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These 5 Bay Area cities may be ‘most at risk’ for new COVID-19 infections, data shows

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SOLANO COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) — Experts say unvaccinated neighborhoods across the Bay Area are driving most of the transmission fueling our fourth COVID-19 surge, and there are a few areas in particular that stand out.

Our data journalism team compiled COVID-19 vaccination rates for zip codes that have at least 5,000 individuals or more that are part of the 12+ vaccine eligible population. The areas that ranked high on the list are pockets of Solano and Alameda counties. The list includes zip codes in Berkeley, Vacaville, Suisun City, Dixon, and Fairfield — where 45 to 60 percent of the eligible population living in each of these zip codes are not fully vaccinated.

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COVID Experts: Vaccine Hesitancy Fueling New Cases Which May Lead To More Mutations

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SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) — On Monday, California reported more than 14,097 new cases from over the weekend, which is triple the number of cases reported in early June.

The test positivity rate also spiked to 4.1%, which is the highest it’s been since February. Last month, the state’s positivity rate was below 1%.

As cases climb, however, vaccination has stalled and experts worry about what that means for the future of the pandemic.

“The more that transmission of virus occurs, the more likely there is going to be another mutation,” said University of California San Francisco Prof. of Medicine and Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Peter Chin-Hong. “In fact, we know from science every two weeks there is a new mutation.”

In California, nearly 52% of the population is fully vaccinated, which means millions remain unvaccinated.

Experts have said the unvaccinated as well as the highly-transmissible Delta variant are currently driving the pandemic.

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COVID cases surging in California a month after reopening

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A month after California’s reopening lifted most pandemic restrictions, COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are rising, worrying public health officials as they contend with the more infectious Delta variant and the lagging pace of vaccinations in some communities.

Los Angeles County has drawn particular concern, with five straight days of more than 1,000 new cases, a five-fold increase from mid-June.

Gov. Gavin Newsom on June 15 officially ended the state’s stay-at-home and mandatory mask orders affecting 40 million people, allowing most businesses to fully reopen. Vaccinated or not, many unmasked Californians eagerly crowded into reopened stores, restaurants, churches and sporting events..

The fallout: On Wednesday, nearly 3,100 new COVID-19 cases were reported, compared to 700 on June 15. And the state’s test positivity rate – a measure of how much virus is circulating in a community – jumped from 0.08% to 3%, according to the California Department of Public Health.

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Solano supervisors shine light on Alzheimer’s ‘Longest Day’

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FAIRFIELD — There are about 7,000 Solano County residents who live with Alzheimer’s disease, and about 650,000 in the state.

Bob Panzer, a local advocate who lost his mother to the disease, said that number could more than double by 2030.

“And minorities are at the highest risk of getting the disease, but are less likely to get timely (care),” Panzer said.

The Solano County Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution Tuesday that recognizes June as National Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month and declared June 20 as “The Longest Day.”

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Mission Viejo Area Red Cross Blood Drives Coming Up Soon

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MISSION VIEJO, CA — The Red Cross has an emergency need for eligible blood donors as surgeries and other procedures ramp up as the coronavirus pandemic recedes.

The need is especially great for platelet donations, which are primarily given to cancer patients during treatment. Platelet donations must be transfused within five days and are always in high demand due to their short shelf life.

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Solano inches closer to goal of 225,000 vaccinated residents

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FAIRFIELD — Solano County has nearly reached the goal of vaccinating 225,000 individuals 16 or older, and nearly half of the county’s adult population has been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, the Public Health Division reported.

The county reports in its Monday update that 222,199 individuals, or 98.8% of the 225,000 goal, have received a vaccine shot. About 63% of all individuals 16 or older have received at least one shot, the county reported, and 48% have been fully vaccinated.

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To Mask Or Not To Mask? California’s Conundrum

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Gov. Gavin Newsom is facing a mask dilemma.

If he updates the state’s mask guidance to align with that of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — which on Thursday announced that fully vaccinated people no longer have to wear masks or physically distance in most places — he risks contradicting his own stance, which has already changed twice in the past two days. Newsom said Wednesday that California would keep mask “guidelines and mandates” in place for “indoor activities” even after the state fully reopens on June 15. But the day before, he said the mask mandate would be lifted entirely by June 15, except for in “massively large (indoor) settings where people from around the world … are convening.”

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Solano ‘youngsters’ to be added to Fairfield mall Covid vaccine clinic

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FAIRFIELD — Solano County health officials on Wednesday were working on the details for the first Covid-19 vaccination clinic that would include anyone 12 or older.

The clinic, to be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday in the former Forever 21 storefront of the Solano Town Center, was originally designed to be a single-shot Johnson & Johnson clinic for anyone 18 or older.

When the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was approved for anyone 12 or older, the county decided to add that option to the clinic. The Pfizer-BioNTech two-dose vaccine had already been approved for anyone 16 or older. Johnson & Johnson doses will still be administered.

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City of Benicia giving free pizza to young people getting their COVID-19 vaccines

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BENICIA, Calif. (KGO) — The city of Benicia is trying a new tactic to convince people to get the COVID-19 vaccine. They are offering young people their choice of a free pizza if they get vaccinated.

“This is a grant through our city economic development office partnering with five pizzerias. We asked the pizza places to pass out flyers to get out the word of this event,” said Maurio Giuliani, Benicia’s Deputy City Manager.

It worked.

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Solano is the only Bay Area county still stuck in the red tier. Here’s what’s holding it back

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In recent months, coronavirus case rates have plummeted in much of the Bay Area. Most of the region’s counties are now in California’s “moderate” orange reopening tier, which allows for loosened restrictions, and San Francisco moved to the least restrictive yellow tier on Tuesday.

But Solano County, which has continued to struggle with higher case rates than the rest of the Bay Area, is still stuck in the red tier — the second-most-restrictive in the four-tier system.

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