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Touro, Solano library team up for free vaccine clinic next week in Vacaville

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Several clinics on calendar throughout September, into October

VACAVILLE — The Touro Child and Adult Resource Education and Support Mobile Vaccination team, from Touro University California, will host a free Covid-19 vaccine clinic Tuesday at the Vacaville Town Square Library, 1 Town Square Place.

Walk-ins are welcome. No appointment is needed. Minors will need a parent or legal guardian present.

The clinic is from 10 a.m. to noon and comes during in upswing in both confirmed novel coronavirus infections and Covid-19 hospitalizations at the local level.

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Solano Public Health sees early signs Covid surge leveling

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FAIRFIELD — The Solano County Public Health Division reported Wednesday that the current surge in coronavirus cases, which started shortly after July 4, appears to be plateauing.

The news comes as hospitalizations continue to rise, up to 127 Wednesday, and as Vallejo is on the cusp of exceeding 11,000 cases since the start of the pandemic.

Dr. Bela Matyas, the county public health officer, also reported that he has received preliminary reports about the first fatalities from this surge, though the deaths have not been confirmed.

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Public health gearing up to vaccinate all employees of congregate facilities

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FAIRFIELD — Solano health officials are waiting for clarification on whether county jail and juvenile hall staff fall under the recent state mandate requiring vaccinations.

County clinics – health and dental – certainly do, as do other congregate facilities such as nursing homes and memory care facilities, Dr. Bela Matyas, the county public health officer, said in an interview Monday.

The mandate, which was issued Thursday, must be fully implemented by the end of September.

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Solano County confirms West Nile virus activity

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This 2006 photo provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a female Aedes aegypti mosquito in the process of acquiring a blood meal from a human host. Scientists believe the species originated in Africa, but came to the Americas on slave ships. It's continued to spread through shipping and airplanes. Now it's found through much of the world. (James Gathany/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention via AP)

Two mosquito pools in Solano County have tested positive for the West Nile virus, various agencies confirmed in a county news release Wednesday. However, no human cases have been reported in the county yet.

The specimen samples were collected by the Solano County Department of Health and Human Services, the Davis Arbovirus Research and Training (DART) laboratory and Solano County Mosquito Abatement District in southern Davis, which is within Solano’s boundaries, on Friday.

“This marks the official start of West Nile virus season in Solano County,” Dr. Christine Wu, Solano’s deputy health officer, said in a statement. “This is an important reminder for residents to take the necessary precautions to avoid coming in contact with mosquitoes, such as using insect repellent when outside and eliminating standing water where mosquitos can breed.”

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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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