The OC Health Care Agency reported 658 new cases of the coronavirus on Tuesday, Feb. 16, increasing the cumulative total in the county to 243,163  cases since tracking began.,The data on deaths in the county is compiled from death certificates or gathered through the course of case investigations and can take weeks to process.,An estimated 8,455 cases of the virus have been recorded in Orange County in the last 14 days.,The county’s breakdown of deaths by age is as follows:

85 and older: 32.96% (1,193, up 14) read more

A new vaccination site at Santa Ana College opening Wednesday, Feb. 17, aims to serve eligible residents in Anaheim, Garden Grove and Santa Ana neighborhoods that have seen some of the highest COVID-19 infection rates in the county and the largest numbers of people hospitalized or killed by the virus.,Like the county’s other PODS (points of dispensing), vaccinations at the Santa Ana College site will be by appointment only.,“The Santa Ana College site is a tangible example of the county and Board of Supervisors delivering on our focus on equity in vaccine distribution.”,The county is alerting people 65 and older who live in the affected ZIP codes and are registered with Othena that they can make an appointment for the Santa Ana College site, and it’s doing other outreach to eligible seniors who haven’t yet signed up through Othena, Kim said.,“I’m obviously excited that there is going to be a vaccination site here in in Santa Ana, and I’m even more glad that it is going to be addressing some of the most impacted residents in our community and our county,” he  said.

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LOS ANGELES — The rates of new coronavirus infections and hospitalizations continue to fall across California, but the state’s death toll remains persistently high.,___ read more

Vaccine certifications might be a fair price to pay for our freedoms of movement and commerce, but this fair price would come with hidden social costs, write Brian R. Spisak and Eric J. McNulty

There are increasing calls for issuing Covid-19 testing and vaccination status certificates as a way out of broad stay-at-home orders.,At the governmental level, effective protocols for individuals testing positive for Covid-19 would supply subsidised quarantine, job security, and other features of a strong social safety net.,As society returns to work, school, and so on, the organisational level will need to create inclusive environments in which vigilant (re)testing and vaccination (not just certifications) are the measurable and formally supported outcomes.,Interpersonal relationships based on these intrinsic factors will encourage prosocial norms of (re)testing and vaccination, in contrast with what extrinsic certification anxiety offers - such as animosity and disgust.,On an intrapersonal level, avoiding maladaptive guilt and shame also requires an emphasis on supporting what an individual can actively control, such as (re)testing and vaccination, rather than punishing less controllable certification outcomes. read more

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ROME — On the eve of what was supposed to finally be the much-delayed opening of Italy’s ski slopes, the government yanked permission because high circulation of a coronavirus variant.,PRAGUE — The Czech government has re-declared its state of emergency for next two weeks to be able to effectively tackle the coronavirus pandemic in one of the hardest hit European countries.,UNDATED -- Though many people with disabilities are more vulnerable to COVID-19, in some U.S. states they’re being left behind in the massive effort to get limited vaccines into the arms of those who need them most.,LONDON — The U.K. government said Sunday that it reached its goal of giving at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot to at least 15 million of the most vulnerable people in the country by mid-February, increasing pressure on ministers to clarify when they will ease a lockdown imposed in early January.,NEW YORK — Millions of New Yorkers with health conditions that leave them at high risk of illness from COVID-19 can theoretically sign up for appointments at state-run vaccination sites starting Sunday, but a lack of vaccine supply means many will be frustrated in thei read more

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LOS ANGELES — The rates of new coronavirus infections and hospitalizations continue to fall across California, but the state’s death toll remains persistently high.,___ read more

The Capistrano Valley Christian and Calvary Chapel of Santa Ana high school football teams played a game Saturday, Jan. 16, that might have violated CIF and Southern Section rules as well as state health orders that are in place because of the pandemic.,This appears to be the first reported case in the state this school year of two high school teams playing a game in school uniforms and using school equipment despite guidance from state and high school sports officials against such competitions.,The head coaches for Capistrano Valley Christian and Calvary Chapel, which are both private schools and not part of a school district, confirmed Sunday that their teams played a game Saturday at Calvary Chapel that included full uniforms and spectators but with adjusted rules.,The CDPH has placed high school and youth sports into four tiers that are based on a sport’s level of contact and a county’s COVID-19 infection rate.,On Friday, Jan. 14, hundreds of parents and student-athletes attended Let Them Play rallies in Orange County in an attempt to urge state officials to allow for high school and youth sports to resume as soon as possible.

The Capistrano Valley Christian and Calvary Chapel of Santa Ana high school football teams played a game Saturday, Jan. 16, that might have violated CIF and Southern Section rules as well as state health orders that are in place because of the pandemic.,This appears to be the first reported case in the state this school year of two high school teams playing a game in school uniforms and using school equipment despite guidance from state and high school sports officials against such competitions.,The head coaches for Capistrano Valley Christian and Calvary Chapel, which are both private schools and not part of a school district, confirmed Sunday that their teams played a game Saturday at Calvary Chapel that included full uniforms and spectators but with adjusted rules.,The CDPH has placed high school and youth sports into four tiers that are based on a sport’s level of contact and a county’s COVID-19 infection rate.,On Friday, Jan. 14, hundreds of parents and student-athletes attended Let Them Play rallies in Orange County in an attempt to urge state officials to allow for high school and youth sports to resume as soon as possible.

Four coronavirus cases have been detected from charter flights carrying tennis players, coaches and officials to Melbourne for the Australian Open, forcing 47 players into strict hotel quarantine.,However, the players from the two affected flights — arriving from Los Angeles and Abu Dhabi — were in a strict 14-day quarantine, unable to leave their hotel rooms or practice, health authorities and tournament organizers said Saturday.,Health authorities initially said two positive COVID-19 cases — a coach and a member of the air crew — emerged from a charter flight from Los Angeles and the other positive test was a coach on the flight from Abu Dhabi.,On Sunday, Victoria state’s COVID-19 quarantine commissioner Emma Cassar told a news conference another positive test, from a member of a television broadcast team, had been returned off Los Angeles flight.,Tennis Australia confirmed there were 24 players on the flight from Los Angeles and 23 on the flight from Abu Dhabi.

Many providers can be accessed through the VAMS scheduling system including:

Trinity Health of New England (hospitals and other locations) Griffin Hospital Nuvance Health Stamford Hospital Bristol Hospital Local Health Departments Federally Qualified Health Centers read more