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Orange County Sheriff Says Deputies Will Not Enforce Newsom’s Stay-At-Home Order

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On Thursday, California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a limited stay-at-home order that would take effect on Saturday, Nov. 21 and remain in effect until Dec. 21. It would require gatherings, movement and non-essential work to stop between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. in California counties that are in the purple tier.

Orange County is one of the state’s 41 counties in the purple tier along with Los Angeles, Ventura, Riverside and San Diego County.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department released a statement saying that its deputies will not be enforcing Gov. Gavin Newsom’s order.

“Throughout the pandemic, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department has taken an education-first approach with regard to the public health orders. We are currently assessing the action by the Governor. At this time, due to the need to have deputies available for emergency calls for service, deputies will not be responding to requests for face-coverings or social gatherings-only enforcement,” Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes said in the statement.

Newsom came under fire recently for breaking his own COVID-19 rules after photos surfaced of him maskless at a dinner party of 12.

News of the governor’s dinner party leaked just hours after Newsom pushed state guidelines requesting people to stay home and discouraging gatherings.

Newsom explained that the social gathering took place at an “outdoor restaurant.” However, photos obtained by Fox 11 in Los Angeles showed Newsom and the other attendees dining indoors in close proximity and without their masks. 

“I made a bad mistake,” Newsom said on Monday. “I should have stood up and drove back to my house. The spirit of what I’m preaching all the time was contradicted. I need to preach and practice, not just preach.”

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Study finds harmful levels of ‘forever chemicals’ in popular bandage brands

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A new consumer study tested several brands of bandages and found higher levels of fluorine in bandages from Band-Aid, CVS Health, Walmart, Rite Aid, Target and Curad, which contain harmful levels of “forever chemicals,” also known as PFAS.

The study by Mamavation and Environmental Health News revealed that out of 40 bandages from 18 different brands, 26 contained organic fluorine, an indicator of PFAS.

“Because bandages are placed upon open wounds, it’s troubling to learn that they may be also exposing children and adults to PFAS,” said Dr. Linda S. Birnbaum, the study’s co-author and the former director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and National Toxicology Program.

News Nation reports that the study found the chemicals present in the adhesive part of the bandages. Mamavation said some brands likely used the PFAS in bandages “for their waterproof qualities.”

“It’s obvious from the data that PFAS are not needed for wound care, so it’s important that the industry remove their presence to protect the public from PFAS and opt instead for PFAS-free materials,” Birnbaum said.

According to the study, the chemicals are linked to several health effects, including “reduced immune system, vaccine response, developmental and learning problems for infants and children, certain cancers, lowered fertility, and endocrine disruption.”

While the exposure risk to PFAS through the skin isn’t clear, skin exposure “poses similar health risks” as eating or drinking food contaminated with PFAS, according to a previous study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

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