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    By Edward Henderson California Black Media If you follow social media or if when you’re out in public and count the number of masks being worn, you might conclude that the COVID-19 pandemic is over. People have resumed posting pictures of their summer vacations and family gatherings. Fourth of July celebrations and fireworks shows entertained ...
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    By Tanu Henry California Black Media Black faith and public health leaders are hailing Gov. Newsom’s new COVID response plan. Last week, Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled the proposal designed to be more strategic, nimble and sustainable than it is reactive. California is the first in the nation to transition the Coronavirus crisis from a pandemic ...
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    By Aldon Thomas Stiles California Black Media On Tuesday, Feb. 15, the statewide indoor mask mandate for vaccinated Californians expired. As COVID-19 cases decline, public health officials say the state is easing restrictions in an effort to return the state to pre-pandemic normalcy. “Omicron has loosened its hold on California, vaccines for children under 5 ...
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    S.B. Schools By Dianne Anderson Kids headed back to school this week with the priority on safe learning as Omicron – or its latest variant “flurona,” COVID-19 plus the flu – becomes the new normal. Health experts are warning of the alarming rate of infection that is putting the little kids in danger. Children under ...
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    By Aldon Thomas Stiles California Black Media On Jan. 8, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced he is proposing a $2.7 billion investment to boost the state’s COVID-19 response efforts. The request is included in the state budget Gov. Newsom is sending to the State Legislature this week. He is asking lawmakers to take action on it ...
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    By Aldon Thomas Stiles California Black Media The Monday after Christmas, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shortened its COVID-19 quarantine recommendation by half. That same day, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced on Twitter that California will follow suit, recommending a five-day isolation period instead of the state’s former guidance of 10 days. “California ...
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    by Gov. Gavin Newsom Special to California Black Media Partners Since the early days of the pandemic, California has led the nation’s fight against COVID-19 through robust vaccination efforts rooted in science and data. This has helped slow the spread of the virus and save countless lives, especially in our most vulnerable communities – someone’s ...
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    By Dianne Anderson No one really understood HIV in the early days of the virus, how it acted. Medical professionals couldn’t even predict how the bodies were going to be after death. As a mortician, Margo Malone recalls how they treated HIV much the same way as with the start of COVID-19 pandemic. Back then, ...
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    COMMENTARY By Nadine Burke Harris, MD, MPH Special to California Black Media Partners Our state experienced the most devastating point of the pandemic last winter. More than 21,000 Californians were hospitalized with COVID-19 in the last week of December, and we lost 18,518 mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers to this deadly virus in January. The ...
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    On Oct. 27, Gov. Gavin Newsom held a press conference after receiving a Moderna booster shot to augment the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine he took in April. The governor said he deliberately opted for a different vaccine as a booster to emphasize the Centers of Disease and Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance that ...