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Animals add fun, comfort to Southern California online lessons

For many Southern California families, students and teachers taking part in distance learning during the coronavirus pandemic, animals offer solace — and a much-needed laugh — in tough times. From beloved household pets to wild animals, they’re providing comfort and a chance to see, and even learn, something new for those behind the computer screen. Mr. Green Bean the Veiled Chameleon is the class pet of one of the students of Erika Taylor-Ruffin, a sixth-grade teacher at Apple Valley County...
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Biden administration OKs state request to use Medi-Cal to provide COVID-19 testing for low-income students

California will use Medicaid funding to help pay for coronavirus testing of low-income students, after receiving the OK from President Joe Biden’s administration, Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office announced Wednesday morning, March 3. The announcement comes as Newsom, who will tour a Long Beach vaccination site Wednesday afternoon, continues pushing to assist schools across the state reopen safely. Newsom and the state Legislature recently struck a deal to provide $6.6 billion to do so, money that will...
Tags: News, Education, California, Sport, Joe Biden, Soccer, Long Beach, Biden, Medicaid, Gavin Newsom, Health And Human Services, Legislature, Centers for Medicare Medicaid Services, Medi Cal, California Department of Health Care Services, Newsom


With coronavirus trending downward, LA County inches to within reach of less-restrictive red tier

Los Angeles County took a huge leap Tuesday, March 2,  in hopes to reopen its economy and further loosen its public health limits, watching its coronavirus case rates fall to just shy of the threshold for the state’s less-restrictive red tier. According to the state’s latest update, the county’s adjusted case rate stood at 7.2 cases per day per 100,000, right on the cusp being able to move out of the most restrictive “purple” public health tier — a status it has never attained since the state in...
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LA County reports 1,730 new COVID-19 cases, 94 deaths

Los Angeles County reported 1,730 new cases of COVID-19 and 94 additional deaths on Saturday, Feb. 27, while the number of coronavirus patients in county hospitals continued to trend downward. According to state figures — which are typically a day ahead of county numbers — there were 1,661 COVID-19 patients in L.A. County hospitals, down from 1,733 on Friday. That’s well below the peak of more than 8,000 patients in early January and the lowest level recorded since Nov. 22. Officials cautioned t...
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L.A. County allocates 11% of coronavirus vaccines to teachers as LAUSD mega-clinic launches Monday

Of the nearly 270,000 coronavirus vaccine doses that Los Angeles County officials plan to administer next week, just over 31,000 — or 11% — will go to vaccinate educators, including those in the mammoth L.A. Unified School District. After second doses for those already with appointments are accounted for, the county will have about 100,000 doses for first-time recipients next week as nearly 1.8 million more people become eligible for inoculations on Monday, March 1. L.A. Unified will open one of...
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LA County hospitalizations for COVID-19 reach lowest levels since before winter surge

Less than 2,000 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 in Los Angeles as of Thursday, Feb. 25, reaching the lowest levels since before the winter surge that began with Thanksgiving gatherings three months ago. As of Thursday, there were 1,886 people in L.A. County hospitals that tested positive for the coronavirus, based on a state database. Roughly 30% of the patients were in intensive care units. A similar number of hospitalized patients last occurred Nov. 25, when 1,893 people were recorded h...
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LA County unveils plan to vaccinate teachers, other essential workers, starting March 1

Teachers in Los Angeles County can begin receiving the coronavirus vaccine on Monday, March 1 — but just how many doses will be available for educators will depend on supply, which is still just an estimate. Among the slightly more than 200,000 vaccine doses that officials expect, 25% to 29% will go toward teachers and administrators, with 9% of those doses going to private school teachers and staff. First priority for doses goes to those with second-dose appointments. The remainder will be divi...
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Analysis of proposed LA city ‘hero pay’ measure warns of possible layoffs, higher costs

Los Angeles city officials, weighing a potential mandate on grocery stores to provide “hero pay” increases to essential workers, have released a 21-page analysis of the potential economic impacts. The assessment concluded that it could lead to higher pay for workers that could be funneled back into a recovering  economy — but it also warned of potential layoffs or reductions to employee work hours. Struggling grocers, particularly independent shops, could be under more pressure and could even cl...
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LA County surpasses 20,000 coronavirus deaths

A day after the nation surpassed the jolting milestone of 500,000 lives lost to the pandemic, Los Angeles County surpassed its own grim milestone on Tuesday, Feb. 23 — 20,000 COVID-19-related deaths. The county reported another 157 deaths on Tuesday. For the family and friends of the 20,057 people claimed by the outbreak — fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers and grandparents … nurses, doctors, teachers, law officers, grocery workers and so many more — that number is very real and very painful. R...
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Inspectors find ‘deficiencies’ at virus test lab in Valencia

By DON THOMPSON | The Associated Press Inspectors found “significant deficiencies” at California’s new coronavirus testing laboratory, problems that state officials on Monday, Feb. 22, partly blamed on the rapid ramp-up they required from the lab’s private operator under terms of a $1.4 billion contract. A fraction of 1% of the more than 1.5 million tests processed at the Valencia Branch Laboratory had problems, the state said in a preliminary report, but Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. ...
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LAUSD superintendent believes April 9 reopening still feasible for elementary schools

Los Angeles Unified schools Superintendent Austin Beutner on Monday, Feb. 22, doubled down on his challenge to elected officials to get elementary campuses in the nation’s second-largest school district up and running by April 9, insisting it can be done if vaccines are prioritized for school employees. And in anticipation that a more general school reopening can occur by then, the district will resume providing child care, one-one-one and small group instruction, special education services and ...
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‘Partial herd immunity’ emerging, but some challenge the value of that status

It was nearly a year ago when Gov. Gavin Newsom, not long into a statewide lockdown, referenced the elephant in the COVID-19 room: herd immunity. The concept was frightening to many; with no vaccine in sight, they feared the only way it could be attained was for the virus to have infected enough people to have run out of hosts. Estimates of the looming toll at the time were chilling: as many as 840,000 Californians dead and 1.4 million seriously ill. National, state and local officials, meanwhil...
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LAUSD announces app to coordinate COVID-19 factors in step toward reopening

The Los Angeles Unified School District on Monday, Feb. 22, announced the launch of “Daily Pass,” the first comprehensive system in the nation that coordinates health checks, COVID-19 tests and vaccinations in one online tool. The district called Daily Pass “a critical component of Los Angeles Unified’s ‘Safe Steps to Safe Schools’ reopening plan. “The Daily Pass sets the highest standard possible for school safety,” said LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner. “MERV-13 upgraded air filters in ever...
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LA County looks to next phase of vaccinations: Essential workers

With coronavirus numbers still claiming disproportionately high numbers of Latino and Black lives, Los Angeles County officials on Wednesday said that workers in education, food, agricultural, and public safety will be eligible for vaccines within a couple of weeks, as the county moves into a new immunization phase. The announcement came as the county scrambles to get vaccines to the 80% of the county’s 65-and-older population who have not yet been vaccinated. So far, 20 % have received at least...
Tags: Health, Business, UK, News, Education, California, Government, Los Angeles, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, Long Beach, Community, Pfizer, Lausd, West Coast


San Fernando Valley schools, daycares offered COVID-19 vaccines by local hospital

Teachers and staff at various schools and daycare centers throughout San Fernando Valley were recently offered COVID-19 vaccines after a local hospital reached out to them about getting vaccinated, despite the fact that educators younger than 65 aren’t yet eligible to receive the shots in most of Los Angeles County. The revelation came amid an ongoing debate as to how soon educators should be able to receive the vaccines, which remain in scant supply, as four in five seniors aged 65 and older in...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, California, Government, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Long Beach, Community, Vaccinations, Los Angeles County, Valley, Ferrer, LA County


L.A. County hospitals decompress as coronavirus continues gradual slowdown

Many Los Angeles County hospitals were beginning, to gradually return to normal, although patient levels still remained relatively high, health officials said Monday, Feb. 8. This was a welcomed sign of relief, officials said, after hospitals were stretched to their limits for weeks in response to a historic surge in new coronavirus patients that peaked a month ago. But it did not mean the county was completely out of the woods yet, officials warned. There were now 4,079 COVID-19 patients admitt...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, California, Government, Sport, Soccer, Long Beach, Lausd, Pasadena, Los Angeles County, Ferrer, Knott, Solis, SeaWorld San Diego


L.A. County’s first priority will be second-dose COVID vaccinations this week

If you’re looking to get your second coronavirus vaccination this week, you’re Los Angeles County’s first priority. Appointments for first doses, meanwhile, may be difficult to come by. At the county-operated large-scale vaccination sites, only a limited number of first doses will be administered Monday, Feb. 8; the rest of the week’s mega-site appointments will be reserved solely for people in need of their second dose of the medication. Meanwhile, the county on Sunday, Feb. 7, cleared another ...
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L.A. County confirms 9 new cases of MIS-C in children

Los Angeles County reported 4,860 new cases of COVID-19 and 193 additional deaths on Saturday, Jan. 6, and confirmed nine new cases of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children. The number of coronavirus patients in county hospitals was 4,421, according to the state dashboard, with 28.8% of those people in intensive care units. The latest cases of MIS-C bring the total number of children infected in the county to 75, including one death. MIS-C is an inflammatory condition associated with COV...
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LA County officials warn public to wait their turn for coronavirus vaccine

Los Angeles County health officials issued a stern warning on Friday, Feb. 5, for anyone trying to skip in line to receive a coronavirus vaccine. It appears some residents have shared a unique access code for acquiring second-dose appointments and using that access code to make first dose appointments. If anyone shows up to receive a vaccine with one of those appointments, Department of Public Health Chief Science Officer Dr. Paul Simon said they will be turned away. “It’s important for people t...
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LA County coronavirus stats keep dropping; new vaccine strategy to be unveiled next week

Los Angeles County Public Health officials are getting ready to unveil next week a comprehensive plan for vaccinating the next phase of residents, including teachers, public safety officers, emergency services workers and other essential employees. Meanwhile, the county was ready to swing open the gates at another vaccination center on Friday, Feb. 5 — a second mega-site in hard-hit Pomona. Across the board in recent weeks, the picture of the pandemic in L.A. County has been improving, with cont...
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CSULB first Cal State campus to establish vaccination clinic for staff, faculty and students

Cal State Long Beach became the first CSU campus with its own coronavirus vaccination clinic and began inoculating staff and faculty on Tuesday, Feb. 2. The university, which has nearly 6,400 full- and part-time employees, expects to administer around 1,170 doses this week at its drive-thru clinic — on the second floor of the Walter Pyramid parking structure — and at a second station for walk-ups, said CSULB spokesman Gregory Woods. The university received about 2,400 doses from Long Beach, whic...
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Gina Rushing Maguire leaving role as president of Long Beach’s St. Anthony High

Gina Rushing Maguire, an impactful community leader whom many credit with rescuing Long Beach’s St. Anthony High from closure 20 years ago, has announced that she is stepping down as the school’s president, effective June 30. Maguire said that serving St. Anthony’s has been “my great honor, an extraordinary blessing, a precious gift in my life.” Her decision to leave her alma mater was made “after long and prayerful thought.” A 1967 graduate of St. Anthony, Maguire has been a key player in the c...
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2nd case of United Kingdom variant confirmed in LA County as 316 more coronavirus deaths posted

Los Angeles County reported 6,918 new cases of COVID-19 and 316 additional deaths on Saturday, Jan. 30, as health officials also confirmed the second local case of the COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7 first discovered in the United Kingdom, and four additional cases of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C). The B.1.1.7 specimen, submitted by a clinical facility, was sequenced as part of routine surveillance by the county’s Public Health Laboratory. The first confirmed case of B.1.1.7 was...
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LA County surpasses 16,000 deaths as restaurants prepare for return of outdoor dining

As Los Angeles County restaurant owners were getting ready for a return to outdoor dining on Friday, the pandemic proved it was far from over, as the county surpassed 16,000 fatalities linked to COVID-19 on Thursday, Jan. 28. Deaths are considered a lagging indicator, among the last statistics to move — after hospitalizations and cases, which have been declining in recent weeks. While officials believe the coronavirus pandemic could be waning, it was still very real for the loved ones of another...
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San Fernando Valley restaurants prepare for their ‘lifeline,’ outdoor dining, to return Friday

Jennifer Febre’s MacLeod Ale Brewing Co. has a strong fan base, but even with devoted customers, her Van Nuys business has been struggling to stay afloat since the pandemic swept across the city. With her staff reduced to a skeleton crew and operations reduced to takeout, even her “hardcore fans” started disappearing since stay-at-home orders went into effect in November. “It has been incredibly slow,” she said, noting that her brewery was able to operate as a restaurant because it has a kitchen...
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Coronavirus: LAUSD officials say lack of clear reopening guidance from state hampering negotiations

With the deadline for applying for the state’s Safe Schools for All reopening grant a week away, Los Angeles Unified School District leaders are pressing state and county health officials for a clearer definition as to what constitutes a safe learning environment, saying the lack of consistent guidance is why the district and local teachers union have yet to reach an agreement on returning students to campus. One major hang-up has been over the proposal by Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration that...
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LA County touts improved vaccine signup site as coronavirus numbers continue to decline

With coronavirus statistics continuing to budge downward and a reimagined vaccination signup website to show off on Monday, Jan. 25,  Los Angeles County health officials expressed guarded optimism that the pandemic was started to ease up at last — with fingers crossed that they would get enough vaccines soon to make a bigger dent in the mammoth task of inoculating 10 million county residents. After state health officials today lifted all regional stay-at-home orders, including in the 11-county S...
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LA County officials vow improvements in coronavirus vaccination system

Los Angeles County health officials were hopeful on Friday, Jan. 22, that a new statewide website for booking coronavirus appointments will make the process a whole lot easier than it was this week, when the process was marred by technical hiccups and too few slots to meet the epic demand. Meanwhile, public health officials  reported 256 deaths on Friday along with 9,277 new cases, for pandemic-long totals of 14,894 and 1,054,802, respectively. Signs were still indicating that transmission of th...
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FAQ: Here’s what you need to know now about getting a coronavirus vaccine in LA County

With all the developments arising this week in Los Angeles County, there’s a pretty good chance you are confused about whether you are eligible to get a coronavirus vaccine, how you sign up and where you should go to get your shot. We’ll try to answer your questions. 1. I am 65 years old and I live in Los Angeles County. Can I get a vaccine? Appointments will be available for L.A. County residents 65 years old and older starting Tuesday afternoon at VaccinateLACounty.com. The first appointment...
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LAUSD seeks state, county approval to operate as COVID-19 vaccination sites

Continuing to make his case that the nation’s second-largest school district is well-positioned to become COVID-19 vaccination sites, Superintendent Austin Beutner sent a letter to state and county public health officials on Monday, Jan. 18, urging them to “immediately” authorize Los Angeles Unified to administer the shots — a move which the schools chief said will help speed the pandemic recovery and allow students to return to campus for in-person learning sooner. The district is seeking appro...
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