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Tuesday, December 29
Stay-at-home orders have been extended in the San Joaquin Valley and in Southern California regions.
California health leaders say hospitals are being stretched thin because of a more than 35% increase in both hospitalizations and ICU admissions around the state over the last two weeks.
California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly says hospitals are running out of staff, and emergency room wait times are much longer than usual.
“We essentially are projecting that the ICU capacity is not improving in Southern California and the San Joaquin Valley and that the demand will continue to exceed capacity.”
The renewed stay-at-home orders prohibit private gatherings, close outdoor dining, and restrict retailers to only 20% capacity. The new rules will stay in place for at least three weeks.
More than 1.8 million travelers passed through McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas in November, causing a slight drop from October.
According to the Associated Press, this is less than half the pre-pandemic traffic the airport saw a year earlier. McCarran International reported Monday that November 2020 passenger numbers tallied was 57% lower than Nov. 2019.
Air travel has been among the hospitality and visitor industries in Nevada that’s been hit hard by the COVID-19 outbreak. While McCarran has recorded about 21 million passengers to date this year, it’s still less than half the 47 million recorded by the same point in 2019.
The Trump administration is facing some criticism from President-elect Joe Biden about the COVID-19 distribution pace, according to the Associated Press.
Biden has said the pace is “falling behind,” and to reach mass inoculation, “it’s gonna take years, not months, to vaccinate the American people.” He has also vowed to ramp up the current vaccination speed five to six times to 1 million shots a day.
Trump waved off Biden’s critique online. “It is up to the States to distribute the vaccines once brought to the designated areas by the Federal Government,” he tweeted Tuesday. “We have not only developed the vaccines, including putting up money to move the process along quickly, but gotten them to the states.”
Still, even with a speedup, Biden acknowledged that it “will still take…