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What you need to know: Sept. 21

Good morning, North State. Here's what you need to know to start your day on Sept. 21.

Posted: Sep 21, 2020 8:51 AM

Good morning, North State. Here's what you need to know to start your day on Sept. 21.

Bear Fire: Soldiers with the California National Guard arrive to assist crews

The Bear Fire has burned 80,500 acres and killed 15 people. Crews have the fire 56% contained. The fire continues to threaten over 10,000 structures and has already destroyed 1,784.

August Complex: Containment drops down again Sunday morning

Containment on the biggest fire in California history - has slipped from 38 to 34%. The August Complex has burned over 836,000 acres in Glenn and Tehama counties. CAL FIRE and the forest service crews are battling this one.

Coronavirus latest numbers

Over 200,000 people in the United States have now died from COVID-19, and reported cases now top 6.7 million, according to NBC news. California, Texas, Florida, and New York also reporting the highest number of cases. Last March, the White House coronavirus task force, member doctor Deborah Birx, predicted roughly 100,000 to 200,000 deaths if Americans followed strict safety protocols. Medical experts are now predicting our country could see 400,000 lives lost by January. California has surpassed 15,000 coronavirus deaths.

Biden says he will not release list of his potential Supreme Court nominees before election

Capitol Hill is deeply divided over what happens now after the death of supreme court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The president and many Republicans now promising to quickly fill the vacancy. Former Vice President, Joe Biden, and democrats say a Senate vote before the election could create a constitutional crisis.

California to pause unemployment claims for 2 weeks

The California Employment Development Department will not accept any new unemployment claims for two weeks to combat fraud within the state's unemployment system. People who are already in the process of receiving claims will not be impacted by the changes. In a written statement, officials say it is still working to correct a backlog of nearly 600,000 claims.

Census count burden

The U.S. Census Bureau is facing an even tighter deadline for counting the nation's population. The bureau is in the final weeks of the once a decade headcount. In California and Oregon, thousands have been forced out of their homes due to fires before they could be counted. In many communities, in the southeast hit by hurricanes Laura and Sally in the past several weeks, thousands more who have been displaced are also uncounted.

PG&E crews working to convert powerlines underground in Chico

One busy stretch of roadway in Chico will be temporarily blocked to drivers. PG&E crews will be working to convert above-ground power lines into underground lines. The construction will delay traffic near Warner and Ivy streets downtown as crews from PG&E will be removing overhead power lines and 44 utility poles construction. This started at 7 a.m. Monday in the morning and lasts until 5 in the afternoon.

Corning Union High School moving back to all distance learning

Corning Union High School is moving back to all distance learning after two high school students tested positive. A post on the school's social media page says both students were on campus while infectious. School reps say all students and staff who came into contact are under quarantine. The post says the school will remain in full distance learning for at least the next two days.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 903684

Reported Deaths: 17343
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles2989376989
Riverside657571279
San Bernardino623531072
Orange583261444
San Diego54314868
Kern33775416
Fresno30590436
Sacramento25264484
Santa Clara24014388
Alameda23215460
San Joaquin21630489
Contra Costa18523241
Stanislaus17572396
Tulare17495286
Ventura14192164
Imperial12700336
San Francisco12069140
Monterey1132189
San Mateo11075159
Santa Barbara9760120
Merced9465155
Sonoma9163134
Kings821883
Solano728674
Marin7057128
Madera498174
San Luis Obispo414132
Placer408857
Yolo316658
Butte305952
Santa Cruz277125
Napa194215
Shasta184630
Sutter183712
San Benito143615
El Dorado13154
Yuba129310
Mendocino112421
Tehama8628
Lassen7661
Lake68915
Glenn6573
Nevada6088
Humboldt5629
Colusa5506
Calaveras34218
Amador32416
Tuolumne2684
Inyo22715
Siskiyou1930
Del Norte1781
Mono1782
Mariposa782
Plumas680
Modoc290
Trinity260
Sierra60
Alpine30
Unassigned00
Chico
Few Clouds
63° wxIcon
Hi: 70° Lo: 41°
Feels Like: 63°
Oroville
Clear
64° wxIcon
Hi: 72° Lo: 44°
Feels Like: 64°
Paradise
Few Clouds
63° wxIcon
Hi: 66° Lo: 41°
Feels Like: 63°
Chester
Clear
33° wxIcon
Hi: 48° Lo: 25°
Feels Like: 24°
Red Bluff
Clear
62° wxIcon
Hi: 67° Lo: 48°
Feels Like: 62°
Willows
Few Clouds
63° wxIcon
Hi: 69° Lo: 47°
Feels Like: 63°
Fire danger will be extreme Sunday-Monday as the biggest dry wind event of the season takes shape. A widespread freeze in the Sierra-Cascades as low as single-digit values possible Sunday night. Mild & sunny weather after Tuesday.
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