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Emergency field hospital officially opens in Lancaster to help coronavirus patients

An emergency field hospital opened Saturday, Jan. 16, in Lancaster to help relieve the burden at Antelope Valley Hospital, which has been overrun with the surge in countywide coronavirus patients. The 54-bed specialized respiratory care unit is operated by Samaritan’s Purse, an international, Christian-based relief organization that opened a similar respiratory care unit in North Carolina last week. It includes a team of more than 60 people from across the country, including 40 medical professio...
Tags: Health, UK, News, Government, Sport, Hospital, Soccer, Graham, North Carolina, Los Angeles County, Lancaster, Franklin Graham, Samaritan, Antelope Valley, John Bosco, Lou Correa


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


Coronavirus vaccine shipments unpredictable, says LA County’s chief science officer

Los Angeles County health officials said on Friday, Jan. 15, their vaccination efforts have been stymied by a short supply of doses and an unpredictable shipment schedule that’s making it tough to plan. Within the state’s most populous county, about 219,000 healthcare workers have received their first vaccine doses while about 60,000 have had their second dose, according to Dr. Paul Simon, chief science officer for the county Department of Public Health. Simon anticipates 200,000 more healthcare...
Tags: Health, Business, England, News, California, Washington Post, Cdc, Government, Paul Simon, Los Angeles, Sport, Britain, Soccer, Long Beach, Michigan, Eric Garcetti


With hundreds of healthcare workers in line, Dodger Stadium becomes massive vaccination site

Dodger Stadium transformed into a massive vaccination center on Friday, Jan. 15, amid concerns that shortfalls in anticipated supplies are slowing the rollout of the vaccine. Lines of cars showed up early Friday morning along the Academy Road entrance, where members of CORE and L.A. City Fire Department  personnel directed eager healthcare workers — from pharmacists to nurses — into the stadium, where they would wait in another long line to be inoculated. Among them was Kanwar Ali, a pharmacist,...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Business, News, Congress, Government, Los Angeles, Sport, Joe Biden, Soccer, Community, Lausd, Biden, Eric Garcetti, Trump, Ortiz


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


LA city firefighter union agrees to delay raises, joining civilian workers in bid to avoid layoffs

A 4.5% pay raise scheduled for Los Angeles city firefighters would be delayed by 18 months, under a tentative labor agreement reached with the city in order to avoid potential layoffs or other cuts due to an anticipated $675 million shortfall in the city budget. The leadership of the United Firefighters of Los Angeles City, which represents more than 3,200 city firefighters, has agreed to defer the raise that was scheduled to begin this summer, for 18 months. This comes after the leadership of t...
Tags: Health, Business, News, La, Government, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Community, City Council, Council, Lapd, Eric Garcetti, Martinez, Escobar, Los Angeles Police Department


LA city employees agree to delay pay raises – to stave off layoffs and furloughs

Los Angeles city officials and unions representing more than 18,000 city employees have struck a deal on Tuesday, Jan. 12, that would delay pay increases scheduled this year, to avoid layoffs and furloughs for the next five months. The city faces a $675 million shortfall, amid a recession brought on by closures to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. In response, city leaders weighed deep cuts, including hundreds of layoffs. Tuesday’s agreement calls for postponing a pair of 2% raises sc...
Tags: Health, Business, Budget, News, La, Government, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Community, SEIU, Southern California, 288, Los Angeles Police Department, LA County, UCLA School of Dentistry


L.A city employees agree to delay pay raises – to stave off layoffs and furloughs

Los Angeles city officials and unions representing more than 18,000 city employees have struck a deal on Tuesday, Jan. 12, that would delay a pay increases scheduled this year, to avoid layoffs and furloughs for the next five months. The city faces a $675 million shortfall, amid a recession brought on by closures to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. In response, city leaders weighed deep cuts, including hundreds of layoffs. Tuesday’s agreement calls for postponing a pair of 2% raises ...
Tags: Health, Business, Budget, News, California, Government, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Community, Lausd, SEIU, Los Angeles Police Department, LA County, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories Breeze


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...
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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 ...
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Garcetti’s plea to U.S. leaders: Coronavirus-rocked L.A. needs more resources

Mayor Eric Garcetti on Thursday, Jan. 7, urged U.S. leaders to throw a lifeline to coronavirus-rocked Los Angeles in the form of additional vaccines, more trained medical professionals and other resources. Just after the mayor’s plea, L.A. County public health officials announced more grim statistics: 218 new deaths — the third straight day over 200 — and 19,719 more cases, lifting the county’s totals to 11,545 and 871,404, respectively, since the outbreak began. Brooke Barker, 22, a mental ...
Tags: Health, Business, News, California, La, Government, New York City, US, Los Angeles, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, Long Beach, Community, Fda, Pasadena


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


The social determinants of health, explained

Social determinants of health, such as income and access to healthy food, affect well-being long before people may enter medical facilities. They're one reason neighborhoods in the same city can maintain life expectancy gaps larger than a decade. With growing awareness of how societal ills determine health, medical professionals and their partners are devising more holistic approaches to health. New York City is a vibrant, vivacious city. No one knows this better than the people who live on...
Tags: Health, Government, New York City, Society, Poverty, Policy, Chicago, Brooklyn, United States, Innovation, Manhattan, Health Care, OECD, Upper East Side, Inequality, Central Park


Pandemic-Era Heroes: Henry Miao donated thousands of masks to frontline workers

Pandemic-Era Heroes Name: Henry Miao Hometown: Walnut Role: Owner of Henrial Quote: “His distribution truly helped,” West Covina Mayor Letty Lopez-Viado said of Miao. “People couldn’t get one single mask. It bought time for others to make more masks. We were able to distribute to the community. Our city got masks when other cities didn’t have any.” 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 pan...
Tags: Health, Europe, Business, News, California, Government, China, Sport, Soccer, Poland, Community, Lapd, City Hall, Walnut, LA County, Wu


Pandemic-Era Heroes: San Gabriel Valley’s Henry Miao donated thousands of masks to frontline workers

Pandemic-Era Heroes Name: Henry Miao Hometown: Walnut Role: Owner of Henrial Quote: “His distribution truly helped,” West Covina Mayor Letty Lopez-Viado said of Miao. “People couldn’t get one single mask. It bought time for others to make more masks. We were able to distribute to the community. Our city got masks when other cities didn’t have any.” 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 pan...
Tags: Health, Europe, Business, News, California, Government, China, Sport, Soccer, Poland, Community, Lapd, City Hall, Walnut, LA County, Wu


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...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, Government, Sport, Soccer, Hawaii, County, Larry King, Southern California, Los Angeles County, Burbank, Whittier, LA County, Kazan


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: 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


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...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Business, News, Education, California, Government, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Ford, Community, Wisconsin, Mccarthy, Palm, Andrea


These are the vaccines South Africa could get

The government plans to vaccinate a minimum of 67% of the population (about 40-million people) to achieve herd immunity — when most of the population is resistant to an infectious disease — by the end of 2021. The post These are the vaccines South Africa could get appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Health, Government, South Africa, Vaccine, Department Of Health, Openaccess, Pandemic, Top Six, Zweli Mkhize, Coronavirus, South Africa (country, Solidarity Fund, COVID-19, Covax


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


Six overtaxed Los Angeles County hospitals to get Army engineers’ help

The state will deploy U.S. Army experts as soon as Saturday, Jan. 2, to evaluate and and upgrade oxygen-delivery systems at six older Los Angeles County hospitals overwhelmed by the unprecedented number of coronavirus patients with serious respiratory issues. The hospitals to be assisted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are: Adventist Health White Memorial Hospital, Los Angeles Emanate Health Queen of the Valley Hospital,West Covina Mission Community Hospital, Panorama City Beverly Community...
Tags: Health, Navy, Government, Sport, Soccer, Army, Community, Pasadena, Local News, Southern California, San Pedro, Army Corps, Los Angeles County, U S Army, Downey, San Fernando Valley


Photos: What a difference a year makes along Pasadena’s Rose Float route

Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena is without floats, bands, horses and large crowds on New Years Day after the Tournament of Roses canceled the 2021 Rose Parade due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, on Friday, Jan. 1, 2021. (Photo by Trevor Stamp, Contributing Photographer) What a difference a year can make. On Jan. 1, 2020, the streets of Pasadena were packed with colorful floats, brassy marching bands and throngs of parade viewers. No Rose Parade starting at 8 am at Orange Grove Blvd. and...
Tags: Health, Business, Texas, News, Government, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Glendale, Community, Pasadena, Rose Bowl, Rita Moreno, Phoenix, Pasadena CA, Irwindale


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


Every 10 minutes someone in LA County dies from the coronavirus. Here are some of their stories.

A landscaper. A hairstylist. A father, a mother. A son, a daughter. A best friend. A nurse. A retired dentist. Every 10 minutes, health officials say, someone in Los Angeles County dies from the coronavirus. The virus’s wrath has surged anew in recent weeks, fueled, county officials say, by holiday gatherings, pandemic fatigue and disregard for safety measures. New cases have ballooned. Hospitalizations, which generally lag a couple of weeks behind, have followed. And so has the death toll: LA C...
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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


NSO used real people’s location data to pitch its contact-tracing tech, researchers say

Spyware maker NSO Group used real phone location data on thousands of unsuspecting people when it demonstrated its new COVID-19 contact-tracing system to governments and journalists, researchers have concluded. NSO, a private intelligence company best known for developing and selling governments access to its Pegasus spyware, went on the charm offensive earlier this year to pitch its contact-tracing system, dubbed Fleming, aimed at helping governments track the spread of COVID-19. Fleming is ...
Tags: Health, Security, Facebook, Privacy, Saudi Arabia, Government, Tech, Spyware, United States, Telecommunications, United Arab Emirates, Pegasus, Espionage, Simulation, Bahrain, Mobile Phone


Amid coronavirus crush, South LA’s MLK Community Hospital extends patient care to gift shop, chapel

At Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital in South Los Angeles, so many patients have flooded through the hospital’s doors in recent weeks, about 70% of them with COVID-19, that administrators converted its gift shop and chapel into areas to treat patients, according to CEO Dr. Elaine Batchlor. The hospital is a 131-bed facility that is now treating 224 patients. Among them 35 are receiving intensive care when the hospital was previously only licensed to handle 20 in ICU. Though its a small f...
Tags: Health, News, Education, California, Government, Sport, Hospitals, Soccer, Community, South Los Angeles, LA County, South LA, California Texas, Emergency Department, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories IVDB


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...
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