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Five tips to keep your phone clean

From a U.S. Cellular press release: Recent studies have found that coronaviruses can possibly last on surfaces such as metal, glass or plastic for two hours and up to nine days. Therefore, U.S. Cellular encourages everyone to take precautionary measures and regularly clean their devices. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that people clean all “high touch” surfaces, such as phones and tablets, every day. U.S. Cellular suggests the following steps to ensure phones and other devices are cleaned properly. Follow the advice of device manufacturers to ensure proper cleaning and to avoid any possible damage. Apple, Samsung, and Google each have tips online. Avoid abrasive cloths, towels, paper towels and instead use a soft lint-free cloth. Don’t spray cleaning agents directly onto devices. Avoid using any disinfectant wipes that contain bleach. Instead, use 70% or higher isopropyl alcohol based wipes. Don’t share your phone with other people and keep it out of restrooms. While these tips take on a higher importance now, they can be used year-round to help keep your devices clean and germ-free. Related Articles COVID-19 updates for Tehama…

GOP senators say stimulus vote unlikely tonight as negotiations continue

(CNN) — Key Republican senators said Monday evening they do not anticipate a vote Monday night on an economic stimulus package to provide relief from the coronavirus crisis, which will only increase pressure on lawmakers to get something done -— and quickly. With tensions already running high, lawmakers are expected to continue negotiations to reach a bipartisan deal amid the severe economic fallout and public health crisis caused by the pandemic. But the pressure intensifies each day that passes without a deal. Leaving Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office, GOP Sens. Chuck Grassley of Iowa and John Cornyn of Texas said that they didn’t think there would be a vote Monday. Some GOP senators said the list of differences has narrowed, and White House legislative director Eric Ueland said that negotiations are still ongoing. “The list is getting shorter, but we aren’t going to have a deal today… Even if they got a deal late tonight, there wouldn’t be time to line it up and vote on it, so we will be here tomorrow,” Cornyn said. Tensions came to a head earlier in the day when Senate Democrats blocked a procedural vote to…

City of La Quinta Donates N95 Masks and Coveralls to Desert Regional

The City of La Quinta donated 1,500 N95 masks and coveralls to Desert Regional Medical Center. They have also issued a challenge to other Coachella Valley cities to follow along and donate as much as they can. Below is the press released issued: The City of La Quinta is doing everything possible to keep our residents and businesses safe during the COVID-19 crisis. With medical supplies at an all-time low for hospitals around the nation and locally, the City of La Quinta donated 1500 N95 masks as well as coveralls to Desert Regional Medical Center. The masks and coveralls will be distributed accordingly to local hospitals who need these supplies in the valley. These supplies were stored in the City’s Emergency Operations Center to be used during emergency crisis. City Manager, Jon McMillen, decided that the supplies could be better used by our healthcare workers who are working around the clock to service our community battling this virus. “I would like to challenge each city to do the same if you have any of the supplies needed by local hospitals. Masks, rubber gloves, clear face…

What to do if businesses are not following the Governor’s order

Governor Newsom has ordered “non-essential” businesses to shut their doors but what happens if they don’t?  Brooke Federico, Public Information Officer for Riverside County, said the department of environmental health and the county counsel’s office are handling code compliance for businesses. “Some businesses have been contacted by our county counsel’s office,” she said on Monday. “We’ve simply explained to them that the governor’s order or Riverside County Public Health’s officers order does, in fact, apply to them and we do need them to either close their operations or change their operations if they’re on that essential business list.” Governor Newsom has a list of essential operations allowed to continue operations but businesses not on that list are deemed “non-essential” and are ordered to send workers home. Some locals are concerned that some of those businesses are “business and usual.” Palm Springs Mayor Geoff Kors’ partner, James Williamson posted on Facebook in frustration that “previous requests and complaints have gone ignored and no action has been taken.” “All of them have complied with us,” Federico said. “So, we have no need to continue down the line…

California Urged To Consider Earlier Release Of Inmates

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — One inmate and five employees in California’s massive prison system have tested positive for coronavirus, leading to increased pressure Monday on corrections officials to begin releasing some of the state’s 123,000 convicts early. It’s among topics being discussed by a pandemic task force appointed by a federal judge to consider recommendations. U.S. District Judge Kimberly Mueller of Sacramento wants answers by Friday. But earlier releases would bring their own complications as the most populous state struggles to contain an outbreak that has killed 35 residents and brought more than 2,000 cases. So far, corrections officials aren’t taking that step. Attorney Michael Bien, who represents inmates in some of the largest lawsuits affecting the prison system, generally praised officials’ efforts to contain the virus. READ ALSO: Low-Level Sacramento County Inmates Released From Jail Amid Coronavirus Outbreak But one step is lacking, said Bien and other advocates: creating enough space for inmates to socially distance themselves like the rest of the state’s population, and enough to isolate or quarantine inmates who show symptoms or test positive for the virus, which is generally spread by…

San Diego County threatens to close beaches and parks to stop spread of COVID-19

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego County health officials announced Monday that if cities cannot maintain safe social distancing procedures at their parks and beaches, the county will close them to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. “We encourage outdoor exercise as long as people maintain 6 feet of social distancing,” said Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county’s public health officer. “It looks like people are not able to do that.” The county is amending its previous public health order to include the authority to close beaches and parks if municipalities are unable or unwilling to enforce the 6 feet of social distancing recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus. The county’s step follows a city ordinance that all public parking lots at parks and beaches in the city of San Diego will remain closed to discourage gatherings and encourage social distancing amid the pandemic. City officials took the step Sunday in response to crowds gathering over the weekend, and the ordinance went into effect Monday morning. “Public health officials are clear that gatherings of any size can…

San Diego restaurants finding creative ways to serve customers amid coronavirus closures

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – As many local restaurants and businesses severely struggle from mandated closures, some restaurant owners are doing everything imaginable to keep its doors open. In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, and in an effort to support the restaurant industry at large, SanDiegoRestaurantWeek.com is available to every restaurant in San Diego County to promote their current offerings. Through San Diego Restaurant Week, San Diegans will be able to sort by neighborhood, takeout or delivery, and cuisine in order to eat from those restaurants that are still open for business. For more info: www.SanDiegoRestaurantWeek.com. Categories: Coronavirus, Health, Local San Diego News Tags: Coronavirus

San Diego Magazine announces companywide layoffs, closing after 72 years

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego Magazine has laid off almost its entire staff due to the coronavirus pandemic. In an email to its contributors Monday, the magazine’s editor in chief Erin Meanley Glenny said the monthly magazine will cease publication. Voice of San Diego quoted publisher Jim Fitzpatrick as saying he intended to reopen when “the crisis passes.” “San Diego Magazine is a 72-year-old brand and I will not let it die,” he said in a written message to Voice of San Diego. “This is hopefully a short pause.” Fitzpatrick explained that due to widespread shutdowns of businesses across San Diego, the magazine could not produce content. San Diego Magazine started publishing in 1948. Categories: Coronavirus, Health, Local San Diego News Tags: Coronavirus

San Diego’s restaurant industry faces unprecedented uncertainty amid coronavirus pandemic

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The restaurant industry is seeing an unprecedented uncertainty while still in the mist of the coronavirus storm. “My mind is basically numb,” said an emotional Phil Pace, owner Phil’s BBQ. “When I heard from the governor that said we need to stop dining in, I said to myself ‘what are we gonna do?’ The first thing that came to mind was that I have to take care of my employees. The first thing we thought of is we’ll take care of their health insurance. Jeff Rossman, President of the CA Restaurant Association and Terra Hospitality Group, spoke , along sidePace, at a news conference at County administration building. “This happened so fast we don’t even know how many restaurants closed we’re estimating about 60% of all of our restaurants have closed and you can imagine how many thousands and thousands of employees have been affected,” said Rossman. “Make sure that not only are you going to the grocery stores and depleting all of the groceries getting all of the meats and everything I mean it’s crazy out there right so do…

California urged to consider earlier release of inmates

One inmate and five employees in California’s massive prison system have tested positive for coronavirus, leading to increased pressure Monday on corrections officials to begin releasing some of the state’s 123,000 convicts early. It’s among topics being discussed by a pandemic task force appointed by a federal judge to consider recommendations. U.S. District Judge Kimberly Mueller of Sacramento wants answers by Friday. But earlier releases would bring their own complications as the most populous state struggles to contain an outbreak that has killed 35 residents and brought more than 2,000 cases. So far, corrections officials aren’t taking that step. Attorney Michael Bien, who represents inmates in some of the largest lawsuits affecting the prison system, generally praised officials’ efforts to contain the virus. But one step is lacking, said Bien and other advocates: creating enough space for inmates to socially distance themselves like the rest of the state’s population, and enough to isolate or quarantine inmates who show symptoms or test positive for the virus, which is generally spread by sneezing or coughing. “We need to make them a safe place to live and work,…

L.A. Mayor Garcetti to hold daily briefing on city’s coronavirus response

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is expected to hold his daily briefing at 5:15 p.m. Monday on the city’s response to the coronavirus to announce additional steps in the city’s fight to contain its spread. Similar to those of last week, the press conference will be held remotely with media dialing in by phone to heed social distancing rules. The briefing comes after the city announced earlier Monday that it had established an online portal where high-risk residents could sign up to get tested for COVID-19. The testing was set to take place at four sites across the city Monday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m, according to Andrea Garcia from Mayor Eric Garcetti’s office. U.S. Navy hospital ship Mercy was on its way to the port of Los Angeles from San Diego on Monday afternoon, after President Donald Trump announced Sunday that the ship would house 1,000 hospital beds making it the largest hospital in the city. There were 538 confirmed coronavirus cases and eight deaths in L.A. County as of Monday, with 2,133 confirmed cases and 40 deaths in California. Check back for…

UC Irvine in clinical trial to test antiviral treatment for COVID-19

The UC Irvine Medical Center announced Monday that it is participating in a clinical trial to test whether the antiviral drug remdesivir can be used to treat COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. The Irvine hospital is among 19 across the globe enrolled in the National Institutes of Health-sponsored trial, which is one of at least five trials on the drug being funded by the government agency. Dr. Alpesh Amin, executive director of UCI’s Hospitalist Program, said the medication is part of a family of nucleotide analogues and it “attacks the genetic code of the virus.” “It kind of seeks it out and destroys it,” Amin said. Amin, an infectious disease specialist, said he’s optimistic it could work, “but until we collect data and study the data, we won’t know.” There was some early evidence it was effective when previously used against MERS and SARS, other members of the coronavirus family, Amin said. The drug was originally designed to combat ebola in Africa. Remdesivir’s maker, Gilead, has suspended access to the drug, saying it was “never intended for use in response to a…

L.A. County secures 20,000 new coronavirus tests as 2 coronavirus deaths, 128 new cases reported

Another two coronavirus-related deaths and 128 new cases were reported Monday in Los Angeles County as officials announced thousands of new coronavirus testing kits were secured for first responders and healthcare workers. One of the people who died was a Glendale resident older than 65 years old who had underlying health conditions. The other person was between 30 to 50 years old, according to L.A. County Department of Public Health. L.A. County has had 536 confirmed COVID-19 cases and seven deaths. The cases include 17 in Long Beach and three in Pasadena, which both have their own health agencies, the health department’s director Dr. Barbara Ferrer said. Ninety COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized across the county. Ferrer said 80% of the patients who have tested positive are between 18 and 65 years old, with the majority being under 45 years old. As of Sunday, 4,700 people were tested for the coronavirus in L.A. County and 10% of them tested positive, according to Ferrer. Officials announced that the county is getting 20,000 new test kits from a South Korean company, Seegene Technologies, for $1.25 million. The…

Coronavirus: 13,000 stranded Americans struggle to get home

By Nicole Gaouette and Jennifer Hansler | CNN As the State Department arranges flights to bring back Americans stuck abroad by border closures and flight cancellations due to the coronavirus pandemic, many of those citizens and their families tell CNN they are still struggling to get clear answers from the agency tasked with protecting their health and well-being overseas. State Department officials told reporters Monday that they are organizing 16 flights in the next few days, deploying an emergency fund to charter flights and discussing the use of Defense Department and Department of Homeland Security planes to transport stranded Americans, some 13,500 of whom have reached out for help getting home and are now being tracked by the department. “No option is foreclosed out,” a senior State Department official said. The officials spoke a day after President Donald Trump said the government is “working very hard, long,” to help Americans overseas. Vice President Mike Pence added that, “We’ve been working very diligently through the State Department to make it possible. Their commercial flights have been chartered and we’re also working with the military for a…

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