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Butte County Public Health said the several hundred Covid-19 cases reported over the weekend are too large for Public Health staff to confirm and report. The county skipped its usual case number update on Monday. Public Health officials say they will work to verify the number of cases over the next coming days. But since the start of this month, the county has added 746 new cases.
California to receive extra doses of Pfizer vaccine
California Gov. Gavin Newsom said California can expect another 390,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine next week. In the North State, the wait could be a bit longer. Enloe Medical Center officials said it expects to receive its first 5,000 doses of the vaccine possibly by the end of the week. Mercy Medical Center in Redding hopes to see the first batch as early as today or Wednesday.
The Shasta Board of Supervisors is set to meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday. The board will discuss the potential establishment of a juvenile camp. They will also consider going virtual due to increasing cases in the county. And as local businesses get hit, additional CARES Act money could soon go towards those small businesses. The total amount under discussion is $4 million.
The Chico City Council will meet Tuesday night. On the agenda, affordable housing, among other items. As the first course of action last week, Chico City Councilmembers made it illegal for anyone to camp at city parks. This week the department of planning and housing is asking the council to use federal grant money to fund the redevelopment of the Jesus Center. That project would turn the center into a four-story building.
Salvation Army to host drive-thru food collection in Oroville
If you want a local way to give back, the Salvation Army of Oroville is holding a socially distant, drive-thru food collection event. It takes place at The Salvation Army on Washing Ave. in Oroville. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. An appointment is not needed to contribute.
More than 300,000 people in the US have died from coronavirus since the first known death on February 6. That's an average of more than 961 deaths a day. But this holiday season has been especially brutal, with more than 50,000 deaths in just the past month, according to Johns Hopkins University. In the past week, an average of 2,403 people in the US have died from Covid-19 every day.
After the Electoral College officially voted Biden in on Tuesday – the President-elect is returning to the campaign trail. Biden will be headlining a drive-in rally for democratic senate candidates Jon Ossoff and Reverend Raphael Warnock. The winners of Georgia’s two runoff elections will help determine which party will control the Senate as the president-elect takes office.