California COVID deaths among Latinos — among the populations hardest-hit by the pandemic — have declined, but advocates say more help is needed in order to help the community heal. The youngest Americans — children 6 months to 4 years old — became eligible for COVID-19 shots , kicking off the final leg of COVID vaccinations. Latest updates: Sonoma County scaling back COVID response team Sonoma County is trimming its coronavirus task force this week, reducing a temporary workforce of about 60 staff within the county health department by a third. County health officials told the Santa Rosa Press Democrat that the shift aligns with the evolving nature of the pandemic. It comes just ahead of a June 30 deadline when millions of dollars in government pandemic funding is set to run out. They said everyone knew the pandemic response would scale back at this time, with some workers notified last week and others sooner. "Many had already resigned weeks ago, and a month ago, because they knew that come June 30, the COVID response was being demobilized," Health Services Director Tina Rivera told the newspaper. But many temporary workers were in the dark on details, and some providers operating… Read full this story
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