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New research shows that child care centers aren’t facilitating the spread of the virus.
The U.S. is experiencing a 25% increase in COVID-19 cases overall. California is seeing a slight increase in new cases per day but is doing notably better than other states. — KTLA
Hearst Castle, the state’s most famous mansion, is still closed to visitors. In the meantime, groundskeepers are taking on major projects, including deep-cleaning the Roman Pool and replacing the Belgian carillon bells first installed in 1932. — L.A. Times
According to a new study, child care centers don’t increase the spread of infections. This is dissimilar to the flu, which children are often vectors for when attending in-person schools. — L.A. Times
Chapman University is seeing an outbreak among students on and off campus. The school is planning on transitioning to increased in-person learning on Oct. 19. — KTLA
Beloved mom and pop businesses in L.A. are still battling the financial hurdles of the pandemic, and customers are rallying to keep them open. — KPCC
Thursday, October 15, 2020
Health Officials Fear Halloween Gatherings Will Worsen Spike in COVID-19 Cases
Former staff at a Boyle Heights McDonald’s say they were fired after raising concerns about poor COVID-19 health precautions.
COVID-19 infections are rising, and L.A. County public health officials are worried that the spike will worsen following Halloween celebrations. — L.A. Times
A McDonald’s in Boyle Heights is being investigated by the L.A. County Board of Supervisors after staff alleged they were wrongfully terminated for complaining about poor COVID-19 safety protocols. — KTLA
The film industry took a major hit during the summer months, experiencing a 54.5% drop across film, television and commercial shooting days. — L.A. Biz
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Beverly Hills Bans Trick-or-Treating
Since school closures in March, L.A. Unified School District’s food relief program has distributed 67 million meals to students, their families and community members.
Beverly Hills has banned any trick-or-treating — and car-based “trunk-or-treating” — on Oct. 31. While the practice was briefly banned by L.A. County last month, officials have since changed their stance to one of strong discouragement. — L.A. Times
Continued outbreaks linked to social gatherings and workplaces prevent L.A. County from progressing to a less-restrictive reopening tier, according to public health officials. — L.A. Times
The city will resume regular parking enforcement and street sweeping tomorrow — so don’t forget to move your car. — Los Feliz Ledger
Over 600 Los Angeles Police Department employees have tested positive for COVID-19 since the pandemic started. About 200 fire department employees have tested positive as well. — CBS Los Angeles
L.A. Comic Con has canceled its 2020 event. Last month, organizers announced they would host an in-person event in December, but an absence of reopening guidelines for events and theme parks prevented further planning. — Fox Los Angeles
“Grab & Go” food centers, organized by LAUSD, have provided 67 million free meals to L.A. residents since opening in March. — USC Annenberg Media
Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Health Officials Urge Angelenos to Get Tested After Crowd Exposure
Local renters who won $2,000 in a rent relief lottery are being blocked by landlords from redeeming their aid.
L.A. County health officials urge anyone who has recently spent time in crowds to get tested for the coronavirus. On Sunday, thousands gathered for a march in support of Armenia and a downtown celebration after the Lakers’ championship win. — NBC Los Angeles
California is easing its social gathering restrictions. Now, three households may meet so long as they wear masks, remain outdoors and limit their exposure time. — KTLA
President Donald Trump has reportedly tested negative for COVID-19, according to a memo released by his White House doctor. Exactly when he was tested is unclear. — L.A. Times
Hundreds of L.A. tenants who were awarded $2,000 in rent relief are unable to receive their money. The program requires that landlords agree to not raise rent for a year — and many are refusing. — NBC Los Angeles
Monday, October 12, 2020
L.A. County Breaks 4-Day Spike in COVID-19 Cases
While the number of California’s daily COVID-19 cases continue to trend downward, L.A.’s daily case rate is still too high to ease restrictions per state rules.
Hundreds of Lakers fans took to the streets of downtown L.A. last night to celebrate the team’s 17th NBA championship win, despite Mayor Eric Garcetti’s plea asking Angelenos to stay home. — Los Angeleno, Yahoo Sports
L.A. County reported 971 new cases of COVID-19 Sunday, ending a four-day streak of daily cases exceeding 1,200. To progress to the state’s less-restrictive reopening tier, the county must maintain an average of 700 or fewer cases per day. — NBC Los Angeles
Forty-one children in L.A. County have been diagnosed with a rare and possibly deadly coronavirus-related symptom, and 70% of these children are Latino. — L.A. Times
In the early days of the pandemic, inmates at a women’s prison were made to sew thousands of face masks a day for pennies an hour, all while having little protection from imminent outbreaks themselves. — L.A. Times