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COVID: LA is mandating masks again. Is Bay Area next?

The steep and steady rise in COVID-19 cases is spurring health officials throughout well-vaccinated California to walk back the mask freedom they granted the inoculated just a month ago and advise or order that they mask up indoors. On Thursday, Los Angeles County became the first county in the state to order that masks be worn indoors regardless of vaccination status, starting Saturday. Also on Thursday, Sacramento County joined Yolo County in recommending that everyone wear masks indoors regardless of…

California health system onboards surgical robot at ASC

Mission Surgery Center has added its second Rosa robotic system, according to a July 14 LinkedIn post by Mission Hospital.  The center is located in Mission Viejo, Calif., on Providence Mission Hospital’s campus.  Zimmer Biomet’s Rosa Knee System is designed to improve implant placement, reproducibility and outcomes for total knee replacement. Mission Hospital’s Samuel Park, MD, will be hosting a webinar on the new technology.…

COVID cases surging in California a month after reopening

A month after California’s reopening lifted most pandemic restrictions, COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are rising, worrying public health officials as they contend with the more infectious Delta variant and the lagging pace of vaccinations in some communities.  Los Angeles County has drawn particular concern, with five straight days of more than 1,000 new cases, a five-fold increase from mid-June. Gov. Gavin Newsom on June 15 officially ended the state’s stay-at-home and mandatory mask orders affecting 40 million people, allowing most…

California health care worker who died after second COVID-19 vaccine killed by heart disease, coroner says

The X-ray technologist who died four days after his second COVID-19 shot was felled by heart disease, the Orange County Coroner has concluded. Rochelle Zook with her sons Jared, left, and Kyle, hold a memory blanket given to her after her husband Tim’s death in January. (Photo by Mindy Schauer, Orange County Register/SCNG)  Tim Zook, 60, worked at South Coast Global Medical Center in Santa Ana and proudly displayed the Band-Aid after his last Pfizer jab on Jan. 5. He…

California K-12 Students Will Continue to Wear Masks Indoors, Says State Department of Public Health

This tumultuous year has proven the essential nature of nonpartisan local news. Every day we bring you news critical to staying informed and active in the community. Join us with a tax-deductible donation. In California schools, masks will continue to be worn in the classroom, according to the California Department of Public Health. The announcement, sent in a press release to the Voice of OC, comes following updated guidance on Covid-19 prevention at K-12 schools from the Centers for Disease…