June 4, Updates

New increases in teen hospitalization rates reinforce importance of COVID vaccination

A recent increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations among people ages 12 to 17 reinforces the importance of practicing prevention measures against the coronavirus and vaccination, according to a study released today in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Cal OSHA approves revisions to COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards

The Cal OSHA Standards Board met yesterday and voted to approve revisions to the Cal OSHA COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards. The new standards are expected to go into effect on June 15, which is also when California is anticipated to exit the Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Until then, the current emergency temporary standards still apply in the workplace which include masking and physical distancing. UCI officials are reviewing the changes and will have updated guidance out to the campus community. Until then, current UCI policies are still in effect.

Governor launches California restaurant comeback

As California’s economy comes roaring back and the state prepares to fully reopen this month, the governor yesterday announced action to ensure that restaurants, bars, breweries and wineries continue to benefit from pandemic regulatory relief – including expanded outdoor dining and the sale of to-go alcoholic drinks – to support the recovery of businesses and protect public health.

Biden administration faces uphill battle to meet its July 4 vaccination goal

The United States is facing an uphill battle to meet President Biden’s goal of vaccinating 70% of adults with at least one dose by July 4, according to a CNN analysis. But the administration continues to push ahead with new programs and initiatives, and key players remain hopeful that the goal will be met.

California draws 15 winners of $50,000 vaccine prizes

It was the first in a series of drawings for $16.5 million in prize money aimed at encouraging Californians to get their shots ahead of June 15, when the state plans to lift almost all virus-related restrictions.