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WeHo Mayor Tests Positive For Coronavirus

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West Hollywood Mayor John D'Amico attends the 30th Annual AIDS Walk Los Angeles on October 12, 2014. (Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

West Hollywood Mayor John D'Amico has tested positive for COVID-19 and is self-quarantining at home, according to a statement from a city spokesperson.

Here's more from the statement from Sheri A. Lunn, obtained by KPCC/LAist:

"The Mayor is taking every precaution as directed by his physician and public health directives. He is home resting and practicing an abundance of self-care. His husband is doing fine and is doing his part to quarantine at home with Mayor D’Amico. To facilitate their household’s focus on wellness, the Mayor is asking for privacy at this time."

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Orange County Leaders Tell Residents, You Are 'NOT On Lockdown,' Issue Revised Orders

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A new order issued tonight by Orange County specifically says it "does not prohibit activities such as attendance at regular school classes, going to work, or performing essential services."

That comes more than 24 hours after a previous order created "wide-spread confusion" in Orange County, appearing to ban both public and private gatherings in Orange County through the end of the month.

To mitigate the damage, Orange County leaders appeared at the news conference (replay available above) to clarify what was actually intended and acknowledged they spent the day fielding angry and confused calls from constituents.

Supervisor Michelle Steele kicked off the news conference by stating that the county is not on lockdown. But county officials, like much of the country, are advising people to practice social distancing when out in public.

Supervisor Don Wagner said:

"Don't turn away your business. Don't say I'm closed down and worry that the sheriff's department is going to come and arrest you for going to work in morning."

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Nursing Homes Could Run Out Of Coronavirus Protective Gear

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A worker assists a resident at the Ida Culver House Ravenna retirement home on March 10, 2020 in north Seattle, Washington. (John Moore/Getty Images)

Nursing home spokespeople in California say they risk running out of protective masks and gowns as soon as next week. Supplies are dwindling as health care providers struggle to contain the coronavirus outbreak.

“There is no backup. It’s gotten to the point that the vendors don’t have the product to sell,” said Jason Belden, the director of emergency management for the California Association of Health Facilities.

The group represents hundreds of nursing homes across California.

He says that most nursing homes only have a seven-day supply of personal protective gear.

“There is not going to be enough if this expands anywhere past the capacity it is now,” Belden said. “The supply chain has not been restored yet, and it’s been essentially broken for a month and a half.”

Masks and gowns help keep health care workers from getting infected and from spreading the virus to elderly and disabled patients, who are especially susceptible.

“If a facility has three days of supplies to manage an isolation patient and they get one resident discharged from the hospital meeting those needs, they are going to expire those resources pretty quickly,” Belden said.

A recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention investigation found that the lack of protective equipment for health care workers contributed to an outbreak of coronavirus that was linked to 30 deaths at nursing homes in Washington state.

Many states, including California, have asked the federal government to disperse medical supplies from the national strategic stockpile, though NPR reports there’s a limit to how much it can help in a crisis.

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LA Mayor Enacts Emergency Orders Redeploying City Workers To Provide Shelter For 7,000 Homeless

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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti today activated an emergency power granted to him by the city charter in order to provide special assistance for the homeless as the coronavirus pandemic spreads.

The power he cited is known as the Disaster Service Worker Program, a measure which gives the mayor the ability to redeploy any city employee to combat a crisis, including to house the homeless.

As millions of residents throughout Los Angeles County huddle and work from home under strict social distancing guidelines, Garcetti reminded those listening that many people don't have a home to go to:

"If we do not act now, this pandemic could see our homeless population disproportionately affected, and they already disproportionately have the underlying health conditions that make them the most susceptible to morbidity."

The reality is that the city's massive homeless population is at high risk for widespread fatalities if COVID-19 spreads among the countless shanty towns, tent cities and shelters where people with no permanent homes now cluster. Sanitation is in short supply, as is running water and even regular garbage pickup. Even before this pandemic began to spread, the lifespan of someone living on the streets here has been significantly shorter than average.

To address the current medical crisis, the mayor laid out several steps to significantly accelerate the opening of emergency shelters, including:

  • The city's Department of Transportation will deliver 6,000 beds at 42 recreation centers across L.A.
  • By the end of the week, more than 1,600 beds will be online in 13 rec centers, in the first phase
  • Beds are being provided by the Red Cross
  • Together with the Bridge shelter program, that means the city can bring in 7,000 unsheltered Angelenos, Garcetti said, "the most in recent memory, maybe ever in the city's history, and at least in a generation in this country."
  • The Homeless Services Authority will identify the 4,000 individuals who are most at risk — older adults and those with underlying medical conditions

Garcetti said the city will follow the social distancing guidelines required by public health officials and not try to house more people in the shelters than they can contain.

He called it an unprecedented logistical undertaking.

"I mean, we're talking about 2,300 beds for Bridge Home shelters that took us about 18 months, and those were moving pretty quickly — sometimes 90 days. We're talking about 1,600 beds in a matter of three or four days, right now."

The city has already taken steps to bolster aid among the unsheltered to help improve hygiene, delivering nearly 300 hand-washing stations and 120 mobile bathrooms, Garcetti said.

Now it's also suspending a rule requiring homeless individuals to take down their tents during the day in an effort to make social distancing easier to achieve and to make them more visible to city and county workers.

Police officers will accompany city and county staff to ensure a safe working environment.

So far there are no cases of coronavirus infection among the unhoused, he said. But he emphasized that the 190 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city so far was likely just a sliver of the actual situation.

"Too few people are being tested," he said, adding "all of us are safer at home."

Garcetti said the city has a reserve fund that currently sits at a record level — twice the level it was before the Great Recession of 2008. In addition, the city has created a COVID-19 emergency response fund to ensure it can marshall whatever tools are necessary to address the pandemic, in addition to whatever state and federal funds eventually come through.

Garcetti said only "our critical care workers should be going to work." He also said that the public transit system remained a vital service for those who fell into that category and would continue to run.

Near the conclusion of his remarks Garcetti added:

"There are still tough days ahead. And I'm prepared to step up and take whatever necessary steps to protect Los Angeles based on the advice of this county."

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Dear LAist: Is Ibuprofen Safe To Take For A COVID-19 Fever?

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UPDATED: March 31

There's currently no established link between ibuprofen and coronavirus complications, but there is a lot of conflicting information being circulated.

The World Health Organization officially weighed in on Twitter on March 18 with this guidance, in all its double negative glory:

Based on currently available information, WHO does not recommend against the use of of ibuprofen.

The CDC has issued no coronavirus-related guidance regarding the use of anti-inflammatories as of March 31.

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City Of LA Will Offer No-Interest Loans To Small Businesses Hit By Coronavirus

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A mostly empty Grand Avenue as many people stay home due to Coronavirus fears. Chava Sanchez/ LAist

With the new coronavirus causing widespread economic disruption, the city of Los Angeles plans to offer a lifeboat to some small businesses in the form of low- to no-interest loans.

The city’s Economic and Workforce Development Department (EWDD) will offer $11 million in loans, ranging from $5,000 to $20,000 each, through the newly established Small Business Emergency Microloan Program.

Restaurants, gyms, retail shops and other small businesses who are seeing their customer base dry up can use these loans to pay for working capital expenses while they try to stay afloat.

The loans will be offered without interest for up to a year, or at 3-5% interest for up to five years.

To qualify, businesses must:

  • Be located within the city of L.A.
  • Have a good credit history
  • Demonstrate that they have been affected by the coronavirus
  • Show that their past profits are sufficient to pay back the debt
  • Be aligned with the city’s broad goal of retaining jobs

EWDD General Manager Carolyn Hull said there’s no specific cap on how many employees a business can have in order to apply, though the program is designed to target businesses with around 20 employees or less.

“The loan amount is really to tide over those smaller companies,” Hull said. “We want to make sure those companies are able to rebound as quickly as possible when the current emergency has ceased.”

The loans will help anywhere from 550 to 2,200 L.A. businesses. Many more are likely to be affected, but Hull said the city’s program is meant to complement other funding sources, such as disaster loans coming through the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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Public Transit Is Still Moving, But 'Stay Home' If You Can

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Our professional and personal lives have been dramatically upended by the spread of COVID-19, but regional public transit in greater Los Angeles is still moving — though it's noticeably less crowded right now (and service is reduced in some places).

As of Wednesday, the L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority is running regular weekday service and agency officials say there are currently no plans to shut down.

But the agency "may adjust service on certain lines based... on street realities," spokeswoman Anna Chen wrote in a post on Metro's blog The Source.

The prevailing messaging from Metro: "If you can stay home, please do so."

For more on how the agency is responding — along with transit services managed by the city of L.A. and other local goverments — read my full story:

LA Public Transit Keeps On Truckin' — But Stay Home Unless It's Essential

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LA County Updates: 3 Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing Sites, 46 New Cases

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Los Angeles County public health officials and political leaders gave their daily update on the response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Here are some of the announcements made today:

  • L.A. County has been piloting drive-thru specimen collection at three different sites.

The sites are open to individuals who "have a provider directive to get tested," said L.A. County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer. She said the goal is to make it easer for those people to find a place in their community where they can have a specimen collected without having to get out of their car.

Specimens are being analyzed at county, commercial and CDC labs and generally require a couple days turnaround before results come back. Ferrer says the pilot seems to be working and that the drive-thru process should help increase the county's capacity.

  • 46 new cases have been confirmed in L.A. County, bringing the total to 190. That includes the city of Long Beach and makes 96 new cases in the last 48 hours.
  • We're likely going to see an increase in cases for the next one to three months, but that doesn't mean social distancing isn't working.
  • The health officer's orders to close bars, wineries and nightclubs and limit restaurants to delivery and take-out only are legally binding. Health inspectors are out checking and will cite violators.

This story will be updated.

Grocery Stores Hold Senior Shopping Hours

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A sign at a Vallarta Supermarket in Boyle Heights lets customers know that seniors will have an hour to shop in the mornings before the store opens to the public. Chava Sanchez/LAist

Food in the time of coronavirus means wearing latex gloves to the grocery store, keeping your distance from other shoppers and wiping down your shopping cart before you touch it. These protocols are all about keeping COVID-19 from spreading, especially to people in the most high-risk groups. But people still need to eat. And that typically means people need to go to a store.

Several local grocery stores have started holding "senior shopping hours." They set aside the first hour or two of business — typically from 7 to 8 a.m. — only for shoppers who are at least 60 years old or are immune-compromised.

"We had seen on the news how critical it was for people who were 65 or older to stay home and I thought, 'We've got to help them get food,'" says Michell Guajardo, who owns and operates the Altadena location of Grocery Outlet, which seems like it was the first Los Angeles-area store to announced it would do this. Since then, several grocery chains have followed suit.

Will it help protect seniors? Or lull them into a false sense of security?

Read more here.

LA Businesses Are Safe From Evictions Through The End Of March

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A deserted restaurant in Los Angeles on March 12, 2020. (Chava Sanchez/ LAist)

Commercial tenants will not be evicted if they cannot pay their rent this month, Mayor Garcetti announced yesterday.

“Angelenos who own businesses in our city deserve peace of mind,” said Mayor Garcetti in a press release. “The moratorium will help ease some of the deepest concerns while we get through this crisis together.”

But for small business owners who have already paid rent this month, the announcement was not helpful.

Sam Moaven owns Frame 2000 in Venice and says his rent is not due until April. He told me:

“Our politicians are not connected to reality. I mean, what good does it do?”

The ban on evictions is likely to be extended, as necessary, throughout the emergency, according to the mayor's office.

Commercial landlords are now worried about how they can afford their monthly expenses without rent coming in: mortgage payments, insurance, taxes and maintenance.

“It sets up a system where people who have worked hard and saved and been able to afford these properties and taken the risk with the investment, they’re the ones going to be punished by this,” said Donegan McCuaig, a broker for DTLA Real Estate who represents commercial building owners.

McCuaig told me many of his clients recently bought property in hot areas, like downtown L.A., and have high mortgage payments to worry about.

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State K-12 Leaders Promise To Cancel Standardized Exams This Year

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A sign outside of Kettering Elementary School in Long Beach announces that school will be closed until April 20th. (Adolfo Guzman-Lopez/LAist)

California public school students will not have to take their annual standardized tests this year, state schools officials promised on this morning.

Nearly all of California’s K-12 public schools have closed in response to the coronavirus outbreak — and many schools may not reopen before the summer.

Federal law requires all students from third through eighth grade, as well as some high school students, to take benchmark standardized tests every year. But this year, state schools Supt. Tony Thurmond said that’s unrealistic.

“It is not even feasible to expect that we could assemble students in a way where they could take the test. Even if we could, one would have to wonder what educational value those tests would produce.”

Thurmond was echoing a pledge that Gov. Gavin Newsom first made during a press conference of his own Tuesday evening.

To follow through on that promise, state officials will have to jump through some hoops first. They’ll need to ask the U.S. Department of Education for a waiver from the annual testing requirement.

During a webinar for school officials statewide Wednesday, Thurmond also hinted that Newsom might soon issue an executive order canceling the exams.

In many schools, the coronavirus closures fell right in the middle of what would’ve been testing season. In Los Angeles Unified — the state’s largest district — schools could have started giving students these tests last week.

15 To An Apartment Isn't Social Distancing — But It's Life For Some Chinese Immigrants

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With not much closet space tenants at Chinese immigrant boarding houses often hang their clothes above their beds. Chava Sanchez/ LAist

Last week, LAist published my investigation of overcrowded Chinese “boarding houses” (also known as “family motels”) in the San Gabriel Valley. Yesterday, I caught up with a few of my sources.

There are hundreds of these places, where newly arrived Chinese immigrants are packed into apartments, condos, and garage conversions — and by many, I mean 10, 15, even more.

Chunsheng Zhang, a construction worker, told me that someone at his boarding house was sick with a fever but refused to go to the hospital. Zhang said he was terrified, and left the city.

And city officials can’t do much about it.

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Take A Deep Breath. Don't Buy A Gun

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People wait outside Martin B. Retting, Inc. guns store, Culver City (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

COVID-19 has transformed our way of life overnight. And understandably, people are scared about what that means for society going forward.

You may have see images like the one above — long lines of at gun shops around the region.

I was familar with the instinct from the reporting I did when I hosted a podcast called The Big One: Your Survival Guide and people asked me over and over again: Should I buy a gun?

At the core of that argument is the belief that society is going to fail. Law enforcement is going to be ineffective. That your neighbors are going to turn against you. And that it's you and only you that can save yourself and that you need a weapon to do it.

I talked to Robyn Gershon, Clinical Professor at NYU school of public health, when I reported on the podcast and I checked in with her again this week. She told me:

"It doesn't make sense. We're not going to fall apart."

You should listen — especially to Episode 7 — if you're invested in this prepping debate.

Take a deep breath. We're going to make it through this together.

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LA County Library Offers Temporary Cards For Digital Resources

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Los Angeles County Library (not to be confused with the Los Angeles Public Library) is offering temporary digital library cards to any resident, which will be valid for 90 days.

The decision comes in the wake of the library’s 86 branches closing through the end of March because of coronavirus. With a temporary card, users can access the organization’s e-books, audiobooks, magazines, movie and TV streaming, homework help, online classes, and more.

To sign up, any L.A. County resident can go to the library’s website.

The Los Angeles Public Library has also shut down its locations, and those with existing cards can still access their digital resources as well.

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Takeaways From Trump, White House Coronavirus Task Force Briefing

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President Donald Trump and the White House Coronavirus Task Force held a press briefing today to share updates on the U.S. response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here are some of the key announcements President Trump and task force officials made:

  • Trump will invoke the Defense Production Act, which gives the president several powers in the interest of national defense. It was originally passed in 1950 as part of the Cold War effort. For one, it requires businesses to contract with the government to provide necessary services, materials, goods, on the order of the president. It also prohibits hoarding for the purpose of price gouging of any materials the president deems to be scarce. (Note: Trump later tweeted that he signed the act but added that it was in case it needed to be invoked in a future worst-case scenario.)
  • FEMA has been activated in every region at Level 1, the “highest level,” Trump said.
  • Two Navy medical ships, Comfort and Mercy, are being readied for deployment and "can be launched over the next week or so, depending on need," the president said.
  • The Department of Housing and Urban Development is suspending all foreclosures and evictions until the end of April, the president said.
  • The government is looking into changing the coronavirus testing process to move to self-swabbing. Trump said the current testing process is "not very nice to do, I can tell you, ‘cause I did it."
  • Vice President Mike Pence announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is issuing a regulation to allow doctors and other medical professionals to practice across state lines "to meet the needs of hospitals that may arise in adjoining areas."
  • Pence also said the goverment is asking that doctors and hospitals nationwide delay elective procedures "to ensure that medical supplies and medical capacity go where they're needed most."
  • Dr. Deborah Birx said there may be a "disproportional number of infections" among millenials. She previously said millenials were "the core group that will stop this virus."
  • Trump was asked about comments reportedly made by Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin that unemployment could reach 20% without intervention from the government. The president said he didn’t agree with those comments, calling it the “absolute total worst-case scenario.”
  • Trump said he planned to hold a second press conference to discuss FDA-related news.

The president announced on Twitter earlier this morning that the U.S.-Canada border will be temporarily closed to "non-essential traffic," but said it would not affect trade.

You can watch the full press briefing below (it begins at the 1:04:00 mark):

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At A Property We Investigated, Concerns About Getting Sick

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Trailer Grove trailer park in Pomona. (Aaron Mendelson/LAist) Aaron Mendelson/LAist

The Pomona trailer park, California Trailer Grove, is owned and managed by entities connected to landlord Mike Nijjar and his company PAMA Management. It was the site of a typhus outbreak in 2015 -- the first that L.A. County had seen in years.

And it was one of several properties I reported on for Deceit, Disrepair and Death Inside a Southern California Rental Empire.

I called resident Kara Gomez to see how life was at the trailer park now that the coronavirus outbreak has taken hold in Southern California. She told me:

"A lot of people don't have running water in their homes to even wash their hands."

In December, Gomez received a letter saying her management company was changing from PAMA to Mobile Management Services, Inc. That company's officers are longtime PAMA staffers, and the park continues to be owned by an entity connected to Mike Nijjar.

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The State Is Expanding Childcare Capacity -- But Will Providers Stay Open?

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A preschool classroom at Cal Poly Pomona. (Mariana Dale/LAist)

Now that schools are closed, the state agency that licenses childcare providers is expanding the ability to provide care. But some providers are questioning whether they should take on more kids, or even stay open at all.

An emergency waiver from the California Department of Social Services allows employers to open emergency childcare services, and independent providers to increase the number of kids in their care if there’s a childcare shortage.

The department is also working to create a temporary workforce to staff emergency childcare at high-need employers such as hospitals.

The guidance and licensing waivers issued on Tuesday placed much of the decisionmaking on the providers themselves -- which raised a lot of questions. So many providerstried to join a Department of Social Services conference call Tuesday that it caused technical difficulties.

Kim Martin, who has run a licensed childcare out of her North Hollywood home for 23 years, was looking for more clarity on whether to keep operating.

“I personally am not going to close unless they tell me, but part of me wants them to tell me to close because I'm a little nervous too,” she said. “There are people who still need care.”

One reason she’s nervous is that she turned 66 this year, making her part of the population more likely to get seriously ill from the coronavirus. In addition, she doesn’t believe she would qualify for any kind of unemployment if she closed.

Seniors Who Volunteer Confront California's New Coronavirus Precautions

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Adela Salomon, pictured last year, has been a volunteer at the Downey First Christian Church food bank for several years. (Chava Sanchez / LAist)

Seniors are a big part of the volunteer workforce that keeps nonprofits running. But what happens now that Californians 65 and older are being told to stay home in light of the novel coronavirus crisis?

In the past few days since Gov. Gavin Newsom called for the self-isolation of seniors, community organizations have been trying to navigate the guidance for senior citizens who make up a large part of their volunteer corps.

In Anaheim, a group of dedicated seniors runs the St. Vincent de Paul Service Center at St. Boniface Catholic Church. Monday through Friday, they hand out groceries to individuals and families in need, and cook meals for the local homeless population three days a week.

The entire staff is over the age of 60, said volunteer Maritza Bushman, who’s 70 years old. (Full disclosure: Bushman is the mother of KPCC producer Monica Bushman.)

“We usually have canned food, dry food. We also have bread and sometimes meat,” she said. “There are people in so much need.”

RISING DEMAND, SIDELINE VOLUNTEERS

But despite the demand for aid, which will likely rise as COVID-19 effects ripple through the economy, the service center is preparing to serve its last meal on Tuesday night, for the time being. With COVID-19 spreading in communities and older people especially at risk, it's becoming impossible to safely staff the center.

“The priest says we should close because we’re all seniors and we are putting ourselves in danger,” Bushman said.

The center is working to let clients know about other food pantries in the area, but it’s hard for volunteers like Bushman and her husband, John Bushman, 82, to step back in the middle of a crisis. She told me:

“My husband was having a very difficult time, because we feel like there are people that need us. More now than ever.”

Bushman is hopeful to be back, serving her community as soon as it’s safe.

ADAPTING TO THE TIMES

Other senior-driven organizations are able to adapt to health experts' recommendations for older people to self-isolate. The L.A.-based anti-war nonprofit Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace usually meets every Friday morning.

“We love being in community. We love being together, talking and sharing food,” said chairman Stephen Rohde.

But that’s not possible in this time of social distancing and special precautions for vulnerable seniors. “With all of the advisories, we’ve decided to conduct all of our Friday meetings by Zoom and teleconference,” he said.

This has meant a learning curve for some older members — installing apps and getting comfortable with new technology. “We’re eager to make the best of it by drawing speakers from around the country and around the world.”

“I was a proud Luddite for many years, but with the help of my family, I’ve moved into the modern era,” Rohde said. “We’re hoping to train and coach members to use the new technology, which could help them in many ways.”

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Map: What The Spread Of Coronavirus Looks Like So Far

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This map shows cumulative confirmed cases, deaths and recoveries and is updated in near real-time throughout the day. Zoom out to see more of the world.

The data is maintained by Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering which pulls from:

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Morning Briefing: School’s Out 'Til Summer (...Probably)

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Governor Gavin Newsom now says that it’s “unlikely” schools will reopen before the summer. The primal scream rattling the throats of primary caregivers could be heard from San Ysidro to Crescent City. And yet, the precautions are necessary, by all accounts; 50 new cases of coronavirus were announced in L.A. today, more businesses are closing and hospitals are scrambling to prepare.

Here’s what else we’re…

Covering Today:

  • Los Angeles International Airport officials have announced a program designed to encourage commercial airlines to operate as quietly as possible, reports Caroline Champlin.
  • Christine N. Ziemba continues her nonevents list, with suggestions of what to do while social distancing.

Coronavirus Special Section:

What We Know:

What We’re Following:

  • Libby Denkmann explores what happens when volunteer food pantries and other programs that can help during coronavirus are staffed by senior volunteers.
  • The State Department of Social Services is providing general recommendations for the prevention, containment and mitigation of COVID-19 for child care providers, reports Mariana Dale.
  • Robert Garrova looks into the status of the feds' effort to set up more testing centers.
  • Elina Shatkin looks at whether the hours being reserved by some grocery chains to allow senior citizens to shop is relative isolation are a good idea, or not.
  • Orange County officials issued orders against gatherings that left a lot of people, by their own admission, very confused. We'll look into what went sideways.

In Case You Missed It:

  • It’s looking more and more like the DA race will end up in a run-off, with incumbent Jackie Lacey squaring off against one of her challengers.
  • And here’s an oldie but goodie, from back in the days of innocence: What did people eat on L.A.’s beaches 100 years ago?

Your Moment Of Zen:

Investigative and data reporter Aaron Mendelson shared this photo and thought on Twitter:

can’t overstate how calming it has been to spend time outdoors these last few days

The L.A. skyline. (Aaron Mendelson)

Help Us Cover Your Community:

  • Got something you’ve always wanted to know about Southern California and the people who call it home? Is there an issue you want us to cover? Ask us anything >>
  • Have a tip about news on which we should dig deeper? Let us know >>

The news cycle moves fast. Some stories don't pan out. Others get added. Consider this today's first draft.


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