California has seen a nearly 30% increase in coronavirus cases over the past week
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The increase in COVID-19 cases shows that the pandemic is not over.
California has seen a nearly 30% increase in coronavirus cases over the past week. The rise coincides with the state’s removal of COVID restrictions. It is unclear how much cases will rise and whether the state government will reimpose restrictions.
“California has recorded approximately 5,600 daily coronavirus cases over the past week, its highest case rate since early March. California’s latest per capita case rate — 100 cases per week per 100,000 residents — is just enough to hit the threshold for a high rate of coronavirus transmission,” The Times reported on Monday.
According to The Times COVID tracker, San Mateo County has California’s highest rate of coronavirus cases in the state. It is currently seeing 222 cases per week per 100,000 population. San Francisco is second, with a rate of 220, but that may be due to their high testing rate.
Coronavirus-positive hospitalizations increased by 7% last week. They remain among the lowest levels of the pandemic, however, the state COVID assessment tool suggests hospitalizations will increase an additional 65% by Memorial Day. Its forecast also shows that the number of COVID-19 patients requiring intensive care could double by then.
LA County’s rate of coronavirus cases is 127 per 100,000 people. Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said LA County is prepared to reinstate universal mask ordering in indoor public places if conditions worsen so badly that the CDC designates LA County as having a level high COVID-19 community, which means the CDC recommends the practice again.
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California officials have spoken out against an alleged US Supreme Court draft opinion it seemed to indicate that the highest court in the land was about to overrule Roe v Wade – a decision that would allow states to ban abortion. The draft notice circulated to Supreme Court justices suggests that early this year the majority of them had supported the overthrow of Roe against Wade, Politico reported. Late last year, California clinics and their supporters in the state legislature presented their plans to make the Golden State a “sanctuary” for those seeking reproductive care, if the High Court overturns the 1973 decision. On Monday night, Governor Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders announced they would ask voters in November to place permanent protections for the procedure in the California Constitution. Los Angeles Times
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POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT
Nine months after its passage, LA’s anti-camping law is a patchwork of compliance. Last July, the city council passed a law allowing council members to declare certain areas off-limits to homeless camps. In places around Los Angeles, permanent metal signs have been posted advising homeless people that they must leave by a certain date. But tents and makeshift shelters remain at many sites even weeks or months after the deadlines. Los Angeles Times
The Gilroy Garlic Festival is once again about to take place. The Noceti Group, which also hosts the San Joaquin Asparagus Festival, announced on social media that it would help bring back the event which attracts hundreds of thousands of garlic fanatics each year. In April, a director of the festival’s board of directors announced that the event has been canceled indefinitely due to the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and city insurance requirements. ABC 10
CRIME, COURTS AND POLICE
Bias, far-right sympathies among California law enforcement go unchecked, audit finds. A state audit of five California law enforcement agencies found bias among officers toward people of color, immigrants, women and LGBTQ people. He also found traces of support for far-right organizations such as the Proud Boys and Three Percenters. Los Angeles Times
A Sydney man has admitted to police he killed a Los Angeles-born mathematician by pushing the 27-year-old off a cliff. Scott White, 51, will be sentenced on Tuesday for the 1988 death of Scott Johnson. He faces life imprisonment. Los Angeles Times
Kathy Boudin, who spent more than two decades behind bars for her role in a fatal 1981 armored truck robbery, has died aged 78. Boudin, who is the mother of San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin, died of cancer on Sunday surrounded by family, including life partner David Gilbert, who was released from prison last year for his own role in Brink’s infamous armored truck robbery. Associated press
HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT
Meet the wildlife biologist who discovered Puma P-22 in Griffith Park in Los Angeles. Miguel Ordeñana was looking at photos from a motion-activated camera in the park when he first saw it. “Ordeñana had no idea that P-22 would impact his life the way he did, challenging his understanding of urban nature and science education. Ordeñana’s influence in research tradition on wildlife biology would expand and he would become a strong advocate for more inclusive community science,” writes Ruxandra Guidi. High Country News
Questions remain after a man and child died when a truck plunged into the Pacific Ocean at Pescadero State Beach. Ipolito “Poli” Anaya, 39, died late last week when the pickup fell off a 30ft cliff into the ocean. The child has not yet been identified by authorities. A third person may also have been in the vehicle at the time of the crash, and Highway Patrol worked with the U.S. Coast Guard to search the area for that person. Press Democrat
Mariachi classes connect CSUN students to Mexican culture. I’m a little late for this story, but I still wanted to share it with you all: Cal State Northridge’s music department offers courses for students to learn how to play mariachi music through introductory lessons for undergraduate and graduate students. But the lessons also have a deeper purpose: to connect students to their cultural heritage. daily sundial
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Today california memory is of Helga Bühner:
When we moved from New York to California in 1972, we took the 101 to San Diego. We were in the right lane. Suddenly the freeway split and the 5 was on our left. My husband crossed the painted V at the last minute. Lo and behold, we had a policeman on a motorcycle behind us. He was extremely friendly and polite and asked about us. My husband was sure that no tickets would be given. But, with a charming smile and wishing us a good trip, he handed a ticket to my husband. Despite the ticket, we felt welcome in California.
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