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County Supply From pages -» ‘ Emer- : . “The little bit that’remains, along with any vaccine that wasn’t used the previous week, is what is available for us to 'use for appointrnents .for those eligible to receive first doses,” said Ferrer. “We just are not receiving enough vaccine ’doses to move as quickly as we would like. In the meantime, we must continue to do what we know is right — wear a face covering, main- tain physical distance, wash hands, don’t .niirrgle with people outside 'of your _.irnmediate household and sanitize everything. These tools are effective in slowing spread and keep people aliVe as we continue our vac— cination efforts,” said Ferret. There are currently 7,253 people currently hospitalized with COVID- 19, and’ 23% ,of these people are in the ICU. 8' I Of the 262 'deaths reported today (not including. Long Beach), 77 peo- ple that passed away were over the age of 80 years old, 104 people who died were between the ages of 65 and 79 years old, 60 people who died were between the ages of 50 and 64 years old, 19 people who died were between the ages of 30 and 49 years old and one person between the ages of 18 and 29 years old. Of the deaths reported today, 213 deaths were people with underlying health conditions, including 63 people who were over the age of 80 years old, 88 people who were between the ages of 65 and 79 years old, 44 people between the ages of 50 and 64 years 30 and 49 years old and one person between the ages of 18 and 29 years old. Of the total number of people who died, information about race and ethnicity is available for 13,503 people; 52% of deaths occurred among Latino/Latinx residents, 24% among White residents, 14% among Asian residents, 9% among African American/Black residents, less than 1% among Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander residents and 2% among residents identifying with other 01c, 16 people between the ages of races. Upon further investigation, 274 cases reported earlier were not LA. County residents. Testing results are available for more than 5,282,000 individuals with 19% of all people testing positive. The Reopening Protocols, COVID-l9 Surveillance Interactive Dashboard, Roadmap to Recovery, Recovery Dashboard, and additional things you can do to protect yourself, your family and your community are on the Public Health website, www. publichealth.lacounty.gov. LBUSD Ffomgpage overcome the challenges that the pandemichas brought. “The support of everyone in the LBUSD community is appreciated during this challenging, time,” the release stated. California Department of Public Health Summary: California’s Safe Schools for All Plan Throughout the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Newsom has prioritized the health and safety of California’s children and schools. As a father of four, Governor Newsom agrees with par- ents, educators, policymakers, and pediatricians that in—person is the best setting to meet not only the core learning needs of students, but also their mental health and social- emotional needs. It’s especially important for our youngest kids, students with disabilities, and those already disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. Resuming in-per- son instruction is critical for kids, families, and Communities through- out the state. TIIE CATALINA ISLANDER The safety of staff and students is foundational. With growing evi- dence that the: right precautions can effectively stop the spread of COVID-l9 in, schools—espe- cially in elementary schools—the Administration is committed to doing everything it can to make in-person instruction in schools safe for students and staff. Developed in partnership with the Legislature, the Administration’s plan focuses on ensuring careful implementation and building confidence by support- ing schools to bring back the young- est children (TK—2) and those who are most disproportionately impact- ed first, then phasing in other grade levels through the spring, as condi— tions allow. This phased-in approach recognizes that younger children are at a lower risk of contracting and transmitting COVID-l9, with core safety measures in place. At the same time, distance learn— ing will remain an option for parents and students who choose it and for those whose health status does not allow them to return to school in the near term. Today, Governor Newsom pledg- es to advance, with the Legislature, Caifornia’s Safe Schools for All Plat, built on four pillars: Funding. The Budget will propose for immediate action in Jaruary, $2 billion for the safe retpening of schools beginning in Feiruary, with a priority for return- ing the youngest children (TK—an grade) and those who are most disproportionately impacted first, then returning other grade levels to in-person instruction through the spring. These funds will provide apiroximately $450 per student to $01001 districts offering in—person instruction and will be weighted for districts serving students from low- income families, English learners an! foster youth. Safety & Mitigation. To further enzure health and safety in the class- ronn, the Administration will focus orimplementation of key measures, inruding testing, PPE, contact trac- ing, and vaccinations. Testing. The Administration wil support frequent COVID-19 tesing for all school staff and stu- dets, including weekly testing at scbols in communities with high rats of transmission. For example, an: interested public school will Grumman, be on—boarded to the state-owned Valencia Branch Lab for PCR tests at one—third the market rate and the State will establish a hotline to help schools implement testing. - PPE. All staff and students in schools are required to wear masks. Furthermore, surgical masks will be recommended for school staff, and the Administration will distribute millions of surgical masks to schools at no cost. The Administration has also enabled schools to leverage state-negotiated master contracts for PPE to reduce costs and streamline supply chains. Contact Tracing. Schools will continue to be on-boarded onto the School Portal for Outbreak Tracking (SPOT) to improve collaboration between school and health officials, and members of the state contact tracing workforce will be deployed to improve communication with schools. - Vaccinations. School staff will be prioritized in the distribution of vaccines through the spring of 2021. Oversight & Assistance. Dr. Naomi Bardach, a UCSF pediatri- cian and expert on COVID-19 trans- mission in schools, will lead the lnua ,1 Safe Schools for All Team, a cross- agency team composed of dedicated staff from CDPH, Cal/OSHA, and educational agencies. The Team will provide hands-on support to help“ schools develop and implement their COVID-l9 Safety Plans. These sup- ports include school visits and walk- throughs as warranted, webinars and training materials, and ongoing technical assistance. Transparency & Accountability. A state dashboard will enable all Californians to see their school’s reopening status, level of avail- able funding, and data on iii-school transmissions. Additionally, a web-based “hotline” will empower school staff and parents to report concerns to the Safe Schools for All Team, which will lead to escalating levels of intervention, starting with technical assistance and ending with legal enforcement. Califomia’s‘ Safe Schools for All Plan provides the support and ' accountability to establish a clear path to minimize in-school trans- missions and enable, first, a phased return to in—person instruction, and then ongoing safe in-person instruc- tion. 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