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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.

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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.

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  • 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)
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