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The Nooner for Friday, July 10, 2020, presented by SYASL Partners
GENERAL ELECTION DATA POINTS
SESSION: Both the Senate and Assembly have announced a new return date of July 27, which is what I predicted on Wednesday given isolation time. Of course, we're still living day-by-day, so we'll see.
THE NUMBERS: There were 149 COVID-19 deaths in California yesterday, with a third in L.A County.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) has confirmed 50 new deaths and 1,777 new cases of COVID-19. The number of new deaths remain higher than the 7-day average of 24 deaths.
Of the 50 people that passed away, 24 people were over the age of 65 years old and 25 people who died were between the ages of 41 and 65 years old. Thirty-three people had underlying health conditions including 15 people over the age of 65 years old and 18 people between the ages of 41 to 65 years old. One death was reported by the City of Long Beach.
There are 2,037 people currently hospitalized, 26% of these people are confirmed cases in the ICU and 17% are confirmed cases on ventilators. This remains substantially higher than the 1,350 to 1,450 daily hospitalizations seen four weeks ago.
TESTING: We're a long ways from "Anyone who wants a test can get a test" which seems like twenty years ago. Colleen Shalby reports in the Times that there are simply not enough test kits to meet the appointment demand in San Bernardino County.
“The county’s daily testing capacity has shrunk from about 4,500 to about 1,800,” public information officer David Wert said, adding that the county’s test vendors “are unable to procure supply.”
“What the county is experiencing is part of the nationwide supply chain crisis.”
And CapRadio's Sammy Cailo reports the same problem in the Sacramento region.
THE GROWTH: Sonoma County is expected today to join the counties on California's watch list (and thus requiring shutdowns), reports Mary Callahan at the Press-Democrat.
CONFLAGRATION: Governor Newsom reminded us yesterday that if we didn't think that 2020 hasn't sucked enough, we're just entering fire season. While there have been a few already, the historically worst months lie ahead.
Meanwhile, we have a pandemic on our hands that raises huge concerns about how we have had evacuation centers in the past.
In a press release, Newsom states:
Major investments include augmenting CAL FIRE air fleet with new FIREHAWK S-70i helicopters and C-130 airplanes, and bolstering firefighting surge capacity and pre-positioning capabilities. The state also launched an Innovation Procurement Sprint to develop early warning technologies and place fire detection cameras across the state. This year’s budget included $85.6 million in new, ongoing dollars to fund permanent firefighting positions, and continues the funding for CAL FIRE to procure innovative technology that allows us to model fire behavior.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, CAL FIRE has adjusted firefighting operations to mitigate the spread of the virus within its own crews by holding virtual briefings and keeping non-essential base camp staff off site. CDSS and CAL OES have updated mass care and sheltering protocols to include health screenings, dedicated cleaning staff and medical professionals on site.
“Wildfire season this year carries an extra layer of danger as the state responds to the spread of fires and the ongoing heath pandemic,” said Chief Porter. “It is of the utmost importance that we keep our crews healthy so they can continue their work and that we adjust evacuation and shelter plans to protect communities from the spread of COVID-19.”
cakeday and classifieds after the jump...
CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Matt Back, Rep. Tom McClintock, and David Panush!