California Prisons Replace Their Top Medical Officer Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

(CNN) — The top medical officer for California’s corrections system has been replaced amid a growing coronavirus outbreak among the state’s inmates. “We are in unprecedented times as we deal with the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic,” California Correctional Health Care Services Receiver J. Clark Kelso said in a statement. “In order to meet current response needs while also working toward further delegations of medical care back to state control, it has become evident that a reorganization is necessary for long-term sustainability.” The move comes while more than 2,350 inmates are currently infected — more than half of whom are inside a single facility, San Quentin State Prison. According to the state’s department of corrections, there are currently more than 1,300 active cases at San Quentin with nearly 70 percent of those cases popping up in the last two weeks. Six prisoners there have died from the virus, according to state data. A total of 165 staff members have also tested positive for the virus at San Quentin. Throughout the pandemic, officials across the US have identified prisons as major hotspots for the virus. But inmates and experts have cautioned social…

Crews Now Working To Remove California State Capitol Christopher Columbus Statue

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Crews are now working to remove the Christopher Columbus statue inside the California State Capitol building on Tuesday. CBS13 learned about the planned removal on Monday after a public CHP permit was filed for a “remodel” of the spot where the statue stands. Work crews could be seen outside the Capitol on Tuesday morning. With the statue weighing four tons of marble and granite, it will take a team of people and a crane several hours. Columbus’ Last Appeal of Queen Isabella Statue being removed from the State Capitol this morning. @CBSSacramento @GoodDaySac pic.twitter.com/gb5qa39JfU — Rachel Wulff (@rachelwulff) July 7, 2020 The formal removal would come just days after demonstrators tore the Father Junipero Serra statue down in the Capitol garden and vandalized the El Soldado statue also on the Capitol grounds. Scrutiny of historic statues and their place in civic pride intensified following the George Floyd protests. The Capitol’s Columbus statue is the only one Democratic-led legislators announced would be legally removed. A group of Republican legislators sent a letter to the Joint Rules Committee requesting the statue be allowed to stay. The Columbus statue will be moved to…

New COVID-19 restrictions impacting Imperial Beach businesses

IMPERIAL BEACH (KUSI) – Beaches and businesses in Imperial Beach continue to be closed because of the coronavirus pandemic which has negatively affected the economy and people living there.  Imperial Beach Mayor Pro tee Paloma Aguirre going Good Morning San Diego to talk about what the City has been doing to support small business amid COVID-19 and recent renovations at the Estuary promenade, bike lanes, safe streets initiative. Categories: Coronavirus, Good Morning San Diego, In Studio Guests, Local San Diego News

How risky is dining out during the COVID-19 pandemic?

(AP) – How risky is dining out during the COVID-19 pandemic? There is some risk, but health officials say there are precautions you can take to minimize the chances you’ll be exposed to the virus. Ordering takeout or delivery is still the safest option for getting restaurant food, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If you decide to eat at a restaurant, it’s best to opt for outdoor seating where tables are at least 6 feet apart, the agency says. Dining inside a restaurant that hasn’t reduced its capacity or safely distanced tables poses the most risk, it says. The coronavirus spreads through droplets that are emitted when people talk, laugh, sing, cough or sneeze. Indoor spaces are more risky than outdoor spaces because it might be harder to keep people apart and there’s less ventilation, the CDC says. Diners should assess what other safety steps the restaurant is taking. For example, servers should be wearing masks and the restaurant should have a process to ensure people are not congregating too closely while waiting for a table, says Dr. Susan Casey…

San Diego NAACP head calls for deputy’s termination over ‘racist’ photograph

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A prominent local civil rights leader called on the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department Monday to fire a deputy who allegedly shared a “lewd and racist and vile” altered photograph of George Floyd taken from the viral video of the Minnesota man’s death in police custody. The doctored image showed a nude male “porn star” kneeling on Floyd in place of Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin, who kept his knee on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes as the detainee repeatedly protested that he could not breathe, according to NAACP San Diego Branch President Francine Maxwell. Floyd died on Memorial Day. The words “quit resisting” also were added to the picture, Maxwell asserted in a prepared statement. “The image was lewd and racist and vile and should disturb anyone with a shred of human decency,” Maxwell said. “It is simply unacceptable (behavior for) a law enforcement officer.” The deputy, whose name has not been confirmed by the Sheriff’s Department, allegedly shared the photo via email, according to Maxwell. On June 18, he was suspended pending the completion of an internal investigation…

Automatic emergency aid agreement between Riverside, San Diego Counties on board agenda

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The Riverside County Board of Supervisors is slated Tuesday to approve an inaugural automatic aid agreement between its fire department and the San Diego County Fire Authority, each of whom would be expected to lend a hand during wildfires and other emergencies within a few miles of the county line. “Riverside County and the San Diego County Fire Authority will benefit with the automatic aid agreement, by securing automatic aid in fire protection, in the protection of life and property from fire, and in firefighting for the residents and visitors of both areas,” according to a county fire statement posted to the Riverside County board’s policy agenda. “With the increased fire potential, which is predominately due to the water drought, both parties will be better prepared for the fire season, or any emergency each party may potentially face.” Riverside County maintains automatic aid agreements with several jurisdictions, but this would be the first such compact with San Diego County. The agreement specifies that either fire agency could be called upon to send resources to wildfires on either side of the county…

Experimental treatment may have rid man of HIV, UC San Francisco doctors say

A Brazilian man infected with the AIDS virus has shown no sign of it for more than a year since he stopped HIV medicines after an intense experimental drug therapy aimed at purging hidden, dormant virus from his body, doctors reported Tuesday. The case needs independent verification and it’s way too soon to speculate about a possible cure, scientists cautioned. “These are exciting findings but they’re very preliminary,” said Dr. Monica Gandhi, an AIDS specialist at the University of California, San Francisco. “This has happened to one person, and one person only,” and it didn’t succeed in four others given the same treatment, she said. Another UCSF specialist, Dr. Steven Deeks, said: “This is not a cure,” just an interesting case that merits more study. The case was described at an AIDS conference where researchers also disclosed an important prevention advance: A shot of an experimental medicine every two months worked better than daily Truvada pills to help keep uninfected gay men from catching HIV from an infected sex partner. Hundreds of thousands of people take these “pre-exposure prevention” pills now and the shot could…

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has tested positive for coronavirus

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has tested positive for Covid-19, Bolsonaro himself announced, speaking on Brazilian TV channels Tuesday. “Everyone knew that it would reach a considerable part of the population sooner or later. It was positive for me,” Bolsonaro said, referring to the Covid-19 test he took Monday. Earlier on Tuesday Bolsonaro’s press office told CNN affiliate CNN Brasil that the President was being treated with hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin as he awaited the result of his fourth Covid-19 test in four months. Bolsonaro reassured supporters on Monday outside the presidential palace in Brasília that he had taken a test and his lungs were “clean” — following media reports that he had a fever. “I’ve done a lung screening, my lung is clean, OK? I went to do a Covid exam a while ago, but everything is okay.” The President, who was wearing a mask, warned people to not get near him. “You can’t get very close [to me], OK? Recommendation for everyone,” Bolsonaro said. CNN Brasil reported Monday that the President said he was showing symptoms consistent with Covid-19, including a 38 degree Celsius fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit). Bolsonaro’s…

O.C. reports over 1,000 new COVID-19 cases in one day, a 1st for the county

For the first time, Orange County residents reported more than 1,000 new coronavirus cases in a single day, with young people accounting for the bulk of new infections. “With cases of COVID-19 in California increasing over the last six weeks, I ask the residents and visitors of Orange County to please wear a face covering when you are in a public place and unable to properly social distance, as well as following hygiene and social distancing guidance,” Supervisor Michelle Steel said in a statement. “This is of the utmost importance to protect your health and the health of others, so that we can return back to normal as quickly as possible.” The spike was due in part to reports from backlogged test results. The county reported 1,028 additional cases Monday, 1,013 of which were from specimens collected June 20 to July 3; the others were collected before June 19. Read the full story on LATimes.com.

California braces for surge in coronavirus deaths as cases double in state

New coronavirus cases roughly doubled in California over the last month. Hospitalizations have soared 88%, filling some medical centers close to capacity. Now, public health officials are bracing for the grimmest phase of the cycle: a spike in COVID-19 fatalities. So far, new deaths have remained relatively flat in California even as cases have surged. In the last six weeks, the state has recorded an average of 436 weekly coronavirus deaths, down from the previous six-week average of 510 weekly deaths, according to a Los Angeles Times data analysis. But deaths are a lagging indicator, and many experts predict an increase in the coming weeks. California has seen far fewer coronavirus fatalities than some hot spots across the country, recording more than 6,400 deaths, compared with more than 32,000 in New York and 15,000 in New Jersey. Read the full story on LATimes.com.

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