California Coronavirus Updates: Newsom Calls Out Organizers Of Sunday’s Massive Non secular Rally

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Trump Nevada rallies might be canceled for violating gathering guidelines

Improved turnaround time for COVID testing in Sacramento County

Psychological well being circumstances on the rise throughout pandemic

Wednesday, September 9

5:42 p.m.: Trump Nevada rallies might be canceled for violating gathering guidelines

President Donald Trump’s plans to carry weekend rallies in Reno and Las Vegas are in jeopardy after native officers warned they might violate Nevada’s ban on gatherings of greater than 50 individuals due to the coronavirus. 

Trump’s Nevada marketing campaign co-chair Adam Laxalt stated in a Twitter put up as we speak that each occasions to be held at airport hangars Saturday in Reno and Sunday in Las Vegas had been canceled. 

The Nevada Impartial reported that Reno airport officers warned an organization that deliberate to host the rally at a personal hangar that it could be in violation of each the state’s virus restrictions and the lease of the hangar.

8:01 a.m.: Newsom calls out organizers of Sunday’s giant spiritual rally

California Gov. Gavin Newsom is criticizing the organizers of a state-permitted spiritual rally on the Capitol constructing in downtown Sacramento this previous Sunday.

A California Freeway Patrol spokesperson stated the occasion was permitted for as much as 1,000 contributors, however the company estimates as much as 3,000 individuals attended.

Video reveals most attendees packed collectively and never carrying masks. Public well being pointers require masks carrying when social distancing just isn’t doable — even outside.

“It doesn’t assist to have 1000’s and 1000’s of individuals not working towards bodily distancing or social distancing, not carrying masks, in reality, fairly the opposite,” Newsom stated in a information convention Tuesday. “Fairly actually, somebody may lose their lives. And I do know that’s not the intent of anybody who organizes these occasions, however it could be the end result.”

Newsom says he’s trying into the incident, and CHP says it can evaluation its allowing pointers.

Tuesday, September 8

5:30 p.m.: Placer, Amador counties allowed to ease restrictions 

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has relaxed coronavirus restrictions in 5 extra counties. 

As of Tuesday, Amador, Orange, Placer, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties every moved to a much less restrictive classification within the state’s new tiered system. The announcement means the state has now eased restrictions for greater than Eight million individuals dwelling in three of the state’s most populous counties — San Diego, Orange and Santa Clara. 

Hospitalizations are down 24% over the previous two weeks. However the Newsom administration is taking it sluggish by requiring counties to fulfill benchmarks for 2 consecutive weeks earlier than they are often upgraded. 

As of Tuesday, 33 of the state’s 58 counties are listed within the prime tier of the state’s coronavirus monitoring system.

5:15 p.m.: Improved turnaround time for COVID testing in Sacramento County

Sacramento County says it has considerably improved turnaround time for coronavirus testing. Dr. Olivia Kasirye is the county public well being officer. She says testing hit a wall a number of months in the past.

“There weren’t sufficient appointments obtainable, and in addition there was a really lengthy turnaround time for outcomes,” Kasirye stated. “So long as 7 to 9 days in some conditions.”

She stated  a nationwide scarcity of provides contributed to the breakdown. Now, the county goals to return leads to 24 to 72 hours. 

Kasirye  stated a latest partnership with biomedical firm StemExpress has allowed the county to extend capability at its ten testing websites. There are additionally plans to increase hours of operation in September.

7:54 a.m.: Psychological well being circumstances on the rise throughout pandemic

Because the pandemic enters its sixth month in the USA, psychological well being circumstances are rising. A brand new invoice on California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk would dramatically broaden what insurance coverage corporations must cowl.

“It’s an issue that existed earlier than COVID, and COVID has made it worse, by exacerbating despair, anxiousness…” stated Democratic Sen. Scott Wiener of San Francisco, who authored the invoice. “We’re seeing individuals who had been in restoration from dependancy who at the moment are falling off the wagon relapsing.”

The state already requires well being insurers to cowl therapy for some psychological well being circumstances, however critics say that many circumstances are overlooked of protection.

Insurance coverage corporations and enterprise teams each oppose the growth. The insurance coverage corporations declare that this invoice would put an excessive amount of additional pressure on an already burdened healthcare system, particularly in rural areas. Enterprise teams, nevertheless, argue that the growth would elevate premiums for employers.

Monday, September 7

10:15 a.m.: Keep away from giant gatherings to forestall vacation COVID-19 spike, well being officers advise

This Labor Day weekend, well being officers throughout California are asking residents to keep away from giant gatherings, observe social distancing and hopefully keep away from one other vacation spike in COVID-19 instances just like the state noticed following Memorial Day and July Fourth.

“We’re all tempted to get along with household and buddies for cookouts and Labor Day celebrations, however caving into that temptation may flip lethal, particularly for our mother and father, grandparents and buddies who could be extra inclined to the virus,” Appearing State Public Well being Officer Dr. Erica Pan stated.

Nevada officers, together with Gov. Steve Sisolak, are additionally pleading with residents to keep away from giant gatherings over the vacation.

Sacramento County’s Division of Regional Parks launched suggestions for stopping the unfold of COVID-19 this weekend for anybody selecting to go to the area’s parks:

  • Sustaining a minimum of six-foot social distancing from people who are usually not a part of the identical family or dwelling unit 
  • Incessantly washing arms with cleaning soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds, or utilizing hand sanitizer that’s acknowledged by the CDC as efficient in combating COVID-19
  • Masking coughs and sneezes with a tissue or cloth or, if not doable, into the sleeve or elbow (however not into arms)
  • Avoiding all social interactions exterior the family when sick with a fever or cough.

Saturday, September 5

In line with the California Division of Public Well being, the state now has a complete of  727,239  constructive instances.

There have been 4,956 newly recorded confirmed instances of COVID-19 on September 4.

There have been a complete of 13,643 deaths within the state.   

Friday, September 4

5:51 p.m.: Reno-Sparks residents get new COVID-19 useful resource

Officers in Reno-Sparks introduced a brand new COVID-19 monitoring software that reveals the danger of group unfold every day with the hope that it’ll decrease the danger of transmission by giving residents a better to learn abstract of the pandemic. 

The Truckee Meadows COVID Threat Meter weighs 5 completely different statistics: requests for COVID-19 exams, the speed of recent infections, take a look at positivity charge, hospitalizations and hospital capability.

Jeremy Smith, director of the Truckee Meadows Regional Planning Company, volunteered to create the danger meter by utilizing his background in knowledge evaluation.

“What our mannequin is making an attempt to do is add it up,” he stated. “Are all of this stuff up on the similar time? And if they’re then we needs to be considering as a group about altering our conduct to convey them again down.”

The software makes use of a color-coded system just like the EPA’s AirNow web site or Washoe County’s burn codes, which inform residents after they’re allowed to have wooden fires. 

Sparks Metropolis Councilman Kristopher Dahir stated the meter might be a “software of hope,” by making COVID-19 updates extra digestible than the extra advanced knowledge dashboards supplied by the state and Washoe County. 

“It offers us the power to see what’s occurring and never shock us a lot,” he stated.

2:23 p.m.: Woodland Christian Faculty authorised for waiver to restart in-person instruction

Woodland Christian Faculty in Yolo County has been granted a waiver to reopen in-person instruction for college kids. It’s the primary elementary college in Yolo County to be authorised for this waiver.

Colleges in counties on the state’s COVID-19 watch checklist needed to apply for a waiver from native public well being authorities to be able to do in-person studying. Yolo County had been on the watch checklist since July 8. The waiver is just relevant for grades TK-6.

The watchlist has since been changed by the state’s new tier system, which locations Yolo County within the most-restrictive tier.

Woodland Christian Faculty has made a number of modifications to forestall the unfold of COVID-19, together with hiring additional employees, creating protocol for responding to employees or college students who get COVID-19, implementing obligatory well being and security measures and creating outside instruction house, based on the county.

Yolo County has additionally obtained six different waiver purposes which are at present being thought-about.

8:48 a.m.: U.S. unemployment charge drops significantly in August

The U.S. unemployment charge fell significantly in August from 10.2% to eight.4%, the Related Press stories.

Regardless of this fall, hiring slowed down in August as employers added the fewest jobs because the pandemic started. In line with the Labor Division, employers added 1.Four million jobs in August, down from 1.7 million in July. Solely about half of the 22 million jobs misplaced throughout the pandemic have been recovered.

8:41 a.m.: Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak urges state to remain secure over Labor Day weekend

With Labor Day this weekend, Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak is pleading with residents to keep away from giant gatherings in celebration of the vacation.

Throughout a Thursday afternoon information convention, the governor stated that residents ought to forgo barbecues and events with neighbors, buddies, and other people exterior of their quick household. Sisolak stated these potential gatherings may drive the “single most expansive unfold” of COVID-19.

Thursday, September 3

5:53 p.m.: Most new Butte County instances tied to youthful individuals

Butte County is coping with a big improve in COVID-19 instances. 

The County’s public well being division stories the largest rise in numbers amongst individuals ages 18-to-24 dwelling close to the Chico State campus. Of the 557 constructive instances from August 24-31, round 78% had been 18-to-24 12 months olds. 

Whereas Butte County’s Public Well being company says it may possibly’t verify all of the instances had been school college students, the rise coincides with the beginning of lessons. Butte CountyPublic Well being Director Dannette York stated the county will stay within the state’s most restrictive coronavirus class until everyone seems to be taking precautions.

“If college-age people don’t be a part of the combat and comply with these mitigation efforts, or non-pharmaceutical interventions, of social distancing and carrying face coverings, then our instances will proceed to climb and we are going to keep on this most restrictive tier,” York stated. 

In the meantime, Chico State has revised reopening plans to maneuver to completely on-line programs for the remainder of the autumn semester. It additionally required most college students dwelling in campus housing to maneuver out of their dorm rooms and flats.

4:18 p.m.: Oakland A’s pitcher Daniel Mengden exams constructive for COVID-19

Athletics right-hander Daniel Mengden has examined constructive for the coronavirus. 

He’s asymptomatic however is quarantined at house in Houston, the place he obtained the consequence. The A’s had a three-game sequence at Seattle postponed in addition to final Sunday’s scheduled sequence finale at Houston, the place the A’s realized of the one constructive take a look at. 

Oakland common supervisor David Forst says Mengden was positioned on the 10-day injured checklist. The A’s have added new left-hander Mike Minor to the 40-man roster. He was acquired in a commerce with the Texas Rangers.

3:05 p.m.: Nevada church continues court docket battle over pandemic restrictions

The Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley church in rural Nevada is once more making an attempt to steer the ninth U.S. Circuit of Appeals that the state’s 50-person cap on spiritual gatherings is unconstitutional, the Related Press stories.

The church filed new briefs with the court docket Wednesday after the U.S. Supreme Courtroom refused to droop the restrictions in a 5-Four choice in July. They argue that parishioners’ spiritual freedoms are being violated, and that the cap on spiritual gatherings whereas permitting Nevada’s casinos to function at 50% capability places earnings forward of the First Modification.

9:01 a.m.: EDD investigating doable widespread unemployment fraud

California lawmakers are trying into doable fraud on the Employment Growth Division, based on the Los Angeles Occasions. Some Californians have been involved about fraud after receiving letters from the EDD addressed to strangers.

The letters are addressed to unrelated individuals and infrequently include debit playing cards loaded with money. California residents aren’t the one ones receiving letters from EDD; some former residents in states like Florida and Connecticut have additionally been receiving letters for claims they didn’t file.

The EDD declined to touch upon the variety of fraudulent instances being investigated. These considerations come as Californians throughout the state have been left with out essential joblessness advantages after irritating experiences with the EDD.

8:35 a.m.: San Diego State College cancels in-person lessons

San Diego State College has halted in-person lessons after county well being officers discovered 64 confirmed or possible instances of COVID-19 amongst college students on the college, based on the Related Press. The case depend contains college students dwelling each on and off-campus.

Over 200 programs, together with some lab lessons, have been suspended for a month and can transfer to a digital format. On-campus housing will stay open.

California State College, Chico additionally moved lessons on-line this week.

Wednesday, September 2

5:23 p.m.: Greater than 300 Sacramento County residents have died of COVID-19

As of Sept. 2, a minimum of 304 Sacramento County residents have died of problems from COVID-19 because the pandemic started earlier this 12 months. 

Greater than half of those individuals, 176, had been residents of town of Sacramento. There have been 18,413 confirmed instances of COVID-19 in Sacramento County.

For extra info on the numbers of confirmed instances and deaths in each California county, see our COVID-19 tracker.

4:49 p.m.: Pelosi takes warmth over go to to San Francisco hair salon

Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi is getting warmth over a solo hair salon go to in San Francisco at a time when California companies are restricted by concern over coronavirus. However she says she was complying with the foundations as introduced to her by the salon. 

Footage aired by Fox Information Channel reveals Pelosi, her masks round her neck moderately than on her face, strolling via the institution. A stylist follows her carrying a masks. 

The salon proprietor stated she rents chairs to stylists, and one let her know that Pelosi needed a wash and a blow dry. Outside haircuts are allowed, however indoor salons haven’t reopened.

1:58 p.m.: State shifting deal with mission to deal with unhoused residents throughout pandemic

Since April, California has supplied momentary housing for 22,000 individuals in a program created to get the state’s unhoused inhabitants in rooms amid the pandemic. However the focus must shift, Gov. Gavin Newsom stated in a press convention Wednesday.

“That was an emergency response,” Newsom stated. “Now we want a everlasting response, and I’ve lengthy believed that homelessness is solved by everlasting, supportive housing.”

Newsom says “Roomkey” is now merging into “Homekey,” a partnership with state and native governments to spend $600 million to purchase lodges, motels and condo buildings statewide by the top of this calendar 12 months. 

Cities, counties, native housing companies and tribal authorities have till September 29 to use for the funding. Solely $50 million of the “Homekey” cash comes from the state’s Common Fund.  The additional $550 million comes from federal coronavirus aid funds which should be spent by the top of the 12 months.

Watch Gov. Newsom’s full press convention right here.

11:12 a.m.: Monterey Bay Aquarium faces monetary challenges as a consequence of COVID-19 closure

After 5 months of being closed to the general public, the Monterey Bay Aquarium is going through a projected lack of $45 million this 12 months, based on Yahoo Information

Furloughs and layoffs have affected 220 of their 580 workers. For the reason that nonprofit has over 500 workers, the aquarium didn’t qualify for the Paycheck Safety Program, a forgivable coronavirus mortgage via the federal authorities. 

The aquarium has needed to cut back their conservation work, like lowering plastic air pollution and local weather change, as a consequence of its scaled again funds. 

A grand reopening was deliberate for July 9, but it surely was cancelled a number of days earlier than as a result of Monterey County had simply been positioned on the state’s COVID-19 watchlist.

9:56 a.m.: August was California’s deadliest month for COVID-19

August was the deadliest month for COVID-19 in California, based on the Los Angeles Occasions.

There have now been greater than 700,000 confirmed instances of COVID-19 within the state, the very best variety of complete instances for any state within the U.S. California additionally reported 3,745 deaths linked to COVID-19 in August, a rise of 18% over July.

Regardless of this, adjusted for inhabitants, California’s case depend is smaller than 20 different states, together with Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and different Southern states, based on federal knowledge.

Whereas deaths have been growing, hospitalizations peaked in late July, hitting 3,940 this week. Gov. Gavin Newsom just lately launched a brand new tiered plan to open up the California financial system. Hair salons and barbershops are allowed to open once more for indoor companies, as are malls and different retail at 25% capability.

8:33 a.m.: Yolo County presents free COVID-19 testing to residents Wednesday night

Yolo County residents can get a free COVID-19 take a look at at Madison City Corridor in Madison on Wednesday, Sept. 2 from 4-7 p.m.

The free testing website is for Yolo County residents solely, and other people should present a doc with their identify and handle — resembling mail, a invoice or a driver’s license — to be served.

The positioning is first come, first served and all ages are welcome. Registration is advisable, not required, to get examined, however registering doesn’t assure a take a look at or a time slot.

Tuesday, September 1

4:55 p.m.: State indicators deal for brand spanking new system after COVID knowledge backlog

California has inked a $15 million cope with a software program firm to develop a brand new COVID-19 monitoring system. 

The announcement Tuesday got here a few month after the state stated its present system had undercounted confirmed instances. The issue had critical implications, because the state makes use of these numbers to make choices about reopening companies and faculties. 

Officers say the cope with Minnesota-based OptumInsight Inc. will permit the state to raised observe the unfold of the virus. California has extra confirmed instances than every other state. However latest traits present these numbers dropping, and the share of constructive exams can also be declining.

11:37 a.m.: El Dorado County may transfer to decrease coronavirus tier this month

El Dorado County may transfer from the state’s “substantial” coronavirus threat class to the decrease “average” one within the week of Sept. 21.

To maneuver down, the county wants to remain under 4 new instances per day on common and hold a take a look at positivity charge under 5% over the following 14 days, based on El Dorado County Public Well being.

In assigning El Dorado County to the substantial tier, the second-most critical within the new system, the state used the county’s knowledge from the week of August 5-11. Counties have to stay of their assigned tier for 3 weeks earlier than transferring to a much less restrictive one. Then, the county can transfer so long as the variety of instances and the take a look at positivity charge meet the much less restrictive tier’s requirement within the two most up-to-date weeks.

“El Dorado County’s numbers within the two standards the State is at present utilizing to find out reopening have been trending comparatively decrease during the last two weeks,” El Dorado County Public Well being Officer Dr. Nancy Williams stated in a information launch. “The most effective and simplest way to assist guarantee we transfer to the Orange tier within the week of September 21st is for residents and guests to proceed to comply with the State’s mandates for face coverings, keep away from gatherings with and stay a minimum of six toes from others exterior your family and wash your arms.”

9:41 a.m.: Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak extends eviction moratorium

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak has introduced plans to increase the state’s eviction moratorium one other 45 days.

This transfer will present aid to an estimated 250,000 renters going through the prospect of shedding their housing as a result of financial fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.

Sisolak made the choice yesterday, at some point earlier than the earlier moratorium was set to run out. Fears of a widespread eviction disaster within the state have been compounded by delays in state help and applications, like unemployment insurance coverage.

Nevada’s moratorium is now set to run out Oct. 16.

8:41 a.m.: Lawmakers go, Newsom indicators eviction aid invoice

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed AB 3088, a invoice extending a halt to evictions for unpaid hire as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.

Lawmakers handed the invoice Monday. The state’s eviction moratorium was set to run out Sept. 2 if lawmakers didn’t take motion.

AB 3088 pauses evictions via January 31 because of unpaid hire throughout the first six months of the pandemic. Renters must fill out paperwork certifying that they had been impacted by COVID-19 to be eligible for protections, and would additionally must pay a minimum of 25% of their hire beginning in September.

For extra updates on Monday evening’s finish of the California legislative session, head right here.

Monday, August 31

3:56 p.m.: New Sacramento County well being order permits for extra outside actions

Following a brand new ‘tier system’ introduced by Gov. Gavin Newsom final week, Sacramento County well being officers have put out an order detailing what actions are allowed indoors and outside.

Regardless of Newsom’s announcement, companies allowed to function underneath the brand new system could not reopen till the county formally allowed it with this new order. Beneath the brand new pointers, which change the final order revealed July 14, the next companies are permitted to function outside:

These companies are allowed to open for indoor operations:

  • Vital infrastructure
  • Hair salons and barbershops
  • All retail (25% most capability)
  • Purchasing facilities (Malls, vacation spot facilities, swap meets, excluding meals courts and customary areas) most 25% capability
  • Skilled sports activities (with out reside audiences)

These companies are allowed to open for outside operations:

  • Private care companies (nail salons, physique waxing, estheticians)
  • Museums, zoos, aquariums
  • Locations of worship
  • Film theaters
  • Gyms and health facilities
  • Eating places
  • Wineries
  • Household Leisure Facilities (e.g. bowling alleys, miniature golf, batting cages and arcades)
  • Cardrooms, satellite tv for pc wagering
  • Bars, pubs, brewpubs and breweries could function outside, provided that they provide sit-down, outside meals

The brand new state reopening technique organizes counties by tiers, that are decided by the variety of new constructive instances per week and the positivity charge. With a day by day case depend of 12 per 100,000 and a positivity charge of 8.1%, Sacramento County is listed on the highest threat stage tier within the state. Which means the virus is widespread in the neighborhood. 

These pointers don’t change the county’s August 28 order to maintain faculties closed. Colleges can reopen for in-person college after they’ve been in Tier 2 for 2 weeks. A county should stay in its present tier for 21 days, after which meet standards for the following tier for 2 weeks, earlier than transferring to a much less restrictive tier.

2:48 p.m.: CSU Chico cancels lessons after 30 COVID-19 instances

California State College, Chico canceled the restricted variety of in-person lessons it was providing. They are going to be virtual-only at some point of the autumn semester after practically 30 individuals examined constructive for the coronavirus days after the autumn semester began.

College President Gayle Hutchinson says college students additionally must vacate campus housing by the weekend. Hutchinson says she is asking college students to depart campus housing as a result of practically all on-campus residences have a minimum of one constructive case and there are considerations the numbers will improve. 

6:16 a.m.: Decrease visitors throughout stay-at-home saved wildlife, research reveals

A research reveals California’s stay-at-home order in response to the coronavirus outbreak appears to have saved some wildlife, as decreased visitors resulted in fewer collisions with mountain lions, deer and different giant animals. 

A research by the Street Ecology Middle at UC Davis discovered visitors declined by about 75%  after the emergency order went into impact in March. The variety of animals struck and killed by automobiles additionally fell, together with a 58% lower in deadly crashes involving mountain lions between the 10 weeks earlier than and 10 weeks after the order.


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