Category archive

Around California - page 4

As many as 285 quakes could be felt in Solano over past year

in Around California 45 views

FAIRFIELD — The magnitude 3.6 earthquake the hit the North Bay area Thursday near Concord was just the latest of a series of quakes that could be felt in Fairfield and other Solano locations.

The county Office of Emergency Services said there were no reports of damage in the area.

Small temblors are nothing new for the area, and many go unfelt.

According to the United States Geological Survey, Fairfield has had two quakes in about a three-day period, five in the past eight days, 33 over the past 31 days and in the past year, the area has been rattled by 285 quakes.

The largest of any of the earthquakes felt in Fairfield registered magnitude 6.1 on the Richter scale, and was centered in Tonopah, Nevada, the U.S. Geological Survey reports.

That is actually larger than the magnitude 6.0 South Napa Earthquake that hit the area Aug. 24, 2014. However, that earthquake caused between $362 million to $1 billion in damage, most of which in Solano County was in Vallejo. One person died; 200 were injured.

Continue Reading on Daily Republic

California’s new goal: Vaccinate a million people in 10 days

in Around California 71 views

Getting the coronavirus vaccines into the arms of as many Californians as possible has become a race against time as COVID-19 cases continue to spiral upward and a more infectious variant of the virus takes root.

Many questions remain unanswered about how the next — and much larger — wave of Californians will be vaccinated, even as doctors and other health providers in the first priority group are complaining to state officials that they still can’t get access to the vaccines.

At a vaccine community advisory committee meeting on Jan. 6, state epidemiologist Dr. Erica Pan announced an ambitious immunization goal, acknowledging widespread criticism that the state has moved too slowly to vaccinate its first priority group of frontline health care workers and nursing home residents.

Continue Reading on Palo Alto Online

North Bay employers report almost 350 job cuts since November

in Around California 65 views

Over the last two months, a dozen businesses in the North Bay have filed notices of job displacements through California’s WARN Act (Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification), according to the state Employment Development Department.

The state’s WARN Act requires companies that have employed at least 75 workers at their facilities in the previous year to provide 60 days’ advance notice of layoffs, terminations or business closures, according to the EDD. But when the pandemic began in March, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order that temporarily suspends the 60-day deadline because of COVID-19, with some exceptions

WARN filings do not capture all businesses making job adjustments.

In Marin County, two businesses with operations in the region filed WARN notices, with Corte Madera-based restaurant chain Il Fornaio America reporting 347 temporary layoffs that became effective Dec. 7. And Sundance Holdings Group, LLC, a Salt Lake City-based retailer, will terminate seven employees when its shop at The Villages in Corte Madera permanently closes on Jan. 31.

Continue Reading on Northbay Business Journal

Bay Area ramps up COVID-19 vaccination effort

in Around California 80 views

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) – Here in California, 2.4 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been shipped.

Governor Newsom has set the goal of distributing one million more vaccinations by this weekend.

The state is expanding those that can distribute the vaccine to dentists, pharmacists, and the national guard.

The next round of people to get the vaccine will include individuals 50 to 64 and people with underlying health conditions between the ages of 16 and 64.

Continue Reading on KRON 4

See Which Benicia Area Hospitals Near Capacity Amid Coronavirus Surge

in Around California 56 views

BENICIA, CA — Data released this week by the federal government shows how close Solano County hospitals are to reaching capacity amid the unprecedented demands of the coronavirus pandemic.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services each week publishes capacity data for tens of thousands of hospitals nationwide, including the number of beds occupied by COVID-19 patients. The new data, released Sunday, includes those figures for the week beginning January 1, 2021.

Health experts have said that the share of each hospital’s beds devoted to coronavirus is key to understanding the strain on its resources. A share greater than 10 percent is said to be a cause of concern. When that share exceeds 20 percent, a hospital is said to be under extreme stress, and as the share approaches 50 percent the stress is said to be immense.

Continue Reading on Patch

Firefighters, EMTs aid exhausted staff at hospital

in Around California 80 views

PETALUMA, CA (KPIX) — Two weeks ago, the staff at Petaluma Valley Hospital started getting vaccinated. This week, they’ve gotten more good news: Three firefighter-paramedics and six EMTs on loan from Solano County.

“Normally, I’d be wearing turnouts or my wildfire gear, or my Class A uniform,” says Will Coelho of the Rio Vista Fire Department. “But we’ve all switched over to scrubs to kind of wear a different hat, if you will.”

Coelho is doing some commuting, and revisiting the 100 hours of clinical work he did years ago as part of his paramedic training.

“Starting IVs, taking vitals, doing blood draws, patient transfers,” Coelho said. “Helping these nurses out in any way that we can.”

“You know, the staff are exhausted,” said Wendi Thomas, the hospital’s Director of Nursing. “The leadership is exhausted. We were really trying to get creative so we have been asking the county for help.”

Continue Reading on KCTV 5

Coronavirus Vaccine Sits Unused As CoCo Residents Die Of COVID-19

in Around California 62 views

CONCORD, CA —The final coronavirus tallies for December are still coming in as test results are pending for the last three days of the month, but it’s safe to declare that the numbers are grim. A total of 67 people died throughout Contra Costa County, while 16,845 people had newly confirmed cases of coronavirus infections, according to statistics updated by Contra Costa County on Tuesday.

A breakdown of stats for Concord in December is not available, but the total for the pandemic since March 2020 is 70 deaths and 5,217 infections. The county total since the start of the pandemic is 43,223 cases and 348 deaths.

As bad as things are here, the death toll is so out-of-control in Southern California that mortuaries cannot keep pace, forcing some to rent extra refrigeration units to store bodies.

Continue Reading on Patch

‘Do it Yourself’ theme of newest Fairfield-Suisun Visual Arts show

in Around California 55 views

It’s a new year and a new opportunity to take in some art at the Solano Town Center Gallery.

For its first exhibition of 2021, Fairfield-Suisun City Visual Arts Association (FSVAA) has some simple advice: Do it yourself.

The new show “Do it Yourself” is a collection of member artists’ imaginative takes on the DIY concept. The show, which opens Friday, explores the idea of creating something from nothing and providing an interactive experience.

The featured artist for the exhibit will be Dennis Ariza, who will be promoting the release of his new book “Bodie, A Ghost Town,” a photographic collection of Ariza’s visit to Bodie State Park in Bridgeport. Located east of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in Mono County, Bodie received a population boom in 1876 during the Gold Rush and had a population of nearly 10,000 by the end of the decade. In the late 19th century, Bodie had several daily newspapers, a Wells Fargo bank, post office, volunteer fire organizations, many saloons, a Chinatown district, union hall and mortuary, and was even considered the first town in California to have electricity.

Continue Reading on The Reporter

Orange County’s Year Interrupted By Coronavirus: 2020 Revisited

in Around California 69 views

ORANGE COUNTY, CA — It’s impossible for this editor to reach New Year’s Eve without looking back to see where we’ve been before we look ahead to what’s next. The past 365 days of 2020 were unlike any other: rife with health and safety concerns, discouraging news, and uncertainty in the future.

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, we saw lives forever changed, hands out to help others, drive-by birthday and graduation parades, and a new way to support area businesses and restaurants to keep Orange County’s free enterprise system alive.

Student-athletes are yearning for the field while they’re sidelined in the pandemic. On her 16th birthday, Shayna Glass shows her toughness.

Continue Reading on Patch

‘It was crying.’ Officer seen punching K-9 in face under investigation, CA cops say

in Around California 49 views

Working at his Northern California flooring warehouse Monday afternoon, Roberto Palomino heard a strange sound outside.

He went to investigate and spotted a police officer pinning down a dog in a nearby Vacaville Fire Department parking lot.

“That’s when I saw the officer constantly beating the dog, over and over,” Palomino said, KTVU reported. “I saw at least 10 punches to the dog.”

“It was crying like it was in pain, crying like someone ran over it or something,” Palomino told The Reporter.

“It was bad,” he said, KGO reported.

Continue Reading on The News and Observer

Go to Top