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Wednesday, November 18
U.S. regulators are permitting emergency use of the primary rapid-response coronavirus check that may be achieved fully at residence, based on the Related Press.
On Tuesday, the Meals and Drug Administration introduced the important step in U.S. efforts to broaden testing choices for COVID-19. However the check would require a prescription, seemingly limiting its preliminary use.
The FDA granted emergency authorization to the 30-minute check package from Lucira Well being, a California producer. Beforehand the FDA had solely allowed the usage of a handful of exams that allowed folks to gather samples at residence, which then needed to be shipped to a lab to be processed.
California farm staff could be among the many first folks to obtain a coronavirus vaccine if the agriculture business has its means.
Robert Guenter is with the Washington D.C.-based United Recent Produce Affiliation. On CapRadio’s “Perception” Wednesday, he mentioned business leaders have written a letter to President Donald Trump and have had discussions with President-elect Biden’s transition group, “with the thought means of together with agriculture staff, agriculture business as a excessive precedence within the vaccines,.”
Together with farm staff, Guenter says individuals who work in meals processing and distribution also needs to be among the many first to get the vaccine.
“Early on within the COVID pandemic, agriculture, meals was designated a excessive precedence and as a part of the nation’s important infrastructure,” he mentioned.
Well being care staff will seemingly be the first-in-line to get a vaccine as soon as it turns into accessible, adopted by staff in important sectors like legislation enforcement and adults with high-risk medical circumstances.
County officers in Nevada have launched a brand new reporting instrument permitting residents to make requests for common providers and produce consideration to points akin to COVID-19 restriction violations, based on the Related Press.
The FixIt app in Clark County permits residents in Las Vegas and surrounding suburbs to report points based mostly on their location by submitting footage and written descriptions of their considerations. The app doesn’t solely give attention to the coronavirus but additionally permits residents to report points akin to potholes, graffiti, road lights, trash, short-term leases, and in addition COVID-19 violations. Residents also can observe the progress of their experiences.
County employees will be capable of view and handle requests. It’s unclear how shortly requests are anticipated to be resolved or what number of employees members are devoted to staying on high of experiences.
California has imposed new coronavirus restrictions on companies in many of the state’s counties after a surge of latest circumstances, based on the Related Press.
The brand new guidelines require retailers to restrict buyer capability to 25% in the course of the busy vacation buying season. In addition they require eating places to halt indoor eating.
However on Tuesday in Yuba Metropolis, there was little proof that the principles have modified something. Many eating places have been open with prospects consuming inside. A few of the diners mentioned they’d observe the principles by carrying masks and maintaining their distance from others, however they have been unwilling to cease visiting struggling native companies.
Two high officers on the California Medical Affiliation attended a birthday celebration alongside Gov. Gavin Newsom earlier this month because the state was seeing an uptick in coronavirus circumstances, based on the Related Press.
CMA spokesperson Anthony York mentioned the group’s CEO Dustin Corcoran and Senior Vice-President Janus Norman have been on the Nov. 6 dinner.
It was held on the upscale French Laundry restaurant in wine nation to have a good time the fiftieth birthday of Newsom’s good friend and lobbyist Jason Kinney. Newsom has apologized for attending and mentioned he made a nasty mistake.
California tips urge folks to assemble in teams of three separate households or much less.
Los Angeles County has seen every day confirmed circumstances greater than double within the final two weeks to just about 2,900. On Tuesday, the county ordered nonessential retail companies to restrict indoor capability to 25% and eating places to 50% capability open air.
All these companies should shut at 10 p.m. The adjustments will take impact on Friday, Nov. 20. If every day circumstances rise to 4,500 or hospitalizations high 2,000, the county will impose a three-week lockdown that may prohibit folks to their houses for all however important journeys.
The nighttime curfew would run from 10 p.m. to six a.m.
Tuesday, November 17
California’s childcare suppliers are sounding the alarm that they want extra state help, they usually might not be capable of climate the pandemic with out it.
Charlotte Neal runs a daycare in Sacramento. She says mother and father begin dropping their youngsters off as early as 3 a.m.
“These are important staff who don’t have the choice of staying residence with their youngsters,” Neal mentioned. “They want childcare, or they’ll’t work.”
Neal says childcare suppliers haven’t had a straightforward go in the course of the pandemic. Greater than 5,000 day care facilities have closed this yr, due partially to elevated prices for issues like cleansing provides and wi-fi for distance studying, based on their labor union, a partnership with SEIU.
“With out us, California would grind to a halt, and that’s what’s going to occur if the state doesn’t get up and deal proper now with this disaster in our childcare system,” Neal mentioned.
Neal and different childcare suppliers are asking the state to reimburse a few of their extra payments. They are saying if extra daycares shut, there’ll be a toddler care scarcity when California’s financial system begins to recuperate.
Dr. Anthony Fauci has really helpful that People adhere to a “uniform carrying of masks” to assist curb the surge of coronavirus circumstances within the U.S., based on the Related Press.
The nation’s high infectious illness knowledgeable instructed CNN on Tuesday that “we have to intensify public well being methods,” which incorporates mask-wearing, hand washing, and avoiding crowds and gathering locations.
On Friday, the U.S. hit a report every day excessive of greater than 184,000 COVID-19 circumstances, based on a tally by Johns Hopkins College.
Pharmaceutical firm Moderna introduced on Monday that early information suggests its vaccine candidate supplies sturdy safety towards the virus. Final week, their competitor, Pfizer, introduced that their vaccine was equally efficient.
“From a scientific and potential public well being standpoint, that is a very vital advance,” Fauci instructed Rachel Martin on Morning Edition Tuesday.
All vaccine candidates should undergo impartial information and security monitoring earlier than the U.S. Meals and Drug Administration approves it to be used.
Fauci mentioned it’s vital for folks “to be motivated to hold in there a bit longer and double down on public well being measures” within the meantime.
“I simply can’t perceive why there’s pushback towards that. They’re not that tough to do. And so they save lives,” Fauci mentioned.
The U.S. leads the world in each coronavirus circumstances and deaths, totaling 11.2 million circumstances and 247,000 deaths, respectively.
Surging COVID-19 circumstances in metro Las Vegas have prompted the Clark County Faculty District to rethink their partial in-person studying plans, based on the Related Press.
The varsity district has determined to postpone any resumption of partial in-class studying and can proceed with distant studying via no less than the top of the calendar yr. District Superintendent Jesus Jara introduced Monday that academics and employees would proceed to work from home via Dec. 18, when the primary semester ends.
Jara mentioned a reopening plan will probably be offered to the district board in early January. Since mid-March, the district has used distant studying, however officers have been discussing find out how to reopen safely for in-person studying since final summer season.
Whereas two COVID-19 vaccines are nearing completion, scientists mentioned it’s important to recruit sufficient volunteers to complete the research, based on the Related Press.
Moderna and competitor Pfizer lately introduced preliminary outcomes displaying their vaccines look like strongly efficient. Nonetheless, extra vaccine sorts will probably be wanted to satisfy world demand on account of how totally different vaccine sorts may match higher in numerous folks. This could solely be confirmed after extra testing.
“We nonetheless want volunteers,” burdened Nationwide Institutes of Well being Director Francis Collins, urging People to sign up.
Most vaccines in late-stage testing worldwide goal the “spike” protein on the coronavirus floor, however many scientists are utilizing quite a lot of applied sciences, some new, and a few are sticking with older vaccine improvement approaches.
Monday, November 16
Round 50 million American households are battling meals insecurity, and plenty of are above the poverty line and thus ineligible for advantages that assist low revenue households.
The variety of houses experiencing meals insecurity — no less than one individual not having sufficient to eat for a yr — has jumped from 37 million two years in the past to 50 million now. Blake Younger is with the Sacramento Meals Financial institution. He says California’s numbers are in step with the nation’s — and it is all tied to the pandemic.
“Sadly for Sacramento, it is larger than the state and nationwide common, Younger instructed CapRadio’s Perception. “We had a disaster on our arms previous to the pandemic. And also you overlay a pandemic, it is simply been — and with the uncertainty — it has been actually difficult for folks.”
Throughout a live-streamed press convention on Monday, California Gov. Gavin Newsom warned that well being officers are “sounding the alarm” over the fast improve in COVID-19 circumstances.
The state on Tuesday moved forty counties again to extra restrictive reopening tiers and tightened the principles on mask-wearing in public. Newsom additionally announced some changes to the state’s tiered reopening system.
Beneath the brand new system, counties will transfer again ranges inside one week as an alternative of two, and a few counties might transfer again a number of tiers. Counties can even need to make adjustments via the affected industries extra swiftly as an alternative of the earlier 72-hour ready interval.
“The unfold of COVID-19, if left unchecked, might shortly overwhelm our well being care system and result in catastrophic outcomes,” Newsom mentioned in a information launch. “That’s why we’re pulling an emergency break within the Blueprint for a Safer Economic system. Now could be the time to do all we will — authorities in any respect ranges and Californians throughout the state — to flatten the curve once more as we’ve achieved earlier than.”
Newsom mentioned the state is at the moment going through a 4.6% 14-day common and a 5% 7-day common check constructive fee in the course of the live-streamed press convention, which he mentioned is best than the 9.8% nationwide 7-day common however nonetheless worrisome.
Out of the 40 counties sliding again to extra restrictive tiers, 28 of these will probably be going again into essentially the most restrictive purple tier, signaling widespread COVID-19 transmission. Which means 94% of Californians will probably be going through these new restrictions by Tuesday, if not already within the purple tier.
Some Northern California counties like Humbolt, Napa and San Francisco will probably be transferring again two tier ranges.
Cal/OSHA has fined a Smithfield Meals of Virginia-owned meatpacking plant in Southern California on account of COVID-19 security violations, based on the Related Press.
The massive Los Angeles Farmer John meatpacking plant flouted security violations and uncovered greater than 300 staff to COVID-19 infections, together with three who have been hospitalized. The plan was fined greater than $58,000.
Smithfield Meals of Virginia mentioned it has achieved to nice lengths to guard its workers from the virus and can enchantment. The United Meals and Industrial Staff union mentioned its complaints prompted the investigation after failing to get a passable response from Farmer John.
The corporate is well-known for its sizzling canine, sausages, bacon and different pork merchandise.
Illusionist David Copperfield is suspending his Las Vegas stage present after a crew member examined constructive for the coronavirus, based on the Related Press.
The Las Vegas Evaluate-Journal reported Monday that the legendary magician had “no thought but” when his manufacturing on the MGM Grand will resume.
In keeping with the newspaper, an inner e mail from MGM Resorts Worldwide officers on Friday mentioned that one in all his phantasm techs had been uncovered to the virus. Copperfield confirmed the backstage crew member’s prognosis on Sunday.
In an announcement, Copperfield mentioned his whole crew could be examined once more. His stage present was one in all a number of residency productions throughout MGM Resorts that reopened Nov. 6.
Whereas Thanksgiving is a serious journey vacation, there are predictions that fewer folks will probably be hitting the street, flying, or taking the prepare particularly since health officials are urging people to stay home.
The American Vehicle Affiliation expects airways to be exhausting hit regardless of the steep worth cuts in vacation airplane fares — the bottom they’ve been in two years. Solely 2.5 million individuals are anticipated to fly to their locations, the bottom one-year drop on report.
AAA spokesperson Doug Shupe mentioned that he expects there to be a 10- to 13-percent general drop.
“That’s the most important year-over-year decline for the reason that 2008 recession when Thanksgiving journey dropped 26%,” mentioned Shupe.
Bus, prepare, or cruise journey is predicted to drop 76% to only 350,000 vacationers.
Shupe burdened that regardless that journey will probably be down, the Wednesday afternoon earlier than Thanksgiving will nonetheless see the very best street visitors, and drivers can nonetheless count on delays at well-liked bottlenecks.
He additionally warned drivers to ensure their automobiles are prepared for a street journey as a result of AAA expects to rescue greater than 400,000 autos caught on the roadside this vacation.
Metropolis of Folsom Mayor Sarah Aquino examined constructive for COVID-19 and introduced the information with residents on Nov. 14 via the city’s official Facebook page.
Aquino mentioned that she was uncovered to the virus by any individual in her workplace. After an expedited check and constructive outcome, she determined to self-quarantine in her bed room and described her signs as just like “a gentle case of the flu.”
The remainder of the Fb submit describes how the Sacramento County Division of Well being Providers is partnering with UC Davis Well being to offer free COVID-19 testing to county residents.
The mayor didn’t give out any additional particulars about her situation.
Nevada hit a report variety of new confirmed COVID-19 circumstances for the second day in a row on Saturday. Gov. Steve Sisolak mentioned that the state is at a “important juncture” and implored residents to remain residence and do what they’ll to guard themselves.
Since Sisolak has examined constructive for COVID-19, he has instructed reporters on Friday that he was not feeling any signs and would enter right into a quarantine.
The variety of Sacramento County residents hospitalized with COVID-19 circumstances almost doubled over the previous week, based on the county health department dashboard.
From Nov. 5 to Nov. 12 the variety of folks hospitalized with COVID-19 jumped from 90 to 177 circumstances. ICU sufferers additionally doubled, from 20 circumstances to 41. Throughout the state hospitalizations have elevated 51% prior to now week, according to CalMatters.
The rise got here in the identical week Sacramento County was moved to essentially the most restrictive tier in California’s COVID-19 reopening plan, requiring many companies to droop indoor actions.
Coronavirus circumstances are additionally rising nationally, with round 1 million new cases recorded in the past week.
Sunday, November 15
4 San Diego County eating places and gymnasiums have filed a lawsuit searching for an emergency injunction to allow them to proceed their indoor operations.
The lawsuit filed on behalf of all eating places and gymnasiums come as 11 California counties are pressured to impose stricter limits on companies after coronavirus circumstances rose above thresholds established by the state.
Beneath the purple degree of the state’s COVID-19 reopening system, eating places, gyms, church buildings and bars will probably be restricted to solely outside operations.
The companies assert that the state and county orders intervene with their rights and violate the California Structure. They’re asking a choose to permit them to function indoors.
Saturday, November 14
California reported 2,521 new circumstances of COVID-19 on Saturday, bringing the entire variety of circumstances within the state to 1,018,373.
There have been additionally 11 deaths reported. In all, 18,225 Californians have died.
Over the past seven days, the state averaged 7,358 circumstances per day, with 4.4% of exams coming again constructive, based on the Los Angeles Times.
The U.S. added more than 184,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases on Friday, the fourth day in a row that the nation has set a report for every day infections, based on information from the Johns Hopkins College Coronavirus Useful resource Heart.
Friday, November 13
Gov. Gavin Newsom is going through criticism for attending a complicated banquet at a restaurant final week regardless of urging Californians to remain residence in the course of the pandemic.
The San Francisco Chronicle first reported Newsom and his spouse Jennifer Siebel Newsom attended a birthday celebration for a good friend and political adviser with no less than 10 different folks at The French Laundry, a famend Napa Valley restaurant.
Newsom’s spokesman initially mentioned everybody in attendance adopted the restaurant’s well being protocols and that the gathering didn’t violate COVID-19 guidelines.
Which will technically be true, however the episode exposes gaps within the state’s pandemic steerage: Non-public gatherings of greater than three totally different households are discouraged, however nothing prevents eating places from seating bigger teams collectively in the event that they ask.
Whereas our household adopted the restaurant’s well being protocols and took security precautions, we should always have modeled higher conduct and never joined the dinner,” the governor mentioned in an announcement.
Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak on Friday mentioned he has examined constructive for COVID-19. He’s the fifth governor to check constructive for the coronavirus this yr.
As a part of a daily testing protocol, I underwent routine COVID-19 testing on Friday, November 13 in Carson Metropolis. A fast check supplied a constructive outcome. I additionally obtained a diagnostic PCR check and people outcomes are pending at the moment. pic.twitter.com/bfI16HlTpk
— Governor Sisolak (@GovSisolak) November 14, 2020
Sisolak mentioned he was not experiencing any signs and was swabbed for a fast check on Friday morning as a matter of routine. After it yielded a constructive outcome, he additionally underwent molecular testing and his pattern remains to be being processed. He’s the third individual in his workplace to check constructive for the virus since early October.
Sisolak’s announcement comes on a day that Nevada reported 1,857 extra coronavirus circumstances, the very best single-day whole for the reason that begin of the pandemic.
The Clark County Faculty District in Nevada has introduced that almost all of its workers will work remotely after Gov. Steve Sisolak urged folks to remain residence and restrict the unfold of COVID-19, based on the Related Press.
The district is anticipated to transition to do business from home beginning on Thursday and proceed via Nov. 30. The choice comes as the college board is contemplating a plan to convey college students again to lecture rooms two days every week beginning in January.
Sisolak urged residents to remain residence as a lot as potential for the subsequent two weeks and do business from home, or the state may be vulnerable to a lockdown.
The top of Nevada’s COVID-19 response group, Caleb Cage, referred to as out the state’s native elected officers, based on the Related Press.
Cage mentioned that these officers are undermining efforts to gradual the coronavirus’s unfold to avert extra aggressive statewide mandates and potential enterprise closures within the weeks forward. On Thursday, he additionally raised considerations concerning the lack of restrictions enforcement at companies in Elko County.
Cage additionally mentioned that some native leaders have adopted a politically expedient however irresponsible technique to criticize even the least intrusive efforts to guard Nevadans from a dramatic spike in circumstances underway statewide. He mentioned that some officers have determined it is simpler in charge Gov. Steve Sisolak for any potential shutdowns.
The Georgia Institute of Know-how has lately launched an interactive map that particulars county by county danger of an in-person gathering by celebration measurement.
The map breaks down an infection danger by county, celebration measurement, and the “ascertainment bias” within the U.S. The ascertainment bias assumes that there are 5 or 10 occasions extra circumstances than being reported. Toggling between these choices can present the probability of being in a room with any individual who could also be contaminated.
In Sacramento County, a gathering of 10 folks with an ascertainment bias of 10 exhibits that there’s a 15% likelihood any individual on the gathering would seemingly have the coronavirus. Counties surrounding Sacramento present related danger ranges starting from 7% in El Dorado County to 16% in Sutter County.
In keeping with this map, the very best danger county in California with the identical state of affairs is Mono County, with a 75% likelihood of any individual with the an infection attending a 10-person occasion.
A few of the nation’s riskier elements underneath the identical set-up embody Jones County, Iowa at larger than 99%, and Dewey County, South Dakota, and Walsh, North Dakota are each at a 99% probability of a room with 10 folks having no less than one at the moment contaminated individual.
When in-person gatherings get as excessive as 25 folks, the danger in Sacramento jumps to 33%, reaching 56% for gatherings with 50 folks.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom says he and the governors of Oregon and Washington have issued journey advisories urging folks coming into their states or coming back from journey exterior these states to self-quarantine to gradual the unfold of the coronavirus.
A statement from Newsom’s office Friday says the advisories urge towards non-essential out-of-state journey, ask folks to self-quarantine for 14 days after arriving from one other state or nation and encourage residents to remain native. Here is the official advisory from the state Division of Public Well being.
“Elevated circumstances are including stress on our hospital programs and threatening the lives of seniors, important staff and susceptible Californians,” Newsom wrote. “Journey will increase the danger of spreading COVID-19, and we should all collectively improve our efforts at the moment to maintain the virus at bay and save lives.”
Newsom notes that California simply surpassed the sobering threshold of 1 million COVID-19 circumstances with no signal of the virus unfold slowing. This week was the primary that no counties moved up in the state’s tiered reopening system, with 11 counties transferring backwards.
Thursday, November 12
UC Davis Well being is now giving some sufferers a 20-minute check that may decide whether or not they have COVID-19, the flu or each.
Level-of-care exams can produce outcomes instantly after a screening. Proper now, they’re largely accessible in hospital settings. Medical doctors at UC Davis Well being began utilizing them final week within the emergency room and in some clinics, however just for sufferers displaying signs. COVID-19 and the flu can present similarly.
“There’s nothing else proper now that’s as quick and correct as this check,” mentioned Lydia Pleotis Howell, medical director of the UC Davis Well being scientific laboratories and chair of the division of pathology and laboratory drugs, in a press launch.
UC Davis already had the instruments to carry out this sort of check, however they needed to get FDA approval to have the ability to use it for coronavirus. They’ve 50 devices to do the screening, however count on a scarcity of reagents, or chemical options, to restrict capability.
Medical doctors or nurses can carry out this check, and the samples are processed within the emergency division.
California has reached an unwelcome coronavirus milestone: 1 million confirmed infections.
The nation’s most populous state is the second to cross that mark after Texas reached it earlier this week. The U.S. now has greater than 10 million confirmed circumstances.
California’s early stay-at-home order efficiently curtailed the unfold, however every time restrictions have relaxed, circumstances have risen. With circumstances growing shortly within the state and nationwide, well being officers warn folks to restrict journey in the course of the holidays and rethink their annual gatherings.
Fresno’s mayor-elect Jerry Dyer has examined constructive for COVID-19 after attending an election-night dinner with just a few elected officers, based on the Related Press.
Dyer, who served as the town’s longtime police chief, instructed the Fresno Bee he went into quarantine after receiving the check outcomes on Tuesday. He mentioned he skilled delicate signs after attending a dinner on Nov. 3 with Fresno’s present mayor, a metropolis councilman, and a county supervisor who examined constructive for COVID-19 late final week.
The supervisor’s prognosis led the county to shut the workplaces of the County Board of Supervisors whereas well being officers contact hint anybody who got here in touch with him.
The variety of folks making use of for unemployment advantages in america fell final week to 709,000, the fourth straight drop, and an indication that the job market is slowly therapeutic, based on the Related Press.
The figures coincide with a pointy resurgence in confirmed viral infections to above 120,000 circumstances a day, an all-time excessive. In 49 states, circumstances are rising, and deaths are growing in 39.
Greater than 240,000 virus-related deaths have been counted throughout the nation, and 10.3 million confirmed infections.
Wednesday, November 11
Sacramento County companies are making ready to re-enter essentially the most restrictive COVID-19 tier, briefly pausing indoor eating, worship providers, films, gymnasium exercises and museum openings.
County Public Well being Director Dr. Peter Beilenson says the return to the purple tier comes as we close to Thanksgiving, which he considers essentially the most harmful day of the pandemic.
“We actually encourage folks for simply this yr to not collect besides to your instant household as a result of we’re gonna be in a a lot larger state of normalcy very quickly and by subsequent Thanksgiving and Christmas issues will probably be a lot, a lot better,” Beilenson mentioned.
Beilenson’s optimism is tied to a possible vaccine being developed by Pfizer. The drug firm says it is 90% efficient and that, pending FDA approval, may very well be in large distribution by the center of subsequent yr.
As coronavirus infections proceed to rise nationally and in California, well being care staff are sounding the alarm concerning the means for hospitals to deal with a surge.
Members of the California Nurses Affiliation held rallies at hospitals throughout the state this week. They’re calling for higher staffing as winter, the vacations and an anticipated spike in circumstances method.
At UC Davis Well being in Sacramento, nurse Melissa Johnson-Camacho says staff are being denied time-off requests via the top of the yr … except they turn into sick.
“Nurses are actually — they’re afraid, they usually’re burnt out,” Johnson-Camacho mentioned. “It’s only a actually unhealthy mixture. And I feel administration wants to essentially apply what they preach.”
She held up an indication studying “see me as an individual.” It’s a mantra she says the hospital makes use of to advertise compassion for sufferers and their households.
A spokesperson for UC Davis Well being mentioned in an announcement that almost all of its nurses have scheduling flexibility and particular COVID-19 sick go away. The hospital additionally says its nurses’ extra time hours are down this yr over final.
COVID-19 circumstances are trending upward in Northern Nevada, as chilly climate and the vacations threaten to convey folks collectively indoors.
Officers with the town of Reno and medical specialists are warning the pandemic has gotten considerably worse since September. They mentioned the area is seeing all-time highs in energetic case numbers and functions for COVID-19 exams.
Mayor Hillary Schieve urged residents to apply strict self-isolation, as a result of neighborhood transmission is widespread.
“We will do our half to assist decrease these dangers,” Schieve mentioned. “So why aren’t we doing it? We’ve obtained to be doing it. I don’t know what extra I can do apart from, this can be a cry for absolute assist in our neighborhood.
Schieve is contemplating a city-wide masks mandate on high of the state order that’s already in impact.
That would convey stiffer enforcement of security measures and penalties for companies that refuse to observe them.
Tuesday, November 10
An unidentified staffer working on the Yolo County Elections Workplace examined constructive for COVID-19 this Monday.
In keeping with a press launch from the county, the staffer had minimal interactions with ballot staff, however labored with different elections employees and contacted some election observers. The discharge additionally mentioned that the coronavirus-positive affected person had restricted publicity to the county’s Voter Help Facilities or any county’s residents and voters. A contact tracing group has been referred to as in to inform any of those who might have been in shut contact with the staffer.
Within the launch, Yolo County elections officers additionally burdened that the workplace has been following social distancing and disinfecting protocols. All employees and guests are required to put on a face overlaying.
For the reason that constructive COVID-19 case, the county’s election workplace has taken just a few mitigation steps, together with limiting election employees to the workplace, speaking with Yolo County Public Well being, sending presumably uncovered staffers residence to self-quarantine and permitting some workers to do business from home.
Elections employees are nonetheless on observe to satisfy the Dec. 3 election certification. Over 99,000 whole ballots have been solid in Yolo County, and over 90,000 of them have been mail-in ballots.
Nevada officers reported 960 newly confirmed circumstances of COVID-19 and one extra demise, based on the Related Press.
The earlier three days, Nevada totaled 1,000 new circumstances or extra. Tuesday’s circumstances convey the statewide totals to 110,982 circumstances and 1,852 deaths for the reason that begin of the pandemic.
The virus’ autumn spike has not spared rural or city communities within the state, inflicting the variety of confirmed circumstances and rising positivity to flag 10 out of the 17 counties as “excessive danger” by well being officers. These flagged counties at the moment are required to submit mitigation plans to the state’s process drive.
Regardless of the unrelenting surge, state well being officers haven’t indicated that they plan to tighten statewide mandates that govern companies, colleges, or public gatherings.
Gov. Gavin Newsom urges Californians to proceed social distancing and to put on masks to assist gradual the unfold of the coronavirus. He’s involved folks will let their guard down after Pfizer’s announcement of its experimental COVID-19 vaccine and its efficacy fee.
“However [the vaccine] doesn’t imply it’s a substitute [for mask-wearing and social distancing], so that you can say ‘Effectively, we will simply return to regular, let’s open all the pieces again up, let’s all have all people over for the vacations and let’s get Uncle Joe who I do know has a coronary heart situation, let’s get him again in with the grandkids as a result of they haven’t seen one another in a yr.’” Newsom mentioned. “We’ve obtained to watch out.”
With coronavirus circumstances on the rise, Sacrmento and 10 different counties in the present day slipped again within the state’s color-coded COVID-19 danger system.
U.S. well being officers have allowed emergency use of the primary antibody-drug to assist the immune system battle COVID-19, based on the Related Press.
On Monday, the Meals and Drug Administration cleared the experimental drug from Eli Lilly for folks 12 and older with delicate or average signs that don’t require hospitalization. Whereas exams are persevering with, the drug doesn’t appear to assist sufferers with a extra severe or extreme case of the virus.
This antibody-drug is just like a therapy President Donald Trump obtained after contracting the virus final month. The federal government beforehand reached an settlement to purchase and provide a lot of the early manufacturing of the drug.
Yolo County is providing free flu pictures to residents in the present day from 2 p.m. to five p.m. The pictures will probably be given out at Suntree Residences, 2033 F Road in Davis.
Residents can reserve a spot by calling (530) 666-8552. The pictures are open to folks aged six months and older. The county mentioned that masks and social distancing are required. Whereas residents can reserve a spot, walk-ins are welcome.
On Sept. 28, Gov. Gavin Newsom got a flu shot throughout his weekly press convention and stressing that California residents ought to get flu pictures to assist “mitigate what some have known as the twindemic,” which is a possible wave of COVID-19 circumstances and flu circumstances taking place concurrently.
On the time, Newsom additionally mentioned that this potential twindemic could be “placing stress, placing stress on our hospital system on the identical time, draining assets and impacting the standard of care all of you deserve.”
Yolo County has two extra free pop-up free flu shot clinics later within the month at Shirley Rominger Faculty and College Covenant Church. Residents can discover out extra data at yolocounty.org/2020flu
Monday, November 9
At his weekly live-streamed information convention Monday, Gov. Gavin Newsom mentioned that California has seen a sobering improve in coronavirus circumstances, based on the Related Press.
The rise could also be partially linked to Halloween. Some Bay Space well being officers have urged their residents to quarantine for 2 weeks in the event that they enterprise exterior the area. Newsom warned Monday that the coronavirus case numbers, positivity fee, hospitalizations, and intensive care circumstances have all reached their highest degree in months.
The state updates counties’ standing within the state’s four-tier, color-coded system every week. Consequently, a number of counties are anticipated to maneuver Tuesday into extra restrictive tiers that change how companies can function.
The coronavirus’ unfold is growing throughout the nation, and President-elect Joe Biden is looking for coordination with states, based on the Related Press.
Officers and public well being specialists mentioned that inter-state coordination hasn’t been sturdy sufficient thus far. States are additionally calling for assist with testing and get in touch with tracing, in addition to ensuring there’s sufficient protecting gear and shoring up budgets.
Democratic state officers are welcoming a science-based method from the president-elect. Whereas some Republican governors aren’t able to agree on Biden’s presidential win, some are imposing extra restrictions to stem the unfold of the virus.
Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley, a church in rural Nevada, is headed again to the U.S. Supreme Courtroom in a second try and overturn the state’s 50-person cap on attendance at non secular gatherings, based on the Related Press.
The excessive courtroom denied the church’s request for an emergency injunction in July. A brand new petition filed Thursday asks the justices to contemplate the problem of Nevada’s COVID-19 restrictions as a check case for others introduced by church buildings throughout the nation and arguing that their non secular freedoms are being violated.
Subsequent month, a federal appeals courtroom has scheduled oral arguments on the church’s enchantment of a U.S. choose’s ruling in Reno upholding the state coverage.
On Sunday, well being officers in Nevada reported 1,276 new COVID-19 circumstances and one extra demise, based on the Related Press.
That is the third consecutive day of no less than 1,000 new reported coronavirus circumstances throughout the state. In keeping with the Nevada State Division of Well being and Human Providers, the entire variety of circumstances recorded for the reason that pandemic started is now 110,022, and the identified demise toll is 1,851.
Well being officers reported 1,846 circumstances on Saturday, a report quantity for the second day in a row because the coronavirus outbreak intensified. Nevada additionally reported 1,562 new circumstances on Friday. The variety of infections is considered far larger as a result of many individuals haven’t been examined. Research additionally recommend that folks could be contaminated with the virus and unfold it with out feeling sick.
Sunday, November 8
California recorded 3,593 new coronavirus circumstances and 10 new deaths on Sunday, bringing the entire variety of confirmed circumstances within the state to 973,210. Almost 18,000 Californians have died.
Over the previous week, the state has averaged 5,351 new circumstances and 43 new deaths per day, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Whereas there’s been a latest rise in circumstances, the Times reports that the tempo of improve is milder than the remainder of america.
The U.S. on Friday reported 126,480 new coronavirus circumstances, based on data launched Saturday by the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Useful resource Heart. It was the third consecutive day that the U.S. set a daily record, bringing the entire variety of infections within the nation to greater than 9.7 million.
Friday, November 6
The Las Vegas Raiders and coach Jon Gruden have been fined a complete of $650,000 and docked a shot at a sixth-round draft decide for repeated violations of the NFL’s coronavirus protocols, based on the Related Press.
An individual acquainted with the punishment mentioned that the high-quality breaks right down to $500,000 towards the group and $150,000 towards Gruden. The group was additionally stripped of its sixth-round draft decide due to the way it dealt with Trent Brown’s constructive coronavirus check final month.
The supply spoke on the situation of anonymity as a result of no announcement had been publically made. Yahoo first reported the punishments.
New COVID-19 circumstances skyrocketed this week within the U.S., breaking information for the second week in a row of staggering progress, based on NPR.
Hospitalization ranges have snowballed so shortly that it’ll quickly surpass the spring and summer season peak charges. On Wednesday, the nation recorded greater than 100,000 circumstances in a single day. Dr. Anthony Fauci has sounded the alarm to lawmakers, beforehand warning that the U.S. might attain this fee if coronavirus was not pushed down earlier than winter.
On Thursday, circumstances hit a good larger report of greater than 121,000 reported circumstances in a day. Instances within the U.S. are up 55% from the previous two weeks in the past on common. Now, the nation is averaging greater than 94,000 circumstances a day, double the quantity from a month in the past.
Researchers say that it’s potential that the every day case depend might double once more, given the present trajectory of the U.S. outbreak. The will increase can’t be defined by extra testing being achieved, with researchers saying that these are “true will increase” and never tied to the testing quantity.
State regulators have fined a Sparks, Nevada trucking agency greater than $4,500 for violating coronavirus restrictions, based on the Related Press.
The trucking firm was part of a Donald Trump Jr. political rally in October that drew greater than 50 attendees. The Division of Enterprise and Business, Division of Industrial Relations, introduced the OSHA enforcement motion Thursday towards JBP Corp. doing enterprise as Peterbilt Truck Components & Tools.
The $4,554 high-quality cited the failure to submit a security plan and procure state approval for an occasion in extra of fifty folks. Earlier this week, the state fined the Aria Resort & On line casino in Las Vegas $12,617 for COVID-19 violations.
Sacramento, Stanislaus, Placer and Yolo counties are on the verge of sliding again into the state’s most restrictive coronavirus reopening class of purple.
Yolo County Public Well being Officer Dr. Amy Sisson mentioned that if folks insist on gathering for the upcoming holidays, then gatherings must be exterior and stored to fewer than 16 folks and never from greater than three households.
“We’re shifting to a extra hurt discount messaging acknowledging that we have to meet folks the place they’re at,” Sisson mentioned. “So our key message is — the most secure factor to do isn’t collect, however we acknowledge that many individuals will select to assemble.”
Thursday, November 5
An increase in COVID-19 circumstances is inflicting some Northern California counties to move backward within the state’s tier system for reopening.
When the state introduced the weekly tier assignments Wednesday, solely Colusa County was accredited to maneuver ahead via the system — from the purple (substantial) tier to the decrease orange (average tier). Two counties have to return a step, with Shasta County transferring to purple (widespread) and Plumas retreating to orange (average).
California Well being and Human Providers Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly mentioned that is the primary week they’ve seen just one county transfer ahead — signaling a possible backslide for others.
“Which I feel is a vital reminder that the baseline transmission charges of COVID throughout our state are certainly going up, that it’s not simply in a single or two counties nevertheless it’s widespread throughout the state,” Ghaly mentioned.
Different counties, together with Sacramento and Yolo, might transfer down quickly if case charges do not enhance.
“We’re nonetheless within the purple … this week, for the case fee we truly met the standards for the purple tier,” Sacramento County Public Well being Officer Dr. Olivia Kasirye mentioned. “If we hit the brink for 2 weeks in a row, then we’re vulnerable to reverting again to the purple tier.”
State well being officers introduced Wednesday that Shasta County will slip back into California’s most restrictive purple tier on account of widespread transmission of COVID-19 all through the county, based on a press launch from the county.
California Well being and Human Providers Secretary Mark Ghaly mentioned it is clear that the unfold is uncontrolled in Shasta County after the county reported 104 new COVID-19 circumstances for Sunday and Monday.
“It permits us to say, sure, now’s the time to place the brakes on just a little bit,” Ghaly mentioned. “Return to purple, stabilize, work with the county to ensure they’ve sufficient testing and contacting tracing — that we perceive transmission as we work to get again right into a much less restrictive tier sooner or later.”
Plumas County can even be transferring again, however to the orange tier, whereas Colusa County’s enchancment helps it transfer from the purple tier to orange.
Well being officers in San Francisco say that residents who journey exterior of the world in the course of the upcoming vacation season could also be requested to quarantine once they return residence, based on the Related Press.
Their reasoning is to forestall a potential spike in native coronavirus circumstances. San Francisco officers additionally mentioned on Wednesday that the quarantine could be a really helpful two week interval for any resident who interacts with people exterior their households inside 6 ft and with out masks.
5 different Bay Space counties are additionally being thought-about to participate within the regional advisory. The proposal comes as California has seen coronavirus circumstances inch up lately, although the an infection fee stays a lot decrease than the nation as an entire.
In locations the place the coronavirus pandemic is most rampant, President Donald Trump loved huge help on the polls, based on the Related Press.
Their evaluation revealed that in 376 counties with the very best variety of new circumstances per capita, the overwhelming majority went for Trump, a fee above much less severely hit areas.
Well being officers throughout the nation are being attentive to the chasm in public sentiment and find out how to reframe their messages and updates, even because the nation grapples with report numbers of latest circumstances.
Wednesday, November 4
Yolo County met essentially the most restrictive COVID-19 reopening metrics for week ending Oct. 24, based on a press launch from the county.
Yolo County is designated underneath the purple, or substantial tier, one degree under the most-restrictive purple tier. Officers say social gatherings are the primary reason for COVID-19 circumstances throughout the county. They’re urging residents to train private duty and keep away from massive gatherings so the county can proceed to reopen.
For a county to be pushed again into essentially the most restrictive purple tier, it should meet these standards for 2 consecutive weeks. If Yolo County continues to have a rise in circumstances, the county might transfer again into the purple tier as early as subsequent week.
The county’s adjusted case fee rose to 7.2%, which pushes it simply out of the purple tier vary of between 4-7%.
If the county continues to have a every day case fee of about 7% by Nov. 10, then the state will assessment the newest 10 days of information, and the California Division of Public Well being should determine whether or not to maintain the county within the purple tier or transfer it to the purple tier.
A return to the purple tier would imply that many native companies would briefly shut their indoor operations or cut back capability.
Yolo County was initially positioned within the purple tier on Aug. 31, however moved into the purple tier on Sept. 29.
An worker working in Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak’s Carson Metropolis workplace examined constructive for the coronavirus, based on the Related Press.
The workplace has despatched employees members who got here in shut contact with the worker residence to work remotely once more for a second time in a month. The employees member, who final labored within the governor’s workplace on Thursday, obtained a fast check over the weekend after growing virus signs.
The case’s origin stays underneath investigation, however well being officers have already decided that Sisolak wasn’t in shut contact with the coronavirus-positive employees member. The Democratic governor is examined routinely, and after the worker’s constructive outcome was confirmed, Gov. Sisolak examined adverse for the virus on Monday.
The variety of folks hospitalized with the coronavirus is reaching report highs in a number of states as folks gathered over the week to vote in-person, based on the Related Press.
Whereas every day infections are rising in all however three states, the most important surge is most pronounced within the Midwest and Southwest. Missouri, Oklahoma, Iowa, Indiana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Colorado, and New Mexico reported report hospitalizations this week.
Nebraska’s largest hospitals began limiting elective surgical procedures and seemed to usher in nurses from different states. Officers in Iowa and Missouri warned that mattress capability might quickly be overwhelmed. The resurgence has loomed over the presidential candidates and voters, fearful about each the virus and its financial toll.
Tuesday, November 3
There are far fewer homes available on the market within the Sacramento area this yr in comparison with final — down almost 50% based on information from Sacramento appraiser Ryan Lundquist.
He says the market has profoundly low stock and which means it may very well be more durable for these seeking to purchase a home.
“We have now about 2,000 fewer listings this yr in comparison with final yr on the identical time,” Lundquist mentioned. “And I feel there’s no mistaking that we’ve had fewer sellers itemizing in the course of the pandemic.”
Lundquist says decrease listings are additionally partially a results of folks not wanting to maneuver throughout a pandemic in addition to migration from the Bay Space. Plus, he says latest developments present individuals are staying of their houses longer, on common, than they have been ten years in the past.
Monday, November 2
A choose has preliminarily ordered California Gov. Gavin Newsom to cease issuing directives associated to the coronavirus that may intervene with state legislation.
Sutter County Superior Courtroom Choose Sarah Heckman tentatively dominated Monday that one of many dozens of govt orders Newsom has issued overstepped his authority. She extra broadly barred him from infringing on the state Legislature. It’s the second time a choose in the identical county has reached the conclusion, which runs counter to different state and federal courtroom selections backing the governor’s emergency powers.
Heckman’s resolution will turn into closing in 10 days. Newsom’s administration says it disagrees and is evaluating its subsequent steps
Authorities say an individual who’s incarcerated on the Avenal State Jail died of issues from the coronavirus on Saturday, based on the Related Press.
The one who was incarcerated died at a hospital, and the central California jail didn’t launch their title. There have been 15,872 confirmed COVID-19 circumstances within the state’s jail system.
Advocates say jails and prisons nationwide are prime areas for the virus to unfold between employees and people who find themselves incarcerated. Officers have launched a whole bunch of individuals from their jail and jail populations throughout the nation in the course of the pandemic.
Greater than 22 million individuals are registered to vote in California, which is about 88% of all eligible adults. All voters obtained a poll within the mail this yr as a part of the state’s effort to encourage folks to vote remotely to keep away from spreading the coronavirus.
Regardless of the mail-in ballots, in-person voting has began in most counties throughout the state. To curb the unfold of COVID-19, the state Legislature allowed counties to supply fewer in-person polling locations in trade for opening them earlier, with some counties opening voting locations final Friday.
Sunday, November 1
The director of California’s unemployment advantages division mentioned she’s going to retire on the finish of the yr.
The announcement Friday comes after the company has been overwhelmed by greater than 15 million claims in the course of the coronavirus pandemic. The company has a backlog of greater than 900,000 folks nonetheless ready to obtain advantages. Hilliard has mentioned the backlog will not be cleared till the top of January.
California Labor and Workforce Growth Company Secretary Julie A. Sue praised Hilliard for serving to reset the company’s tradition. Republican Assemblymember Jim Patterson urged the governor to nominate a alternative from exterior the company.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom says his youngsters are amongst these resuming in-person lessons after months of distance studying because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Newsom says he believes youngsters study greatest within the classroom and his administration will help districts with private protecting gear and testing assets to allow them to safely reopen. Newsom has 4 youngsters in non-public faculty.
His administration has accredited greater than 1,200 requests for waivers to permit for in-person schooling for elementary faculty college students in counties the place coronavirus circumstances stay widespread. Faculties in counties the place circumstances have declined under state-mandated thresholds can broadly reopen.
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