California Legislature OKs $1 billion for coronavirus

The California Legislature approved up to $1 billion in new spending on Monday to combat the coronavirus outbreak, then suspended their work for the next month to try and contain the illness.

Posted: Mar 17, 2020 8:30 AM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - - The California Legislature has suspended its work until April 13 amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The decision came just a few hours after lawmakers approved up to $1 billion in new spending to combat the coronavirus outbreak.

The vote was taken without some older lawmakers present who stayed home rather than risk spreading the disease.

The bill now goes to Gov. Gavin Newsom for his review.

It would allow Newsom to spend $500 million for any purpose related to the governor's declaration of emergency earlier this month. Newsom can increase that spending in $50 million increments if he notifies the Legislature.

But the spending can't exceed $1 billion. Lawmakers also approved a bill to make sure public schools that close because of the virus don't lose funding.

CONTINUING CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 3543340

Reported Deaths: 49888
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles118349620069
Riverside2885413695
San Bernardino2850812651
Orange2598573848
San Diego2578053218
Santa Clara1095061747
Kern102137786
Fresno945841397
Sacramento926211446
Alameda797961200
Ventura76947805
San Joaquin662901042
Contra Costa61865653
Stanislaus55487937
Tulare47680731
Monterey42016323
San Mateo38552502
San Francisco33947394
Santa Barbara31630398
Solano29882161
Merced28749393
Sonoma27845295
Imperial26840587
Kings21916218
Placer19661231
San Luis Obispo19500221
Madera15325201
Santa Cruz14516174
Marin13083197
Yolo12689185
Shasta10950172
Butte10855158
El Dorado906995
Napa895068
Sutter881896
San Benito572358
Yuba571936
Lassen559419
Tehama506852
Tuolumne392959
Nevada390974
Mendocino379043
Amador343840
Humboldt313633
Lake310740
Glenn220723
Colusa212513
Calaveras190225
Siskiyou172013
Inyo127835
Mono12084
Del Norte9765
Plumas6516
Modoc4504
Mariposa3937
Trinity3525
Sierra990
Alpine800
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Strong wind continues to blow through the valley this afternoon, and will last through the evening. Thursday will still be a fairly breezy day, but the wind won't be as strong and our temperatures will be warmer. More wind is coming Friday and Saturday.
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