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Stay-at-home order extended for foreseeable future in California

California’s limited stay-at-home order originally set to remain in effect until Dec. 21 has been extended for the foreseeable future as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the state.

According to the Department of Public Health, the order is slated to expire after the regional stay-at-home order ends in all of California’s regions. The limited order now prohibits nonessential retail businesses from operating between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.

The city of Long Beach has received 11,600 doses of the Moderna coronavirus vaccine Dec. 23, which comes in addition to the 3,900 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, Mayor Robert Garcia announced in a tweet

“All hospital and medical personnel should be fully vaccinated in days,” Garcia wrote. 

Colorado has seen America’s first case of a new coronavirus strain, Gov. Jared Polis confirmed in a tweet Tuesday. The variant, B117, was first reported in the United Kingdom last month. 

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What to know about COVID-19

Common symptoms:

● Cough                   ● Fever

● Tiredness            ● Shortness of breath

● Chills                      ● Shaking

● Loss of taste      ● Loss of smell

● Muscle pain        ● Headache

● Sore throat

Symptoms can begin to present one to 14 days after initial exposure, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

How is it transmitted?

● Close contact with someone, such as shaking hands or hugging.

● Contact with droplets from a sneeze or cough.

● Touching of eyes, mouth or nose with dirty hands.

Are you at risk?

● Have you traveled to an affected area within the past two weeks?

● Have you had close contact with someone who is infected?

If yes to either, and you begin to present symptoms, call your doctor and ask to be tested. 


There is currently no treatment for COVID-19, but the CDC recommends measures to contain the spread of the virus.

● Self-isolate; avoid contact with others including pets; only leave your house for food or medical attention.

● Wear a face mask.

● Wash your hands often and for at least 20 seconds; sanitizer must contain over 60% alcohol to be effective.

● Clean “high-touch” areas every day.  

● Maintain a six-foot distance from other individuals; abide by “social distancing” recommendations. 

● Avoid gatherings with more than nine people. 

 Alert health officials if you think you have COVID-19; monitor your symptoms.

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