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YMCA Will Open Nine Locations For Unhoused People To Use Showers, Restrooms

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A homeless man sleeps on a bus bench on a hot day in Downtown Los Angeles. Chava Sanchez/ LAist

The YMCA will soon open nine of their locations for people experiencing homelessness to use for showers and restrooms.

Mayor Eric Garcetti made the announcement in his Friday afternoon daily briefing. The locations are spread throughout the city, including the Ketchum YMCA in downtown Los Angeles, which is located about 10 blocks from Skid Row.

The city will pay $20,000 a month for each of the locations:

Anderson Munger Family YMCA
4301 W 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90020

Collins & Katz Family YMCA
1466 S Westgate Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90025

Hollywood YMCA
1553 N Schrader Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028

Ketchum-Downtown YMCA
401 S Hope Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Mid-Valley Family YMCA
6901 Lennox Avenue
Van Nuys, CA 91405

North Valley YMCA
11336 Corbin Avenue
Northridge, CA 91326

Weingart YMCA Wellness & Aquatic Center
9900 S Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90044

West Valley Family YMCA
18810 Vanowen Street
Reseda, CA 91335

Westchester Family YMCA
8015 S Sepulveda Boulevard
Westchester, CA 90045


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LA County Reports 'Most Dramatic Increase In Deaths' To Date In the COVID-19 Pandemic

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A skywriter on Friday advised: Stay Home. (Chava Sanchez/LAist)

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health today confirmed 711 new cases of the coronavirus and 28 new deaths. That brings county totals to 5,325 cases and 119 deaths.

Among the 28 individuals for whom the illness was fatal, 21 had underlying health conditions and 17 were over the age of 65.

County health officials also reported that three of the people who have died were between the ages of 18 and 65 and did not have any underlying conditions that put them at higher risk.

The county is getting more and more tests, and officials’ ability to test is increasing. Almost 29,000 people have been tested for coronavirus, with 14% coming back positive.

However, cases are growing more rapidly than ever; the past 48 hours have seen 1,238 new cases. Barbara Ferrer, the L.A. County Department of Public Health’s director said:

"This is the most dramatic increase in deaths we have seen since the COVID-19 crisis began, and our condolences go out to each and every person impacted by these heartbreaking losses."


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Pasadena Reports First Two COVID-19 Deaths; Parking Now Closed Near Rose Bowl

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FILE: An exterior view of the Rose Bowl (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Pasadena is reporting the city's first two deaths related to COVID-19. So far, 58 people have tested positive in the San Gabriel Valley's largest city.

City of Pasadena spokeswoman Lisa Derderian says one of the fatalities was a resident in a Pasadena nursing home, and the other was a staff member there. Both suffered from underlying health conditions. She told us:

"We are seeing more cases in our senior nursing facilities and we do have many of them in the city. And for the most part we have orders not to move any of the residents in those facilities, no visitors."

Derderian says Pasadena is working with Huntington Hospital on plans for a pop-up medical center for overflow COVID-19 patients. And Pasadena librarians who usually teach sewing classes have turned to producing cloth masks for city employees.

The city hopes to announce a new testing site in Pasadena sometime next week. she said. One positive note: Derderian said that because Pasadena hosts so many events and is used to managing large crowds, the city is well poised to put up and run satellite sites.

One possible location could be the Rose Bowl. Reminder: The Rose Bowl loop is closed and officers have had to chase people away. To keep people away, parking around the Rose Bowl is now banned.

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CDC Releases New COVID-19 Tracking System; First For The U.S.

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States reporting cases of COVID-19 to CDC. The deeper reds indicate the most cases. Courtesy of the CDC

The federal government today unveiled the first detailed national system for tracking the coronavirus pandemic in the United States.

The new COVIDView system will provide weekly updates aimed at monitoring the outbreak across the country, based on the results of tests for the virus, people seeking care for flu-like systems and pneumonia and those diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.

Lynnette Brammer of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said:

"I think it's really important. Information is vitally important. It allows us to see where we're going."

The shortage of testing for the coronavirus has been a major problem hindering the nation's ability to understand the scope of the pandemic in the United States and develop the most effective counter measures, many public health experts say.

The absence of a coordinated national tracking system forced states to scramble to develop their own approaches, drawing from data routinely gathered from doctors and hospitals to monitor the flu every

The development of the CDC was welcomed by many public health experts.

"I think the information will be valuable," says Marc Lipsitch, a leading epidemiologist at the Harvard School of Public Health.

But Lipsitch and others criticized the agency for failing to develop a system like this much sooner and said the system still falls far short of what's needed. For example, information is really needed on a daily basis, several said.

"We're in the middle of the greatest pandemic in a century," says Ashish Jha, director of the Harvard Global Health Institute. "So I think what they're doing is fine and it is helpful. But we need something much more than that. The pandemic doesn't take the weekend off."

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Gov. Newsom Cautions Against Expecting NFL This Fall, Announces Coronavirus Testing Task Force

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File: California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks during a news conference at the California Department of Public Health on Feb. 27, 2020 in Sacramento. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Gov. Gavin Newsom delivered a coronavirus update Saturday with the latest numbers on the spread of the disease in California, details on efforts to improve and increase testing, and more.

You can watch his update above, or read below for highlights:

LATEST STATE CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS

There are currently 2,300 people hospitalized with coronavirus, 1,008 of them in ICU beds, Newsom said. That is a 10.9% increase over the previous day. A total of 12,026 people have tested positive in the state for COVID-19, a 12.4% daily increase.

EFFORTS TO IMPROVE AND INCREASE TESTING

There have been 126,700 Californians tested for coronavirus so far. Newsom said that while that may sound high to many, it is low to others, including the governor. Due to the testing backlog, there were recently 59,500 people waiting for results, some for up to 12 days. Now that backlog has been reduced to 13,000, Newsom said.

"The testing space has been a challenging one for us, and I own that," Newsom said.

The governor announced a task force with the aim of increasing testing in the state fivefold. He announced a partnership with UC Davis and UC San Diego to create up to seven testing hubs throughout the state to help increase testing capacity.

BRINGING BACK PRO SPORTS?

When asked about the potential of starting the NFL season on time this fall, as President Trump suggested today, Newsom said he doesn't anticipate that happening in California. Newsom said that he was asked by a well-known football player whether he should expect to come back, and Newsom told him that he should move cautiously in that expectation. The governor said decisions in this area will be determined by health experts and the state's attempts to bend the curve, as well as having community surveillance and testing to determine whether that would be appropriate.

UNEMPLOYMENT

Newsom said that 2.1 million Californians have filed for unemployment since March 1. The state's budget is being recalibrated due to the current crisis, he added, but health care will remain a priority. However, his entire January budget proposal is being reconsidered, he said.

CORONAVIRUS MEDICAL SUPPLIES

Newsom announced a new website, covid19supplies.ca.gov, to help solicit medical supply contributions, as well as making clear which supplies the state needs. The state has distributed 41.2 million N95 masks so far, Newsom said.

CHURCH GATHERINGS

When asked about a megachurch in Sacramento County where dozens of people were infected by COVID-19, Newsom said that the consequences of the church not following stay-at-home orders were devastating.

"The faith-based community is all about love. If you love thy neighbor, you will practice physical distancing. You won't put them in a congregate setting to put their lives at risk," Newsom said. "As we pray, let's move our feet, and let's move our feet six feet apart from one another."

OTHER UPDATES

More than 79,000 people have signed up for the state's health care worker surge program so far, Newsom said.

The governor reiterated that the state is prioritizing the homeless and senior populations due to their potential vulnerability to COVID-19.

SOME STRAIGHT TALK ABOUT COVID-19

We're all living through this extraordinary and frightening pandemic. The vast majority of our newsroom has been working from home (here's some advice on that) since March 11 to bring you calm, helpful reporting. We are answering your questions and taking more.

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Kobe Bryant Will Be Inducted Into Basketball Hall Of Fame

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Los Angeles Laker great Kobe Bryant is among nine new members of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. While players are usually not eligible until they’ve been retired for four full seasons -- so not until their fifth year of retirement -- that requirement was waived for Bryant.

The 2020 Hall of Fame induction ceremony is set for late August. Here's how the official release describes the class:

  • Kobe Bryant: 18-time NBA All-Star and five-time NBA champion
  • Tim Duncan: 15-time NBA All-Star and three-time NBA Finals MVP
  • Kevin Garnett: 15-time NBA All-Star and nine-time NBA All-Defensive First Team selection
  • Eddie Sutton: four-time NCAA National Coach of the Year
  • Rudy Tomjanovich: two-time NBA Champion coac
  • Tamika Catchings: 10-time WNBA All-Star and four-time Olympic gold medalist
  • Kim Mulkey: three-time NCAA National Championship Coach of Baylor
  • Barbara Stevens: five-time NCAA Division II National Coach of the Year
  • Patrick Baumann: longtime FIBA executive

Bryant and eight other people were killed on Jan. 26 when their helicopter crashed on January 26th in the hills above Calabasas.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this post incorrectly said a player was eligible for consideration three years after retiring.

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Trump: 'I May Take' Hydroxychloroquine

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As the economy reels from record unemployment and states continue to increase their social distancing guidelines, the federal government is working to implement relief measures as a result of the historic economic relief package signed into law just eight days ago.

The White House task force briefed the nation on its response to the coronavirus pandemic on Saturday.

President Trump and his task force have been meeting with the press every day to address economic relief measures for Americans and American businesses.

The administration announced on Friday plans to reimburse hospitals for treating uninsured patients infected with the coronavirus. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin vowed to get direct payments to Americans within two weeks, one week ahead of the initial timeline.

But concerns abound over whether that will be possible, with a memo drafted by House Democrats suggesting it may take as long as 20 weeks for some to get payments.

The CDC suggests people wear cloth or fabric face coverings when in public to help prevent spreading of the virus, particularly by asymptomatic people. The guidelines aren't particularly detailed, and Trump has emphasized that this is a voluntary measure. He said he doesn't expect to wear a face mask himself.


Note: President Trump usually opens these news conferences with his own remarks. His comments in a number of past briefings have later been contradicted by information provided by other officials. He has also repeatedly used stigmatizing language to describe COVID-19. Following the president's remarks, health experts and other adminstration leaders provide additional updates.

Tracking COVID-19: More Than 1.2K New Cases In LA County In 48 Hours

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NOTE: You can find newer numbers here.


Note on the data you see when clicking on a bubble: Confirmed cases include presumptive positive cases | Recovered cases outside China are estimates based on local media reports, and may be substantially lower than the true number | Active cases = total confirmed - total recovered - total deaths.


Jump to: CALIFORNIA | WORLDWIDE | SOCAL COUNTIES | ANALYSIS

WHERE WE STAND

The U.S. is now reporting more than 290,000 of the more than 1.1 million confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide as of 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

Italy, Spain, Germany, and now France are all reporting more confirmed COVID-19 cases than China, where the outbreak began late last year, but whose reported numbers have since greatly slowed.

On Saturday afternoon, L.A. County reported 711 new cases and 28 new deaths. There are now more than 5,300 total cases to date in L.A. County.

WORLDWIDE

CASES DEATHS RECOVERED LAST UPDATE
GLOBAL: 1,159,515 62,376 237,436 4/4 9:43 AM

The U.S. is among a number of countries experiencing large-scale outbreaks. The map at the top of this post 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.

Here are the total confirmed cases for the 10 countries currently facing the worst outbreaks as of the date and time listed:

Country Confirmed Cases Deaths Recovered Last Update
US 290,606 7,826 9,853 4/4 9:36 AM
Spain 124,736 11,744 34,219 4/4 9:36 AM
Italy 124,632 15,362 20,996 4/4 9:36 AM
Germany 92,150 1,330 26,400 4/4 9:36 AM
France 83,031 6,521 14,138 4/4 9:36 AM
China 82,543 3,330 76,946 4/4 7:03 AM
Iran 55,743 3,452 19,736 4/4 9:36 AM
United Kingdom 42,441 4,320 215 4/4 9:36 AM
Turkey 20,921 425 484 4/4 9:36 AM
Switzerland 20,278 641 4,846 4/4 9:36 AM

These numbers are changing rapidly and experts have warned that confirmed cases are far under the actual total of infected individuals. For more detail check the full tracker, which includes death tolls and projections of cases on the Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering site. Engineers there are collecting data from:

IN CALIFORNIA

Statewide, our friends on the L.A. Times data desk are tracking cases in California by surveying "numbers released by the dozens of local health agencies across the state." As of about 3:15 a.m. Saturday, the newspaper is reporting California has:

  • 13,550 confirmed cases
  • 315 deaths

[Note: If you hit a paywall on the full tracker, please consider subscribing. They have a $1 for eight weeks special. We don't have a paywall but we do count on member support to run our newsroom.]

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AT A GLANCE

In a news release sent Saturday afternoon, L.A. County Public Health officials cautioned that:

"Emerging evidence suggests that there may be a significant number of people infected with COVID-19 who are asymptomatic and capable of spreading the virus to others."

So far, L.A. County is reporting 117 deaths, a total that doesn't include two news deaths announced Saturday by Pasadena city officials.

As of Saturday, 1168 people have been hospitalized.

NOTE: We are expecting another big jump in testing capabilities next week. L.A. County officials have warned that with more tests we will have higher numbers of positive cases. At the start of the pandemic here, fewer than 50 people a day were being tested. Now it's closer to 7,000 with a goal of getting to 10,000 daily tests next week.

Current as of Saturday

LA COUNTY

  • 5,325 cases
  • 119 deaths

* [Includes numbers released by Pasadena and Long Beach. See more from L.A. County]

ORANGE COUNTY

  • 786 cases
  • 14 deaths

* More from Orange County

RIVERSIDE COUNTY

  • 665 cases
  • 18 deaths

* More from Riverside County

VENTURA COUNTY

  • 203 cases
  • 6 deaths

* More from Ventura County

SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY

  • 353 cases
  • 13 deaths

* More from San Bernardino County

FLATTEN THE CURVE

As new cases continue to be confirmed, Californians are continuing to be under "safer at home" and "social distancing" orders. State and county officials have ordered the vast majority of Californians to strictly limit interactions with other people, wash hands frequently, and stay six feet away from others.

Remember, the goal of social distancing is to "flatten the curve" of COVID-19's spread.

HOW CALIFORNIA COMPARES

The more we can slow the rate of infection, the less overwhelmed the hospital system will be.

Here's a look at how L.A. County fares in nine scenarios over six, nine, and 12 months from our friends at ProPublica:

(Courtesy of ProPublica)

And here's the impact on California hospitals:

(Courtesy of ProPublica)

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Morning Briefing: What Disney’s Furloughs Say About This Moment

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There’s something particularly jolting about The Walt Disney Co.’s recent announcement that it will furlough some employees beginning April 19 as a result of COVID-19. Companies and individuals across the globe have been affected by the pandemic, but Disney stands out as a worldwide symbol of happiness and escaping reality… until now. From John Horn:

...the pandemic has hit almost every one of Disney’s core businesses. Disney’s dozen theme parks, which contribute almost half of the company’s profits, are locked up around the globe. The company’s cruise ships are empty, as are theaters where musicals like “The Lion King” would play. With essentially every domestic and international multiplex shut down, there’s no way Disney can exhibit its movies, which include the Pixar, Marvel and LucasFilm brands.

With that said, maybe it’s time to remember that when push comes to shove, we’re responsible for our own happiness — and it doesn’t hurt to think of our neighbors, too. Little gestures, more than behemoth theme parks, have become what matters: A pop-up drive through for college kids, a (not-so-little) donation to local arts organizations, a commitment to help unhoused community members.

Hope you find some small happinesses this weekend, and I’ll see you Monday morning.


CORONAVIRUS IN LOS ANGELES: THE PAST 24 HOURS

L.A., California, The World: In L.A. County, there are now more than 4,500 coronavirus cases, and 11 more people have died. In California, there have been 10,710 positive coronavirus tests in California, with 2,188 hospitalized and 901 in ICUs. There are more than 1 million cases worldwide. L.A. County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer expects to see as many as 1,000 new COVID-19 cases a day as early as next week.

Food, Art And Love: Santa Monica College held a drive-through pop-up for students and gave away 250 bags of non-perishable goods, 500 ready-to-eat meals and 250 cupcakes. The J. Paul Getty Trust has created a $10 million fund to help smaller L.A. County visual arts organizations that might not have access to cash reserves, endowments or wealthy donors. Also, should people try to find love in the time of the coronavirus? Damona Hoffman, a relationship expert and host of the podcast Dates & Mates, says “yes.”

L.A. Kids: Attorneys and advocates for youth offenders say children and young people held at juvenile facilities across L.A. County lack basic protections from the novel coronavirus. Also, LAUSD will use more than $77 million in bond funds to cover the 200,000 laptops officials purchased for students amid the coronavirus shutdowns.

Jobs: Starting Friday, small businesses can apply for the nearly $350 billion in loans available through the economic rescue plan from Congress, through a program being called the Paycheck Protection Program. But that money might not last long or get to the people who need it most. Meanwhile, U.S. employers shed 701,000 jobs in March, taking a net loss for the first time in nearly a decade, and the Walt Disney Co. will furlough an unspecified number of workers “whose jobs aren’t necessary at this time,” effective April 19.

To Live And Rent In L.A.: One Los Feliz renter received a letter from landlord ROM Residential, which [falsely] said tenants on a rent deferral plan needed to turn over "100%" of any government stimulus money towards back rent, within five days of receiving it. Many L.A. landlords are urging their tenants to pay rent online, but these requirements may violate state law. California has secured nearly 7,000 hotel rooms for homeless residents to stay in during the COVID-19 pandemic.

First Person: In his weekly column, Erick Galindo asks, what if I have it?

“See, my throat's been hurting and I've been having headaches that feel like someone is running by and punching me on one side of my head, and then doing it again going the other way.”

His prayer for us all: more miracles than tragedies.


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YOUR MOMENT OF ZEN

Our visual journalist Chava Sanchez captured messages of hope and thanks in the skies above Hollywood on Friday.

(Chava Sanchez/LAist)

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