Posted by handle, Mon Mar-13-23 12:53 PM
FYI: Still averaging around 400 deaths a day in the United States. Around 140,000 a year.
Johns Hopkins dashboard closed on 3/10/2023:
California to alter COVID rules in healthcare settings: Masks and vaccinations not required
Among the changes announced by the California Department of Public Health is the end of statewide mask requirements in healthcare and other indoor high-risk settings — including correctional facilities and emergency and homeless shelters — beginning April 3.
Effective the same day, California will no longer require COVID-19 vaccinations for healthcare workers, including those in adult and direct care settings, correctional facilities and detention centers.
In other changes, starting March 13, an individual who tests positive for COVID-19 can exit isolation after five days, provided they feel well, symptoms are improving, and they have been fever-free for 24 hours. The state’s earlier recommendation was to exit isolation upon receiving a negative rapid test on or after the fifth day following the onset of symptoms or the first positive test. For those who couldn’t test, or continued to test positive after Day 5, the state recommended isolating for at least 10 days.
Note:LA is keeping theirs, and health care facilities can still require it since they are private property.
COVID in California: State COVID metrics remain in holding pattern
Pandemic numbers barely budged in the past week but continue to show modest improvement.
California’s pandemic numbers barely budged in the past week but continue to show modest improvement. The health department reported on Thursday an average of 2,612 new daily cases — or about 6.5 per 100,000 residents — as of Mar. 9, compared to 2,760 cases per day, or 6.9 per 100,000 residents the week before. The state’s seven-day rolling coronavirus test positivity rate, which tracks the percentage of lab test results that are positive for the virus, edged down to 5.9% from 6.5%. The daily average of COVID patients in California hospitals fell to 2,375 compared to 2,506 last week, and the number of inpatient beds now in use for COVID-19 patients edged up slightly from 4% the prior week. The state tallied another 216 confirmed COVID-19 deaths this week, bringing the statewide pandemic toll up to 100,640 as of Thursday, with an average of 17 people still dying each day due to the virus. Although California’s COVID-19 state of emergency ended Feb. 28, this marks the fourth consecutive week that the numbers have plateaued at a level public health experts say is still too high to declare the virus vanquished.