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Governor Newsom Announces California Health and Human Services Agency Appointments | California Governor

SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today announced the appointment of California Health and Human Services Agency (CHHS) Undersecretary Michelle Baass as Director of the California Department of Health Care Services, filling the role held by outgoing Director William Lightbourne since June 2020. CHHS Deputy Secretary of Program and Fiscal Affairs Marko Mijic has been appointed to serve as Undersecretary of the Agency. “Director Lightbourne stepped up to serve California during a worldwide pandemic, bringing with him a lifetime of extensive…

COVID in California: Health officials in Contra Costa County expect COVID ‘to be around’ for up to a decade

Latest updates: Unvaccinated have infection rates 541% higher: The overwhelming majority of new COVID infections in California continue to be in the unvaccinated population, state health department data shows. They have 571% higher case rates than those who are vaccinated. About 11 people per 100,000 residents age 16 and older are infected per day in the population of those who have received their shots. Among those still not vaccinated it’s close to 62 people per 100,000, state officials say. Marin…

Opinion: Doctors Are Infrastructure

Photo by iStock/monkeybusinessimages Our health care system needs to be examined. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed immense inequities across our health care systems, from coverage gaps to preexisting health conditions. The pandemic has also inspired us to be more forward looking and to take a real look—not just at what’s in front of us but also at how we can look beyond to address needs now so they don’t intensify problems later. Recently, the American Association of Medical Colleges released…

California hospitals running out of ICU beds: health officials

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Health care workers told testing no longer a substitute for vaccination

Until yesterday, the state’s employees and health care workers had the choice to get fully vaccinated this month or submit to weekly COVID-19 testing. That order was amended Aug. 5, taking testing off the table but extending the vaccination deadline to Sept. 30, according to the California Department of Public Health. “Increasing numbers of health care workers are among the new positive cases, despite vaccinations being prioritized for this group when vaccines initially became available,” said Dr. Tomás J. Aragón,…

All California Health Care Workers Now Face Strict Order to be Vaccinated by October | San Jose Inside

State public health officials issued a vaccination mandate Thursday for health care workers across the state, requiring them to be fully vaccinated or receive their second dose by the end of September. The mandate will apply to all workers in health care settings like hospitals and skilled nursing facilities. In its Aug. 5 order, the California Department of Public Health also mandated that people visiting a health care setting must confirm their vaccination status or have tested “As we continue…

Union and health care provider join to offer training to fill worker gaps in California health care

By Ashley A. Smith, EdSource California has long needed more health care workers, and the coronavirus pandemic only made the demand more pressing. Filling the gap is the goal of a unique joint venture that creates certificate programs to recruit and train new medical technicians, as well as lab and dental assistants throughout the state. It’s called Futuro Health, a nonprofit venture by Kaiser Permanente, a Bay Area-based health system, and the Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers West, the…

California health officials report signs of ‘encouraging’ Covid trends but warn residents not to let their guard down

The state reported roughly 11,769 new cases on Thursday, according to the California Department of Public Health. That’s down from 12,359 reported this time last week but up from 10,450 reported two weeks ago. Statewide, the positivity rate is 5.4%, down from a high of 7% on July 31. The number of new cases reported is plateauing in areas of the state with higher rates of vaccination, officials said. “We’re hopeful the rate of cases is plateauing in some regions…

Can toxic algae kill humans? California health officials are warning of these poisonous blooms

Show Caption Hide Caption Expert explains how weather impacts the spread of red tide Recently, the algae was pushed closer to shore in the Tampa Bay area killing several fish. Accuweather, Accuweather Madera County health officials in northern California on Monday issued warnings to the public after high amounts of harmful algae were reported in a lake.  Staff from the Central Valley Water Board have put out signs around Hensley Lake warning people about harmful bright green algae in the…