I am always leery to write about current topical events because, there are four to five days between the time I write and the time it goes to print. In the fast-spinning whirlwind of today’s news cycles, those flips of the calendar can constitute a “forever,” with something that’s of import now having been elbowed off stage by the time it’s in black and white. I am confident that this will not be one of those times. COVID 19, the Coronavirus, is triggering global panic. As I write this, the World Health Organization (WHO) just declared it a pandemic, citing “alarming levels of spread and … levels of inaction.” Right now, there are over 120,000 documented cases worldwide and over 1,000 here in the United States. I’m positive that by the time you’re reading this, those numbers will seem nostalgic. Things move blindingly fast. As illustration, three weeks ago, we hadn’t even heard of “self-quarantine.” Miriam Webster now catalogues it in the top one percent of lookups. One might say that the media is over-hyping the crisis to get eyeballs and clicks. One might be…
Editor’s note: In the interest of public safety, all coronavirus coverage is being provided free to all readers. Support your local reporting team with a subscription to the Daily News https://checkout.redbluffdailynews.com/subscriptionpanel/ RED BLUFF — Tehama County Superintendent of Schools Richard DuVarney Wednesday discussed the Department of Education’s plans for school districts to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, during a Board of Education meeting. During a meeting in Sacramento Monday of every county superintendent in the state, the Department of Public Health and Department of Education revealed guidance districts could follow in the event the coronavirus spread to their area. DuVarney said Tehama County schools will be following the guidelines, which were broken into four different scenario categories. The first scenario deals with measures already underway to prevent the spread of the virus. The guidelines said administrators should immediately review and update safety plans, including plans for teaching and learning if a student is absent from school. Districts should exclude students, teachers or staff who have traveled to virus hot zones or been in contact with someone who has contracted the virus. This exclusion should…
TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE (CBS13) — People inside the Travis Air Force Base Coronavirus quarantine are describing a poorly-planned operation they call “Camp Corona.” Robert Archer, 65, and Robert Graham, 61, are two of the 800 people quarantined at Westwind Inn on Travis Air Force Base. Asked how they would use to describe what they were going through right now, and they both picked the same word — “hell.” “We’re surrounded by chainlink fences and there’s armed guards outside,” Graham said. Besides describing stark surroundings, the pair also described a scene inside with little regard for isolation. Photos show the quarantined passengers sharing common space, lining up together for food and drinks, and sitting at tables in close quarters. READ ALSO: California Advises Against Even Small Social Gatherings “This is not my idea of a quarantine situation,” Archer said. “They’re sitting in common areas, eating their meals taking their masks off while they’re eating in very close proximity to each other.” Congressmember John Garamendi is calling out the federal government for the conditions. “I mean, this is just gross incompetence when you have people that were…
STOCKTON (CBS13) — Sherwood Mall in Stockton was closed Thursday for a disturbance less than 24 hours after a high school student was fatally shot. The reported disturbance was actually a memorial for the 17-year-old who shot, Anthony Graves. Emotions ran high and mall management said they wanted to “quiet things down.” Classmates gathered in the parking lot at Sherwood Mall to remember Graves, who was gunned down Wednesday night inside the mall’s eatery. “He was a good person. He was always trying to get me to class,” a mourning teen said. READ: 1 Person Dead, Several Others Injured In Ceres Shooting The Stagg High School senior told friends he was heading out to the mall around 8:30 p.m. “He left and we told him don’t take longer than 30 minutes to get back and he told us he was getting food but he never made it back after that,” another teen said. Police say Graves was shot and killed a fight broke out inside the eatery. Investigators searched for clues right after it happened and are looking through surveillance footage to catch the killer. “We…
SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A Midtown Sacramento church is changing the way it worships because of coronavirus. After canceling it’s in-person services this weekend, the Center of Praise Ministries will live-stream all of its services this weekend through its website and Facebook page. Bayside Church, which has multiple campuses around the Sacramento area, has canceled all events this weekend and will stream services from their app. READ ALSO: Coronavirus Event Cancellations Mean Big Financial Losses for Sacramento The Sacramento diocese is also making changes and is asking anyone over 60 and with underlying health conditions to not attend mass. Additionally, the diocese has ceased using the Communion cup during mass and provided other recommendations to reduce contact with others during mass.
SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — The cost of cancellations due to the coronavirus is huge for Sacramento. March Madness games alone would have generated millions of dollars. Many businesses said they’re looking at a long battle ahead and that things are starting to get very quiet. “Kings game canceled, season suspended, and I’m thinking, what’s going on?” said Danny Johnson, who owns Danny’s Mini Donuts in Old Sacramento. “That hit me hard and I came in this morning thinking, this is serious.” For Johnson, the coronavirus got very real, very quickly. His popular donut shop in Old Sac was eerily empty Thursday afternoon. “It’s been slow in here today. I’ve had the two slowest days I’ve ever had in years here,” he said. He and dozens of other business owners count on the St. Patrick’s Day Parade every year for extra business, but it was also canceled this weekend. READ: Sacramento City Leaders To Vote On Coronavirus Emergency Declaration, $1M Relief Plan For Small Businesses The cost of coronavirus does not discriminate and the numbers are pretty shocking. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade would have generated about $200,000…
It’s not that different from what you should already be doing.
Pacific Gas and Electric announced Thursday it is voluntarily putting a moratorium on service shutoffs due to nonpayment in response to the spread of the novel coronavirus.
The best way to prevent the spread of a virus is to wash your hands.
As the coronavirus continues to spread throughout the country, companies are asking employees to work remotely to help control the contagion.
U-Haul announced Thursday it is offering 30 days of free self-storage in an effort to help college students affected by the coronavirus.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s wife has tested positive for the new coronavirus.
CORONAVIRUS IN THE SOUTH BAY: Four San Jose firefighters have tested positive for COVID-19 and 52 are on leave for possible exposure.
Fresno State to temporarily cancel in-person classes amid COVID-19 concerns, university president says
Fresno State will temporarily cancel in-person classes to prevent the spreading of the novel coronavirus, University President Dr. Joseph Castro announced Thursday in an email to the university community.
Amid the growing concerns surrounding public events and the possible spread of COVID-19, the California Community College Athletic Association has canceled this weekend’s basketball championships.
Big events are all falling off the schedule, at least for the rest of this month, as public health officials suggest ways to stave off the spread of the new coronavirus.