Good morning, North State. Here's what you need to know to start your day on Nov. 12.
Coronavirus cases are spiking in Northern California and across the country. Butte County Public Health now says the county is hitting a third surge in coronavirus cases. That also puts the county in danger of more restrictions. Health officials are warning of moving the county back to a red tier of restrictions if current trends continue.
In Shasta County, Public Health officials are seeing a rise in hospitalizations. Officials with Mercy Medical Center say they are still equipped to handle the caseload. Shasta Regional Medical Center representatives say ICU beds are only at 3% capacity.
A local man is set to appear in court Thursday, facing charges of dumping hazardous materials. Prosecutors accuse Chico businessman Richard Parks of unlawfully transporting and disposing of hazardous materials. Thursday’s court proceeding is to set a date for a preliminary hearing.
California is nearing a million positive cases of the coronavirus. California has reported over 996,000 cases in that state. Trailing just behind Texas for the state with the most confirmed cases in the U.S. Over 18,000 people have died from the virus in California.
The numbers are in and California voters have approved Proposition 19. The measure allows homeowners, 55 and older, the disabled, and wildfire victims to transfer low property tax rate if they move to a new home. 51% of voters said yes to this measure.
More ballots are being counted and Joe Biden’s win is growing more decisive. The Associated Press is projecting Joe Biden is likely to hit 306 electoral votes. That is the same number President Trump won in the 2016 election.