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First case of COVID-19 UK variant confirmed in Los Angeles County

Public Health officials on Saturday, Jan. 16 confirmed the faster-spreading UK variant of COVID-19 has reached Los Angeles. An infected person, only described as “male,” recently “spent time” in Los Angeles County before traveling to Oregon, where he is currently isolated. The variant was confirmed by Quest Laboratories in Washington state. No other information on where the man was in the LA area was immediately available. Although it is the first confirmed case of the variant in Los Angeles Cou...
Tags: Health, Business, UK, News, Education, California, Cdc, Washington, Oregon, La, Government, Paul Simon, Los Angeles, Sport, Joe Biden, Public Health


L.A. County strives to step up vaccines, but seniors told they’ll have to wait until February

Public health officials worked to clarify Los Angeles County’s coronavirus timetable on Thursday, Jan. 14, as many seniors found themselves confused over when exactly they could sign up for a vaccine — and why they must wait, likely for another month, for those  shots — after Gov. Gavin Newsom said on Wednesday they could get them immediately. Another 287 people, meanwhile, lost their lives to the outbreak, officials announced. Despite the governor’s announcement on widening vaccine delivery, th...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, La, Government, Walmart, Sport, Soccer, Long Beach, Community, Lausd, Disneyland, Pasadena, Orange County, Major League Baseball


Councilman Kevin De Leon calls for 25,000 units for LA’s homeless by 2025

Los Angeles City Councilman Kevin De Leon unveiled a plan on Tuesday, Jan. 12, aimed at creating 25,000 dwelling units by 2025 for people experiencing homelessness, saying that local officials need to follow a “North Star” when addressing the city’s housing  crisis. De Leon, who first took office last October, said the current pace of housing people experiencing homelessness has not met the needs of the “crisis that’s unfolding on our city streets every single day.” “It’s not acceptable,” he sai...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, Housing, La, Government, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Community, Homeless, City Council, Eric Garcetti, City Hall, Affordable Housing


Officials hope LA County’s coronavirus hospitalizations could be plateauing

As state officials closed in on 30,000 coronavirus deaths, Los Angeles County’s daily report slid below 200 fatalities for the first time in six days on Sunday, Jan. 10, as public officials hoped for a break in the as-yet uncontrolled post-holiday COVID surge. The county Public Health Department reported 14,482 new cases of COVID-19 and 166 additional deaths on Sunday, bringing the county’s totals to 920,177 cases and 12,250 fatalities. Meanwhile, state officials posted 468 deaths on Sunday, a d...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, California, Government, Sport, Soccer, Cuba, Lapd, Feb, Los Angeles County, Department of Public Health, LA County, City News Service, Office of Emergency Services


L.A. County surpasses 900,000 coronavirus cases and 12,000 deaths

Eclipsing two sad milestones on the same day, Los Angeles County surpassed 900,000 confirmed coronavirus cases and 12,000 deaths, public health officials reported Saturday, Jan. 9. The county posted 221 new deaths and 16,982 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday. As the post-holiday surge appeared to be at full strength, health officials confirmed that the county had lost more 1,000 lives to COVID-19 in the past four days and posted more than 100,000 new cases in the last week. With overtaxed local ...
Tags: Health, Business, New York, News, Education, California, Government, Los Angeles, Sport, Hospitals, Public Health, University, Soccer, Pennsylvania, Community, Associated Press


As 258 more COVID deaths are posted, LA County urges people to wait their turns for vaccines

As Los Angeles County lost another 258 lives to coronavirus — one of the highest single-day totals of the pandemic — health officials pleaded on Wednesday, Jan. 6, with residents not to sign up for a vaccine appointment meant for healthcare workers. “Please do not sign up for an appointment if you’re not an eligible frontline healthcare worker,” said Barbara Ferrer, the public health director, acknowledging that some people have been inoculated inappropriately because they were not asked for ver...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, California, La, Government, Sacramento, Walmart, Sport, Soccer, Long Beach, Pasadena, Paramount, Gavin Newsom, Southern California


LA County ambulance response being compromised by coronavirus surge

Hospitals across Los Angeles County have become so slammed with patients in recent weeks that county officials have instructed ambulances not to transport patients to the hospital with virtually no chance of survival and to preserve supplemental oxygen supplies by only administering it to people who desperately need it. While both directives did not deviate enormously from typical standards of care, they came as a precursor to possibly more instructions for health care providers to begin rationi...
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LA Coounty ambulance response being compromised now by coronavirus surge

Hospitals across Los Angeles County have become so slammed with patients in recent weeks that county officials have instructed ambulances not to transport patients to the hospital with virtually no chance of survival and to preserve supplemental oxygen supplies by only administering it to people who desperately need it. While both directives did not deviate enormously from typical standards of care, they came as a precursor to possibly more instructions for health care providers to begin rationi...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, Government, Sport, Soccer, County, Larry King, Southern California, Los Angeles County, Burbank, Whittier, LA County, Kazan, Bosson


Pandemic-Era Heroes: She shopped until she dropped for people with high-impact needs

Pandemic-Era Heroes Name: Andrea Searle Hometown: Burbank Age: 52 Role: Teacher (and shopper/delivery person) Quote: “There’s a spectrum of people. There are the ultrawealthy, there’s the well-to-do and there’s the struggling. Who’s helping the struggling people?” Latest installment in a series of stories about people who have made a big difference in the community during a time framed by the coronavirus pandemic   Andrea Seale, a Burbank teacher and resident, knew from day one that hand sa...
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Pandemic-Era Heroes: Burbank teacher shopped until she dropped for people with high-impact needs

Pandemic-Era Heroes Name: Andrea Searle Hometown: Burbank Age: 52 Role: Teacher (and shopper/delivery person) Quote: “There’s a spectrum of people. There are the ultrawealthy, there’s the well-to-do and there’s the struggling. Who’s helping the struggling people?” Latest installment in a series of stories about people who have made a big difference in the community during a time framed by the coronavirus pandemic   Andrea Seale, a Burbank teacher and resident, knew from day one that hand sa...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Business, News, Education, California, Government, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Ford, Community, Mccarthy, Palm, Larry King, Southern California


Jammed LA County hospitals get assistance with overtaxed oxygen-delivery systems

As the massive volume of COVID-19 patients continues to strain hospitals throughout Southern California, state and federal agencies are stepping in to assist facilities needing to provide oxygen to individuals with respiratory issues. Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday, Jan. 4, that the state has convened an oxygen task force and devised a five-part strategy for addressing the higher-than-usual demand for oxygen and related equipment. Among these strategies was the deployment of U.S. Army Corps of En...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, California, Government, Disney, Los Angeles, Sport, Hospitals, Soccer, Fema, Community, Local News, Gavin Newsom, Southern California


Pandemic-Era Heroes: He stays connected to Santa Clarita’s seniors during crisis

Pandemic-Era Heroes Name: Kevin MacDonald Age: 57 Hometown: Santa Clarita Role: CEO at the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center Quote: “The banquet hall was being filled every day with about 400 people coming for lunch every day. We turned that program into a drive-thru as soon as the pandemic hit.” Latest installment in a series of stories about people who have made a big difference in the community during a time framed by the coronavirus pandemic There’s no reason why a person 60 or older c...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, Government, Sport, Soccer, Community, Seniors, Southern California, Santa Clarita, Elliot, Antelope, Walker, Lancaster, Kevin Macdonald


At jammed San Fernando Valley hospital, staff strives to stay focused amid torrent of COVID

At one hospital in the northeast San Fernando Valley, where there were more than 170 patients sick with coronavirus this week, healthcare workers and hospitals officials say they have been stretched to previously unimaginable levels. “We thought we were maxed out” when Los Angeles County’s first surge of COVID-19 cases hit in April and May, said Elizabeth Chow, the executive nurse of Providence Holy Cross Medical Center’s critical care units. They reached a peak of around 60 patients at that tim...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, California, Government, Los Angeles, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, Community, Southern California, Los Angeles County, San Fernando, Apple Valley, LA County


Nearly 500 COVID deaths in L.A. County over holiday weekend if new fatality numbers are confirmed

Nearly 500 people in Los Angeles County died of COVID-19 over the long holiday weekend if the latest reports of coronavirus-related fatalities are confirmed — a development that would also bring the total number of COVID-related deaths since the start of the pandemic to just under 10,000, county public health officials said Monday, Dec. 28. Adding to that grim news was the fact that 6,914 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized in L.A. County on Monday, another record for daily hospitalizations, acc...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, California, Government, Los Angeles, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, United Kingdom, Long Beach, Pasadena, Local News, Gavin Newsom, Los Angeles County


Firefighters join latest wave of LA County people getting COVID vaccines

Kevin Grellman, of Pasadena Public Heath Department, gives a Pasadena firefighter the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at Fire Station 36 in Pasadena on Monday, December 28, 2020. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)   Firefighters around the region got their COVID-19 vaccinations on Monday, Dec. 29, as first responders continued to join the growing number of “essential workers” and high-risk people who are getting inoculated in the ongoing battle against the pandemic. The Modern...
Tags: Health, Business, Texas, News, Education, Government, US, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Community, Pfizer, Pasadena, Eric Garcetti, Southern California, Watts


State sends team to help with overflow coronavirus conditions at LA County hospitals, Newsom says

California public health officials have dispatched a support team to Los Angeles County to assist with management of overflow conditions at hospitals, Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a public address on Monday, Dec. 28. Roughly 96% of hospitals in the county were diverting emergency patients at some point on Saturday due to overcrowding in emergency rooms, Newsom said, adding that hospitals on average were on diversion for 16 hours that day, unable to find room for new emergency patients. The state of...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, California, Government, US, Sport, Soccer, Community, County, Gavin Newsom, Southern California, Los Angeles County, LA County, City News Service


Photos: Looking back at 2020, via the lens of staff photographer Brittany Murray

Saying 2020 has been a difficult year is almost cliche now, which is sad. For far too many people, 2020 has truly been their worst year. For others, 2020 has been a minor inconvenience and shown that we all should be thankful for what we have. Personally, I am thankful for many things, one of which being my career. I’ve been a photojournalist for 22 years and I can honestly say that 99 out of 100 days I love it, a pretty good percentage by any standards. Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield. l...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, Sacramento Kings, Sport, Soccer, Nba, Community, Local News, Los Angeles Clippers, Harrison Barnes, Clippers, Buddy Hield, Patrick Beverley, Sacramento Calif


COVID, BLM, Kobe, fires and more: Pixels from 2020, by staff photographer David Crane

Back in January I visited my friends’ house and noticed he had a huge box of 500 surgeon’s masks in his entry hallway which had just been delivered by Amazon. I thought it was a strange purchase as he is not a doctor or works in the medical field, and in fact, has been retired for a few years. He went on to tell me about a virus in China and he thought it might spread to other countries so he figured he should order some masks just in case and asked if I would like some. At the time, I told him ...
Tags: Health, Amazon, South Korea, Business, Elections, News, Education, Government, China, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Community, Tokyo, San Jose, Local News


13,580 new coronavirus cases logged in LA County; hospitalizations keep climbing

Registered nurse Leslie Clark discards her protective gloves after collecting a nasal swab sample from a woman at a COVID-19 testing site in Los Angeles, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020. Hospitals in central and Southern California are quickly running out of intensive care unit beds for coronavirus patients and state officials are poised to extend the strictest stay-at-home orders there as conditions worsen before the post-holiday surge hits. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Administrative worker Leslie Castillo...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, California, Government, Los Angeles, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, Long Beach, Community, Associated Press, Pasadena, Gavin Newsom, Bay Area


With technical issue delaying results, LA County reports two-day total of 29,464 new coronavirus cases

Two day’s worth of statistics added up to daunting numbers from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health on Saturday, Dec. 26, as 29,464 new coronavirus cases were posted. Already packed hospitals around the county reported more COVID-19 patients, putting further pressure on dwindling intensive-care units amid the worsening outbreak. The caseload totals reflected 13,185 cases reported Saturday and 15,538 cases from Friday, Dec. 25; as well as 741 new cases from Long Beach. Officials di...
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Photos: Staff photographer Keith Birmingham shares his images of the year 2020

  Brandi Chastain (#6) tears off her uniform top and cheers after scoring the winning shootout goal for the U.S. Women’s World Cup soccer team at the Rose Bowl in 1999. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG) USA’s players from left: Jullie Foudy, Joy Fawcett, Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly, Brandi Chastain are seen during the medal ceremony after the gold medal women’s soccer game between USA and Brazil for the Athens 2004 Olympics at the Karaiskaki stadium in Athens, on Thursday A...
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Health officials collectively hold breath as holidays threaten to worsen coronavirus surge

As Los Angeles County hospitals fill rapidly with COVID-19 cases, often beyond the ability to immediately find patient beds, health officials today fretfully awaited another holiday weekend that threatens to spread the virus even further, potentially leaving medical centers completely overrun. So far, the deaths of 6,499 people in L.A. County have been attributed to COVID-19. The county on Thursday, Dec. 24, set another single-day record for COVID-19 fatalities — 148 — having broken the record a...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, California, Government, Religion, US, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, Community, Pfizer, Pasadena, Gavin Newsom, Los Angeles County


Dennis McCarthy: I am sooooo sick of 2020. What, you too!?!?

Excuse me, officer, but can you give me directions for the quickest route to 2021?  I’m so done with 2020, I thought maybe I could pull out a few days early. Get a little time off for good behavior? Columnist, Dennis McCarthy, during the 2019 Daily News Successful Aging Expo was held at The Odyssey in Granada Hills on Saturday, April 13, 2019. (Photo by Dean Musgrove, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) I’ve spent most of my life breaking New Year’s resolutions, but this is the first time a year br...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, Government, White House, Sport, Joe Biden, Soccer, Community, Local News, Joe, Ron White, Dennis McCarthy, Rafer Johnson, Granada Hills


Garcetti vetoes, sends back LA City Council’s spending plan for reimagining public safety

Mayor Eric Garcetti has vetoed the Los Angeles City Council’s plan for how to reinvest funding from the Los Angeles Police Department into Black communities and other groups experiencing racial inequities, declaring that the proposals fell short of “the call of history.” The council approved a $150 million reduction to the proposed police department budget earlier this year, spurred by the protests against police brutality that swept the nation months — including Los Angeles. The cut represented...
Tags: Health, Business, Politics, Elections, News, Protest, Education, Government, Los Angeles, Sport, Joe Biden, Soccer, Community, City Council, Biden, Lapd


Pandemic-Era Heroes: Siblings navigate this year’s rigors to uphold family’s generous tradition

Pandemic-Era Heroes Names: Madison and Jake Means Hometown: Simi Valley, both graduates of Simi Valley High Age: Madison, 23 and Jake, 18 Role: A sister and brother organize a toy drive for foster-care children ages 13-17 during the holidays each year. Quote: “I have a passion for the foster-care system.”  — Madison Means First in a series of stories about people who have made a big difference in the community during a year framed by the coronavirus pandemic When there’s a will, there’s a...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, Congress, Government, Sport, Soccer, Community, Lulu, Madison, Southern California, Jake, Simi Valley, LA County, UC Irvine


Southern California likely to remain on stay-home orders, Gov Newsom says

The regional stay-at-home order affecting Southern California until Monday Dec. 28 will likely be extended, California Gov. Gavin Newsom said during a midday briefing from his residence where he was quarantining. Newsom was said to have entered a 10-day mandatory quarantine after a staffer tested positive for the coronavirus. Given the skyrocketing number of new cases, hospitalizations and deaths in recent weeks, Newsom said the stay-at-home orders for Southern California and San Joaquin would l...
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Second vaccine approved for California as LA County’s coronavirus surge endures

Los Angeles County reported 13,315 new cases of COVID-19 and 58 additional deaths on Sunday, Dec. 20, accompanied by another new record for hospitalizations propelled by the coronavirus. Nonetheless, a new wave of hope is expected to arrive this week in the form of the second COVID-19 vaccine, from Moderna. The numbers brings the county’s totals to 623,670 cases and 8,875 fatalities since the pandemic began in March. But while the daily statistics continued to show no sign that the recent surge ...
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No more ICU beds at LAC+USC Medical Center, staff seeks ways to expand to meet coronavirus crisis

A nurse in the intensive care unit waits inside a patient’s room for medicine to be brought to her to avoid having to remove her personal protective gear. (Heidi de Marco/California Healthline) Registered nurse Yvonne Yaory puts on her personal protective gear before entering a coronavirus patient’s room. (Heidi de Marco/California Healthline) Sound The gallery will resume in seconds Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center is a 600-bed hospital located in the Boyle Heights neighbo...
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Intensive-care bed capacity at Southern California hospitals tumbles to 0.5%

The number of available intensive-care unit beds at Southern California hospitals has declined for the ninth consecutive day, tumbling to 0.5% capacity Wednesday, Dec. 16 —  rekindling alarm among public health and hospital officials. The index, posted by state public health officials amid the deepening coronavirus surge, fell more than a percentage point from Tuesday’s 1.7% level. The closely watched ICU metric triggered a state-mandated stay-at-home order when Southern California’s capacity tu...
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Coronavirus: Southern California’s ICU availability index tumbles again – to 1.7%

Now looming dangerously close to zero, intensive-care bed capacity at Southern California hospitals declined for the eighth day in a row on Tuesday, Dec. 15, as state officials reported a 1.7% availability rate. The current index fell a full percentage point from Monday’s 2.7% level. The closely watched ICU index triggered a state-mandated stay-at-home order when capacity tumbled to 10.9% on Monday, Dec. 7. And the number has consistently fallen since then. The steady decline is alarming. On Sun...
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