As of Wednesday, there were no available appointments at county- or city-run test sites. Officials had warned that testing would be limited this week due to the upcoming holiday weekend, but in recent weeks, getting a test has already proved to be a challenge. Last week, appointment slots filled up amid officials’ ongoing calls for residents to get tested. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus at ‘critical juncture’ as hospitalizations in California soar
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In California as of Sunday, Latino people accounted for 55% of coronavirus cases and 42% of deaths, while making up about 39% of the state’s population, according to data from the California Department of Public Health. Black Californians account for 9% of the state’s deaths, while making up about 6% of the overall population. But even those figures may be low — 35% of cases are missing race and ethnicity data. … [Read more...] about California braces for a spike in coronavirus deaths as infections soar. But how bad will it be?
Over in the Marina District, Naked Fish, a 13-year-old sushi bar on a bustling stretch of Chestnut St., has also closed. While the restaurant’s owners had originally planned to close out their lease on March 22, a sign posted on the restaurant’s window states they closed even earlier to protect the health of their employees. All of the furniture has already been cleared out of the space and its phone line has been disconnected. … [Read more...] about Beachside Coffee Bar shutters, plus other permanent restaurant closures since shelter-in-place
The basic principles of the county’s new health order are that outdoors is safer than indoors; more physical distance is safer; fewer and briefer contacts are safer; and face coverings should be worn consistently and be the new normal, Williams said. … [Read more...] about California’s July 4 coronavirus warning: ‘Assume everyone around you is infectious’
On Saturday, the state reported its second straight record-setting day of new cases — 9,585 new infections, following the 8,942 that were reported on Friday. 8,530 new cases were reported Sunday, bringing the state’s seven-day total of new cases to 43,784 — over 31 percent of the state’s more than 141,000 total cases. 12.4 percent of tests in the state are coming back positive, up from 3 to 5 percent in May and 10 percent in mid-June — which indicates that increased testing is not responsible for the spike in new cases, as Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has claimed in the past. South Florida has been hardest-hit, and the median age of the newly infected has been between 33 and 37. At least 3,419 Floridians have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic began, including 258 people in the last week. … [Read more...] about The Failed U.S. Reopening Has Served Up a Feast for the Coronavirus