I’m Winston Gieseke, philanthropy and particular sections editor for The Desert Sun in Palm Springs, wishing you a really protected and completely happy weekend. But first, listed below are among the newest headlines from the Golden State.
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- Governor: Vaccines for everybody by May 1
- California’s vaccination prices rise amid adjustments to Blue Shield oversight
- COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7. present in Kern County
- California to permit cheerleaders at soccer video games after all
- No extra OHVs on California’s solely drive-on seaside
- New EDD delays may lead to 2.4M Californians ready weeks for unemployment advantages
Governor: Vaccines for everybody by May 1
This simply in: Gov. Gavin Newsom mentioned Friday he expects to make every Californian eligible for the vaccine by May 1 now that supplies are ramping up.
When vaccines first turned accessible in restricted type in December, California adopted federal suggestions and allowed vaccinations solely for well being care staff, the aged and people in nursing properties and different long-term care amenities.
Since then, Newsom has opened up eligibility to all individuals 65 and older in addition to lecturers, youngster care staff, farm and meals staff, and emergency personnel. This week he added individuals with sure disabilities and underlying well being situations.
California’s vaccination prices rise amid adjustments to Blue Shield oversight
In different vaccination information: The Los Angeles Times reviews that the anticipated cost of administering COVID-19 vaccines in California is now $1.3 billion, almost 4 occasions the determine bandied about two months in the past.
This new determine was made public Thursday because the Golden State rolled again plans to centralize the supply of doses underneath a program run by Blue Shield of California.
According to a letter despatched to California counties this week by the California Government Operations Agency, the state plans to offer some decision-making powers again to native public well being officers. This would require Blue Shield to seek the advice of with a county earlier than making suggestions about what number of doses the realm wants.
The letter additionally outlined one other change: Rather than prohibit a county’s capacity to supply vaccines to native clinics and healthcare suppliers, counting on Blue Shield to make choices, counties can now use their discretion to distribute parts of its vaccine allotment to different suppliers. This is topic to approval from the state.
The Newsom administration mentioned Thursday it can value $151 million to create and administer the statewide vaccine community, with most of that sum going to information know-how assist. The state has additionally signed a two-month, $13 million contract with McKinsey & Co., a administration consulting agency, to help the insurance coverage firm and the state with the vaccine supply system.
All informed, between 2020 and 2022, California will spend greater than $15 billion battling COVID-19, as estimated by the governor’s administration, most of which will likely be reimbursed by the federal authorities. That’s $2 billion greater than the governor estimated could be wanted simply two months in the past, with a lot of the rise because of the state’s new vaccine distribution system, according to the Department of Finance.
COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7. present in Kern County
One case of the B.1.1.7. pressure of the coronavirus has been detected in Kern County, according to a news release Thursday from Kern County Public Health.
Currently there isn’t a indication that the vaccines or monoclonal antibody remedies are much less efficient on the B.1.1.7 variant; nonetheless, there’s proof that this variant could also be extra extreme.
The variant pressure was first detected within the United Kingdom and has since unfold to greater than 200 international locations. As of March 11, 265 instances of the B.1.1.7. variant have been detected in California.
Kern County Public Health encourages residents to maintain taking steps that can restrict transmission of the virus. This contains:
- Wearing a masks when leaving house
- Keeping bodily distance of at the least 6 toes aside
- Washing arms for 20 seconds
- Getting the COVID-19 vaccine as quickly as you might be eligible.
California to permit cheerleaders at soccer video games after all
Holy switcheroo, Batman! On Tuesday, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) mentioned cheerleaders weren’t allowed to cheer on the sidelines at soccer video games, a decision that took return-to-play leaders by surprise.
Imagine their shock on Friday when the state modified its thoughts. “Sideline cheer is considered comparable to competitive cheer as a moderate-contact sport and should follow all requirements of other outdoor moderate-contact sports,” a spokesperson for CDPH mentioned by way of electronic mail.
Friday’s change, as reported by Associated Press, will “reclassify sideline cheer from a supporting group to a recreational sport, subject to the same rules as outdoor competitive cheer, which is a red-tier sport in the state’s recreational sports guidelines.”
The pointers for different teams, together with band members, have not modified.
No extra OHVs on California’s solely drive-on seaside
When Oceano Dunes state park, close to San Luis Obispo, was shut down final spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic, an endangered shore chicken, the snowy plover, determined to develop its nesting space.
This would usually be excellent news. However, when the Coastal Commission found that the park’s workers had been actively trying to discourage the birds from constructing new nests, it ordered the workers to cease, and the state park company agreed to ban automobiles on the seaside by means of October 2020.
Prior to this, the seaside had allowed road automobiles in addition to all-terrain cycles and different off-highway automobiles to drive alongside the eight-mile stretch of seaside. This is the Golden State’s solely seaside that also permits automobiles.
But that modified Thursday night time when, throughout a 12-hour assembly, 10 California Coastal commissioners unanimously voted to phase out off-highway vehicles by 2024, in accordance with The Mercury News.
“The fundamental question that has been in play for 40 years and really grappling with directly … is there is existing large swathes of environmentally sensitive habitat where historically we have allowed an intense use, including this particular vehicle recreational use, for many, many years and absolute failure over those decades to deal with that fundamental threshold question as to whether or not that was lawful,” mentioned Commissioner Steve Padilla, as reported by the San Luis Obispo Tribune.
The state parks company, in the meantime, has lengthy opposed the banning of automobiles on the seaside, citing financial disruption and the company’s mandate to supply leisure alternatives accessible to all.
New EDD delays may lead to 2.4M Californians ready weeks for unemployment advantages
Another day, one other subject with the Employment Development Department. The San Francisco Chronicle reviews that approximately 2.4 million Golden State residents who are self-employed or on a federal extension plan will have to wait weeks in order to receive newly extended jobless benefits.
The EDD has struggled throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to deal with an awesome variety of unemployment claims.
However, last week’s $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, signed by President Joe Biden, permits for an extra $300 per week to be added to unemployment advantages till Labor Day. However, the EDD mentioned it can require further time for the brand new pointers to be applied, providing up April 10 and April 30 as goal dates for two totally different classes.
While the EDD previously said most people’s benefits would continue without gaps in coverage, the company now says continuity solely applies to these on common unemployment for a interval of lower than 12 months in addition to these on FED-ED, the Federal-State Extended Duration program.
The remainder of Californians — roughly 2.4 million of them — might want to wait till the company can implement the brand new pointers. Once that occurs, these individuals will retroactively obtain any advantages they had been entitled to, in accordance with the EDD.
“California is working to launch these new programs as quickly as possible,” EDD mentioned in a press launch.
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As the philanthropy and particular sections editor at The Desert Sun, Winston Gieseke writes about nonprofits, fundraising and individuals who give again within the Coachella Valley. Reach him at [email protected].