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Stan Frgacic was having a tough time. The Simi Valley man was hit by the loss of his job, and divorce, which left him squeezed financially. There was a clinic in his neighborhood that he’d driven by many times, but never visited. It was the Free Clinic of Simi Valley. Frgacic got help from the clinic.

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The only national park on the Central and South Coasts has taken a big hit in visitors due to the pandemic.

Channel Islands National Park reports that the number of visitors was down by 59% in 2020.  An estimated 167,000 visitors went to the islands.

The COVID-19 death toll on the Central and South Coasts has reached another tough milestone.

The 20 additional deaths from Saturday through Monday brought the overall total to 1500 since the start of the pandemic.  Ventura County has had 852 COVID-19 related deaths, Santa Barbara County 413, and San Luis Obispo County 235.

A Santa Barbara County man has been arrested for the fatal shooting of his wife.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the Tanglewood neighborhood west of Santa Maria Sunday night by reports of a domestic dispute.  Officers say when they arrived at the scene, they found Eladio Herrera sitting in a car outside of the home. 

Santa Barbara County has updated who is now available for vaccinations in the county, adding education staff to the list. 

The county’s Public Health Department and the Lompoc Valley Medical Center have set aside 1100 doses for school districts, charter schools and private schools. 

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Accidental fatal overdoses in Ventura County have dramatically increased over the last year.  

203 deaths were ruled to be as a result of an accidental overdose in 2020, compared to 128 the previous year. 

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Coronavirus On The Central & South Coasts

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The only national park on the Central and South Coasts has taken a big hit in visitors due to the pandemic.

Channel Islands National Park reports that the number of visitors was down by 59% in 2020.  An estimated 167,000 visitors went to the islands.

The number of new COVID-19 cases count continues to skew low, but the death toll continues to rise.  12 additional death were reported Friday, with 10 in Ventura County and two in Santa Barbara County.

375 new cases were reported Friday.  Ventura County had 240, Santa Barbara County 104, and San Luis Obispo County 31.  We’ve now had nearly 128,800 cases in the region since the start of the pandemic.

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In Yemen, 50,000 people are already starving. Sixteen million could go hungry this year. Those were the grim facts presented today at a U.N. donor conference. Yemen has been devastated by a war that began in 2014 - fighting between the rebel Houthi government and pro-government forces led by Saudi Arabia. Now President Biden says U.S. support for the Saudi-led offensive will end. And Secretary of State Tony Blinken has promised an additional $191 million in humanitarian aid.

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In Yemen, 50,000 people are already starving. Sixteen million could go hungry this year. Those were the grim facts presented today at a U.N. donor conference. Yemen has been devastated by a war that began in 2014 - fighting between the rebel Houthi government and pro-government forces led by Saudi Arabia. Now President Biden says U.S. support for the Saudi-led offensive will end. And Secretary of State Tony Blinken has promised an additional $191 million in humanitarian aid.

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And I am in the suburbs of Washington. I'm just turning. I'm just about to turn up this steep asphalt hill. This looks like your typical suburban office park, but just around the corner, we're about to hit a security check. That is because this is the headquarters of U.S. intelligence. And we are here to interview the woman in charge. That would be Avril Haines. Having worked over the years at the State Department, the White House, the No. 2 job at the CIA, she took over in January as the director of national intelligence.

New York's attorney general is proceeding with an investigation into the allegations of sexual harassment made against Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The governor's office authorized the probe, clearing the way for the hiring of an independent law firm to conduct the inquiry.

Public health officials say it's important to vaccinate as many people as quickly as possible to reduce the risk posed by new coronavirus variants. One strategy to stretch existing supplies – albeit with huge logistical challenges — would be to give just one dose of the vaccine to people who have recovered from COVID-19.

About half a dozen small studies, all consistent with one another but as yet unpublished, suggest this strategy could work.

JERUSALEM - Israel's Supreme Court on Monday ordered an end to a controversial surveillance program to track COVID-19 infections through cellular phone location data, citing concerns about the country spying on its own citizens.

JERUSALEM - Israeli health officials have urged their country's leaders to help vaccinate the entire Palestinian population against COVID-19, citing a public health imperative, an outgoing senior health official told NPR Monday.

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Hundreds of migrant children still separated from their parents by the Trump administration may be allowed to reunite with their families in the United States — and some families may have the opportunity to stay, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announced on Monday.

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Accidental fatal overdoses in Ventura County have dramatically increased over the last year.  

203 deaths were ruled to be as a result of an accidental overdose in 2020, compared to 128 the previous year. 

Johnson & Johnson has begun shipping nearly 4 million doses of its newly authorized COVID-19 vaccine across the U.S., officials said Monday, and is expected to further scale up supply in the coming weeks and months.

"We think literally within about the next 24 to 48 hours, Americans should start receiving shots in arms," Alex Gorsky, Johnson & Johnson's CEO and chairman of the board, told NBC's Today.

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