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Health May 21California to drop social distancing requirements in June
State health director Dr. Mark Ghaly said Friday that dramatically lower virus cases and increasing vaccinations mean it's safe for the state to remove nearly all restrictions next month.
Nation May 10California expands drought emergency to large swath of state
California Gov. Gavin Newsom has expanded a drought emergency declaration to a large swath of the nation's most populated state amid "acute water supply shortages" in northern and central areas.
Nation Jan 28California lawmakers agree to help cover some unpaid rent
California lawmakers have agreed to use $2.6 billion in federal stimulus money to pay up to 80 percent of some tenants' unpaid rent. But that applies only if landlords agree to forgive the rest of their debt.
Health Dec 30California announces first case of COVID-19 virus variant
Newsom said he had just learned of the finding in a Southern California case Wednesday. He announced it during an online conversation with Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious-disease expert.
Education Dec 30California governor offers plans to reopen in-person schools
He said the recommendation announced Wednesday was driven by increasing evidence that there are lower risks and increased benefits from in-person instruction particularly for the youngest students.
Health Dec 24California reaches 2 million confirmed COVID-19 cases
The grim milestone comes as a COVID-19 crisis that health officials say stems from Thanksgiving gatherings strains California’s medical system.
Health Dec 21California could see 100,000 hospitalizations in January
Dr. Mark Ghaly, California's secretary of health and human services, says the state fears some hospitals will exceed even their existing surge capacity.
Health Nov 19California imposes overnight curfew to stem coronavirus
California Gov. Gavin Newsom is imposing an overnight curfew as the most populous state tries to head off a surge in coronavirus cases.
Nation Nov 17U.S. judge blocks Trump rule change affecting home care workers
Despite providing what the judge called “physically and psychologically demanding” home care services, the workers are paid a median $10.49 an hour nationwide.
Politics Oct 16Trump changes course, approves California relief for 6 fires
The White House earlier said FEMA rejected the request because it was not supported by data needed for approval. A Trump spokesman says California officials later presented "a convincing case" for the reversal.