Good morning, North State. Here's what you need to know to start your day on Nov. 17.
Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Monday that state health officials are pulling an “emergency brake” on California’s Covid-19 pandemic response. 40 of California’s 58 counties are being moved to more restrictive tiers which included Butte, Siskiyou, and Glenn counties leaping to the most restrictive purple tier.
Schools in the region are returning to distance learning. The Enterprise District in Redding is moving back to distance learning after the Thanksgiving break on the 30th of November. School representatives say they believe they can contain the spread with regular testing.
Members of a local city council will consider a final report regarding police hiring. The report details the hiring and training requirements of Chico Police in relation to the use of force practices. The virtual meeting is Tuesday at 6 p.m.
The biotech firm Moderna says tests show its coronavirus vaccine is nearly 95% effective. Last week, Pfizer announced that its vaccine showed a 90% effectiveness rate. Both say distribution can begin by the end of the year. The U.S. is now averaging almost 150,000 new coronavirus infections per day, and a million new cases a week.
Biden to receive outside national security briefing
President-elect Joe Biden and vice president-elect Kamala Harris hear from outside national security experts Tuesday as pressure grows to include them in official intelligence briefings and coronavirus planning. Biden is also working without government help on a Covid relief plan to distribute vaccines to millions of Americans by next spring.