The county of 10 million people was one of several that moved into the state’s orange tier, which is the second-least restrictive of California’s four-tier system.,The International Olympic Committee and International Paralympic Committee said they fully respect and accept the move

Placer County is one of 13 California counties that have moved Sunday to the red tier of California’s COVID-19 reopening framework, loosening some restrictions.,The counties became eligible to move from the purple tier (“widespread”) to the red tier (“substantial” spread) after the state hit its goal Friday of delivering 2 million COVID-19 doses to communities hit hardest by the pandemic, triggering new thresholds.,Butte County has qualified to move from the most stringent purple tier to the less-restrictive red tier of the state’s COVID-19 reopening plan.,For a county to move down to the red tier, there should be a case rate of 4-7 per 100,000 residents with a 5-8% test positivity rate. 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.

Washington County residents celebrated installation in the snow last week, but how does a resident within the 7-mile radius of the first wireless offering of the Southeast Ohio Broadband Cooperative sign up for internet service?,“So we’re going to have a sign-up portal (online), and I know it makes zero sense to have a portal to sign up to get internet… We’re also going to be using the same phone number that we used for the speed test,” explained the cooperative’s founder David Brown.,Friday, Washington County Commissioner Jamie Booth noted the potential of the service to not only bring jobs, as outlined by Brown Thursday, but also increase property values in the county.,“That benefits the property tax revenues,” he pointed out to Washington County Treasurer Tammy Bates as her office worked through mailed payments for the first half of property and mobile home tax payments.,Last week’s installation was made possible in part by the investment of $50,000 by the Washington County Commissioners signing over federal CARES Act dollars.

Some confusion set in after a few people claimed that in instances where they were extra vaccines at the end of the day, people not within the parameters of what officials have laid out were receiving an early dose.,The Los Angeles Fire Department says it is unaware of anyone not fitting into the appropriate category who received the vaccine at the Hansen Dam vaccination site.,However, officials did say in Phase 1A guidelines that “exceptions may be made” to the included groups in this phase of distribution “in order to prevent any vaccine wastage.”,Los Angeles County health officials say they do not condone wasting coronavirus vaccine doses and is not directing providers to throw away unused doses.,Adults 65 and older have recently been able to join the list of those allowed to receive the coronavirus vaccine, which includes healthcare workers, outreach workers, and residents of long term health care facilities.

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

Roughly 277,000 Connecticut residents who are 75 years and older were allowed Thursday to begin making appointments online or via telephone for their COVID-19 vaccinations, with plans in the works to eventually phase in people 65 and older and anyone 16 to 64 with underlying health conditions that put them of greater risk of contracting the disease.,With reports of high call volume and busy website traffic on the first day of appointments on the state's platform, officials repeatedly urged people to remain patient, especially in the coming weeks and months as the newly expanded Phase 1B — the second phase of Connecticut's vaccination program — rolls out in different stages.,So far, more than 160,000 people in Connecticut have received the vaccine during phase 1A, which began Dec. 14 and includes mostly healthcare personnel, residents and staff of nursing homes and assisted living facilities, and medical first responders.,In other coronavirus-related news:

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Amherst orthopedic injury walk-in clinic opensAMHERST — Cooley Dickinson Health Care opened its second orthopedic injury clinic last week.,The Amherst clinic, at 170 University Drive, is in addition to the West Hatfield orthopedic injury clinic location, which opened in the fall of 2016.,For more information, call 413-586-8200 or Bond finalist for Mt. Tom plant project WESTFIELD — Tighe Bond Inc. has been recognized by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts as a 2020 Engineering Excellence Award Finalist (Gold Award).,Tighe Bond, in conjunction with a team of subconsultants and property owner ENGIE North America, transformed the site of the Mt. Tom coal-fired power plant into the state’s largest community solar and energy storage facility.,Grants will provide 100,000 meals for people in region HATFIELD — Two regional companies are providing major support to The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts based in Hatfield that will pay for about 100,000 meals for residents in the region.