Good morning, North State. Here's what you need to know to start your day on Dec. 30.
The stimulus checks are in the mail! The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service says coronavirus stimulus payments are expected to hit bank accounts as early as today and drop into mailboxes later this week. $600 for individuals earning less than $75,000 in 2019. Click here to check the status of your stimulus check.
Bernie Sanders vows to hold up defense bill unless Senate votes on $2K stimulus checks
A chance at more relief is setting up a showdown on Capitol Hill. Vermont Independent Senator Bernie Sanders is vowing to block a vote to override the president's veto on a key military spending bill, until Senators get to vote on increasing the stimulus checks to $2,000.
More resources now available to small businesses but you need to act fast to take advantage of the help. The latest California relief grant program has applications open as of this morning but close – Jan. 8. Up to $25,000 is available for businesses with up to 2.5 million dollars in revenue. Click Here to fill out an application.
And happening this morning, there will be a webinar for that grant program. The webinar starts at 11 a.m. and runs the same time every day through Jan. 4. Click Here to view the webinar registration link.
Gov. Gavin Newsom has extended regional stay-at-home order for the Southern California and San Joaquin Valley regions. Los Angeles County is reporting more than 13,000 new infections a day – that's up from just 12,000 at the beginning of November.
The vaccination debate comes as doctors in Colorado detected the highly contagious mutated coronavirus from the UK. The patient a man in his 20s with no travel history now recovering in isolation. Doctors want to remind people that while that strain of the virus is more contagious – the cases of COVID-19 it produces are not any more severe or deadly.
Congressman-elect Luke Letlow dies after battling Covid-19
U.S. Congressman-elect, 41-year-old Luke Letlow, from Louisiana has died after a battle with COVID-19. A spokesman confirmed the news in a statement on Facebook. The republican won a run-off election for Louisiana’s 5th congressional district on Dec. 5. Then 13 days later, announced he had tested positive for COVID-19.