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Issued: July 14, 2021 | Transcription
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The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on Tuesday to accept a $ 24.2 million grant from the United States Centers for Disease Control that will be used to address COVID-19 disparities among populations with evil. served, including those at higher risk of contracting the coronavirus.
The grant was awarded to the county’s COVID-19 Health Disparities Project – a collaboration of staff, community partners and contracted service providers – with a focus on racial and ethnic populations and communities rural.
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Grant money will be spent on local COVID-19 response and prevention through increased testing, tracing and vaccination; improved public health data systems; better access to health and social services for vulnerable populations; and an expanded public health infrastructure for the prevention and control of COVID-19.
Nick Macchione, director of the county health and social services agency, said the grant is very competitive and aligns with the priorities of the board.
Supervisor Jim Desmond said he was happy to see this additional source of funding, especially for rural communities, as it will benefit people who normally have to travel great distances to receive medical help.
In a related action, the board unanimously approved $ 4.5 million in public funds to be used for what has been described as “a community health worker model,” where local groups provide immunization, communication and awareness assistance.
Supervisors received an update on the number of COVID-19 cases, as well as continued efforts to combat the pandemic.
According to the county, the number of local cases of COVID-19 has increased in recent weeks, dropping the case rate from 1.9 cases per 100,000 population on June 15 to 3.7 cases per 100,000 population, according to the county. figures released Tuesday.
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The daily number of cases rose to 355 on July 12 and has been at or above 200 in the past seven days. As of Tuesday, the county recorded 284,996 cases and a total of 3,785 deaths.
Dr Wilma Wooten, the county’s public health official, said the county “is now seeing about double the number of cases reported a month ago”, leading to a 46% increase in hospitalizations and use 10% in intensive care unit. admissions in recent weeks.
“We expect further increases in intensive care admissions as they lag behind the trend in cases and hospitalizations,” Wooten said.
The council also received an update on the second county-wide vaccine confidence survey, which was conducted between June 13 and 24, to determine the most common concerns among residents reluctant to move. get vaccinated against COVID-19.
The survey focused on three areas:
– County residents who received their first injection of the COVID-19 vaccine and are late for the second dose;
– Those who hesitate to be vaccinated because they feel they do not have enough reliable information, and;
– People resistant to the vaccine.
We spoke with David Metz, president of FM3 research. They conducted the county’s recent survey of residents’ opinions on the vaccine.
“About one in five adults tell us not only that they are not yet vaccinated, but that the majority do not intend to be vaccinated,” Metz said.
He said the hesitant are young people who don’t see COVID as a threat.
They also don’t trust the vaccine.
“They lack confidence in the safety of the vaccine. They worry about side effects. They are concerned about the rush of vaccine developments and the long-term impact that there might be, ”he said.
Robert Gillespie is the medical director of the Black Nurses Association.
He said vaccination efforts should be focused on those who are ready to be vaccinated.
“I think we need to focus on the 20% of unvaccinated people, who still think they are very likely to get vaccinated,” he said.
The board voted 3-2 against a proposal by Supervisor Jim Desmond to send a letter to Gov. Gavin Newsom asking him to reconsider a mask mandate for school children.
The state announced last week that students should wear masks at school, despite CDC guidelines that vaccinated students and teachers would not need them.
“Obviously, I think federal, state and public health doctors are not all on the same page when it comes to masks, said Desmond, who praised county staff for doing so. “an excellent job to protect our most vulnerable populations”.
Desmond added that children should not be used to protect adults and that masks can be uncomfortable for students learning to speak, read and write.
“In the name of benevolence, and let the children go to school without masks,” he added.
Her suggestion elicited an emotional reaction from supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer, who said she had personally struggled with this issue.
Lawson-Remer said her daughter had significant developmental delays and not being able to see people’s faces affected her ability to learn speech.
However, Lawson-Remer said she would feel bad if her daughter contracted the virus in school and then passed it on to someone else.
“At the end of the day, there is a balance,” she added. “I have to determine not what is good for my own daughter, but what is good for the collective, what is good for everyone.”
The mask debate has become “politicized in an unhealthy, unnecessary way,” Lawson-Remer said.
Desmond said he respected and understood Lawson-Remer’s position.
“It’s all about risk management,” Desmond said. “I appreciate your willingness to discuss this, but we just don’t agree.
During Tuesday’s meeting, such as June 29, supervisors heard from residents opposed to vaccination programs and mask warrants. Some also took issue with the county accepting any other money to fight the pandemic.
Erik Wiese, an El Cajon-based real estate broker, said the federal government is facing a massive deficit and “we need to keep that in mind while offering to put money into every problem.”
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