Seniors in Orange County 65 and older can now get the coronavirus vaccine because county public health officials have prioritized vulnerable groups.
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Dr. Clayton Chau, the county public health officer and director of the OC health care facility, said an emergency vaccine task force meeting was held on Sunday night.
“On Sunday night, almost everyone signed up for the call,” Zhou said in the county oversight public virus update on Tuesday. “We will start vaccinating seniors 65 and older in Orange County and add them to level 1a.”
Medical staff and emergency personnel are also listed on this floor.
The new push for the elderly follows widespread criticism of slow vaccination, not only in OC, but throughout the state.
After seeing slow-moving state public health officials call local health departments up and down the state, they warned them to increase vaccination or risk losing certain doses.
Joe said: “The state is in a state of panic.”
Chau told the Orange County supervisor that the other counties “not fast enough.”
“So we allocated 170,000 doses of medicine. We left nothing.” “Because we didn’t stay in the state, the state only gave us 6,000 doses this morning.”
After the local doctors, dentists, nurses, medical rescuers and other medical staff who have not established contact with the hospital expressed their concerns, the vaccination work also resumed.
When the OC received the vaccine last month, the hospital staff were the first to start the two-part vaccination process.
Zhou said that seniors should contact their primary care doctor to help arrange an appointment to start the vaccination.
Chau said: “We have a free pharmacy supplier working with us.”
According to a press release at the end of last year, plans to provide vaccines to hundreds of elderly care facilities.
“The plan will enable counties to use CVS and Walgreens pharmacy personnel to manage vaccines more widely, while pharmacy personnel go directly to nursing facilities. Skilled nursing facilities will obtain vaccines from CVS and Walgreens employees. CVS and Walgreens The couple will provide vaccines to approximately 72 skilled nursing facilities and 900 senior care facilities throughout Orange County.
Chau said county officials also hope to establish smaller vaccination sites for vulnerable groups, who should not appear in large groups.
After dozens of elderly readers expressed concern about the first dose of vaccine sent to OC via email, they began to vaccinate the elderly.
At the same time, medical workers are being vaccinated at three locations across the county, including the Orange County Fire Department headquarters in Irvine.
Qualified workers (doctors, nurses and medical assistants) must register Make an appointment in advance, there is no walk.
According to officials from the county health care bureau in an e-mail on Tuesday, it is estimated that 800 to 1,000 people will be vaccinated at these sites every day.
As of Tuesday afternoon, there are no appointments.
The website says: “Please check regularly.”
Disneyland will be the first of five super sites for vaccination.
Last week, the mayor of Huntington Beach, Oliver Chi (Oliver Chi) told “OC Voice” The vaccination site will be at the Knott Berry Farm, Orange County Open Air Market, Grand Park and Soka University.
Chau said there are “rumors” that the federal government plans to ship more vaccines to California.
But at a press conference on Tuesday, the State Department of Health and Human Services Director Dr. Mark Ghaly (Mark Ghaly) did not disclose details of when more vaccines will be released to the state.
Ghaly said they will announce “the prospect of getting more vaccine supplies in the next few days.”
The state has set a goal of 1 million new vaccines by the end of this weekend.
Orange County public health officials have set a goal of immunizing the herd on July 4, which means that 70% (2.2 million people) must be vaccinated to achieve this goal.
Chau said that if ultrafiltration reaches the July 4 target, five large vaccination sites will require approximately 8,000 injections per day.
There is no timetable for when large websites will open.
“We will launch the vaccine based on the number of vaccines we can enter Orange County. Therefore, if there is no vaccine, we will not open them all.
While officials scrambled to buy more vaccines, the number of hospitalizations in the county fell slightly.
The county health care bureau said that as of Tuesday, 2,200 people had been hospitalized, including 535 in the intensive care unit.
Chau said at a meeting of supervisors on Tuesday: “Compared with our busy summer, this is currently the highest number in hospital history.”
After daily figures broke records for at least one month in a row, the trend of hospitalizations this week seems to have stabilized.
But the death toll has been increasing.
The virus has now killed 2,148 of 195,685 confirmed cases, including 28 new deaths reported on Tuesday.
Due to delays in reporting, newly reported deaths may continue for several weeks.
In the past week, 222 new deaths have been reported.
The OC also reported 3,824 new cases on Tuesday.
In the past week, the county had an average of 3,300 new cases per day.
State public health officials estimate that approximately 12% of all newly infected patients will be hospitalized within three weeks.
This means that in the coming weeks, more than 2,700 people will be hospitalized because the hospital will discharge stable patients as soon as possible.
The number of people killed by the virus is more than three times the average annual number of flu.
In terms of background, since 2016, Orange County has averaged approximately 20,000 deaths each year, including 543 annual flu deaths. State health data.
According to the state’s death statistics, cancer caused more than 4,600 deaths, heart disease caused more than 2,800 deaths, more than 1,400 people died of Alzheimer’s disease, and strokes caused more than 1,300 deaths.
According to Orange County statistics, as of November, the average annual death toll in Orange County has exceeded 20,000, with 21,110 deaths. Latest available status data.
For the medical profession, this is a difficult virus to deal with because some people have no symptoms but can still spread. Others experience mild symptoms such as fatigue and mild fever.
Others ended up in the intensive care unit for days and weeks before being discovered, while others eventually died of the virus.
Gali said that early data show that the long-term surge in holiday holidays has not been as bad officials initially thought, but it is too early to tell whether the cases caused by the holiday season will cause another peak during the peak period.
“We still hope that there will be an increase in the middle of this month.”
This is the latest number of viruses in Orange County based on county data:
Infections and hospitalizations and deaths | City-by-city data | Demographics
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