Tune your TV sets to PBS for the annual Fourth of July extravaganza, because big IRL firework displays and parties are, for now, a thing of memories. And see how coronavirus cases are tracking in your ZIP code via USA TODAY’s exclusive analysis. Plus: In-N-Out loses double-double style.
It’s Arlene Martínez with news for Tuesday. I’m not bad, and you?
But first, bison do not like it when you get too close, as this 72-year-old Golden Stater found out after being gored by one in Yellowstone National Park. She’d been trying to take their picture.
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More restrictions heading our way, governor says
Gov. Gavin Newsom said to expect more restrictions ahead of the Fourth of July long weekend, following new tallies that show soaring numbers of coronavirus cases and as California surpasses 6,000 deaths.
What’s especially troubling is the uptick in hospitalizations — 43% over the last two weeks.
Newsom is planning to announce the specifics on Wednesday.
On Sunday, Newsom ordered bars in seven counties to close, with Riverside County among those later joining the closures. Other states are doing the same thing, prompting “Bar Lives Matter” to trend on Twitter. ?
“The framework for us is this: If you’re not going to stay home and you’re not going to wear masks in public, we have to enforce and we will,” Newsom said, adding the state will be “a little bit more aggressive as it relates to guidelines on Fourth of July.”
California’s not the only place hitting the brakes on reopening — 16 other states are too.
Homeless housing: An update
Newsom on Monday signed the final 2020-21 budget that raises taxes on some businesses, adds billions in new debt and cuts pay to state workers by 10%.
It also included an additional $1.3 billion to cities and counties to support homeless individuals, Newsom said during his briefing Tuesday. Of that, $550 million is for the acquisition of residential units and it provides $350 million to counties for wraparound social services.
Newsom also gave an update on Project Roomkey, which launched in April and is now called Project HomeKey to reflect its change in mission.
Newsom has secured 15,679 hotel rooms and served an estimated 14,200 people. He touted an occupancy rate of 85% for the hotel and motel rooms that had been secured to provide short-term sheltering for vulnerable homeless residents.
Gone without a trace, a questionable transfer and the cost of that test
A young couple from the Coachella Valley mysteriously vanished more than three years ago. This week, three men were charged with their murder.
Nearly three in 10 inmates at San Quentin State Prison have the coronavirus. Gov. Newsom said the cause of the outbreak is under investigation, but he pointed to a transfer of 100 prisoners from Chino.
You should not be charged any cost-sharing for a coronavirus test; on this, federal law is clear. But there are loopholes, as this essential worker found out after she was billed $1,840 for trying to find out if she had the virus.
Robert Fuller, 24, a Black man found hanging from a tree in Palmdale, was remembered during his funeral Tuesday as a cheerful young man who loved music, sports, video games and spending time with family. A coroner says it appears he may have taken his own life, but family members and friends fear he might have been lynched.
Coronavirus cases, by ZIP code
Like a rubber ball bouncing down a hardwood hallway, COVID-19 continues to spread unevenly across the U.S., hitting some neighborhoods hard while barely touching other parts of even the same metro area, according to a USA TODAY analysis of ZIP code-level data.
The analysis shows neighborhoods with the highest rates of infection from the deadly virus are more densely populated (and non-white) and have lower household incomes.
USA TODAY’s exclusive analysis draws from reported cases of COVID-19 by ZIP code of residence of those testing positive for the virus. It affirms a set of trends revealed by case counts available in April, when far fewer jurisdictions reported such granular data.
In-N-Out pays double-double; Simi policymaker’s remarks ‘inappropriate;’ new school rules
A group of Rancho Mirage residents successfully blocked an In-N-Out from coming to town. Now, a judge has ordered the city and burger chain to pay the group nearly $65,000 in legal fees.
Colleagues of a Simi Valley elected official who posted a social media post saying “rioters” should be sprayed with hoses connected to a septic tank called his meme “inappropriate” but declined to censure him.
When schools had to quickly pivot to online instruction, teachers didn’t have to track attendance or whether students were doing the work. That’s changing in the fall.
What else we’re talking about
Remember all those babies that were going to be born in the next six to nine months? Maybe not, because what’s really soaring isn’t midday romps but birth control orders (although, I guess those can be concurrent situations).
The 2020 Oscar voting class includes 45% women, 36% underrepresented ethnic/racial communities, and 49% international from 68 countries, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced.
He was a popular starting outfielder for the L.A. Dodgers just two years ago. Now he’s frequently homeless and in and out of mental health facilities.
A bill that would block most public access to autopsy reports has been tabled for the year. The reports are key to providing insight on what led to someone’s death, and whether systemic problems contributed to it.
Before I leave you today, I’m bringing back this oldie but goodie. It harkens to a time when WFH was fresh and new, and we were still eager to find new ways to make it all work. Since returning to normal-ish isn’t going so great, here ya go: 100 things to do while stuck inside due to a pandemic.
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