Plus: Fatal stabbing broadcast by way of Zoom, and Refuge Fire in Siskiyou County burns 873 acres
Welcome to Monday! I’m Winston Gieseke, philanthropy and particular sections editor for The Desert Sun in Palm Springs, the place now we have two seasons: tremendous sizzling and spectacular. And after in the present day’s temperatures, I’m afraid we’re reaching the top of the spectacular season. But listed below are a few of in the present day’s headlines.
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- California COVID-19 cases holding regular
- The fact about COVID-19 vaccines
- Californians aged 50-64 rush to get vaccine earlier than growth
- Prosecutors: Fatal stabbing broadcast by way of Zoom
- Refuge Fire in Siskiyou County burns 873 acres, 80% contained
- California has borrowed $21 billion up to now to fund unemployment advantages, and no finish in sight
California COVID-19 cases holding regular
The Golden State reported 18,837 new coronavirus cases within the week ending Sunday, virtually unchanged from 18,813 the week earlier than.
The worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person foundation had been in Mono, Shasta and Lake counties. Adding the most new cases overall were Los Angeles County, with 4,051 cases; San Diego County, with 1,752 cases; and Sacramento County, with 1,283. Weekly case counts rose in 29 counties from the earlier week. The worst will increase from the prior week’s tempo had been in Sacramento, Fresno and Shasta counties.
Across the state, cases fell in 28 counties, with one of the best declines in Riverside and Stanislaus counties.
While California reported the second-lowest fee of COVID-19 unfold in contrast to different states within the week ending Sunday, a top U.S. public health official on Monday described a “recurring feeling I have of impending doom” as infections as soon as once more are on the rise throughout the nation.
On the vaccination entrance, within the week ending Sunday, the Golden State reported administering one other 2,626,841 vaccine doses in contrast to 2,824,800 the week earlier than that. In all, California stories it has administered 17,335,016 doses.
In California, 1,440 folks had been reported lifeless of COVID-19 within the week ending Sunday. In the week earlier than that, 936 deaths had been reported.
The fact about COVID-19 vaccines
Are you on the fence about getting a COVID-19 vaccine? Or are you prepared to get one however have reservations due to rumors you’ve got heard? Dr. Maya Heinert, medical director of the Central California Alliance for Health, has written an informative article with seven facts you should know. “Avoid falling for COVID-19 myths or scams by seeking information from experts only,” she writes. Read the full article here.
Are you absolutely vaccinated and prepared to begin leaving your property? If you are in Southern California, you will get some concepts of what to do by studying this Los Angeles Times article.
Californians aged 50-64 rush to get vaccine earlier than growth
Before the Golden State opens its coronavirus vaccine program to all adults on April 15, there will be a two-week window when the estimated 7.2 million people between the ages of 50 and 64 can get their shot.
The rollout for this age group has prompted an uptick in appointment requests and has raised considerations about whether or not two weeks is sufficient to get to all people when there’s uncertainty about provide ranges in addition to lingering questions on accessibility.
California expects to obtain 2.5 million vaccine doses per week within the first half of the month and greater than 3 million per week within the second.
Prosecutors: Fatal stabbing broadcast by way of Zoom
A person has been charged with fatally stabbing his mom and uncle on March 22, and prosecutors stated Monday that the assault was witnessed by the lady’s co-workers over a Zoom name.
The Associated Press reports that the victims, recognized as Kenneth Preston, 69, and Carol Brown, 67, had been discovered lifeless on the scene. Preston was within the driveway of a house in Altadena, outdoors of Los Angeles, and Brown was inside.
“This is a horrific case in which the mother’s work colleagues witnessed part of the attack while on a Zoom call and called the authorities,” County District Attorney George Gascón stated in an announcement.
Prosecutors say Robert Anderson Cotton, 32, was arrested on the scene and has been charged with two counts of homicide.
Additional particulars concerning the assault or what motivated it haven’t been launched.
Refuge Fire in Siskiyou County burns 873 acres, 80% contained
Meanwhile in Northern California, firefighters had been ready to acquire floor by Monday morning on a wildfire burning in Siskiyou County, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection stated.
The Refuge Fire, burning 7 miles west of Tulelake, is holding at 873 acres, Cal Fire said. The hearth had been fanned by winds however they calmed in a single day, which helped crews preventing the blaze.
“Strong winds hampered firefighters’ efforts to gain full containment today,” Cal Fire in Siskiyou County posted on its Facebook web page Sunday night.
The hearth, which began Saturday close to the California-Oregon border, is now 80% contained. The reason behind the hearth is beneath investigation.
California has borrowed $21 billion up to now to fund unemployment advantages, and no finish in sight
Another day, one other story about California’s beleaguered Employment Development Department (EDD). On Friday, officers unveiled new online instruments to observe unemployment information after the backlog of unpaid claims as soon as once more mushroomed to greater than 1 million in latest weeks, together with many suspected fraudulent functions.
However, the state is out of unemployment cash; its unemployment belief fund financed by employer taxes ran out final spring, which economists attribute to an outdated tax system that has gone largely untouched for the final 4 a long time.
So far, California has borrowed $21.2 billion from the federal government to keep benefits flowing to the jobless. EDD officers count on the deficit to balloon to $48 billion by the top of the 12 months.
In response to a query from CalIssues about how the state plans to handle that debt, division officers stated Friday that the following forecast for the unemployment fund is due round late May. “Information will be further forthcoming as developments occur,” spokesperson Loree Levy stated.
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As the philanthropy and particular sections editor at The Desert Sun, Winston Gieseke writes about nonprofits, fundraising and individuals who give again within the Coachella Valley. Reach him at [email protected].