More: Plus Ricky Schroder Says He’s Sorry For The Anti-Mask Tirade At Costco, And Golden State Homicides Rise In 2020
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New COVID-19 cases drop in California
It’s turning into a nice trend: California reported significantly fewer coronavirus cases in the week ending Sunday, adding just 10,600 new cases. This represents a drop of almost 20% from the previous week’s total of 13,200. Cases fell in 36 of the state’s 58 counties, with the best declines in Sacramento, Alameda and Santa Clara counties.
In addition, California was ranked 50th among the states with the fastest spreading coronavirus per person, according to an analysis of data from the USA TODAY Network at Johns Hopkins University.
Also in the week ending Sunday, the Golden State reported administering more than 2 million doses of the vaccine, including 710,393 first doses. During the previous week, the state administered 1,924,649 doses of the vaccine, including 691,885 first doses.
In total, California reported administering 35,114,882 total doses.
In case you are wondering what this means in terms of mask warrants, let me tell you.
California won’t relax mask rules until June 15
Fully vaccinated Californians will need to continue wearing headgear in most indoor settings for an additional month, as the state said on Monday it will wait until June 15 to adopt the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Many other states lifted their mask requirements last week after the CDC said fully vaccinated people did not need to wear masks outside in crowds and in most indoor environments.
However, Dr Mark Ghaly, California Secretary of Health and Human Services, said the state had reviewed the CDC’s guidelines and decided it was important to wait to implement them.
In related news, The Los Angeles Times reports that LA County has ordered Trader Joe’s, Walmart and other chains not to relax their rules on masks.
South Pasadena’s Trader Joe’s store, obviously following national guidelines, issued a sign Friday that vaccinated shoppers could enter the store without a mask – however, this violates California’s mask orders.
As a result, the LA County Director of Public Health said Monday officials have contacted retail chains to remind them that rules requiring indoor masks to be worn still apply in the Golden State. .
“Our teams are advising all chains that have made nationwide announcements that they will relax their masking requirements” as California’s mandatory masking policy in stores statewide remains in effect, said LA County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer.
“Absolutely, masking requirements are in place here and all over California,” Ferrrer said. “So it’s going to be fairly easy to understand for businesses and customers, residents and visitors – because there is a standard for the whole state. And that requires that we continue to wear our masks until June 15, ”Ferrer said.
Which brings us to:
Ricky Schroder says he’s sorry for the anti-mask tirade at Costco
Entertainment Weekly reports that former child star Ricky Schroder posted a video on Instagram apologizing for the way he treated a California Costco employee who refused to let the actor without a mask enter the store on Sunday.
The initial incident, filmed by Schroder and posted to social media, shows the actor initially trying to convince the employee, a supervisor named Jason, that masks were no longer needed in the Golden State. When the employee holds on, claiming that Schroder’s information is not accurate, the actor appears to have a meltdown.
“Are you going to listen to these people? They’ve destroyed our economy. They’re destroying our state. And you’re just going to listen to their rules?” Schroder asks in the video, which has now been viewed by over a million people.
In his apology video, Schroder calmly shared an explanation as to why he acted the way he did.
“Jason, nothing personal. I’m not mad at you or anyone in the same position as you who works for a living,” Schroder said. “I understand that you follow your laws and your rules. I was trying to point out the corporate overlords and I’m sorry I had to use you to do it. And if I hurt you, I apologize.
Homicides increase 27% in California in 2020 amid COVID closures of schools and youth programs
Amid a pandemic that has left law enforcement agencies stretched with thin, forced closures that left young men with little to do, California saw a devastating 2020 homicide spike that hit particularly hard harshly black and Latin American communities.
The number of homicide victims in California jumped 27% from 2019 to 2020, to around 2,300, marking the largest year-over-year increase in three decades, according to preliminary data from the department’s death certificates of California Public Health.
The increase in deadly violence has taken place across large swathes of the state, urban and rural, and has been keenly felt in the San Francisco Bay Area. Among California’s 10 most populous counties, the largest increases were reported in Alameda County, where homicides rose 57%, followed by Fresno (44%), Sacramento (36%) and Los Angeles. (32%).
Los Angeles wildfire suspect arrested
A suspect was arrested on Sunday in connection with a wildfire that left around 1,000 Los Angeles residents on evacuation orders as firefighters protect homes in the canyon from a smoky blaze that cut through vegetation that did not not burnt for half a century.
“We think we have the right fit,” Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Ralph Terrazas said, adding that the anonymous suspect was arrested around 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
The cause of the blaze on steep, inaccessible terrain near Topanga State Park has been deemed “suspicious” and continues to be investigated, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.
No buildings were damaged and no injuries were reported in the wildfire that broke out Friday night in the Santa Monica Mountains. It grew rapidly on Saturday afternoon – forcing around 1,000 residents of the Topanga Canyon area to flee their homes.
By Sunday night, the fire had charred over 2 square miles of brush and trees. There was no containment.
In California, a roundup of news from the editorial staff of the USA Today Network. Also contributing: Entertainment Weekly, Los Angeles Times, California Healthline. We’ll be back to your inbox tomorrow with the latest headlines.
As the Philanthropy and Special Sections Editor of The Desert Sun, Winston Gieseke writes about nonprofits, fundraisers and people giving back in the Coachella Valley. Contact him at [email protected]