April 22 Updates
FDA Authorizes First Test for Patient At-Home Sample Collection
The FDA has issued an emergency use authorization for LabCorp’s COVID-19 at home testing kit. The kit requires an individual to collect a nasal swab and mail it back to LabCorp for testing.
Expert U.S. Panel Develops NIH Treatment Guidelines for COVID-19
The National Institute of Health has developed treatment guidelines to inform clinicians on how to care for patients with COVID-19 in the form of a “living document” that will be continuously updated with new data.
Pandemic Health Care Surge Crisis Care Guidelines Issued
A 38-page document by the California Department of Public Health, prescribes a method to prioritize patients in the event that an outbreak overwhelms hospitals, preserving intensive care beds and ventilators for people with the greatest likelihood of surviving with treatment over those with serious chronic conditions.
CA Governor Launches Volunteer website: Californians for All
Governor Newsom announced a new volunteer initiative and a website that aims to connect residents looking to give back with opportunities in their communities and across the state.
Earliest Known COVID-19 Fatalities Confirmed in California
Two coronavirus-related deaths in California are found to be the earliest known deaths from the virus, new autopsy results show. The deaths were on February 6 and February 17, which was up to three weeks before the first known death in Washington.
California To Start Testing Asymptomatic People in High-Risk Settings
California becomes the first state to recommend testing asymptomatic people that either live or work in a high-risk setting, such as a nursing home, prisons or even households. These new guidelines will identify these asymptomatic people as “Priority 1.”
OC Supervisors Vote to Keep County Beaches Open
The Orange County Board of Supervisors voted to keep the county’s beaches open as an incoming heat wave was expected to hit Southern California. All city beaches in Orange County remain closed.
Certain Employees at Some Essential Businesses Must Wear Face Coverings
Effective at 12 a.m. on Friday, April 24, 2020, all employees of any grocery store, pharmacy/drug store, convenience store, gas station, restaurant, food preparation establishment, or retail store in Orange County who may have contact with the public must wear a cloth face covering while at work.
OC Health Care Agency Launches the OC COVID-19 Testing Network
The OC Health Care Agency (HCA) launched the OC COVID-19 Testing Network which will provide coronavirus testing to Orange County residents that meet specific criteria. This expands testing across Orange County and creates a safety net for those unable to receive a test from their health care provider.
SiriusXM to Host ‘Stagecouch’ Broadcast This Weekend
Before the pandemic took hold, Stagecoach Country Music Festival was set to take place this weekend. SiriusXM’s The Highway channel (channel 56) will host “at home” performances from the headlining performers: Thomas Rhett (on Friday), Carrie Underwood (on Saturday), and Eric Church (on Sunday), along with other artists. The performances will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day.
Air Quality Dramatically Improves in Major Cities Around the World
With lockdowns restricting travel and many industries forced to pause due to the coronavirus, the world has seen unprecedented reductions in air pollution, according to a new analysis that was released today on Earth Day.