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California health officials want hospitals to begin testing all health care workers for coronavirus on Monday. Faced with pressure to support the school's reopening, California teachers and their union are calling on state health officials to put educators on the front line of coronovirus vaccination. The San Francisco Unified School District is struggling to cover the $1.5 million cost of the first statewide vaccination program in the midst of the recession - a pandemic with no help from the city or federal government in sight.
The vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech has begun distribution and is scheduled to arrive Monday at 145 sites across the state, San Mateo County Health Department spokesman G Gustaves said. Distribution of about 6 million doses will begin Monday in San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Clara, Marin and Santa Cruz counties, the county's Department of Health said. The New York Times reported that Pfizer's and bioNTECH vaccines are now being delivered to more than 1,000 hospitals in California and about 2,500 schools in the Bay Area and San Diego County, California's second-largest county, and the New Jersey Department of Health and Human Services said the federal government has agreed. Earlier, San Matea County said it expects about 1.5 million of the vaccine, worth about $2.2 million, to remain effective.
San Matea County Health Department spokesman G Gustaves told me the briefing would include information about Pfizer's vaccine, which has already arrived in the state, and the first Bay Area vaccinations to be administered Tuesday. San Diego County, California's second-largest county, received a shipment of the vaccine on Monday.
All three regions are required to stay home in California, and all three are within three hours of San Francisco and San Diego. The Sacramento region has continued to improve, improving its health and safety record and escaping restrictions on home visits in recent years.
Check out the Chronicle's Coronavirus Tracker and use this interactive page to track the reopened counties in the state's Bay Area. Click here to read what to expect from Marin and other Bay Area districts, and click here for a list of restaurants and shops with opening hours.
In the Bay Area, Santa Clara and Contra Costa County have the most restaurants and shops with opening hours of all districts of the state. San Diego is not considered a single county, but a part of the Southern California region.
State data showed the Bay Area fell to 12.9% of intensive care capacity on Wednesday, but the Northern California region still has 29.1% of ICU capacity. The San Joaquin Valley is well on its way to having the second largest number of restaurants with opening hours of any county in the state. Capacity in the San Francisco Bay Area has also declined, falling from 17.8% to 15.4%, and in Southern California it is 7.7%.
The county is one of three that refused to join the majority of Bay Area counties that have imposed new residency and homeland restrictions after the state asked the region to do so. Some have relocated, while others have changed their business model, such as incentives to encourage workers from afar to settle in the archipelago.
In the three Bay Area counties, people can still sit and eat in the cold and rain, but they are closed to the public.
At the Mariposa site, all shops and restaurants that have opened indoors take limited precautions, but masks are sparse, social detachment is optional and key workers are next in line for a shot.
While retailers have to limit customers to 20% in their stores during the busy Christmas shopping period, the order stipulates that restaurants will only be allowed to take-away and deliver. The state also ordered the closure of barber shops and hairdressing salons in the state, which led to a halt in some regions.
The order has become mandatory in Solano, San Mateo and Napa counties, including Santa Cruz, Marin, Sonoma, Contra Costa, Santa Clara, Mendocino and San Luis Obispo counties, and Marin County. According to the California Department of Health, the burden of patients during the holiday season increased by 54% (3,081) compared to the previous year, due to a "stay-at-home arrangement" in some counties.
The San Joaquin Valley region had only 1.5% capacity through Sunday, the Southern California region slipped to 4.2% and Contra Costa County reported 161 infections, while the Bay Area and California as a whole continued to see rising numbers. Most of the children hospitalized with coronavirus since records began on July 23 were treated at age 18, according to the California Department of Health. SanJoaquin County was 0% and has since improved to a meager 1.6% of capacity; Southern California is 1-7%.
Greater Sacramento was at 13.3% of intensive care capacity and was expected to drop to 14.8% by midnight Thursday, the California Department of Health said. It was 14 to 8 percent, down from the previous day, when it barely cleared the 15 percent hurdle that triggers a mandatory state visit - at home. With the first 33,000 Pfizer vaccines being dosed and distributed Tuesday, Governor Gavin Newsom said he expects up to 1.5 million doses of vaccine to be available by Wednesday.