Gov. Gavin Newsom said 197 people died from the coronavirus Tuesday making it the state’s highest single-day count since the start of the pandemic. California has the highest number of confirmed cases in the U.S., with at least 484,000 cases, over 8,900 people have died in the state. The U.S. surpassed 150,000 deaths and had its highest daily death toll since May.
State lawmakers are revealing more information about the state employment office after pleas for help from people in need of benefits. The employment development department says a least a million claims are still being processed after a tidal wave of claims hit the department when the coronavirus shut down the state's economy. Almost 9 million people filed claims.
State lawmakers are advancing several bills spurred by the coronavirus. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday the state would keep in place a planned jump in the state’s minimum wage to $14 an hour next year for larger businesses, saying it would help hard hit lower-income workers even as many companies struggle to survive amid the coronavirus crisis.
BCPH to hold coronavirus response briefing
Happening this morning, Butte County Public Health will hold a media briefing on coronavirus response. It’s set for 10 a.m. this morning but is not open to the public. Action News Now will be following that briefing, Click Here to watch it live.
The unemployment numbers are in and unemployment is surging to 14.7%. More than 1.4 million laid-off Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, further evidence of the devastation the coronavirus outbreak has unleashed on the U.S. economy. The new wave of job cuts comes as states across the country are seeing a spike in new cases.
$600 unemployment payment expires Friday, July 31
Lawmakers have yet to agree on extending the $600 dollar a week unemployment payment that expires July 31. President Trump is pitching a temporary fix: but democrats and republicans want a permanent solution. Protection from evictions is still up in the air. New research says 12 million Americans are at risk of being evicted.
NASA’s latest Mars rover is on its way to the red planet this morning, and with it is a little piece of Paradise. That NASA rocket launched just before 8 a.m. eastern time this morning from Cape Canaveral in Florida. Attached to the rover are two engraved chips honoring the Town of Paradise. A manager at NASA, Jerry Stoces organized the tiles last year, to honor Camp Fire survivors and a friend who lost a home in Paradise.