Coronavirus In LA: Your Cheat Sheet To Catch Up On Yesterday's News
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We’re well into the weekend, but the coronavirus news cycle is still busier than a Trader Joe’s. If you’re trying (like us) to wrap your head around everything that’s happening, we’re here to help.
Take a break from stacking your canned food and toilet paper and catch up on everything that happened on Saturday.
- As of Saturday there are 53 confirmed COVID-19 cases in LA County -- 11 new ones. For now. Barbara Ferrer, who heads public health, cautions we will “continue to see a fairly rapid increase.”
- The federal government is working to contain the widening effects of the coronavirus on the nation's economy, public health and well-being. Here’s what’s in a relief bill making its way through Congress. We tell you what it could mean for you.
- We were watching the long lines and empty store shelves and wanted to ask la Mayor Eric Garcetti what to make of it all. His advice to the city: Don’t panic & focus on social distancing.
- The run on grocery stores is one predictable human behavior amid a nationwide panic. Running a scam to take advantage of that panic is another. Customs officials are warning the public to be wary after they seized some iffy COVID-19 “test kits” at LAX.
- The cancellation of general fun continues. L.A. officials ordered public pools, senior centers & most other park facilities closed — even the Griffith Observatory. No more pony or merry-go-round rides either, folks (at least through April 4).
- Buckle in. Parents are scrambling to figure out how they're going to manage having kids at home for weeks. Starting Monday LAUSD and other local schools shutting down to stop the spread of the coronavirus. We talked to parents and kids about their plans.
- Los Angeles libraries may have shut the doors to their facilities, but attention parents: they remain available virtually for those with access to the internet.
- LAUSD is massive — the 2nd largest district in the nation — but Long Beach Unified is also really big. The 3rd largest district in the state has sent its more than 70K students home for the next 5 weeks. Our friends at the Long Beach Post shared what's planned with us.
- Even before this pandemic hit, LA County was considered the hardest to count in the 2020 Census IN THE ENTIRE NATION. And it just got a lot harder. Fears that the count will be far from accurate are driving some in Congress to ask for an extension
- And perhaps the biggest question of all: When will everything be back in stock? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ It’s not a simple answer but we talked to experts who gave us some details on what to expect.
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