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Riverside County Health Official Orders All Schools Closed Over Coronavirus Pandemic

RIVERSIDE (CBSLA) — Riverside County Public Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser Friday ordered the closure of all county schools in an attempt to fight against the spread of coronavirus. “To further prevent the spread throughout the county, effective Monday, March 16, I am ordering a school closure, not a dismissal, of all Riverside County public schools. This order also applies to preschools, charter schools, private schools and all colleges and universities in Riverside County,” Kaiser said in a statement. Kaiser also applauded area school districts that already announced closures starting Monday. CORONAVIRUS SCHOOL CLOSURES: LAUSD Closes All Schools; UCLA, USC Cancel In-Person Classes According to the release, individual school districts would have the discretion to determine essential personnel to support critical functions within their districts. The order was expected to be lifted on Friday, April 3 with classes expected to resume Monday, April 6 — barring the necessity for an extension — Kaiser said. “This is a difficult but necessary decision as we try to slow the spread of the virus,” Riverside County District 4 Supervisor V. Manuel Perez. “And I fully support it.” As…

Massive School Closures In Coronavirus Battle: LA, Long Beach, Orange County, Pasadena And More

Share this article:Austin Beutner. Photo via Wikimedia Commons The Los Angeles Unified School District announced the closure of all its schools for two weeks Friday over the growing coronavirus outbreak, with Superintendent Austin Beutner saying the district is in “uncharted waters.” Schools in the districts of Pasadena, Pomona, William S. Hart, Long Beach and in Orange County joined in decisions to close. “The public health crisis crated by the coronavirus is not something any of us could have reasonably expected to happen, and we are in uncharted waters as we work to prevent the spread of the illness,” Beutner said in a news conference Friday morning. “We have been following the guidance of public health experts on how we can keep all who are part of our school community … safe in the midst of the growing health crisis. “We’re now at a point where the balance has shifted, and the appropriate path is to close schools. “… Effective Monday, March 16, we will close all Los Angeles Unified public schools for two weeks while we evaluate the appropriate path forward.” Beutner said that while…

Coronavirus Scary March Through LA: Experts Can’t Figure Out How Some New Victims Got Sick

Share this article: Los Angeles County health officials confirmed eight more local cases of coronavirus Friday, including three with unknown sources of exposure, further increasing the evidence of “community transmission” of the illness. The eight new cases bring the overall county total to 40, including four cases being overseen by Long Beach health officials and one by Pasadena health officials. Of the eight new cases, two are hospitalized, according to Dr. Barbara Ferrer, head of the county Department of Public Health. Three of the new patients have no known source of exposure, making them cases of “community transmission,” while one had recently traveled to South Korea. Investigations were continuing into the source of exposure in the other four patients. Ferrer said 247 cases of COVID-19 have been reported statewide, with about 1,700 across the country, and 40 deaths nationwide. One death has been reported in Los Angeles County. Ferrer again encouraged residents to engage in “social distancing,” which she called a “tool we’re using now to help us in our strategy for trying to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.” “This is a particularly…

Pelosi announces broad deal with Trump administration on coronavirus relief

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday announced a broad deal with the Trump administration on coronavirus relief legislation, though President Donald Trump has yet to publicly say that he backs the measure, which adds paid emergency leave and free testing for COVID-19. “We are proud to have reached an agreement with the Administration to resolve outstanding challenges, and now will soon pass the Families First Coronavirus Response Act,” the California Democrat wrote in a “dear colleague” letter Friday evening. Pelosi said in her letter that the legislation is made up of a number of provisions, including “free coronavirus testing for everyone who needs a test, including the uninsured.” The legislation will also provide, according to Pelosi, “paid emergency leave with two weeks of paid sick leave and up to three months of paid family and medical leave.” It will also expand federal funding for Medicaid “to support our local, state, tribal and territorial governments and health systems, so that they have the resources necessary to combat this crisis.” House Democrats have been planning to vote Friday on a coronavirus relief measure with or without bipartisan…

Fun trumps fear as fans flock to Disneyland on eve of park’s historically long closure

Thousands flocked to Disneyland on Friday for glimpses of Mickey and Minnie, a ride on “It’s a Small World” and a last trip to the Galaxy’s Edge before a historically long closure because of the new coronavirus. It was a rare rainy day in Southern California, and visitors wearing sequined mouse ears and plastic raincoats sought to cram in all the rides, treats and magical memories they could. before the self-proclaimed Happiest Place on Earth closes Saturday through the end of the month. There were limited outward signs of the virus — a woman using a bleach wipe on a table, conversations about the health crisis as people waited in lines for rides. But there were no warnings at the entrance about coronavirus or reminders to create “social space” with other patrons. Signs in restrooms urged visitors to wash their hands for 20 seconds but didn’t reference the virus. There are no documented coronavirus cases from Disneyland. Reaction to the closure was mixed. Some said it was a good move to protect public health while others thought it was overwrought. The decision roiled Rochelle Van…

Trump likely to get tested after 2nd person he was with at Mar-a-Lago tests positive for COVID-19

President Donald Trump said Friday he will likely be tested for the novel coronavirus “fairly soon,” as questions swirled about why the president, his top aides and his family weren’t doing more to protect themselves and others against COVID-19. Trump spent time last weekend with a top Brazilian official who tested positive for the virus after returning from a weekend at the president’s private club in Florida. And late Friday, news broke that a second person who was at Mar-a-Lago over the weekend had tested positive, according to a Republican official who spoke on condition of anonymity in order to discuss private health matters. The second person had a attended Trump fundraising at the president’s Florida resort on Sunday. In the face of repeat direct and indirect exposures, Trump was defensive, insisting he didn’t need to isolate himself because he wasn’t exhibiting symptoms. But he conceded he would “most likely” submit to testing after a top Brazilian official who spent time with him last weekend in Florida tested positive for the virus. At the same time, Trump continued to flout public health officials’ advice by publicly and repeatedly shaking…

Coronavirus cancellations and closures: Here’s a list of SoCal sports, events, theme parks and museums impacted

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in myriad events being canceled or postponed, as well as a slew of theme park closures, as officials work to contain the outbreak by limiting large public gatherings. From sporting leagues to tourism, a wide variety of industries have been impacted around the nation. Here’s a list of major coronavirus-related closures, cancellations and postponements in Southern California as of Friday, March 13. Theme parks: Disneyland Resort: The “happiest place on Earth” will be closed through the month beginning Saturday, March 14. The shutdown impacts Disneyland, Disney California Adventure and — starting Monday, March 16 — Disneyland hotels in Anaheim. Downtown Disney will continue to be open. Universal Studios Hollywood: The theme park in Universal City will be closed for two weeks starting Saturday, March 14. It is scheduled to reopen on Saturday, March 28. Universal CityWalk will remain open. Knott’s Berry Farm: The Buena Park theme park will shut down from Saturday, March 14, through the remainder of March. Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel will be open during the closure, but officials said they would work to accommodate guests with prepaid…

Children’s Hospital LA Treating Patient Diagnosed With Coronavirus

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The Children’s Hospital Los Angeles announced Friday it was treating a patient diagnosed with coronavirus. The hospital said that the patient is a child between the ages of 6 and 9, has no history of travel and was in fair condition. The hospital said the child was also receiving care for an underlying condition that likely made the child more vulnerable to the disease. Update from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles on #COVID19 patient @ChildrensLA. For more information, visit: https://t.co/ATnYyIerDd pic.twitter.com/zEKBUAZDe7 — Children’s Hospital LA (@ChildrensLA) March 13, 2020 The hospital further said in a statement that the child was in isolation and the child’s parents, who remain asymptomatic, are with the child in quarantine. CHLA said it was notified that the patient was a suspected COVID-19 case and said it took all necessary safety protocols to to protect the medical staff. The hospital said the case has not impacted hospital operations.

Charter, Comcast Offer 60 Days Free Internet To Homes With Students

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Charter and Comcast announced Friday that they would offer 60 days of complimentary broadband to homes with K-12 or college students. As many school districts across the Southland are closing and moving to online instruction amid the coronavirus pandemic, the two internet providers plan to provide free internet to households with students. Beginning Monday, Charter will provide free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi up to 100 Mbps, for households that do not already have a subscription. Installation fees will also be waived. The company said it will partner with school districts to ensure local communities are aware of the offer. They will also continue to offer Spectrum Internet Assist for eligible low-income households with school-aged children, Charter will also open its Wi-Fi hotspots for public use without data caps or hidden fees, the company said. Comcast will also waive fees for low-income households, President of Consumer Services Dana Strong said in a written statement. Strong also said that the company is increasing internet speed for the service from 15/2 Mbps to 25/3 Mbps for both new and existing customers and that the service will…

Small Plane Crash Reported On 5 Freeway In Santa Clarita Area

NEWHALL (CBSLA) – Los Angeles County fire crews responded to reports of a possible aircraft down Friday in the Newhall Pass area. There was no immediate confirmation of a crash, which reportedly occurred near the Golden State (5) Freeway north of the Antelope Valley (14) Freeway. County fire crews were on scene near Weldon Canyon Road and the 5 Freeway investigating reports of a single prop plane that crash near a landfill, but their efforts were hampered by rough terrain and poor visibility. This is a breaking news event. Check back for updates.

Coronavirus cancelations and closures: Here’s a list of SoCal sports, events, theme parks and museums impacted

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in myriad events being canceled or postponed, as well as a slew of theme park closures, as officials work to contain the outbreak by limiting large public gatherings. From sporting leagues to tourism, a wide variety of industries have been impacted around the nation. Here’s a list of major coronavirus-related closures, cancelations and postponements in Southern California as of Friday, March 13. Theme parks: Disneyland Resort: The “happiest place on Earth” will be closed through the month beginning Saturday, March 14. The shutdown impacts Disneyland, Disney California Adventure and — starting Monday, March 16 — Disneyland hotels in Anaheim. Downtown Disney will continue to be open. Universal Studios Hollywood: The theme park in Universal City will be closed for two weeks starting Saturday, March 14. It is scheduled to reopen on Saturday, March 28. Universal CityWalk will remain open. Knott’s Berry Farm: The Buena Park theme park will shut down from Saturday, March 14, through the remainder of March. Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel will be open during the closure, but officials said they would work to accommodate guests with prepaid…

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