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Six Things to Know About Omicron’s Risks on the Job 
January 27, 2022
Look no further than your favorite restaurant, your kid’s school or your local hospital to see the effect of California’s latest bout of infections.  ... read more »
Health Officials Warn of Rising ICU Admissions Due to COVID
January 25, 2022
The percentage of COVID-19-positive hospital patients admitted to intensive care units in Los Angeles County is slowly rising, despite suggestions that the Omicron variant of the virus causes less severe infections, health officials said. ... read more »
COVID-19 Pill Rollout Stymied by Shortages as Omicron Rages
January 14, 2022
Two brand-new COVID-19 pills that were supposed to be an important weapon against the pandemic in the U.S. are in short supply and have played little role in the fight against the omicron wave of infections. ... read more »
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LA County Reports Another 40,000-Plus COVID Cases; Hospital Number Up Again
January 14, 2022
Another 40,000-plus cases of COVID-19 were reported in Los Angeles County today as the easily transmitted Omicron variant of the virus continued to make its impact felt, particularly in hospitals, where patient numbers continue to rise. According to state figures, there were 4,257 COVID-positive people in county hospitals as of Friday, up from 4,175 on Thursday. A total of 600 of those patients were being treated in intensive care, up from 586 a day earlier. ... read more »
The Biden Administration to Begin Distributing At-Home, Rapid COVID-19 Tests to Americans for Free
January 14, 2022
Testing is an important tool to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Public health experts and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that Americans use at-home tests if they begin to have symptoms, at least five days after coming in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, or are gathering indoors with a group of people who are at risk of severe disease or unvaccinated. ... read more »
Da Vinci RISE High for At-Risk Learners Finds Itself At-Risk
January 14, 2022
The COVID-19 pandemic has left a lasting impact on all students, but especially for those experiencing extreme obstacles to their academic success. Da Vinci RISE High, with campuses in Hawthorne, South Los Angeles, and Culver City, provides a comprehensive and holistic education for students who all too often fall through the cracks: students experiencing homelessness, extreme poverty, probation, or foster care. ... read more »
Judge Tosses LAPD Officers’ Suit Over COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement
January 13, 2022
A federal judge has tossed a lawsuit brought by 13 Los Angeles Police Department officers challenging the city's mandatory COVID-19 vaccination ordinance for its employees, according to court papers obtained today. ... read more »
California Lawmakers Debate Universal Health Care Proposal
January 12, 2022
Frustrated with partisan stalemates in Washington, California's overwhelmingly Democratic Legislature on Tuesday will begin debating whether to create their own universal health care system _ a move that will test how far the state's progressive politicians are willing to go to fulfill their campaign promises. ... read more »
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LA County Health Director Warns Against Non-Essential Activities to Slow COVID
January 12, 2022
Amid a dramatic surge in COVID-19 infections, Los Angeles County's public health director has urged residents to avoid non- essential activities in the coming weeks, particularly those that are indoors and involve mingling with unvaccinated or higher-risk people. Fueled by the Omicron variant of COVID-19, the county is experiencing pandemic-high levels of daily infection reports and the highest rate of virus transmission to date. The county on Tuesday reported 34,827 new infections, along with 15 more deaths. ... read more »
Starbucks Says Employees Must Get Vaccine or Test Weekly
January 4, 2022
Starbucks says its U.S. workers must be fully vaccinated by Feb. 9 or face a weekly COVID testing requirement. ... read more »
UCLA Study Shows Fast Food Workers at High Risk of Contracting COVID-19
January 4, 2022
Fast food workers are at higher risk of contracting COVID-19 in addition to facing difficult work conditions during the pandemic, a new UCLA Labor Center study published today reveals. ... read more »
FDA Expands Pfizer Boosters For More Teens as Omicron Surges
January 4, 2022
The U.S. is expanding COVID-19 boosters as it confronts the omicron surge, with the Food and Drug Administration allowing extra Pfizer shots for children as young as 12. ... read more »
COVID-Positive Patients Surge Past 2,000 Mark in LA County Hospitals
January 4, 2022
The number of COVID-19-positive patients in Los Angeles County surged well above the 2,000 mark today amid a surge in infections that has seen daily case numbers skyrocket over the past two weeks. ... read more »
Burbank School Board Votes to Resume Classes Monday
January 3, 2022
Students in the Burbank Unified School District will be expected to return to class as scheduled Monday after the Board of Education decided not to delay reopening by one week in light of the current surge of COVID-19 infections. The panel held a 3 1/2 hour emergency meeting Sunday night to consider the delay. ... read more »
Fauci: CDC Mulling COVID Test Requirement for Asymptomatic
January 3, 2022
As the COVID-19 omicron variant surges across the United States, top federal health officials are looking to add a negative test along with its five-day isolation restrictions for asymptomatic Americans who catch the coronavirus, ... read more »

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