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California prisons suspend visits over coronavirus fears

Officials are suspending normal visitations at California prisons statewide in an effort to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus. The ban — which includes non-contact visits conducted across a window — will remain in place until further notice, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation website. Previously scheduled overnight family visits will be upheld, officials said. It’s unclear whether the policy also applies to legal visits from attorneys. “CDCR values visitation as an essential part of rehabilitation, but at this time the Department must make difficult decisions in order to protect the health and wellness of all who live in, work in, and visit state prisons,” the agency wrote. So far, authorities have not found any COVID-19 cases in the state prison system. As of Tuesday, there were 177 virus patients across California with another estimated 11,000 people self-monitoring for symptoms, according to the state Department of Public Health.

U.S. Soccer apologizes for claims in equal pay case that women have lesser abilities than men

The U.S. Soccer Federation apologized Wednesday night after it made claims in court documents that women on its national team had lesser responsibilities and physical abilities than their male counterparts, an assertion that drew widespread criticism and sparked an apparent player protest. The statement from USSF president Carlos Cordeiro came hours after The Coca-Cola Co. denounced the federation for its stance. Cordeiro also announced a shake-up of the USSF legal team. “On behalf of U.S. Soccer, I sincerely apologize for the offense and pain caused by language in this week’s court filing, which did not reflect the values of our Federation or our tremendous admiration of our women’s national team,” the statement said. “Our WNT players are incredibly talented and work tirelessly, as they have demonstrated time and again from their Olympic gold medals to their World Cup titles.” Coca-Cola had called the federation’s assertion in documents filed earlier this week “unacceptable and offensive.” “We have asked to meet with them immediately to express our concerns. The Coca-Cola Co. is firm in its commitment to gender equality, fairness and women’s empowerment in the United States…

California health officials lack key piece of coronavirus test kit, limiting response

COVID-19 testing continues to face severe limitations, as California health officials lack key components to run laboratory tests for the virus, marking another barrier in the state’s efforts to identify infectious patients. The shortfall compounds a month of sluggish progress in deploying diagnostic tests developed by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and, if not quickly remedied, will continue to substantially undercount infected patients and could hinder efforts to contain the outbreak. The chemicals, or reagents, are used to extract genetic material from a nasal swab sample, among the first steps in the testing process. Demand for reagents has left a key supplier struggling to keep pace with orders from countries around the world. The new information provides a clearer picture of why testing shortages continue, even as state and federal officials last week insisted there were sufficient kits. Read the full story on LATimes.com.

L.A. County Health Officials Report First Coronavirus-Related Death, Ventura County Reports Second Case

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — A woman has become the first person in Los Angeles County to die of COVID-19, health officials announced Wednesday. The patient, a woman over the age of 60, was not a local resident. She had recently been on a long flight layover in South Korea, had traveled extensively and was visiting someone in L.A. County when she became sick, L.A. County Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer said at a Wednesday afternoon news conference. The number of positive coronavirus cases in L.A. County now stands at 27, including three out of the city of Long Beach. Of the 27, six new cases were confirmed Wednesday. Two of those six patients are hospitalized. One of those hospitalized patients is believed to have acquired the disease through community spread, only the second such case in L.A. County. “We have one resident with no known travel or close-contact exposure, who we presume is our second case of community-acquired infection,” Ferrer told reporters. Another of the six new patients is a local resident who got infected after traveling to a religious conference in another state…

Beverly Hills Pastor, Sister Of Actor Matthew Broderick, Tests Positive For Coronavirus

BEVERLY HILLS (CBSLA) — A pastor at All Saints Episcopal Church in Beverly Hills has tested positive for novel coronavirus and has been hospitalized after attending a conference in Kentucky, the church confirmed Wednesday. All Saints Episcopal Church has notified congregants after Rev. Janet Broderick tested positive for the virus. The reverend and parishioners also confirmed that the pastor is the sister of actor Matthew Broderick. The church released a statement saying in part, “As you may know, our Rector, Janet Broderick, took ill shortly after returning from the annual conference of the Consortium of Endowed Episcopal Parishes (CEEP) in Louisville, Kentucky, which was attended by more than 500 Episcopalians from around the country. As you also may know, it was reported last Sunday that the rector of Christ Church Georgetown in Washington, D.C., an attendee of the conference, was diagnosed with the Covid-19 coronavirus. After an initial assessment, she was moved to the ICU and placed under isolation. At that point, her care team moved forward with a test for Covid-19. The results were returned today, and it has been determined that Janet has…

LIST: SoCal Schools Cancel In-Person Instruction, Amend Events Due To Coronavirus

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Universities and schools across Southern California have announced they will begin suspending all in-person classes amid growing coronavirus concerns. The following is an ongoing list with the current cancellations of in-person classes and transitioning to online classes for the foreseeable future: Universities That Have Cancelled In-Person Instruction: UCLA – Suspended all in-person classes beginning Wednesday, March 11 through April 10. UCLA Athletics home events will be spectator-free through April 10. USC – Extended online lectures through April 14 and all university-sponsored events would be canceled or postponed. UC Irvine – All exams to be administered remotely and Spring quarter instruction will be conducted remotely. All events and gatherings with more than 100 participants are canceled. UC Santa Barbara – All Athletics Department events to be “fan-less” the university announced. UC San Diego – all spring quarter classes will be delivered to students remotely. Cal State Long Beach – Canceling in-person classes and transitioning to online classes March 12 through March 17. San Diego State University – Transitioning to online instruction. Loyola Marymount University – Classes will meet online between March 16…

Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson Test Positive for Coronavirus

Share this article:Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks announced Wednesday that he and his wife, actress Rita Wilson, have tested positive for coronavirus in Australia. “We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches,” Hanks wrote on his social media accounts. “Rita had some chills that came and went. Slight fevers too. To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the coronavirus, and were found to be positive. “Well, now. What to do next? The medical officials have protocols that must be followed. We Hanks’ will be tested, observed and isolated for as long as public health and safety requires. Not much more to it than a one-day-at-a-time approach, no? “We’ll keep the world posted and updated. Take care of yourselves!” According to Deadline, Hanks and Wilson are in Australia for production of director Baz Luhrmann’s untitled film about Elvis Presley. Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson Test Positive for Coronavirus was last modified: March 11th, 2020 by Contributing Editor

U.S. stock futures fall after Trump suspends travel from Europe

US stock futures fell Wednesday evening after President Donald Trump announced that travel from Europe to the United States will be suspended for 30 days, beginning Friday at midnight. Dow futures fell 330 points, or 1.4%, while S&P 500 futures fell 1.37% and Nasdaq futures were down 1.4%. The suspension does not include the United Kingdom. Trump made the announcement during an address to the nation about the novel coronavirus outbreak, which has surpassed 115,000 cases worldwide. More than 4,000 people have died. The declines followed another volatile day in a roller coaster week for the markets driven by the novel coronavirus outbreak and plummeting oil prices. Both the S&P 500 and the Dow slipped into bear market territory — defined as a drop of more than 20% from the most recent high. But only the Dow closed the day in a bear market. Two other key market indexes, the Dow Jones Transportation Average and the small-cap focused Russell 2000, are already in a bear market. The novel coronavirus has taken a massive toll on global markets and economies.

NBA suspends season after Jazz player tests positive for coronavirus

The NBA has suspended its season “until further notice” after a Utah Jazz player tested positive Wednesday for the coronavirus, a move that came only hours after the majority of the league’s owners were leaning toward playing games without fans in arenas. Now there will be no games at all, at least for the time being. A person with knowledge of the situation said the Jazz player who tested positive was center Rudy Gobert. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because neither the league nor the team confirmed the presumptive positive test. “The NBA is suspending game play following the conclusion of tonight’s schedule of games until further notice,” the league said in a statement sent shortly after 9:30 p.m. EDT. “The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic.” The test result, the NBA said, was reported shortly before the scheduled tip-off time for the Utah at Oklahoma City game on Wednesday night was called off. Players were on the floor for warmups and tip-off was moments away when…

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