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Some Nevada school districts have lowered the bar for hiring substitute teachers during states of emergency
As demand for COVID-19 vaccines drops, states scramble to figure out what to do with soon-to-expire doses
Pfizer’s COVID-19 pill treatment takes months to produce
California man allegedly stole $1 million during COVID-19 tests
Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccines protect young children against omicron, report says
COVID-19 in numbers
Thursday March 3
9:43 a.m.: Some Nevada school districts have lowered the bar for hiring substitute teachers during states of emergency
In a move prompted by the pandemic, the state has paved the way for Nevada’s largest school districts to hire substitute teachers with only a high school diploma during states of emergency.
According to the Associated Press, the Legislative Committee on Monday unanimously approved a permanent rule change covering school districts with more than 9,000 students attending district schools or public charter schools within the geographic boundaries of a district. .
Districts covered include Las Vegas, Clark, and Washoe counties.
The new permanent rule replaces a temporary measure that expired on November 1. It was put in place during the pandemic due to Clark County’s severe staffing shortages.
9:39 a.m.: As demand for COVID-19 vaccines drops, states scramble to figure out what to do with soon-to-expire doses
As demand for COVID-19 vaccines in the United States plummets in many regions, states are scrambling to use up stockpiles of doses before they expire.
Millions of doses have already been wasted across the country, as reported by the Associated Press.
From the least vaccinated states like Indiana and North Dakota to some of the most vaccinated states like New Jersey and Vermont, public health departments are mixing doses in their states in hopes of finding providers who can use them.
In California, the percentage of wasted doses is only about 1.8%, but in a state that received 84 million doses and administered over 71 million, that’s about 1.4 million wasted doses. .
All of this comes only about a year after the vaccines were released, and people such as hospital board members, their trustees and donors have jumped the line to get early access before those deemed more priorities.
9:34 am: Pfizer’s COVID-19 pill treatment takes months to produce
Pfizer’s new COVID-19 treatment had a hitch when it launched late last year – making tablets can take months.
According to The Associated Press, business leaders said they have since ramped up production and expect big gains in the coming months. That could help if another wave of cases develops later this year.
The drugmaker uses more than 20 different sites in more than 10 countries to produce Paxlovid, but manufacturing this complex drug involves chemical reactions that need time to develop. Pfizer said it cut production time from nearly nine months to about seven months.
Wednesday March 2
9:56 a.m .: California man allegedly stole $ 1 million during COVID-19 tests
Authorities say they are looking for a Southern California warehouse manager who is accused of stealing more than $1 million worth of COVID-19 tests from his employer’s clinic.
Santa Ana police say Carlitos Peralta, 33, had access to his employer’s shipping and delivery system, according to The Associated Press.
His employer has seven warehouses across the country that are used to store and ship COVDI-19 tests to customers, including clinics, pop-up testing sites, schools and hotels.
Police say Peralta diverted nearly 100 separate shipments from multiple warehouses to his home.
The police department on Thursday asked the public to contact the agency with information about his whereabouts.
9:51 am: Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccines protect young children against omicron, report says
A new government report shows that Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine gave children 5 years and older strong protection against hospitalization and death, even during the omicron surge.
As the Associated Press reported, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the new data on Tuesday.
A day earlier, a New York study raised the question of whether the vaccine is less effective in children aged 5 to 11, especially against milder infections, especially since young children receive an even lower dose than adolescents.
However, CDC data from other states does not suggest any age-related issues with the vaccine. Although vaccines are generally less effective against omicron, they still protect against serious consequences.
9:40 a.m.: Los Angeles County set to drop indoor mask mandate this week
Los Angeles County is expected to lift its indoor mask mandate this week as rates of coronavirus cases and hospitalizations plummet, according to the Associated Press.
Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer said Tuesday that California’s most populous county will likely issue a revised health order that takes effect Friday and with new state guidelines.
Ferrer told the County Board of Supervisors that it would still be recommended but not required for vaccinated and unvaccinated residents to wear face coverings in indoor public places.
Tuesday, March 1
9:41 a.m.: A Sacramento County public health official will attend the State of the Union virtually
Sacramento County Public Health Officer Dr. Olivia Kasirye will be a virtual guest, due to safety protocols, during tonight’s State of the Union address.
Rep. Doris Matsui (D-Sacramento) made the announcement Monday night. The speech will cover some of the accomplishments of the Biden presidency, from the economy to the government’s response to COVID-19.
“I am thrilled to have Dr. Olivia Kasirye join me as a virtual guest…and thank her for her guidance, vigilance, and service to the Sacramento community,” Matsui said in a press release.
Kasirye said she worked with Matusi to “provide Sacramento-area residents with timely and accurate information and the resources they need to stay safe during the battle against COVID-19.”
CapRadio will broadcast the speech live at 6 p.m. You can also watch it live on our website.
9:06 am: US Treasury Department says overwhelming amount of federal rent assistance during pandemic has gone to low-income tenants
The US Treasury Department has concluded that more than 80% of billions of dollars in federal rental assistance went to low-income tenants during the pandemic.
According to the Associated Press, the Treasury also found that the largest percentage of tenants receiving pandemic assistance were black households, in which many were headed by women.
In the fourth quarter of 2021, the Treasury also found that more than 40% of tenants receiving assistance were black and 20% were Latino, while two-thirds were from female-headed households.
Lawmakers approved $6.5 billion in emergency rental assistance last year, and through 2021 the government body said more than $25 billion had been spent or allocated, which represents 3.8 million payments to households.
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