Governor Newsom signed AB 1867, legislation that immediately extends paid sick days protections to California’s workforce. This legislation means that every California employee that has been exposed to or tests positive for COVID-19 will have access to paid sick days for the rest of the 2020 calendar year.
Governor Newsom signed multiple bills to support small businesses including:
AB 1577 allows small businesses to exclude PPP loans from gross income for state taxes
SB 1447 authorizes $100 million Main Street hiring tax credit program for small businesses
SB 115 accelerates $230.5 million in state bond funding to help jumpstart construction projects
Legislation builds on previous investments and support for California small businesses
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Murdoch Children’s Research Institute: Phase 3, BCG vaccine repurposed
Novavax: Phase 1/2, protein-based
Pfizer/BioNTech: Phase 2/3, mRNA,
Sanofi & Translate Bio: Preclinical, mRNA
Sanofi & GSK: Phase 1, protein-based
Sinovac: Phase 3, approved for limited use in China, inactivated vaccine
Genetic Vaccines: mRNA; Vaccines that deliver one or more of the coronavirus’s own genes into our cells to provoke an immune response.
Viral Vector Vaccines: Vaccines that contain viruses engineered to carry coronavirus genes. Some viral vector vaccines enter cells and cause them to make viral proteins. Other viral vectors slowly replicate, carrying coronavirus proteins on their surface.
Protein-Based Vaccines: Vaccines that contain coronavirus proteins but no genetic material. Some vaccines contain whole proteins, and some contain fragments of them. Some pack many of these molecules on nanoparticles.
Inactivated or Attenuated Coronavirus Vaccines: Vaccines created from weakened coronaviruses or coronaviruses that have been killed with chemicals.
Repurposed Vaccines:Vaccines already in use for other diseases that may also protect against Covid-19.
Staying Prepared During Wildfires
Wildfires across the state have prompted evacuations, power outages, and concerns about the effects on health. In such circumstances, it is vital that Californians are adequately prepared. In order to be ready, there are many things you and your family can do, and resources to be aware of, outlined in ourlatest blog post.
Our blog covers:
Prioritizing Your Emergency Plan, including checklists customized for your environment
Evacuation centers across the state
Recommendations to make your health a priority, even in an emergency
The difference between masks used for preventing the spread of COVID-19 and those for wildfire particulates
Reliable, updated information and news hubs to check out
For People With High Blood Pressure, Telemonitoring May Cut Heart Attack, Stroke Rate By 50%
People enrolled in a pharmacist-led telemonitoring program to control high blood pressure were about half as likely to have a heart attack or stroke compared to those who received routine primary care, according to new research published today in Hypertension, an American Heart Association journal. Researchers, led by study author Karen L. Margolis, M.D., M.P.H., executive director of research at HealthPartners Institute in Minneapolis, Minn., found that a heart attack, stroke, stent placement or heart failure hospitalization occurred in 5.3% of the telemonitoring group vs. 10.4% of the routine primary care group. Read More
Coronavirus Tests Are Supposed to Be Free. The Surprise Bills Come Anyway.
By Sarah Kliff: Sarah Goldstone got a coronavirus test in Massachusetts after her health insurer said it was “waiving cost sharing for Covid-19 testing-related visits.” Amanda Bowes, a health policy analyst in Maryland, got hers because she knew a new federal law should make coronavirus testing free for insured patients like her. Kelly Daisley had one after seeing New York City’s ads offering free tests. “Do it for them,” says one bus shelter ad near her home, showing a happy family. All three were surprised when their health insurers said that they were responsible for a significant chunk of their bills — in Ms. Daisley’s case, as much as $2,718. Read More
CCCC Presents Live Daily Yoga Breaks
Thank you to all who have participated with our daily live yoga sessions with renowned instructor Karen Penfold of Full of Hope yoga. We know that this is a very difficult time and hope you have been able to take a few moments to take care of yourself, with us.If you’ve missed this week’s sessions, you can view them below: