COVID-19 Pandemic



SAN DIEGO, CA - AUGUST 06: The Seaport Village Trolley Station is largely empty, save for pigeons pecking around a discarded mask and bottle of Lysol on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020 in San Diego, CA. The transit system has undertaken a number of safety protocols to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. (Sam Hodgson / The San Diego Union-Tribune)

Many immunocompromised and older Americans feel abandoned. That’s a public health failure.

Long Beach, CA - United States Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra, center, tours the Long Beach Public Health Department and hosts a roundtable on pandemic preparedness with local public health officials. June 01: in Long Beach on Thursday, June 1, 2023 in Long Beach, CA. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

Data and financial support are among the major resources necessary to appropriately prepare for public health threats, officials told HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra in Long Beach.

Irvine, CA - February 14: Courtney Gavin, shown taking a break from coming down the chairlift from her upstairs room, as her husband Connor Mayer, not shown, prepares to help her doing basic tasks in the home. Courtney got sick with Covid in March 2020 and is now sick with long covid. She is a graphic artist and used to play in a couple bands but is on hold until she recovers at her home with her husband, Connor Mayer. Photo taken Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2023 in Irvine, CA. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times) Courtney Gavin is experiencing long covid and the costs (emotionally, physically and financially) this disease has had on their lives. She currently is not working and has severe shortness of breath, needs help doing basic tasks in the home (pushed in a wheelchair, uses a chairlift) and is fatigued easily. Connor works as a professor at UC Irvine and is now her full-time caregiver. He noted he is struggling with balancing the responsibilities of being a caregiver over his career responsibilities (which has resulted in a loss of income).The couple has shared that they have spent over $60k in medical expenses (chair lift, wheelchair, supplements), Courtney plays music and is largely bedridden, but they seem to have a routine where Connor makes her food and sets up everything before he leaves for work to make it as easy as possible for her to eat and take care of herself. Courtney also applied for disability and was denied recently.

One in 10 people infected with the coronavirus during the Omicron era suffered from long COVID, indicating the syndrome remains a notable threat.

FILE - A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sign stands at the entrance of their offices in Atlanta on Tuesday, April 19, 2022. On Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022, the head of nation's top public health agency announced a shake-up of the organization, in a bid to respond to ongoing criticism and try to make it more nimble. (AP Photo/Ron Harris, File)

The CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service Conference hosted 1,800 people over four days in Atlanta — 13% of them said they later tested positive for the coronavirus.

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Coronavirus cases and deaths as of 3:59 p.m. PT on Monday, March 16, 2020.

The latest totals, where new cases are concentrated, testing numbers, demographcics, nursing homes and California state and county data in context compared to other states.