More: What to do with your COVID-19 vaccination card. A staff crisis hits restaurants in San Francisco. And a small town will reduce its water use by 74%.
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California Reports 25% Fewer COVID-19 Cases as Virus Spread Remains Slow
California has reported significantly fewer coronavirus cases in the week ending Sunday, adding 17,739 new cases. This represents a decrease of 24.8% compared to the toll of 23,598 new cases the previous week.
California is ranked 48th among the states with the fastest coronavirus spread per person, according to a USA TODAY Network analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University. Statewide, cases fell in 27 counties, with the best declines in Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Orange counties.
In the week ending Sunday, California said it administered an additional 3,337,845 doses of the vaccine, up from 2,791,743 the week before. In all, the Golden State reported administering 26,092,008 doses to approximately 40 million people.
California ranked ninth among states for the share of people receiving at least one COVID-19 vaccine, with 43.2% of its residents at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 39.5%, according to a USA TODAY analysis of CDC data.
A total of 3,718,210 people in California have tested positive for the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic, and 61,038 people have died from the disease, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. In the United States, 31,670,031 people have tested positive and 567,217 have died.
What to do with your COVID-19 vaccination card
Now that you are vaccinated, what should you do with your COVID-19 vaccination card? The Los Angeles Times has dos and don’ts for what it calls “the most exciting piece of paper you’ll get this year.”
Among the things to do: take a photo of the front and back of your card as a backup.
Among the things not to do: do not laminate your card. If at any point you need a booster shot, this should be added. It is best to protect your card with a clear plastic sleeve, such as a badge holder.
And don’t post a photo close to your map on social media. Reason 1: it contains your personal information. Reason # 2: There are a lot of people trying to make fake cards. Why make it easier for them by providing them with a recent vaccine lot number? More succinctly: don’t be like this guy.
And what should you do if you lost that precious piece of paper? Your first step should be to go to the place where you received your injections to see if it can replace you. You can also contact the California Immunization Registry (CAIR) to request a copy of your record.
California allows golf enthusiasts to participate in US Open if vaccinated or tested
After consulting with California health officials, The USGA has announced that a limited number of spectators will be allowed at the US Women’s Open in San Francisco and the US Open in San Diego – provided they are vaccinated or can show proof of a negative test for the coronavirus. The USGA has not indicated how many fans would be allowed at either championship.
While the US Open won’t be the first majors to allow fans, they will be the first to keep spectators at a healthy level through the vaccine or COVID-19 testing.
According to USGA guidelines, facial blankets and social distancing will be required for fans, staff, and volunteers, even if they have been vaccinated. And spectators who live in California must prove that they have been vaccinated at least 14 days before the tournament or that they have tested negative.
“Last year we missed the energy the fans bring to our US Open Championships,” said John Bodenhamer, senior general manager of the USGA Championships. “We are grateful to our local and state health and safety officials in California for being able to welcome some returning fans this year.”
Oscar attendees won’t have to wear face masks in front of the camera
As we talk about COVID and the events, Variety reports that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will not require Oscar attendees to wear masks while they are lit during the live ceremony which will take place on April 25.
The information was presented Monday morning at a Zoom meeting with Academy representatives, nominees and others. The ceremony – which takes place at Union Station in downtown Los Angeles – is being treated as a TV / movie production, meaning masks aren’t needed when cameras are rolling.
When not in front of the camera, for example, during commercials breaks, participants are advised to wear masks.
Other security precautions include mandatory temperature checks and limiting audience capacity to 170 people. Additionally, attendees must pass at least three COVID tests in the days leading up to the ceremony and stand seven feet from red carpet reporters.
Steven Soderbergh, the co-producer of the event, did not comment directly on the face mask protocol during a press conference with co-producers Jesse Collins and Stacey Sher, only saying that the masks would play “a very important role in the event. ‘history”.
“If it’s cryptic, it’s supposed to be,” he said. “This subject is very central in the story.”
In other Oscars news, last september, the Academy announced that it would be implementing new diversity and inclusion standards for the best image race, starting in 2024.
How well do the nominees for this year’s best photo meet these standards? USA TODAY provides an interesting analysis.
To ensure its survival, tiny Borrego Springs accepts huge water cuts
Borrego Springs, a small desert town at the entrance to California, Anza-Borrego State Park, got a judge’s approval for a deal whereby large farmers, resort owners and its own water district will cut water use by 74% by 2040. Officials say the cuts are needed to keep the city of 3,000 alive.
Unlike Los Angeles or the Coachella Valley, there are no huge pipes or canals shipping imported water to the area, just a rapidly shrinking aquifer beneath their feet.
As a result, more than a dozen major landowners, including ranchers and developers who have long cultivated crops and created lush golf greens in the parched desert by pumping copious amounts of water from the aquifer, signed the settlement agreement. Along with the city, their share of water rights totals more than 75% of the roughly 24,000 acre-feet of water pumped out of desert soil annually. Within 19 years, that amount is to be reduced to about 5,700 acre-feet.
Under the agreement, all major users will be required to reduce by 5% each year the amounts of water they withdraw from the “critical over-draw” aquifer which is gradually replenished with rainfall that descends from the sea. surrounding mountains to Coyote Creek and below. the Borrego Valley. By 2030, all will have halved their reference amounts.
Bay Area restaurants struggle to recruit staff
Bay Area restaurateurs find themselves in the midst of a staffing crisis.
Even before the pandemic, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, the job market was tight due to “San Francisco’s notoriously high cost of living and relatively low wages.” Then when COVID struck and restaurant workers lost their jobs, many left the area or found jobs in other industries.
And although the Golden State recently passed a law guaranteeing laid-off hotel workers their old jobs, restaurant owners say few want them.
In order to attract workers, many owners need to raise wages, reconsider benefits, and focus on workplace culture. And if that doesn’t lead to more hires, some restaurants say they won’t be set to fully reopen in June, when limited capacity restrictions are expected to be lifted.
Another concern is the shortage of international workers who typically come to the United States on a J-1 visa in order to gain experience. Fine-dining restaurants often rely on foreign cooks for low-level cooking roles, but when the pandemic hit, many of those people returned home.
In California, a roundup of news from the editorial staff of the USA Today Network. Also contributing: Los Angeles Times and San Francisco Chronicle. We’ll be back to your inbox tomorrow with the latest headlines.
As the Philanthropy and Special Sections Editor of The Desert Sun, Winston Gieseke writes about nonprofits, fundraisers and people giving back in the Coachella Valley. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.