What you need to know: March 26

Good morning, North State! Here's what you need to know to start your day on March 26.

Posted: Mar 26, 2020 8:39 AM

The latest: Coronavirus case numbers climb

Across the country, the number of those infected with coronavirus is climbing. There are now over 69,000 confirmed cases in the United States - with over 3,000 of those in California.

Senate approves historic $2 trillion stimulus deal amid growing coronavirus fears

The Senate on Wednesday approved a historic, $2 trillion stimulus package to provide a jolt to an economy reeling from the coronavirus pandemic, capping days of intense negotiations that produced one of the most expensive and far-reaching measures Congress has ever considered. It will next go to the House for a vote. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer announced Wednesday evening ahead of Senate passage that the House will convene at 9 a.m. on Friday to consider the relief package. 

Chico City Council votes Mayor Randall Stone out

In a big move, Wednesday night the Chico City Council voted to remove Mayor Randall Stone. At the same time - they voted in council member Ann Schwab as Chico's new mayor. This is not the first time the Chico City Council has attempted to remove Stone. They tried and failed in September.

Shasta County health officials confirm first death due to COVID-19

We have details on the first coronavirus death in Shasta County. Health representatives say the patient was a 75-year-old woman. She tested positive after going to the emergency room Sunday and died Tuesday afternoon. Health officials say they can't release which hospital she died in or where she visited before she was admitted.

Coming up Thursday night in Redding

The Redding City Council will have a meeting tonight at 5:15 p.m. On the docket for the evening? What to do with $2 million from Redding Electric Utility to be issued as rebates to REU customers. The doors to the meeting will be open 30 minutes prior.

Tri Counties Bank Oroville closed after employee test positive for coronavirus

Tri Counties Bank is reporting an employee at the Oroville branch has tested positive for the coronavirus. That person is now home in quarantine - after having recently returned from a trip. A bank marketing director told Action News Now the employee had worked at the branch March 10 through March 13 and a half day March 17. Bank reps are trying to reach customers who may have had contact with that employee. However, the Butte County Public Health Department would not confirm specifics of this case.

People keeping social distance while heading out to park trails

In Redding, parks have seen a lot more foot traffic due to the coronavirus forcing people to isolate. The Redding Recreation Department says it does not have any plans to close the trails or parks, but if they start to see overcrowding that could lead to a shutdown. The city says park staff continues to maintain facilities by cleaning up the bathrooms and taking out the trash.

Butte County Treasurer addresses confusion over tax deadlines

Butte County representatives say there has been confusion surrounding local property tax deadlines. According to the Treasurer and Tax Collector's Office, although federal and state income tax deadlines have been moved, the county deadline of April 10 remains the same. However, for those who are directly impacted, either physically or financially, by the coronavirus, there will be a penalty waiver process offered after the April 10, 2020 deadline.

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