California Coronavirus Updates: California Recommends Testing Hospital Workers For COVID-19 Weekly


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Newsom hints at new restrictions as state approaches ICU capacity

California recommends testing hospital workers for COVID-19 weekly

With the COVID-19 vaccine coming, officials say to keep a look out for PPE scams

Sacramento County sets new record for COVID-19 hospitalizations

Over 1 million people traveled on airplanes back home after the holiday

California hospitalization record broken on Sunday

Monday, November 30

6:06 p.m.: Newsom hints at new restrictions as state approaches ICU capacity

Over the weekend, Los Angeles County issued a brand new stay-at-home order. Now, Gov. Gavin Newsom is warning other parts of California could be headed there, too.

California’s COVID-19 case numbers and hospitalizations are actually worse than at any level through the pandemic. Well being officers say 12 % of latest instances will seemingly find yourself as hospitalizations inside two weeks.

Primarily based on these traits, Newsom says intensive care items at California hospitals might be over capability by mid-December.

“If these traits proceed, we’re going to must take far more dramatic, arguably drastic motion,” Newsom mentioned.

The governor hinted that would begin in counties within the state’s purple tier, which signifies widespread coronavirus infections and is probably the most stringent for enterprise operations. He hinted extra bulletins on that later this week.

Read more here.

3:37 p.m.: California recommends testing hospital workers for COVID-19 weekly

California well being officers have strongly really helpful that hospitals check all their staff every week for the coronavirus, based on the Related Press.

The advice comes because the state reported 7,415 virus hospitalizations on simply Sunday, probably the most ever within the state. Greater than 1,700 of these sufferers had been in intensive care items.

The California Division of Public Well being additionally recommends hospitals check all sufferers earlier than admitting them and to promptly check present sufferers as soon as they present signs.

The California Nurses Affiliation welcomed the information, calling it a victory for nurses. CDPH mentioned that the weekly testing ought to begin by the week of Dec. 14.

3:33 p.m.: With the COVID-19 vaccine coming, officials say to keep a look out for PPE scams

The coronavirus vaccine inching towards approval within the U.S. is desperately anticipated by Individuals eager for a path again to on a regular basis life, however criminals are ready too, based on the Related Press.

They’re prepared to make use of that desperation to their benefit. Homeland Safety investigators are working with Pfizer, Moderna and dozens of different drug corporations racing to finish and distribute a vaccine and different therapies for COVID-19.

The purpose is to arrange for the scams that can inevitably come, particularly after the mess of legal exercise this 12 months with phony private protecting gear, false curses and extortion schemes.

3:08 p.m.: Sacramento County sets new record for COVID-19 hospitalizations

Sacramento County set a brand new excessive for sufferers confirmed to be hospitalized with COVID-19 this weekend.

Previous to this weekend, the county’s highest rely had been 281 sufferers on July 30. That document was damaged three days in a row this weekend, with 284 instances as of Friday, 303 as of Saturday and 316 as of Sunday.

This rely contains hospitalized sufferers who’ve examined constructive for COVID-19 within the county’s hospitals.

The county has additionally seen a rising variety of sufferers within the ICU with COVID-19 this week, with 69 sufferers as of Sunday in comparison with 49 Wednesday.

9:48 a.m.: Over 1 million people traveled on airplanes back home after the holiday

The Transportation Safety Administration mentioned that just about 1.2 million individuals went by U.S. airports on Sunday, based on the Related Press.

That’s the very best quantity for the reason that coronavirus pandemic seized the nation again in March. The uptick got here regardless of the a number of pleadings from public well being specialists to the nation to remain dwelling over Thanksgiving to restrict additional spreading of the virus.

The TSA screened at the least 1 million individuals on 4 of the previous 10 days by Sunday, however that’s nonetheless far decrease than regular, pre-COVID-19 instances. Final 12 months, airport crowds usually topped 2 million individuals per day over the Thanksgiving vacation interval.

9:37 a.m.: California hospitalization record broken on Sunday

California broke a record on Sunday with greater than 7,400 coronavirus hospitalizations as counties statewide ready for stricter COVID-19 restrictions to stem the tide of surging instances.

Well being officers are making ready for a wave of instances within the subsequent two or three weeks that could possibly be tied to the current vacation gatherings. Counties issued new restrictions, with many to take impact on Monday, to keep away from overwhelming hospitals.

But, the state nonetheless reported 7,415 coronavirus-related hospitalizations on Sunday, citing probably the most not too long ago obtainable knowledge from the day before today. The brand new determine breaks the state’s earlier document of seven,170 in July.

9:33 a.m.: Nevada health officials confirm state COVID-19 cases surpass 150,000

Nevada’s coronavirus dashboard on Sunday reported 150,527 instances of COVID-19 for the reason that outset of the pandemic, with greater than 2,100 associated deaths.

Involved by the virus’s continued unfold, Gov. Steve Sisolak introduced on Nov. 22 the state’s most expansive masks mandate thus far. He has additionally lowered the capability at casinos, eating places, bars, and plenty of different companies from the earlier 50% capability restrict to 25%.

Sunday, November 29

11:51 a.m.: More counties announce new restrictions

Extra counties in California introduced new COVID-19 restrictions on Saturday to forestall rising caseloads from spiraling right into a hospital disaster.

Beginning Monday, San Francisco and San Mateo counties will be part of a statewide curfew and Silicon Valley will ban all highschool, collegiate {and professional} sports activities and impose a quarantine for these touring into the area from greater than 150 miles away.

The brand new restrictions come a day after Los Angeles County imposed a lockdown calling for 10 million residents to remain dwelling “as a lot as doable.” They are going to be prohibited from gathering with individuals exterior of their family for public or personal events, besides church companies and protests.

—Related Press

11:12 a.m.: Holiday restrictions could compound mental health struggles

This vacation season will look completely different from years previous. For some Californians will probably be quieter, and lonelier.

Psychological well being professionals say it’s an vital time to handle your self, and to test in with individuals you may be apprehensive about.

COVID-19 journey restrictions and gathering tips imply some individuals gained’t be seeing their family members for the vacations. And there are these grieving members of the family who’ve died from the virus.

UC Berkeley cognitive scientist Emiliana Simon-Thomas says that could possibly be a heavy blow throughout an already robust 12 months.

“The uncertainty of the circumstances all of us discover ourselves in is one thing our minds aren’t actually outfitted for … it in the end finally ends up being a persistent stressor, even for individuals who don’t usually really feel that approach,” she mentioned.

The winter climate also can carry on Seasonal Affective Dysfunction, which is a sort of despair that strikes between fall and spring.

Simon-Thomas says the secret is to take care of wholesome routines, and preserve targeted on actions that carry you pleasure.

Learn extra concerning the pandemic’s toll on psychological well being through the holidays and techniques for staving off adverse emotions in Sammy Caiola’s full story.

Saturday, November 28

11:58 a.m.: Grocery store workers at risk during busiest time of year

The tip of the 12 months, beginning with the Thanksgiving vacation, is often the busiest time of 12 months for grocery retailers. 

Grocery trade spokespeople say this vacation season could possibly be the busiest retail season they’ve had in years. Jacques Loveall, president of the United Meals and Industrial Employees union in Sacramento, says grocery retailer staff are a high-risk group.

“That is form of a sobering determine, statistically our members are 10 instances as more likely to contract COVID or 10 instances as more likely to succumb to COVID,” Loveall mentioned. “Grocery store staff are in a reasonably harmful place.”

He says general, out of his union’s 35,000 members, 400 have contracted the virus and two have died on account of COVID. However he has seen the variety of workers contracting the virus decide up in the previous few weeks.

Learn extra about grocery staff pushing for shops to revive “hero pay” in this CalMatters story.

Friday, November 27

5:27 p.m.: Los Angeles County announces new stay-at-home order 

Los Angeles County has announced a stay-home order as coronavirus instances surge within the nation’s most populous county. 

The three-week order takes impact Monday but it surely stops in need of a full shutdown on non-essential companies, permitting indoor retail to function at 20% capability. It comes because the county confirms 24 new deaths and 4,544 new instances of COVID-19. Almost 2,000 individuals within the county are hospitalized. 

The order advises residents to remain dwelling “as a lot as doable” and to put on a masks after they go exterior. It bans individuals from gathering with individuals who aren’t of their households, whether or not publicly or privately, however church companies and protests are excluded.

5:02 p.m.: 82 contract COVID-19 at Capitola nursing facility

A talented nursing facility in Capitola has reported greater than 80 instances of COVID-19 amongst its residents and employees. 

Pacific Coast Manor mentioned in a press release Thursday that 48 residents and 34 employees members have examined constructive for the coronavirus for the reason that pandemic started in March. It isn’t clear what number of of these instances had been reported in current days. 

Officers with Covenant Care, which owns Pacific Coast Manor, didn’t instantly return a message searching for remark Friday. Directors say within the assertion they’re testing all residents and employees with the assistance of state and native public well being officers.

4:53 p.m.: Stanislaus County Sheriff reports outbreak at jail

The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Division is coping with a coronavirus outbreak at one in all its jails. 

No less than 25 inmates and eight employees members have examined constructive. The sheriff’s division says extra isolation and quarantine measures had been put in place to restrict the unfold of COVID-19 to different areas of the jail. 

The outbreak was found when inmates had been examined earlier than being transferred to state custody to be positioned in prisons. A single constructive check led jail officers to start testing others in the identical unit that the inmate was housed.

4:22 p.m: Reno coroner worries COVID-19 deaths could overtake capacity

The coroner in Reno fears the current explosion of coronavirus instances in Nevada might quickly overtake not solely the flexibility to deal with the sick, but additionally retailer the useless. 

COVID-19 is now spreading so quick statewide that somebody is confirmed to have contracted it each minute and another person is dying from it about each two hours. The Reno-Sparks space has recorded 59 COVID-19 deaths the final 30 days, half of these this previous week. 

If the present development continues, Washoe County Medical Examiner Laura Knight says the loss of life charge might probably double over the subsequent two to 3 weeks, and double once more by early January.

State well being officers mentioned almost half of the state’s whole instances for the reason that outbreak of the pandemic in March have occurred since September. Totally one-fourth have been confirmed within the month of November and 10% in simply the previous 7 days. 

The Reno-Sparks space has been hit the toughest in current weeks. Washoe County’s well being district officer says almost half of all of the coronavirus instances there for the reason that outbreak of the pandemic in March have been confirmed in simply the previous month.

4:03 p.m: Las Vegas tourism nearly cut in half as COVID-19 surges in Nevada

Las Vegas welcomed almost 1.9 million vacationers in October amid an autumn coronavirus surge in Nevada. 

The Las Vegas Conference and Guests Authority reported this week that the entire was larger than in September however solely about half the three.7 million guests the town hosted all through the month a 12 months prior. 

The sluggish and incomplete return of vacationers continues to imperil the town’s general financial system and specialists haven’t begun to research how new restrictions implement on Tuesday to include the unfold of COVID-19 might jeopardize efforts to carry again the live shows, conventions and commerce reveals that historically draw guests to Las Vegas.

COVID-19 is now spreading so quick statewide that somebody is confirmed to have contracted it each minute and another person is dying from it about each two hours.

12:15 p.m.: California braces for thousands in hospitals after holiday

California is dealing with a worrying vacation as coronavirus instances proceed to soar, based on the Related Press.

Well being officers begged individuals to keep away from massive household gatherings and positioned eating places and companies beneath new scrutiny, like in Los Angeles County, the place on-person restaurant eating for 3 weeks. Within the Bay Space, firefighters are being pressed into service to assist implement security restrictions on companies throughout Black Friday.

California noticed a document variety of new infections reported Tuesday, topping 18,000 for a single day. Authorities warn that in just a few weeks, that would translate to hundreds of individuals winding up in hospitals, stressing the well being system.

12:00 p.m.: Walt Disney Co. laying off 4,000 more theme park workers in California and Florida

The Walt Disney Co. is asserting plans to put off 4,000 extra staff in its theme parks division in California and Florida because of the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on the trade, based on the Related Press.

The corporate has been limiting attendance at its parks and altering protocols to permit for social distancing. Officers haven’t specified the breakdown numbers of what number of staff could be affected in both the Anaheim or Orlando theme parks.

Whereas Disney closed down each parks in March because the pandemic began spreading within the states, the Orlando parks reopened in the summertime. Anaheim’s parks are nonetheless closed resulting from pending state and native authorities approvals.

11:34 a.m.: COVID-19 thins out Black Friday shopping crowds

After months of slumping gross sales and companies toppling out of business, Black Friday was hoped to supply a small beacon of sunshine, based on the Related Press.

Whereas it’s often the busiest procuring day of the 12 months, drawing thousands and thousands of keen buyers getting began on their vacation spending, a spike in coronavirus instances is threatening the financial system’s restoration from the sudden plunge within the spring. Crowds had been dramatically diminished as buyers purchase extra on-line.

Many retailers are beefing up their security protocols, and have moved their doorbuster offers on-line, and are providing curbside pickup as a final grasp at gross sales earlier than they head into the darkish days of winter.

Wednesday, November 25

6:20 p.m.: California Assembly to meet in Golden 1 Center for new session

The California Meeting might be buying and selling its Capitol chambers for a downtown NBA enviornment when it kicks off the brand new session Dec. 7 in an effort to restrict coronavirus unfold. 

Speaker Anthony Rendon mentioned Wednesday the additional house and higher air filtration on the Sacramento Kings’ Golden 1 Heart will assist preserve lawmakers, employees and the press secure. President Professional Tempore Toni Atkins says the Senate nonetheless plans to satisfy in its Capitol chambers. No visitors might be allowed at both location. 

Lawmakers might be sworn in for the upcoming two-year legislative session in December. Earlier this 12 months, a number of lawmakers and legislative employees examined constructive for the virus.

6:11 p.m.: California records new high in coronavirus cases

California has reported a document variety of coronavirus instances on the eve of Thanksgiving. 

Greater than 18,000 COVID-19 infections had been reported Wednesday. That surpassed a earlier every day document of greater than 15,000 instances introduced Saturday. 

As officers urged individuals to rethink their Thanksgiving gatherings, Los Angeles eating places had been making ready to shut for 3 weeks and firefighters in Silicon Valley had been being enlisted to implement public well being guidelines to attempt to halt the unfold of infections. Los Angeles, which has been laborious hit by the virus, has been mulling a brand new stay-home order however has not but issued one.

6:09 p.m.: Some California counties winding down hotels for homeless

Some California counties are pushing forward with plans to wind down a program that is housed homeless individuals in lodge rooms amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

It comes regardless of an emergency money infusion from the state aimed toward stopping individuals from returning to the streets in colder climate because the virus surges. Counties say that as federal coronavirus funding expires, it is time to transition residents from expensive resorts to cheaper, extra steady housing. 

Gov. Gavin Newsom not too long ago introduced $62 million for counties to maneuver lodge visitors into everlasting housing or to increase lodge leases. In San Francisco, advocates are outraged by plans to start out transferring a whole bunch of individuals across the holidays.

6:06 p.m.: Rocklin Church holds in-person service against restrictions

Future Christian Church in Rocklin, identified for frequently defying California’s COVID-19 mitigation protocols, violated them once more this previous weekend after they held in-person service and invited conservative activist and Turning Level USA co-founder Charlie Kirk to a number of talks.

The companies had been streamed, exhibiting minimal social distancing with the crowds. Each one that was seen on stage didn’t put on masks.

In the course of the service, Pastor Greg Fairrington and his spouse Kathy introduced to applause that the church has been open for 26 weeks since they beforehand shut down. Within the video, Fairrington mentions that the group’s overflow space was at capability.

The church is situated in Placer County, which is in California’s purple tier, the most-restrictive within the state’s color-coded reopening system. Indoor spiritual companies are prohibited by state tips for purple counties, which reveals COVID-19 is widespread within the space.

Kirk downplayed the severity of the pandemic in his discuss. 

“Each single one in all you at the moment is making a voluntary alternative, assessing the chance of your gathering,” Kirk mentioned. “You already know there’s an opportunity [of contracting the coronavirus], after all you do, however you made that call.”

Kirk and Fairrington criticized California Gov. Gavin Newsom and the state’s coronavirus restrictions.

“When Gavin Newsom will get to go to French Laundry, and you’ll’t go to church, cease listening to Gavin Newsom,” Kirk mentioned to applause.

Future Christian Church will proceed to be open, based on Fairrington.

“We aren’t ever shutting the doorways of our church,” Fairrington mentioned. “By no means going to occur. By no means going to occur.”

10:47 a.m.: Exodus out of Bay Area increasing Sacramento housing prices

The pandemic is driving individuals out of the Bay Space and into Sacramento, elevating housing costs, based on knowledge from actual property specialists.

Ebony Lewis is one in all hundreds of the Bay Space residents relocating to the valley through the pandemic due to house and affordability. When the pandemic hit, she determined to reassess her residing scenario and located it could have been too tight.

“Once I was residing in Oakland Hills, I had a roommate. It was shut quarters. I wanted my very own house,” Lewis mentioned.

The Sacramento housing market was tight earlier than COVID-19, however now the market is described as “extremely sizzling” based on housing gross sales web site Redfin Chief Economist Daryl Fairweather.

“Loads of it’s pushed by migration out of the Bay Space into extra inland areas within the Sacramento space,” Fairweather mentioned.

Though Sacramento dwelling costs are up 14%, homes are promoting 14 days quicker in comparison with final 12 months, they usually’re going for greater than a vendor’s listing worth. Earlier than the pandemic, patrons like Lewis — a younger skilled working for the Kaiser Permanente group — would have confronted an extended commute to the Bay Space; however now there’s no commute.

“All of us are working remotely. We don’t know if we’ll return into the workplace,” Lewis mentioned. “If and once we do return into the workplace, it won’t be as usually because it was once.”

Lewis mentioned her preliminary impressions of Sacramento are constructive, however hopes to get to know her new metropolis as soon as life returns to one thing like regular.

10:11 a.m.: California prosecutors say unemployment benefits fraud scheme may be biggest in state history

Whereas convicted assassin Scott Peterson is on loss of life row at San Quentin State Jail, he was nonetheless among the many thousands and thousands of Californians who obtained unemployment advantages this 12 months, based on prosecutors who uncovered a massive fraud scheme in California prisons and jails.

Prosecutors mentioned that as much as a billion {dollars} in unemployment advantages got to people who find themselves incarcerated, which are not eligible to obtain these advantages within the first place. Sacramento County District Lawyer Anne Marie Schubert mentioned it is seemingly that this can be the most important taxpayer fraud scheme in state historical past.

“Fairly frankly, the inmates are mocking us,” Schubert mentioned. “Even small jails are reporting losses — inside that small jail — of over $10 million.”

At a information convention, prosecutors mentioned the rip-off unfold like wildfire by the corrections techniques when individuals housed in these techniques discovered easy methods to get fraudulent funds.

Schubert mentioned California’s Employment Improvement Division wasn’t cross-matching its claimants’ listing with the title rolls from prisons and jails. Because of this greater than 20,000 claims had been paid to individuals throughout the jail system alone — totaling greater than $140 million.

State Assemblyperson David Chiu has been vital of EDD’s dealing with of claims paid out through the pandemic, saying it is outrageous.

“Cross-referencing an inventory should not be that onerous,” Chiu mentioned. “Thirty-five different states cross-reference jail and jail knowledge when figuring out unemployment eligibility. California doesn’t. That is simply one other instance of the huge failure of this division.”

In an emailed assertion, EDD’s Deputy Director Loree Levy mentioned that the company is working to cross-check its claims.

Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a press release calling the fraud fully unacceptable. He is instructed state businesses to coordinate with one another and help ongoing investigations.

Tuesday, November 24

5:11 p.m.: Orange County county hopes mail-in test kits help curb virus

Orange County will present as much as half 1,000,000 mail-in check kits to residents earlier than the tip of the 12 months within the hopes that extra testing may help beat again the coronavirus. 

The county on Monday started providing the free check kits to residents of its two largest cities, Anaheim and Santa Ana. Well being officers hope to make the kits obtainable to the entire county’s 3 million residents by subsequent month in what could possibly be an enormous enhance in testing. 

The push comes as California is grappling with a surge in coronavirus instances. It additionally comes as counties are rising weary of the boundaries on companies.

5:09 p.m.: Reno mayor ‘begging’ people to forgo Thanksgiving gatherings

An emotional Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve says she’s “begging” residents to forgo household Thanksgiving gatherings to assist sluggish the unfold of the coronavirus. 

Schieve spoke to reporters throughout a video convention Tuesday simply minutes after she obtained phrase {that a} good pal had died from COVID-19. 

Her plea to cancel conventional vacation plans got here as Nevada reported a record-high 2,853 new confirmed instances on Tuesday. It is the third new document in two weeks. 

In the meantime, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman characterised Gov. Steve Sisolak’s stricter statewide virus guidelines that went into impact Tuesday as “crushing” for her tourism-dependent metropolis. State Division of Enterprise and Trade Director Terry Reynolds mentioned Monday that the brand new guidelines are one of the simplest ways to keep away from future shutdowns. 

4:10 p.m.: Four more California counties move to most restrictive tier

Two days earlier than Thanksgiving and 4 extra California counties have moved into the most-restrictive purple tier on the state’s COVID map. 

Of the state’s 58 counties, 45 are actually working beneath restrictions that shut non-essential indoor companies.

In asserting the adjustments Tuesday, State Well being and Human Companies Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly talked about how California is within the midst of a surge. He once more targeted on household gatherings throughout Thanksgiving. He says he is modified the way in which his household is celebrating the vacation.

“I, like lots of you, are disillusioned about how this Thanksgiving will look completely different from years previous,” Ghaly mentioned. “I feel it’s mandatory to change or pause our common traditions to essentially cease the surge this 12 months. And we’re re-emphasizing that the most secure approach to rejoice Thanksgiving this 12 months is at dwelling with members of your family or just about.”

Ghaly says those that do collect ought to reap the benefits of the sunny climate forecast statewide for Thanksgiving Day and have their meals exterior. A current surge in instances and hospitalizations led Gov. Gavin Newsom to place in place a ten p.m. to five a.m. curfew final week.

Modoc County within the northeastern nook of the state is the one county that moved right into a less-restrictive tier, from crimson to orange.

10:35 a.m.: Yolo County announces new free COVID-19 testing sites for residents

Yolo County introduced on Monday a slate of latest free COVID-19 testing sites all through December.

There are testing websites provided almost on daily basis of the month, beginning Dec. 1 on the Winters Neighborhood Heart from 4 – 7 p.m. Individuals fascinated by getting a free check have to be Yolo County residents and produce proof of residence (ID card, driver’s license, utility invoice, and so on.). All ages are accepted, and Spanish translation might be obtainable at nearly all testing websites. Find a full list of testing sites and times here.

Registration is just not required, but it surely’s really helpful to get by the testing web site quicker. Registration additionally doesn’t assure a testing spot.

Moreover, OptumServe, of their partnership with Yolo County, may also offer a free every day testing web site in a conveyable constructing subsequent to the Juvenile Detention Facility in Woodland. This web site is open to all Californians, no matter documentation standing, and is by appointment solely. To schedule an appointment residents can name (888) 634-1123 or online.

10:30 a.m: Los Angeles County may go back into stay-at-home orders soon

Los Angeles County is getting ready to one other stay-at-home order days earlier than Thanksgiving, based on the Related Press.

The coronavirus surge within the county surpassed a stage set by public well being officers to set off the order. A swell of latest instances on Monday pushed the most important U.S. county to a mean of over 4,500 instances per day. County Public Well being Director Barbara Ferrer mentioned no motion could be taken till the county supervisors meet on Tuesday.

A stay-at-home order for Los Angeles could be the primary such motion since mid-March. That’s when Gov. Gavin Newsom adopted the lead of a number of California counties and issued a statewide order that faculties and most retailers. On Saturday, a every day 10 p.m. to five a.m. statewide curfew took impact.

9:53 a.m.: Judge won’t lift San Diego County pandemic restrictions

A California choose has denied a request to briefly restore indoor service at eating places and gymnasiums in San Diego County, based on the Related Press.

On Monday, the choose mentioned that there’s scientific proof to help Gov. Gavin Newsom’s sweeping public well being orders to limit enterprise exercise through the coronavirus pandemic. Enterprise house owners in California’s second-most populous county sought to revive indoor operations at 25% capability for eating places and 10% for gyms.

Two San Diego eating places and gymnasiums have sued the state, asking that the four-tier pandemic reopening system be declared unlawful. The choose scheduled one other listening to subsequent month.

Monday, November 23

6:30 p.m.: Sacramento health director apologizes for racial slur against Asian Americans

A week after Sacramento county’s prime well being director called Asian Americans a racial slur, he says he’s able to work with the neighborhood to maneuver ahead.

Dr. Peter Beilenson says one in all his fast responses to calling Asian individuals yellow in a county board assembly was to make amends.

“I made three dozen calls, at the least, to API neighborhood members to apologize so I’ve actually achieved that, and we’ll hopefully be having some ongoing conferences by way of discussions and listening periods that might be greater than only one time,” Beilenson mentioned. 

In a letter addressed to Beilenson, Sacramento API leaders demanded the county handle well being disparities and maintain common conferences with the neighborhood. Advocates say the county’s COVID-19 response within the API neighborhood has been missing, particularly with regards to translation companies.

Correction: A earlier model of this submit misspelled Dr. Peter Beilenson. It has been corrected.

6:20 p.m.: Newsom says family quarantine a ‘very challenging and trying time’

Gov.  Gavin Newsom held his weekly coronavirus information convention from his dwelling Monday. 

The governor is quarantining after his household had contact with a CHP officer who examined constructive for COVID-19, and says he now is aware of how troublesome it’s to self-isolate for days at a time.

“It’s a very difficult and making an attempt time and it actually [is] one thing that [has] now been introduced dwelling fairly actually by way of my very own expertise simply over the course of the final couple days,” Newsom mentioned.

Newsom says he was examined Sunday and it got here again adverse, however is following state steerage to quarantine for the subsequent two weeks. The governor additionally once more apologized for eating at a fancy Napa Valley restaurant with a gaggle of individuals bigger than the state recommends.

6:18 p.m.: US seafood industry tanking due to pandemic-related causes      

The coronavirus pandemic has harm the U.S. seafood trade resulting from a precipitous fall in imports and exports, based on the Related Press. 

These are the findings of a gaggle of scientists who sought to quantify the harm of the pandemic on America’s seafood enterprise. The group additionally discovered that the trade suffered partly due to its reliance on restaurant gross sales. 

They discovered that client demand for seafood at eating places dropped by greater than 70% through the early months of the pandemic. The scientists printed their findings not too long ago within the scientific journal Fish and Fisheries.

11:14 a.m.: Millions of Americans are traveling during the holiday season

Regardless of a number of emphatic warnings from public well being authorities to remain dwelling for Thanksgiving, thousands and thousands of Individuals are crowding the nation’s airports forward of the vacation, based on the Related Press.

Many vacationers are unwilling to overlook out on seeing household and are satisfied they’ll do it safely. In accordance with the Transportation Safety Administration, greater than 3 million individuals had been screened at U.S. airports on Friday and Saturday. That’s the busiest stretch of air journey since mid-March, across the time the pandemic began within the nation.

Nonetheless, regardless of the appreciable quantity of individuals touring, the variety of vacationers crowding at airports this weekend was down 57% from the identical weekend final 12 months. In 2019, 26 million passengers and crew handed by U.S. airport screening within the 11 days round Thanksgiving.

10:33 a.m.: Los Angeles County announces new county-specific COVID-19 restrictions

Los Angeles County officers have introduced new coronavirus-related restrictions that can prohibit in-person eating for at the least three weeks as instances rise all through the vacation season, based on the Related Press.

The brand new guidelines will take impact Wednesday at 10 p.m., that means eating places, breweries, wineries, and bars will solely be capable of provide takeout, drive-thru and supply companies. Officers had warned that restrictions could be enacted if the county’s five-dau common of latest instances was above 4,000. By Sunday, the five-day common was 4,097 instances.

Most of California, together with Los Angeles County, has been beneath a virtually state-wide curfew since Saturday, operating from 10 p.m. to five a.m. every day.

10:20 a.m.: Nevada announces plans to tighten coronavirus restrictions

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak introduced plans on Sunday to tighten the state’s restrictions on companies in addition to private and non-private gatherings forward of the vacations to include the unfold of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The brand new restrictions are scheduled to enter impact on Tuesday, and can scale back the capability limits for eating places, bars, gyms and casinos to 25% or 50 individuals, relying on which whole is much less. The restrictions may also apply to Thanksgiving and different personal gatherings, with a complete of not more than 10 individuals from, at most, two households gathering.

State officers reported 2,155 confirmed instances on Sunday, the fourth time in per week that the caseload quantity surpassed 2,000.

Sunday, November 22

10:44 p.m.: Gov. Newsom and family quarantine after exposure to COVID-19

Gov. Gavin Newsom and his household are beneath quarantine after three of the governor’s youngsters had been uncovered to COVID-19.

In accordance with Newsom’s workplace, the household discovered late Friday the youngsters had been uncovered to a California Freeway Patrol officer who examined constructive for the virus.

The household waited till Sunday to get examined, and their outcomes got here again adverse. Nonetheless, the governor mentioned they may quarantine for 2 weeks in compliance with native well being tips.

One in every of Newsom’s youngsters was already beneath quarantine after a doable publicity to an contaminated classmate on the baby’s personal college, which has resumed in-person studying.

Newsom’s workplace says the household will proceed to be examined recurrently.

11:12 a.m.: Coronavirus cases surge in California ahead of Thanksgiving

Well being officers say the variety of coronavirus instances in California is surging to the very best stage for the reason that begin of the pandemic.

The California Division of Well being and Human Companies reported greater than 15,000 instances Saturday and one other 14,000 instances on Sunday. They arrive even earlier than the Thanksgiving vacation that has many well being officers involved.

A curfew took impact Saturday requiring individuals to remain dwelling from 10 p.m. to five a.m. affecting most Californians, and Los Angeles is on the verge of a good harder lockdown.

In the meantime, greater than 200 individuals at a San Francisco Bay Space racetrack have examined constructive.

—Related Press

Saturday, November 21

12:36 p.m.: Newsom’s child quarantined for possible virus exposure

A spokesman says one in all California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s youngsters could have been uncovered to the coronavirus in school and is in quarantine.

Nathan Click on says the kid started a 14-day quarantine after the household was advised a classmate on the personal college in Sacramento had examined constructive for COVID-19. He says the household is following state protocols, and the governor, his spouse and 4 youngsters have all examined adverse for the virus.

Newsom mentioned final month that his youngsters had returned to their college, sparking criticism at the same time as thousands and thousands of public schoolchildren proceed to check by distance studying.

—Related Press

Friday, November 20

6:31 p.m.: North, South Sacramento businesses say curfew will have little impact

Companies exterior of Sacramento’s central core have been negatively impacted by earlier pandemic orders due to their location. So will a brand new curfew have an effect on them? 

Whereas the state’s new restrictions may cease socialization at night time, many companies in north and south Sacramento already shut earlier than 10.

Corey DeRoo with the Florin Highway Enterprise Partnership says the one establishments that would probably have their hours curtailed are these thought-about important beneath state tips.

“Actually not that many, I do know that we have now upwards of 100 eating places in our district alone, so with that many important companies, I don’t see it being that impacted,” she mentioned.

Ross Hendrickx of the Del Paso Heights Neighborhood Affiliation says this may change subsequent to nothing. 

“Everyone is aware of native regulation enforcement gained’t be implementing it, so everyone’s going to go about their enterprise as common,” he mentioned.

The Sacramento sheriff has already mentioned his deputies won’t cite or arrest anybody violating the order.

6:24 p.m.: State unemployment rate drops below 10%

California’s unemployment charge has dipped under 10% for the primary time since March. 

A brand new report from the state Employment Improvement Division reveals the state added 145,500 jobs in October, dropping the unemployment charge to 9.3%. 

California has now recovered about 44% of the greater than 2.6 million jobs it misplaced within the spring. 

However these good points could possibly be short-lived as a surge of instances has already prompted new restrictions, together with a ten p.m. to five a.m. curfew for a lot of the state.

3:16 p.m.: America hits highest daily COVID-19 death toll since May

The coronavirus surge is taking an more and more dire toll throughout the U.S. simply as a vaccine seems shut at hand, based on the Related Press.

The nation is now averaging over 1,300 COVID-19 deaths per day — the very best for the reason that calamitous spring in and round New York Metropolis early on within the pandemic. Complete confirmed infections have eclipsed greater than 11.8 million nationally, after the most important one-day acquire on document, totaling 188,000 infections reported on Thursday.

The variety of individuals within the hospital with COVID-19 hit one other all-time excessive at greater than 80,000.

2:31 p.m: CDC warns Americans not to travel for Thanksgiving

The Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention is strongly recommending that individuals keep dwelling for Thanksgiving to assist forestall the unfold of the coronavirus, according to NPR.

With the vacation lower than one week away, the company is saying that any journeys to see mates, households, or family members is solely inadvisable proper now.

As an alternative, the CDC recommends that individuals spend Thanksgiving with the people who find themselves energetic members of their households for at the least the previous two weeks. This suggestion doesn’t embody household or mates someone has seen usually. In that case, then a masks would have to be worn even inside your individual dwelling.

If an individual should journey, the CDC has suggested that you simply shield your self and others by sporting a masks, holding six toes from others, and frequent handwashing. Nonetheless, the company confused that celebrating just about or with the individuals you reside with this 12 months is the most secure choice.

In accordance with knowledge from Johns Hopkins College, greater than 250,000 Individuals have died from COVID-19, at present the very best charge on this planet. The virus hotspots seem like in the course of the nation, significantly with data for brand spanking new instances per capita being set from Montana to Nebraska.

The American Vehicle Affiliation has predicted that whereas fewer Individuals might be touring this vacation season, it nonetheless estimates almost 50 million individuals will journey.

12:42 p.m.: Change is coming to Ski Resorts this winter due to pandemic

The ski season begins on Friday at Heavenly Mountain and Northstar California resorts in South Lake Tahoe, however COVID-19 will carry just a few adjustments to this 12 months’s season.

Masks will now be required for all skiers and snowboarders ready in line exterior, on the chair lifts, and indoors.

Solely newbie and intermediate trails might be open initially, so advance reservations must be made for season go holders. Spokesperson Russell Carlton with Heavenly Ski Resort mentioned that for the reason that resorts are situated in purple tier counties, particular guidelines must be adopted.

“There might be no indoor eating at Heavenly and Northstar,” Carlton mentioned. “However there might be outside seize and go choices as nicely. Company, actually, it’s good to come ready to hanging out exterior for almost all of the day.”

Carlton mentioned that he expects the resorts will e book up on sure days, however as circumstances enhance, they may be capable of accommodate extra individuals. Skiers may also have entry to Heavenly on the California Base Space and never the gondola.

12:38 p.m.: Rural Northern California counties unlikely to follow curfew, assemblyman says

On Thursday California introduced beginning Saturday it might impose a curfew for non-essential companies and journey from 10 p.m. to five a.m. Whereas response to the curfew has been swift, Yuba Metropolis Republican State Assemblyman James Gallagher is skeptical.

“Shutting down companies, telling individuals they’ll’t exit after 10 o’clock, as if the virus solely reveals up after 10 o’clock or one thing?” Gallagher mentioned. “It doesn’t make a number of sense.”

Gallagher predicts many rural counties gained’t implement the brand new guidelines. He was behind a profitable authorized problem to one in all Gov. Gavin Newsom’s govt orders on election administration, however Gallager mentioned he seemingly wouldn’t be difficult the brand new curfew.

12:29 p.m.: Sacramento County sheriff says he won’t enforce curfew rules

The Sacramento County sheriff mentioned his deputies won’t be implementing California’s new late-night curfew meant to stem the unfold of COVID-19.

Sheriff Scott Jones issued a press release saying his workplace gained’t ask deputies to implement public well being orders. The assertion mentioned that his division will “not be figuring out compliance with, or implementing compliance of well being or emergency orders.”

This would come with an extended listing of actions similar to:

  • Orders associated to curfews
  • Staying at dwelling
  • Thanksgiving or different holidays
  • Social gatherings, inside or exterior
  • Most occupancy orders
  • Masks mandates

In response, Sacramento County Supervisor Phil Serna mentioned that no one anticipated deputies to be the virus police however apprehensive the sheriff’s stance would “embolden others to thumb their nostril at the necessity to put on a masks and keep socially distant” as Thanksgiving approaches.

Thursday, November 19

3:09 p.m.: New California curfew order will start this Saturday

California introduced this Thursday a curfew order to slow down the state’s surging coronavirus outbreak forward of the vacations, based on Gov. Gavin Newsom’s workplace.

The curfew announcement got here after 40 counties moved into extra restrictive COVID-19 reopening tiers as instances and hospitalizations surged. Newsom had hinted at a doable curfew, particularly because the state reported a virtually 50% spike in infections through the first week in November.

The curfew will take impact at 10 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21, and stay in impact till 5 a.m. Dec. 21. All “non-essential work, motion, and gatherings” are to cease between 10 p.m. till 5 a.m.. The order covers counties in probably the most restrictive purple coronavirus tier.

94% of the state’s inhabitants will face curfews. A number of different states and native governments have additionally not too long ago carried out curfews, together with Ohio and New York.

3:05 p.m.: Gov. Gavin Newsom still in hot water for French Laundry dinner party

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has apologized and brought accountability for his choice to attend a pal’s outside birthday dinner earlier this month, based on the Related Press.

New images are elevating questions on how truthful he’s been in describing the dinner.  The images additionally reveal him within the firm of a number of lobbyists. The pictures, obtained by Fox 11 in Los Angeles, threaten to additional harm Newsom’s credibility at a time when coronavirus instances are rising, and he’s urging individuals to not collect.

Newsom’s assertion that the dinner was outside appears to contradict the images because it seems to point out the desk in a room enclosed on at the least three sides.

2:12 p.m.: San Diego County health officials will issue letters, fines, public shaming to enforce coronavirus safety measures

California officers are struggling over whether or not to emphasise enforcement or persuasion as coronavirus an infection charges soar, based on the Related Press.

In San Diego County, well being inspectors situation stern warning letters that threaten legal prosecution and $1,000 fines. The county can be publishing its cease-and-desist letters on its web site, bringing undesirable publicity as officers push corporations to adjust to tightening restrictions.

San Diego officers say posting the letters is an effort for extra transparency and effectivity. However specialists name it public shaming that would carry blended outcomes.

11:16 a.m.: A large portion of Californians will soon lose unemployment benefits

In accordance with a brand new evaluation from the California Coverage Lab, almost 750,000 Californians will quickly lose their unemployment advantages.

The evaluation calls this the “unemployment cliff,” and it’s simply six weeks away. Two completely different packages are concerned, one which covers staff who often wouldn’t be eligible for unemployment insurance coverage, and one other which extends advantages.

Congress acted quick within the early days of the pandemic, passing the CARES Act in March when December appeared like greater than sufficient time to tame the virus and start rebuilding the financial system, however the pandemic worsened.

UCLA economics professor and California Coverage Lab school director  Dr. Until von Watcher co-authored the evaluation and mentioned that one other big variety of Californians might lose their advantages within the spring.

“There’s a second cliff that’s occurring in Could when a second extension program is about to run out,” von Watcher mentioned, “[And] one other 390,000 common [unemployed insurance] claimants are projected to exhaust.”

He additionally mentioned that the lack of this security internet for that giant variety of individuals in just a few months could have dire implications for California’s financial system — not simply by way of discretionary spending but additionally meals and housing.

11:02 a.m.: Nevada COVID-19 cases skyrocket to highest peak

The variety of coronavirus hospitalizations in Nevada spiked to its highest for the reason that begin of the pandemic, as an autumn surge continues to rewrite the state’s document e book.

Officers reported on Wednesday that 1,246 confirmed or suspected coronavirus sufferers had been hospitalized within the state — greater than twice as many three weeks in the past. Gov. Steve Sisolak mentioned he was nonetheless gathering info and deliberate to resolve whether or not to implement new restrictions.

In Reno, the Renown Regional Medical Heart has arrange two flooring of supplemental hospital beds in a parking construction adjoining to the hospital to accommodate the extra surge.

10:29 a.m.: The holiday testing surge is causing bottlenecks, delays in results

Extra individuals are ready for hours in lengthy strains to get examined for the coronavirus as instances surge nationwide, based on the Related Press.

Many households try to collect for the vacations and are opting to get examined. Laboratories warn that persistent shortages of vital provides will seemingly create extra bottlenecks and delays in delivering well timed outcomes.

Whereas the U.S. has already doubled its every day testing numbers since summer season, it is nonetheless not sufficient to maintain up with the tempo of the outbreak, which has swelled past 11 million instances and 250,000 deaths nationwide.

9:48 a.m.: No, social distancing won’t weaken your immune system

Well being specialists say you don’t want to fret about social distancing weakening your immune system, based on the Associated Press.

Our immune techniques are laborious at work even once we’re six toes other than others and are caught at dwelling all day. Quite a lot of germs preserve our immune techniques energetic after they’re indoors and outside. Childhood vaccinations and different built-up immunity are long-lived and gained’t vanish due to short-term way of life adjustments.

Consultants say anybody apprehensive about their immune well being through the pandemic ought to get the seasonal flu shot and follow good habits like stress administration, wholesome consuming, common train and sleep hygiene.

Wednesday, November 18

6:30 p.m.: Coronavirus impact on California budget not be as large as feared, analysts say

California’s state funds outlook is healthier than anticipated. Lawmakers handled an unprecedented deficit this 12 months, however  they’ll have extra to work with subsequent 12 months.

The nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Workplace tasks the state could have a one-time windfall of round $26 billion subsequent 12 months. They are saying the cash is coming from better-than-expected tax revenues from greater earners. Additionally they say this 12 months’s funds was a little bit of an overcorrection to the projected $54 billion deficit.

So what might lawmakers do with this windfall? Their fiscal analysts suggest utilizing half to replenish funds reserves and make up deferred funds to varsities, and the remaining for pandemic assist and financial restoration.

That is excellent news for state lawmakers. However the LAO report additionally warns that working deficits might be a rising funds situation within the years forward. 

2:57 p.m.: FDA approves first at-home COVID-19 test

U.S. regulators are permitting emergency use of the primary rapid-response coronavirus check that may be achieved solely at dwelling, based on the Related Press.

On Tuesday, the Meals and Drug Administration introduced the vital step in U.S. efforts to develop testing choices for COVID-19. However the check would require a prescription, seemingly limiting its preliminary use.

The FDA granted emergency authorization to the 30-minute check equipment from Lucira Well being, a California producer. Beforehand the FDA had solely allowed using a handful of checks that allowed individuals to gather samples at dwelling, which then needed to be shipped to a lab to be processed.

2:54 p.m: Agricultural industry asks to make farmworkers priority for potential vaccines

California farm staff could be among the many first individuals to obtain a coronavirus vaccine if the agriculture trade has its approach.

Robert Guenter is with the Washington D.C.-based United Contemporary Produce Affiliation. On CapRadio’s “Perception” Wednesday, he mentioned trade leaders have written a letter to President Donald Trump and have had discussions with President-elect Biden’s transition crew, “with the thought strategy of together with agriculture staff, agriculture trade as a excessive precedence within the vaccines,.”

Together with farm staff, Guenter says individuals who work in meals processing and distribution must also be among the many first to get the vaccine.

“Early on within the COVID pandemic, agriculture, meals was designated a excessive precedence and as a part of the nation’s vital infrastructure,” he mentioned.

Well being care staff will seemingly be the first-in-line to get a vaccine as soon as it turns into obtainable, adopted by staff in important sectors like regulation enforcement and adults with high-risk medical circumstances.

2:04 p.m.: Nevada residents get new app to report service requests, COVID-19 violations

County officers in Nevada have launched a brand new reporting instrument permitting residents to make requests for normal companies and produce consideration to points similar to COVID-19 restriction violations, based on the Related Press.

The FixIt app in Clark County permits residents in Las Vegas and surrounding suburbs to report points based mostly on their location by submitting footage and written descriptions of their considerations. The app doesn’t solely concentrate on the coronavirus but additionally permits residents to report points similar to potholes, graffiti, road lights, trash, short-term leases, and likewise COVID-19 violations. Residents also can observe the progress of their stories.

County employees will be capable of view and handle requests. It’s unclear how shortly requests are anticipated to be resolved or what number of employees members are devoted to staying on prime of stories.

10:46 a.m.: Yuba City businesses flout new state COVID-19 restrictions

California has imposed new coronavirus restrictions on companies in a lot of the state’s counties after a surge of latest instances, based on the Related Press.

The brand new guidelines require retailers to restrict buyer capability to 25% through the busy vacation procuring season. Additionally they require eating places to halt indoor eating.

However on Tuesday in Yuba Metropolis, there was little proof that the principles have modified something. Many eating places had been open with prospects consuming inside. A number of the diners mentioned they’d comply with the principles by sporting masks and holding their distance from others, however they had been unwilling to cease visiting struggling native companies.

10:41 a.m.: Top state medical association officials attended same dinner party as Newsom

Two prime officers on the California Medical Affiliation attended a party alongside Gov. Gavin Newsom earlier this month because the state was seeing an uptick in coronavirus instances, based on the Related Press.

CMA spokesperson Anthony York mentioned the group’s CEO Dustin Corcoran and Senior Vice-President Janus Norman had been on the Nov. 6 dinner.

It was held on the upscale French Laundry restaurant in wine nation to rejoice the fiftieth birthday of Newsom’s pal and lobbyist Jason Kinney. Newsom has apologized for attending and mentioned he made a nasty mistake.

California tips urge individuals to collect in teams of three separate households or much less.

9:59 a.m.: Los Angeles County prepares for a mandatory curfew, new business restrictions

Los Angeles County has seen every day confirmed instances greater than double within the final two weeks to almost 2,900. On Tuesday, the county ordered nonessential retail companies to restrict indoor capability to 25% and eating places to 50% capability outside.

All these companies should shut at 10 p.m. The adjustments will take impact on Friday, Nov. 20. If every day instances rise to 4,500 or hospitalizations prime 2,000, the county will impose a three-week lockdown that can prohibit individuals to their properties for all however important journeys.

The nighttime curfew would run from 10 p.m. to six a.m.

Tuesday, November 17

6:00 p.m.: California childcare providers say they may close without state support

California’s childcare suppliers are sounding the alarm that they want extra state help,  they usually could not be capable of climate the pandemic with out it.

Charlotte Neal runs a daycare in Sacramento. She says dad and mom begin dropping their children off as early as 3 a.m.

“These are important staff who don’t have the choice of staying dwelling with their children,” Neal mentioned. “They want childcare, or they’ll’t work.”

Neal says childcare suppliers haven’t had a straightforward go through the pandemic. Greater than 5,000 day care facilities have closed this 12 months, due partly to elevated prices for issues like cleansing provides and wi-fi for distance studying, based on their labor union, a partnership with SEIU.

“With out us, California would grind to a halt, and that’s what’s going to occur if the state doesn’t get up and deal proper now with this disaster in our childcare system,” Neal mentioned.

Neal and different childcare suppliers are asking the state to reimburse a few of their extra payments. They are saying if extra daycares shut, there’ll be a baby care scarcity when California’s financial system begins to get well.

2:19 p.m.: Dr. Fauci recommends ‘uniform wearing of masks’

Dr. Anthony Fauci has really helpful that Individuals adhere to a “uniform sporting of masks” to assist curb the surge of coronavirus instances within the U.S., based on the Related Press.

The nation’s prime infectious illness knowledgeable advised CNN on Tuesday that “we have to intensify public well being methods,” which incorporates mask-wearing, hand washing, and avoiding crowds and gathering locations.

On Friday, the U.S. hit a document every day excessive of greater than 184,000 COVID-19 instances, based on a tally by Johns Hopkins College.

Pharmaceutical firm Moderna introduced on Monday that early knowledge suggests its vaccine candidate offers robust safety in opposition to the virus. Final week, their competitor, Pfizer, introduced that their vaccine was equally efficient.

“From a scientific and potential public well being standpoint, that is an awfully vital advance,” Fauci advised Rachel Martin on Morning Edition Tuesday.

All vaccine candidates should undergo impartial knowledge and security monitoring earlier than the U.S. Meals and Drug Administration approves it to be used.

Fauci mentioned it’s vital for individuals “to be motivated to hold in there a bit longer and double down on public well being measures” within the meantime.

“I simply can’t perceive why there’s pushback in opposition to that. They’re not that troublesome to do. And so they save lives,” Fauci mentioned.

The U.S. leads the world in each coronavirus instances and deaths, totaling 11.2 million instances and 247,000 deaths, respectively.

11:38 a.m.: Las Vegas schools will continue with remote learning for now

Surging COVID-19 instances in metro Las Vegas have prompted the Clark County Faculty District to rethink their partial in-person studying plans, based on the Related Press.

The varsity district has determined to postpone any resumption of partial in-class studying and can proceed with distant studying by at the least the tip of the calendar 12 months. District Superintendent Jesus Jara introduced Monday that academics and employees would proceed to work from home by Dec. 18, when the primary semester ends.

Jara mentioned a reopening plan might be offered to the district board in early January. Since mid-March, the district has used distant studying, however officers have been discussing easy methods to reopen safely for in-person studying since final summer season.

11:28 a.m.: COVID-19 vaccines still need human volunteers before release

Whereas two COVID-19 vaccines are nearing completion, scientists mentioned it’s vital to recruit sufficient volunteers to complete the research, based on the Related Press.

Moderna and competitor Pfizer not too long ago introduced preliminary outcomes exhibiting their vaccines seem like strongly efficient. Nonetheless, extra vaccine sorts might be wanted to satisfy international demand resulting from how completely different vaccine sorts may fit higher in numerous individuals. This will solely be confirmed after extra testing.

“We nonetheless want volunteers,” confused Nationwide Institutes of Well being Director Francis Collins, urging Individuals to sign up.

Most vaccines in late-stage testing worldwide goal the “spike” protein on the coronavirus floor, however many scientists are utilizing a wide range of applied sciences, some new, and a few are sticking with older vaccine improvement approaches.

Monday, November 16

6:34 p.m.: Food insecurity increases during the pandemic

Round 50 million American households are scuffling with meals insecurity, and plenty of are above the poverty line and thus ineligible for advantages that assist low revenue households.

The variety of properties experiencing meals insecurity — at the least one individual not having sufficient to eat for a 12 months — has jumped from 37 million two years in the past to 50 million now.  Blake Younger is with the Sacramento Meals Financial institution. He says California’s numbers are in step with the nation’s — and it is all tied to the pandemic.

“Sadly for Sacramento, it is greater than the state and nationwide common, Younger advised CapRadio’s Perception. “We had a disaster on our palms previous to the pandemic.  And also you overlay a pandemic, it is simply been — and with the uncertainty — it has been actually difficult for individuals.”

You can hear the entire interview on Monday’s Insight program here.

3:12 p.m.: California facing fastest surge of COVID-19 cases since start of the pandemic

Throughout a live-streamed press convention on Monday, California Gov. Gavin Newsom warned that well being officers are “sounding the alarm” over the speedy improve in COVID-19 instances.

The state on Tuesday moved forty counties again to extra restrictive reopening tiers and tightened the principles on mask-wearing in public. Newsom additionally announced some changes to the state’s tiered reopening system.

Underneath the brand new system, counties will transfer again ranges inside one week as an alternative of two, and a few counties could transfer again a number of tiers. Counties may also must make adjustments by the affected industries extra swiftly as an alternative of the earlier 72-hour ready interval.

“The unfold of COVID-19, if left unchecked, might shortly overwhelm our well being care system and result in catastrophic outcomes,” Newsom mentioned in a information launch. “That’s why we’re pulling an emergency break within the Blueprint for a Safer Economic system. Now could be the time to do all we will authorities in any respect ranges and Californians throughout the state to flatten the curve once more as we have now achieved earlier than.”

Newsom mentioned the state is at present dealing with a 4.6% 14-day common and a 5% 7-day common check constructive charge through the live-streamed press convention, which he mentioned is healthier than the 9.8% nationwide 7-day common however nonetheless worrisome.

Out of the 40 counties sliding again to extra restrictive tiers, 28 of these might be going again into probably the most restrictive purple tier, signaling widespread COVID-19 transmission. Which means 94% of Californians might be dealing with these new restrictions by Tuesday, if not already within the purple tier.

Some Northern California counties like Humbolt, Napa and San Francisco might be transferring again two tier ranges.

3:04 p.m.: Meatpacking plant fined by Cal/OSHA for COVID-19 safety violations

Cal/OSHA has fined a Smithfield Meals of Virginia-owned meatpacking plant in Southern California resulting from COVID-19 security violations, based on the Related Press.

The massive Los Angeles Farmer John meatpacking plant flouted security violations and uncovered greater than 300 staff to COVID-19 infections, together with three who had been hospitalized. The plan was fined greater than $58,000.

Smithfield Meals of Virginia mentioned it has achieved to nice lengths to guard its workers from the virus and can attraction. The United Meals and Industrial Employees union mentioned its complaints prompted the investigation after failing to get a passable response from Farmer John.

The corporate is well-known for its sizzling canines, sausages, bacon and different pork merchandise.

2:24 p.m.: David Copperfield suspending Las Vegas show after crew member tests positive for COVID-19

Illusionist David Copperfield is suspending his Las Vegas stage present after a crew member examined constructive for the coronavirus, based on the Related Press.

The Las Vegas Overview-Journal reported Monday that the legendary magician had “no thought but” when his manufacturing on the MGM Grand will resume.

In accordance with the newspaper, an inside e-mail from MGM Resorts Worldwide officers on Friday mentioned that one in all his phantasm techs had been uncovered to the virus. Copperfield confirmed the backstage crew member’s prognosis on Sunday.

In a press release, Copperfield mentioned his complete crew could be examined once more. His stage present was one in all a number of residency productions throughout MGM Resorts that reopened Nov. 6.

11:30 a.m.: Holiday travel is expected to plummet due to pandemic

Whereas Thanksgiving is a significant journey vacation, there are predictions that fewer individuals might be hitting the highway, flying, or taking the prepare particularly since health officials are urging people to stay home.

The American Vehicle Affiliation expects airways to be laborious hit regardless of the steep worth cuts in vacation aircraft fares — the bottom they’ve been in two years. Solely 2.5 million individuals are anticipated to fly to their locations, the bottom one-year drop on document.

AAA spokesperson Doug Shupe mentioned that he expects there to be a 10- to 13-percent general drop.

“That’s the most important year-over-year decline for the reason that 2008 recession when Thanksgiving journey dropped 26%,” mentioned Shupe.

Bus, prepare, or cruise journey is predicted to drop 76% to only 350,000 vacationers.

Shupe confused that despite the fact that journey might be down, the Wednesday afternoon earlier than Thanksgiving will nonetheless see the very best highway site visitors, and drivers can nonetheless count on delays at standard bottlenecks.

He additionally warned drivers to verify their automobiles are prepared for a highway journey as a result of AAA expects to rescue greater than 400,000 autos caught on the roadside this vacation.

10:50 a.m.: Folsom Mayor tests positive for COVID-19

Metropolis of Folsom Mayor Sarah Aquino examined constructive for COVID-19 and introduced the information with residents on Nov. 14 by the city’s official Facebook page.

Aquino mentioned that she was uncovered to the virus by someone in her workplace. After an expedited check and constructive outcome, she determined to self-quarantine in her bed room and described her signs as much like “a light case of the flu.”

The remainder of the Fb submit describes how the Sacramento County Division of Well being Companies is partnering with UC Davis Well being to supply free COVID-19 testing to county residents.

The mayor didn’t give out any additional particulars about her situation.

10:24 a.m.: Nevada faces record number of cases, Gov. Sisolak says he feels no COVID-19 symptoms

Nevada hit a document variety of new confirmed COVID-19 instances for the second day in a row on Saturday. Gov. Steve Sisolak mentioned that the state is at a “vital juncture” and implored residents to remain dwelling and do what they’ll to guard themselves.

Since Sisolak has examined constructive for COVID-19, he has advised reporters on Friday that he was not feeling any signs and would enter right into a quarantine.

9:27 a.m.: Sacramento County COVID-19 hospitalizations double in one week

The variety of Sacramento County residents hospitalized with COVID-19 instances almost doubled over the previous week, based on the county health department dashboard.

From Nov. 5 to Nov. 12 the variety of individuals hospitalized with COVID-19 jumped from 90 to 177 instances. ICU sufferers additionally doubled, from 20 instances to 41. Throughout the state hospitalizations have elevated 51% up to now week, according to CalMatters.

The rise got here in the identical week Sacramento County was moved to probably the most restrictive tier in California’s COVID-19 reopening plan, requiring many companies to droop indoor actions.

Coronavirus instances are additionally rising nationally, with round 1 million new cases recorded in the past week.

Sunday, November 15

2:14 p.m.: San Diego restaurants, gyms sue for right to operate indoors

4 San Diego County eating places and gymnasiums have filed a lawsuit searching for an emergency injunction to allow them to proceed their indoor operations.

The lawsuit filed on behalf of all eating places and gymnasiums come as 11 California counties are pressured to impose stricter limits on companies after coronavirus instances rose above thresholds established by the state.

Underneath the purple stage of the state’s COVID-19 reopening system, eating places, gyms, church buildings and bars might be restricted to solely outside operations.

The companies assert that the state and county orders intrude with their rights and violate the California Structure. They’re asking a choose to permit them to function indoors.

—Related Press

Saturday, November 14

4:06 p.m.: California adds 2,521 new cases, 11 more deaths

California reported 2,521 new instances of COVID-19 on Saturday, bringing the entire variety of instances within the state to 1,018,373. 

There have been additionally 11 deaths reported. In all, 18,225 Californians have died.

During the last seven days, the state averaged 7,358 instances per day, with 4.4% of checks coming again constructive, based on the Los Angeles Times.

The U.S. added more than 184,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases on Friday, the fourth day in a row that the nation has set a document for every day infections, based on knowledge from the Johns Hopkins College Coronavirus Useful resource Heart.

Friday, November 13

4:54 p.m.: Gov. Newsom says he shouldn’t have attended restaurant gathering

Gov. Gavin Newsom is dealing with criticism for attending a complicated ceremonial dinner at a restaurant final week regardless of urging Californians to remain dwelling through the pandemic.

The San Francisco Chronicle first reported Newsom and his spouse Jennifer Siebel Newsom attended a party for a pal and political adviser with at the least 10 different individuals at The French Laundry, a famend Napa Valley restaurant.

Newsom’s spokesman initially mentioned everybody in attendance adopted the restaurant’s well being protocols and that the gathering didn’t violate COVID-19 guidelines.

Which will technically be true, however the episode exposes gaps within the state’s pandemic steerage: Non-public gatherings of greater than three completely different households are discouraged, however nothing prevents eating places from seating bigger teams collectively in the event that they ask.

Whereas our household adopted the restaurant’s well being protocols and took security precautions, we must always have modeled higher habits and never joined the dinner,” the governor mentioned in a press release.

4:10 p.m.: Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak tests positive for coronavirus

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak on Friday mentioned he has examined constructive for COVID-19. He’s the fifth governor to check constructive for the coronavirus this 12 months. 

Sisolak mentioned he was not experiencing any signs and was swabbed for a speedy check on Friday morning as a matter of routine. After it yielded a constructive outcome, he additionally underwent molecular testing and his pattern continues to be being processed. He’s the third individual in his workplace to check constructive for the virus since early October. 

Sisolak’s announcement comes on a day that Nevada reported 1,857 extra coronavirus instances, the very best single-day whole for the reason that begin of the pandemic.

2:59 p.m.: Nevada’s Clark County School District says employees will work remotely due to pandemic

The Clark County Faculty District in Nevada has introduced that the majority of its workers will work remotely after Gov. Steve Sisolak urged individuals to remain dwelling and restrict the unfold of COVID-19, based on the Related Press.

The district is predicted to transition to do business from home beginning on Thursday and proceed by Nov. 30. The choice comes as the college board is contemplating a plan to carry college students again to lecture rooms two days per week beginning in January.

Sisolak urged residents to remain dwelling as a lot as doable for the subsequent two weeks and do business from home, or the state may be prone to a lockdown.

2:53 p.m.: Head of Nevada COVID-19 response team is calling out local officials for not doing enough

The top of Nevada’s COVID-19 response crew, Caleb Cage, known as out the state’s native elected officers, based on the Related Press.

Cage mentioned that these officers are undermining efforts to sluggish the coronavirus’s unfold to avert extra aggressive statewide mandates and potential enterprise closures within the weeks forward. On Thursday, he additionally raised considerations concerning the lack of restrictions enforcement at companies in Elko County.

Cage additionally mentioned that some native leaders have adopted a politically expedient however irresponsible technique to criticize even the least intrusive efforts to guard Nevadans from a dramatic spike in instances underway statewide. He mentioned that some officers have determined it is simpler in charge Gov. Steve Sisolak for any potential shutdowns.

12:21 p.m.: Georgia Tech releases a COVID-19 risk assessment tool for in-person gatherings

The Georgia Institute of Expertise has not too long ago launched an interactive map that particulars county by county threat of an in-person gathering by celebration measurement.

The map breaks down an infection threat by county, celebration measurement, and the “ascertainment bias” within the U.S. The ascertainment bias assumes that there are 5 or 10 instances extra instances than being reported. Toggling between these choices can present the chance of being in a room with someone who could also be contaminated.

In Sacramento County, a gathering of 10 individuals with an ascertainment bias of 10 reveals that there’s a 15% likelihood someone on the gathering would seemingly have the coronavirus. Counties surrounding Sacramento present comparable threat ranges starting from 7% in El Dorado County to 16% in Sutter County.

In accordance with this map, the very best threat county in California with the identical situation is Mono County, with a 75% likelihood of someone with the an infection attending a 10-person occasion.

A number of the nation’s riskier elements beneath the identical set-up embody Jones County, Iowa at larger than 99%, and Dewey County, South Dakota, and Walsh, North Dakota are each at a 99% chance of a room with 10 individuals having at the least one at present contaminated individual.

When in-person gatherings get as excessive as 25 individuals, the chance in Sacramento jumps to 33%, reaching 56% for gatherings with 50 individuals.

9:00 a.m.: California issues coronavirus travel advisory

California Gov. Gavin Newsom says he and the governors of Oregon and Washington have issued journey advisories urging individuals getting into their states or coming back from journey exterior these states to self-quarantine to sluggish the unfold of the coronavirus. 

A statement from Newsom’s office Friday says the advisories urge in opposition to non-essential out-of-state journey, ask individuals to self-quarantine for 14 days after arriving from one other state or nation and encourage residents to remain native. Here is the official advisory from the state Division of Public Well being.

“Elevated instances are including stress on our hospital techniques and threatening the lives of seniors, important staff and weak Californians,” Newsom wrote. “Journey will increase the chance of spreading COVID-19, and we should all collectively improve our efforts presently to maintain the virus at bay and save lives.”

Newsom notes that California simply surpassed the sobering threshold of 1 million COVID-19 instances with no signal of the virus unfold slowing. This week was the primary that no counties moved up in the state’s tiered reopening system, with 11 counties transferring backwards.

Thursday, November 12

6:15 p.m.: UC Davis Health can now perform rapid result test for COVID-19, flu

UC Davis Well being is now giving some sufferers a 20-minute check that may decide whether or not they have COVID-19, the flu or each. 

Level-of-care checks can produce outcomes instantly after a screening. Proper now, they’re principally obtainable in hospital settings. Docs at UC Davis Well being began utilizing them final week within the emergency room and in some clinics, however just for sufferers exhibiting signs. COVID-19 and the flu can present similarly.

“There’s nothing else proper now that’s as quick and correct as this check,” mentioned Lydia Pleotis Howell, medical director of the UC Davis Well being medical laboratories and chair of the division of pathology and laboratory drugs, in a press launch. 

UC Davis already had the instruments to carry out such a check, however they needed to get FDA approval to have the ability to use it for coronavirus. They’ve 50 devices to do the screening, however count on a scarcity of reagents, or chemical options, to restrict capability. 

Docs or nurses can carry out this check, and the samples are processed within the emergency division.

3:31 p.m.: California reaches 1 million confirmed infections

California has reached an unwelcome coronavirus milestone: 1 million confirmed infections.

The nation’s most populous state is the second to go that mark after Texas reached it earlier this week. The U.S. now has greater than 10 million confirmed instances.

California’s early stay-at-home order efficiently curtailed the unfold, however every time restrictions have relaxed, instances have risen. With instances growing shortly within the state and nationwide, well being officers warn individuals to restrict journey through the holidays and rethink their annual gatherings.

3:10 p.m.: Fresno mayor-elect tests positive for COVID-19

Fresno’s mayor-elect Jerry Dyer has examined constructive for COVID-19 after attending an election-night dinner with just a few elected officers, based on the Related Press.

Dyer, who served as the town’s longtime police chief, advised the Fresno Bee he went into quarantine after receiving the check outcomes on Tuesday. He mentioned he skilled delicate signs after attending a dinner on Nov. 3 with Fresno’s present mayor, a metropolis councilman, and a county supervisor who examined constructive for COVID-19 late final week.

The supervisor’s prognosis led the county to shut the places of work of the County Board of Supervisors whereas well being officers contact hint anybody who got here involved with him.

2:16 p.m.: 709,000 people still seeking unemployment benefits

The variety of individuals making use of for unemployment advantages in the US fell final week to 709,000, the fourth straight drop, and an indication that the job market is slowly therapeutic, based on the Related Press.

The figures coincide with a pointy resurgence in confirmed viral infections to above 120,000 instances a day, an all-time excessive. In 49 states, instances are rising, and deaths are growing in 39.

Greater than 240,000 virus-related deaths have been counted throughout the nation, and 10.3 million confirmed infections.

Wednesday, November 11

5:04 p.m.: Thanksgiving could be one of the most dangerous days of the pandemic, Sacramento health director says

Sacramento County companies are making ready to re-enter probably the most restrictive COVID-19 tier, briefly pausing indoor eating, worship companies, films, fitness center exercises and museum openings. 

County Public Well being Director Dr. Peter Beilenson says the return to the purple tier comes as we close to Thanksgiving, which he considers probably the most harmful day of the pandemic.

“We actually encourage individuals for simply this 12 months to not collect besides on your fast household as a result of we’re gonna be in a a lot larger state of normalcy very quickly and by subsequent Thanksgiving and Christmas issues might be a lot, significantly better,” Beilenson mentioned.

Beilenson’s optimism is tied to a possible vaccine being developed by Pfizer. The drug firm says it is 90% efficient and that, pending FDA approval, could possibly be in broad distribution by the center of subsequent 12 months.

10:21 a.m.: Nurses call for better staffing as winter spike expected

As coronavirus infections proceed to rise nationally and in California, well being care staff are sounding the alarm concerning the capability for hospitals to deal with a surge.

Members of the California Nurses Affiliation held rallies at hospitals throughout the state this week. They’re calling for higher staffing as winter, the vacations and an anticipated spike in instances strategy.

At UC Davis Well being in Sacramento, nurse Melissa Johnson-Camacho says staff are being denied time-off requests by the tip of the 12 months … except they turn into sick.

“Nurses are actually — they’re afraid, they usually’re burnt out,” Johnson-Camacho mentioned. “It’s only a actually dangerous mixture. And I feel administration wants to essentially follow what they preach.”

She held up an indication studying “see me as an individual.” It’s a mantra she says the hospital makes use of to advertise compassion for sufferers and their households.

A spokesperson for UC Davis Well being mentioned in a press release that the majority of its nurses have scheduling flexibility and particular COVID-19 sick go away. The hospital additionally says its nurses’ time beyond regulation hours are down this 12 months over final.

9:12 a.m.: Reno officials warn COVID-19 cases increasing in Northern Nevada

COVID-19 instances are trending upward in Northern Nevada, as chilly climate and the vacations threaten to carry individuals collectively indoors. 

Officers with the town of Reno and medical specialists are warning the pandemic has gotten considerably worse since September. They mentioned the area is seeing all-time highs in energetic case numbers and functions for COVID-19 checks.

Mayor Hillary Schieve urged residents to follow strict self-isolation, as a result of neighborhood transmission is widespread.

“We are able to do our half to assist decrease these dangers,” Schieve mentioned. “So why aren’t we doing it? We’ve bought to be doing it. I don’t know what extra I can do apart from, this can be a cry for absolute assist in our neighborhood.

Schieve is contemplating a city-wide masks mandate on prime of the state order that’s already in impact.

That might carry stiffer enforcement of security measures and penalties for companies that refuse to comply with them.

Tuesday, November 10

3:50 p.m.: Confirmed COVID-19 case at Yolo County Elections Offices

An unidentified staffer working on the Yolo County Elections Workplace examined constructive for COVID-19 this Monday.

In accordance with a press launch from the county, the staffer had minimal interactions with ballot staff, however labored with different elections employees and contacted some election observers. The discharge additionally mentioned that the coronavirus-positive affected person had restricted publicity to the county’s Voter Help Facilities or any county’s residents and voters. A contact tracing crew has been known as in to inform any of people who could have been in shut contact with the staffer.

Within the launch, Yolo County elections officers additionally confused that the workplace has been following social distancing and disinfecting protocols. All employees and guests are required to put on a face masking.

Because the constructive COVID-19 case, the county’s election workplace has taken just a few mitigation steps, together with limiting election employees to the workplace, speaking with Yolo County Public Well being, sending presumably uncovered staffers dwelling to self-quarantine and permitting some workers to do business from home.

Elections employees are nonetheless on observe to satisfy the Dec. 3 election certification. Over 99,000 whole ballots had been forged in Yolo County, and over 90,000 of them had been mail-in ballots.

2:51 p.m.: Nevada flags a majority of counties as high risk as COVID-19 cases surge

Nevada officers reported 960 newly confirmed instances of COVID-19 and one extra loss of life, based on the Related Press.

The earlier three days, Nevada totaled 1,000 new instances or extra. Tuesday’s instances carry the statewide totals to 110,982 instances and 1,852 deaths for the reason that begin of the pandemic.

The virus’ autumn spike has not spared rural or city communities within the state, inflicting the variety of confirmed instances and rising positivity to flag 10 out of the 17 counties as “excessive threat” by well being officers. These flagged counties are actually required to submit mitigation plans to the state’s process pressure.

Regardless of the unrelenting surge, state well being officers haven’t indicated that they plan to tighten statewide mandates that govern companies, faculties, or public gatherings.

1:30 p.m.: As California COVID-19 cases rise, Gov. Newsom urges more mask use, social distancing

Gov. Gavin Newsom urges Californians to proceed social distancing and to put on masks to assist sluggish the unfold of the coronavirus. He’s involved individuals will let their guard down after Pfizer’s announcement of its experimental COVID-19 vaccine and its efficacy charge.

“However [the vaccine] doesn’t imply it’s a substitute [for mask-wearing and social distancing], so that you can say ‘Properly, we will simply return to regular, let’s open every thing again up, let’s all have everyone over for the vacations and let’s get Uncle Joe who I do know has a coronary heart situation, let’s get him again in with the grandkids as a result of they haven’t seen one another in a 12 months.’” Newsom mentioned. “We’ve bought to watch out.”

With coronavirus instances on the rise, Sacrmento and 10  different counties at the moment slipped again within the state’s color-coded COVID-19 threat system.

10:12 a.m.: US approves first emergency antibody COVID-19 drug use

U.S. well being officers have allowed emergency use of the primary antibody-drug to assist the immune system combat COVID-19, based on the Related Press.

On Monday, the Meals and Drug Administration cleared the experimental drug from Eli Lilly for individuals 12 and older with delicate or average signs that don’t require hospitalization. Whereas checks are persevering with, the drug doesn’t appear to assist sufferers with a extra critical or extreme case of the virus.

This antibody-drug is much like a remedy President Donald Trump obtained after contracting the virus final month. The federal government beforehand reached an settlement to purchase and provide a lot of the early manufacturing of the drug.

10:09 a.m.: Free flu shots in Yolo County Tuesday

Yolo County is providing free flu photographs to residents at the moment from 2 p.m. to five p.m. The photographs might be given out at Suntree Residences, 2033 F Avenue in Davis.

Residents can reserve a spot by calling (530) 666-8552. The photographs are open to individuals aged six months and older. The county mentioned that masks and social distancing are required. Whereas residents can reserve a spot, walk-ins are welcome.

On Sept. 28, Gov. Gavin Newsom got a flu shot throughout his weekly press convention and stressing that California residents ought to get flu photographs to assist “mitigate what some have known as the twindemic,” which is a possible wave of COVID-19 instances and flu instances taking place concurrently.

On the time, Newsom additionally mentioned that this doable twindemic could be “placing stress, placing stress on our hospital system on the similar time, draining sources and impacting the standard of care all of you deserve.”

Yolo County has two extra free pop-up free flu shot clinics later within the month at Shirley Rominger Faculty and College Covenant Church. Residents can discover out extra info at

Monday, November 9

4:32 p.m.: California sees biggest jump in COVID-19 cases in months

At his weekly live-streamed information convention Monday, Gov. Gavin Newsom mentioned that California has seen a sobering improve in coronavirus instances, based on the Related Press.

The rise could also be partially linked to Halloween. Some Bay Space well being officers have urged their residents to quarantine for 2 weeks in the event that they enterprise exterior the area. Newsom warned Monday that the coronavirus case numbers, positivity charge, hospitalizations, and intensive care instances have all reached their highest stage in months.

The state updates counties’ standing within the state’s four-tier, color-coded system every week. In consequence, a number of counties are anticipated to maneuver Tuesday into extra restrictive tiers that change how companies can function.

4:27 p.m.: States plan to work with future Biden administration on COVID-19

The coronavirus’ unfold is growing throughout the nation, and President-elect Joe Biden is asking for coordination with states, based on the Related Press.

Officers and public well being specialists mentioned that inter-state coordination hasn’t been robust sufficient to this point. States are additionally calling for assist with testing and make contact with tracing, in addition to ensuring there’s sufficient protecting gear and shoring up budgets.

Democratic state officers are welcoming a science-based strategy from the president-elect. Whereas some Republican governors aren’t able to agree on Biden’s presidential win, some are imposing extra restrictions to stem the unfold of the virus.

11:36 a.m.: Nevada church will head back to court over 50-person state cap on religious gatherings

Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley, a church in rural Nevada, is headed again to the U.S. Supreme Court docket in a second try to overturn the state’s 50-person cap on attendance at spiritual gatherings, based on the Related Press.

The excessive court docket denied the church’s request for an emergency injunction in July. A brand new petition filed Thursday asks the justices to contemplate the problem of Nevada’s COVID-19 restrictions as a check case for others introduced by church buildings throughout the nation and arguing that their spiritual freedoms are being violated.

Subsequent month, a federal appeals court docket has scheduled oral arguments on the church’s attraction of a U.S. choose’s ruling in Reno upholding the state coverage.

10:53 a.m.: Nevada hits third consecutive day of 1,000 or more COVID-19 cases

On Sunday, well being officers in Nevada reported 1,276 new COVID-19 instances and one extra loss of life, based on the Related Press.

That is the third consecutive day of at the least 1,000 new reported coronavirus instances throughout the state. In accordance with the Nevada State Division of Well being and Human Companies, the entire variety of instances recorded for the reason that pandemic started is now 110,022, and the identified loss of life toll is 1,851.

Well being officers reported 1,846 instances on Saturday, a document quantity for the second day in a row because the coronavirus outbreak intensified. Nevada additionally reported 1,562 new instances on Friday. The variety of infections is considered far greater as a result of many individuals haven’t been examined. Research additionally recommend that individuals will be contaminated with the virus and unfold it with out feeling sick.

Sunday, November 8

3:20 p.m.: California records 3,593 new COVID cases, 10 deaths on Sunday

California recorded 3,593 new coronavirus instances and 10 new deaths on Sunday, bringing the entire variety of confirmed instances within the state to 973,210. Almost 18,000 Californians have died.

Over the previous week, the state has averaged 5,351 new instances and 43 new deaths per day, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Whereas there’s been a current rise in instances, the Times reports that the tempo of improve is milder than the remainder of the US. 

The U.S. on Friday reported 126,480 new coronavirus instances, based on data launched Saturday by the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Useful resource Heart. It was the third consecutive day that the U.S. set a daily record, bringing the entire variety of infections within the nation to greater than 9.7 million.

Friday, November 6

2:22 p.m.: Las Vegas Raiders fined, docked a sixth-round draft pick

The Las Vegas Raiders and coach Jon Gruden have been fined a complete of $650,000 and docked a shot at a sixth-round draft decide for repeated violations of the NFL’s coronavirus protocols, based on the Related Press.

An individual aware of the punishment mentioned that the wonderful breaks right down to $500,000 in opposition to the crew and $150,000 in opposition to Gruden. The crew was additionally stripped of its sixth-round draft decide due to the way it dealt with Trent Brown’s constructive coronavirus check final month.

The supply spoke on the situation of anonymity as a result of no announcement had been publically made. Yahoo first reported the punishments.

2:06 p.m.: US sees record-breaking week of COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations

New COVID-19 instances skyrocketed this week within the U.S., breaking data for the second week in a row of staggering progress, based on NPR.

Hospitalization ranges have snowballed so shortly that it’ll quickly surpass the spring and summer season peak charges.  On Wednesday, the nation recorded greater than 100,000 instances in a single day. Dr. Anthony Fauci has sounded the alarm to lawmakers, beforehand warning that the U.S. might attain this charge if coronavirus was not pushed down earlier than winter.

On Thursday, instances hit a good greater document of greater than 121,000 reported instances in a day. Instances within the U.S. are up 55% from the previous two weeks in the past on common. Now, the nation is averaging greater than 94,000 instances a day, double the quantity from a month in the past.

Researchers say that it’s doable that the every day case rely might double once more, given the present trajectory of the U.S. outbreak. The will increase can’t be defined by extra testing being achieved, with researchers saying that these are “true will increase” and never tied to the testing quantity.

10:59 a.m.: Nevada trucking company fined for violating COVID-19 restrictions at Donald Trump Jr. political rally

State regulators have fined a Sparks, Nevada trucking agency greater than $4,500 for violating coronavirus restrictions, based on the Related Press.

The trucking firm was part of a Donald Trump Jr. political rally in October that drew greater than 50 attendees. The Division of Enterprise and Trade, Division of Industrial Relations, introduced the OSHA enforcement motion Thursday in opposition to JBP Corp. doing enterprise as Peterbilt Truck Components & Gear.

The $4,554 wonderful cited the failure to submit a security plan and procure state approval for an occasion in extra of fifty individuals. Earlier this week, the state fined the Aria Resort & On line casino in Las Vegas $12,617 for COVID-19 violations.

10:04 a.m.: Yolo County health officer suggests limiting gatherings

Sacramento, Stanislaus, Placer and Yolo counties are on the verge of sliding again into the state’s most restrictive coronavirus reopening class of purple.

Yolo County Public Well being Officer Dr. Amy Sisson mentioned that if individuals insist on gathering for the upcoming holidays, then gatherings ought to be exterior and saved to fewer than 16 individuals and never from greater than three households.

“We’re shifting to a extra hurt discount messaging acknowledging that we have to meet individuals the place they’re at,” Sisson mentioned. “So our key message is — the most secure factor to do is just not collect, however we acknowledge that many individuals will select to collect.”

Thursday, November 5

5:53 p.m.: Several Northern California Counties See COVID-19 Uptick

An increase in COVID-19 instances is inflicting some Northern California counties to move backward within the state’s tier system for reopening.

When the state introduced the weekly tier assignments Wednesday, solely Colusa County was authorised to maneuver ahead by the system — from the crimson (substantial) tier to the decrease orange (average tier). Two counties have to return a step, with Shasta County transferring to purple (widespread) and Plumas retreating to orange (average). 

California Well being and Human Companies Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly mentioned that is the primary week they’ve seen just one county transfer ahead — signaling a possible backslide for others.

“Which I feel is a crucial reminder that the baseline transmission charges of COVID throughout our state are certainly going up, that it’s not simply in a single or two counties but it surely’s widespread throughout the state,” Ghaly mentioned. 

Different counties, together with Sacramento and Yolo, might transfer down quickly if case charges do not enhance.

“We’re nonetheless within the crimson … this week, for the case charge we really met the factors for the purple tier,” Sacramento County Public Well being Officer Dr. Olivia Kasirye mentioned. “If we hit the brink for 2 weeks in a row, then we’re prone to reverting again to the purple tier.”

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2:09 p.m.: Shasta County moves to more restrictive tier as COVID-19 cases increase

State well being officers introduced Wednesday that Shasta County will slip back into California’s most restrictive purple tier resulting from widespread transmission of COVID-19 all through the county, based on a press launch from the county.

California Well being and Human Companies Secretary Mark Ghaly mentioned it is clear that the unfold is uncontrolled in Shasta County after the county reported 104 new COVID-19 instances for Sunday and Monday.

“It permits us to say, sure, now’s the time to place the brakes on a bit bit,” Ghaly mentioned. “Return to purple, stabilize, work with the county to verify they’ve sufficient testing and contacting tracing — that we perceive transmission as we work to get again right into a much less restrictive tier sooner or later.”

Plumas County may also be transferring again, however to the orange tier, whereas Colusa County’s enchancment helps it transfer from the crimson tier to orange.

2:02 p.m.: San Franciscians that travel for the holidays may have to self-quarantine upon return

Well being officers in San Francisco say that residents who journey exterior of the world through the upcoming vacation season could also be requested to quarantine after they return dwelling, based on the Related Press.

Their reasoning is to forestall a doable spike in native coronavirus instances. San Francisco officers additionally mentioned on Wednesday that the quarantine could be a really helpful two week interval for any resident who interacts with people exterior their households inside 6 toes and with out masks.

5 different Bay Space counties are additionally being thought-about to participate within the regional advisory. The proposal comes as California has seen coronavirus instances inch up not too long ago, although the an infection charge stays a lot decrease than the nation as an entire.

1:44 p.m.: Places hardest hit by COVID-19 pandemic overwhelmingly supported Trump

In locations the place the coronavirus pandemic is most rampant, President Donald Trump loved monumental help on the polls, based on the Related Press.

Their evaluation revealed that in 376 counties with the very best variety of new instances per capita, the overwhelming majority went for Trump, a charge above much less severely hit areas.

Well being officers throughout the nation are being attentive to the chasm in public sentiment and easy methods to reframe their messages and updates, even because the nation grapples with document numbers of latest instances.

Wednesday, November 4

1:32 p.m.: Yolo County COVID-19 cases rise, possibly pushing it to a more restrictive tier

Yolo County met probably the most restrictive COVID-19 reopening metrics for week ending Oct. 24, based on a press launch from the county.

Yolo County is designated beneath the crimson, or substantial tier, one stage under the most-restrictive purple tier. Officers say social gatherings are the principle explanation for COVID-19 instances throughout the county. They’re urging residents to train private accountability and keep away from massive gatherings so the county can proceed to reopen.

For a county to be pushed again into probably the most restrictive purple tier, it should meet these standards for 2 consecutive weeks. If Yolo County continues to have a rise in instances, the county might transfer again into the purple tier as early as subsequent week.

The county’s adjusted case charge rose to 7.2%, which pushes it simply out of the crimson tier vary of between 4-7%.

If the county continues to have a every day case charge of about 7% by Nov. 10, then the state will evaluation the latest 10 days of knowledge, and the California Division of Public Well being must resolve whether or not to maintain the county within the crimson tier or transfer it to the purple tier.

A return to the purple tier would imply that many native companies would briefly shut their indoor operations or scale back capability.

Yolo County was initially positioned within the purple tier on Aug. 31, however moved into the crimson tier on Sept. 29.

11:05 a.m.: Another Nevada governor’s staffer tests positive for COVID-19

An worker working in Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak’s Carson Metropolis workplace examined constructive for the coronavirus, based on the Related Press.

The workplace has despatched employees members who got here in shut contact with the worker dwelling to work remotely once more for a second time in a month. The employees member, who final labored within the governor’s workplace on Thursday, obtained a speedy check over the weekend after growing virus signs.

The case’s origin stays beneath investigation, however well being officers have already decided that Sisolak wasn’t in shut contact with the coronavirus-positive employees member. The Democratic governor is examined routinely, and after the worker’s constructive outcome was confirmed, Gov. Sisolak examined adverse for the virus on Monday.

10:59 a.m.: COVID-19 infections reach record highs during election week

The variety of individuals hospitalized with the coronavirus is reaching document highs in a number of states as individuals gathered over the week to vote in-person, based on the Related Press.

Whereas every day infections are rising in all however three states, the most important surge is most pronounced within the Midwest and Southwest. Missouri, Oklahoma, Iowa, Indiana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Colorado, and New Mexico reported document hospitalizations this week.

Nebraska’s largest hospitals began limiting elective surgical procedures and regarded to herald nurses from different states. Officers in Iowa and Missouri warned that mattress capability might quickly be overwhelmed. The resurgence has loomed over the presidential candidates and voters, fearful about each the virus and its financial toll.

Tuesday, November 3

11:44 a.m.: Real estate listings down nearly 50% in Sacramento region

There are far fewer homes in the marketplace within the Sacramento area this 12 months in comparison with final — down almost 50% based on knowledge from Sacramento appraiser Ryan Lundquist.

He says the market has profoundly low stock and meaning it could possibly be more durable for these trying to purchase a home.

“We’ve got about 2,000 fewer listings this 12 months in comparison with final 12 months on the similar time,” Lundquist mentioned. “And I feel there’s no mistaking that we’ve had fewer sellers itemizing through the pandemic.”

Lundquist says decrease listings are additionally partially a results of individuals not wanting to maneuver throughout a pandemic in addition to migration from the Bay Space. Plus, he says current traits present individuals are staying of their properties longer, on common, than they had been ten years in the past.

Monday, November 2

6:07 p.m.: Judge limits Newsom’s powers during pandemic

A choose has preliminarily ordered California Gov. Gavin Newsom to cease issuing directives associated to the coronavirus which may intrude with state regulation. 

Sutter County Superior Court docket Decide Sarah Heckman tentatively dominated Monday that one of many dozens of govt orders Newsom has issued overstepped his authority. She extra broadly barred him from infringing on the state Legislature. It’s the second time a choose in the identical county has reached the conclusion, which runs counter to different state and federal court docket selections backing the governor’s emergency powers. 

Heckman’s choice will turn into remaining in 10 days. Newsom’s administration says it disagrees and is evaluating its subsequent steps

10:18 a.m.: 79th COVID-19 related death recorded in a California State prison

Authorities say an individual who’s incarcerated on the Avenal State Jail died of problems from the coronavirus on Saturday, based on the Related Press.

The one who was incarcerated died at a hospital, and the central California jail didn’t launch their title. There have been 15,872 confirmed COVID-19 instances within the state’s jail system.

Advocates say jails and prisons nationwide are prime areas for the virus to unfold between employees and people who find themselves incarcerated. Officers have launched a whole bunch of individuals from their jail and jail populations throughout the nation through the pandemic.

10:05 a.m.: More than 88% of all eligible California adults are registered to vote

Greater than 22 million individuals are registered to vote in California, which is about 88% of all eligible adults. All voters bought a poll within the mail this 12 months as a part of the state’s effort to encourage individuals to vote remotely to keep away from spreading the coronavirus.

Regardless of the mail-in ballots, in-person voting has began in most counties throughout the state. To curb the unfold of COVID-19, the state Legislature allowed counties to supply fewer in-person polling locations in alternate for opening them earlier, with some counties opening voting locations final Friday.

Sunday, November 1

10:50 a.m.: California unemployment chief to retire amid claims backlog

The director of California’s unemployment advantages division mentioned she is going to retire on the finish of the 12 months.  

The announcement Friday comes after the company has been overwhelmed by greater than 15 million claims through the coronavirus pandemic. The company has a backlog of greater than 900,000 individuals nonetheless ready to obtain advantages. Hilliard has mentioned the backlog will not be cleared till the tip of January. 

California Labor and Workforce Improvement Company Secretary Julie A. Sue praised Hilliard for serving to reset the company’s tradition. Republican Assemblymember Jim Patterson urged the governor to nominate a alternative from exterior the company.

10:33 a.m.: Newsom says his kids ‘phasing back’ into classrooms

California Gov. Gavin Newsom says his youngsters are amongst these resuming in-person lessons after months of distance studying because of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Newsom says he believes youngsters be taught finest within the classroom and his administration will help districts with private protecting gear and testing sources to allow them to safely reopen. Newsom has 4 youngsters in personal college.

His administration has authorised greater than 1,200 requests for waivers to permit for in-person training for elementary college college students in counties the place coronavirus instances stay widespread. Colleges in counties the place instances have declined under state-mandated thresholds can broadly reopen.

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