Jonathan Cartu Suggests: California Coronavirus Updates: People Choosing To Dine Out…

California Coronavirus Updates: People Choosing To Dine Out...

Jonathan Cartu Suggests: California Coronavirus Updates: People Choosing To Dine Out…

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Latest Updates

California wavers on theme park opening rules amid pressure

Nevada to allow non-contact rec league sports to continue 

People choosing to dine outside in smoky conditions continues

Stockton residents who were financially impacted can apply for a new financial assistance program

California Department of Public Health releases a COVID-19 equity blueprint 

Saturday, October 3

11:20: California wavers on theme park opening rules amid pressure

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has delayed releasing reopening guidance for theme parks amid criticism from industry leaders on the state’s initial plans and mounting pressure to let these businesses resume. 

State government spokesman Nathan Click told the Sacramento Bee that Newsom’s administration had planned to release the guidance on Friday. But following criticism of draft rules from amusement park leaders, state health officials said no announcement was immediately expected and that conversations with the industry were ongoing. 

California has faced growing pressure to reopen theme parks from the industry and local officials worried about the economic impact of the pandemic on their communities.

Friday, October 2

4:53 p.m.: Nevada to allow non-contact rec league sports to continue 

Nevadans will be able to compete in recreational league sports again starting Saturday, after months of being shut down due to COVID-19.

Governor Steve Sisolak announced Friday that youth and adult teams will be allowed to meet again — but the new policy comes with some restrictions.

“Not all sports will be allowed under this directive,” Sisolak said. “Only minimal-contact and non-contact sports will be allowed.”

Baseball, soccer and swimming all made the cut, but not full-contact sports like football, boxing and basketball, which pose a greater threat for transmission.

Leagues will have to provide screening and temperature checks for athletes and spectators. And after a game is done, Sisolak asked everyone in attendance to leave immediately to reduce the risk of new infections. 

Sisolak also appealed to non-players to demonstrate safe behavior at sporting events. 

“The coaches and the parents are role models. They are not passive spectators,” he said. “If they wear masks, it’ll encourage everybody to wear their masks and I’m confident they will.”

The new policy doesn’t apply to high school or college sports, which have their own COVID-19 safety regulations.

2:02 p.m.: People choosing to dine outside in smoky conditions continues

While parts of Northern California are reopening their indoor dining, outdoor dining is still an essential way to address the restrictions while salvaging an important portion of the local economy. However, with wildfire season in full swing, the poor air quality over the region has made outdoor dining a difficult decision.

Some residents have found that they continue to eat outside, even with ashy skies.

Melissa and Tyler Williams, owners of the Ten Ten Room and Tank House BBQ and Bar, said that diners should pick restaurants they trust and give them a little slack.

“I would advise people to get out there… I feel safe,” Tyler Williams said. “I feel comfortable here and lots of other places. Just be patient and nice. You can’t go out expecting what was.”

On a less smoky Tuesday evening at Slim and Husky’s pizza, a newly opened spot in Sacramento’s Oak Park, Sahara White enjoyed her time outdoors.

“When they first opened back up …” White said. “I think just the excitement of being able to go back out and dine out in any sort of fashion was uplifting for me”

While the pandemic has damaged many businesses, some restaurants have taken to the streets and sidewalks to continue serving customers and bring a sense of normalcy.

1:54 p.m.: Stockton residents who were financially impacted can apply for a new financial assistance program

Stockton residents who lost money in the pandemic due to loss of work, business shutdown or taking time off to care for a child may apply for a new financial support program offered by the city, even if they weren’t ever sick with COVID-19.

The city is offering the Essential Support Program through the CARES act for COVID-19 relief. Residents can apply on the city website if they have suffered losses and don’t exceed 100 of the area’s median income.

Connie Cochran with the city of Stockton said that anyone who has been a resident since Feb. 1 is eligible.

“If you’re struggling to pay for basic household needs, there’s help in this program, a thousand dollars for each eligible adult and it’s limited to 2-thousand dollars per household,” Cochoran said.

Cochran says people who applied for an earlier program for financial assistance with rent or mortgage payments are still eligible for this program as well.

1:27 p.m.: California Department of Public Health releases a COVID-19 equity blueprint

California health officials have added a requirement into the state’s COVID-19 reopening plan  that large counties must address inequity in communities such as low-income, Black, Latino, Pacific Islander and essential workers before they can loosen restrictions.

The organization has found that these groups have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic, leading to a higher infection rate, more hospitalization and deaths.

The department found that there is a significant difference in test positivities between more and less advantaged neighborhoods in most counties. These differences also overlap with race and the possibility of being an essential employee.

Counties with a population greater than 106,000 must follow an equity metric to ensure that their most disadvantaged neighborhoods don’t lag behind. Counties with less than 106,000 residents must submit a plan that defines their disproportionately affected population and show plans to invest in at least interrupting disease transmission in these populations.

Some counties welcomed the news and said it would build on efforts underway. Supporters of a more rapid reopening criticized the measure.

Thursday, October 1

2:03 p.m.: Los Angeles, New York City rolling out ambitious and costly plans to test students, staff for coronavirus

The nation’s two largest school districts are rolling out expensive and determined plans to test staff and students for COVID-19, according to the Associated Press.

New York City launched its program to start testing 10% to 20% of staff and students as the last group of the district’s more than 1 million students return to in-person learning today.

The Los Angeles public school district has unveiled a similar testing program costing $150 million. They are using this testing to determine if and when it’ll be safe for brick-and-mortar teaching.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently said that COVID-19 has been rising among school-aged children in the U.S. as many returned to classrooms.

1:43 p.m.: Manufacturers produce record number of flu shot doses

Health officials across the country are telling Americans to get a flu shot this month to avoid the twin epidemic of COVID-19 and the flu, according to the Associated Press.

Europe is also encouraging its residents to get their flu shots as well. Manufacturers have produced a record number of doses, with as many as 198 million doses expected in the U.S.

Not all the vaccines will be shipped at once, and there are sporadic reports of pharmacy and clinics being temporarily out of stock.

Vaccine makers say the shipments are still coming. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention said that while demand may be high at the moment, don’t get frustrated if a local doctor’s office or drugstore is out of stock, and keep trying.

9:55 a.m.: Yolo County offering free flu shots to residents

Yolo County is offering free flu vaccines starting on Oct. 6 through Oct. 27 to help “Fight the Flu” this fall.

On Monday, Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a press conference update on COVID-19 that Californians should get the flu shot to help “mitigate what some have referred to as the twindemic,” which is a potential second wave of COVID-19 transmissions that happen concurrently.

Newsom said this possible twindemic would be “putting stress, putting pressure on our hospital system at the same time, draining resources and impacting the quality of care all of you deserve.”

Yolo County residents interested in getting a flu shot can either go to any of the seven currently planned locations across the county without an appointment or schedule one by calling…

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