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Pasadena Goes 3 Weeks Without a COVID-19 Death

first_img CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena on Thursday marked three weeks without a reported COVID-19 fatality, as 18 new infections were reported in the city, officials said.The last COVID-19-related death in Pasadena was reported on Oct. 8, according to city data. A total of 129 people have lost their lives to the virus.Eighteen new infections detected on Thursday raised the city’s total number of cases to 2,819.Huntington Hospital reported treating 23 COVID-19 patients.The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced 1,745 new infections on Thursday, marking the highest number of cases reported in a single day since August that was not the result of backlogged data.Nineteen additional fatalities were documented, the county Department of Public Health said in a written statement.In total, county officials have reported 305,070 COVID-19 infections and 7,044 deaths.Officials said 750 patients were hospitalized throughout L.A. County with novel coronavirus on Thursday. Thirty-one percent of them were being treated in intensive care units.L.A. County Director of Public Health Barbara Ferrer said the increase in cases was a cause for concern.“The high numbers of daily cases are very concerning because, as we have seen in the past, increases in cases lead to increases in hospitalizations and deaths. These increases impede our ability to move forward with re-opening additional sectors and getting more children back to school,” she said.“As individuals, we get to choose whether to party or help our economy recover; we get to choose whether to protect others from our respiratory droplets or infect others who may go on to need hospital care or even die. What we don’t get to do is sit on the sidelines,” according to Ferrer. “We have an awesome opportunity to slow the spread with every decision we make about how we interact with others.”Statewide, 4,191 new COVID-19 cases were reported on Thursday, along with 66 additional deaths.State health officials had documented 912,904 infections and 17,541 fatalities, in all.The average positivity rate over the prior seven days was 3.3 percent, according to a CDPH statement. The 14-day average was 3 percent.As of Thursday, L.A. County represented 33 percent of California’s total COVID-19 infections and 40 percent of the state’s deaths. Community News Subscribe Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Top of the News Make a comment HerbeautyIs It Normal To Date Your BFF’s Ex?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeauty Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m.center_img Community News More Cool Stuff Community News Pasadena Goes 3 Weeks Without a COVID-19 Death 18 New Infections Detected; L.A. County Sees Most Cases Since August By BRIAN DAY Published on Thursday, October 29, 2020 | 5:02 pm Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy 24 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Business News STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week last_img read more

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Iraqi probe finds Blackwater shooting toll higher, no provocation

first_imgBAGHDAD – An official Iraqi investigation into a deadly shooting involving Blackwater USA security guards raised the number of Iraqis killed to 17 and found the gunfire was unwarranted, the government said Sunday. It also said the shootings amounted to a deliberate crime and recommended those involved face trial. The Blackwater guards are accused of opening fire on Iraqi civilians in a main square in Baghdad on Sept. 16. They claimed they came under fire first. The Iraqi investigative committee, which was ordered by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, found that convoys from the Moyock, N.C.-based security company did not come under direct or indirect fire before the men shot up the intersection. “It was not hit even by a stone,” government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said in a statement. The Associated Press reported Thursday that the Iraqi panel’s recommendations also would include that the company compensate the victims. The Iraqi panel is one of at least three investigations involving Americans. The joint U.S.-Iraqi commission also met for the first time Sunday to review American security operations after the shooting. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has also dispatched a team to Baghdad, and retired veteran diplomat Stapleton Roy is leading a diplomatic review, along with a former State Department and intelligence official, Eric Boswell. The panel, led by Patrick Kennedy, one of the most senior management experts in the U.S. foreign service, was to present an interim report early this month. The Sept. 16 incident was one of at least six involving deaths allegedly caused by Blackwater that authorities here have brought to the attention of the Americans. The joint commission exchanged opinions about the shootings and agreed on a need to establish a direct mechanism for sharing information and to review several issues related to U.S. security operations, embassy spokeswoman Mirembe Nantongo said. The panel chaired by the Iraqi defense minister and U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission, Patricia A. Butenis, also expressed “mutual commitment of the Iraqi government and the U.S. government to work together to evaluate issues of safety and security related to personal security detail operations in Iraq,” according to a brief statement. The joint commission is expected to issue recommendations to both Baghdad and Washington on improving Iraqi and U.S. security procedures, with the “goal of ensuring that personal security detail operations do not endanger public safety” and prevent similar incidents in the future. Across the Iraqi capital, bombings killed at least nine Iraqis in three separate attacks, including one near Iran’s embassy, police said. The attacks started with an early morning explosion near a minibus carrying workers into central Baghdad. Three people were killed in the roadside bombing, which apparently targeted a police patrol, according to a police official who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media. The inside of the mangled minibus was soaked in blood, the metal hulk was pummeled by shrapnel and the windows were shattered, AP Television News footage showed. A half-hour later, in the predominantly Sunni neighborhood of Dora in southern Baghdad, a second roadside bomb targeting a U.S. patrol missed its target, killing three Iraqi civilians, police said. And in the downtown commercial area of Salihiyah, a bomb planted in the back of a car parked near the Iranian Embassy exploded about 8:30 a.m., killing three Iraqi passers-by, according to police.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The incident has outraged Iraqis and brought calls for an overhaul to the rules governing private contractors such as Blackwater, which provides heavily armed security for U.S. diplomats serving in Baghdad. The three-member Iraqi panel led by Defense Minister Abdul-Qader al-Obeidi determined that Blackwater guards sprayed western Baghdad’s Nisoor Square with gunfire without provocation. The panel raised the casualty toll to 17 Iraqis killed and 23 wounded, as opposed to the 11 deaths Iraqi officials originally reported. On Thursday, Minister of State for National Security Sherwan al-Waili told The Associated Press that the panel had determined 13 Iraqis had been killed. A parallel but unofficial investigation by the Interior Ministry also put the number at 17. Al-Dabbagh said the Cabinet would weigh the Iraqi findings with those of a joint U.S.-Iraqi commission “and subsequently adopt the legal procedures to hold this company accountable.” last_img read more

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