Trump extends voluntary U.S. shutdown due to COVID-19 outbreak for a month

President Donald Trump is extending the voluntary national shutdown for a month as sickness and death from the coronavirus pandemic rise in the U.S. The initial 15-day period of social distancing urged by the federal government expires Monday and Trump had expressed interest in relaxing the national guidelines at least in parts of the country less afflicted by the pandemic. But instead he decided to extend them through April 30, a tacit acknowledgment he’d been too optimistic. Many states and local governments have stiffer controls in place on mobility and gatherings. Trump’s impulse to restore normalcy met a sober reality check Sunday from Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s top infectious disease expert, who said the U.S. could experience more than 100,000 deaths and millions of infections from the pandemic. Trump’s decision to extend the guidelines reflected a recognition that the struggle will take place over the longer haul. The federal guidelines recommend against large group gatherings and urge older people and anyone with existing health problems to stay home. People are urged to work at home when possible and avoid restaurants, bars, non-essential travel and…

Dr. Fauci warns up to 200,000 Americans could die in pandemic as Spain, Italy demand help

The coronavirus outbreak could kill 100,000 to 200,000 Americans, the U.S. government’s top infectious-disease expert warned on Sunday as smoldering hot spots in nursing homes and a growing list of stricken cities heightened the sense of dread across the country. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, made the dire prediction of fatalities on CNN, adding that millions in the U.S. could become infected. By evening, the U.S. had over 135,000 infections and 2,400 deaths, according to the running tally kept by Johns Hopkins University, though the true number of cases is thought to be considerably higher because of testing shortages and mild illnesses that have gone unreported. Worldwide, more than 710,000 infections were reported, and deaths topped 33,000, half of them in Italy and Spain, where hospitals are swamped and the health system is at the breaking point. New York state — where the death toll closed in on 1,000, up by more than 200 from the day before — remained the epicenter of the U.S. outbreak, with the vast majority of the deaths in New York City. But…

Three Males Shot to Death in Lomita

Share this article:Three males were shot to death Sunday in Lomita, and authorities were asking the public for help in finding the killers. The shooting occurred a little after 11 a.m. in the 25800 block of Hillworth Avenue, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The victims were pronounced dead at the scene. No further information was immediately released. The sheriff’s Homicide Bureau urged anyone with information regarding the deaths to call them at 323-890-5500. Three Males Shot to Death in Lomita was last modified: March 29th, 2020 by Contributing Editor

South Los Angeles Serial Killer Dies in Prison at Age 67

Share this article:Lonnie David Franklin Jr., who killed at least 10 people between 1985 and 2007 — mainly in the South Los Angeles area — has died at the age of 67, officials at San Quentin State Prison said Sunday. Franklin, who was sentenced to death in Los Angeles in 2016, was found unresponsive in his cell at about 7:20 p.m. Saturday. “Medical assistance was rendered and an ambulance was summoned. Franklin was pronounced deceased at 7:43 p.m. His cause of death is pending the results of an autopsy; however, there were no signs of trauma,” prison officials said. Franklin was a former Los Angeles city garage attendant and sanitation worker who was also suspected in several other killings. Deputy District Attorney Beth Silverman once said he was “certainly” one of Los Angeles’ most prolific killers. Franklin was convicted of killing: — Debra Jackson, a 29-year-old mother of two who was found dead from three gunshot wounds to the chest in an alley in South Los Angeles on Aug. 10, 1985; — Henrietta Wright, a 34-year-old mother of five who was shot twice in the…

Street Artist Creates Positive Murals

Some call her the yarn lady or even the yarn bomber. During this time, where many things feel uncertain her goal is simple, to spread positive messages around the community in hopes that it will bring someone joy and put smiles on people’s faces. Stephanie Buriel has been creating her yarn murals for little over a year now, but she says now, more than ever, is a time where communities need to come together and stay positive. “This one, I just want it to be a reminder that we are all in this together, we all have to live with this. this Covid-19 thing that’s going on now and so I want them to be reminded that they’re not alone,” said Buriel. Some of the yarn murals have messages on them and others are left without words for you to interpret what the art means. Stephanie has multiple yarn installations around Desert Hot Springs and says she plans on creating more.

Non Profit ‘Lift To Rise’ Creates Fund and Coordinates Resources To Help During COVID-19 Crisis

Heather Vaikona, president and CEO of the non profit Lift to Rise says they were already fighting for the most vulnerable in the valley but COVID-19 has not only unleashed a health crisis but an economic one too, “So when we think about increased stressed increased stressed and the volume of both layoffs and furloughs and the public health impact it’s a really, really difficult time particularly for low income residents.” That’s why they’ve stepped up their efforts to link people with resources. Their website Lift To Rise .org / Protection is a one stop shop to finding what you need to get through. “So if you go to that web page it lists, it categorizes the different forms of public assistance and also the different available forms of public assistance and also the other resources that are available in the community,” says Vaikona. She says people need cash in hand now, “You can imagine for folks who have lost their job who have access to food not have any disposable cash to make emergency decisions.” To help families now, they’re launching the Economic Protection…

3 people shot and killed in Lomita

Three people were shot and killed near a commercial area in Lomita Sunday morning, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said. The shooting was reported about 11 a.m. in the 25800 block of Hillworth Avenue. Deputies responded to find three wounded people who were pronounced dead at the scene, the department said in a news release. Authorities did not identify the victims and it’s unclear what led up to the fatal shooting. No description of a suspect in the shooting was released and no further details were immediately available. Anyone with information was asked to call the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Those who prefer to provide information anonymously can call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

City of Torrance offers to deliver groceries to at-risk community members

Starting Tuesday, Torrance residents who are seniors, have a disability or have underlying health conditions can request to have groceries delivered to their door by city employees. In announcing the service on Sunday, officials said they want to help out vulnerable residents as Los Angeles County remains under a “safer-at-home” order during the coronavirus outbreak. Each package costs $70 and will be limited to one household per week, a statement from Torrance officials said. Those interested in placing an order can call 310-618-6339 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday to Friday or submit an order online on A uniformed city official in a marked city vehicle will make deliveries as quickly as possible but may take three business days, authorities said. The employee will either ring a resident’s doorbell or knock before placing the order down and stepping 6 feet away from the door. A Torrance employee stands next to a city vehicle in this photo released by the city to promote a grocery delivery service for at-risk community members set to begin on March 31, 2020. “You are welcome to wave at…

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