“We can take the measure we all should be taking: wearing a mask, practicing good hygiene and social distancing, while still opening our economy,” Raymond said in an email. “Those that think it’s either or are treating our current situation like a political football and only taking a position that is advantageous to them and their particular political agenda.” … [Read more...] about A California sheriff mocked the state’s stay-at-home order. He changed his tune when COVID-19 cases surged
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1:22 p.m. Rate of positive tests increases to 7.1%: The rate coronavirus tests returning a positive result in California grew to 7.1% over two weeks, a roughly 39% increase from two weeks ago, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Wednesday. “I’ve made this point before, I’ll make it today: Every decimal point is a point of concern,” Newsom said during a news conference. “We have the capacity to move that number down by our individual behavior, by wearing masks, by practicing the hand-washing and physical distancing and social distancing that’s required of all of us at this moment.” … [Read more...] about Coronavirus live updates: With millions of masks in stock, California helps 4 needy states
Although the number of infections is continuing to surge in California, backlogged test results have resulted in some of the high numbers reported over the past few days. On Sunday, Los Angeles County officials announced a total of 7,232 new COVID-19 cases from Thursday, Friday and Saturday, after a delay in records. Friday previously marked the highest single-day total of new cases in the county: 3,187. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus testing shortages worsen across L.A.
8:59 a.m. Reuse protective equipment, Pence says: Amid reports that personal protective equipment for medical workers on the COVID-19 front lines is running low again, Vice President Mike Pence said Wednesday that guidance is forthcoming on reusing supplies. “We are encouraging health care workers to use some of the best practices we learned,” he told a news briefing, “to preserve and reuse the PPE supplies.” Low supplies are being reported as the virus resumes its rapid spread, and a doctors’ association says physicians’ offices have had to close due to lack of masks and supplies. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus live updates: Uptick from frat parties threatens UC Berkeley’s return-to-campus plans
2:30 p.m. UC Berkeley uptick threatens plans for return to classes: UC Berkeley has seen “a notable increase in UC Berkeley students testing positive” the coronavirus over the last week — most related to fraternity parties — which calls into question plans for the fall return to campus, university health officials said in a Wednesday email to the campus community. Campus Health Services recorded 47 cases in a week, compared to a total of 23 before that since the start of the pandemic, the email said. The majority “stem from a series of recent parties connected to the CalGreek system” and secondary spread to smaller gatherings, where people have not followed guidelines to wear face masks, maintain social distance and limit group sizes. “At the rate we are seeing increases in cases, it’s becoming harder to imagine bringing our campus community back in the way we are envisioning,” the officials wrote. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus live updates: Cable cars fall victim to virus