COVID-19 Hospitalizations Decrease In Inland Empire, Ventura County

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Riverside and Ventura counties both reported additional deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus Friday, while San Bernardino County reported more cases. Registered nurse Kevin Salgado gives Arline Allman, 86, a COVID-19 vaccine Jan. 15 at the Corona High School gymnasium. (Photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images) Riverside County health officials reported 419 newly confirmed cases and 118 additional fatalities, bringing countywide totals to 233,899 cases and 2,517 deaths. Of those who contracted the illness, 151,506 had recovered. There were a reported 1,563 coronavirus patients hospitalized Friday, 353 of whom were being treated in intensive care units — both slight decreases from Thursday. San Bernardino County health officials reported 3,510 newly confirmed cases, bringing the countywide total to 245,033 cases. Of those who contracted the illness, 216,842 had recovered and 1,560 died. There were 1,660 coronavirus patients hospitalized as of Thursday, 343 of whom were being treated in intensive care units — both slight decreases from Wednesday. Ventura County health officials reported 1,736 newly confirmed cases and 11 additional fatalities, bringing the countywide total to 57,611 cases and 412 deaths.…

California Highway Patrol issues statewide tactical alert ahead of Inauguration Day

The California Highway Patrol ordered a statewide tactical alert Friday to increase available officers in anticipation of possible civil unrest leading up to the presidential inauguration, authorities said. The alert allows CHP to increase overall awareness and the number of officers available to help protect state highways, state buildings, and the state Capitol in Sacramento. “For many months, the CHP has worked closely with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies to ensure the outcome of the election will be respected and that any protests which may occur are free from violence,” said CHP Commissioner Amanda Ray in a statement. “As such, the CHP is prepared to respond to any potential threats which may arise statewide.” The CHP previously ordered statewide tactical alerts on Election Day in November and during protests and uprisings after the high-profile police killings of George Floyd, a Black man in Minneapolis and Breonna Taylor, a Black woman in Louisville, said CHP Lt. Jathan Casteneda, a spokesman for the agency. The possibility of violence resumed following the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, where President Donald Trump incited a mob…

Inland Empire rallies push for return of high school sports

Rallies advocating for high school sports to resume competition were staged across the state at 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15, including a dozen in the Inland Empire. Redlands High School student athletes Jacob Marion, right, 15, and Kristian Johnson, 16, rally for the return of high school sports outside Redlands High School on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG) Redlands High School student-athlete parent Joe Chairez waves a water polo ball along with student-athlete parents Ben and Angie Marion outside Redlands High School on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG) Redlands High School parent Joe Chairez demonstrates Friday, Jan. 15, 20201, at Redlands High School for a return of high school sports. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG) Redlands High School parent Joe Chairez waves a water polo ball alongside parent Ben Marion in Redlands on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, to support the return of high school sports. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG) Redlands High School parents, from right, Joe Chairez and Ben and Angie Marion support the…

Redlands assisted living site administers 145 coronavirus vaccines

Vaccinations for 115 residents of Mission Commons assisted living community in Redlands marked the beginning of the next stage of the coronavirus response on Friday, Jan. 15. All but 13 of the community’s residents — all 65 or older — got the vaccination Friday, along with 30 associates, said Jeff Brown, regional director of operations for Holiday, which runs the community. Deloris Koller, 95, receives a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine from pharmacist intern Ching Liuat at Mission Commons, a senior living community, in Redlands on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Pharmacist Pujah Crain fills a syringe with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine before administering it to seniors at the Mission Commons, a senior living community, in Redlands on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Donald Petrin, 82, receives a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at the Mission Commons, a senior living community, in Redlands on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Joyce Flippin, 83, center, receives her dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine as husband, Al, 87, waits for his…

Why can’t I get a COVID-19 vaccine appointment in the Inland Empire? Your questions answered

There has been a mad dash across the Inland Empire to get COVID-19 shots since California on Wednesday, Jan. 13, expanded eligibility for receiving the vaccine. Demand is so great that, in less than two hours Friday afternoon, Jan. 15, Riverside County residents grabbed all 11,000 available appointments for new vaccination clinics. The web traffic overwhelmed the county’s vaccine website, causing the appointment page to freeze up as people tried to get on it. Amid the confusion and chaos, many have questions. Here are a few, along with answers: Q: Who is eligible to get a COVID-19 shot? A: In Riverside County, people who are 65 and older, along with law enforcement officers, teachers, food and agriculture workers and emergency workers such as firefighters can now get shots, county spokeswoman Brooke Federico said. Food workers includes grocery-store employees, she said, as well as those who work in stores that sell a wide variety of other products, if groceries are also sold. Details on who is eligible under the food-service category are available at this state website: https://covid19.ca.gov/search/?q=grocery#gsc.tab=0&gsc.q=grocery&gsc.page=1 In San Bernardino County, those who are at…

Andres Guardado inquest fails to answer questions, ending without testimony from sheriff’s officials

A retired judge appointed to hold a public examination of the death of Andres Guardado, an 18-year-old man killed during an encounter with Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies, said Friday that she had concluded the inquest without hearing testimony from the deputy who fired the fatal shots or the sheriff’s detectives investigating the case, all of whom invoked their 5th Amendment rights and refused to answer questions. The inquest, a rare proceeding that hadn’t been held in the county in nearly 30 years, was intended to present an “independent assessment” of the findings of Guardado’s death and the evidence used to arrive at them, the county’s chief medical examiner-coroner, Dr. Jonathan Lucas, said when it was announced. But what the hearing officer, retired Court of Appeals Judge Candace Cooper, presented as her findings Friday was remarkably bereft of new information. Cooper determined that Guardado died June 18, that he died in a driveway off Redondo Beach Boulevard in Gardena, that the medical cause of death was multiple gunshot wounds and that the manner of death was “by the hands of another person other than by accident.” All of…

USPS to temporarily remove more than a dozen mailboxes from SoCal streets due to potential unrest

The U.S. Postal Service said Friday that it plans to temporarily remove 14 mail collection boxes in the Los Angeles area as it prepares for the potential of civil unrest ahead of Joe Biden’s inauguration next week. The mailboxes being removed include four in Los Angeles’ 90012 ZIP code, seven in Van Nuys’ 91401 ZIP code and three in Huntington Beach’s 92648 ZIP code, the Postal Service said in a statement. The agency said the move is part of “security preparations for the potential upcoming civil events.” It did not say why those specific ZIP codes were targeted for removal. However, the L.A. boxes are downtown, where last week police declared an unlawful assembly after pro-Trump demonstrators became violent outside City Hall. Police are investigating a possible hate crime against a Black woman during that event. Huntington Beach also saw several right-wing protests last year taking aim at coronavirus restrictions, while the Van Nuys mailboxes being removed are near the Van Nuys Courthouse. The mailboxes that are being removed include: 250 E. 1st St., Los Angeles 252 E. 1st St., Los Angeles 330 E. 2nd…

Andres Guardado inquest ends without testimony from sheriff’s officials or the deputy who killed him

A retired judge appointed to hold a public examination of Andres Guardado’s death said Friday that she had concluded the inquest without hearing testimony from the deputy who fired the fatal shots or the detectives who are investigating the case, all of whom invoked their 5th Amendment rights.

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