Good morning, North State. Here's what you need to know to start your day on Nov. 25.
On Tuesday alone, Johns Hopkins University figures show 2,000 Americans died from the coronavirus. It is not the first time the U.S. has seen daily numbers this high. Even with a vaccine on the way - health experts are pleading that Americans stay vigilant.
In the North State, hospitals are assessing resources and capacity. Oroville Hospital is showing confidence, adding contingencies to meet a possible holiday surge are in place. A similar story at Enloe Medical Center, the Butte County hospital tracking case projections. Shasta County public health says between their two hospitals, the county has 51 available ICU beds.
Lassen County public health representatives are now calling for all schools in the county to close until Dec. 1. Department reps are also asking families to be patient, pleading with parents to hold off on school protocol questions, while the department develops a new spring semester game plan.
"Dysfunctional" is the word prosecutors are using to describe California’s unemployment benefits system. An investigation discovered almost $140 million in benefits approved for at least 20,000 prisoners. Prosecutors say the employment development department - overwhelmed by benefits claims during the pandemic – failed to check claims against a list of prisoners.
Californians urged to avoid Thanksgiving gatherings
Los Angeles County appears on the brink of issuing a stay-home order to prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed. Dr. Mark Ghaly says people should “say no" to traditional gatherings with relatives who don't live with them. Meanwhile, Los Angeles County has enacted a ban on in-person restaurant dining that begins Wednesday night and the county is likely to issue a stay-at-home order soon.