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Samedi 17 octobre
Douze résidents du Gilroy Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, une maison de retraite qualifiée, sont décédés du COVID-19 et 75 ont été testés positifs pour la maladie, selon l'Associated Press.
Le moment où les infections et les décès se sont produits reste incertain, le Rapports du San Francisco Chronicle. Les membres du personnel ont également été testés positifs pour le coronavirus, et 53 des 54 infectés se sont rétablis.
Ces maisons de soins infirmiers qualifiées sont devenues un point chaud pour les épidémies de coronavirus dans tout l'État. Depuis le début de la pandémie, plus de 26 600 résidents des foyers de soins ont été testés positifs et plus de 4 500 sont décédés.
Des responsables de l'État ont rapporté vendredi que la Californie avait récupéré plus d'un tiers des 2,6 millions d'emplois non agricoles perdus lorsque la pandémie de coronavirus a frappé en mars et avril, selon l'Associated Press.
Bon nombre des emplois réintégrés appartiennent aux secteurs des loisirs et de l'hôtellerie comme les restaurants, les hôtels et autres entreprises liées à l'hôtellerie qui ont bénéficié de l'assouplissement par l'État des restrictions liées aux coronavirus. Ce nombre représente la moitié du gain global de 96 000 emplois dans ce secteur.
Le commerce de détail a également rebondi en raison des ouvertures dans les magasins de vêtements et d'accessoires vestimentaires. Le département de développement de l'emploi de Californie a signalé un taux de chômage de 11%, en légère baisse par rapport aux 11,2% révisés d'août.
Les responsables fédéraux de la santé prévoient d'obtenir des vaccins contre le coronavirus approuvés gratuitement aux résidents des foyers de soins, avec l'aide de deux chaînes nationales de pharmacies, selon l'Associated Press.
Aucun vaccin n'a encore été approuvé par la Food and Drug Administration, et la distribution de ces vaccins dépend de ce qui se passe en premier. Le personnel formé de CVS et de Walgreens livrera et administrera ces injections à chaque maison de soins infirmiers du pays et administrera les injections.
Il s'agit d'un programme volontaire; les résidences-services et les foyers de groupe résidentiels peuvent également participer s'ils le souhaitent. Les membres du personnel des foyers de soins peuvent également se faire vacciner contre le coronavirus s'ils ne l'ont pas déjà fait auparavant.
Les aiguilles, seringues et autres équipements nécessaires seront inclus.
Vendredi 16 octobre
Une nouvelle étude d'envergure menée par l'Organisation mondiale de la santé a révélé que l'un des médicaments que le président Donald Trump a reçus pendant son traitement, l'antiviral remdesivir, n'aidait pas les patients hospitalisés sous COVID-19, selon l'Associated Press.
Cela contraste avec une étude antérieure qui a fait du médicament une norme de soins aux États-Unis et dans de nombreux autres pays. L'étude de l'OMS n'était pas aussi rigoureuse que la précédente menée par les National Institutes of Health des États-Unis, et ces nouveaux résultats annoncés n'annulent pas les études précédentes.
Cependant, ils ajoutent aux inquiétudes quant à la valeur du médicament coûteux, car aucune des études n'a révélé qu'il pouvait améliorer la survie.
Jeudi 15 octobre
Le trucage a été annulé cette année dans le manoir du gouverneur du Nevada en raison de la pandémie, selon l'Associated Press.
Les responsables de la santé de l'État du Nevada conseillent aux personnes célébrant Halloween et Día de Los Muertos d'éviter tout grand rassemblement. Alors que le manoir du gouverneur sera décoré, le gouverneur Steve Sisolak a déclaré mercredi que les festivités annuelles n’auraient pas lieu.
L'État a noté que les masques de costume ne comptaient pas comme des masques faciaux et a émis des avertissements contre les visites à domicile.
Un nouveau programme de subventions de 20 millions de dollars a été annoncé pour aider les petites entreprises de moins de 50 employés dans d'autres développements liés aux virus. Et 700 fans seront également autorisés à s'asseoir et à regarder un match de football USL samedi à Reno.
Les vaccins contre la grippe protègent contre la grippe saisonnière, pas contre le coronavirus, mais il est essentiel d'éviter la grippe cette année, selon l'Associated Press.
Les responsables de la santé encouragent les gens à se faire vacciner contre la grippe ou leur spray nasal d'ici la fin octobre afin que les médecins et les hôpitaux ne soient pas confrontés à une pression supplémentaire devant traiter des patients grippaux supplémentaires au milieu de la pandémie de coronavirus. Les maladies ont des symptômes précoces très similaires, et les deux nécessitent un test pour les distinguer et recevoir le traitement approprié.
Des études défectueuses au fil des ans ont tenté de lier le vaccin contre la grippe à incr
Des diplomates américains et des responsables de la sécurité ont averti en privé l'État du Nevada de ne pas utiliser de kits de test de coronavirus donnés, selon des documents obtenus par l'Associated Press.
Ces kits ont été produits par le plus grand séquençage génétique au monde, BGI Group. Les tests ont été donnés par une société des Émirats arabes unis qui s'est associée à la société chinoise. Les responsables américains ont fait part de leurs inquiétudes quant au fait que la Chine obtenait des informations privées de la part des personnes testées avec leurs kits.
Le Nevada n'a finalement jamais utilisé aucun des 250 000 kits de test donnés. BGI dit qu'il n'est pas lié au gouvernement chinois et n'obtient pas d'informations privées à partir de tests aux États-Unis.
La candidate démocrate à la vice-présidence Kamala Harris suspend ses événements en personne jusqu'à lundi après que deux personnes associées à la campagne aient été testées positives pour le coronavirus.
La campagne de Joe Biden a déclaré jeudi qu'il n'était pas exposé, bien que lui et Harris aient passé plusieurs heures ensemble à faire campagne en Arizona le 8 octobre.
Biden et Harris ont eu plusieurs tests COVID-19 négatifs depuis lors. Harris devait initialement se rendre jeudi en Caroline du Nord et vendredi en Ohio. Jeudi matin, la campagne a déclaré aux journalistes que le directeur des communications de Harris et un membre d'équipage de conduite avaient été testés positifs après un récent voyage.
Mercredi 14 octobre
La ville de Beverly Hills a interdit le trucage ou le traitement cet Halloween pour tenter d'empêcher la propagation du coronavirus.
L'action a été prise dans une ordonnance d'urgence approuvée par le conseil municipal mardi soir. L'ordonnance interdit aux tricheurs d'aller de maison en maison ou de voiture en voiture, ce qui est décrit comme «le coffre ou le traitement».
Les gens ne peuvent pas non plus fournir de bonbons et autres friandises d'Halloween à des personnes extérieures à leur foyer. Il est interdit aux gens de vaporiser de la crème à raser sur autrui, sauf à l'intérieur de leur propre maison. Les barbiers autorisés sont également exemptés afin de pouvoir raser les clients.
La ville interdit également les piétons et les véhicules de certaines rues.
Les cas de coronavirus liés à l'école Bethel du ministère surnaturel du comté de Shasta ont doublé au cours de la semaine dernière pour atteindre 274, selon l'Associated Press.
Un reportage de KRCR-TV a révélé que les responsables du comté affirment que ces nouveaux cas sont liés à l'école de Bethel, ce qui pousse le comté à avoir le taux le plus élevé de nouvelles infections en Californie. Les responsables de la santé ont également déclaré que l'épidémie parmi les étudiants et le personnel de l'école de Bethel a entraîné le récent pic de COVID-19 dans le comté.
Un haut dirigeant de l'église Bethel de Redding a attiré l'attention cette semaine pour une vidéo Instagram critiquant les masques comme étant sans valeur. La nouvelle hausse des cas a incité les responsables de l'État la semaine dernière à revenir à des restrictions plus strictes sur les restaurants, bars et autres entreprises du comté.
Le golfeur professionnel Dustin Johnson ne participera pas à la CJ Cup au parcours Los Vegas Shadow Creek car il a été testé positif pour le coronavirus, selon l'Associated Press.
Johnson, le joueur numéro un du golf, n’est pas le seul golfeur professionnel à avoir été testé positif depuis la reprise du PGA Tour en juin. Son test positif fait de lui le 11e joueur à attraper le virus.
Johnson est le joueur en titre du PGA Tour de l'année après avoir remporté la FedEx Cup début septembre. Il n'a pas joué depuis une égalité pour la sixième place à l'US Open il y a un mois. Il a informé la visite de ses symptômes, ce qui l'a amené à passer le test.
Mardi 13 octobre
Le comté de Placer passe au niveau orange (modéré) et plusieurs comtés de la vallée centrale passent au niveau rouge (substantiel), ont déclaré des responsables de la santé californiens lors d'une mise à jour du COVID-19 mardi.
L'annonce couvre les derniers changements dans le «Plan d'action pour une économie plus sûre» de l'État, qui permet aux responsables locaux de la santé de rouvrir progressivement les entreprises intérieures et extérieures en fonction du taux de cas de leur comté et du pourcentage de tests revenant positifs.
Dans le niveau modéré, les restaurants du comté de Placer peuvent ouvrir à l'intérieur à une capacité de 50% ou pour un maximum de 200 personnes, selon la plus petite des deux. Les bars où les repas ne sont pas fournis peuvent continuer à servir les clients à l'extérieur. Les gymnases et les centres de fitness peuvent ouvrir à l'intérieur à une capacité de 25%. Les cinémas peuvent ouvrir à l'intérieur à 50% de leur capacité.
Le comté de Sierra est devenu l'un des huit comtés à atteindre le niveau jaune (minimal) pour les zones avec un taux de positivité inférieur à 2%. Dans ces comtés, les bars, les salles de jeux, les arcades, les terrains de jeux intérieurs, les patinoires à roulettes et quelques autres activités peuvent ouvrir à l'intérieur à 50% de leur capacité.
Les comtés de Colusa, Kern, Kings, San Benito, Stanislaus et Sutter passeront désormais au niveau rouge.
Mardi, l'État a également publié nouvelles directives pour célébrer Halloween et Día de Los Muertos. Ils découragent les pratiques traditionnelles de tromperie ou de traitement et suggèrent plutôt des activités d'Halloween à la maison. Les directives permettent de prendre un repas en plein air avec deux autres ménages. Il y a aussi des suggestions pour faire un autel extérieur ou virtuel pour honorer les êtres chers décédés pendant Día de Los Muertos.
Au cours du week-end, le taux d’hospitalisation en Californie a atteint son plus bas niveau au cours des six derniers mois, selon The Mercury News.
Samedi, 2209 personnes ont été hospitalisées dans tout l'État, soit moins que tout autre jour à l'exception du 1er avril, le premier jour où l'État a commencé à suivre les données de leur hôpital. La Californie a atteint son apogée de patients actifs le 21 juillet, avec un total de 7 170 hospitalisations. Pourtant, cette baisse de taux est une baisse de seulement 7,7% au cours des deux dernières semaines.
La moyenne quotidienne des cas dans tout l'État est d'environ 3 300 et est à ce niveau depuis environ un mois après que 2 454 autres cas aient été signalés dimanche. Les décès étaient à un chiffre, seulement la deuxième fois depuis le début de la pandémie, totalisant neuf décès dans six comtés.
Malgré la baisse des taux, le comté de Shasta est l'un des 15 comtés de l'État où les cas ont augmenté et étaient plus élevés vendredi qu'il y a deux semaines. Le deuxième taux de cas le plus élevé se trouve dans le comté de Sonoma, avec une augmentation quotidienne de 57% au cours des deux dernières semaines.
Il semble peu probable que le gouvernement fédéral rédige et adopte un autre plan de relance des coronavirus d'ici la date limite de jeudi en Californie pour annuler les coupes budgétaires, selon CalMatters.
L'État a coupé environ 11 milliards de dollars, et sans le financement fédéral supplémentaire, l'État devra faire face à un déficit budgétaire estimé à 8,7 dollars en 2021. Cela va tordre les bras des représentants de l'État pour soit couper davantage de services qui profitent principalement aux personnes à faible revenu, soit augmenter les impôts.
Ce manque à gagner pourrait également exacerber les batailles entre Newsom et les législateurs de l'État, alors qu'ils tentent de trouver la meilleure façon de dépenser les fonds de secours fédéraux que la Californie a reçus plus tôt ce printemps.
Les allocations de chômage fédérales pour les travailleurs de la scène et la pause d'expulsion de l'État devraient cesser cet hiver. Même si le gouvernement fédéral approuve une autre série de chèques de relance de 1 200 $, il peut y avoir encore plus de saignements financiers à l'horizon.
Le gouverneur Gavin Newsom a profité d'une partie de sa conférence de presse lundi pour clarifier les nouvelles orientations concernant les rassemblements privés.
Vendredi, l'État a émis une recommandation selon laquelle les membres de trois familles au maximum ne pouvaient pas se rassembler à l'extérieur pendant plus de deux heures à la fois. Lundi, le gouverneur a déclaré que ce serait une erreur de considérer qu'un feu vert:
«Les conseils ne signifient pas« allez-y »», a déclaré Newsom. << Dans le passé, nous avons vu lorsque nous émettions des orientations et nous indiquons clairement que le rythme et les protocoles liés à l'application de ces orientations ne signifient pas que les gens devraient tout à l'heure revenir à leur forme d'origine en ce qui concerne les types d'activités. nous avons même vu dans le passé des activités modifiées. Nous voulons mettre en garde contre cela. "
Newsom a déclaré que les discussions se poursuivraient cette semaine avec les plus grands exploitants de parcs à thème de l'État sur le moyen le plus sûr de rouvrir. Le directeur de la santé de l'État, le Dr Mark Ghaly, fera son annonce hebdomadaire sur les comtés éligibles pour passer à un niveau moins restrictif mardi.
Lundi 12 octobre
Mardi, le secrétaire d'État à la Santé, le Dr Mark Ghaly, annoncera que, le cas échéant, les comtés de Californie modifieront les niveaux de restriction du COVID-19 – devenant soit moins ou plus restrictifs, en fonction de leurs taux d'infection.
Lors d'une conférence de presse lundi, le gouverneur Gavin Newsom a reconnu que le processus était frustrant pour de nombreuses personnes qui entrent maintenant dans leur septième mois de restrictions liées au coronavirus:
"Nous sommes la Californie", a déclaré Newsom. "Et nous avons des valeurs et nous avons une approche et nous avons un nouveau cadre de discipline, et nous allons être têtus en termes de garder la santé des gens au premier plan et d'équilibrer tous ces défis proportionnés en ce qui concerne le retour des gens. de travailler et de lutter contre l'isolement, le stress et l'anxiété des gens et de ramener nos enfants à l'apprentissage en personne et à l'importance incroyable que nous accordons à tout cela. "
Le gouverneur a déclaré que les discussions se poursuivent entre son administration et les parcs à thème de l'État sur le moyen le plus sûr de rouvrir. Et il dit que des conseils arriveront bientôt sur des approches sûres pour Halloween, Thanksgiving et les vacances d'hiver.
En raison d'un récent pic de cas de COVID-19 à l'Université du Nevada, à Reno, l'école suspend tous les cours en classe à compter du 30 novembre, selon Associated Press.
Les responsables de l'école disent également à la plupart des étudiants de ne pas retourner dans leurs résidences universitaires après la pause de Thanksgiving. Les responsables prévoient que les étudiants retournent dans leurs dortoirs pour le semestre de printemps et reprennent une combinaison d'enseignement à distance et en classe à partir du 25 janvier.
Pendant la période intermédiaire, tous les cours seront dispensés à distance. Seuls les étudiants confrontés à des circonstances atténuantes pourront vivre sur le campus. Ces dernières semaines, un nouveau cas sur neuf dans le comté de Washoe a été lié à l’UNR.
Le Nevada a signalé samedi 806 cas supplémentaires de COVID-19 et deux décès supplémentaires, portant le total de l'État à 85.399 cas et 1.659 décès, selon l'Associated Press.
L'AP a examiné les données de l'Université Johns Hopkins montrant que la moyenne mobile sur sept jours de l'État pour les nouveaux cas quotidiens au Nevada a augmenté au cours des deux dernières semaines, passant de 380 le 25 septembre à 487 vendredi.
Pendant ce temps, la moyenne mobile sur sept jours des décès quotidiens est restée essentiellement stable pendant cette période.
Caleb Cage, directeur de la réponse au COVID-19 du Nevada, a confirmé qu'il avait été testé positif au virus la semaine dernière après avoir développé des symptômes pseudo-grippaux au cours du week-end précédent, selon l'Associated Press.
Après le résultat positif, les employés du bureau du gouverneur ont commencé à travailler à domicile. Les personnes qui sont entrées en contact avec Cage ont également été testées, y compris le gouverneur Steve Sisolak. Le gouverneur et d'autres ont déclaré avoir été testés négatifs.
Lundi, les responsables du Nevada ont également 569 nouveaux cas confirmés et trois nouveaux décès. Le nombre de nouveaux cas de l’État et son taux de positivité sont plus élevés qu’ils ne l’étaient début septembre.
Alors que le système pénitentiaire de Californie a suspendu les cours d'enseignement, les programmes de réadaptation et les services religieux en raison de la pandémie de coronavirus, les usines pénitentiaires ont continué à produire des produits, selon le Los Angeles Times.
Les femmes de la prison pour femmes de Chino cousent des masques et accomplissent d’autres tâches pour un salaire allant de 0,08 à 1 dollar de l’heure. Selon la loi, toute personne non handicapée incarcérée peut être tenue «d'effectuer tout travail jugé nécessaire» pour maintenir le fonctionnement de la prison. Ceux qui refusent de travailler peuvent être sanctionnés et même faire face à un refus de libération conditionnelle.
La prison pour femmes de Chino a connu une épidémie de coronavirus début mai.
Cal / OSHA a mené des inspections de sécurité sur place pour seulement 5% des plaintes liées au COVID-19, selon CalMatters. Les épidémies de coronavirus ont affecté et tué des travailleurs dans divers lieux de travail tels que les champs de fraises, les usines de conditionnement de viande, les chaînes de restauration rapide et les usines de confection.
Le taux d'inspection de 5% est une forte baisse par rapport aux années précédentes, où Cal / OSHA a effectué des inspections dans 25% des plaintes.
Depuis le début de la pandémie, Cal / OSHA a plutôt envoyé des lettres aux employeurs leur demandant de répondre à toutes les préoccupations des travailleurs, comme l'exige un décret de mars du gouverneur Gavin Newsom. En raison du manque d'inspections sur place, Cal / OSHA ne peut pas citer les employeurs pour des violations de la sécurité ou de la santé, ce qui pourrait entraîner une sous-déclaration dans certains cas.
Vendredi 9 octobre
Avant les fêtes de fin d'année, le ministère de la Santé publique de Californie a publié de nouvelles règles strictes sur les rassemblements privés, les limitant à avoir lieu à l'extérieur et demandant aux participants de porter des masques et de maintenir une distance physique les uns des autres.
Les nouvelles directives ont été publiées vendredi soir. Il remplace une ordonnance de santé publique de septembre déclarant que les rassemblements n'étaient pas autorisés «sauf indication contraire».
Selon les directives, les rassemblements privés ne devraient pas durer plus de deux heures et être limités aux membres de trois ménages séparés.
Les participants doivent porter des masques à moins de manger ou de boire et se laver fréquemment les mains avec du savon et de l'eau. Les personnes malades doivent rester à la maison, tandis que celles qui présentent un risque plus élevé de maladie grave due au COVID-19 sont fortement encouragées à éviter les rassemblements.
Il encourage également l'hôte du rassemblement à collecter les noms et les coordonnées de tous les participants «au cas où la recherche des contacts serait nécessaire plus tard».
Le CDPH a noté que certains comtés peuvent avoir des règles de rassemblement en personne plus strictes et a encouragé les résidents à vérifier auprès de leur service de santé local.
Vendredi, la Californie avait signalé 838 606 cas au total de coronavirus et 16 428 décès. Le taux moyen de cas positifs est de 2,5% sur une période de sept jours.
Les administrateurs fédéraux de la santé disent aux responsables du Nevada qu'ils doivent annuler une directive à l'échelle de l'État publiée il y a plusieurs jours demandant aux maisons de retraite de cesser d'utiliser deux types de tests rapides de coronavirus, selon l'AP.
Les responsables de la santé du Nevada conseillaient aux maisons de retraite de cesser d'utiliser ces tests rapides en raison de la probabilité de résultats faussement positifs. Le chef du ministère fédéral de la Santé et des Services sociaux des tests de diagnostic COVID-19 a déclaré que la loi interdisait à l'État d'imposer l'interdiction qu'il avait ordonnée le 2 octobre.
Le chef du DHHS a déclaré qu'il n'y avait "pas de test parfait" pour le virus, et a déclaré que la valeur d'identifier 40% des vrais positifs est une question vitale pour les maisons de retraite.
Dans certains districts scolaires de 20 États, les inscriptions à la maternelle ont chuté de 16% en moyenne, selon Radio Nationale Publique.
Bien que des données nationales complètes ne soient pas encore disponibles, NPR et les stations membres qui ont fait des rapports avec d’autres journalistes à travers le pays ont constaté que la baisse des inscriptions affecte presque tous les groupes: urbains et ruraux, grands et petits, riches et pauvres.
En raison des complications considérables de la baisse des inscriptions, les écoles publiques doivent faire face à des pénuries de financement l'année prochaine. En général, les écoles publiques sont financées par les États sur une base par élève. Il y a deux «jours de dénombrement» au cours desquels les écoles doivent soumettre un décompte officiel des inscriptions à l'État pour les plans de financement de l'année prochaine. La première semaine d'octobre est généralement le premier jour de dénombrement dans de nombreux États.
Ce type de système favorise souvent les écoles des communautés aisées et aisées. Ces districts reçoivent généralement plus de financement, et cela laisse les districts moins bien financés plus dépendants de l'aide de l'État.
Les enfants qui ne fréquentent pas l’école publique peuvent plutôt fréquenter une école privée ou des garderies offrant des environnements d’apprentissage; cependant, ces deux éléments peuvent également être menacés.
Selon certains rapports, certaines écoles privées ont vu une augmentation des inscriptions, en particulier celles qui offrent un apprentissage en personne dans un district scolaire qui n'offre que l'apprentissage virtuel ou hybride. Certains chercheurs affirment que garder les enfants hors de la prématernelle et de la maternelle peut exacerber les inégalités pour les enfants dont les familles n'ont pas les moyens de les envoyer à l'école privée.
Le groupe de travail sur les coronavirus du Nevada a voté jeudi pour assouplir les critères de test et les taux de positivité que les comtés doivent atteindre pour éviter d'être signalés comme un «risque élevé».
Les responsables de l'État ont reconnu que les progrès dans la maîtrise du COVID-19 dans l'État avaient inversé le cours des dernières semaines. Ils ont souligné l'importance d'équilibrer la nécessité de rouvrir progressivement les entreprises pour éviter une catastrophe économique tout en empêchant davantage la propagation du virus.
Le relâchement des critères intervient une semaine après la levée du plafond de 50 personnes lors des rassemblements. Les propriétaires de bordels de Storey et du comté de Nye ont demandé à l'État de leur permettre de rouvrir.
Dans tout l'État, le taux de transmission du COVID-19 a augmenté. Le gouverneur Gavin Newsom a averti que cette augmentation pourrait mettre en péril le récent déclin des nouveaux cas dans toute la Californie.
Dans la région de la baie, le nombre de reproduction du virus, c'est-à-dire le nombre de personnes auxquelles une personne infectée transmet le virus, est passé à un rapport de presque 1-1 le mois dernier, selon le Chronique de San Francisco.
Les responsables de la santé sont également préoccupés par le fait qu'il pourrait y avoir une augmentation de 89% des cas d'hospitalisation pour coronavirus depuis les célébrations de la fête du travail du mois dernier. Pour de nombreux résidents de San Francisco, leur meilleure option est de continuer à s'abriter sur place et de rester à la maison.
De nouvelles données collectées par SafeGraph ont révélé qu'en moyenne environ 11% des habitants de la région restent à la maison toute la journée, selon les données anonymes de localisation des téléphones portables de l'entreprise.
Certains résidents se sont trouvés déçus par la réponse nationale au coronavirus et ont déclaré qu'il y avait eu un manque d'orientation claire.
Même un vaccin pourrait ne pas faire en sorte que certains quittent leur domicile car la pandémie est devenue politisée.
La plate-forme de partage à domicile basée sur des applications Airbnb a déclaré qu'elle exigera que tous ses hôtes se conforment à leurs nouvelles procédures de nettoyage améliorées.
Les hôtes ont jusqu'au 20 novembre pour s'engager à respecter des protocoles de nettoyage tels que le frottement des sols et d'autres surfaces avec du savon et de l'eau, le lavage du linge à haute température, la désinfection des articles très touchés comme les boutons de porte et la ventilation des pièces.
Les hôtes qui ne se conforment pas peuvent être suspendus ou déplacés d'Airbnb. La société a également déclaré que les invités et les hôtes doivent porter des masques et une distance sociale lorsqu'ils interagissent les uns avec les autres.
Jeudi 8 octobre
Le membre du Congrès californien Salud Carbajal a déclaré qu'il avait été testé positif pour le coronavirus après être entré en contact avec le sénateur de l'Utah Mike Lee.
Le démocrate de Santa Barbara a déclaré dans un communiqué qu'il avait demandé un test après avoir appris qu'il avait été exposé à une personne atteinte de coronavirus. Un porte-parole de Carbajal a déclaré que le membre du Congrès avait interagi avec Lee au passage à plusieurs reprises la semaine dernière.
Un porte-parole de Lee a déclaré que les deux hommes vivaient l'un à côté de l'autre dans le même bâtiment à Washington, D.C. Il a déclaré que Lee avait informé Carbajal de son diagnostic dès que cela s'était produit.
Le Département du développement de l’emploi de Californie est à nouveau sur la sellette.
EDD a interrompu les nouvelles déclarations de chômage pendant deux semaines le mois dernier afin de réorganiser son système de demande. Mais il y a toujours un arriéré de plus d'un million de Californiens sans emploi en attente de prestations. Selon le député démocrate David Chiu, naviguer dans le système est particulièrement difficile pour les communautés d'immigrants.
«Les personnes qui ne parlent pas anglais à la maison font face à des obstacles insurmontables. Votre agence risque de violer notre loi sur l'accès dans la langue de l'État ", a déclaré Chiu." Et d'après ce que je peux dire, il n'y a eu aucun progrès pour répondre aux besoins des personnes pour lesquelles l'anglais n'est pas leur langue maternelle. "
La directrice du département, Sharon Hilliard, affirme que l'amélioration de l'accès aux langues est un objectif essentiel pour EDD, mais reconnaît que ce n'est pas une «solution miracle».
Une épidémie de coronavirus dans un établissement de soins infirmiers qualifié à Watsonville a tué neuf personnes et infecté plus de 60 résidents et membres du personnel, selon l'Associated Press.
Les responsables de la santé du comté de Santa Cruz ont déclaré que l'épidémie au Watsonville Post Acute Center avait été détectée pour la première fois il y a environ trois semaines. L'établissement travaille actuellement avec le comté et l'État pour déterminer la cause de l'épidémie et comment y faire face.
Environ 4692 résidents et membres du personnel des établissements de soins infirmiers à travers l'État sont décédés, ce qui représente près d'un tiers de tous les décès dus au COVID-19 en Californie depuis le début de la pandémie.
Les comtés de Californie sont tenus d'augmenter leur portée de l'aide aux coronavirus auprès des communautés minoritaires avant de passer à un niveau suivant, moins restrictif pour COVID-19, selon les nouvelles règles de l'État qui sont entrées en vigueur cette semaine.
Sacramento, San Joaquin et Yolo font partie des comtés qui doivent répondre aux nouvelles exigences avant de changer de niveau. Tous les trois ont demandé à passer au niveau orange pour ouvrir davantage d'entreprises.
Avec le bureau des services d'urgence du comté de San Joaquin, Tiffany Heyer a déclaré que les comtés devaient également réduire leurs taux de test de positivité et leurs cas pour 100000.
«Pour nous aider à entrer dans ce nouveau niveau, nous avons vraiment besoin de faire tester des personnes supplémentaires», a déclaré Heyer. «Les sites de test gratuits ne nécessitent aucun symptôme. Vous devez toujours passer par le processus de dépistage, mais ils ne nécessitent aucun symptôme pour être testés. "
Heyer a déclaré que la plupart des sites de test gratuits étaient situés dans des communautés mal desservies.
San Francisco et de nombreux comtés des contreforts sont déjà passés au niveau orange.
Mercredi 7 octobre
Le comté de Shasta fera face à de plus grandes restrictions alors qu'il est aux prises avec une augmentation des cas de COVID-19, dont beaucoup sont liés à un collège évangélique, selon l'Associated Press.
Plus de 120 étudiants et membres du personnel ont été testés positifs pour le virus au cours des deux dernières semaines à la Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry. Les responsables du comté de Shasta ont déclaré que l'épidémie était suffisamment importante pour contribuer à une récente augmentation des cas de COVID-19 à travers le comté et les ont replacés dans le «niveau rouge». Le comté devra revenir à de nouvelles réglementations sur les restaurants, les bars, les théâtres et les entreprises.
Le comté a enregistré plus de 500 nouveaux cas de coronavirus au cours des deux dernières semaines, portant son nombre total de cas depuis mars à 1158. L'école Bethel n'a pas immédiatement renvoyé les appels à commentaires.
Jusqu'à présent, la Californie n'a pas vu de lien entre la réouverture des écoles K-12 pour l'apprentissage en personne et l'augmentation de la transmission des coronavirus. Le principal responsable de la santé publique de l’État, le Dr Mark Ghaly, a déclaré que l’émergence de tendances pourrait prendre du temps, mais les résultats obtenus jusqu’ici sont encourageants.
La Californie oblige les comtés à déclarer les niveaux de COVID-19 et les taux d'infection inférieurs à certains seuils avant de pouvoir autoriser les écoles K-12 à rouvrir largement pour l'enseignement en personne. Hier, 32 des 58 comtés au total étaient éligibles à l'ouverture. Il s'agit d'une augmentation par rapport à 28 comtés une semaine plus tôt.
L'État a connu une forte baisse du nombre de cas de coronavirus et d'hospitalisations ces dernières semaines.
Les responsables de la santé des deux plus grands comtés du Nevada affirment que le gouverneur les a exclus du processus de prise de décision en cas de pandémie, selon l'Associated Press.
Le Las Vegas Review-Journal rapporte également que des responsables du district sanitaire du sud du Nevada et du district sanitaire du comté de Washoe ont envoyé une lettre conjointe contenant une liste de plaintes au gouverneur Steve Sisolak. Ces responsables de la santé ont déclaré que les exclure des discussions politiques de l’État ou de l’élaboration des plans COVID-19 avait compliqué leurs réponses locales à la pandémie.
La lettre mentionne également que les autorités locales ont dû modifier rapidement leurs plans et leurs ressources en réponse aux changements de dernière minute du gouverneur.
Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak will be tested for COVID-19 and work out of his Las Vegas office indefinitely after it was confirmed a staff member at his state Capitol Carson City office tested positive for the disease, according to the Associated Press.
On Tuesday, Communications director Meghin Delaney said that the staffer has no in-person contact with Gov. Sisolak since mid-September. She also noted that Sisolak departed northern Nevada on Sept. 17 to work from his LAs Vegas office, and has since then.
He was scheduled to return to Carson City next week, but his travel back plans are on hold until they get test results from all of the staffers there.
Tuesday, October 6
A lawsuit challenging Governor Gavin Newsom’s use of executive orders during the coronavirus pandemic has a court date Wednesday.
Two Republican state lawmakers argue Newsom is abusing his power during the pandemic. Their lawsuit focuses on an executive order which expanded mail-in-voting to every registered voter. The state’s Justice Department is defending Newsom and argues that since the executive order was replaced by legislation, the case is moot.
One of the plaintiffs, GOP Assemblyman Kevin Kiley, has become a vocal critic of Newsom and his strict coronavirus shutdowns.
Last week, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled that state’s governor had overstepped her executive authority during the pandemic. Kiley is hoping for a similar outcome here in California.
If a superior court judge doesn’t rule in favor of either side Wednesday morning, the case will head to trial later this month.
The coronavirus has forced the cancellation of Sparks, Nevada’s annual Hometowne Christmas Parade for the very first time since the popular holiday tradition began 34 years ago, according to the Associated Press.
Sparks officials say they still plan to light the city’s Christmas tree for the holiday season, but there will be no public ceremony held at Victorian Square. While the event was once delayed for a week in 20212 because of flooding, this is the first time the event has been completely called off.
The Carson City District Attorney’s office has also been closed to the public because an undisclosed number of staff members tested positive for COVID-19.
Kamala Harris and Mike Pence will be separated by a transparent plexiglass barrier to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission at Wednesday's vice presidential debate, according to the Associated Press.
The Democratic campaign requested the shield between the two candidates at their only vice presidential debate in Salt Lake City. The campaign aide was not authorized to discuss details publicly and spoke to the Associated Press on the condition of anonymity.
This debate comes soon after President Donald Trump was diagnosed with the coronavirus, setting a heightened concern about the vice-presidential contenders' meeting. The two will be seated more than 12 feet apart, according to someone familiar with the setup.
Southern California Pastor Greg Laurie of Harvest Christian Fellowship is joining a list that includes President Donald Trump and key White House contacts who contracted COVID-19 from a ceremony at the White House Rose Garden last month, according to the Associated Press.
The Riverside pastor said on Monday that he tested positive for the virus and is currently in quarantine, but that his symptoms are mild and expects to make a full recovery. A COVID-19 outbreak has sickened over a dozen Trump contacts after most attended the Sept. 26 Rose Garden ceremony formally announcing the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.
10:37 a.m.: Trump tweet angers some COVID-19 survivors
Some survivors of COVID-19 and people who have lost their loved ones to the pandemic are angry over President Donald Trump’s tweet advice not to fear the disease, according to the Associated Press.
On Monday, the president tweeted that he’s feeling great and that people shouldn’t let the fear of COVID-19 to dominate their lives. People like Seneca Nation member and New York resident Marc Papaj said it’s tough to follow through on the president’s advice when his mother, grandmother and aunt all succumbed to the virus. Papaj says his loss will, instead, forever dominate the rest of his life.
At least 210,000 Americans have died due to the virus since March of this year.
Monday, October 5
Darren Waller and several Las Vegas Raiders teammates have been fined for attending his charity event that violated COVID-19 protocols, according to the Associated Press.
A person familiar with the punishment says that Waller was fined $30,000, and nine of his teammates were docked $15,000 in pay for each of their actions at last week’s fundraiser for his foundation. This person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the league didn’t announce the punishments and fines.
NFL Network first reported the punishments.
Filipino and Filipino American nurses make up just 4% of the nursing workforce, but represent 30% of the total COVID-19 related deaths for nurses, according to The Mercury News.
In California, while about 20% of the nurse workforce identifies as Filipino, they represent 11 out of the 16 deaths due to the coronavirus, nearly 70%. Over 39,000 nurses have contracted COVID-19.
In the state, Filipino Americans total about 12% of all healthcare workers and 11% of healthcare support jobs. The group is overrepresented in lower-paid jobs in the medical field, often exposing them to higher risk positions such as working in intensive care or emergency rooms.
Often healthcare supporting jobs like assistants in nursing homes are vulnerable essential jobs with high amounts of coronavirus patients and little protective equipment to go around.
This November's election could test California's commitment to voting by mail.
While Californians have been voting by mail for years, not every county has fully embraced it. Counties like Los Angeles haven't fully adopted mail-in voting, while in March, over 75% of the ballots cast in the primary came from mail-in voting.
This year, every active registered voter will get a ballot in the mail at least 29 days before the election. State officials hope it will encourage more people to try mail-in voting to reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus.
To get more information on mail-in voting and to preview your ballot, visit CapRadio's Election 2020 Voter Guide.
Saturday, October 3
More than 16,000 Californians have now died due to COVID-19, according to figures from the state health department.
The California Department of Public Health reported 88 new deaths related to the disease Saturday, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic to 16,074 as of Oct. 2. In total, the state has recorded 819,436 positive cases of COVID-19.
Latino patients have accounted for 48.5% of COVID-19 deaths in California despite making up 39% of the population. People 65 years or older are 73.5% of deaths, and men account for 57%.
Data compiled by the Los Angeles Times also showed the state crossed the figure Friday.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom has delayed releasing reopening guidance for theme parks amid criticism from industry leaders on the state’s initial plans and mounting pressure to let these businesses resume.
State government spokesman Nathan Click told the Sacramento Bee that Newsom’s administration had planned to release the guidance on Friday. But following criticism of draft rules from amusement park leaders, state health officials said no announcement was immediately expected and that conversations with the industry were ongoing.
California has faced growing pressure to reopen theme parks from the industry and local officials worried about the economic impact of the pandemic on their communities.
Friday, October 2
Nevadans will be able to compete in recreational league sports again starting Saturday, after months of being shut down due to COVID-19.
Governor Steve Sisolak announced Friday that youth and adult teams will be allowed to meet again — but the new policy comes with some restrictions.
“Not all sports will be allowed under this directive,” Sisolak said. “Only minimal-contact and non-contact sports will be allowed.”
Baseball, soccer and swimming all made the cut, but not full-contact sports like football, boxing and basketball, which pose a greater threat for transmission.
Leagues will have to provide screening and temperature checks for athletes and spectators. And after a game is done, Sisolak asked everyone in attendance to leave immediately to reduce the risk of new infections.
Sisolak also appealed to non-players to demonstrate safe behavior at sporting events.
“The coaches and the parents are role models. They are not passive spectators,” he said. “If they wear masks, it’ll encourage everybody to wear their masks and I’m confident they will.”
The new policy doesn’t apply to high school or college sports, which have their own COVID-19 safety regulations.
While parts of Northern California are reopening their indoor dining, outdoor dining is still an essential way to address the restrictions while salvaging an important portion of the local economy. However, with wildfire season in full swing, the poor air quality over the region has made outdoor dining a difficult decision.
Some residents have found that they continue to eat outside, even with ashy skies.
Melissa and Tyler Williams, owners of the Ten Ten Room and Tank House BBQ and Bar, said that diners should pick restaurants they trust and give them a little slack.
“I would advise people to get out there… I feel safe,” Tyler Williams said. “I feel comfortable here and lots of other places. Just be patient and nice. You can’t go out expecting what was.”
On a less smoky Tuesday evening at Slim and Husky’s pizza, a newly opened spot in Sacramento’s Oak Park, Sahara White enjoyed her time outdoors.
“When they first opened back up …” White said. “I think just the excitement of being able to go back out and dine out in any sort of fashion was uplifting for me”
While the pandemic has damaged many businesses, some restaurants have taken to the streets and sidewalks to continue serving customers and bring a sense of normalcy.
Stockton residents who lost money in the pandemic due to loss of work, business shutdown or taking time off to care for a child may apply for a new financial support program offered by the city, even if they weren’t ever sick with COVID-19.
The city is offering the Essential Support Program through the CARES act for COVID-19 relief. Residents can apply on the city website if they have suffered losses and don’t exceed 100 of the area’s median income.
Connie Cochran with the city of Stockton said that anyone who has been a resident since Feb. 1 is eligible.
“If you’re struggling to pay for basic household needs, there’s help in this program, a thousand dollars for each eligible adult and it’s limited to 2-thousand dollars per household,” Cochoran said.
Cochran says people who applied for an earlier program for financial assistance with rent or mortgage payments are still eligible for this program as well.
California health officials have added a requirement into the state's COVID-19 reopening plan that large counties must address inequity in communities such as low-income, Black, Latino, Pacific Islander and essential workers before they can loosen restrictions.
The organization has found that these groups have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic, leading to a higher infection rate, more hospitalization and deaths.
The department found that there is a significant difference in test positivities between more and less advantaged neighborhoods in most counties. These differences also overlap with race and the possibility of being an essential employee.
Counties with a population greater than 106,000 must follow an equity metric to ensure that their most disadvantaged neighborhoods don’t lag behind. Counties with less than 106,000 residents must submit a plan that defines their disproportionately affected population and show plans to invest in at least interrupting disease transmission in these populations.
Some counties welcomed the news and said it would build on efforts underway. Supporters of a more rapid reopening criticized the measure.
Thursday, October 1
The nation’s two largest school districts are rolling out expensive and determined plans to test staff and students for COVID-19, according to the Associated Press.
New York City launched its program to start testing 10% to 20% of staff and students as the last group of the district’s more than 1 million students return to in-person learning today.
The Los Angeles public school district has unveiled a similar testing program costing $150 million. They are using this testing to determine if and when it’ll be safe for brick-and-mortar teaching.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently said that COVID-19 has been rising among school-aged children in the U.S. as many returned to classrooms.
Health officials across the country are telling Americans to get a flu shot this month to avoid the twin epidemic of COVID-19 and the flu, according to the Associated Press.
Europe is also encouraging its residents to get their flu shots as well. Manufacturers have produced a record number of doses, with as many as 198 million doses expected in the U.S.
Not all the vaccines will be shipped at once, and there are sporadic reports of pharmacy and clinics being temporarily out of stock.
Vaccine makers say the shipments are still coming. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention said that while demand may be high at the moment, don’t get frustrated if a local doctor's office or drugstore is out of stock, and keep trying.
Yolo County is offering free flu vaccines starting on Oct. 6 through Oct. 27 to help “Fight the Flu” this fall.
On Monday, Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a press conference update on COVID-19 that Californians should get the flu shot to help “mitigate what some have referred to as the twindemic,” which is a potential second wave of COVID-19 transmissions that happen concurrently.
Newsom said this possible twindemic would be “putting stress, putting pressure on our hospital system at the same time, draining resources and impacting the quality of care all of you deserve.”
Yolo County residents interested in getting a flu shot can either go to any of the seven currently planned locations across the county without an appointment or schedule one by calling (530) 666-8552. They can also visit their county’s website to get updated information on locations and times.
An ambitious international project to deliver a possible future coronavirus vaccine to the world’s most disadvantaged people is facing a potential shortage of money, cargo planes, refrigeration and vaccines, according to the Associated Press.
Even the recipients of the vaccines are becoming skeptical. One of the most substantial obstacles is that rich countries have locked up most of the world’s potential vaccine supply through all of 2021. Countries like the U.S. and others have refused to join the project, called Covax.
Harvard University Global Health Expert Alicia Yamin said she fears that the “window is closing” for Covax to be pulled off. She also said that developing countries “probably will not get vaccinated until 2022 or 2023.”
Wednesday, September 30
1:35 p.m.: California outdoor playgrounds can reopen
After months of being closed, outdoor playgrounds across California can now reopen, according to KPBS.
Many parents felt frustrated that bars and restaurants were opening, but outdoor playgrounds were still covered in tape and shut down, KPBS reported. For families looking to get back to the playground, there are a few new rules:
- Playtime is limited to 30 minutes per family
- Continue to keep a distance of 6 feet from other families and children
- People over the age of 2 must wear face masks
- No eating or drinking at the playground
- Handwashing before and after playing is recommended
Individual jurisdictions will make the final decisions on when to open.
Scientists are starting to unravel one of COVID-19’s scariest mysteries, according to the Associated Press.
Researchers have been questioning why only some people develop mild or no symptoms once infected, and others rapidly die. An international team of researchers found that in severe COVID-19 cases, the body goes rogue and attacks its own key immune defenses instead of targeting the virus.
This reaction happens to men more often than women. Separate research also suggests that children generally fare better than adults thanks to their still-robust “first responder” immune cells. As people age, these cells generally wane, which may cause severe COVID-19 illnesses in older adults.
The Walt Disney Co. plans to lay off 28,000 workers in both of their California and Florida theme parks. Due to pandemic restrictions, the company has been struggling with limits on park attendance, according to NPR.
Two-thirds of the planned layoffs are part-time workers, but the employees range from salaried to hourly positions. Disney closed their parks last spring as the pandemic gained steam and started spreading across the U.S.
While the Florida parks have reopened during the summer, the Anaheim, California parks have yet to reopen due to California’s COVID-19 tiered reopening plan.
Over 3,000 individual international studies are being conducted on COVID-19. People who are interested in volunteering to take medication or vaccinations for science can sign up at clinicaltrials.gov, according to the Associated Press.
Currently, older adults, people with severe illnesses and pregnant women are typically excluded from volunteering. Many mid-stage studies need a few hundred people as a baseline to collect more safety data. From there, final-stage studies commence, and scientists will need tens of thousands of volunteers that reflect a diverse population before medication or vaccination can get on the track to approval.
Several drug studies are running in California, including in Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Diego, Oakland, and Fullerton.
Tuesday, September 29
About 40,000 workers in the airline industry are facing layoffs on Thursday unless Congress comes up with another aid package, according to the Associated Press.
Many employees are worried about how they’ll pay for basics like food, mortgages, health insurance or rent. The original $25 billion aid package given to airliners at the start of the coronavirus pandemic prevented them from laying off workers, but that clause expires on Thursday.
Some airline workers are holding out hope that another agreement can still be reached. While Congress has been considering another round of airline aid for weeks, it’s been mixed into the debate over a more extensive national relief package.
After preying heavily on older adults in the spring, the coronavirus is infecting a rising number of American children and teens, according to the Associated Press.
Authorities say that this trend appears to be driven by school reopenings and the resumption of playdates, sports and other activities.
An American Academy of Pediatrics report released Tuesday shows children of all ages now make up 10% of all U.S. cases, up from 2% of cases in April. Another new government report says cases in school-aged children began rising in September.
The California National Guard will be operating a community-based COVID-19 pop-up testing site at the Valley-Hi Library in Elk Grove starting Wednesday.
The clinic will be open September 30 and October 1, with testing beginning at 8 a.m.
All tests will be done on a first-come-first-served basis until the daily capacity of 100 tests is reached. No appointments are necessary, and there are no prerequisites for testing, such as having symptoms. People interested in getting tested need to be 18 years or older, have a valid ID, and contact information for test results.
Results will be provided to residents within 3-5 business days after testing. The Sacramento County Public Health lab will be doing all of the coronavirus processing.
Future pop-up sites are planned, and locations will be assessed weekly. Location announcements will be posted on the Sacramento County testing page the day before the pop-up. Residents in the surrounding communities will also be notified via Next Door, Sacramento County social media, and community partners.
The Oakland African American Chamber of Commerce has raised $1 million to create a “resiliency fund” to help support Black-owned businesses stay afloat during the pandemic, according to the Associated Press.
This is one of several funds across the U.S., and it’s a nod to the disproportionate impact the virus has had on African American families and the difficulty Black businesses have in getting bank loans. The grants continue a tradition of Black people helping each other in times of need, says the chamber’s CEO, Cathy Adams.
Other community organizers in Portland, Oregon, have raised more than $1.7 million to help Black residents with rent, groceries and bills.
Gov. Gavin Newsom said on Monday that the state is showing some signs of a potential new uptick in COVID-19 cases, according to the Associated Press.
Newsom said this could prompt another shutdown of businesses and further delay school openings. While the number of positive cases in California has improved over the last few weeks, the governor is concerned about the “reproduction number” or “R number” in several highly-populated areas.
When the reproduction number is greater than one, that means the virus is spreading. The “R number” is very close to one in the San Francisco Bay area and parts of Southern California. Still, Newsom’s administration plans to lift more virus restrictions in some counties on Tuesday.
Monday, September 28
The city of Stockton along with a number of partners secured a $4.3 million grant from the state to provide a home for those with disabilities, mental and health challenges, and those who are among the hardest to house.
The location is a former 39-unit motel. Project Homekey will provide a permanent housing solution with the purchase and renovation of the Town Center Studios on North Wilson Way.
Mayor Michael Tubbs says it’s all part of the strategic plan.
“We don’t have enough places for people not be homeless and this grant through Project Homekey is a large step in that direction,” he said.
Continuum of Care Chairman John Mendelson says more projects like this one are still needed.
“Developing at least 200 more units of this type of housing with permanent supports for this population by the year 2025,” he said.
Nevada state health officials confirmed 373 new cases over the weekend that along with three additional deaths, bringing the statewide totals to 78,728 cases, and 1,585 known deaths since the pandemic began, according to the Associated Press.
A day earlier on Saturday, the state’s Department of Health services reported 602 new cases, the highest count since August 29, along with nine additional deaths.
Out of the nearly 79,000 Nevada cases, a majority have been in Clark County.
Since studies suggest that people can be asymptomatically infected, and many people have not yet been tested, the total number of infections is thought to be far higher.
Mild to moderate coronavirus symptoms such as fever and cough, generally clear up in two to three weeks, but in older adults and people with existing health problems, the virus can cause severe illnesses like pneumonia and death.
Over 23 “business navigators” across Sacramento County are being sent to restaurants, shops, and more to talk about distancing, masking and sanitizing, CapRadio's Sammy Caiola reports.
The neighbor-to-neighbor approach is the first step. County health officers and other officials may show up if that doesn't work.
"And in every single instance after we've talked with them and followed up, usually with an unannounced visit, they're usually following the guidelines," County Health Officer Dr. Peter Beilenson said. "We're finding (that) the education is making a big difference."
Community members say it took months of phone calls and speaking out at board meetings to get the county to invest in these diverse neighborhoods, leaving many other businesses to shutter their doors.
Folsom State Prison has reported its first inmate death related to COVID-19 as the virus rapidly spreads through the facility.
According to state data on COVID-19 in correctional facilities, the prison has reported 537 new COVID-19 cases in the past 14 days, including 491 inmates still in custody. le Sacramento Bee first reported the death of an inmate this weekend.
Overall, at least 1,245 inmates at Folsom State Prison have tested positive since the start of the pandemic, more than half of the 2,403 people currently incarcerated at the prison.
Sunday, September 27
California State University, Long Beach announced Saturday it would place all students who live on campus in quarantine after five students tested positive for COVID-19.
The university is also stopping in-person instruction for two weeks to allow for contact tracing and testing staff members who may have come in contact with the students. Facilities will also be cleaned and disinfected.
In a statement, CSULB President Jane Close Conoley said that university officials found out late Friday that some students had "congregated socially off campus earlier this month."
Saturday, September 26
2:33 p.m.: Sacramento Bee leaving downtown headquarters
The Sacramento Bee is leaving its downtown headquarters at 21st and Q Streets.
The paper made the announcement itself online and in Friday's print edition. The building has housed the Bee's offices, newsroom and printing press since May of 1952.
The departure will be gradual over the next year, with printing outsourced to vendors in Northern California. At least 200 production employees will lose their jobs when that happens.
The Bee says most of its reporters work from home in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and that will continue. When it is safe to do so, the paper reports, a new newsroom in a smaller, less expensive physical building will begin operations.
Friday, September 25
California has begun to see early but concerning upticks in coronavirus data after a period of decline.
California Health Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly said Friday the increases include the case rate, hospital emergency department visits for COVID-19 and new hospitalizations for confirmed or suspected cases. Ghaly says the trends appear largely attributable to the Labor Day holiday and could lead to an 89% increase in hospitalizations in the next month.
Ghaly noted the state is heading into another hot weekend which could increase people gathering with others. He urged renewed efforts to prevent spread.
California next year will close a Central Valley prison holding about 1,500 male inmates.
The decision announced Friday is Gov. Gavin Newsom's latest step to reduce the state's incarceration footprint partly in response to the coronavirus and massive related budget cuts.
Officials say shuttering the 67-year-old Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy will save about $182 million annually. A series of new laws and ballot measures over nearly a decade significantly shrunk what once was the nation's largest state prison population.
Newsom also approved the earlier releases of more than 10,000 inmates in response to the pandemic.
Elementary schools across the state have been applying for waivers to resume in-person teaching, but a picture of disparity is emerging, according to CalMatters.
At least 25% of California’s K-6 private-schools, totaling more than 500 schools, have had their waivers approved, versus only 1.6% of public schools, totaling around 120 schools. Ventura County Public Health Officer Dr. Rovert Levin says, “If we’re educating kids in private schools and not educating kids in public schools, then what’s going to come out of that is an education and class difference, ultimately.”
Reopening private schools has fewer obstacles than reopening public schools. Often, private institutions may not have teachers unions, or only have to get a buy-in from a smaller subset of their local community. As different counties move at different speeds through the coronavirus risk tier system, this could set off an imbalance in education, as some districts remain distance-learning.
The Sacramento Running Association announced today that they are canceling this year’s California International Marathon because of COVID-19.
Despite working on setting up health and safety protocols for the event, the association felt that the experience would have been too much of a departure from previous years.
"We know there has been an anxious strain on our registrants as we worked through our options," organizers wrote in a statement. " As one of the last events on the calendar, we felt like it was our responsibility to continue to ride the waves of change as a potential beacon of hope in what has been a volatile 2020."
Registrants who signed up back in April received a voucher code in their emails today that would allow them to sign up for free for any of the three races planned for 2021-2023.
With flu season arriving, California health officials are worried about a twin pandemic with COVID-19, according to the Associated Press. This year's flu season could overwhelm hospitals that are also dealing with coronavirus patients.
California Secretary of Health and Human Services Dr. Mark Ghaly joined with the heads of the state’s hospitals and medical associations in urging people to get the flu shot now. Ghaly said that while the state has seen progress in the recent weeks with a drop in positive COVID-19 cases, officials expect an uptick as the economy slowly opens.
The openings make it critical for hospitals to keep bed space available. Officials said hospitals in the state are currently treating 3,500 confirmed and suspected COVID-19 patients, of which about 30% are in intensive care units.
Thursday, September 24
5:15 p.m.: Pac-12 to start football season on Nov. 6
The Pac-12 is set to start up a six-game football regular season on Nov. 6.
The Pac-12’s CEO group of university presidents voted unanimously to lift a moratorium on athletic competition for schools and resume football and basketball. This means men’s and women’s basketball seasons can start on Nov. 25, in line with the NCAA’s recently announced opening date.
The conference’s football championship game will be held Dec. 18.
This move follows the Big Ten overturning its August decision to postpone its season until spring over concerns about playing through the pandemic.
California public health officials will now have the option to make their home addresses confidential. It’s part of an effort to protect these employees from hostile threats related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The state’s “Safe At Home” program was previously reserved for sexual assault and domestic violence survivors, victims of stalking, human trafficking or elder abuse and reproductive health care workers. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an order to allow health officials to access the program.
Kat Deburgh with the Health Officers Association of California says this is a necessary step.
“Health officers enter this field to protect people, and this new era of vitriol and partisanship have really changed things.”
She says 10 public health officials have resigned since the beginning of the pandemic. One of them was the health officer for Orange County, who stepped down following protests outside her home.
Trick-or-treating isn't recommended this Halloween, according to new guidelines released by the U.S.Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
le CDC has recently released information on activity risk levels of fall holidays, including Halloween, Día de los Muertos, and Thanksgiving. Some suggestions for lower-risk activities for Halloween include:
Doing Halloween scavenger hunts where children look for Halloween-themed decorations outside and from a distance around their neighborhood
Having a scavenger hunt-style trick-or-treat search with household members inside your home or in your backyard
Moderate risk activities include preparing Halloween goodie bags and placing them at the edge of a driveway or yard for neighborhood children to take them.
One of the highest risk activities is participating in traditional trick-or-treating and attending crowded indoor costume parties. The CDC recommends avoiding those to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
The CDC also has a list of recommendations on how to safely celebrate religious holidays this fall like Yom Kippur, Navratri, and Diwali.
Young children who had their preschool cut short in the springtime are being held out of kindergarten enrollment at a higher than average rate as many school districts begin the year online, according to the Associated Press.
This is raising concerns that the pandemic could have an outsized impact on the country’s youngest students. A University of Oregon survey found that this month, 17% of parents were delaying sending their children to kindergarten– a stark contrast to the typical yearly rate of 4%.
School districts in Los Angeles and Nashville, Tennessee, are among those reporting drops in enrollment.
Wednesday, September 23
Dr. Aimee Sisson, who resigned as public health officer and public health director for Placer County this month, will start as the health officer for Yolo County on Oct. 26.
Yolo County announced Wednesday that the county board of supervisors had approved Sisson for the position. Yolo’s former health officer retired in June.
Sisson left her post in Placer County after the board of supervisors there terminated their local public health emergency around COVID-19. Supervisors cited economic concerns, and wrote in a statement that, “the circumstances that led to proclaiming the original emergency no longer exist.”
Yolo County’s emergency order is still in place.
“I am leaving Placer County because it became clear that I could no longer be effective in my role,” Sisson said in a prepared statement about the move. “An important role of the health officer is to serve as an adviser to the Board of Supervisors. When a Board of Supervisors no longer seeks the advice of its health officer in making public health decisions, that health officer is ineffective.”
Several public health officers have resigned or retired during the pandemic, with experts saying burnout and conflict with government officials are major factors.
In Yolo County, Sisson will serve only as public health officer — in Placer County she was also the public health director. She wrote in her statement that no longer wearing “two hats” will allow her to “focus on health officer duties.”
She says the demographics of Yolo County create unique challenges that she’s ready to face, such as the prevalence of older adults, the large number of farmworkers and the presence of a large university.
“The County has responded well to these challenges and I have no doubt that we will continue to do so together,” she said.
Public health officers will likely continue to face public pressure to reopen as counties move to less restrictive orders under the state’s new tiered system.
Monday, about 100 demonstrators gathered outside Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak’s private home in Las Vegas to protest the state’s mask mandate, according to the Associated Press.
The political action committee No Mask Nevada planned the protest after Sisolak implemented the order, The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. The group ballooned to nearly 100 demonstrators after starting with a smaller gathering of about 50 people.
A member of the governor’s medical team, Brian Labus, says that surgical and cloth masks effectively reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Nevada has relied heavily on molecular tests to gauge the spread of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. As the federal government deploys 150 million antigen tests, the state is weighing how to best report data from different kinds of tests, according to The Associated Press.
Nevada is one of the more than 20 states that don’t report complete data on antigen tests to the public. Decisions over how to interpret the less reliable but faster tests could affect decisions about Nevada’s future pandemic directives, capacity limits on public places, business closures and the face-covering mandate.
Tuesday, September 22
California nail salons Tuesday joined barbershops and hair salons in being able to operate indoors with modifications no matter what COVID-19 tier their county is in.
"Understanding the number of steps they can take to make a lower risk environment for both staff and customers with some new addition to that sector guidance and how to set up operations in a way that is lower risk," state Health and Human Services Director Mark Ghaly said.
But Ghaly cautioned that California’s reopening must remain slow and stringent and residents cannot let their guard down as flu season arrives and cases rise in Europe and other parts of the U.S.
Frustrated business owners, including operators of Disneyland, are pushing for a broader and swifter reopening plan. The state has had more than 15,000 deaths and 780,000 confirmed cases, the most cases in the country.
Some Northern California counties have moved into a lower COVID-19 risk tier in the state’s color-coded system, according to data released by the California Department of Public Health.
El Dorado, Lassen, and Nevada counties all moved from tier two, representing a substantial risk level, to tier three, lowering the risk level to moderate.
In tier three, these counties can slowly open up more businesses like bars, distilleries, and indoor playgrounds with modifications. Solano County has moved to tier two from tier one, while other counties like Butte, Glenn and Sacramento are still in tier one with widespread risk.
The NFL has fined several coaches $100,000 and their teams $250,000 each after they ignored a warning that they had to cover their noses and mouths throughout games.
The guidance on face coverings came in a strongly-worded memo from Executive Vice President of Football Operations Troy Vincent, encouraging coaches and teams to heed the warning lest they put the fledgling season at risk during the coronavirus outbreak.
While players have been taking daily COVID-19 tests, and the teams are going to great lengths to make sure they play this season, coaches have been defying the face-covering mandates.
The U.S. men’s soccer team’s October matches are canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The team will be limited to a maximum of three games in 2020, the fewest since 1987.
The U.S. Soccer Federation is attempting to schedule a pair of friendly matches instead for Europe in November. The team has only played one match this year against Costa Rica on February 1, in Carson, California. The score was 1-0, with the U.S. men’s team winning.
World Cup qualifying was rescheduled to start in June 2021, but CONCACAF said it will be postponed again.
Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak says he doesn’t plan to take back $8.9 million in coronavirus relief dollars that the state allocated to Douglas County, despite local officials previously agreeing to allow President Donald Trump to host a campaign rally earlier this month, according to the Associated Press.
Nevada provided those relief funds on the condition that the county enforces statewide directives, including limiting public gatherings to 50 people. Douglas County officials said they weighed First Amendment concerns with state directives before deciding to allow the rally, which jeopardized the funds.
Sisolak said he ultimately chose not to rescind the funds and not punish residents for their officials’ decisions.
Monday, September 21
A coronavirus outbreak at a college has pushed one of California's largest counties to the brink of more business shutdowns.
It's a dizzying and discouraging turn of events for San Diego County and its 3.3 million residents. Less than a month ago, San Diego was the only county in Southern California to advance to a second tier in the state’s four-tiered reopening template for counties. But more than 800 cases at San Diego State University changed the outlook.
On Tuesday, the state will update the state's reopening situation and it's expected San Diego will fall back to the most restrictive tier. Among other things, that means restaurants couldn't offer indoor dining.
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit from President Donald Trump's reelection campaign challenging Nevada's new vote-by-mail law.
Trump's campaign filed lawsuits in several states over voting rules and had asked the judge to block a new Nevada law that calls for mail-in ballots to automatically be sent to all active voters, a change prompted by the coronavirus. The campaign has argued the law is unconstitutional.
The judge says the Trump campaign made allegations that were policy disagreements but did not show any constitutional harms.
1:38 p.m.: Nevada COVID-19 cases near 76,000
Nevada state health officials reported 385 new positive COVID-19 cases and three additional deaths, according to the Associated Press. This news increases the statewide totals to 75,804 cases and 1,531 deaths since the pandemic began.
The state’s Department of Health Services officials say that nearly 64,000 cases have been in Clark County, which includes Las Vegas. The AP analyzed data from John Hopkins University that showed the seven-day rolling averages of daily new cases and deaths in Nevada have been declining over the past two weeks.
The infection number is thought to be much higher because many people have not been tested and others may be asymptomatic carriers.
Despite three quarters of the country’s movie theaters reopening, Americans aren’t interested in movie night, even with newly released films, according to the Associated Press.
Big studio releases like Warner Bros.’ “Tenet”, Disney’s “The New Mutants”, and Sony’s “The Broken Hearts Gallery” have all continued to limp along. Disney’s “Mulan” plunged 72% in its second weekend in China due to audiences mostly rejecting the live-action remake.
California will not be processing new unemployment claims for the next two weeks as the state works out a plan to tackle the backlog of nearly 600,000 claims and prevent fraud, according to the Associated Press.
The pause was announced on Saturday. Backlogged unemployment claims have not been processed for more than 21 days due to outdated technology converging with the state’s unprecedented wave of new claims. Statewide, more than 2 million people are out of work.
Sunday, September 20
California’s death count from the coronavirus has surpassed 15,000 even as the state saw widespread improvement in infection levels.
A tally by Johns Hopkins University put California’s death toll at 15,026 on Sunday, the fourth highest in the country.
New York has suffered by far the most deaths — 33,081 — followed New Jersey, which has about half as many. Texas is third.
California has had the most confirmed virus cases in the country with about 775,000 but key indicators have fallen dramatically since a spike that started after Memorial Day weekend prompted statewide shutdowns of businesses.
Saturday, September 19
California's unemployment rate fell to 11.4% in August. The Employment Development Department says the state added 102,000 jobs last month. Most of those were government positions, including temporary positions for the U.S. Census.
California lost more than 2.6 million jobs in March and April because of the coronavirus. The state has regained nearly a third of those jobs. But experts warn other indicators show the state's economy has stalled with no quick recovery in sight.
Restaurants and other hospitality businesses have been the hardest hit. The industry lost another 14,600 jobs in August with coronavirus restrictions still in place across much of the state.
Northern Nevada schools reopened last month, with some students on campus and others online. Since then, COVID-19 cases have been climbing among students and staff.
So far, 27 students and 17 staff members in Washoe County School District have tested positive.
Superintendent Kristen McNeill says many of those cases are no longer active.
But district staff are working with public health officials to provide contact tracing in the schools where cases have appeared.
"We’re in contact with them on a daily basis," McNeil said. "They have diverted resources to pediatric contact tracing and then we actually have employed two employee health nurses to help on the staff side."
McNeill says it doesn’t appear community transmission is happening on campuses. About a third of district students are enrolled in full-time distance learning.
Friday, September 18
Unemployment in the Sacramento area is still high compared to last year at this time, before the pandemic.
Numbers out Friday show the jobless rate was 9.4 % in August, up about 5.5 percentage points from August of last year. But that 9.4% is down from July's rate of 11.6%.
"We did see a decline in the number of unemployed from July to August," said Cara Welch with the state Employment Development Department. "We are gaining some of the jobs back that were lost during the month of April when the unemployment rate drastically increased. So we are seeing a rebound of some of those jobs."
Including sectors like government, which gained 7,000 jobs; professional and business services, which saw a month-over increase of 2,500 positions; and health and education services, which gained 1,200 jobs.
California schools that haven’t resumed in-person instruction will not be allowed to do so if the counties where they are located are moved to a more restrictive tier due to rising virus cases.
The state says K-12 schools can reopen in a county once it has been moved out of the most restrictive purple tier — which signals widespread virus transmission — for two weeks.
A recent rise in coronavirus cases tied to San Diego State University could push San Diego County to the most restrictive tier when the state’s color-coded system for business reopenings is updated next week. Some districts there had set campus return dates in the coming weeks.
Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill into law on Thursday that will require employers to alert their employees if they've been potentially exposed to COVID-19 while at work, according to The Sacramento Bee.
AB 685 requires employers to provide a written notice to employees and subcontractors instructing them to self-isolate after potential exposure from a co-worker that either tested positive for COVID-19 or has been instructed to self-isolate.
The notice must be delivered within one business day after finding out about a potential infection.
The pastor of a San Francisco Bay Area church that racked $112,000 in fines for defying the local public health order by holding indoor services has begun holding services in the church parking lot.
KGO-TV reports Pastor Jack Trieber of the 3,000-seat North Valley Baptist Church in Santa Clara said he will hold services outdoors until health officials give the green light to indoor services. County officials told the television station there were no plans to forgive the fines and that the county’s enforcement action was over because the church was complying.
Thursday, September 17
California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed two bills into law that are aimed at protecting workers from the coronavirus.
One of them makes people who have the coronavirus eligible for workers compensation benefits. Another requires companies to warn their employees if they have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for the virus.
Business groups opposed both laws, calling them vague and unworkable. Newsom said Thursday that the laws prioritize the state's workforce. He signed them during a Zoom call with supporters.
The workers compensation law takes effect immediately. The notification law takes effect on Jan. 1.
Every county in California is in the process of trying to reopen as the threat of COVID-19 lingers. But the new state way of getting to a place of reopening is a four-tiered approach marked by colors.
Purple indicates the most risk and yellow the least. Each tier represents a level of how open businesses can be.
Sacramento County Public Health Officer Dr. Olivia Kasirye says the county could be leaving the purple tier around the middle of October. The county is reporting 9 cases per 100,000 residents each day, and must improve that to seven before the state will change its status.
“At the rate that we've been going, we feel that we can make that within the next couple of weeks. And our positivity rate is at 5.7%," Kasirye said. "And so we have hit the mark to be able to move into tier two."
About 16 counties are in the second tier, 10 in the third and only two counties have minimal risk: Alpine and Mono counties.
Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak asked in a letter to Vice President Mike Pence why President Donald Trump’s campaign went against federal guidelines on public gatherings by holding two rallies in the state last weekend.
Previously Sisolak has used a moderate tone with the White House and its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. This letter reflected a departure from that.
Sisolak also said Wednesday that state officials would review Nevada’s 50-person cap on public gatherings and 50% capacity limit on businesses, including casinos.
On Wednesday, the state reported 208 new confirmed coronavirus cases and 12 deaths, bringing the state’s total number of deaths up to 1,494.
Gov. Gavin Newsom announced yesterday that California’s coronavirus caseload is down another 15% this week. The state’s test positivity rate is the lowest it’s been since May at 3.6%, while hospital and ICU rates are down 22%.
The governor warns that this good news doesn’t warrant a more relaxed attitude with mask-wearing or physical distancing, because the case numbers could go up again.
However, the state is continuing to allow some significant reopenings, including some in sports. Newsom said that Pac-12 football could start up again, with restrictions.
Wednesday, September 16
California officials say the state won't consider removing college students’ virus cases from a county’s data because they are part of a community and can contribute to the spread of the illness.
The issue arose as San Diego County has seen more than 700 cases among college students and others that have helped drive up infections. The county's chief administrative officer has said she would ask the state to exclude San Diego State University cases from its count, but Gov. Gavin Newsom says he's not considering that.
While California has seen virus infections slow in recent weeks, San Diego County has recorded a recent increase, which could lead to additional restrictions.
Any plans for the Pac-12 to join the Big Ten in returning to football are on hold due to health policies in two states within the conference.
The Big Ten changed course and said it will begin an eight-game football schedule on Oct. 23. The Pac-12 has also reconsidered starting its football season this fall, but does not have approval from state and local health officials in California and Oregon to start contact practices.
On Wednesday California Gov. Gavin Newsom said state regulations do not prevent college football from starting.
“There's nothing in our guidelines that prevent these games from occurring,” Newsom said. "There’s nothing in the guidelines saying the Pac-12 cannot move forward.”
The Pac-12 has announced a partnership that would give the conference’s schools the capacity to perform daily, rapid COVID-19 tests on athletes.
The U.S. government is drafting a plan on how to make the future COVID-19 vaccines free to all Americans.
At the same time, top government health officials are being asked to answer on any political interference in government scientific information. The Associated Press reports that there may be an accompanying “playbook” for different localities and states.
Federal health agencies and the Defense Department have a rough timeline for the vaccine program to start gradually in January 2021 or later this year, if available. According to an AP poll conducted earlier this year, only about half of Americans said they would get a shot.
Tuesday, September 15
A Fresno County judge has ordered classrooms closed at a private school that has defied state and local health orders aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus.
The ruling Tuesday marked a legal victory for Fresno County health officials, who had unsuccessfully ordered Immanuel Schools last month to stop in-person instruction. The K-12 Christian school, with about 600 students, reopened its campus on Aug. 13.
It argued that parents should decide if their children attend school and claimed students had achieved herd immunity. The judge said the school operating poses “irreparable harm" to the community during the pandemic.
California fitness centers have filed a lawsuit alleging Gov. Gavin Newsom’s measures aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus unfairly target the industry and are demanding they be allowed to reopen.
Scott Street, a lawyer for the California Fitness Alliance, said Tuesday that the suit was filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court. It accuses state and Los Angeles County officials of requiring gyms to close without providing evidence that they contribute to virus outbreaks and at a time when staying healthy is critical to residents.
A message seeking comment was sent to the California Department of Public Health.
Over the past week, California’s COVID-19 test positivity rate was 3.5%, the lowest it’s been since data reporting started in March, according to the Los Angeles Times. August’s positivity rate was nearly twice as high.
Some health officials believe that the lower rate could be attributed to fewer people getting tested during the wildfires, and a possible yet-to-be-seen transmission surge after Labor Day weekend.
“We are, in fact, somewhat challenged about getting good data because we’ve had both extreme heat and we’ve had the fires that have created unhealthy air conditions,” said the Director of Los Angeles County’s Department of Public Health Barbara Ferrer. “What that’s led to, unfortunately, is a lot less testing.”
After last weekend’s Nevada rally for President Donald Trump, health officials say they expect to see growth in their state’s coronavirus cases, according to the Presse associée.
Trump’s rallies in Minden and Henderson both violated the state’s 50-person cap on events. Thousands of mostly mask-less supporters attended both, with the Henderson rally being held indoors. This is the first rally Trump has held indoors since his one in Tulsa, Oklahoma in June. Health officials say that a surge of cases soon after was “likely contributed” by the rally.
As of Monday, Nevada had reported 73,814 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, and 1,456 deaths.
Monday, September 14
Starting this week, inmates at Folsom State Prison who test positive for COVID-19 will no longer be counted into the city of Folsom’s COVID-19 case count, according to Sacramento County Public Health.
Instead, inmates who have tested positive will be counted as cases in the unincorporated area of the county.
This change led to a drop in the number of cumulative cases reported in Folsom since the start of the pandemic on Monday, and an increase in the number of cumulative cases reported in the county’s unincorporated areas. Because of this change, Folsom went from having 727 cumulative cases reported as of September 11 to having 355 cumulative cases as of September 14.
Folsom State Prison reported an outbreak of COVID-19 in August, which was the largest outbreak in the state’s prison system at the time with 224 inmates actively infected.
Adults who tested positive for COVID-19 were about twice as likely to have dined at a restaurant within the two-week period before getting sick than those who tested negative, a new study from the CDC shows.
NPR reported that the study found that people who tested positive and those who tested negative had gone to shops, hair salons, in-home group gatherings, and the gym at around the same rate. However, those who tested positive reported having dined out at a restaurant in the two weeks before getting sick at a higher rate than those who tested negative.
The study doesn’t differentiate between outdoor or indoor dining.
“Masks cannot be effectively worn while eating and drinking, whereas shopping and numerous other indoor activities do not preclude mask use,” CDC researchers wrote.
President Donald Trump held an indoor rally this weekend in a Nevada warehouse in defiance of state and federal health regulations and guidelines, according to the Associated Press.
This is his first indoor rally since a rally in June in Tulsa, Oklahoma that was blamed for a surge of COVID-19 infections.
At Sunday’s indoor rally, the president told his nearly mask-less packed crowd that the nation was “making the last turn” in defeating the virus. The president made no early mention at the rally that the pandemic was still claiming 1,000 lives a day and has killed nearly 200,000 Americans.
Sunday, September 13
11:00 a.m.: California now has nearly 755,000 COVID-19 cases
Selon le California Department of Public Health, California has 754,923 confirmed cases to date.
On Saturday, there were 4,625 newly recorded confirmed cases.
There have been 14,329 COVID-19 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
Saturday, September 11
11:00 a.m.: Giants postpone two games after positive test
Friday night’s game between the San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres was postponed minutes before the scheduled first pitch after someone in the Giants organization tested positive for COVID-19.
Saturday night's game also was called off at Petco Park.
This was the first postponement for both teams due to COVID-19. There have been 45 games in the majors postponed this season because of coronavirus concerns.
Friday, September 11
Sacramento County has now recorded more than 20,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic, including 350 deaths.
The county remains in the most-restrictive tier of the state's new COVID-19 reopening plan. In the past week Sacramento has recorded 9.3 cases per 100,000 residents. It would need to improve to less than 7 for at least three weeks in order to move to a new tier.
While the majority of people who have died have been older than 80, residents in their 20's are more likely to contract the virus. One out of every five people infected with the virus in Sacramento County have been between 20-29 years old.
Of cases where the race and ethnicity of the victim are known, 33% are hispanic or latino, compared to 23% for the county population as a whole.
A Nevada state coronavirus oversight panel says bars have to remain closed in Las Vegas, but can reopen in Pahrump and will be allowed to open next week in the Reno area.
The COVID-19 task force cited a falling number of virus cases in Nye County for the Pahrump decision. Re-openings in Washoe County will begin next Thursday, subject to approval of enforcement measures for face coverings and a 50% capacity.
About 30 local bar owners formed the Washoe County Bar/Taproom Coalition and agreed to comprehensive operating standards. The task force says Washoe County's positivity rate is below 10% and trending downward.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed emergency legislation requiring paid sick time for more workers in the state exposed to COVID-19.
As an urgency measure, it goes into law immediately, according to the Sacramento Business Journal. Full-time workers in companies with 500 or more employees will be guaranteed two weeks of paid sick pay if they’re exposed.
The governor’s office says this bill fills in the gaps between a previously signed executive order and federal paid sick leave policy. Groups affected by this new law include employers with over 500 employees, food sector workers, and both public and private first responders and health care workers not previously covered by their employer under federal law.
The new bill also creates a pilot family leave medication program for small businesses and prohibits employees from pursuing civil action against a company until they complete mediation with the State Department of Fair Employment and Housing.
Thursday, September 10
California’s typical turnaround time for coronavirus tests has dropped to less than two days.
State health officials said Thursday that level allows for effective isolation and quarantine of those who are infected to limit the spread.
Health officials said two-thirds of the test results are now available within one day, and nearly 90% within two days. That's down from as many as seven business days last month.
Improvements in capacity and turnaround will allow the state to soon begin what is commonly called surveillance testing.
California State University says classes at its 23 campuses will stay primarily online when the next term begins in January due to expected increases in coronavirus cases later this year.
Chancellor Timothy White informed faculty, staff and 480,000 undergraduate students of the decision Thursday. White says the decision was based on factors like the need to publicize course offerings and enroll students for the next term as well as forecasts that infections will spike this winter.
He also cited “an insufficient testing and contact-tracing infrastructure” as reasons for continuing the next term virtually.
Due to the impacts of wildfires in the area, Butte County is temporarily allowing restaurants to resume indoor dining services.
Restaurants that open indoors can only operate at 25% capacity and must place tables 6 feet apart. Servers and customers must also wear face coverings.
Once the air quality has improved, restaurants will be required to go back to only operating outdoors, per state COVID-19 guidelines.
Around 20,000 people were asked to evacuate Tuesday night into Wednesday when the Bear Fire, part of the North Complex, grew by 97,000 acres in a single day. Three people have died in the fires.
The hope that a fall football season might happen for the Pac-12 may be premature, despite the conference’s recent announcement of their ability to rapidly test athletes, according to the Associated Press.
Due to a patchwork of local regulations, navigating the coronavirus has been uneven among the league’s athletic programs. There are also internal disagreements about whether student athletes’ test results should be made public.
Other football conferences are facing similar unanswered questions as the football season gets closer to resuming.
Wednesday, September 9
President Donald Trump's plans to hold weekend rallies in Reno and Las Vegas are in jeopardy after local officials warned they would violate Nevada's ban on gatherings of more than 50 people because of the coronavirus.
Trump's Nevada campaign co-chair Adam Laxalt said in a Twitter post today that both events to be held at airport hangars Saturday in Reno and Sunday in Las Vegas had been canceled.
The Nevada Independent reported that Reno airport officials warned a company that planned to host the rally at a private hangar that it would be in violation of both the state's virus restrictions and the lease of the hangar.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom is criticizing the organizers of a state-permitted religious rally at the Capitol building in downtown Sacramento this past Sunday.
A California Highway Patrol spokesperson said the event was permitted for up to 1,000 participants, but the agency estimates up to 3,000 people attended.
Video shows most attendees packed together and not wearing masks. Public health guidelines require mask wearing when social distancing is not possible — even outdoors.
“It does not help to have thousands and thousands of people not practicing physical distancing or social distancing, not wearing masks, in fact, quite the contrary,” Newsom said in a news conference Tuesday. “Quite literally, someone could lose their lives. And I know that’s not the intent of anyone who organizes these events, but it may be the outcome.”
Newsom says he is looking into the incident, and CHP says it will review its permitting guidelines.
Tuesday, September 8
California Gov. Gavin Newsom has relaxed coronavirus restrictions in five more counties.
As of Tuesday, Amador, Orange, Placer, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties each moved to a less restrictive classification in the state's new tiered system. The announcement means the state has now eased restrictions for more than 8 million people living in three of the state's most populous counties — San Diego, Orange and Santa Clara.
Hospitalizations are down 24% over the past two weeks. But the Newsom administration is taking it slow by requiring counties to meet benchmarks for two consecutive weeks before they can be upgraded.
As of Tuesday, 33 of the state's 58 counties are listed in the top tier of the state's coronavirus tracking system.
Sacramento County says it has substantially improved turnaround time for coronavirus testing. Dr. Olivia Kasirye is the county public health officer. She says testing hit a wall a few months ago.
“There were not enough appointments available, and also there was a very long turnaround time for results," Kasirye said. "As long as 7 to 9 days in some situations.”
She said a national shortage of supplies contributed to the breakdown. Now, the county aims to return results in 24 to 72 hours.
Kasirye said a recent partnership with biomedical company StemExpress has allowed the county to increase capacity at its ten testing sites. There are also plans to extend hours of operation in September.
As the pandemic enters its sixth month in the United States, mental health conditions are rising. A new bill on California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk would dramatically expand what insurance companies have to cover.
“It’s a problem that existed before COVID, and COVID has made it worse, by exacerbating depression, anxiety…” said Democratic Sen. Scott Wiener of San Francisco, who authored the bill. “We are seeing people who were in recovery from addiction who are now falling off the wagon relapsing.”
The state already requires health insurers to cover treatment for some mental health conditions, but critics say that many conditions are left out of coverage.
Insurance companies and business groups both oppose the expansion. The insurance companies claim that this bill would put too much extra strain on an already burdened healthcare system, especially in rural areas. Business groups, however, argue that the expansion would raise premiums for employers.
Monday, September 7
This Labor Day weekend, health officials across California are asking residents to avoid large gatherings, practice social distancing and hopefully avoid another holiday spike in COVID-19 cases like the state saw following Memorial Day and July Fourth.
“We are all tempted to get together with family and friends for cookouts and Labor Day celebrations, but caving into that temptation could turn deadly, especially for our parents, grandparents and friends who might be more susceptible to the virus,” Acting State Public Health Officer Dr. Erica Pan said.
Nevada officials, including Gov. Steve Sisolak, are also pleading with residents to avoid large gatherings over the holiday.
Sacramento County’s Department of Regional Parks released recommendations for preventing the spread of COVID-19 this weekend for anyone choosing to visit the region’s parks:
Maintaining at least six-foot social distancing from individuals who are not part of the same household or living unit
Frequently washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or using hand sanitizer that is recognized by the CDC as effective in combating COVID-19
Covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or fabric or, if not possible, into the sleeve or elbow (but not into hands)
Avoiding all social interactions outside the household when sick with a fever or cough.
Saturday, September 5
12:43 p.m.: California now has over 727,000 COVID-19 cases
Selon the California Department of Public Health, the state now has a total of 727,239 positive cases.
There were 4,956 newly recorded confirmed cases of COVID-19 on September 4.
There have been a total of 13,643 deaths in the state.
Friday, September 4
Officials in Reno-Sparks announced a new COVID-19 tracking tool that shows the risk of community spread on a daily basis with the hope that it will lower the risk of transmission by giving residents an easier to read summary of the pandemic.
le Truckee Meadows COVID Risk Meter weighs five different statistics: requests for COVID-19 tests, the rate of new infections, test positivity rate, hospitalizations and hospital capacity.
Jeremy Smith, director of the Truckee Meadows Regional Planning Agency, volunteered to create the risk meter by using his background in data analysis.
“What our model is trying to do is add it up,” he said. “Are all of these things up at the same time? And if they are then we should be thinking as a community about altering our behavior to bring them back down.”
Sparks City Councilman Kristopher Dahir said the meter will be a “tool of hope,” by making COVID-19 updates more digestible than the more complex data dashboards offered by the state and Washoe County.
“It gives us the ability to see what’s happening and not surprise us so much,” he said.
Woodland Christian School in Yolo County has been granted a waiver to reopen in-person instruction for students. It’s the first elementary school in Yolo County to be approved for this waiver.
Schools in counties on the state’s COVID-19 watch list had to apply for a waiver from local public health authorities in order to do in-person learning. Yolo County had been on the watch list since July 8. The waiver is only applicable for grades TK-6.
The watchlist has since been replaced by the state's new tier system, which places Yolo County in the most-restrictive tier.
Woodland Christian School has made multiple changes to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including hiring extra staff, creating protocol for responding to staff or students who get COVID-19, implementing necessary health and safety measures and developing outdoor instruction space, according to the county.
Yolo County has also received six other waiver applications that are currently being considered.
The U.S. unemployment rate fell considerably in August from 10.2% to 8.4%, the Associated Press reports.
Despite this fall, hiring slowed down in August as employers added the fewest jobs since the pandemic began. According to the Labor Department, employers added 1.4 million jobs in August, down from 1.7 million in July. Only about half of the 22 million jobs lost during the pandemic have been recovered.
With Labor Day this weekend, Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak is pleading with residents to avoid large gatherings in celebration of the holiday.
During a Thursday afternoon news conference, the governor said that residents should forgo barbecues and parties with neighbors, friends, and people outside of their immediate family. Sisolak said these potential gatherings could drive the “single most expansive spread” of COVID-19.
Thursday, September 3
Butte County is dealing with a large increase in COVID-19 cases.
The County's public health department reports the biggest rise in numbers among people ages 18-to-24 living near the Chico State campus. Of the 557 positive cases from August 24-31, around 78% were 18-to-24 year olds.
While Butte County’s Public Health agency says it can't confirm all the cases were college students, the increase coincides with the start of classes. Butte CountyPublic Health Director Dannette York said the county will remain in the state’s most restrictive coronavirus category unless everyone is taking precautions.
“If college-age individuals do not join the fight and follow those mitigation efforts, or non-pharmaceutical interventions, of social distancing and wearing face coverings, then our cases will continue to climb and we will stay in this most restrictive tier,” York said.
Meanwhile, Chico State has revised reopening plans to move to fully online courses for the rest of the fall semester. It also required most students living in campus housing to move out of their dorm rooms and apartments.
Athletics right-hander Daniel Mengden has tested positive for the coronavirus.
He is asymptomatic but is quarantined at home in Houston, where he received the result. The A’s had a three-game series at Seattle postponed as well as last Sunday’s scheduled series finale at Houston, where the A’s learned of the single positive test.
Oakland general manager David Forst says Mengden was placed on the 10-day injured list. The A’s have added new left-hander Mike Minor to the 40-man roster. He was acquired in a trade with the Texas Rangers.
The Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley church in rural Nevada is again trying to persuade the 9th U.S. Circuit of Appeals that the state’s 50-person cap on religious gatherings is unconstitutional, the Associated Press reports.
The church filed new briefs with the court Wednesday after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to suspend the restrictions in a 5-4 decision in July. They argue that parishioners’ religious freedoms are being violated, and that the cap on religious gatherings while allowing Nevada’s casinos to operate at 50% capacity puts profits ahead of the First Amendment.
California lawmakers are looking into possible fraud at the Employment Development Department, according to the Los Angeles Times. Some Californians have been concerned about fraud after receiving letters from the EDD addressed to strangers.
The letters are addressed to unrelated people and often come with debit cards loaded with cash. California residents aren’t the only ones receiving letters from EDD; some former residents in states like Florida and Connecticut have also been receiving letters for claims they didn’t file.
The EDD declined to comment on the number of fraudulent cases being investigated. These concerns come as Californians across the state have been left without crucial joblessness benefits after frustrating experiences with the EDD.
San Diego State University has halted in-person classes after county health officials found 64 confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 among students at the university, according to the Associated Press. The case count includes students living both on and off-campus.
Over 200 courses, including some lab classes, have been suspended for a month and will move to a virtual format. On-campus housing will remain open.
California State University, Chico also moved classes online this week.
Wednesday, September 2
As of Sept. 2, at least 304 Sacramento County residents have died of complications from COVID-19 since the pandemic began earlier this year.
More than half of these people, 176, were residents of the city of Sacramento. There have been 18,413 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Sacramento County.
For more information on the numbers of confirmed cases and deaths in every California county, see our COVID-19 tracker.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is getting heat over a solo hair salon visit in San Francisco at a time when California businesses are limited by concern over coronavirus. But she says she was complying with the rules as presented to her by the salon.
Footage aired by Fox News Channel shows Pelosi, her mask around her neck rather than on her face, walking through the establishment. A stylist follows her wearing a mask.
The salon owner said she rents chairs to stylists, and one let her know that Pelosi wanted a wash and a blow dry. Outdoor haircuts are allowed, but indoor salons have not reopened.
Since April, California has provided temporary housing for 22,000 people in a program created to get the state’s unhoused population in rooms amid the pandemic. But the focus needs to shift, Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a press conference Wednesday.
“That was an emergency response,” Newsom said. “Now we need a permanent response, and I’ve long believed that homelessness is solved by permanent, supportive housing.”
Newsom says “Roomkey” is now merging into “Homekey,” a partnership with state and local governments to spend $600 million to buy hotels, motels and apartment buildings statewide by the end of this calendar year.
Cities, counties, local housing agencies and tribal authorities have until September 29 to apply for the funding. Only $50 million of the “Homekey” money comes from the state’s General Fund. The extra $550 million comes from federal coronavirus relief funds which must be spent by the end of the year.
Watch Gov. Newsom's full press conference here.
After five months of being closed to the public, the Monterey Bay Aquarium is facing a projected loss of $45 million this year, according to Yahoo News.
Furloughs and layoffs have affected 220 of their 580 employees. Since the nonprofit has over 500 employees, the aquarium did not qualify for the Paycheck Protection Program, a forgivable coronavirus loan through the federal government.
The aquarium has had to scale back their conservation work, like reducing plastic pollution and climate change, due to its scaled back budget.
A grand reopening was planned for July 9, but it was cancelled a few days before because Monterey County had just been placed on the state’s COVID-19 watchlist.
August was the deadliest month for COVID-19 in California, according to the Los Angeles Times.
There have now been more than 700,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, the highest number of total cases for any state in the U.S. California also reported 3,745 deaths connected to COVID-19 in August, an increase of 18% over July.
Despite this, adjusted for population, California’s case count is smaller than 20 other states, including Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and other Southern states, according to federal data.
While deaths have been increasing, hospitalizations peaked in late July, hitting 3,940 this week. Gov. Gavin Newsom recently launched a new tiered plan to open up the California economy. Hair salons and barbershops are allowed to open again for indoor services, as are malls and other retail at 25% capacity.
Yolo County residents can get a free COVID-19 test at Madison Town Hall in Madison on Wednesday, Sept. 2 from 4-7 p.m.
The free testing site is for Yolo County residents only, and people must show a document with their name and address — such as mail, a bill or a driver’s license — to be served.
The site is first come, first served and all ages are welcome. Registration is recommended, not required, to get tested, but registering does not guarantee a test or a time slot.
Tuesday, September 1
California has inked a $15 million deal with a software company to develop a new COVID-19 tracking system.
The announcement Tuesday came about a month after the state said its current system had undercounted confirmed cases. The problem had serious implications, since the state uses those numbers to make decisions about reopening businesses and schools.
Officials say the deal with Minnesota-based OptumInsight Inc. will allow the state to better track the spread of the virus. California has more confirmed cases than any other state. But recent trends show those numbers dropping, and the percentage of positive tests is also declining.
El Dorado County could move from the state’s “substantial” coronavirus risk category to the lower “moderate” one in the week of Sept. 21.
To move down, the county needs to stay below four new cases per day on average and keep a test positivity rate below 5% over the next 14 days, according to El Dorado County Public Health.
In assigning El Dorado County to the substantial tier, the second-most serious in the new system, the state used the county’s data from the week of August 5-11. Counties have to remain in their assigned tier for three weeks before moving to a less restrictive one. Then, the county can move as long as the number of cases and the test positivity rate meet the less restrictive tier’s requirement in the two most recent weeks.
“El Dorado County’s numbers in the two criteria the State is currently using to determine reopening have been trending relatively lower over the last two weeks,” El Dorado County Public Health Officer Dr. Nancy Williams said in a news release. “The best and easiest way to help ensure we move to the Orange tier in the week of September 21st is for residents and visitors to continue to follow the State’s mandates for face coverings, avoid gatherings with and remain at least six feet from others outside your household and wash your hands.”
Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak has announced plans to extend the state’s eviction moratorium another 45 days.
This move will provide relief to an estimated 250,000 renters facing the prospect of losing their housing due to the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.
Sisolak made the decision yesterday, one day before the previous moratorium was set to expire. Fears of a widespread eviction crisis in the state have been compounded by delays in state assistance and programs, like unemployment insurance.
Nevada’s moratorium is now set to expire Oct. 16.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed AB 3088, a bill extending a halt to evictions for unpaid rent due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Lawmakers passed the bill Monday. The state’s eviction moratorium was set to expire Sept. 2 if lawmakers didn’t take action.
AB 3088 pauses evictions through January 31 as a result of unpaid rent during the first six months of the pandemic. Renters would have to fill out documents certifying that they were impacted by COVID-19 to be eligible for protections, and would also have to pay at least 25% of their rent starting in September.
For more updates on Monday night’s end of the California legislative session, head ici.
Monday, August 31
Following a new ‘tier system’ announced by Gov. Gavin Newsom last week, Sacramento County health officials have put out an order detailing what activities are allowed indoors and outdoors.
Despite Newsom's announcement, businesses allowed to operate under the new system couldn't reopen until the county formally allowed it with this new order. Under the new guidelines, which replace the last order published July 14, the following businesses are permitted to operate outdoors:
These businesses are allowed to open for indoor operations:
- Critical infrastructure
- Hair salons and barbershops
- All retail (25% maximum capacity)
- Shopping centers (Malls, destination centers, swap meets, excluding food courts and common areas) maximum 25% capacity
- Professional sports (without live audiences)
These businesses are allowed to open for outdoor operations:
- Personal care services (nail salons, body waxing, estheticians)
- Museums, zoos, aquariums
- Places of worship
- Movie theaters
- Gyms and fitness centers
- Family Entertainment Centers (e.g. bowling alleys, miniature golf, batting cages and arcades)
- Cardrooms, satellite wagering
- Bars, pubs, brewpubs and breweries may operate outdoors, only if they offer sit-down, outdoor meals
The new state reopening strategy organizes counties by tiers, which are determined by the number of new positive cases per week and the positivity rate. With a daily case count of 12 per 100,000 and a positivity rate of 8.1%, Sacramento County is listed at the highest risk level tier in the state. This means that the virus is widespread in the community.
These guidelines do not change the county’s August 28 order to keep schools closed. Schools can reopen for in-person school when they’ve been in Tier 2 for two weeks. A county must remain in its current tier for 21 days, and then meet criteria for the next tier for two weeks, before moving to a less restrictive tier.
California State University, Chico canceled the limited number of in-person classes it was offering. They will be virtual-only for the duration of the fall semester after nearly 30 people tested positive for the coronavirus days after the fall semester started.
University President Gayle Hutchinson says students also need to vacate campus housing by the weekend. Hutchinson says she is asking students to leave campus housing because nearly all on-campus residences have at least one positive case and there are concerns the numbers will increase.
A study shows California's stay-at-home order in response to the coronavirus outbreak seems to have saved some wildlife, as decreased traffic resulted in fewer collisions with mountain lions, deer and other large animals.
A study by the Road Ecology Center at UC Davis found traffic declined by about 75% after the emergency order went into effect in March. The number of animals struck and killed by vehicles also fell, including a 58% decrease in fatal crashes involving mountain lions between the 10 weeks before and 10 weeks after the order.
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