The OC & COVID-19: Show respect & be safe.

Please, don’t disrespect the thousands of Orange County health care professionals, first responders, and everyday people on the front lines making sure you have what you need most – from food and essential services by ignoring guidelines designed to keep you, our community and the people you care about safe.

Little Girl Painting CookiesThese professionals are often making unimaginable personal sacrifices to be at your side for everyday and extraordinary emergencies beyond COVID-19, from heart attacks to fire emergencies, groceries to upset tummies, and much more.

Portrait of two girls in the woods girlfriendsGiven the gravity of the current situation, we’ll try and share the most important local news from across various media outlets – both local and national, that we think you might find especially useful in our local communities which you might otherwise miss.

Family Eating An Al Fresco MealIn most instances, we’ll share a headline and a few key details, with a link to the original media story. Our local media and government agencies continue to be the best source of current news and information. We simply hope to highlight some of the less-prominent stories.

We’ll still share our favorite fashion, lifestyle, entertainment, and other stories, because we hope (and believe) it can lift spirits and provide a needed positive distraction from the headlines.

 

Dozens of Escondido Union students, staff under quarantine — FOX 5 San Diego

Two days after the Escondido Union School District resumed on-campus instruction in a hybrid model, district officials reported 81 students and 15 staff members from four schools now are under quarantine. The bulk of those are from Farr Elementary where four positive cases of COVID-19 were reported…

Dozens of Escondido Union students, staff under quarantine — FOX 5 San Diego

The Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster Happened 35 Years Ago Today — CBS

(CBSMiami)- Today marks 35 years since the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. The accident on Jan. 28, 1986 — just 73 seconds into flight — killed all seven on board, including schoolteacher Christa McAuliffe. The disaster unfolded on live TV before countless schoolchildren eager to see McAuliffe, an everyday teacher, rocketing toward space…

The Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster Happened 35 Years Ago Today — CBS Las Vegas

‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ to Stay Dark Next Week Amid COVID Spike in California — Variety

“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” will stay dark next week amid the growing alarm about rising COVID-19 infection rates in Los Angeles County and the rest of California. The syndicated daytime talk show has been airing reruns since Dec. 10 when DeGeneres announced that she had contracted coronavirus…

‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ to Stay Dark Next Week Amid COVID Spike in California — Variety

Winter storm to hit SoCal Monday — Orange County Register

Southern Californians can anticipate slick, wet roadways Monday, Dec. 28, as winter’s first storm is expected to roll through, weather forecasters said. The storm, anticipated to bring roughly a half-inch of rain to most areas, is expected to kick in Monday morning and last into the evening, forecasters said Saturday.

Winter’s first storm to hit Southern California Monday — Orange County Register

Santa Ana winds return Monday, along with heightened fire risk — Orange County Register

A swirling mass of air forming above Southern California late Sunday, Dec. 6, will drive the return of powerful Santa Ana winds and a heightened risk of wildfire across the region through the start of the week. The low pressure system forecast to develop overnight will set the stage for warmer temperatures and gusty conditions…

Santa Ana winds return to Southern California Monday, along with heightened fire risk — Orange County Register