Pedestrians in downtown Los Angeles walk in front of closed storefronts.
Pedestrians in downtown Los Angeles walk in front of closed storefronts. Photo by Afonso Salcedo.

70 L.A. Businesses Cited for COVID-19 Violations

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Friday, September 25, 2020

Project Roomkey participants are now being transitioned from short-term to long-term housing.

The next few weeks will be critical for Los Angeles in avoiding another surge and bringing the transmission rate — currently 1.02% — back below 1%. — ABC Los Angeles, L.A. Times

More than 70 local businesses were issued citations by L.A. County for violating COVID-19 guidelines. — KTLA

California has passed 800,000 coronavirus cases, making it the state with the highest number in the nation. Accounting for population proportion, California has 12% of the country’s population and 11% of its COVID-19 cases. — L.A. Times

Thursday, September 24, 2020

L.A. County Qualifies to Transition to Less Restrictive State Reopening Tier

Black-owned restaurants can apply for COVID-19 relief funding through a new SoCalGas program.

L.A. County has met the data thresholds required to move up in the state’s tiered reopening plan. If the county maintains current COVID-19 trends for two weeks, it will qualify to loosen restrictions on businesses. However, a recent uptick in cases, hospitalizations and the transmission rate may delay reopenings. — CBS Los Angeles, L.A. Times

Young adults in their 20s now account for the largest age group of Americans with COVID-19, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. — L.A. Times

SoCalGas launched a COVID-19 recovery program that provides grants of $1,000-$5,000 to Black-owned restaurants in L.A. County and the Inland Empire. — CBS Los Angeles

Luxe Rodeo Drive is the first L.A. hotel to close permanently due to the coronavirus. — Eater Los Angeles


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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

COVID-19 Cases on the Rise in L.A. County

USC research shows that a quarter of L.A. households have struggled with food insecurity over the last few months.

County health officials are concerned over what appears to be an upward trend in COVID-19 cases. L.A. County’s “R” number, which measures how many additional people contract the virus for every person infected, has risen to 1.02. If R is over 1, the virus’s transmission is increasing over time. — Deadline, KTLA, L.A. Times

Meanwhile, Orange County will allow all K-12 schools to reopen without waivers. The county hasn’t exceeded 7 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people for the past two weeks. — NBC Los Angeles

More than one in four L.A. households struggled with food insecurity over the summer months as a result of COVID-19-induced financial stress, according to USC researchers. — Los Feliz Ledger

The L.A.-founded national restaurant chain restaurant, Sizzler, just declared bankruptcy, following the path of other casual dining chains that are falling victim to long-term COVID-19 closures. — Eater Los Angeles

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

COVID-19 Testing Sites See Thousands of Vacant Appointments

Hollywood studios and labor unions have reached an agreement on COVID-19 protocols as TV and film production ramps up.

COVID-19 testing sites across L.A. have thousands of empty appointment slots. In July, about 130,000 people were tested weekly. Now, about 74,000 people visit every week. — NBC Los Angeles

Local hotel employees and other service workers are fearful of having increased exposure to the coronavirus, as guests and tourists fail to wear masks. — KCRW

Yesterday, California surpassed 15,000 coronavirus-related deaths. L.A. County has the highest death toll with 6,353, followed by Riverside and Orange Counties. — KCRA

Hollywood labor unions reached a deal with studios to resume filming and production. The agreement mandates regular COVID-19 testing schedules for employees, paid coronavirus sick leave and personal protective equipment guidelines. — CBS Los Angeles

Monday, September 21, 2020

An Uptick in L.A.’s COVID-19 Cases May Be the Outcome of Labor Day Outings

Some schools are now hosting day camps for children whose parents can afford enrollment fees.

There’s been a recent uptick in L.A. County’s coronavirus cases over the past four days. Officials say this may reflect increased transmission from Labor Day weekend, or it may be a result of testing centers reopening after temporarily closing due to poor air quality. — KTLA

In proper pandemic fashion, the 2020 Emmys took place as a socially-distant telecast, with winners receiving their awards via mail and some encountering interns in hazmat suits. — NBC News

About 150 people gathered at a Sherman Oaks home for a kid’s party, which was shut down by police for violating social distancing guidelines. — ABC Los Angeles

California has temporarily stopped accepting new unemployment applications. Until the system resumes on Oct. 5, the state will process a backlog of 600,000 applications. — ABC San Diego

Some K-12 schools in L.A. have reopened by rebranding as day camps operated by outside contractors where parents can pay a weekly fee so their child can attend remote classes from within physical classrooms. — L.A. Times

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