COVID-19

 Dan Smith

“I knew I was doing the right thing”

“I knew I was doing the right thing”

A 1st-person account from a local participant in the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine trial

By Gigi Moreno, Ph.D. In August, I received an email from Kaiser Permanente asking members to volunteer for a COVID vaccine trial. I have never volunteered as a test subject for any scientific experiment. I also do my best to minimize exposing my body to medications and other chemicals. Nevertheless, I clicked on the link. […]

 Jen Ezpeleta

COVID’s toll increases by three in Beach Cities

Charts by Bernard Wong, SubliminalMachines.com. Source: Los Angeles County Health Department COVID-19 claimed two more lives in Hermosa Beach and one in Manhattan Beach last week, bringing the total in the three Beach Cities since the start of the pandemic to 28, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Local businesses reporting […]

 Jen Ezpeleta

PANDEMIC: City registers two new COVID-19 deaths; Mayor questions if deaths are out of norm

PANDEMIC: City registers two new COVID-19 deaths; Mayor questions if deaths are out of norm

Two more Manhattan Beach residents have died as a result of COVID-19, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

 Jen Ezpeleta

PUBLIC SAFETY: MBFD receives COVID vaccine

PUBLIC SAFETY: MBFD receives COVID vaccine

by Mark McDermott Members of the Manhattan Beach Fire Department in late December became among the first local first responders to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Firefighters and paramedics received doses of the Monderna vaccine. Acting battalion chief Dave Shenbaum said the vaccination came at a crucial time because the department has encountered a spike in […]

 Kevin Cody

AstraZeneca vaccine coming soon, ’til then, mask, wash, distance, Lundquist researcher urges

AstraZeneca vaccine coming soon, ’til then, mask, wash, distance, Lundquist researcher urges

There is a silver lining to the COVID-19 surge. But only a clinical trials researcher can appreciate it. The surge speeds up the results.

 Jen Ezpeleta

Manhattan Beach closes outdoor dining as COVID-19 cases surge

Manhattan Beach closes outdoor dining as COVID-19 cases surge

  by Mark McDermott  The City of Manhattan Beach on Sunday closed the outdoor dining decks it had taken over from restaurants in early December as a way to help the struggling local dining industry evade Los Angeles County health order restrictions and attract some semblance of business.  The closure was announced late Saturday night […]

 Jen Ezpeleta

Dr. Pissed Off: Vaccinations

Dr. Pissed Off: Vaccinations

The who, what, when, where and why I’m pissed off about the vaccines

by Dr. Pissed off Read to the end if you want to know why I am “pissed off.” First, am I going to be vaccinated when offered? YES.  Should you? Yes Now, let me share some thoughts regarding the COVID-19 vaccines:  We now have two and are anticipating more. This is a result of parallel […]

 Mark McDermott

Dispatch from an ICU: “We see no end in sight.”  

Dispatch from an ICU: “We see no end in sight.”  

by Anita Sircar, MD, MPH  EDITOR’S NOTE: Dr. Sircar is an infectious disease specialist who spent the last two decades working internationally, including work with the Center for Disease Control fighting Ebola in Africa. She works at three area hospitals, including Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center in Torrance, and at a clinic. At […]

 Mark McDermott

Local ICUs are overrun, bracing for another surge

Local ICUs are overrun, bracing for another surge

by Mark McDermott  On Christmas Day, the doctors, nurses, and technicians in the ICU at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center tried to inject a little cheer into their workplace. They held a staff potluck, but the ICU was so busy the food went largely untouched. Seven patients passed away from COVID-19 that day.   […]

 Jen Ezpeleta

Three new COVID-19 deaths, 307 new cases

Three new COVID-19 deaths, 307 new cases

Hermosa Beach reported two new COVID-19 deaths last week, bringing it’s total to 6. Redondo Beach also reported a new COVID death last week, bringing it’s total to 15. Though Manhattan has had just four COVID-19 related deaths — the most recent on Aug. 31 — it reported a record 93 new COVID cases last […]

 Mark McDermott

Manhattan Beach, with record increase in COVID-19 cases, closes outdoor seating used for dining

Manhattan Beach, with record increase in COVID-19 cases, closes outdoor seating used for dining

The City of Manhattan Beach released the following press release Saturday night:  As the number of new COVID-19 cases continues to rise in Manhattan Beach and across the County of Los Angeles, the City is closing outdoor seating spaces on public property, effective Sunday, January 3, at 10 p.m. Tables and chairs located in the […]

 Kevin Cody

Hermosa Beach firefighters, some police officers receive COVID-19 vaccinations

Hermosa Beach firefighters, some police officers receive COVID-19 vaccinations.

 Jen Ezpeleta

Three Beach Cities set new COVID case records

Three Beach Cities set new COVID case records

    Record one-week increases in COVID-19 cases were reported by all three Beach Cities for the week ending Tuesday, Dec. 20. Hermosa reported 66 new cases and also recorded a record one-day high of 15 new cases on Dec. 15. Manhattan reported 63 new cases last week. Redondo reported 147 news cases last week […]

 Mark McDermott

The COVID-19 surge experts saw coming and the public ignored

The COVID-19 surge experts saw coming and the public ignored

by Mark McDermott The week before Thanksgiving, public health experts throughout California not only implored people to forgo family gatherings but provided data points and projections showing what might happen were that advice ignored. In Los Angeles County, forecasts from three respected public health institutions — Johns Hopkins University, UCLA, and UCSD —  each projected […]

 Dan Smith

COVID-19 Vaccines Bring Hope – But Patience is Key

Keep the face coverings and hand sanitizer nearby; COVID-19 vaccine isn't likely to be available to most Americans until the spring

By Dr. William Kim, Chief Medical Advisor, Beach Cities Health District The end is near. But not as near as we’d like. COVID-19 has brought the world to its knees, taking millions of lives, causing governments to impose lockdowns, cancel community events and shutter businesses to try and slow the spread of this deadly virus. […]

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