Governors Newsom, Brown and Inslee Announce Updated Health Guidance

Governors Newsom, Brown and Inslee Announce Updated Health Guidance

Sacramento, CA….With declining case rates and hospitalizations across the West, California, Oregon and Washington are moving together to update their masking guidance. After 11:59 p.m. on March 11, California, Oregon and Washington will adopt new indoor mask policies and move from mask requirements to mask recommendations in schools. State policies do not change federal requirements, […]

CDC is Updating COVID-19 Community Recommendations.

CDC is Updating COVID-19 Community Recommendations.

Atlanta, GA…CDC’s new COVID-19 Community Level tool classifies every county in the U.S. into low, medium, or high. Knowing the COVID-19 Community Level in your area will help determine what prevention measures are needed to protect yourself and your loved ones, as well as decrease strain on hospitals and health systems. Check your community’s level […]

Governor Newsom Unveils SMARTER Plan Charting California’s Path Forward During Endemic Phase of Covid Response

Governor Newsom Unveils SMARTER Plan Charting California’s Path Forward During Endemic Phase of Covid Response

Fontana, CA…As California emerges from the Omicron surge, Governor Gavin Newsom today unveiled the state’s SMARTER Plan, the next phase of California’s pandemic response. Building on lessons learned over the past two years and the state’s ongoing commitment to equity, the SMARTER Plan will guide California’s strategic approach to managing COVID-19 while moving the state’s […]

Briefing by White House COVID-⁠19 Response Team and Public Health Officials

Briefing by White House COVID-⁠19 Response Team and Public Health Officials

Washington, DC…Good morning, and thanks for joining us.  Today, we’ll start with an update from Dr. Walensky on the state of the pandemic and CDC’s COVID-19 surveillance efforts.  DR. WALENSKY:  Good morning.  Thanks, Jeff.  I’d like to start by walking you through today’s data.  The current seven-day daily average of cases is about 247,300 cases […]

With COVID-19 Conditions Improving, State Public Health Officials Allowing Indoor Mask Mandates to Expire February 15th

With COVID-19 Conditions Improving, State Public Health Officials Allowing Indoor Mask Mandates to Expire February 15th

Sacramento, CA…As COVID-19 conditions continue to improve across California and the Omicron surge subsides, temporary measures the state had put in place will expire in the coming weeks.  COVID-19 cases and the rate of community transmission have steadily decreased statewide since early January, and hospitalizations are either plateauing or declining in most regions of the […]

The Biden Administration to Begin Distributing At-Home, Rapid COVID-⁠19 Tests to Americans for Free

The Biden Administration to Begin Distributing At-Home, Rapid COVID-⁠19 Tests to Americans for Free

Washington, DC…The Biden Administration is Buying One Billion Tests to Give to Americans for Free; Online Ordering of a Half-Billion Tests Begins on January 19th; Builds on Significant Actions to Expand Testing Capacity and Increase Access to Free Testing. Testing is an important tool to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Public health experts and […]

The Great Covid Endemic of 2022? California Tells Asymptomatic Covid Positive HCPs to Stay on Job, No Testing Required!

The Great Covid Endemic of 2022?  California Tells Asymptomatic Covid Positive HCPs to Stay on Job, No Testing Required!

Sacramento, CA…It seems that unofficially at least the California Dept of Public Health has declared the Covid Pandemic over and the endemic phase of the outbreak underway. From the CDPH guidance…”From January 8, 2022 until February 1, 2022, HCP who test positive for SARS-CoV-2 and are asymptomatic, may return to work immediately without isolation and […]

University of Maryland School of Medicine Faculty Scientists and Clinicians Perform Historic First Successful Transplant of Porcine Heart into Adult Human with End-Stage Heart Disease

University of Maryland School of Medicine Faculty Scientists and Clinicians Perform Historic First Successful Transplant of Porcine Heart into Adult Human with End-Stage Heart Disease

Baltimore, MD…In a first-of-its-kind surgery, a 57-year-old patient with terminal heart disease received a successful transplant of a genetically-modified pig heart and is still doing well three days later. It was the only currently available option for the patient. The historic surgery was conducted by University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) faculty at the University of […]

Governor Newsom Activates National Guard to Bolster State’s COVID-19 Testing Capacity

Governor Newsom Activates National Guard to Bolster State’s COVID-19 Testing Capacity

Sacramento, CA…Governor Gavin Newsom announced that he has activated the California National Guard to support local communities with additional testing facilities and capacity amid the national surge in COVID-19 cases driven by the Omicron variant. “California has led the country’s fight against COVID-19, implementing first-in-the-nation public health measures that have helped save tens of thousands […]

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