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Thursday, October 7, 2021 | California Healthline


LA Will Require Proof Of Vaccination Almost Everywhere Indoors: Los Angeles has approved a new ordinance that requires proof of covid vaccination to enter indoor restaurants, shopping malls, movie theaters, hair and nail salons, and many other indoor venues. Read more from the Los Angeles Times and CBS. And starting today, people 12 and older will have to show proof of full vaccination at any large outdoor event in L.A. County. Read more from the LA Daily News.

New Mask Guidelines May Be Coming Today For Bay Area:  Today, Bay Area health officers are expected to announce plans for a possible end to the region’s indoor masking mandate, but the order may not end overnight. Health officials are finalizing criteria that counties would have to meet to lift the restrictions. Read more from ABC 7, SF Gate, Bay Area News Group. and the San Francisco Chronicle.

Below, check out the roundup of California Healthline’s coverage. For today’s national health news, read KHN’s Morning Briefing.

Pfizer Asks US To Allow COVID Shots For Kids Ages 5 To 11

Pfizer asked the U.S. government Thursday to allow use of its COVID-19 vaccine in children ages 5 to 11 — and if regulators agree, shots could begin within a matter of weeks. Many parents and pediatricians are clamoring for protection for children younger than 12, today’s age cutoff for the vaccine made by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech. (Neergaard, 10/7)

Pfizer Seeks FDA Authorization Of Covid-19 Vaccine For Children Ages 5 To 11 

Pfizer and BioNTech said Thursday they are seeking US Food and Drug Administration emergency use authorization from for their Covid-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11.If authorized, this would be the first Covid-19 vaccine for younger children. The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is approved for people age 16 and older and has an EUA for people ages 12 to 15. (Gumbrecht, 10/7)

Los Angeles Daily News:
LAPD Vaccination Rate Up To 65%, Chief Says 

Nearly two-thirds of Los Angeles Police Department employees are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the city’s police chief said Tuesday. Chief Michel Moore said about 65% of department employees have confirmed that they received two vaccination shots. LAPD validated the employees’ vaccination status by asking for their vaccine cards. (Cain, 10/6)

Los Angeles Times:
California Is Shaking Off The Worst Of The Delta Variant Surge

COVID-19 hospitalizations have dropped by half from the summer peak, as California continues to steadily, if slowly, shake off the worst of the delta surge. California reached its summer peak in hospitalizations on the last day of August, when 8,353 people with confirmed COVID-19 were in the state’s hospitals. As of Monday, there were 4,467 people hospitalized — a number last seen in early August as the delta surge picked up steam. (Money and Lin II, 10/6)

The Bakersfield Californian:
COVID-19 Hospitalizations Pass Peak, But There’s Potential For New Surge 

Kern County hospitals passed another peak in COVID-19 inpatient cases two weeks ago, with numbers dropping from 350 people receiving care then to about 230 on Wednesday, but health officials warn it’s no time to slack off from vaccines, masks and social distancing. Hospitals are bracing themselves for another surge as events such as the fair, football games and concerts could contribute to a new spike in cases, Bakersfield Memorial President and CEO Ken Keller said. Usually, symptoms appear 10 to 14 days after exposure. (Desai, 10/6)

San Diego Union-Tribune:
San Diego Lab Could Double Use Of Rapid, At-Home COVID Tests

The Food and Drug Administration this week cleared a rapid, at-home COVID-19 test made by San Diego’s Acon Laboratories, touting its usefulness in helping public health officials track the spread of the novel coronavirus. The Sorrento Valley medical diagnostics company makes a 15-minute test that detects fragments of the coronavirus from a nose swab; such tests are known as antigen tests. Users can self-administer the test at home if they have COVID-19 symptoms or suspect that they’ve been exposed to the virus. And unlike other such tests, you only need to use Acon’s Flowflex COVID-19 test once rather than multiple times over a three-day period. (Wosen, 10/6)

CBS News:
New Air Purifiers Filter At Least 90% Of COVID-Carrying Particles, Researchers Say

An army of do-it-yourselfers is trying to clear the air of COVID-19. One group at the University of California, San Diego, is building 250 homemade air purifiers for classrooms and labs around campus, and they say their box-style purifier filters at least 90% of the particles that carry the virus. The Corsi-Rosenthal boxes, named for the two men who created the purifiers, are made up of four air filters on the sides. As air flows in, an electric fan on top draws out the purified air. (Lapook, 10/6)

San Diego Union-Tribune:
San Diego Doctors Debunk COVID-19 Misinformation 

A panel of medical experts convened by San Diego County spent Wednesday morning debunking false claims about COVID-19 tests, treatments and vaccines in a bid by local officials to battle back against pandemic misinformation. Four physicians took on everything from misconceptions that vaccines are more dangerous than COVID-19 to claims that case surges have been driven by faulty tests. Such statements have circulated for…


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