Customers and workers wear masks inside Monty’s Burgers.
Customers and workers wear masks inside Monty’s Burgers. Photo by Afonso Salcedo.

California Boosts COVID-19 Workplace Safety Rules

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Friday, September 18, 2020

A recent outbreak at an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center is endangering those who are jailed.

L.A.’s Al Fresco program, which launched in May to help restaurants quickly adapt to outdoor dining, has been paused by city officials due to a lack of funding.Eater Los Angeles

Governor Gavin Newsom signed a law that requires employers to alert their employees of a COVID-19 outbreak or possible workplace exposure within 48 hours of finding out about it. CAL/OSHA has also moved forward with establishing emergency statewide standards that would require employers to implement stricter virus precautions.CBS Los Angeles, L.A. Times

Detainees at the Adelanto ICE Processing Center are facing a major outbreak of COVID-19, according to the ACLU of Southern California. Nearly 40 individuals have tested positive. — Patch Los Angeles

Businesses that operate out of indoor shopping malls are suing the county in an effort to ease COVID-19 restrictions. Currently, only stores that have their own outside entrances can operate. — L.A. Times

L.A. breweries and wineries can now apply to receive part of a $10 million COVID-19 grant approved by the County Board of Supervisors. — Eater Los Angeles

Thursday, September 17, 2020

L.A. County Stays on Track to Move to Less Restrictive COVID-19 Tier

Can co-working spaces recover from the pandemic and adapt to COVID-19’s new normal?

In L.A. County, 92% of those who have died from COVID-19 had underlying health conditions, and nearly 70% of cases affected people who are under 50 years old. CBS Los Angeles

According to public health director Barbara Ferrer, the county’s numbers across all COVID-19 tracking categories have been declining for the past six weeks. If a Labor Day surge doesn’t take place, L.A. could progress to the state’s less restrictive red tier in October. — ABC Los Angeles

Have you gotten your flu shot? Health officials are encouraging Angelenos to get their shot to avoid overburdening hospitals with flu and COVID-19 cases simultaneously. — ABC Los Angeles

Desks nestled in gardens, individually-ventilated glass studios, alfresco conference rooms: the COVID-19-aware architecture of Second Home in L.A. may be the future of co-working spaces. — L.A. Times

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Overlap in COVID-19, Smoke Inhalation Symptoms Complicates Diagnoses

Business owners are using lawsuits to voice their frustration with continued closures.

The symptoms of wildfire smoke inhalation — coughing, a sore throat, trouble breathing — can appear similar to those of COVID-19, making it difficult for physicians on the West Coast to quickly diagnose the latter. — L.A. Times

Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore attributed a rise in gun violence and killings to stress and depression created by the coronavirus pandemic. — KTLA

A group of landlords is suing L.A. County, nearby cities and the state, alleging that they’ve faced undue financial burdens created by tenant eviction protection ordinances. And an association of gym owners is also suing the county for its restrictions on indoor business operations. — NBC Los Angeles, CBS Los Angeles

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

California’s COVID-19 Rate at Lowest Level Since March

L.A. schoolchildren won’t be allowed to return to classrooms until they present a negative COVID-19 test.

California’s positive test rate is at 3.5%, the lowest it’s been since March. Out of caution regarding a post-Labor Day spike, L.A. County will not authorize further business reopenings until at least the end of September. — L.A. Times, CBS Los Angeles

To avoid the coronavirus, pregnant mothers are turning to midwives to facilitate at-home births — a practice historically led by Black women.L.A. Times

Today, the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors will vote on whether to distribute an additional $130 million in federal coronavirus relief funding. If passed, $50 million will fund food programs, $30 million will support community health outreach, $23 million will help the homeless, and $10 million will go to small businesses. — Press-Telegram

A 117-year-old magic shop in Azusa, Owen’s Magic Supreme, is closing down. — ABC Los Angeles

Although all 80 L.A. County school districts remain closed, when students return, they will be required to present a negative coronavirus test for admission. The district is also creating a website that tracks the number of positive cases broken down by grade and student cohort. — L.A. Times


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Monday, September 14, 2020

Young Adults Dining Outdoors May Be Spreading COVID-19, CDC Study Finds

When it comes to the financial struggles created by the pandemic, Latino residents face more hardships than others.

L.A. County’s daily hospitalization rate continued to decline over the weekend. Last week, the percent of positive tests was 3%, and since the pandemic began, the county has seen 253,985 coronavirus cases and 6,208 deaths. — L.A. Times, CBS Los Angeles

Stay Housed L.A. County, a new program created by county officials, legal aid groups and community-based organizations, provides Angelenos with tenant resources to fight evictions, such as emergency rent assistance and legal help. — NBC Los Angeles

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Outdoor dining might not be as socially-distant as we thought. A new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that going out to eat raises the risk of COVID-19 transmission. And in L.A., younger residents are driving the county’s most recent infections. — KTLA

In L.A., 71% of Latinos reported experiencing serious financial difficulties due to the pandemic, compared with 52% of Black households and 37% of white households. — LAist

With more people ordering takeout during lockdown, crimes against food delivery drivers in L.A. have increased.Crosstown


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