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Four New COVID Cases Along With Three New Hospitalizations

Humboldt County Public Health reported four new confirmed COVID-19 cases today, an uptick after a period of relative calm over the last week. Three new hospitalizations were also reported. County Health Officer Teresa Frankovich said more than 30 positive COVID-19 cases have now been tied to a large gathering in Southern Humboldt late last month, which involved some 50 individuals from different households and outside the area. “Gatherings are a driver of infections across the state,” Frankovich said in a news release. “You can’t predict in advance which gatherings are going to be super spreader events, and so the safest thing is to not hold them at all.” Initially, 22 cases were tied to the party. Frankovich noted that if people are going to gather, it should be done only in small numbers, outdoors, with social distancing, and any food should not be shared. The county’s total now stands at 489. The county has just revised its case data dashboard to provide a bit more information about the breakdown of local cases by age. Most notably, 44 percent of local cases have been diagnosed in…

Despite Just Entering Red Tier, Riverside County Residents Urge Officials To Lift All COVID-19 Restrictions

RIVERSIDE (CBSLA) — Despite just entering the red tier of the state’s COVID-19 monitoring system, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors has voted to draft a plan to accelerate reopening after residents urged them to abandon Gov. Newsom’s guidelines and lift all restrictions. In a board meeting on Tuesday, hundreds of residents said they think the governor’s restrictions are based on fear and want to see all restrictions lifted in the county. “The last six months have been an all-you-can-stomach buffet of fear,” said resident Loren Dean. “It falls to you — this board — to step away from a governor who is paralyzed by fear.” Riverside County has been operating under the purple tier of the state’s monitoring system until this week. Under the red tier, retail stores can operate at 50% capacity, while restaurants and places of worship can reopen at 25% capacity. Gyms can resume indoor operations at 10% capacity. Jim Willowbridge, the commander of the county’s 18 VFW posts, said that the shutdown orders are severely impacting local veterans. “Due to the COVID-19, our posts have been closed,” Willowbridge said. “We…

JPL Says School Bus-Sized Asteroid To Zoom Safely Past Earth

PASADENA (CBSLA) — An asteroid the size of a school bus is expected to “safely zoom past” Earth on Thursday, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena said Tuesday. A small near-Earth asteroid about the size of a small school bus will safely zoom past our planet around 13,000 miles (21,000 km) above the surface. The space rock will then make its way around the Sun, passing Earth again at a farther distance in 2041. https://t.co/z6uDogXn52 pic.twitter.com/c9Xv4PhNFi — NASA JPL (@NASAJPL) September 23, 2020 “There are a large number of tiny asteroids like this one, and several of them approach our planet as close as this several times every year,” Paul Chodas, director of the Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) at JPL, said. “In fact, asteroids of this size impact our atmosphere at an average rate of about once every year or two.” The asteroid is expected to pass at a distance of about 13,000 miles above Earth’s surface, making its closest approach below the ring of geostationary satellites orbiting about 22,000 miles above the planet. Based on the brightness of the asteroid, scientists estimate…

Bobcat Fire Grows to Over 112,000 Acres; 17% Contained

Share this article:The Bobcat Fire, one of the largest fires in Los Angeles County history, grew Tuesday evening to 112,053 acres and is 17% contained. “Strategic firing operations will continue this evening from Mt. Wilson down to the Redbox Road as favorable weather conditions allow,” the U.S. Forest Service reported. Reduced winds, lower temperatures and higher humidity reduced fire activity Tuesday. Warmer and drier conditions were expected Wednesday and Thursday, with southwesterly and upcanyon winds, according to the National Weather Service. The fire, which is burning in the Angeles National Forest and threatening communities in the Antelope Valley and San Gabriel Valley foothills, has destroyed or damaged 29 structures, with authorities fearing the number could rise to 85. Information was not available regarding how many of the burned structures were homes. That assessment was expected to be completed by Wednesday. “Crews aircraft and equipment worked through the evening picking up (hot) spots and securing the lines,” the Angeles National Forest said in a statement Tuesday morning. The fire has burned more acres than the Woolsey Fire of 2018, which burned 96,271 acres, the Los Angeles…

Asteroid The Size of School Bus To Safely Zoom Past Earth, JPL Says

Share this article:An asteroid about the size of a school bus is expected to “safely zoom past earth” on Thursday, according to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. The “2020 SW” asteroid, which scientists believe based on its brightness to be about 15-30 feet in size, will travel about 13,000 miles above Earth’s surface, JPL reported. “Although it’s not on an impact trajectory with Earth, if it were, the space rock would almost certainly break up high in the atmosphere, becoming a bright meteor known as a fireball,” an official with JPL said Tuesday. 2020 SW was discovered Friday by Catalina Sky Survey, which is based in Arizona and funded by NASA. Scientists have ruled out any chance of impact, and it is believed that there are 100 million asteroids that are similar in size, but are harder to discover unless they are close to Earth, JPL reported. “There are a large number of tiny asteroids like this one, and several of them approach our planet as close as this several times every year,” said Paul Chodas, director of the Center for Near-Earth Object Studies…

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