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California Surpasses 1 Million COVID-19 Cases

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Friday, November 13, 2020

Counties across the state are either staying in their current reopening tier or regressing to a more restrictive one.

One of President-elect Joe Biden’s coronavirus advisers has proposed a four- to six-week nationwide lockdown. Whether it will be necessary, or if a vaccine becomes available, remains unclear. — ABC Los Angeles

California has become the second state in the nation — behind Texas — to surpass one million cases. California has joined other states, such as New York, in issuing a travel advisory for the holidays and discouraging Thanksgiving gatherings. — Eater Los Angeles, L.A. Times

The Latinx community is California’s ethnic group experiencing the most COVID-19 cases and deaths. — KCRA

San Diego County attempted to appeal the state’s decision to move it to a more restrictive reopening tier but failed. — ABC San Diego

Housekeepers across the state are still struggling to bear the financial difficulties and health risks associated with COVID-19. — The Sacramento Bee

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Angelenos Flock to COVID-19 Testing Sites Amid Statewide Surge in Cases

Pacoima is currently facing the highest rate of COVID-19 infections in L.A. County.

Dodger Stadium saw an influx of appointments Wednesday night after L.A. County officials expanded operating hours at COVID-19 testing sites and sent out an Amber Alert-style notification letting residents know where to get free testing. Across the city, about 30,000 tests per day are now available, and results usually arrive within 24 hours. — ABC Los Angeles

California will likely record its millionth coronavirus infection today, meaning that about one in 40 residents has tested positive since the pandemic’s start. — The Mercury News

The neighborhood of Pacoima in the San Fernando Valley has the highest rate of COVID-19 infections in L.A. County: 506 cases per 100,000 residents, more than 2.5 times the county’s overall rate. — LAist

Ticketmaster is preparing a screening system that requires concertgoers to verify that they have received a COVID-19 vaccination or tested negative before attending a show. — CBS Los Angeles

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

L.A. Residents Receive Phone Alert Warning of Rising COVID-19 Cases

L.A. County is expanding the number of available mobile and pop-up testing sites, as well as their hours of operation.

L.A. residents received an Amber Alert-style phone notification last night regarding the spread of the coronavirus. It warned of the recent spike in infections and offered information on how to get rapid, free testing. — Deadline

Health officials are encouraging people to avoid attending indoor holiday gatherings. With cooler weather pushing people inside, they anticipate a continued increase of COVID-19 transmission. The state’s infection rate has increased from 2.9% to 4.2% in the past two weeks.NBC Los Angeles, L.A. Times

More than 10% of people who have tested positive for the coronavirus within the past week had attended a gathering of more than 10 people, according to Mayor Eric Garcetti. — ABC Los Angeles

L.A. County is launching a new program to establish workplace compliance councils, which allow for workplace monitors to assist in enforcing health safety measures. — Long Beach Post

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

California Nears 1 Million Cases

Eleven counties entered a more restrictive reopening tier, forcing many businesses and organizations to cut back operations.

As California nears 1 million confirmed cases, health officials throughout the state are urging people quarantine after spending time with people outside their households. — FOX San Francisco

Eleven counties regressed into a more restrictive tier in the state’s reopening system, including San Diego, Sacramento and Stanislaus counties. This was the first week that no counties moved into a less restrictive tier, according to California Health and Human Services Secretary Mark Ghaly. — Los Angeles Times

Local officials are floating around a plan to utilize L.A. County schools as COVID-19 vaccine centers once the treatment for the virus becomes available. — CBS Los Angeles

An undisclosed number of employees at Disney’s Anaheim amusement park face furloughs, the company confirmed yesterday, as COVID-19 restrictions have prevented them from welcoming guests since March. The furloughs will impact executive, salaried and hourly employees, according to a letter from Disneyland President Ken Potrock. — CBS Los Angeles

USC’s women’s basketball team is in quarantine after a player tested positive for the coronavirus. According to the university, the decision to quarantine the team followed a consultation with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. — NBC Los Angeles

Monday, November 9, 2020

Inglewood Launches Rent Relief Program

County health officials keeping a close eye on infection rates as coronavirus cases surge in the region.

Drugmaker Pfizer Inc. announced today that its COVID-19 vaccine might be 90% effective based on early test results. The company is on track to apply for emergency-use approval from the Food and Drug Administration later this month. — The Associated Press

L.A. County health officials are expanding outreach efforts in communities with high case rates, including Pacoima, Sun Valley, Palmdale, East Los Angeles, Van Nuys, El Monte, Downey, Pomona, North Hollywood, Glendale, Santa Clarita, South Gate, Florence-Firestone, Canoga Park and Panorama City. “For everyone who’s living in these communities, please note you need to take extra precautions,” said county health director Barbara Ferrer. — ABC Los Angeles

COVID-19’s spread in Los Angeles could worsen by Thanksgiving, officials say, as months of restrictions could cause people to let their guard down. Health officials blame social gatherings, including those tied to the recent Lakers and Dodgers victories, for the current spike in cases. — Los Angeles Times

Last month, the Inglewood City Council approved plans for a program aimed at helping renters affected by the coronavirus. Applicants could receive up to three months in rent assistance. The city will accept applications from Nov. 6-16, or until a thousand people apply. — ABC Los Angeles

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