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California extends State of Emergency for COVID-19

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Chart via venturacountyrecovers.org/

Total County case count of new COVID-19 cases including for Ojai's 93023 ZIP code. 

 

Grant Phillips, Ojai Valley News reporter

Governor Gavin Newsom announced an Executive Order last week that would extend portions of the original emergency proclamation through March 31, 2021. 

The extension of the emergency provides several opportunities for the state as is deals with potential case increases during the winter season, such as California’s ability to hire out-of-state health care workers as well as waive certain licensing requirements. 

In a recent lawsuit dismissed by a superior court judge in San Diego challenging a mask mandate, the judge ruled that districts can decide for themselves how to enforce the mandate as well as whether they want to follow the state’s testing and quarantine guidelines. 

As of Nov. 4, anyone ages 5 and up are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. 

The doses for those 5-11 are one-third the size of normal doses, but throughout the Country, there have been several miscommunications, resulting in children receiving the wrong size dose. This includes 14 children in California’s Bay Area who received too high of a dose on Monday, Nov. 15 and 98 children from South Lake Elementary School in Montgomery Village on Nov. 16 where doses were more diluted than intended. 

Unvaccinated adolescents have been a driving force behind a recent Delta surge in Britain, with 10-14-year-olds reporting the highest case rates among any other group. This may also be in part due to the fact that England ended their mandatory mask-wearing in mid-July, without recommending the vaccine for 12-15-year-olds until mid-September. 

A new poll conducted by The Washington Post-ABC News found that 46% of parents believe the COVID-19 vaccine is safe for children ages 5-17, with 52% saying they are “not at all” or “not so” confident in the safety or efficacy of the vaccine in children. 

With emergency approval of vaccines for this age group, certain vaccine mandates for students have been challenged in court. Several Northern California school districts have voted to defy Newsom’s student COVID-19 vaccine mandate, putting them at risk of losing millions in state funding. 

As the current legislation stands, there will be an open-ended personal belief exemption for the student vaccine mandate. 

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Chart Via VenturaCountyRecovers.org

The total number of Ventura County COVID-19 cases over the weekend, including total hospitalizations and ICU patients. 

 

The rebuttal of COVID-19 protocols in rural areas have continued to increase, with the Butte County town of Oroville declaring itself a “Constitutional Republic” in opposition to Newsom’s recent ruling. 

As a “Constitutional Republic,” Oroville will not enforce ‘any executive orders issued by the state of California or by the United States federal government that are overreaching or clearly violate our constitutionally protected rights.” 

The resolution was passed in a 6-1 vote at an Oroville City Council meeting this month. 

According to a press release from the Office of the Governor, “California has put more shots in arms than any other state - administering over 55 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine–and announced first-in-the-nation vaccine measuring, including requiring that workers in health care settings be fully vaccinated, adding the COVID-19 vaccine to the list of vaccinations required to attend school in-person when fully authorized for applicable grade spans, and implementing a standard that all school staff and all state workers either show proof of full vaccination or be tested at least once per week.”

The full executive order can be viewed here: https://www.gov.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/11.10.21-Vaccine-and-Med-Surge-Extension-EO.pdf

All California adults can now receive their COVID-19 booster shots, with a 6-month time frame following a full series of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines and a 2-month period following the J&J vaccine. 

For Ventura County, there were 32 new cases of COVID-19 reported over the weekend on Monday, Nov. 15, with 0 new deaths and 10 patients currently in the ICU. 

For Ojai’s 93023 ZIP code, there have been 7 new cases of COVID-19 over the last 14-day period, 4 of which were among vaccinated individuals. 

County information related to the vaccine, booster shots, and accessing your online digital vaccine record can be found here: https://www.venturacountyrecovers.org/vaccine-information/. 

 

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