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Garth Brooks And Trisha Yearwood Bring ‘Garth & Trisha Live!’ To CBS On April 1st

Garth Brooks and his wife, Trisha Yearwood, will appear in the new primetime special Garth & Trisha Live! coming to CBS on Wednesday, April 1st starting at 9:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT. In the upcoming special, Brooks and Yearwood will perform live from their home recording studio, Studio G, providing an intimate concert for viewers looking for the comfort and shared joy of music during this difficult time as the world faces the COVID-19 pandemic. Brooks and Yearwood bring their unique blend of casual style, remarkable chemistry and shared love of music to a television audience, emphasizing the message that “we’re all in this together.” Brooks will share details about how viewers can make song requests for the special on his weekly Facebook Live show, “Inside Studio G,” on Monday, March 30. On Monday, March 23, Brooks and Yearwood hosted a casual, at-home concert from Studio G. Over 5.2 million viewers watched it in a matter of hours, repeatedly crashing the popular internet site and spurring the idea for the Network special. “We’re seeing how big things can be when we all do them as…

Calif. Launches Effort To Recruit Thousands Of Retired Healthcare Workers, Students To Meet Coronavirus Surge

SACRAMENTO (CBSLA) – California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Monday a new initiative to recruit both retired healthcare professionals and medical and nursing students nearing the end of their studies to help the state meet the surge in coronavirus patients expected over the coming weeks. Sailors transport the first patient aboard the hospital ship USNS Mercy into the casualty receiving area March 29, 2020, off the coast of Los Angeles. (U.S. Navy/Getty Images) In a news conference Monday, Newsom unveiled the new California Health Corps website which “will provide a platform to match individuals who may have retired in the last five years, may be in the process of getting licensed or re-licensed — people that are in nursing schools or medical schools that are nearing the completion of those efforts — to incorporate and encourage them to get on this platform to provide for the kind of human capital surge that we’ll need to meet the moment over the course of the next number of weeks as these numbers continue to rise.” Gov. Newsom confirmed Monday that there are currently 1,432 coronavirus patients hospitalized statewide,…

Calif. Launches Effort To Recruit Retired Medical Professionals, Students To Meet Coronavirus Surge

SACRAMENTO (CBSLA) – California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Monday a new initiative to recruit both retired medical professionals and medical and nursing students nearing the end of their studies to step forward and help the state meet the surge in coronavirus patients expected over the coming weeks. Sailors transport the first patient aboard the hospital ship USNS Mercy into the casualty receiving area March 29, 2020, off the coast of Los Angeles. (U.S. Navy/Getty Images) In a news conference Monday, Newsom unveiled the new California Health Corps website which “will provide a platform to match individuals who may have retired in the last five years, may be in the process of getting licensed or re-licensed — people that are in nursing schools or medical schools that are nearing the completion of those efforts — to incorporate and encourage them to get on this platform to provide for the kind of human capital surge that we’ll need to meet the moment over the course of the next number of weeks as these numbers continue to rise.” Gov. Newsom confirmed Monday that there are currently 1,432 coronavirus…

Coronavirus: Free Flights, Doughnuts For Healthcare Workers; Free Taco Tuesday For Everyone

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The fight against coronavirus has been exhausting, especially for doctors and healthcare workers, so a few corporations are doing their part to pitch in and show their gratitude. Delta Airlines is offering free flights to medical workers who are volunteering in some of the emerging coronavirus hotspots, like Georgia, Michigan and Louisiana. We are grateful for the heroic efforts of medical professionals around the world as they combat COVID-19. Delta is offering free flights for medical volunteers to assist in certain significantly impacted regions of the U.S. — Delta (@Delta) March 28, 2020 Eligible medical volunteers interested in the program must contact the state offices of their destinations. The program may be expanded later to California, New York and Washington state. Monday just happens to be National Doctor’s Day, so Krispy Kreme is kicking off a sweet offer to healthcare workers. The doughnut shop is giving a free dozen to healthcare workers starting Monday, and will do so every Monday until National Workers Week on May 11. Hey healthcare pros! You all are incredible. As a sweet #THANKYOU for all you’re…

Medical Staff To Begin Arriving at New Field Hospital in the Coachella Valley

Share this article:Medical personnel are scheduled to begin arriving Monday to staff the newly completed field hospital at the Riverside County Fairgrounds in Indio, with patients expected to soon follow. Members of the California National Guard converted two existing buildings on the property into a 125-bed temporary hospital to be staffed by 30 to 40 doctors, nurses, technicians and volunteers. County public health officials wanted the temporary hospital set up and treating non-critically ill patients — including those being treated for illnesses other than coronavirus — before an anticipated surge in COVID-19 cases hits beginning in mid-April and overwhelms the local hospital system. “You want to have an empty hospital bed when you need it,” said Jose Arballo, spokesman for Riverside University Health System. Once staff arrive, they are going to take some time to shift equipment around, take inventory of their supplies and get oriented to the new facility, according to Shane Reichardt, another agency spokesman, who said additional information, including when patients could start arriving, is expected to be released later in the day. On Friday, county public health officials released new estimates…

San Diego Humane Society Moves to Telephone Pet Adoption

Share this article:The San Diego Humane Society has changed its adoption process to a socially-distant experience, allowing prospective pet owners adhering to California’s stay-at-home order to adopt a new furry friend from afar. An adoption counselor will call the prospective adopter to conduct a consultation over the phone to discuss available animals and help the adopter choose the pet which best fits their lifestyle. Once the pet is adopted, the adopter can drive up to the campus and staff will help safely load the animal into the adopter’s car. Humane Society campuses in Escondido, Oceanside and San Diego are open by appointment only each day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Interested adopters should call the society at 619-299-7012 to make an appointment. “The COVID-19 pandemic is presenting significant challenges for San Diego Humane Society’s lifesaving work, but it is imperative that we continue to find homes for the animals in our care,” said SDHS President and CEO Dr. Gary Weitzman. “The flow of animals into shelters will not cease due to this virus, so we are pleased to be able to continue providing adoption…

Johnson & Johnson aims to begin clinical trial of coronavirus vaccine by September

Pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson plans to begin human clinical trials of its Covid-19 vaccine by September with a goal of the first batches being made available for emergency use authorization by early next year, according to a company announcement released Monday. Johnson & Johnson says it has been working on a vaccine since January and is partnering on the venture with the Biomedical Advance Research and Development Authority (BARDA), a division of the Department of Health and Human Services. Johnson & Johnson and BARDA will commit $1 billion to fund vaccine research, development and clinical testing, the company said. “The world is facing an urgent public health crisis and we are committed to doing our part to make a COVID-19 vaccine available and affordable globally as quickly as possible,” Johnson & Johnson Chairman and CEO Alex Gorsky said in a news release. Johnson & Johnson will also expand its global manufacturing capacity so it can quickly produce the vaccine if it is approved, the company said. Johnson & Johnson isn’t the only company racing to create a vaccine as the Covid-19 pandemic spreads like…

Tampa Bay pastor arrested after holding large services, ignoring social distancing guidelines

A Tampa Bay area pastor has been arrested following two large services at his church over the weekend. Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister says he has made the decision Sunday night to seek an arrest warrant against the pastor of River at Tampa Bay Church for violating social distancing guidelines amid the coronavirus pandemic. The sheriff confirmed in a tweet Monday afternoon that Pastor Rodney Howard-Browne had been arrested. Sheriff Chronister says Howard-Browne “repeatedly” violated social distancing orders from President Donald Trump, CDC and local authorities. “His reckless disregard for human life put hundreds of people in his congregation at risk and thousands of residents who may interact with them this week in danger,” the sheriff said. According to Sheriff Chronister, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office has been in contact with leaders at the church since last Friday. The sheriff says his office received a tip that the church pastor was refusing to stop holding large services and was instead encouraging his congregation to meet in person at the church. Chronister added that the church has the capability to stream the services online and on…

Six Flags Magic Mountain is latest SoCal theme park to extend closure amid pandemic

Six Flags Magic Mountain is the latest Southern California theme park to extend closures amid the coronavirus pandemic, joining Disneyland, Universal Studios Hollywood and Knott’s Berry Farm. Magic Mountain and Hurricane Harbor have suspended operations through at least mid-May, officials announced Monday. Both have been closed since mid-March and had initially anticipated reopening at the beginning of April. “We will continue to closely monitor this evolving situation, and follow the most current guidance from federal, state, and local officials,” a statement on the theme park’s website read. There have been no cases of COVID-19 tied to any of Six Flags’ properties in Valencia, according to the statement. Season passes will be extended for however many operating days the closure lasts. Those with prepaid tickets will see their valid dates extended until the end of the 2020 season. Last week, the Disneyland Resort announced both Anaheim theme parks — Disneyland and Disney California Adventure — will be closed “until further notice” because of the novel coronavirus, while Universal Studios Hollywood said it would be shuttered through at least April 19. And prior to those announcements, Knott’s Berry…

Pandemic revives debate on mail-in ballots, as Democrats seek to press forward with elections

As the coronavirus pandemic knocks primary election after primary election off schedule, Democrats argue the outbreak shows the country needs to move toward one of their longtime goals — widespread voting by mail — to protect the November election. But Democrats’ hopes for using the crisis to expand voting by mail face firm Republican opposition, as well as significant logistical challenges. In some states, it would amount to a major revamp of their voting system just eight months before an election. Vote-by-mail boosters already lost the first round of the fight. Democrats tried and failed to insert a broad mandate expanding voting by mail in the stimulus bill, a proposal that could cost as much as $2 billion. Instead, the bill included $400 million to help states adjust elections however they see fit before November. But Democrats in Washington say they will keep pressing the issue, pointing to the increasing number of states that are shifting to mail-in voting for primaries as evidence that the time is right. “Practically every single Tuesday, we see another state reacting to their inability to run their election in…

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