June 11, Updates

Orange County to memorialize those who perished from COVID

A public memorial will be held today for the roughly 5,100 Orange County residents killed by COVID-19.

California businesses baffled by various reopening rules

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s health agency has said vaccinated people won’t need to wear face coverings in many public places. State regulators — following several lengthy and hotly contested debates — are still drafting rules for workers. “We asked the governor to issue an executive order to align the rules,” said Lucy Dunn, president and chief executive of the Orange County Business Council and UCI Foundation Trustee. “Otherwise it’s just terribly confusing.”

CDC issues advisory about another respiratory virus

In an advisory issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and circulated by Los Angeles County public health officials, authorities warned about the recent rise of RSV, or respiratory syncytial virus, across the southern U.S. RSV produces similar symptoms to COVID-19, and can cause severe illness not only in older adults but in young children. 

2 passengers test positive on cruise ship that required vaccinations

All crew and adult passengers on board the Celebrity Millennium had to show proof that they were fully vaccinated as well as provide a negative COVID-19 test prior to or at the time of boarding. Two passengers sharing the same stateroom on board the first North American cruise since 2020 tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday.

COVID-19 deaths this year have already eclipsed 2020’s      

More people have died from COVID-19 already this year than in all of 2020, according to official counts, highlighting how the global pandemic is far from over even as vaccines beat back the virus in wealthy nations. It took less than six months for the globe to record more than 1.88 million Covid-19 deaths this year, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of data collected by Johns Hopkins University. The university’s count for 2021 edged just ahead of the 2020 death toll on Thursday.