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Alameda County Issues Health Order Requiring COVID Vaccine for All 1st Responders, Medics

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OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Alameda County health officials issued an order Tuesday requiring all first responders and medical transport providers to be fully vaccinated against COVID by next month.

The order by Alameda County Health Officer Dr. Nicholas Moss applies to police officers, firefighters, paramedics, EMTs and other non-emergency medical transport personnel to by fully vaccinated by December 21 or wear masks and test for COVID weekly.

A booster shot is currently not required to be fully vaccinated.

The order also applies to people who enter high-risk care facilities in the county such as hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and adult and senior care facilities. Employers can choose to require COVID-19 vaccination without a test and mask option for their workforce.

Due to the nature of their professions, these workers are at high-risk for spreading COVID to patients, medically vulnerable residents, and staffers in such health care settings. It’s been established that a fully-vaccinated person can contract the virus although they are less likely to be infected, and those who do test positive for COVID are infectious for a shorter time, reducing the chances that a vaccinated person will spread the virus to others.

A press statement from Alameda County strongly encouraged residents to get fully vaccinated as soon as possible, especially with the winter and holiday gatherings approaching, and recommended vaccine boosters for certain groups, including residents 65 and older and those who are medically vulnerable or at high-risk for exposure or severe illness.

Health experts say the flu and COVID vaccines can be administered at the same time.

Article: sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com

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Police Investigating Crash in Berkeley

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BERKELEY (CBS SF) — Police in Berkeley are asking motorists to avoid the intersection of Ashby Avenue and Sacramento Street due to a collision on Sunday morning.

The intersection will be closed for until at about 10:30 a.m. for an investigation, and traffic will be detoured, police said in an advisory at 7:35 a.m.

Information about injuries in the crash was not immediately available.

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Original Post: sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com

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Dutch Impose New Tighter Lockdown Amid Spiking Infections

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The Netherlands has moved into a tougher lockdown that was announced amid spiking infection rates even before the country recorded its first confirmed cases of the new, more highly transmissible omicron variant.

Original Post: seattletimes.com

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Heavy Rainfall, Holiday Travel May Slow Sunday Traffic in Northwest Washington

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The usual slowdowns drivers encounter at the end of the Thanksgiving weekend may be worse than usual this year, due to flood watches in Whatcom, Skagit, Snohomish and King counties, as well as the Olympic Peninsula.

Article: seattletimes.com

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