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Thursday, July 7
U.S. pharmacists can now prescribe the leading COVID-19 pill directly to consumers, according to the Associated Press.
The Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday that pharmacists can begin screening patients to see if they are eligible and then prescribe Pfizer’s drug Paxlovid.
Previously only doctors could prescribe it. Paxlovid has been shown to curb the worst effects of COVID-19, but it has to be started within five days of symptoms.
Paxlovid is intended for people with COVID-19 who are more likely to become seriously ill, including older people and those with health conditions.
The Sacramento Food Bank is closing its two Oak Park facilities to consolidate services at its North Sacramento Location.
The closures came with little warning to the community it’s served for 50 years. Residents were outraged on social media and were left confused by the decision.
The organization’s Family Services building had adult education, clothing programs and provided legal assistance for immigrants.
In response, the food bank’s president and CEO, Blake Young, answered a few questions about the closure at a recent public meeting.
“We’re lucky in that we can provide some of those other family services,” they said. “But with the pandemic, with inflation, with where we saw the demand for food resources in our own county going, we needed to focus on that.”
He said a number of services offered at Oak Park locations had been suspended because of the pandemic. Since then, the food bank has leaned on other community organizations to help.
Canada is going to throw out about 13.6 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines because it couldn’t find any takers for it either at home or abroad.
According to the Associated Press, Canada signed a contract with AstraZeneca in 2020 to get 20 million doses, and 2.3 million Canadians received at least one dose of it, mostly between March and June 2021.
Following concerns in the spring of 2021 about rare but potentially fatal blood clots from AstraZeneca, Canada instead focused on using its ample supplies of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.
In July 2021, the country promised to donate the rest of its procured supply, about 17.7 million doses, but in a statement on Tuesday, Health Canada said that despite efforts to meet the pledge, 13.6 million doses have expired and will need to be thrown out.
Wednesday, July 6
The Nevada Board of Regents will no longer require staff at the state’s public universities and colleges to be vaccinated for COVID-19.
According to the Associated Press, a majority of the regents for the Nevada System of Higher Education voted Thursday to rescind an employee vaccine mandate after it was first approved last year.
Regents met on the issue in December but could not come to a majority vote.
Hundreds of employees statewide ended up quitting or losing their job because they would not get vaccinated. It was not immediately clear if those employees would be offered their jobs back.
According to the regents, roughly 97% of 22,000 current system employees have gotten vaccinated.
People in 24 Oregon counties, 15 counties in Washington and over 30 counties in California should resume mask-wearing indoors in public and on public transportation, according to recommendations from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Data from the CDC shows that those aforementioned counties are considered at high risk for COVID-19 infection as of June 30, the Associated Press reports.
California counties labeled as high risk include: Sacramento, Yolo, Placer, El Dorado and the rest of the surrounding area.
High risk means the counties have had 200 or more new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people in the last seven days or more than 20 new COVID-19 hospital admissions per 100,000 within a seven-day period.
Emerging research suggests reinfections could put people at higher risk for health problems.
Unvaccinated people have a six times higher risk of dying from COVID-19 compared with people with at least a primary series of shots, the CDC estimated based on available data from April.
Residents in parts of Shanghai and Beijing have been ordered to undergo further rounds of COVID-19 testing following the discovery of new cases in the two cities.
According to the Associated Press, restaurants have also been restricted to takeout only in the northern city of Xi’an, which endured one of China’s most sweeping lockdowns under the hardline zero-COVID policy.
The gambling hub of Macao has also shut down one of its most famous hotel casinos after cases were discovered there.
The strict measures have been retained despite relatively low numbers of cases, with mainland China reporting 353 cases of domestic transmission on Wednesday, 241 of them asymptomatic.
Tuesday, July 5
The fast-changing coronavirus has kicked off summer in the U.S. with lots of infections but relatively few deaths compared to its prior incarnations.
Keep in mind that COVID-19 is still killing hundreds of Americans each day even though many people feel it’s not as dangerous as it once was.
It’s easy to feel confused by the mixed picture — repeat infections are increasingly likely and a sizeable share of those infected will face the lingering symptoms of long COVID-19.
According to the Associated Press, how long this interlude will last is impossible to know since more dangerous variants could be around the corner.
A new poll shows that about half of Americans would think it’s a “good thing” if virtual options continue, as reported by the Associated Press.
Digital services like exercise classes, telehealth and so forth are all examples of services that moved remotely during the pandemic.
However, a poll from the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research shows that close to half of U.S. adults say they won’t return to virtual activities like having groceries delivered or use curbside pickup once the pandemic ends.
The World Health organization’s European chief has warned that monkeypox cases across the region have tripled in the last two weeks and called on countries to take stronger measures to ensure the previously rare disease does not become entrenched in the continent.
According to the Associated Press, in a statement on Friday, Dr. Hans Kluge said increased efforts were needed despite the U.N. health agency’s decision not to declare the escalating outbreak a global health emergency last week.
To date, more than 5,000 monkeypox cases have been reported from 51 countries worldwide, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and prevention.
Kluge said the number of infections in Europe represents about 90% of the global total.
Friday, July 1
Two men have been indicted by a federal grand jury in New Hampshire on multiple fraud charges alleging that they falsely applied for $5 million in federal CARES Act loans for companies and misused some of the proceeds, including one man’s purchase of a Rolls Royce.
According to the Associated Press, court documents say both men were based in New Hampshire, but one later moved to Irvine, Calif.
Prosecutors allege that the two applied for over two dozen loans in 2020 and in 2021, submitting fabricated tax documents.
The California man was arrested in Hawaii on Thursday.
It wasn’t immediately known if he had an attorney. The New Hampshire man was arrested, released and faces a hearing.
With inections on the rise in some places, some Americans are wondering — when can you stop isolating after a COVID-19 infection?
It can feel extra stressful and confusing if you’re feeling good but still testing positive on a rapid test.
NPR reports that even with the new subvariants, the basic rules haven’t changed since omicron first developed. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says someone can stop isolating after five days if they’re fever-free for 24 hours and are starting to get better.
Just keep wearing your mask for another five days.
Some researchers don’t agree and point out that some people are still infectious after day five. But if you’re feeling alright and are tired of waiting, here’s what you need to know.
Summer travel is underway across the globe, but a full recovery from two years of coronavirus could last as long as the pandemic itself.
Interviews by the Associated Press in 11 countries in June show that most passionate travelers are thronging to locales like the French Riviera, Amsterdam and the American Midwest.
But even as safety restrictions fall, places like Israel, India and Rome are reporting only fractions of the record-setting tourism of 2019.
For them, a full recovery isn’t forecasted until at least 2024. China, once the world’s biggest source of tourists, remains closed per its “zero-COVID” policy, which is holding down the rebound in many countries.
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