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LA County discovers 806 additional deaths missing in first record of winter surge

Los Angeles County health officials said Wednesday, Feb. 24, they had discovered 806 additional deaths that were not yet accounted for after looking back through death records following the recent surge. The deaths that were missed until now came from the large number of fatalities that occurred in December and January as a result of the surge in infections, officials said. During those two months, more than 7,000 deaths occurred as a result of the coronavirus in L.A. County where a total of mor...
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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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Younger students in Santa Clarita-area districts returning to campus

Kindergarten teacher Mrs. Frandson shows Cecilia Johnson, 5, how to use hand sanitizer in her Valencia Valley Elementary School classroom in Santa Clarita as students return for in person learning on Monday, February 22, 2021 since the pandemic began. First and second graders return on Wednesday for hybrid learning. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) Kindergartners return to Valencia Valley Elementary School in Santa Clarita for the first time since the pandemic began o...
Tags: Health, News, Education, Government, Sports, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Community, Lausd, Blue Shield, Valencia, Southern California, Melody, Saugus, Santa Clarita


Valencia’s new COVID-19 lab pushes back after report of ‘significant deficiencies’

A Valencia COVID-19 testing lab that was found to have “significant deficiencies” during a  recent state inspection says it has corrected the problems and believes the facility is not in danger of closure. The $25 million Valencia Branch Laboratory at 28545 Livingston Ave. was unveiled in late October and began processing tests Nov. 1. The 134,000-square-foot facility was converted for its new use by the Massachusetts-based diagnostics company PerkinElmer, which operates the lab under a $1.7 bil...
Tags: Health, Business, Science, Technology, Massachusetts, Sacramento, Sport, Soccer, Cbs, Lausd, Disneyland, Valencia, Health And Human Services, Santa Clarita, LFS, LA County


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 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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L.A. County reports 93 deaths, 1,435 new coronavirus cases Sunday

Just before Gov. Gavin Newsom was set to arrive to tour mobile vaccination sites in Los Angeles, county public health officials reported 1,465 new cases of COVID-19 and 93 additional deaths on Sunday, Feb. 21, with officials noting that the relatively lower number of cases and deaths may reflect reporting delays over the weekend. Sunday’s numbers bring the county’s totals to 1,180,485 infections and 19,885 deaths since the pandemic began. The number of coronavirus cases in county hospital droppe...
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New vaccine delivery system launches in parts of California

By JANIE HAR, AMY TAXIN and KATHLEEN RONAYNE |  The Associated Press California’s new system of delivering, tracking and scheduling coronavirus vaccines is being rolled out in select counties, a first step in Gov. Gavin Newsom’s plan to smooth out what has been a confusing and disjointed rollout hampered by limited national supply. Newsom announced last month that his administration had tapped insurer Blue Shield to design and manage a centralized system to get doses out quickly and equitably. H...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, California, Kaiser Permanente, Government, Uncategorized, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, Kaiser, Lausd, Blue Shield, Disneyland


North Hollywood High wins LADWP Science Bowl, advances to national competition

North Hollywood High won the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s 29th Annual Science Bowl Regional Competition on Saturday, Feb. 20, this year held virtually for the first time amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Each member of the North Hollywood High team will receive a $1,000 Hitachi Scholarship, according to a LADWP statement. Their school’s science department gets $3,000 from LADWP. The team will compete, along with seven other California schools, in a field of 63 regional qualifiers aiming...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, California, Government, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Community, Lausd, Biden, Hitachi, Los Angeles County, LA County, North Hollywood


Watchdog calls for LA County nursing home crisis plan in light of ‘serious’ deficiencies, gaps 

A Los Angeles County watchdog is calling for the Public Health Department to create a nursing home crisis and response plan in light of major safety problems that surfaced during the coronavirus pandemic. Two Pasadena nursing home evacuations last year revealed “serious operational deficiencies” in these facilities that threatened the safety of residents and gaps in state and county procedures for triggering an “effective, timely and coordinated response,” according to the second interim nursing...
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LAUSD teachers’ union contemplating a refusal to return to in-person work

Faced with mounting pressure by some elected officials, parents and others who want schools to reopen, the union representing Los Angeles Unified School District teachers announced Friday, Feb. 19, that its members will soon take a vote on whether they should refuse to return to campus if in-person instruction becomes mandatory. More than 900 chapter chairs voted on this question earlier this week, with 93% electing to “organize around a refusal to return for a full or hybrid physical reopening ...
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LAUSD officials call for vaccines to be prioritized for school employees

Prioritizing school employees for vaccines was the theme of the day on Wednesday, Feb. 17, as Los Angeles Unified School District officials and representatives from some of their labor employee groups gathered at the Roybal Learning Center near downtown LA to mark the opening of the district’s first vaccination center. District officials also used the occasion to announce plans to run a second, much larger vaccination center at SoFi Stadium, in partnership with the Los Angeles Rams, Hollywood Pa...
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LAUSD has safety measures in place, but much work remains before return to campus

Long before public health officials announced this week that elementary schools in Los Angeles County can finally reopen because the county’s daily rate of new COVID-19 cases has fallen low enough to meet reopening standards, officials in the Los Angeles Unified School District had submitted its plan for bringing students back to campus to the state and county. And it’s already prepared its schools for the eventual return of students and staff by purchasing personal protective equipment, install...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, California, Government, Sport, Soccer, Community, Lausd, Los Angeles County, Ferrer, Hollywood Park, LA County, Los Angeles Unified School District, United Teachers Los Angeles


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


1971 Sylmar temblor sparked damage, death – and changed how we feel about, prepare for quakes

A half-century ago, about an hour before sunrise, the earth under the San Fernando Valley shuddered for a full12 seconds. Freeway interchanges collapsed. Buildings shifted off their foundations. Water had to be diverted from a crippled dam to avoid a deadly flood. Nearly 80,000 residents evacuated their homes. Related: How the 1971 Sylmar earthquake changed the lives of two first responders The 6.6 magnitude Sylmar earthquake rumbled across the San Fernando Valley at about 6 a.m. on Feb. 9, 1971...
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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


LA city budget gap widens to more than $750 million, despite recent labor concessions

Los Angeles city officials said Friday, Feb. 5, that the shortfall in this year’s budget has widened to $750 million, with the future of the economy remaining uncertain amid the enduring COVID-19 pandemic. A report from City Administrative Officer Richard Llewellyn on Friday reinforced the ongoing budget struggles brought on by revenues projected to come in $600 million less that what had been anticipated at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. But the projection no longer contains recommendation...
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Lancaster football player’s frustrated Twitter shot at Newsom steamrolls into national spotlight

Isaiah Navarro’s message on Twitter to California Gov. Gavin Newsom is clear. And angry. “Zero offers, zero looks, zero commitments, zero time on campus, zero homecoming, zero prom, zero traditional graduation,” Navarro’s tweet read Wednesday morning. “What a wasted final year of school. Worked hard and dedicated for absolutely ZERO. Big shout out to Gavin Newsom! You got what you wanted.” Navarro, a football player at Lancaster’s Paraclete High, expressed a sentiment shared by many of his stude...
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West Hills’ Kadima Day School survives location changes, 2008 recession and, now, the pandemic

Kadima Day School in West Hills, Wednesday, October 21, 2020. Kadima Day School is one of a limited number of schools that have received clearance from Los Angeles County Public Health officials to re-open for limited in-person, on-campus instructions, the first group to gain such approval in the waiver application process during the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) Kadima Day School in West Hills, Wednesday, October 21, 2020. Kadima Day School is...
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LAUSD’s Beutner scolds state, local leaders over inconsistent coronavirus messaging

On the same day the Los Angeles Unified School District handed out its 100 millionth meal through the food relief effort it launched at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic — a grim reminder of the ongoing financial toll the public health crisis has wrought on Angelenos — Superintendent Austin Beutner continued to underscore the need to prioritize school reopenings and chided county and state officials for delivering what he called inconsistent messages. State and local authorities called f...
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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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California reveals data used to lift stay-at-home order

SACRAMENTO — California’s health department on Monday released to the public previously secret projections for future hospital intensive care unit capacity throughout the state, the key metric for lifting the coronavirus stay-at-home order. However, state officials did not explain how regional per capita virus cases and transmission rates that also were released might influence how much ICU space will be available in four weeks. Last week, state health officials told The Associated Press they we...
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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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California Supreme Court won’t compel LAUSD to offer in-person services to high-needs students

The California Supreme Court has denied a petition seeking to force the Los Angeles Unified School District to provide instruction and other services in person to students who have been most harmed by distance learning. The petition was filed last month on behalf of two Los Angeles-based children’s advocacy groups, the Alliance for Children’s Rights and the Learning Rights Law Center. In it, the petitioners argued that students with disabilities, English learners and others who struggle with onl...
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LAUSD students discuss political climate as Biden becomes president

Seeing a new administration take over the White House brings with it a feeling of excitement for Emely Cortez. At the same time, she struggles to remain hopeful that President Joe Biden will be able to get as much accomplished as she would like, given how fractured the country is. “In the last four years, when I’ve actually gotten into politics and I started paying attention, I’ve only seen a lot of bad stuff,” said Cortez, an 11th grader at Cesar E. Chavez Social Justice Humanitas Academy in Sa...
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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,...
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LA County schools chief recovering from COVID-19

Los Angeles County Superintendent of Schools Debra Duardo, who has been quarantining since last week after contracting the coronavirus, gave a positive update about her recovery on Thursday, Jan. 14. “It’s been a difficult 10 days, but I’m happy to say that I am finally seeing major improvements in my health,” Duardo tweeted. “I have an incredibly strong team and I am grateful for the outpouring of support I’ve received. Thank you for all the well wishes. Stay safe & be well.” The schools chief ...
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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...
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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 ...
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U.S. to require all arriving passengers to get COVID-19 test

NEW YORK — Anyone flying to the U.S. will soon need to show proof of a negative test for COVID-19, health officials announced Tuesday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention requirement expands on a similar one announced late last month for passengers coming from the United Kingdom. COVID is already widespread in the U.S., with more than 22 million cases reported to date, including more than 375,000 deaths. The new measures are designed to try to prevent travelers from bringing in newer ...
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