Masked shoppers walk through Santee Alley while following posted safety guidelines.
Masked shoppers walk through Santee Alley while following posted safety guidelines. Photo by Afonso Salcedo.

Mayor Garcetti Tells L.A. City Managers to Anticipate Layoffs

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Friday, September 11, 2020

CVS stores are expanding COVID-19 testing for children 12 or older who are heading back to school.

To grapple with an impending budget crisis, Mayor Eric Garcetti asked L.A.’s top city managers to identify potential employee layoffs.KTLA

Classes hosted by the 23 Cal State campuses will remain online-only until next year. — LAist

Minors who are 12 or older can now get COVID-19 testing at any of California’s 223 CVS stores. The updated policy aligns with some schools’ recent decision to transition to in-person learning. — CBS Los Angeles

A new, free COVID-19 safety compliance program is available for L.A. business owners, provided by the county’s public health department. — San Fernando Valley Business Journal

Thursday, September 10, 2020

COVID-19 May Have Spread Across L.A. Starting in December

A new COVID-19 self-testing kiosk is now open in Union Station as some testing centers close due to poor air quality.

The coronavirus may have been spreading around L.A. as early as December 2019, according to researchers from UCLA and the University of Washington, as medical records show an uptick in the number of local patients who showed respiratory issues at the time. — L.A. Times

L.A. County is partnering with SafePass, a mobile app that anonymously tracks user locations, to provide contact tracing to residents. — CBS Los Angeles

A century-old federal policy regarding cheese deliveries has barred $40,000 low-income seniors in California from receiving their monthly food aid.L.A. Times

A COVID-19 self-testing kiosk is now open at Union Station. Up to 500 people a day can visit without an appointment from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. — KTLA

California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health fined a frozen food manufacturer in Vernon $222,075 for violating COVID-19 health guidelines — the largest virus-related safety fine the state has ever issued. — KTLA

Six L.A. County coronavirus testing centers — in Santa Clarita, Monterey Park, Pomona, El Monte, Montebello and Panorama — will be closed Thursday and Friday due to poor air quality from nearby fires.Monrovia Weekly

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Just Like Taking Candy from Strangers, Trick-or-Treating is Legal Again but ‘Not Recommended’ by County

Yet another popular L.A. restaurant has been forced to close its doors for good.

Los Angeles health officials are encouraging people to limit non-essential activities and stay indoors to ensure the continued downward trend in COVID-19 cases and to avoid the poor air quality created by ongoing wildfires. — CBS Los Angeles

A recent poll found that Latino and Black residents of L.A. have been disproportionately impacted by the financial toll of coronavirus layoffs, pay cuts and limited access to testing. — L.A. Times

County health officials reversed course on a ban on trick-or-treating, saying the Halloween tradition is “not recommended” because it can be difficult to maintain social distancing on porches and front doors. — KTLA

L.A. County still falls under the most restrictive tier of the state’s reopening framework. Meanwhile, Orange County was recently taken off the watchlist. — Long Beach Post

Cronuts at The Grove are no more: pastry chef Dominique Ansel’s 3-year-old bakery and restaurant has permanently closed with no plans to reopen elsewhere in L.A. — Eater Los Angeles

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

L.A.’s Homeless See Fewer COVID-19 Cases than General Population

The first person to receive a COVID-19 trial vaccine in Los Angeles was a 62-year-old Long Beach resident.

L.A. County continues to report declining cases and hospitalizations, but low numbers may be a reflection of testing delays and testing site closures from Labor Day weekend. — Pasadena Star-News, The Eastsider

The homeless population in L.A. County has a COVID-19 positivity rate of less than 2%, far lower than the county’s general rate of 4.6%. Over the weekend, the City of L.A. installed hand-washing stations in Skid Row and North Hollywood. — ABC Los Angeles

A 62-year-old volunteer was the first person to receive a COVID-19 trial vaccine in Los Angeles. — ABC Los Angeles

L.A.’s famous outdoor venues — like the Hollywood Bowl, the Greek Theatre and the Rose Bowl — are hosting livestreamed shows and drive-ins to recoup money lost from cancellations of their summer lineups. — The Hollywood Reporter

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