Evening briefing: January 7, 2022

Good evening, SoCal. We close the day for you with the most important stories you need to know and your forecast for the weather.

Your weather planner

A weak cold front will move through SoCal late Friday into Saturday, bringing light spotty showers. The front will sink as it moves south, which is why we won’t have as much rain.

The cloud cover will keep temperatures slightly warmer at night, but for some it will still be around 40 degrees.

The skies will clear up by midday, but temperatures will remain largely below average in the low to mid-1960s.

A high pressure area will develop on Sunday, causing the wind to change. Offshore winds will blow in usual places late on Sunday and remain calm until early Monday.

Tomorrow’s highlights

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Today’s big stories

1. LA County Sets Another Record as Daily Infections Surpass 43,000

For the third time in a week and the second in two days, Los Angeles County set a record for new COVID-19 infections on Friday, with more than 43,000 new cases and 28 virus-related fatalities.

The 43,712 infections reported Friday are the highest daily total of the entire pandemic, breaking the record set Thursday when 37,215 new cases were announced. Last Friday, the province announced a then record of 27,091 infections.

During the pandemic, the province has reported a cumulative total of 1,887,526 infections. The 28 new fatalities reported Friday brought the province’s total death toll to 43,712.

Along with the increased number of cases came the expected surge in hospitalizations, with state figures showing 2,902 COVID-positive patients in provincial hospitals as of Friday. That was more than 2,661 on Thursday. Of the hospitalized patients, 391 were treated in intensive care, compared to 352 a day earlier.

2. MLK Day parade canceled due to COVID peak

The organizers of the annual Kingdom Day Parade wanted to “avoid the slightest opportunity to sponsor a superspreader event,” announced Friday that they are canceling this year’s event.

β€œThe entire Board of Directors of the Kingdom Day Parade has voted unanimously to take the drastic measure of canceling this year’s parade on the streets to prevent even the slightest possibility of sponsoring a superspreader event,” said Dr. . Adrian Dove, president of CORE-CA’s Kingdom Day Parade in a statement.

This is the second year in a row that the parade has been canceled due to COVID. In 2021, a televised celebration was held instead, featuring an interview with King’s eldest son, highlights of past parades and interviews with local dignitaries about King’s impact on their lives.

The parade was canceled this year “out of extreme caution and concern for the survival of our public, based on new COVID-19 data officially released today by Dr. Barbara Ferrer, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Health, which is now revealing the severity of severe hospitalization spikes in Los Angeles,” Dove said.

3. Oscar-winning actor Sidney Poitier dies at 94

Tributes from Hollywood and around the world poured in on Friday honoring legendary actor Sidney Poitier, who broke color barriers when he became the first black performer to win an Oscar for a leading performance, paving the way for generations of black actors to follow.

Poitier, 94, died Thursday in the Bahamas, a spokesman for the Bahamian foreign minister told Spectrum News. A cause of death was not revealed.

“For me, the largest of the ‘Great Trees’ has fallen: Sidney Poitier,” Oprah Winfrey said in a statement. “It is an honor to have loved him as a mentor. Friend. Brother. Confidant. Wisdom teacher. The greatest, highest regard and praise for his most magnificent, graceful, eloquent life. I cherished him. I adored him. He had a huge soul I will cherish forever Blessings to Joanna and his world of beautiful daughters.”

In a statement, President Joe Biden said Poitier’s performances “held up a mirror to America’s racial attitudes in the 1950s and 1960s. With unshakable grandeur and poise β€” his unique warmth, depth and stature on screen β€” Sidney helped touch the hearts of millions.” and changed the way America saw itself.”

Gregg Donovan cleans up the late actor Sidney Poitier’s star on Friday’s Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

4. LA Officials Remember Councilman Tom LaBonge on Anniversary of Death

Los Angeles officials Friday remembered former Councilman Tom LaBonge, known as Mr. Los Angeles, on the first anniversary of his death.

“A year ago, LA lost a giant in Tom LaBonge – a real civil servant who brought so much passion and decency to building a stronger, safer and fairer Los Angeles,” Mayor Eric Garcetti tweeted Friday. “Today we remember the imprint he left on the city he loved – and loved him right back.”

LaBonge died on January 7, 2021 at his home in Silver Lake at the age of 67.

After his death, Los Angeles rushed to honor him in various ways. The LA County Metropolitan Transportation Authority dedicated the future Wilshire/La Brea station on the Purple Line extension to him, and the city’s information line 311 added an audio clip of LaBonge to the system.


Your notes for this weekend

  • Harry Reid’s funeral to be held Saturday, with speakers including President Biden and Barack Obama
  • David Bowie tribute concert will be held Saturday, featuring performances by Def Leppard and Gary Oldman (virtual)
  • NFL Regular Season Ends Sunday
  • Golden Globes are held on Sunday
  • USPS price changes for shipping services take effect Sunday

In case you missed it

COVID-19 cases are exploding in the state as the ommicron variant rises and hospitalizations rise again.

Nurse James Q. Simmons talks about the enormous emotional toll of exhaustion and depression that California health professionals have wrestled for two years into the pandemic.

In addition, Dr. Catherine Blish of Stanford University gives us the lean fatness and why obese and overweight people can develop some of the worst cases of COVID-19.

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