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Stanislaus County health officer on COVID-19: ‘It seems to be everywhere’

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Stanislaus County leaders were still unclear Tuesday about what assistance the state will provide for bringing a coronavirus surge under control.

But they hope to use the state’s influence to do more testing and get test results faster.

“Any resources that show up locally we will put to use very quickly,” Chief Executive Officer Jody Hayes said. “We need ample testing and a quick turnaround time.”

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced $52 million in support for counties in the Central Valley that are inundated by COVID-19 cases. The surge began about six weeks ago after sectors of the economy were reopened in most areas of California.

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Turlock keeps health order noncompliance fines

in People

Businesses and residents in Turlock that opt to ignore public health orders are still subject to fines, as a motion to lower or eliminate the fines was not passed by the Turlock City Council on Tuesday.

The Turlock City Council unanimously approved Ordinance No. 1277-CS on April 14, adopting the Governor’s Executive Order and the County Health Order with a mechanism for enforcement by the issuance of fines through an administrative citation. The fines adopted were $250 for the first violation, $500 for the second violation and $1,000 for the third and any subsequent violations.

During the April Council meeting, Turlock Police Chief Nino Amirfar said the administrative fines would only be used after a business and/or resident was warned that they are violating shelter-in-place orders.

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What It Was Like Aboard the Grand Princess in Oakland

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A drone buzzed around like a bee about 50 feet away from Rex Lawson’s balcony.

He watched a convoy of ambulances and vans pull up below. Workers in protective suits moved about, while what appeared to be news helicopters hovered overhead.

“I have to comb my hair so I’ll look good on TV,” Mr. Lawson, 86, a retired United Airlines pilot, joked. He marveled at the “tremendous amount of logistics” at work around him.

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California’s fourth vaping death reported in Marin County

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SACRAMENTO — California public health officials are urging people to stop vaping and using e-cigarettes as a fourth death related to vaping was reported in the state.

The state’s Department of Public Health said Wednesday 161 people have been hospitalized for severe breathing problems and lung damage since August.

The Marin County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday 45-year-old Amanda Margot Arconti of Vacaville died at a Novato hospital earlier this month. An official cause of death is pending.

Lower Health Care Costs Act could hurt Californians

in Local Roundup

When someone reaches retirement age, health care access becomes all the more important. Getting to a hospital quickly can mean the difference between life and death.

In Waterford, where I live, the closest hospital is more than 30 minutes away. People in my situation have had to rely on air ambulance services to get the life-saving care they need. But there is a real threat that puts this service in jeopardy.

The Lower Health Care Costs Act in Congress would allow insurance providers to continue denying claims for life saving air ambulances that many across California, especially those in rural areas, rely on. Lack of proper reimbursement for this service will also force more rural air bases to close at a time when rural hospitals are already facing increasing closures.

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Stanislaus County braces for early, severe flu season. Two children have died in state.

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Infectious-disease experts are predicting an early and more severe flu season this year in Stanislaus County and other areas of the state.

Kaiser Permanente said Friday it opened flu clinics in late September because of earlier-than-normal flu activity.

“We have seen a few cases in the Bay Area already,” said Dr. Piero Garzaro, chief of infectious diseases for Oakland-based Kaiser.

Two children, one in Riverside County and the other in Santa Clara County, died from influenza last month. Health officials said both children were otherwise healthy; the particular strain of influenza has not been identified in the two deaths.

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Los Angeles County bans flavored tobacco products amid rising health worries

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Los Angeles County on Tuesday banned flavored tobacco products including e-cigarettes, chewing tobacco and menthol cigarettes amid concerns that the products appeal to young people. The county's Board of Supervisors is also urging California Gov. Gavin Newsom to pass a statewide ban on vaping as health concerns grow.

The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to adopt the ban, which comes amid a widening health crisis, with more than a hundred California residents who vape having been hospitalized for lung damage.

The regulations are opposed by business owners and advocates of vaping who say e-cigarettes help people quit smoking. The vote came on a second reading after initial approval last week.

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Student vaping epidemic has California schools frantically mobilizing

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Students at Crescenta Valley High School have created an anti-vaping app. At nearby Rosemont Middle School, 55 students have joined an anti-vaping club. Santa Monica schools have booked 20 anti-vaping and drug awareness student assemblies and parent meetings. Staffers at various Southern California campuses are stepping up patrols of hidden nooks, installing costly detection devices, bringing in addiction counselors and modifying health curricula.

The recent surge of lung illnesses and deaths linked to vaping, an increasingly entrenched habit among many youths, largely caught school authorities flat-footed, and educators are urgently mobilizing anti-vaping efforts against what they see as a dangerous teen epidemic.

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California health officials warn against using any vaping products

in Local Roundup

The California Department of Public Health issued a health advisory Tuesday urging people to stay away from all vaping products as health officials expect to see even more cases of lung illnesses from vaping.

The advisory urges everyone to refrain from vaping, no matter the substance or source, until current investigations into the cause of the illnesses is determined. The health advisory follows an executive order signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom Sept. 16 that allocates $20 million towards a statewide digital and social media public awareness campaign to educate youth, young adults and parents about the health risks of vaping nicotine and cannabis products.

As of Sept. 24, the CDPH has received reports that 90 people in California who have a history of vaping were hospitalized for severe breathing problems and lung damage, and two people have died. The last tally from the CDC showed 530 cases in the United States and nine deaths, however, CDC Principal Deputy Director Dr. Anne Schuchat told a congressional subcommittee that hundreds more cases have been reported to local health districts that have not been included in the national tally as of yet.

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Measles Returns: Investigating Vaccination Rates

in Local Roundup

Investigative teams at ABC Owned Television Stations across the country analyzed local measles vaccination rates and found local schools in communities nationwide that are below what's considered the community or "herd" immunity rate. According to the World Health Organization, 93-95% of people in a population need to be vaccinated against measles to make sure the rest of a population is safe from the highly contagious disease.

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