Virus hospitalizations in the state are expected to drop 62% in a month

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Trudeau cracks down on truckers: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau invoked emergency powers Monday to quell crippling protests by truckers and others angry at Canada’s COVID-19 restrictions. He outlined plans not only to tow their rigs, but also to hit their bank accounts and livelihoods. “These blockades are illegal, and if you’re still participating in them, it’s time to go home,” he said. His government to freeze the personal and corporate bank accounts of truckers; and suspend insurance on their platforms.

Microsoft will reopen Bay Area offices later this month: Microsoft announced on Monday that it will fully reopen its offices in the Bay Area and Washington on February 28. The company originally planned to bring workers back in October, but the outbreak of delta coronaviruses stalled that idea. Marketing director Chris Capossela said in a blog post on Monday that falling infections and high vaccination rates would allow for a reopening later this month, with a 30-day transition period. “As we navigate this new phase of work, we will continue to take a data-driven approach to decision-making that follows the advice of public health authorities,” he said. “We will adjust our course if necessary”, while monitoring local health data.

Sharp drop in case dropouts: After dropping sharply in recent weeks, the rate of new daily coronavirus cases in the Bay Area appears to be stabilizing just as California and local health officials prepare to withdraw several COVID-19 safety measures, including indoor mask mandates. The Bay Area is seeing an average of 86 new cases per day per 100,000 people, up from 57 cases per day last Monday – marking the first time the number has increased at the start of the week since early January. Statewide, the average hovers around 65 daily cases per 100,000 population, down slightly from 71 last week. Read the full story here.

California will reevaluate school mask requirements on February 28: California will reevaluate masking requirements in K-12 public schools on Feb. 28, but schoolchildren and staff must wear masks until then, top state health officials said Monday. On Feb. 28, “with some precision,” officials will give “a date when the masking requirement will transition to a recommendation” based on the community coronavirus case and vaccination rates at that time, the official said. Dr. Mark Ghaly, Secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency, during a press briefing on COVID-19. “We plan to make the change then. There will be a lot of excitement about this change in some and fear in many other circles.” Read the full story here.

Nearly 300,000 child COVID cases reported last week: There were 298,931 reported cases of COVID-19 children in the United States from February 3 through Thursday, with children representing more than 20% of all reported cases nationwide, according to data Monday from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Association of Children’s Hospitals. The latest tally marks a significant decrease from the 631,822 pediatric cases reported the previous week. About 57% of 12 to 17 year olds and 24% of children aged 5 to 11 nationwide are vaccinated against the virus.

COVID hospitalizations in California expected to drop 62% in one month: There were 8,189 people in California hospitals with COVID-19 as of Sunday. But as omicron’s winter surge wanes, that number is expected to drop over the next month. According to an ensemble forecast from the state health department, the expected daily total of virus-related hospitalizations is expected to drop to 3,078 by March 16. Intensive care unit admissions are also expected to rise from 1,841 to 580 over the same period. The state projects about 4,500 additional COVID-19-related deaths during this time.

The Levi executive says she quit rather than end her campaign against COVID school closures: A Levi’s executive who has repeatedly attacked government efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19 announced his resignation from the company on Monday. She wrote that she had been “condemned” by colleagues and business leaders for speaking out about her views on the pandemic and in particular on the reopening of schools. Read the full story here.

Vaccine for children under 5 delayed due to low number of cases in trials: The FDA’s plan to get Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children under 5 by the end of February has hit a snag due to “low case counts across the country.” clinical trial,” Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the former head of the agency and current member of Pfizer’s board of directors, told CNBC on Monday. He added: “Most children do not get symptomatic COVID. One case one way or the other can tilt the perception of the vaccine’s overall effectiveness. The FDA is awaiting data from third-dose trials. “At this point, you’ll be able to get a more fixed perception” of efficacy in the younger group, the only cohort not cleared in the United States for injections, Gottlieb said. on vaccines for young children.

SF State and San Jose State students return for in-person learning: The students and staff of San Francisco State and San Jose State were scheduled to resume in-person learning Monday at their respective campuses after starting the spring semester remotely due to this winter’s omicron surge.

Fewer small businesses are opening in SF The pandemic is only part of the problem: Small businesses such as bars and restaurants that opened during the pandemic still face an uphill battle, with fewer opening across the city. Read the full story here.

Marriages are skyrocketing in a northern California county, with more now than before the pandemic: Love is in the air in Humboldt County. Marriage licenses from the California Department of Public Health show Humboldt County marriage licenses increased 56% in 2021 over 2019, from 735 licenses to 1,150. Read the full story here.

A former FDA official calls for targeted efforts to reach the unvaccinated: With the U.S. vaccination rate stubbornly lagging behind that of other developed nations, former Food and Drug Administration commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said the Biden administration should invest resources to get poorly-served communities vaccinated. served. During an appearance on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Gottlieb advised use more mobile clinics and local faith-based and community organizations to ensure hard-to-reach populations have access to COVID-19 vaccines.

Mom, not baby, is most at risk from COVID during pregnancy: The uterus of a mother infected with the coronavirus is generally safe for the fetus because the placenta usually blocks the pathogen from entering, studies show. It turns out that the greatest risk from COVID is for the pregnant mother. Read the full story here.

Santa Clara County to lift mask mandate in ‘weeks’: Santa Clara County officials reminded residents that the county is not lifting its local indoor masking requirement when California and other Bay Area counties do so this week. But, “the county anticipates that it will be able to lift indoor masking requirements within weeks as case rates continue to decline,” the health department said in a statement over the weekend. The county uses metrics related to vaccinations, hospitalizations and COVID-19 case rates to make its decision.

What mask mandate? : Face masks were required at Sunday’s Super Bowl, but were hard to spot among the thousands of fans tightly packed into SoFi Stadium. Officials said anyone entering would be issued a KN95 mask, as face coverings were still mandatory at major outdoor events. Local press accounts said these masks had been distributed, but people seemed largely unaware of the rule. Coronavirus cases are declining in Los Angeles County, as they are statewide, but remain elevated from previous surges.

Normal? “Not yet”: UCSF Chief of Medicine, Dr. Bob Wachter, used his prolific Twitter page on Sunday to break down the latest developments on COVID. “For those of us who prefer caution,” he tweeted, last week revealed: “1) Diminishing boost effectiveness after 4 months, 2nd boost not available; 2) Some relate to signals about the long-term risks of Covid; 3) Case rates are dropping rapidly but still quite high. Wachter concluded, “We all want a ‘normal’ attitude, but a cautious attitude is ‘not yet.’

The Governor of NJ doubles his trigger: New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Sunday defended his decision to lift the requirement for school children to wear masks. “Our numbers are improving and I would use the word ‘significantly,'” Murphy said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “Transmission rate, positive hospitalization rate, school transmission cases — it’s all going in a really good direction,” Murphy said.

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