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    By Bo Tefu California Black Media In Los Angeles County last week, 211 LA, a local non-profit organization that provides health-related information and services to residents, announced that it had reached an important milestone. Celebrating its success, the community-based organization shared with California Black Media that it has been instrumental in helping more than 100,000 ...
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    By Dianne Anderson Nothing brings out the community for COVID-19 testing and vaccines like food and milk. Last June, Cathy Woodard connected with USDA Farmers to Families program, and has since distributed thousands of boxes packed with dairy, produce, and meats out to the community, but milk was the most striking example of local need. ...
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    By Dianne Anderson Gone are the days when the flu only killed around 20,000 Americans each year. As COVID pushes 550,000 dead in the United States, the data show the benefit for whites, who were faster to get to the front of the line for the life-saving jab as it became available. By contrast, Blacks ...
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    By Dianne Anderson Pivot took on a whole new meaning this past year. Businesses have closed up shop across the nation, leaving those remaining in survival mode hoping for enough to hold them over until their customers return. Some are now slowly starting to reopen their doors, although limited to 25% capacity. If next month ...
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    Even with increased vaccine supply, vaccination of willing Californians will take several months  State supporting trusted providers and counties for non-traditional outreach in hard-to-reach communities With supply of vaccines expected to significantly increase in the coming weeks, the state is expanding vaccine eligibility to more Californians. Starting April 1, individuals aged 50+ will be eligible ...
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    Governor Gavin Newsom and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond have announced a partnership between the California COVID-19 Testing Task Force and the California Department of Education to deploy up to 3 million rapid COVID-19 antigen tests at no cost to support the safe return to in-person learning for staff and students in some of California’s most disadvantaged school ...
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    Those 16 to 64 years old with certain underlying health conditions are now able to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as Riverside County health officials expanded the eligibility criteria. With hundreds of thousands of residents newly eligible for vaccine, county officials remind the community that supply of vaccine continues to be limited. Those who make appointments ...
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    By Dianne Anderson Fear of needles, among other things, didn’t stop Dr. Mildred Henry from being first in line at Community Hospital of San Bernardino to get her first COVID-19 shot recently. Any hesitation she might have felt was offset by watching the rise of the daily death toll, lately about 2,400 a day in ...
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    By Bo Tefu California Black Media Black officials and health advocates across the state have thrown their support behind Gov.  Gavin Newsom’s equity-informed plan for safely reopening California’s schools and economy. The plan includes an increased education budget, as well as vaccine distribution protocols informed by data to minimize the threat of COVID-19 spread. Sen. ...
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    Covered California is reaching out to African Americans and other people of color in the state who are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 virus, to urge them to enroll in health coverage through its special-enrollment period underway now through May 15 for anyone who doesn’t have health insurance. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to endanger the lives ...