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What you need to know: Dec. 29

Good morning, North State. Here's what you need to know to start your day on Dec. 29.

Posted: Dec 29, 2020 9:12 AM

Good morning, North State. Here's what you need to know to start your day on Dec. 29.

ICU capacity improves, some businesses prepare to reopen

The Greater Sacramento Region has a chance to see the stay-at-home order lifted. The Greater Sacramento Region, which includes Butte County, reached over 16% ICU availability on Monday. That's just over the 15% threshold. This means there is a chance the order could be lifted as soon as Friday.

Lockdowns likely to be extended as California hospitals fill

However, the same cannot be said for areas in Southern California. Gov. Gavin Newsom started the week by saying he expects the state to extend the stay-at-home order in the San Joaquin Valley and Southern California regions. The stay-at-home order for those areas would have been eligible to expire as early as Monday. But both regions are now operating at 0% of ICU capacity.

CVS, Walgreens vaccinating patients in California long-term care facilities

Both CVS and Walgreens are slated to begin COVID-19 vaccinations at long term care facilities. Health representatives from CVS say they will be able to provide shots from the Pfizer vaccine for nearly 500 skilled nursing facilities. That is phase one, eventually, CVS wants to immunize close to 700,000 residents and staff in long-term care facilities, across our state.

FDA says Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine vials may hold extra doses

There may be more COVID-19 vaccine doses available - than previously reported. The Food and Drug Administration says health care providers can squeeze up to 40% more doses from the existing supply. That guidance comes after some providers noticed vials meant to hold five doses of the Pfizer vaccine, often contain enough for six and in some cases - seven doses.

House approves Trump's $2K checks, sending to GOP-led Senate

The House of Representatives passed a bill increasing the coronavirus stimulus checks to $2,000 Monday. The legislation would increase the $600 in direct payments to those who earned less than $75,000 last year to $2,000. The bill will still need to pass the Senate before it makes it to the president's desk.

Transition Covid relief

With a two-thirds majority the House voted to override a presidential veto – It is the first in Trump's presidency. That vote - on a key military spending bill. The president said he vetoed the bill as it allows the renaming of military bases that honor confederate military generals. The president also sought the removal of liability protections for social media companies.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 3095814

Reported Deaths: 35549
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles104602114641
San Bernardino2587421561
Riverside2558082739
San Diego2197312222
Orange2178492546
Santa Clara959361158
Kern87240572
Fresno83591968
Sacramento816871128
Alameda69107842
Ventura63413462
San Joaquin58843788
Contra Costa53349460
Stanislaus43392773
Tulare42186515
Monterey36464255
San Mateo33207309
San Francisco29665274
Solano26191108
Santa Barbara25405243
Imperial25380486
Merced24570316
Sonoma24262242
Kings19588148
Placer17584186
San Luis Obispo16056140
Madera13585151
Santa Cruz12461113
Marin11732159
Yolo10852138
Shasta9750123
Butte9582128
El Dorado788649
Sutter782879
Napa773145
Lassen519916
San Benito504246
Yuba499627
Tehama433244
Tuolumne340340
Nevada323874
Mendocino319232
Amador303631
Lake264631
Humboldt245825
Glenn195520
Colusa17969
Calaveras163723
Siskiyou145713
Mono11244
Inyo98329
Del Norte8672
Plumas5895
Modoc3853
Mariposa3464
Trinity3044
Sierra820
Alpine730
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Chico
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Red Bluff
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Chico
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Light rain and snow is expected in your Friday forecast. We'll be mostly dry and warmer on Saturday. A more substantial system with lower snow levels is in your forecast for Sunday into early Monday. Long range models are showing very wet weather for the middle of next week.
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