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The rural-urban is divided into California over COVID-19 infection rates.
Governor Gavin Newsom is signaling every now, and then that economy in California will begin to reopen soon but slowly. He compared it to sliding a dimmer switch incrementally on. He said that the state is now a single geography. The assault COVID-19 had on the state has hit different parts at different levels.
A Sacramento Bee review of the infection along with the death rates in 58 counties of California, showed that there is a vast difference in the depth of the crisis, especially between lightly-hit rural and harder-hit urban spots. Notably, the infection and death rates in the state as a whole, as measured against the state population, show that California, as of this week, has done much better than the nation.
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California scaled up 1st-In-US Electric Truck Sale Proposal.
The regulators of California strengthened a proposed first-in-the-nation rule that would force automakers to sell more electric delivery vans and work trucks. The state has the country’s worst air quality. The updated government proposed by the California Air Resources Board has asked the automakers to sell a certain percentage of zero-emission trucks per year.
By 2035, the board estimates at least 20% of these trucks on the road would be electric. Paul Cort, an attorney for Earthjustice’s Right to the Zero campaign, said in his statement that this would be transformative. At some point in the future, these makers are going to realize that it does not make sense to make zero-emission trucks and combustion trucks to serve the same market.
Phased reopening plan outlined by the governor of California.
Governor of California Gavin Newsom has outlined the phased reopening plan for the state. The retail businesses and schools will open based on the apparent stabilization in both the numbers of confirmed cases and deaths due to COVID-19. He said in one of his tweets that stage one is where the state is now, staying home and working on flattening the curve.
The next stage will involve lifting restrictions in some lower-risk workplaces such as retail, manufacturing, and offices where telework is not possible. Reopening child care centers will be a part of that second stage as well. The announcement from Newsom comes as a number of other governors have moved to act on or schedule reopenings of their states despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
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California beaches packed with thousands despite COVID-19 concerns.
Tens of thousands of people visited southern California beaches during the weekend. It reignited the fears that large crowds in public spaces may reverse progress to contain COVID-19 in the US. Photos of gatherings in Newport Beach, Orange County, during a weekend heatwave, sparked intense backlash, and comparisons with Florida were released.
Beach and park reopenings have also prompted debates and public health concerns in Texas, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, and other regions looking to re-emerge from lockdowns. The governor urged beach-goers to practice physical distancing, but it all went unheard during the weekend.
Before COVID-19, building dense cities was California’s cure for the housing crisis.
In the last ten years, the lawmakers in California pushed with increasing urgency to build more housing near transit stops and job centres. The reason was the increasing density of the population. It was termed as the best way to control the exploding cost of living and reduce the reliance of residents on carbon-spewing vehicles in a state best known for its sprawling suburbs. However, no one thought of preparing the state for a pandemic like COVID-19.
Sceptics of greater urbanization say the pandemic has proved that they were right all along, pointing to orders from public health officials to use social distancing to slow the spread of the virus. New York City, the nation’s densest major city, is a hotbed of the outbreak in the United States with more than 150,000 confirmed cases and 11,100 deaths.
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LA County residents can get tested for COVID-19, even if they don’t have symptoms.
Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti made an important announcement today in which he said that all the residents of Los Angeles, even if they do not have symptoms, can go and get themselves tested for COVID-19 at no cost. He added that LA would be the first major city in the US to offer wide-scale testing to all the residents with or without the symptoms.
He also added that those who have symptoms would be the first priority. The mayor said this policy would start tonight. It will help determine who is safe to go back to work when the economy begins to gradually reopen.
COVID-19 retreating in Bay Area, advancing LA.
COVID-19 outbreak is behaving differently in various parts of the state that is making reopening California complicated for the authorities. The number of cases has been going down in the San Francisco Bay Area. However, Southern California has been reporting an increase in the pace of new cases.
Los Angeles is the epicenter for the state of California for COVID-19 spread. The County has recorded more than 1,000 deaths. The rate of death per 100,000 people is 9.9 that is 69% higher than the next-hardest-hit urban county, Riverside, and 80% higher than the hotbed of the crisis in the Bay Area, Santa Clara County, according to a Times analysis of coronavirus data.