State Opens; Health Care Rolls On With Caution

Posted: June 16, 2021

Even as California fine tunes regulations on whether employees and business customers have to wear masks indoors, NorthBay Healthcare’s mandate on masking will remain in place to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, California Department of Public Health and Cal/OSHA.

California dropped its “Blueprint for a Safer Economy” COVID-19 NorthBay Healthcare Visitor Policytier system June 15, eliminating mask requirements for vaccinated residents in most settings.

The state set to remove most remaining restrictions on businesses and significantly relax mask-wearing rules – for those who are vaccinated. Cal/OSHA said it would finalize the decision on June 17, and Gov. Gavin Newsom said he will sign an executive order to ensure the new rules take effect immediately.

All of the debate and pending actions have no impact, however, on rules inside of NorthBay Healthcare’s facilities. “Regardless of how things change for grocery stores and movie theaters, NorthBay will keep in place safety precautions to protect our workforce and following CDPH and CalOSHA guidelines,” NorthBay Healthcare Group President Aimee Brewer said recently.

About 53 percent of Californians are fully vaccinated, and 65 percent have received at least one dose, state officials have said. But about 15 percent of the state’s population is under 12 and still ineligible for a vaccine.

To encourage more people to get vaccinated, the state of California is offering financial incentives, from $50 gift cards to $50,000 awards to a grand prize of $1.5 million, to the lucky winner of a lottery-like sweepstakes among every Californian who has received a vaccine.

In the meantime, Solano County has reported a total of 420,552 doses administered throughout the county, and noted that 239,995 individuals have received at least one shot. County officials continue to offer pop-up vaccination clinics.

At NorthBay, COVID-19 vaccinations with the Pfizer vaccine are now available to all Center for Primary Care patients age 12 and up. Patients can schedule a vaccine by appointment by calling (707) 646-5500.

Also, patients can get the vaccine at NorthBay’s drive-through Coumadin clinic. NorthBay Healthcare patients who are seen by a specialist only, and are not established with a NorthBay Primary Care doctor, should still register for their vaccine online at MyTurn.Ca.Gov, and if no appointments are available locally, they will be notified when appointments open up. The Solano Public Health website also includes up-to-date information on where to find vaccine appointments in Solano County.

 

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