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11 Jan, 12 tweets, 2 min read
when it comes to vaccine rollout, California is far behind. we're ranked 42nd nationwide, meaning the the vast majority of states have vaccinated a higher percentage of their population than we have

California has vaxxed 1.5% of its population, compared to 4.9% in West Virginia
California has given the shot to more people than anywhere else -- 2.3 million doses administered so far. this is far above the next highest (Texas, with 1.8 million doses), but is a very low fraction of our population. Texas is 2.1%, compared to our 1.5%
this is why in California we're just watching as other states start vaccinating teachers, people over 65+, other essential workers and we're still trying to make our way through health care workers. proportionally, we're behind
California is a giant state, and I wonder how difficult it's been for hospitals doing the vaccinations to free up staff to administer the vaccines when we're dealing with a terrible COVID surge. still, seems like it should be priority number 1
a point of clarification here:

California has *received* 2.3 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine, but has actually only administered 734,405 shots so far. most still haven't been given to people
there's another important metric here: doses used -- what fraction of the doses a state has received that have been given out. California's has distributed only about 25% of its doses, putting us at 41 out of the 50 states.
Gov. Newsom provided updated figures on this just now: California has received 2.47 million doses so far and has given 783,476 to people
Newsom promises that 1 million additional people will be vaccinated by this weekend. "The reason we set a goal of 1 million is that we are sending an urgent call across the spectrum ... all hands on deck approach to accelerate the equitable and safe distribution of vaccines."
Newsom says that new groups of people will be administering vaccines in the state now to help speed things up. The new vaccinators include dentists, pharmacists, paramedics
the state is also opening up multiple large sites for vaccination: Dodgers Stadium, CalEXPO and Padres Stadium
Though these percentages have been much higher in other hospitals, only 2% of healthcare workers in the UCs have declined or postponed their vaccine, Newsom says.

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LA County is reporting 288 new deaths from COVID today as well as and 11,994 new cases. Our deaths are really high -- the consequence of the Thanksgiving surge -- and our cases are climbing, linked to a holiday surge.
in case you're thinking that these deaths are only among the elderly:

61 of the 288 deaths reported today were people between the ages of 50 and 64
17 were between 30 and 49
2 were between 18 and 29
LA County public health director Barbara Ferrer: "Please do not underestimate this virus or let your drive to interact in person with friends outweigh following the safety measures that are put in place to save lives."
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the quotes in this story are brutal:

“I’m tired of having to talk to family members to tell them that their family member has passed away from this disease,” Dr. Mark Lepore, intensive care unit physician at Ventura County Medical Center, said last week.
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today officials warned that there are COVID outbreaks *everywhere* in LA and that anytime you leave your house you're in danger. indeed, there are currently 538 open outbreaks at businesses in LA County, the most ever reported
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outbreaks, defined as 3+ linked cases, remain open until it has been more than 2 weeks since the last case was reported
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This is when you'll likely get your COVID vaccine in LA:

--currently, we're vaccinating phase 1a, which includes health care workers & residents of skilled nursing facilities
--in early February, we're supposed to start phase1b, which is people over 65+ as well as teachers, childcare workers, grocery store workers, farm and food manufacturing workers as well as the incarcerated and homeless
--in late March, LA officials expect to begin phase 1c, which includes people over 50, people with underlying health conditions as well as people who work in water, defense, energy, government operations and communications
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Every minute, 10 people in LA County on average are testing positive for the coronavirus, says LA County public health director Barbara Ferrer. Every eight minutes, someone in LA County dies of COVID.
"The damaging impact to our families and local hospitals from this surge is the worst disaster our county has experienced for decades," Ferrer says.
LA County is reporting 137 new deaths today from COVID-19. In just the past seven days, more than 1,500 people have died from the disease.
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since everyone in LA just learned about false negatives ... spoiler alert: they exist for every test!
whatever COVID test you use, it's measuring the amount of virus in whatever place was swabbed -- your cheek, lower nose, upper nose, throat etc -- but sometimes there isn't enough virus at that very moment to show up on a test, even though you are infected
as the virus replicates, it eventually will reach a level where it shows up on a test. but that doesn't mean that up until that point that you haven't been infecting other people, even if you have negative test results in hand
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