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Coronavirus: UC Irvine Students Hold Supply Drive For Masks, Face Shields For Health Care Workers

IRVINE (CBSLA) – With hospitals across the nation facing major shortages of personal protective equipment due to the COVID-19 pandemic, University of California Irvine medical students Monday were holding a drive asking residents and local businesses to donate supplies for their healthcare workers. Alameda Health System nurses, doctors and workers hold signs during a protest in front of Highland Hospital on March 26, 2020, in Oakland, Calif. Dozens of health care workers with Alameda Health System staged a protest to demand better working conditions and that proper personal protective equipment be provided in the effort to slow the spread of coronavirus. (Getty Images) UCI School of Medicine students were calling for donations of N95 masks, surgical masks, face shields, isolation gowns, hand sanitizer and safety goggles. The drive was running from 8 a.m. to noon in the parking lot of the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute, located at 850 Health Sciences Rd. On Friday, the Los Angeles Unified School District announced it was donating 100,000 N-95 masks it keeps for emergencies to local hospitals. As of Saturday, at least 73 healthcare workers in California had tested…

Hollywood Burbank Airport reduces parking as coronavirus pandemic keeps travelers away

Hollywood Burbank Airport on Monday consolidated its parking to three sites to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, officials said. Lots A and C as well as the airport’s valet service are closed amid a drastic decrease in travelers caused by shelter-in-place orders put in place because of the spreading virus. The employee parking lot is also closed. “By closing lots A, C and the valet, we are reducing the need for the public to use our shuttles to get to the terminals,” airport spokeswoman Lucy Burghdorf said. “Having passengers park at the nearby lots and the park structure will allow them to walk to the terminals and practice social distancing.” Those who need to park their vehicles while flying out of the Burbank airport can use the parking structure or lots E and G. Read the full story on LATimes.com.

Workers for San Francisco-based Instacart plan strike in call for coronavirus protections

A possible strike by Instacart workers highlights the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on the grocery delivery business, where workers are worried about their safety as they try to meet a surge in demand for online groceries. A group called the Gig Workers Collective is calling for a nationwide walk-out Monday. They’ve been asking Instacart to provide workers with hazard pay and protective gear, among other demands. Instacart said Sunday it would soon provide workers with a new hand sanitizer upon request and outlined changes to its tip system. The group said the measures were too little too late. While some workers say they intend to join the strike for at least a day — or have stopped filling orders already for fear of getting the virus — other, newer workers are content to have a paying job at a time of mass layoffs in other industries. The San Francisco-based delivery app is trying to hire 300,000 more workers — more than doubling its workforce —to fulfill orders it says have surged by 150% year-over year in the past weeks. The company said 50,000 new…

Macy’s to furlough majority of its 130,000 workers as stores close due to coronavirus

Macy’s will furlough a majority of its 130,000 workers with its stores dark. The company on Monday said it is transitioning to an ‘’absolute minimum workforce” needed to maintain basic operations. Online operations won’t be hit as hard. Employees who are enrolled in health benefits will continue to receive coverage with the company covering 100% of the premium. “We expect to bring colleagues back on a staggered basis as business resumes,”the company said. Macy’s closed all of its stores this month, more than 500, as the coronavirus spread. To survive, it has suspended its dividend, drawn down its line of credit, frozen hiring and spending, and cancelled orders. Macy’s is now evaluating all financing options.

New York man bars 21-year-old son from home after spring break trip amid coronavirus outbreak

A New York man refused to allow his 21-year-old son back into his home after the college student went on a spring break trip to Texas, KTLA sister station reported WJW reported Sunday. According to the New York Post, 51-year-old Peter Levine tried to get his son, Matt, to end his vacation early. Matt Levine and his friends from Springfield College visited South Padre Island, a popular destination for spring breakers. The group spent many days congregating outdoors and listening to live music. Peter Levine says he spoke with his son every day, urging him to come home. “I was aggravated. The news here was getting worse and worse,” said Peter Levine, referring to the coronavirus outbreak. When Matt Levine and his friends were ready to return from their trip, Peter Levine told them there was “no chance” he would pick them up from the airport. When they arrived at his home via car service, he stopped them from entering the house. “They got out of the car near our driveway, and I said, ‘Stay right there! Do not go any further!’” Peter Levine told…

Coronavirus: Popular Rose Bowl Loop In Pasadena Closed Down

PASADENA (CBSLA) – A popular trail in Pasadena was shut down Sunday amid the coronavirus pandemic. The city announced Sunday that it had closed the popular Rose Bowl Loop, the 3.1-mile trail which circles the Rose Bowl and Brookside Golf Course. All tennis courts at city parks were closed Monday. Most parks, trails and beach areas in Los Angeles County have closed to the public after they were hit with massive crowds over the past few weeks. On Friday, L.A. County took the unprecedented step of shutting down all its county-owned beaches to the public, including beach bathrooms, piers, promenades, and beach bike paths. Early last week, Malibu closed its famous pier and all the restaurants that sit along it. The Santa Monica Pier has been shuttered since March 16. All parking lots at state beaches and parks – including nine in L.A. County – have been closed.

Video: Woman Recruits LA Neighbors To Surprise, Serenade Fiancé From Their Apartments

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Traditional birthday parties are out the window in this time of coronavirus and social distancing, but that didn’t stop one Los Angeles woman and her neighbors from surprising her fiancé. Hannah Chung surreptitiously wrote 76 notecards to her neighbors and slipped them under their doors, asking them to help her sing happy birthday to her fiancé Jason Shields from the safety of their own apartments. In a video posted to TikTok and Instagram, he looks at her quizzically when she tells him to open a communal hallway window. She shouts out into the courtyard, “One, two, three!”, prompting a chorus of singing from dozens of neighbors. View this post on Instagram So we put it together and threw it on tiktok and it’s going viral and news sources are contacting us lmao. Who knew my bday in quarantine would actually be cool A post shared by Filmmaker – Photographer (@jsn.s) on Mar 25, 2020 at 3:12pm PDT She also asked the neighbors to record the apartment-wide serenade and asked them to send it to her. One of the neighbors even waved…

Instacart Shoppers To Strike Over Coronavirus Safety Concerns As Company Scrambles To Appease Their Demands

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA/CNN) – An unknown number of workers for the grocery-delivery giant Instacart were planning to strike Monday over what they say is Instacart’s inability to implement safety protocols amid the coronavirus pandemic that has brought a surge of business to the company. Instacart employee Monica Ortega walks past empty racks where items like toilet paper and napkins once filled while picking up groceries from a supermarket for delivery on March 19, 2020, in North Hollywood, Calif. (Getty Images) In response to the complaints, Instacart Sunday told CBS News in a statement that it had distributed new health and safety supplies to its shoppers, including providing them with disinfectant, sanitation stations and hand sanitizer. The hand sanitizer – which Instacart is getting from a third-party manufacturer — will be available for shoppers to obtain for free via an Instacart website going up this week, the company said. Instacart also says it has installed a new tip feature in its app to make it easier for customers to give shoppers bigger tips. Last week, the company announced plans to bring on another 300,000 “full service…

Mercedes F1 engineers help make breathing aid for coronavirus patients

Formula One engine manufacturer Mercedes has teamed up with clinicians and university engineers in London to design a breathing aid for coronavirus patients that can be quickly mass produced, a development that could help reduce the need for ventilators. The Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) device, which was re-engineered from an existing machine in fewer than 100 hours, has been recommended for use by the UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, according to a statement from University College London (UCL), which worked on the project. CPAP devices have been used in hospitals in China and Italy to treat coronavirus infections, with reports indicating that roughly half of such patients have avoided the need for ventilators, according to the statement. There is a severe shortage of ventilators in many countries, including Britain, that are fighting severe outbreaks. “These devices will help to save lives by ensuring that ventilators, a limited resource, are used only for the most severely ill,” said professor Mervyn Singer, a critical care consultant at University College London Hospitals (UCLH). CPAP machines help to keep patients’ airways open and increase the amount…

Real estate added to federal list of essential sectors amid coronavirus outbreak

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency updated over the weekend its list of essential sectors during the COVID-19 outbreak, adding, among others, real estate services. The outbreak has not immediately led to a major decline in housing prices, but the industry has seen a spike in dropped deals, heightening concerns among real estate professionals. Ellina Abovian reports for the KTLA 5 Morning News on March 30, 2020.

CA pot dispensaries are open during coronavirus crisis — but some want them closed

In designating California’s marijuana industry as essential under the state’s COVID-19 stay-at-home order, the administration of Gov. Gavin Newsom has argued that the health benefits of keeping pot shops open outweigh the risks — even as opponents of the policy call it reckless. Critics say it doesn’t make sense to allow people to congregate at cannabis stores, increasing the chance of infection, so they can buy products that are smoked at a time when the virus is attacking respiratory systems. Other states have restricted sales to those for medical needs or to deliveries, seeking to limit cannabis store crowds at a time when residents are being told to stay in their homes and practice social distancing. But in his March 19 statewide order shuttering most businesses and directing residents to remain at home, Newsom exempted those deemed by the state public health officer to be “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers,” who “protect health and well-being of all Californians.” Read the full story on LATimes.com.

Red Bull official proposes camp to expose F1 drivers to COVID-19 for immunity building

An official at Formula One team Red Bull has proposed holding a training camp that would expose drivers to the coronavirus so they could build immunity to the disease while the season is suspended. The idea by motorsport adviser Helmut Marko was rejected by the team. Marko said it would be good for the team’s drivers to be infected now so they could recover in time for scheduled races later in the year. “We have four Formula One drivers, we have eight or 10 juniors and the idea was to hold a camp where we could bridge this rather dead time mentally and physically,” Marko told Austrian public broadcaster ORF on Sunday. “And then it would be ideal, because these are all young, strong men in really good health, if the infection comes then. Then they would be equipped, if it starts up again, for a really hard world championship.” Marko, who was responding to a question about whether he would recommend drivers should contract the virus, said the idea of holding a training camp “was not accepted positively” within Red Bull and was abandoned.…

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