Morning Briefing: Your Coronavirus Cheat Sheet, Checking In With Seniors And The Unhoused
If your head is spinning from the speed of the news, you’re not alone. As of the latest count, there are now 94 cases of coronavirus confirmed in L.A. County. President Trump’s coronavirus task force recommended keeping gatherings to 10 people or less and L.A. schools became really, truly closed to kids.
It’s also still raining, which we can all agree gives this whole situation a much more apocalyptic vibe. Still, we have you covered for what to watch while you’re social distancing at home, and an unexpected (and very welcome!) way to keep your kids entertained.
Here’s what else we’re…
- The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in Los Angeles County dropped Friday to its lowest amount since Mar. 21, reports Itxy Quintanilla.
- Caitlin Hernandez explains the 2020 census mailers.
Coronavirus Special Section
What We Know:
- The federal government requested that the entire nation limit gatherings to 10 people.
- There are 94 confirmed cases of coronavirus in L.A. County. Officials continue to direct businesses to close, including bars, restaurants, theaters and gyms, and some other businesses are weighing what to do.
- L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti issued a moratorium on residential evictions and street-sweeping parking tickets. Garcetti also reassured the public that grocery store supply chains are just fine, and asked people to please stop hoarding.
- Homeless people who use gyms for showers may be out of luck now that those facilities are closed.
- As restaurants and diners close, how we can build an infrastructure that allows us to get cooked food to those who need it.
- Monday marked the first day of school closures across LA County, as LAUSD and other districts shift to distance learning. Actors like Josh Gad, who performs the voice of Olaf in Frozen, are pitching in to entertain your kids as well.
- Here’s a list of 60 places that will provide food to families who depend on schools for meals.
- L.A.'s trial courts will close to the public for three days under emergency orders.
- Thanks to data from Johns Hopkins, here’s an interactive map of what the spread of coronavirus looks like so far.
- The Centers for Disease Control on Monday advised against gatherings of 50 people or more for the next eight weeks.
- Multiple upcoming movies have moved their release dates, both domestically and internationally, including A Quiet Place Part II, Mulan, The New Mutants and Peter Rabbit 2.
What We’re Following:
- California community colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley has been granted temporary emergency powers, reports Adolfo Guzman-Lopez, to make executive orders and overrule board regulations to keep classes open at the community colleges.
- Pablo Cabrera checks in with the state’s seniors and those who work with them to see how they’re faring in the recommended self-isolation.
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- Itxy Quintanilla brings you the latest on this week’s storm.
- We are temporarily turning our events listing into a nonevents listing, starting with Christine N. Ziemba’s favorite TV shows that deal with viruses, bogey(wo)men, pandemics or the apocalypse
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