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The federal coronavirus relief bill may be delayed following comments from President Donald Trump demanding higher direct payments.
Yesterday, 145 people in L.A. County died from the coronavirus — the highest single-day death toll to date. — Patch
California has become the first state to surpass 2 million COVID-19 cases. — KCRA
The COVID-19 relief bill is facing last-minute delays after President Donald Trump criticized the $600 direct payments, advocating for $2,000 instead. — NPR
The historic Olvera Street is in danger of closing due to lost business and inadequate financial aid. — KTLA
Wednesday, December 23, 2020
Survey Shows 30% of L.A. Residents Are Defying Stay-at-Home Order
Neighborhoods in the northeast San Fernando Valley are facing a surge in cases of COVID-19.
A recent survey found that 30% of L.A. residents are defying the stay-at-home order. — Deadline
California has extended stay-at-home orders for regions that are in the most restrictive reopening tier. Since last week, ICU bed availability in the Southern California region has been 0%. — Pasadena Now
From November to December, Long Beach’s new case numbers rose by 1,223%. — Patch
The state is nearing 2 million COVID-19 cases, and a combination of decreasing hospital space and a shortage of nurses is straining health care systems. — KTLA
The coronavirus is surging in the northeast San Fernando Valley, where many residents live in multigenerational households. — ABC Los Angeles
A 20-year veteran deputy with the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department has died from COVID-19. — ABC Los Angeles
Tuesday, December 22, 2020
L.A. Defies CDC Advice, Increases Homeless Sweeps
California is looking to bring in overseas doctors, nurses and medical staff to meet rising hospital needs.
Yesterday, L.A. County reported 56 additional COVID-19 deaths and 11,000 new cases. Thirty ICU beds remain open. — LAist, Long Beach Post
Despite the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urging otherwise, L.A. has increased the frequency of its homeless encampment cleanups. — KCRW
The city has released a map detailing COVID-19 rates across its 139 neighborhoods. Positivity rates at L.A. testing sites is 20.58%. — NBC Los Angeles
L.A. County is set to receive 165,000 additional vaccine doses, with California as a whole expecting 900,000 more. — CBS Los Angeles
As hospitals become increasingly strained, California is seeking to hire additional doctors, nurses and staff from overseas. The state has brought in 500 temporary employees but needs 3,000. — ABC San Diego
The $900 billion relief bill passed by Congress yesterday includes $15 billion earmarked for movie theaters and live music venues. — CBS Los Angeles
More than 10% of L.A. County Sheriff’s Department employees are currently quarantining. — KTLA
Monday, December 21, 2020
Man with COVID-19 Symptoms Dies on L.A.-Bound Flight
Disney used the now-empty St. Vincent Medical Center in Westlake to film a medical drama.
Over the past eight days, L.A. County has reported more than 100,000 new coronavirus cases — the fastest case acceleration the county has seen yet. — KTLA
A man died on a flight bound for L.A. after exhibiting coronavirus-like symptoms. — NBC Los Angeles
So far this month, passenger traffic at LAX is 26% of what was reported during the 2019 holiday travel rush. Despite calls from health officials to forgo holiday traveling this year, the Transportation Security Administration said the numbers are rising nationwide. — ABC Los Angeles
This week, a vacant L.A. hospital — previously used in April as a COVID-19 surge hospital — was used by Disney as a TV production set. — L.A. Taco
As we near New Year’s Eve, the L.A. city attorney is warning residents not to drive under the influence. As hospitals fill with COVID-19 patients, their capacity to receive car accident victims decreases. — KTLA
L.A. health officials are investigating a rising number of coronavirus outbreaks at grocery stores and other essential businesses. — Patch