Morning briefing: record COVID figures, IST and NASA tests

gHello the It’s January 10th.

As many experts have predicted, COVID-19 continues to rise after the holidays. Yesterday, the local authorities announcement a record 45,584 new cases in LA County.

The figures follow more than 34,000 new cases on Saturday and more than 43,000 new positive cases on Friday.

The effects of the wave are being felt across the state. California state prisons have suspended in-person visits from Saturday after a wave of positive cases, including more than 1,700 people in prison and more than 3,000 staff. Visitors will be allowed to talk to friends and family for one hour via video on weekends.

LA County Director of Public Health Barbara Ferrer said on Friday that people working in the healthcare industry were also – again – disproportionately affected. Nurses made up more than 27% of new cases on Friday, and among all healthcare workers, 39% said they had been exposed to a known case in their facility by a patient or colleague.

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“I know so many people mourn the loss of a loved one and send my sincere condolences and wishes for a healing,” Ferrer said. “Keeping healthcare workers safe is critical to maintaining the functionality of our healthcare facilities when pressure surges lead to staff shortages and increased hospitalization rates. “

At the same time, however, the number of boosters is relatively low: only 38% of Californians received a booster in addition to the initial doses of the vaccine; the number is lower in LA County, as well as in Kern, Santa Barbara and 28 other counties.

Read on to find out more about what’s going on in LA, and stay safe there.

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Before you go … When scientists clap, we all clap

Technicians lift the mirror of the James Webb Space Telescope using a crane at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., In April 2017. On Saturday, the telescope completed its final deployment to space.

A NASA telescope known as the James Webb Telescope has taken its last big step deployment.

Bill Ochs, the Webb Project Manager at NASA Goddard, said the events are “really amazing.” He added that the team members were relieved after the deployment, cheering and making waves in the operations center.

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