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SBA Reminds California Small Nonfarm Businesses that Deadlines are Approaching for Working Capital Loans Due to Drought

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January 12, 2021 - SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Director Tanya N. Garfield of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West on Monday reminded California small nonfarm businesses of the deadline dates to apply for an SBA federal disaster loan for economic injury. These low-interest loans are to offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by drought in the following primary counties.

According to Garfield, small nonfarm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of any size may apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million to help meet working capital needs caused by the disasters. “Economic Injury Disaster Loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that cannot be paid because of the disasters’ impact,” said Garfield.

“SBA eligibility covers both the economic impacts on businesses dependent on farmers and ranchers that have suffered agricultural production losses caused by the disasters and businesses directly impacted by the disasters. Economic injury assistance is available regardless of whether the applicant suffered any property damage,” Garfield added.

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University Of California Planning To Resume In-Person Classes In Fall 2021

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SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – The University of California is planning to return to in-person instruction in fall 2021.

A statement Monday from the UC president’s office said that, while COVID vaccines will soon become available to faculty, staff, and students, UC was remaining vigilant in critical prevention efforts.

“As the University continues to monitor the evolution of the pandemic, we are also carefully planning a safe return to in-person classes,” said President Michael V. Drake, M.D. “Current forecasts give us hope that in the fall our students can enjoy a more normal on-campus experience.”

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Local fire departments begin administering COVID-19 vaccine to first responders

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Firefighters and paramedics wait outside LAC + USC Medical Center during a surge of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in Los Angeles, California, U.S., December 27, 2020. REUTERS/Bing Guan

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — As California's vaccine distribution rolls out, firefighters across the state are receiving their first doses of the coronavirus vaccine. 

Several local fire departments recently began administering their first doses. According to Fire Chief of Sacramento Fire Department Gary Loesch, some in his department started getting their first round of vaccines Thursday morning.

"Myself and a couple other members of Sacramento Fire have gotten their first shot today, and that was the Moderna shot," Chief Loesch said in a conversation with ABC10.

Firefighters are part of Phase 1A in California's vaccine rollout plan because they work on the frontlines, with the public, and often in a medical capacity, said Loesch. Sacramento fire personnel that are scheduled as 1A for the coronavirus vaccine have some type of medical training.

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Many California ZIP Codes Get Protection From Home Insurance Non-Renewals

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Nearly 2.4 home insurance policyholders in California now fall under a one-year moratorium against non-renewal of residential property insurance coverage in the wake of historic wildfires in 2020.

On Dec. 31, 2020, California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara put another six ZIP codes under the moratorium, bringing to 563 the number of ZIP codes now protected from non-renewal of residential property insurance policies. This means homeowners won’t lose their home insurance when their policies come up for renewal.

California has more than 2,600 ZIP codes, meaning the moratorium covers about one-fifth of the state’s ZIP codes.

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U.S. COVID-19 Cases Hit 19-Million Mark

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The number of COVID-19 cases in the United States has now surpassed 19 million, according to Johns Hopkins University data. 

The country has marked the 19th million cases just six days after the country recorded 18 million cases. The nation's COVID-19 cases have more than doubled in less than two months, the Associated Press reported. 

Deaths associated with the disease have also increased in the country. It now totals more than 332,000 recorded deaths, which is more than one death for every 1,000 Americans.

The U.S. accounts for about four percent of the world's population. COVID-19 cases account for 24 percent of its total population and 19 percent for its COVID-19 deaths.

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Court orders coronavirus safety rules for Foster Farms plant

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FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2013, file photo, a truck enters the Foster Farms processing plant, in Livingston, Calif. A court says the chicken processing plant in central California that saw a deadly coronavirus outbreak must provide its workers with masks and follow a raft of other anti-COVID-19 health orders. A judge in Merced County on Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020, granted a temporary restraining order sought by a union against Foster Farms. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

LIVINGSTON, Calif. — A court says a chicken processing plant in central California that saw a deadly coronavirus outbreak must provide its workers with masks and follow a raft of other anti-COVID-19 health orders. 

A judge in Merced County on Wednesday granted a temporary restraining order sought by a union against Foster Farms. 

A virus outbreak at its Livingston facility — one of the world's largest chicken plants — killed nine people and sickened hundreds earlier this year. 

Foster Farms says it's already following safety rules and repeatedly testing employees for COVID-19, which has caused serious outbreaks at meatpacking plants nationwide.

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New stop signs ordered for rural locations

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Acting on a recommendation by Caltrans, the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors has approved all-way stop controls at four intersections in the Keyes and Turlock areas.

The four intersections are:

• On the Keyes Road freeway overpass at the southbound ramp;

• On the Keyes Road freeway overpass at the northbound ramp;

• South Washington Road at West Harding Road;

• South Walnut Road at West Harding Road. 

Caltrans recently conducted traffic safety investigations on the Keyes Road southbound on ramp and found that it met the warrants for an all-way stop. The study determined that five reported crashes in a 12-month period could have been prevented by an all-way stop.

Currently traffic is unimpeded for those driving on the overpass. That causes a lot of folks to make unsafe darts to turn left onto the freeway onramp.

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San Joaquin County weighs legal challenge to state-imposed COVID-19 lockdown

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The San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors is weighing a possible legal challenge against state regional lockdown orders that went into effect earlier this month.

At its meeting Tuesday, the board directed County Counsel J. Mark Myles to analyze the legality of state mandates shutting down businesses and schools based on what several supervisors described as "weak" and "arbitrary" scientific evidence.

"I get it, we all want to be part of the solution, certainly not part of the problem," said Supervisor Tom Patti, who brought the idea of a lawsuit against the state before the board. "But we do know ... and all of us are aware the hardship that's happening here."

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Closed for now and unemployed: Fresno businesses, workers feel pain of new COVID lockdown

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On the final day that salons and barbershops in Fresno County were allowed to remain open before the latest coronavirus stay-at-home orders went into effect, a local business owner reminded his employees to file for unemployment as soon as they could.

“Hopefully, they’ll get their funds by Christmas,” said Matt Kneeland, a franchisee of six Sports Clips Haircuts in the central San Joaquin Valley.

“But I don’t know,” added Kneeland, who has 41 employees. “Unemployment takes about three weeks before the funds come in.

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California Introduces Regional Stay-At-Home Order Based On ICU Capacity

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With COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations passing the peaks set this summer, California introduced a new regional stay-at-home-order based on intensive care capacity to try and slow the spread moving into the winter holidays.

The new public health order, released Thursday, affects regions of California that have less than 15% of ICU capacity remaining. None of the five regions designated by the state currently meet that criteria, but some are expected to as early as this week.

“The bottom line is if we don’t act now, our hospital system will be overwhelmed,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said.

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