Local cases of the coronavirus are on the rise. Here are the up-to-date numbers of cases in each county in our viewer area. Tehama County Wednesday night confirmed its first case of the coronavirus. And Butte County confirmed another positive case, bringing the total to nine confirmed cases. Shasta County has 7 confirmed cases, Glenn has 2 positive cases, and Trinity and Modoc remain at zero cases.
"Distance learning" it’s the new normal for Butte County students for the rest of the year. Butte County Superintendent of Schools announced the decision Wednesday. It followed discussions with school district leaders around Butte County. On Tuesday, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction urged school districts across the state end in-person instruction and focus on improving distance learning.
Governor Gavin Newsom named Redding as a possible location for a temporary field hospital. Shasta County health representatives say the U.S. army corps of engineers has been looking at possible sites, in order to set up make-shift hospitals. Possible locations include -- the Redding Civic Auditorium, the Shasta County Fairgrounds in Anderson and Shasta College.
Checks from the government relief package should be rolling off the presses and on their way to millions of Americans. Taxpayers can expect anywhere from $1,200 to $2,400, based on their income and filing status. The amounts for eligible Americans are based on the latest tax filing, either 2018 or 2019.
A new debate is brewing among public health experts, “Should we wear face masks?” The Centers for Disease Control says wearing a mask is unnecessary for healthy individuals. However, the U.S. Surgeon General says federal health experts could change that guidance. The surgeon general also adds if people plan on wearing a face covering to not touch their faces and to continue practicing social distancing. This debate comes as the mayor of Los Angeles is taking no chances. He is now urging the city's 4 million residents to wear masks while in public. That recommendation goes against the state's own guidelines which do not require masks. Prioritizing hand washing and social distancing.
The numbers are in and U.S. unemployment claims have hit 6.6 million. Far exceeding a record high set just last week of 3.3 million. A sign that layoffs are accelerating in the midst of the coronavirus. Some economists predict as many as 20 million lost jobs by the end of April.