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Weekly Recap

By California Chronic Care Coalition

September 14, 2020

COVID-19 in California – By the Numbers

Note: Updated September 9th, 2020
  • Positive cases: 742,865
  • Confirmed hospitalizations: 3,288
  • Confirmed ICU hospitalization: 1,040
  • Suspected hospitalizations: 937
  • Suspected ICU hospitalizations: 144
  • Deaths: 13,978

CDC Daily – COVID-19 Cases in America

Note: Updated September 11th, 2020
  • Total Cases: 6,343,562
  • Total Deaths: 190,262
  • States with highest number of cases reported:
    • California: 739,527
    • Florida: 644,781
    • Texas: 645,791
    • New York: 442,058
    • Georgia: 287,287

Latest Updates in California

  • 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
  • Sign up for local county updates by entering your zip code here.
  • Important resources and websites to bookmark:
  • (877)409-9052 – Medi-Nurse Line
  • (833)544-2374 – COVID-19 Hotline
  • (888)670-1360 – Friendship Line
  • Call 211 to be connected to local resources
  • CaliforniansForAll.ca.gov – for ways to volunteer
  • calcat.covid19.ca.gov – for models on COVID-19
  • Onwardca.org -if you are unemployed and looking for a job
  • healthcorps.ca.gov – if you are a health care professional that can help
  • covid19supplies.ca.gov – if you have extra PPE
  • sba.gov – for nonprofit loan assistance
  • engageca.org/check-in – to take a pledge to call 5 seniors in your community
  • Guide for Immigrant Californians
  • Visit the Office of the Governor’s Newsroom for more details and information.

Latest in COVID-19 Vaccine Development

Use this NYTimes Coronavirus Vaccine Tracker to keep up with all the latest developments in the fight against COVID-19.

  • AstraZeneca/Oxford: Phase 2/3, halted, side effect under investigation, adenovirus-based
  • Clover, GlaxoSmithKline, Dynavax: Phase 1, protein-based, adjuvants from GSK
  • Johnson & Johnson: Phase 1/2, adenovirus-based
  • Merck & Institut Pasteur: Phase 1, measles virus vector based
  • Merck & IAVI: Preclinical, viral vector, oral dosing
  • Moderna/NIH: Phase 3, mRNA
  • 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 our latest 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: