Tuesday, April 12, 2022 | California Healthline

LA Covid Circumstances Going Again Up: Coronavirus circumstances are as soon as once more on the rise in Los Angeles County, in keeping with knowledge launched Monday, prompting officers to induce residents to maintain up security protocols because the spring break season arrives. New circumstances are up 23%, knowledge present. Learn extra from the Los Angeles Occasions and Metropolis Information Service.

Extra Californians Turning To Struggling Meals Banks: Confronted with hovering inflation and the top of most pandemic monetary help, extra Bay Space residents are in search of assist from meals banks simply because the nonprofits are scuffling with rising costs that make it tougher for them to assist these in want. Learn extra from the Bay Space Information Group. In the meantime, a soup kitchen in Orange faces eviction. Learn extra from the Orange County Register.

Beneath, try the roundup of California Healthline’s protection. For as we speak’s nationwide well being information, learn KHN’s Morning Briefing.

San Diego Union-Tribune:
Evaluation Board Examine Finds Giant Quantity Of ‘Extra Deaths’ In San Diego County Jails 

San Diego has the very best variety of “extra deaths” amongst California’s 12 largest county jail methods, in keeping with a brand new research commissioned by the civilian assessment board that oversees the Sheriff’s Division. The impartial assessment additionally discovered that whereas Black and Latino persons are extra prone to be locked up in San Diego County jails, White women and men usually tend to die behind bars. (McDonald and Davis, 4/11)

Orange County Register:
State Inspectors Say OC Sheriff Not Serving Moldy Lunch Meat To Jail Inmates 

State regulators, investigating complaints by the American Civil Liberties Union and neighborhood activists, have concluded after a shock go to in March that Orange County jails usually are not serving spoiled meals to inmates. The ACLU of Southern California contacted the California Board of State and Group Corrections on March 10 after a coalition of activist teams issued a report in December alleging inmates for years have been served chilly, moldy and bug-infested meals in violation of state rules. (Saavedra, 4/11)

Napa Valley Register:
Napa County Truthful Brings Again Face-To-Face Message Of Private, Group Well being

For the quite a few teams taking note of the well being of Napans individually and as a county, there isn’t any substitute for getting their messages throughout, individual to individual. That chance lastly returned Sunday afternoon when greater than 30 teams gathered for Napa County’s first annual Public Well being Truthful since 2019, after the annual gathering was twice cancelled through the coronavirus pandemic. As tons of of holiday makers strolled previous a succession of cubicles and shows at downtown Napa’s Fuller Park, members of greater than 30 teams inspired passers-by to purchase produce on the farmer’s market, be taught concerning the risks of substance abuse, present life-saving CPR — and even get vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19. (Yune, 4/10)

San Francisco Chronicle:
California Had One other Delicate Flu Season. However Are We In The Clear?

For the second consecutive yr, California had an unusually delicate flu season. However well being consultants warn {that a} late spring surge may very well be on the best way. Whereas outbreaks to this point have been far fewer than in a typical flu season, infections are ramping up greater than ordinary for this time of yr in some components of the nation, federal knowledge exhibits, as folks emerge from pandemic warning. (Vaziri, 4/11)

San Francisco Chronicle:
San Francisco’s Youngest Drug Overdose Sufferer Final 12 months Was 14. Her Mom Nonetheless Doesn’t Know What Occurred

Whereas greater than 1,300 folks died from drug overdoses in San Francisco over the past two years, many from the highly effective opioid fentanyl, few of them have been youngsters. In 2021, 645 folks died of deadly overdoses, and a minimum of 3 have been below the age of 21, in keeping with the newest knowledge, which gives demographic particulars for less than 469 of these overdoses. In 2020, a minimum of 4 of the 711 fatalities have been teenagers. The speed of youngsters overdosing nationally can be very small — however it’s rising. The nonprofit Households In opposition to Fentanyl estimates that fentanyl overdose deaths amongst American youngsters tripled prior to now two years. (Fagan, 4/11)

San Francisco Chronicle:
New Oklahoma Abortion Legislation Might Imply Extra Ladies Coming To California In Search Of Care

The plight of an East Bay physician who travels to different components of the nation to supply abortion companies exhibits how rapidly the entrance strains are shifting within the battle over abortion entry, as new states go restrictive legal guidelines and the Supreme Courtroom is contemplating a case that might dramatically change the authorized panorama. East Bay obstetrician and gynecologist Rebecca Taub had for years usually traveled to an Oklahoma abortion clinic, however has redirected her efforts within the wake of the state passing a legislation nearly outlawing abortion. She has just lately been touring as a substitute to a clinic in Kansas, which is anticipated to see a surge of latest sufferers from Oklahoma now along with Texas, which handed its personal restrictive abortion legislation final yr. (Garofoli, 4/11)

Orange County Register:
Nervous About Nuclear Waste At San Onofre? Different Hazard Lurks 

In a single doomsday situation, rocket assaults on the nuclear waste saved at San Onofre Nuclear Producing Station ship plumes of harmful radiation skyward. Critics in Southern California spend numerous time worrying concerning the security of the three.6 million kilos of spent gasoline entombed on the bluff above the blue Pacific — however the U.S. Authorities Accountability Workplace fixes its gaze on extra mundane, and maybe extra terrifying, situations involving a lot smaller quantities of nuclear materials routinely utilized by companies, hospitals, universities and the like. (Sforza, 4/11)

Nationwide City League Finds State Of Black America Is Grim 

The Nationwide City League launched its annual report on the State of Black America on Tuesday, and its findings are grim. This yr’s Equality Index exhibits Black folks nonetheless get solely 73.9 % of the American pie white folks take pleasure in. … Amongst dozens of well being measures, one stands out: Life expectancy has declined barely for African Individuals, so a Black youngster born as we speak can anticipate to reside to 74.7, 4 years lower than a white child. And lifelong inequities loom: Black ladies are 59% extra prone to die on account of bearing a baby, and 31% extra prone to die of breast most cancers. Black males are 52% extra prone to die of prostate most cancers. (Warren, 4/12)

San Gabriel Valley Tribune:
Staff At Cedars-Sinai Medical Heart Vote To Strike 

Staff at Cedars-Sinai Medical Heart have voted overwhelmingly to authorize an unfair labor observe strike in Might, claiming they’re understaffed, underpaid and coping with insufficient COVID-19 protections. The greater than 2,000 workers — together with nursing assistants, transporters, environmental service employees, plant operation workers, surgical technicians and meals service employees — are members of SEIU-United Healthcare Staff West. (Smith, 4/11)

San Diego Union-Tribune:
El Cajon Will Attempt Sending Some 911 Calls To Nurses, Not Hospitals

A number of years in the past within the nation’s capital, a number of hundred individuals who dialed 911 weren’t taken to a hospital. The following yr, practically 2,900 calls didn’t result in an emergency room. The yr after, it was greater than 7,000, in keeping with metropolis knowledge. Since 2018, greater than 16,000 calls that after might need resulted in journeys to the hospital have been as a substitute transferred to nurses, who might nonetheless assist folks discover docs or schedule rides to pressing cares. (Nelson, 4/11)

Los Angeles Occasions:
A Transgender Psychologist Reckons With How To Assist A New Era Of Trans Teenagers

The dad and mom come to Anderson, 71, partially as a result of she herself is transgender. Anderson additionally stands out as a result of she is among the few scientific psychologists specializing in transgender youth to publicly query the sharp rise in adolescents popping out as trans or nonbinary. She has helped tons of of teenagers transition. However she has additionally come to imagine that some kids figuring out as trans are falling below the affect of their friends and social media and that some clinicians are failing to topic minors to rigorous psychological well being evaluations earlier than recommending hormones or surgical procedures. (Jarvie, 4/12)

Plans To Curb California Insulin Prices Abound. Will Something Get Carried out This 12 months? 

Final week in California, Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration stated it’s transferring ahead with a first-in-the-nation plan to fabricate and distribute extra reasonably priced variations of insulin below its generic label, dubbed Cal Rx. (Ibarra, 4/10)

San Francisco Chronicle:
Johnson & Johnson Should Pay $302 Million For Misleading Advertising Of Pelvic Mesh Implants, Courtroom Guidelines

Johnson & Johnson should pay $302 million in penalties to the state for a few years of misleading advertising to docs and feminine sufferers about pelvic mesh implants that might trigger severe vaginal ache and bodily injury, a state appeals courtroom dominated Monday. A San Diego County decide had assessed $344 million in penalties in opposition to Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon in January 2020, discovering after a non-jury trial that the corporate had made deceptive and doubtlessly dangerous statements in tons of of 1000’s of ads and educational brochures for practically 20 years. (Egelko, 4/11)

White Home To Blunt Medical Money owed For Veterans, U.S. House Debtors

Vice President Kamala Harris introduced new steps designed to cut back the price of federal residence loans for Individuals saddled with medical debt and make it simpler for veterans to have well being care payments forgiven throughout an occasion Monday on the White Home. “I’ve met so many individuals in so many communities in our nation who’re scuffling with this burden, a lot of whom are managing an sickness or an harm on the identical time, and who keep up at evening staring on the ceiling, questioning if they’ll ever have the ability to repay their medical debt,” Harris stated. “Nobody in our nation ought to need to endure that.” (Sink and Prepare dinner, 4/11)

PBS NewsHour:
Federal Authorities To Act In opposition to ‘Dangerous Actors’ In Medical Debt Assortment, Harris Says

The federal authorities will probably be taking motion in opposition to “dangerous actors” who break the legislation when making an attempt to gather medical debt, Vice President Kamala Harris stated on Monday. “Our administration can be taking motion in opposition to the dangerous actors. The parents who violate customers rights to drive folks to pay medical debt,” Harris stated throughout a speech asserting the brand new motion to be taken by the Shopper Finance and Safety Bureau. (4/11)

White Home Seeks To Ease Individuals’ Medical Debt Burden

The White Home is in search of to assist reduce Individuals’ medical debt burden, Vice President Kamala Harris introduced Monday. In its newest effort to assist folks cope with elevated prices amid skyrocketing inflation, the White Home laid out a four-point plan to assist shield customers. It builds on President Joe Biden’s current government order on rising entry to reasonably priced well being care protection. (Luhby, 4/11)

Biden’s Band-Assist On Medical Debt

However an rising variety of insured Individuals cannot afford deductibles, copayments or different out-of-pocket prices which might be rising with the underlying value of care.
Greater than 40% of households do not have sufficient liquid belongings to pay typical non-public plan cost-sharing, in keeping with a current KFF evaluation. Taking a number of the chew out of medical debt would not stop it from accruing within the first place, and it might have unintended penalties. “Policymakers needs to be cognizant of potential unintended penalties that might undermine a few of their objectives. Lenders could discover methods to proxy for the hidden medical debt or attempt to keep away from customers prone to have them,” stated the American Enterprise Institute’s Ben Ippolito. (Owens, 4/12)

Fashionable Healthcare:
HHS To Issue Medical Debt Practices Into Grant Choices

The Well being and Human Providers Division will quickly request knowledge from greater than 2,000 suppliers associated to medical debt, the White Home introduced Monday. Suppliers could also be requested to submit info on their medical invoice assortment practices, lawsuits in opposition to sufferers, monetary help, monetary product choices and third-party contracting or debt-buying practices. HHS will use the data when making grantmaking choices. The division additionally will make a number of the knowledge public and share potential violations with enforcement companies. (Goldman, 4/11)

Los Angeles Each day Information:
USC’s Free Cell Clinic Gives Dental Providers To Homeless And At-Danger Veterans

The clinic kicked off Monday on Veterans Avenue in Westwood. A staff of about 40 dental college students from the Herman Ostrow College of Dentistry of USC have been scheduled to supply the care, to be overseen by dental college. “This dental care is life saving and I’m so very grateful,” stated former Marine Alan Burch, 63. “Within the Marine Corps your toes might damage or your again might damage and you’ll get by it, but when your tooth damage you, you couldn’t do a lot.” (Musgrove, 4/11)

Sacramento Bee:
Sacramento Clears Homeless Encampment On Truthful Oaks And Howe 

Beneath stress from Sacramento County, the town of Sacramento on Monday cleared a highly-visible homeless encampment that had been current for greater than a yr — a transfer activists say might have been unlawful. A good-knit camp of about 30 folks was positioned on a well-lighted one-acre grassy lot at Truthful Oaks Boulevard and Howe Avenue. The land is public, owned by the town, which means crews couldn’t clear the camp with out providing all people shelter beds or housing, in keeping with the 2018 resolution by the ninth Circuit Courtroom of Appeals often known as Martin vs. Boise. (Clift, 4/11)

California Invoice Goals To Take away Homeless From River Parkways

Lawmakers in California wish to make it simpler to take away homeless folks alongside rivers and different open areas after the physique of a 20-year-old lady was discovered near some tents at a well-liked park close to the state’s capital metropolis earlier this yr. Emma Roark vanished after taking a stroll at about midday on Jan. 27 alongside the American River Parkway, a 32-mile paved pedestrian path that runs alongside the river and connects varied parks between Sacramento and Folsom. Thousands and thousands of individuals use the parkway every year. However like most huge public areas, it is grow to be a well-liked spot for homeless folks to camp. (Beam, 4/10)

Los Angeles Occasions:
New State Authorities Efforts To Sort out California’s Housing Disaster 

A yr after the creation of sweeping legal guidelines to extend the development of duplexes and small house buildings, California lawmakers have turned their consideration to cash for reasonably priced housing and easing the burdens of homeownership for first-time patrons. It’s an agenda that has to this point drawn much less consideration and sparked fewer political fights than the one which dominated housing discussions on the state Capitol in 2021. (Wiley 4/11)

San Diego Union-Tribune:
Longtime Metropolis Worker To Lead San Diego’s Planning Efforts Throughout Housing Disaster

A longtime San Diego metropolis worker has been chosen to spearhead efforts to resolve the native housing disaster and shift infrastructure spending towards low-income neighborhoods. Heidi Vonblum, who has labored for San Diego since 2009 as a deputy metropolis lawyer and planning official, was promoted Monday to planning director by Mayor Todd Gloria. (Garrick, 4/11)

Sacramento Bee:
Financial Disaster Precipitated By COVID-19 Harm Ladies Extra Than Males

Did California’s unemployment troubles through the COVID-19 pandemic set off a “she-cession?” Has the state suffered by an financial disaster that hit folks of colour and fewer educated folks tougher? A brand new research by the nonpartisan California Coverage Lab, launched Tuesday, suggests strongly that each solutions are sure. (Lightman, 4/12)

Axios-Ipsos Ballot: Most Individuals Say COVID Is No Longer A Disaster

Lower than one in 10 Individuals now describe COVID-19 as a disaster — with about three in 4 calling it a manageable drawback and one in six saying it is no drawback in any respect — in keeping with the most recent installment of the Axios/Ipsos Coronavirus Index. These sentiments — and the general public’s rising want to be carried out with masks mandates and different restrictions — elevate important challenges for public well being officers in managing new surges, and will create actual political headwinds forward of the midterms. (Talev, 4/12)

The Hill:
Why The Newest Rise In COVID-19 Circumstances Is Being Handled Otherwise  

COVID-19 circumstances are displaying indicators of rising once more, at the same time as many Individuals are keen to maneuver on. … Whereas there at the moment are upticks within the Northeast, there usually are not but indicators of the large spike that hit over the winter. That omicron variant-fueled spike already contaminated many individuals, serving to present them some immunity in opposition to the present outbreak, along with the immunity offered by vaccines and booster pictures. (Sullivan, 4/11)

The Hill:
Pelosi Assessments Detrimental For COVID, Set To Exit Isolation 

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) introduced on Monday that she has examined damaging for COVID-19 and can exit isolation on Tuesday. She tweeted: “At the moment, fortunately I examined damaging for COVID. Tomorrow, I will probably be exiting isolation on the path of the Capitol’s Attending Doctor and in line with CDC tips for asymptomatic people. Many because of everybody for his or her good needs, goodies and hen soup.” (Schnell, 4/11)

NBC Information:
Seven Days, 18,000 Deaths: A Look At Omicron’s Deadliest Week

No week of the omicron wave noticed extra deaths than the week of Jan. 30 to Feb. 5. Greater than 18,400 deaths have been recorded, in keeping with NBC Information’ tally, extra deaths in a single week than in all of June and July 2021 mixed. The dying toll — which occurred two weeks after circumstances peaked throughout the US — made the week the deadliest to this point of 2022 and one of many deadliest weeks of the pandemic. (Chiwaya, 4/7)

Fox Information:
California, New York Dealt with COVID-19 Lockdowns The Worst, Florida Amongst The Finest, A New Examine Reveals

A brand new research has graded states by how nicely they dealt with the coronavirus pandemic and its subsequent restrictions and lockdowns, displaying a stark distinction between liberal and conservative states. The Committee To Unleash Prosperity research in contrast state efficiency on metrics together with the economic system, training, and mortality from the virus, and examined how states and their respective governments dealt with the pandemic response. (Richard, 4/11)

The Hill:
Biden Seeks To Resume Federal Employee Vaccine Mandate

The Biden administration on Monday requested a federal appeals courtroom to clear a procedural hurdle that remained after a key authorized victory final week and permit the administration to rapidly resume enforcement of its COVID-19 vaccine mandate for federal workers.  The request to the U.S. Courtroom of Appeals for the fifth Circuit, if granted, would successfully reinstate the general public well being coverage after it was placed on maintain throughout the nation in January by a federal decide in Texas. (Kruzel, 4/11)

Biden Official: Masks Mandate For Airplanes Might Be Prolonged

Extending the federal transportation masks mandate that applies to airplanes, buses and trains is “completely on the desk,” Ashish Jha, the White Home’s new COVID-19 response coordinator, stated Monday on the At the moment Present. The transportation masks mandate was prolonged final month however is at present set to run out on April 18. Jha pressured that the choice to increase the transportation mandate lies with Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention director Rochelle Walensky. (Saric, 4/11)

The New York Occasions:
New Drug Slashed Deaths Amongst Sufferers With Extreme Covid, Maker Claims 

An experimental drug halved the dying charge amongst critically in poor health Covid sufferers who have been receiving supplemental oxygen and have been at excessive threat for severe lung illness and dying, the drug’s developer introduced on Monday. … The brand new drug, sabizabulin, decreased deaths amongst hospitalized Covid-19 sufferers so drastically in a scientific trial that impartial security screens really helpful stopping it early, officers at Veru Inc., the drug’s maker, stated. The trial was halted on Friday. The outcomes of that trial haven’t been peer-reviewed or printed in a medical journal. (Rabin, 4/11)

CVS, Feds Attain Settlement On Vaccine Portal Accessibility 

CVS Pharmacy has reached a settlement with federal prosecutors that can guarantee the corporate’s on-line vaccination scheduling portal stays absolutely accessible to folks with disabilities, officers stated Monday. The U.S. lawyer’s workplace in Rhode Island alleged the corporate, which operates practically 10,000 retail pharmacies nationwide, was in violation of the Individuals with Disabilities Act as a result of the portal was not accessible to individuals who use display reader software program designed for the visually impaired, and to those that have issue utilizing a mouse. (4/11)

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