TUESDAY, AUGUST 24, 2021 PHYSICIANS: The County of San Diego, the San Diego County Medical Society, and the Hospital Association of San Diego and Imperial Counties are hosting a Clinical Town Hall about the COVID–19 pandemic . Topics will be vaccine updates and boosters, vaccines and pregnancy, updates on COVID in San Diego County, COVID therapies including monoclonal antibodies, and COVID and children. These virtual sessions are designed by physicians, for physicians to share timely information and discuss issues specific to medical professionals. PLEASE SAVE THE DATE: Wednesday , August 25 th , 6 — 7:30 PM JOIN MEETING: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81838235368 WEBINAR ID: 818 3823 5368 AUDIO ONLY: (669) 900–6833 OR (346) 248–7799 * audio only participants will not have the opportunity to ask questions during the webinar Yesterday, the San Diego County Medical Society ( SDCMS ) and Hospital Association of San Diego & Imperial Counties ( HASDIC ) in a formal letter to Public Health Officer Dr . Wilma J . Wooten and the San Diego County Board of Supervisors , called on the Supervisors to “require indoor masking for all people regardless of vaccination status. We also call upon you to further safeguard our community by requiring vaccination for indoor dining, bars, gyms, and entertainment venues.” The letter declares that the “highly–contagious Delta variant has changed the situation” and makes these actions necessary due to rapidly increasing case numbers and hospitalizations due to COVID–19. The letter states, “The California counties of Los Angeles, San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Sonoma, Sacramento, and Yolo, as well as the City of Berkeley already have an indoor mask requirement. Los Angeles County has gone further to instate a requirement to wear a mask outdoors at major events as of August 19 th , 2021. Requiring all people to wear a mask indoors makes scientific sense. We need to be able to treat people with and without COVID in our hospitals, and we may get to the point of having to delay needed procedures and surgeries once again if we don’t act now. The current rise in infections and hospitalizations is not sustainable without swift action to protect our community.” “Further, San Francisco, New York, and New Orleans have instated requirements for proof of vaccination for indoor restaurants, bars, gyms, and entertainment venues. This also makes scientific sense. We know the Delta variant is extremely contagious and we need to make being indoors during these higher–risk activities as safe as possible. Those who have chosen not to get vaccinated or are not yet eligible could continue to eat, drink, work out and be entertained outdoors, which is a safer setting for all involved. No solution is perfect and none of us want to be in this new wave. However, other communities have done these things to protect their citizens.” The organizations also cite the heavy toll that COVID–19 has taken on the local health care community and the strain on the health care system that increased COVID–19 caseloads and hospitalizations present. The letter continues, ”We are tired. Our healthcare community is smaller as people have cut back, quit, or retired early due to the toll this pandemic has taken. We remain committed to caring for the health of the community of San Diego to the best of our ability and we need your help to do it. We call upon you to institute these measures before we are once again overwhelmed.” The San Diego Union–Tribune ran a front page article on this action by SDCMS and HASDIC which you can read HERE . A reminder that the CalVax Grant deadline has been extended until September 10 th at 11 : 59 PM . Individual practices may receive up to $55,000 to support vaccination efforts, and to be eligible, practices must complete Section A of the myCAVax application process. Small practice providers can apply to receive $10,000 for up to five vaccination sites for a total of $50,000. Additionally, small practice providers can receive an additional $1,000 per site (up to five sites for an additional $5,000) if their vaccination sites match high priority areas as noted by the CDPH. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (916) 551–2565 for more information. As always, let me know if you have any questions! Paul Hegyi, CEO WHAT TO KNOW … SD County HHSA Epidemiology & Immunization Services Branch Weekly COVID–19 Watch Surveillance Report CLICK HERE SD County Reports 1,498 New COVID Cases, Rise in Hospitalizations CLICK HERE FDA Approves Pfizer–BioNTech Vaccine, Making Way for More Vaccine Mandates CLICK HERE Pandemic Reveals Growing Suicide Crisis for Communities of Color CLICK HERE Students’ Lack of Routine Vaccines Muddies Start of School CLICK HERE FDA Warns Against Using Animal Parasite Medicine As At–Home COVID–19 Treatment CLICK HERE Breakthrough COVID Infections Add Even More Chaos to School’s Start in 2021 CLICK HERE Calif. Medical Board: Stop Issuing Bogus Mask Exemptions to Students CLICK HERE Delta Variant Likely to Bring a Fall and Winter of Masks, Vaccine Mandates, Anxiety CLICK HERE Majority Favor Vaccine Mandates for Certain Workplaces, Crowded Events: Poll CLICK HERE WHAT TO DO … SEP 1, 2021 : 11am–12pm, Virtual Discussion ‘HPV Vaccine, Part 2 Cancer Vaccines Webinar Series’, on Preventing HPV Cancers in San Diego County, Presented by Moores Cancer Center at UCSD Health & San Diego Immunization Coalition CLICK HERE SEP 7, 2021 : 7–8pm, FREE Webinar Series ‘ACEs Online Wellness Engagement Groups’, for Physicians Screening/Treating Patients with ACEs or Toxic Stress, 6 Monthly Tuesday Sessions, Up to 6 CME Credits, Welcome to Members and Non–Members, Sponsored by CMA CLICK HERE SEP 14, 2021 : 12–1:30pm, CMA Virtual Grand Rounds ‘The Nocturnists and Variants vs Vaccines’ with Dr. Erica Pan, CA State Epidemiologist About COVID–19 in California, Vaccination Progress and Keeping Schools Open, also Features The Nocturnists Founder Emily Silverman, MD, a Medical Storytelling Live Show/Podcast Where Healthcare Workers Can Pause and Examine Their Inner Landscapes, 1.5 CME Credits, Welcome to Members and Non–Members, Sponsored in Partnership with CA HHSA CLICK HERE SEP 16, 2021 : 1–6:30pm, Online Physician Coaching ‘The Art of Coaching: Passion for Performance Improvement’, First Module Teaches the Fundamentals of Physician Coaching, Offered by Jeffrey M. Smith, MD and SurgeonMasters CLICK HERE SEP 23–26, 2021 : 2021 Summit ‘Overcoming Obesity’, Leading Experts Advise on Adult/Childhood Obesity, Nutrition, Pharmacotherapy, & Obesity–Related Disease, Up to 30 CME Credits, in Chicago or Virtually, Presented by Obesity Medicine Association CLICK HERE WHAT TO READ, LISTEN & WATCH … CMA in the Courts READ HERE Podcast ‘What the Health?’ Booster Time LISTEN HERE ACEs Aware Webinar: Building Trauma–Informed Connections Via TeleHealth During COVID–19 WATCH HERE CMA Webinar: Telehealth Reimbursement and Privacy Laws: COVID–19 Emergency WATCH HERE CMA Webinar: Employment and Practice Staffing Issues: COVID–19 Emergency WATCH HERE SDCMS Webinar: Biosimilars Overview & Policy Landscape WATCH HERE SDCMS’ 151 st Virtual Presidential Installation WATCH HERE Please Consider Supporting Our Advertisers … Thank You!