California health authorities have reported a one-day record of 379 Coronavirus deaths and more than 52,000 new confirmed cases. Many of the state’s hospitals are now running out of capacity to treat the most severe cases. California’s pandemic death toll now stands at 21,860 with more than 1.7 million confirmed cases.
Teachers, first responders, and grocery and restaurant workers are among those recommended to get the next round of vaccines in California. Health care workers and long-term care facilities are now getting the first round of vaccines. State advisory committees are divvying up the next round of about 8 million doses expected early next year.
Traveling to visit friends and family for the holidays is highly discouraged and likely to contribute to another deadly surge.
California’s exposure notification system uses Bluetooth technology to alert a subscriber if they come in close contact with another subscriber who has tested positive for COVID-19. The program ensures privacy and does not share identities. Details are at canotify.ca.gov.
Public health is strongly urging everyone to get tested. It’s free and convenient with sites in Shasta Lake, Anderson, South Redding, Enterprise and Shasta College. Testing is by appointment only at lhi.care/covidtesting or visit shastaready.org.