Good morning, North State. Here's what you need to know to start your day on Nov. 18.
Shasta County reported a spike in new cases this week. Public Health reported 185 new cases from the past two days. The county now has 3,500 total confirmed cases. Shasta County has a test positivity rate higher than the state average with daily cases counting 41.8 per 100,000 people.
Firefighters are battling the wind-driven Laura Fire. It has impacted 20 structures in Lassen County. The BLM said the Laura Fire started around noon Tuesday in the community of Doyle, south of Susanville. It has burned through 600 acres and prompted some evacuations. For a list of evacuations, click here.
A workshop to discuss the proposed Park Marina Corridor project in Redding. The goal is to improve and increase public transportation access within the area, improve traffic flow. and enhance the quality of life. The Zoom meeting runs from 4:30 to 6 p.m. to sign up and find more information, click here.
The Trump Administration has announced the withdrawals of a large number of U.S. troops from Iraq and Afghanistan by January 15. That is just five days before President-elect Joe Biden is set to take office. Senior military officers criticized the move – instead argued for a slower, more calculated pullout of the regions.
Drug maker Pfizer says its vaccine candidate has a 95% effectiveness, up 5% from last week. This morning Pfizer representatives say "within days' they will submit the vaccine candidate for regulatory approval. The companies say they expect to produce up to 50 million doses this year and over a billion doses by the end of next year.
Tuesday, the Food and Drug Administration authorized an at-home rapid coronavirus test. The all in one kit is available by prescription. It uses technology to search for genetic signs of the virus. The testing unit displays your color indicted results when you place a nasal swab inside.