Latest From California Healthline:
California’s death count for the first five months of the pandemic was 13% higher than average for the same period during the prior three years. Subtract the deaths officially attributed to COVID-19 and experts say that still leaves scores of “excess” deaths among people of color that likely were mistakenly excluded from the coronavirus death tally. (Phillip Reese, 9/21)
Air Quality Worsening Again In Some Regions: Major fires continue to burn through parts of Northern California, including the state’s largest ever, the August Complex in Mendocino and Humboldt counties, which had scorched 834,000 acres and continued to grow Sunday. Daniel Swain, a climate expert with UCLA, tweeted on Sunday: “After a few calm weather days, fire activity on the extremely large wildfires still burning throughout California is slowly picking up again. Air quality starting to worsen in some spots as smoke increases.” Read more from the San Francisco Chronicle.
California’s COVID Death Toll Hits 15,000: Coronavirus deaths in California topped 15,000 on Sunday, another bleak milestone that puts the state just behind Texas in lives lost to COVID-19. Los Angeles County has by far the most deaths from COVID-19 in the state, with at least 6,353 people who have died. Read more from the Los Angeles Times.
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