19 to Everyone | San Jose Inside

COVID-19 booster shots should be available to anyone who requests one in California as long as their initial vaccination was long enough ago, the state’s director of public health said in a letter to local health providers. Dr. Tomas Aragon, director of the state’s Department of Public Health, said in the letter that while health care providers and jurisdictions should proactively reach out to certain subsets of the population for the booster shots, they should “allow patients to self-determine their…

A ‘mad rush’ to get Berkeley kids to school after most district bus drivers are exposed to COVID

A BUSD school bus in front of Rosa Parks Elementary School. File photo: Pete Rosos Berkeley Unified has temporarily stopped running school buses for elementary students after the majority of the district’s bus drivers were exposed to COVID-19 last week. The cancellation is expected to last through Thursday, Oct. 21, with bus service resuming Friday. (Busing for students with IEPs who receive transportation services will continue as usual.) Eleven of 21 bus drivers are out Monday due to three separate…