‘Omicron is here’: California extends indoor mask mandate through Feb. 15
Updated: 4:06 PM PST Jan 5, 2022
So we’ll start with coronavirus coverage nearly two years into the pandemic. The U. S. Is seeing a record number of covid cases case here are three hike city as is live in Washington now and where President biden is addressing concerns surrounding the omicron variant. Good morning. Yeah, good morning Tayo and Deirdre. He is. And the president admits there’s frustration surrounding the lack of availability of covid 19 tests right now but he still says that schools should remain open during all of this and is urging more people to get vaccinated and boosted? Please take advantage of what’s available. President Biden says the coming weeks are going to be challenging as the nation grapples with the fast moving omicron variant hospitals are overwhelmed with the sheer number of new cases. Most of those who are hospitalized are unvaccinated. Meanwhile, Americans looking for COVID-19 tests have waited in long lines or faced empty pharmacy shelves. I know this remains frustrating. Believe me, it’s frustrating to me. The president says more federal testing sites are going up across the country. As the White House says, it’s still finalizing the national free at home. Covid test program manufacturers will start delivering those tests to the federal government later this month when we have those deliveries in hand, we will put the website up, make it available so that people can order tests at that point in time. The administration also doubling its order of Pfizer’s antiviral pill to 20 million doses. That treatment aimed at keeping high risk covid 19 patients from developing severe illness. And today a CDC panel is meeting to consider boosters for 12-15 year olds. The FADA has already given its green light for that. Is there any update on the C. D. C. Updating the guidance for asymptomatic cases? The stuff that came out last week to include a testing requirement has been really confusing for people and this isn’t going to help you much Deirdre but there is an update but it’s not an official update or a change to the guidance. I know. So you still quarantined for five days If you’re asymptomatic and you test positive you still don’t have to test negative before leaving isolation. But now the CDC says it is a good idea to do that. So if you have an extra test at home take it before leaving isolation. But if you don’t have a test you don’t have to test. It still says though that they want you to take a test as soon as you get exposed to covid, right? Or if you start feeling symptoms sometimes when you discuss this with your friends, your family, you feel like you’re discussing the rules of Candyland with a four year old. You know, it’s like 1000 and it turns out to be chutes and ladders. You know what I mean? I’ve been watching them. Thank you. All right thank you California. Seeing right now more infections than we have ever seen before and we’ll show you a graph. Now this is the seven day average case rate. This is since the pandemic began, more than 237,000 new cases were confirmed in the state on Monday. You can see the very latest spike mirroring what we saw this time last year. Now, this graph shows you the test positivity rate. We’re at 20% which is up nearly 10% from last week. It is also higher than last year’s winter surge. With cases rising. We are now starting to see an increase in hospitalizations. There are more than 7900 COVID patients hospitalized in our state. That’s up 600 from yesterday. Us surgeon general says the majority of people hospitalized with Covid right now are unvaccinated. It is also important to look at where we were last year on this date, there were more than 22,000 people hospitalized in California with covid. Of course that was before the vaccine was widely available. We should have a little more context on that though because we have a lot of people who are testing positive and are asymptomatic with this omicron variant and if they are getting it and they’re vaccinated, their their symptoms have tended to be very mild and cold like and the majority of the people who are in hospitals, that number do. We just showed you are unvaccinated. And the big question is how much of the, you know the virus do you give off and infect people with both vaccinated and unvaccinated are showing signs that they both do possibly the same and that’s the number that we don’t have for you. Well some restaurants in the meantime are changing how they operate as cases continue to go up in California Brittany. Hope has a look at some of the changes they’re making and how customers are responding for a chilly Tuesday night Sacramento’s ice blocks district had plenty of people walking, meeting and eating both inside and out. Some had to make different plans. I’m on vacation from Canada and I wanted to try beast and bounty but they’re closed, closed and won’t be open for another week on the restaurant’s instagram account staff posted this quote taking into account the health of our staff and our patrons. We think it is best to postpone our anticipated reopening as of right now. We are hoping to reopen Tuesday january 11th but we’ll continue to take things day by day. Other eateries are making changes to in East Sacramento. Cannon posted this on its facebook account quote Until further notice we will only be accepting reservations on our covered, heated and beautiful all weather outdoor patio. We feel this decision is in the best interests of all. I don’t think that certain restaurants have to use some precautions just because um it’s going to spread regardless. So um keep keep wearing your mask. Um wash your hands, keep your distance away from other people. Some in sacramento tell K. C. R. A. Three. They want restaurants to remain fully open. Others. I don’t believe in profits over safety. I think that we have an obligation as a business owner to put our employees first. Billy’s Olen is the chef and operator of bacon and butter in Tahoe Park Saturday night, he made the call to close for a few days after staff said they had been exposed to COVID-19. This sign outside the restaurant’s doors saying reopening is supposed to happen tomorrow is no longer accurate. The doors here will be locked until at least Friday pushing back the date because some employees are now positive. If the restaurant does open on friday, the dining room will be closed. Take out only for the time being restaurants and small businesses alike have been doing the impossible for two years now and on our deathbed trying to survive and we just keep taking blow after blow. The only thing that we can resort back to us can we sleep with ourselves at night. A decision that was not easy for him to make, but one he believes is right for himself. His staff and his industry Brittany Hope K. C. R. A three News, Bacon and Betters owners say they have gotten a mix of support and hate online and they’re asking people just to be patient and help the local businesses through this covid surge starting today. You won’t be able to walk into city buildings in Vacaville without an appointment. The city is closing their offices to most people until there’s a reduction in covid cases, if you need to do essential business with the city, you can call them, go online or make an appointment, Staff will continue their regular business hours. There are more opportunities now to get a covid vaccine. Today, the Sacramento County Department of Health Services is doing three clinics Today. The locations are new testament baptist Church, Oak Park Community Center and South Sacramento Christian Center. The addresses and times are there on your screen boosters are going to be available and walk ins will be welcomed. Taking a look now at the vaccination progress in the state, 71% of eligible Californians are fully vaccinated. That accounts for 26.8 million people. Another 3.1 million are partially vaccinated. 10 million people have received their booster shot already and the state is giving out an average of 143 doses per day.
FOLLOWING HERE ON KCRA 3 TODAY. DEIRDRE: WE BEGIN WITH OUR CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE. ALMOST TWO YEARS INTO THE PANDEMIC, THE U.S. IS SEEING A CORERD NUMBER OF COVID-19 CASES. TEO: KCRA 3’S AIXA DIAZ JOINUSS LIVE IN WASHINGTON NOW WHERE PRESIDENT BIDEN IS ADDRESSING CONCERNS SURROUNDING THE OMIONCR VARIANT. AIXA: THE PRESIDENT ADMITS THERE’S FRUSTRATION SURROUNDING THE LACK OF AVAILABLE COVID TESTS BUT HE SAYS SCHOOLS SHOU REMAIN OPEN AND URGES MORE PEOPLE GET VACCINATED AN BOOSTED. >> PLEASE TAKE ADVANTAGE OF WHAT’S AVAIBLLA AIXA: PRESIDENT BIDEN SAYS THE COMING WKSEE ARE GOING TO BE CHALLENGING AS THEAT NION GRAPPLES WITH THE FAST-MOVING OMICRON VARIANT. HOSPITALS ARE OVERWHELMED WITH THE SHEER NUMBER OF NEW CASES. MOST OF THOSE WHARO HOSPITALIZED ARE UNVACCINATED. MEANWHILE, AMERICANS LOOKING FOR COVID-19 TESTS HAVE WAITED IN LONG LINES OR FACED EMPTY PHARMACY SHELV. >> I KNOW THIS REMAINS FRUSTRATING, BELIEVE ME, IT’S FRUSTRATING TO ME. AIXA: THE PRESIDENT SAYMOS FEDERAL TESTING SITES ARE GOING UP ACROSS THE COUNTRY ASHE T ITWHE HOUSE SAYS IT’S STILL FINALIZING THE NATIONAL FREE AT HOME COVID TEST PROGRAM. MANUFACTURS ERWILL SRTTA DELIVERING THOSE TESTS TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT LATER THIS MONTH. >> WHEN WE HAVE THOSE DELIVERIES IN HAND, WE WILL PUT THE WEBTESI UP, MAKE IT AVAILABLE SO PEOPLE CAN ORDER TESTS AT THAT POINT IN TIME. AIXA: THE ADMINISTRATION ALSO DOUBLING ITS ORDER FOR PFIZER’S ANTI-VIRAL PILL TO 20 MILLION DOSES. THAT TREATMENT AIMED AT KEEPING HIGH-RISK COVID-19 PATIENTS FROM DEVELOPING SEVERE ILESLN TODAY, A CDC PANEL IS DISCUSSING BOOSTERS FOR 12 TO 15-YEAR-OSLD AFTER THE FDA GAVEHE T GREEN LIGHT ON MONDAY. DEIRDRE: IS THE CDC UPDANGTI LAST WEEK’S GUIDANCE FOR ASYMPTOMATIC CASES TO INUDACL TESTING REQUIREMENT? IT HAS BEEN REALLY CONFUSING FOR PEOPLE. AIXA: THIS IS NOT GOING TO HELP UYO MUCH BUT THERE IS AN UPDATE BUT NOT OFFICIALR O AN OFFICIAL CHANGE TO THE GUIDANCE. [LAUGHTER] I KNOW. YOU CAN STILL LEAVE QUANNEAR AFTER FIVE DAYS IF YOU DON’T HAVE ANY SYMPTOMS WITHOUT TAKING A TEST. BUT AFTER FACING CRITICISM THE CDC NOW SAYS IT’S A GOOD IDEA TO TAKE A TEST IF YOU HE AVONE BEFORE ENDING ISOLATION. THE CDC DOES SAY TO TEST AT THE BEGINNING IF YOU’VE BEEN EXPOSED TO COVID OR FEEL SICK. DEIRE:DR SOMETIMES WHEN YOU DISCUSS THIS WITH FRIENDS OR FALYMI YOU FEEL LIKE YOU ARE DISCUSSING THE RULES OF CANDYLAND WITH A FOUR-YEAR-OLD. O: AND IT TURNS OUT TO BE CHUTES AND LADDERS. [LAUGHTER] DEDRE:IR THANK YOU. TEO: CALIFORNIA IS NOW SEEING MORE INFECTIONS THAN ERVE BEFORE. DEIRDRE: THIS ISHE T SEVEN-DAY AVERAGE CASE RATE SINCE THE PANDEMIC BEG.AN MORE THAN 237,000 NEW SECAS WERE CONFIRMED IN OUR STATE MONDAY. YOU CAN SEE THIS LATEST SPE, MIRRORING WHAT WE SAW AT THIS TIME LAST YE. THIS GRAPH SHOWS THE TEST POSITIVITY RATE. WE ARE AT 20%. THAT’S UP NEARLY 10% FROM LAST WEEK. IT’S ALSO HIGHER THAN LT YEAR’S WINTER SURGE. TEO: WITH CASES RISING WE ARE NOW STARTING TO SEE AN INCASRE IN HOSPITALIZATIONS. THERE ARE MORE THAN 7900 COVID PATIENTS HOSTAPILIZED IN CALIFORNIA. THAT’S UP 600 FROM THE DAY BEFORE. THE U.S. SURGEON GENERAL SSAY THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE HOSPITALIZED WITH COVID RIGHT NOW ARE UNVACCINATED. IT’S ALSO IMPORTANT TO LOOK AT WHERE WE WERE LAST YEAR. ON THIS DATE, THERE WERE MEOR THAN 22,000 PEOPLE HOSPITAZELI IN CALIFORNIA WITH COVID. OF COURSE, THAT WAS BEFORE THE CCVAINE WAS WIDELY AVAILABLE. DEIRDRE: WISH WE HAD MORE CONTEXT BECAUSE WE HAVE A LOT TESTING POSITIVE AND ARESY MPMATOTIC AND IF THEY DOET G IT, THE SYMPTOMS ARE MILD. THE MAJORITY IN HOSPITALS ARE UNVACCINATED. TEO: THE QUESTION IS, WHO MUCH OF THE VIRUS DO YOU GIVE OFF AND INFECT PEOPLE WI? BOTH VACCINATED AND UNVACCINATED ARE SHOWING SIGNS. DE IRDRE: THAT IS THE NUMBER WE DON’T HAVE. TEO: RIGHT. DEIRE:DR SOME RESTAURANTS ARE CHANGING HOW THEY DO AS CASES CONTINUE TO RISE IN CALIFORNIA. O:TE BRITTANY HOPE HAS A LOOATK SOME OF THE CHANGES THEY’RE MAKING AND HOW CUSTORSMERE RESPONDING. BRITTANY: FOR A CHILLY TUESYDA NIGHT, SACRAMENTO’S ICE BLOCKS DISTRICT HAD PLENTY OF PEOPLE WALKING, MEETING, AND EATING, BOTH IIDE NSAND OUT. SOME HAD TO MAKE DIFFENTRE PLANS. >> I AM ON VACATION FROM CANADA AND I WANTED TO TRY THE RESTAURANT BUT THEY ARE CLOSED. BRITTA:NY CLOSED AND WILL NOT BE OPEN FOR ANOTHER WEEK. ON THE RESTAURANT’S INSTAGMRA ACCOUNT, STAFF POSTED THIS. “TAKING INTO ACCOUNT THE HEALTH OF OUR STAFF AND OUR PATRONS, WE THINK IT IS BEST TO POSTPONEUR O ANTICIPATED RE-OPENI.NG AS OF RIGHT NOW WE ARE HOPING TO RE-OPEN TUESDAY JANUARY, 11 TBU WILL CONTINUE TO TAKE THINGS DAY BY DAY.” OTHER EATERIES ARE MAKGIN CHANGES, TOO. IN EAST SACRAMENTOCA, NON POSTED THIS ON ITS FACEBOOK ACCOUNT TONIT.GH “UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, WE WILL ONLY BE ACCEPTING RESERVATIO ON OUR COVERED, HEATED, AND BEAUTIFUL ALL-WEATHER OUTDOOR PAO. WE FEEL THIS DECISION IS IN THE BEST INTEREST OF A.”LL >> I D’O’T THINK CERTAIN RESTAURANTS HAVE TO USE PRECAUTIONS BECAUSE IT IS GOING TO SPREAD REGARDLESS. KEEP WEARING THE MASK, WASH YOUR HANDS, KEEP YOUR DISTANCE FROM OTHER PEOPLE. BRITTANY: SOME IN SACRANTO, TELL KCRA THEY WANT RESTAURANTS TO REMAIN FULLY OP. OTHERS — >> I DON’T BELIEVE IN PROTFI OVER SAFETY. I THINK WE HAVE AN OBLIGATION AS A BUSINESS OWNER TO PUT PEOPLE FIRST. BRITTANY: BILLY ZOELLIN ITHS CHEF AND OPERATOR OF BACON AND BUTTER IN TAHOE PARK. SATURDAY NIGHT HE MADE THE CLAL TO CLOSE FOR A FEW DAYS AFTER STAFF SAID THEY HAD BEEN EXPOSED TO COVID-19. THIS SIGN OUTSE IDTHE DOORS SAYING REOPENING HAPPENING THE DOORS WILL BE LOCKED UNTIL. AT LEAST FRIDAY. PUSHING BACK THE DATE BECAUSE SOME EMPLOYEES ARE NOW POSITIVE. IF THE RESTAURANT IS OPEN FRIDAY, THE DINING ROOM WILL BE CLOSED. TAKE OUT ONLY FOR THE TIME BEING. >> RESTAURTSAN AND SMALL BUSINESSES HAVE BEEN DOING THE IMPOSSIBLE FOR TWO YEARS AND ON OUR DEATHBED TRYING TO SURVI.VE WE JUST KEEP TAKING BLOW AFTER BLOW. THE ONLY THING WE CAN RESORT BACK TO IS CAN WE SLEEP WITH OURSELVES AT NIGHT? BRITNYTA A DECISION THAT WAS NOT EASY FOR HIM TO MAKE BUT WHEN HE BEEVESLI IS RIGHT FOR HIMSELF, HIS STAFF A HND INDUSTRY. BRITTANY HOPE, KCRA 3 NEWS. DEIRDRE: BACON AND BUTTER’S OWNERS SAY THEY’VE GOTTEN A MIX OF SUPPORT AND HATE ONLINE. THEY’RE ASKING PEOPLE TO BE PATIENT AND LOCAL BUSINESSES THROUGH THIS COVID SURGE. TEO: STARTING TODAY, YOU WON’T BE ABLE TO WALK INTO CYIT BUILDINGS VINACAVILLE WITHOUT AN APPOINTMENT. THE CITY IS CLOSING THEIR OFFICES TO MOST PEOPLE UIL THERE’S A REDUCTION IN COVID CASES. IF YOU NEED TO DO ESSENTIAL BUSINESS WITH THE CITY, YOU CAN CALL THEM, GO ONLINE, OR MAKE AN APPOINTMENT. STAFF WILL CONTINUE THEIR REGULAR BUSINESS HOURS. DEIRDRE: THERE ARE MEOR OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOU GTOET YOUR COVID VACCINE TODAY. THE SACRAMENTO COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SERVICES IS HOLDING CLINICS TODAY. THE LOCATIONS ARE, NEW TESTAMENT BAPTIST CHURCH, OAK RKPA COMMUNITY CENTER AND SOUTH SACRAMENTO CISHRTIAN CENTER. THE ADDRESSES AND TIMES ARE ON YOUR SCREEN. BOOSTERS WILL BE AVAILLEAB WALK-INS ARE WELCOME. TEO: TAKING A LOOK AT THE VACCINATION PROGRESS IN THE STATE. 71% OF ELIGIBLE CALIFORNIANS ARE FULLY VACCINATED. THAT ACCOUNTS FOR .826 MILLION PEOPLE. ANOTHER 3.1 MILLION ARE PARTIALLY VACCAT
‘Omicron is here’: California extends indoor mask mandate through Feb. 15
Updated: 4:06 PM PST Jan 5, 2022
California health officials will extend an indoor mask mandate at public places for another month as the omicron variant has led to concerns about strains on the hospital system.Dr. Mark Ghaly, the state’s top health official, said the mandate would be extended through Feb. 15. The original one-month mandate had been set to be reevaluated on Jan. 15. Some counties, including Yolo and Sacramento, already had local indoor mask mandates in place. “Omicron is here and it’s here now,” Ghaly said Wednesday on a conference call with reporters. Ghaly urged people to get vaccinated or boosted and to wear better fitting masks “with a good seal,” saying that omicron was much more transmissible than prior variants. “Masks that maybe were really helpful in the beginning are not as helpful today,” he said.Ghaly said that at this time last year hospitalizations were beginning to peak with 53,000 total hospitalizations, including 8,000 with COVID. As of Wednesday morning, there were close to 51,000 total people at hospitals, he said.Ghaly said the state was trying to determine how many people are hospitalized because of COVID-19 versus those who are there for another condition but tested positive. Ghaly said that there have been more pediatric patients hospitalized over the last few days than even at the peak of last winter’s surge.But he said, “a lot of people are not being admitted to the ICU” and many had other underlying conditions.He called for people to avoid going to emergency rooms for COVID-19 testing and instead visit community testing sites.
California health officials will extend an indoor mask mandate at public places for another month as the omicron variant has led to concerns about strains on the hospital system.
Dr. Mark Ghaly, the state’s top health official, said the mandate would be extended through Feb. 15. The original one-month mandate had been set to be reevaluated on Jan. 15. Some counties, including Yolo and Sacramento, already had local indoor mask mandates in place.
“Omicron is here and it’s here now,” Ghaly said Wednesday on a conference call with reporters.
Ghaly urged people to get vaccinated or boosted and to wear better fitting masks “with a good seal,” saying that omicron was much more transmissible than prior variants.
“Masks that maybe were really helpful in the beginning are not as helpful today,” he said.
Ghaly said that at this time last year hospitalizations were beginning to peak with 53,000 total hospitalizations, including 8,000 with COVID. As of Wednesday morning, there were close to 51,000 total people at hospitals, he said.
Ghaly said the state was trying to determine how many people are hospitalized because of COVID-19 versus those who are there for another condition but tested positive.
Ghaly said that there have been more pediatric patients hospitalized over the last few days than even at the peak of last winter’s surge.
But he said, “a lot of people are not being admitted to the ICU” and many had other underlying conditions.
He called for people to avoid going to emergency rooms for COVID-19 testing and instead visit community testing sites.