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Coronavirus hospitalizations continue to drop in LA County

Twenty-two more coronavirus-related deaths were confirmed on Friday, Sept. 18, by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, while hospitalizations due to the virus continued to drop. “I appreciate the diligent efforts everyone is making to slow the spread of COVID-19 and am grateful that daily hospitalizations and deaths have continued to decline,” county public health director Barbara Ferrer said in a statement. “This decline didn’t happen by chance — this happened because individuals...
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Flu shot is vital, LA County officials urge, especially during coronavirus outbreak

Another three dozen coronavirus-related deaths were reported today by Los Angeles County health officials, who again issued a call for people get a flu shot and continue taking precautions against the spread of infection. The county Department of Public Health reported 38 new virus deaths. The new deaths lifted the countywide total since the start of the pandemic to 6,324. Another 1,160 cases were also announced by the county, for a total of 257,271 since the pandemic began. The mid-day report d...
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Coronavirus testing kiosk at Union Station foretells future of pandemic recovery

Andrew Raposa stood in line outside Union Station in Los Angeles on a recent Wednesday with a handful of friends waiting to be tested for the coronavirus at a unique walk-up kiosk. Unlike most of the testing sites throughout the county, this one operated by Curative in partnership with the city and county, did not require a car and it was located in a heavily trafficked area. That’s one of the reasons Raposa said he chose the spot as he lives in downtown L.A. and doesn’t own a car. People ta...
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If no post-Labor Day coronavirus surge, LA County could enter less risky recovery phase by October

Los Angeles County could move to the next, less risky tier of pandemic recovery by early October, if positive current trendlines hold, the county’s public health chief said on Wednesday, Sept. 16 — but only if Labor Day’s gatherings fail to fuel a COVID resurgence. County officials announced 31 more deaths Wednesday, for a total 6,303 people lost to the six-month outbreak. Also logged were 1,148 new cases, for a total of 256,148. Related links Ferrer faces tough coronavirus questions from ...
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Is it science or politics guiding the COVID-19 response in LA County?

The California Department of Public Health has hired actors to play Californians who are hospitalized with COVID-19. The DPH posted a video, a professionally produced 15-second commercial, on its Twitter account. The ad begins with three 20-something couples smiling, laughing and enjoying a meal at an outdoor table in a leafy back yard. The narrator is a young woman who sounds near tears. “It was just a get-together,” she says as poignant notes of music play softly, “Everybody felt fine. But now...
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Teachers contend with stress as distance learning endures

After a two-week sprint to set up her online classroom, a weekend spent in 100-degree lines and coming home to yet another argument between her three children, Lorraine Quinones shut her bedroom door, threw herself onto her bed and sobbed into her pillow. LAUSD fourth grade teacher Lorraine Quiñones checks her students work in her bedroom where she teaches from as one of her school aged children Melody, center, plays with her friends Desiree Ayala and Lea Guevara, all 9, after school at her Ea...
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Alhambra second-grade teacher Krystal Tran a perfect fit for distance-learning

Krystal Tran, a second-grade teacher at Ramona Elementary in Alhambra, has her hands full. But one would never know that judging by the positive and joyful way she conducts her classes virtually from her Temple City home, a necessity because of the coronavirus pandemic. Tran has sons aged 9 (Dean) and 11 (Benjamin). They are in San Gabriel Unified School District and do their distance-learning from home while mom teaches a group of 7-year-olds who, understandably, at times have issues staying fo...
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Family of nursing home resident who died: ‘She had 3 really good years there and 1 really bad week’

Karen Johnson, 77, spent about three years in the Highland Springs Care Center in Beaumont. “She was at an unlocked memory care facility in Hemet, but she got to the point with her Alzheimer’s and dementia … where she needed to be in a locked facility,” said her daughter, Dena Garcia. Eye of the Storm Southern California Nursing Homes during the Coronavirus Pandemic Latest installments in a continuing series Part One:  What do Southern California nursing homes hard hit by COVID-related death...
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Ferrer faces tough coronavirus questions from LA County supervisors

Pressed by leaders frustrated with the pace of reopening Los Angeles County’s giant, pandemic-humbled economy, Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer on Tuesday defended her department’s gradual approach. And she stood firm that it will be weeks before restrictions on schools and businesses will ease. The lengthy Q&A with the Board of Supervisors came as board members are getting earfuls from business interests and constituents, many indignant and confused as to why certain kinds of businesses ca...
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LA County wants to secure less expensive, more convenient coronavirus tests

Los Angeles County health officials are eagerly awaiting better tests that are less expensive and more convenient than the current way the county tests for the new coronavirus. “It’s not so much the accuracy of the test,” explained Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer during a Monday, Sept. 14, briefing. “Better testing for us means much less expensive, either a point-of-care test or one you can take in your home that you can take very frequently. Once we get those tests, it will be a game-chan...
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Cities losing big from closed cardrooms; mayors ask county to reopen outdoors

Mayors of five Los Angeles-area cities with cardroom casinos all came together Monday, Sept. 14, to urge Los Angeles County officials to allow cardrooms to reopen outdoors. L.A. County still has not given the green light to reopen cardrooms outdoors even though they have been granted approval by the state, with certain restrictions, since Sept. 9. Cardrooms represent big revenue, sometimes more than half of the general fund for cities whose mayors spoke out on Monday. In Hawaiian Gardens, Mayor ...
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LA County reports 816 new coronavirus cases, 11 deaths

Los Angeles County reported 816 new cases of COVID-19 and 11 more deaths today, bringing the county’s totals to 253,985 cases and 6,208 fatalities. Officials said the relatively lower case and death counts reflect a reporting lag over the weekend. The number of people hospitalized in the county due to the virus continues to fall sharply, dropping from 877 Saturday to 793, with 35% of those people in intensive care, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. The daily hospit...
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Sex Trafficking Lawsuit Against Craigslist Moves Forward–ML v. Craigslist

In April, that Craigslist can be sued for sex trafficking torts, that Section 230 didn’t support Craigslist’s motion to dismiss, and that the statute of limitations might not apply even though the facts at issue took place in 2008 or before. Craigslist contested the magistrate report but makes no progress with the supervising judge. Section 230 Craigslist pushed back on the plaintiffs’ allegations that Craigslist had been involved with creation or development of the sex traffickers’ ads. The ...
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LA County reports 1,177 new coronavirus cases, 29 deaths

Los Angeles County reported 1,177 new cases of COVID-19 and 29 more deaths on Saturday, Sept. 12, bringing the county’s totals to 253,176 cases and 6,197 fatalities. Of the new cases reported Saturday, 71% are of people under the age of 50 years old, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. The update did not include new figures for Long Beach and Pasadena, cities that operate their own health departments. Pasadena reported eight new cases, for a total of 2,476 since the ...
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In L.A. County, don’t expect elementary schools to reopen before November

Parents and educators of elementary students in Los Angeles County should not expect their schools to reopen before November at the earliest. County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer had indicated during a briefing with school leaders on Thursday, Sept. 10, that it would take at least that long before K-6 campuses could apply for waivers to reopen to the general student population amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to one administrator who attended the briefing. The county had announce...
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L.A. County takes ‘cautious steps forward’ amid coronavirus; 61 more deaths reported

Sixty-one more people have died from COVID-19 in Los Angeles, officials said on Wednesday, Sept. 9, a solemn reminder that the county is not out of the woods as leaders called for “cautious steps forward” into the winter and the holiday season. Those steps now include guidance that urge families to refrain from trick-or-treating on Halloween. And even as the county’s rate of transmission falls, officials did not rule out future calls to refrain from holiday gatherings in others’ households as Th...
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With trick-or-treat discouraged in L.A. County, Halloween fans must scare up a little creativity

When Jasen Smith learned this week that public health officials were advising against trick-or-treating and prohibiting other Halloween attractions such as haunted houses and block parties in Los Angeles County this year, he really wasn’t too surprised. County officials recently issued word that trick-or-treating was prohibited, then backed down from that stance on Wednesday — but nonetheless discouraged the annual tradition. Meanwhile, Smith, a 33-year-old Woodland Hills resident, was already p...
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Officials to watch coronavirus cases closely after Labor Day weekend

Following a record-shattering heat wave over Labor Day weekend that sent wave upon wave of beachgoers to the coastline, Los Angeles County Public Health officials were not sure on Tuesday, Sept. 8, of the overall effect the weekend’s activity had on efforts to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. Officials said Tuesday the 439 new cases and seven additional deaths associated with the coronavirus were a reflection of both a lag in reporting and less testing availability over the holiday, but...
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LA County reports its 6,000th coronavirus death

While recent coronavirus statistics continued to provide signs of hope, Los Angeles County got a grim reminder on Saturday, Sept. 5, that the pandemic is far from over, as public health officials reported the county’s 6,000th COVID-19-related death. In all, county officials reported 1,196 new cases of COVID-19 and 24 more deaths Saturday, bringing the county’s totals to 247,542 cases and exactly 6,000 fatalities. Health officials sadly marked the milestone, while urging residents to celebrate th...
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LA County gears up for flu season; official warns of ‘twindemic’

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles County is gearing up for the coming flu season, with the county’s top public health official saying today that residents should get vaccinated, even given the continuing threat of COVID-19. “We are positive that we will have both influenza and COVID-19 circulating at the same time,” Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer told the Board of Supervisors. “While we don’t have a vaccination for COVID-19 at this time, we do have a vaccination for influenza.” Related links ...
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Section 230 Preempts Another FOSTA Claim–Doe v. Kik

Kik is a messaging service. “Plaintiff alleges that Defendants have knowledge that sexual predators use its service to prey on minors but have failed to provide any warnings or enact policies to protect minors from such abuses.” The plaintiff alleges she received unsolicited nude photos from adults. However, it’s unclear from the opinion if any senders actually attempted to recruit her for sex trafficking. The plaintiff sued Kik for a civil claim under 18 USC 1595. Kik defended on Section 230 g...
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With triple-digit Labor Day heat, coronavirus in the air, officials warn against beach blitz

People wearing masks due to the Coronavirus Pandemic dine along the Strand in Manhattan Beach on Friday, August 28, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG) People wearing masks due to the Coronavirus Pandemic dine along the Strand in Manhattan Beach on Friday, August 28, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG) Sound The gallery will resume in seconds People walk along the pier in Manhattan Beach on Friday, August 28, 2020. (Photo by Keith ...
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LA County continues to report falling coronavirus numbers

Los Angeles County reported 1,030 new cases of COVID-19 and 10 additional deaths on Sunday, Aug. 30, bringing the county’s totals to 240,749 cases and 5,769 fatalities. Both daily numbers are lower than they’ve been for July and most of August. The number of people hospitalized with the coronavirus also continues to steadily decline, dropping from 1,116 Saturday to 1,089 Sunday — well below last month, when the number regularly topped 2,000. Of the hospitalized patients in Los Angeles County, 32...
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LA County reports 38 more coronavirus deaths, 1,636 new cases

Another 38 deaths due to the coronavirus were reported in Los Angeles County on Thursday, Aug. 27, while health officials again urged people participating in protests to take precautions against spreading the virus. The 38 deaths lifted the countywide total number of fatalities during the pandemic to 5,701. County officials also announced another 1,636 new cases of the virus. In addition, Pasadena reported 11 new cases, for a total of 2,331, but did not add any deaths to its total of 111, its 22...
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LA County reports 58 more coronavirus deaths; officials seek volunteers for vaccine trial

Another 58 Los Angeles County residents have died from coronavirus-related causes, officials announced Wednesday, Aug. 26, bringing the county’s death toll to 5,663. The county also reported 1,642 new cases. There have been 235,386 cases identified in LA County since the pandemic began. Those numbers did not include one death or 34 new cases reported in Long Beach on Wednesday. It also did not include new deaths or cases reported in Pasadena, which had not updated its coronavirus dashboard as of...
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Coronavirus trends falling in LA County; health officer says he knows why

Coronavirus deaths in L.A. County continued to fall on Monday, Aug. 24, a sign that stringent efforts to control the virus are trending toward a point where businesses could again begin to offer dining indoors and residents could once again hold gatherings at their homes, officials said. But we’re not there yet, warned L.A. County Health Officer Dr. Muntu Davis, who said that even when we are, masks and social distancing will be part of the equation. Davis reported 13 new deaths related to the v...
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Section 230 Protects Craigslist from Sex Trafficking Claims, Despite FOSTA–JB v. Craigslist

This is an important early judicial interpretation of FOSTA. The court reaches several key conclusions, including that Section 230(c)(1) still preempts state civil claims and Craigslist did not “participate in a venture” with every advertiser of commercial sex. If this ruling stands, it will pose a serious barrier to the numerous lawsuits seeking to hold Craigslist accountable for its pre-2010 activities. (This opinion doesn’t discuss statute of limitations or whether FOSTA can be applied retr...
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1,098 new coronavirus cases, 8 deaths reported in LA County on Sunday

Los Angeles County reported another 1,098 cases of COVID-19 and eight additional deaths today, bringing the county’s totals to 231,695 cases and 5,545 fatalities. The relatively lower number of cases and deaths was attributed to reporting delays over the weekend. Officials have hailed declining hospitalization numbers and testing-positivity rates in recent weeks as signs the county has been successfully slowing the spread of COVID-19. Those numbers continued to trend in the right direction Sunda...
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LA County’s coronavirus infection numbers skewing younger again

More than two-thirds of new coronavirus infections reported in Los Angeles County on Saturday, Aug. 22, occurred in people younger than age 50. About a third were between the ages of 30 and 49, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. To date, the county has reported 5,537 deaths and 230,662 positive cases. While younger people are less likely to get seriously ill or die from the virus, officials worry that they may be unwittingly infecting parents, grandparents or other ...
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LA County reports 46 more coronavirus deaths, health impacts to children are rising

Another 46 Los Angeles County residents have died from coronavirus-related causes, officials announced Friday, Aug. 21, bringing the death toll to 5,491. The county also reported 1,759 new coronavirus cases. There have been 229,054 cases identified in LA County since the pandemic began. The numbers did not include one death or 86 new cases reported Friday in Long Beach; that city has confirmed 201 coronavirus-related deaths and 10,016 cases since the start of the public health crisis. The number...
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