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First Orange County Inmate Tests Positive For Coronavirus

SANTA ANA (CBSLA) — An inmate in the Men’s Central Jail in Santa Ana has tested positive for COVID-19. The inmate is the first in Orange County to test positive for the virus, Carrie Braun of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department said Tuesday. The inmate’s name was not released, but the O.C. Sheriff’s Department did say the man is in his 40s. He recently began showing flu-like symptoms and was placed in isolation, according to Braun. Braun said the man has “moderate symptoms” and does not require hospitalization. Sheriff’s officials said they have an electronic-card system that can trace the inmates the man has been in contact with, so they are working to notify these contacts about potential exposure to coronavirus. Those inmates will be closely monitored for symptoms and their movements in the jail will be restricted for up to two weeks. However, they will not be placed in isolation unless they show symptoms, Braun said. Ten Orange County Jail inmates fell ill with flu-like symptoms recently and were isolated, Braun said. On Sunday, coronavirus test results came back negative for eight of them…

Coronavirus: Trump Says He ‘Would Love’ To Have US Reopen By Easter As Nation’s Death Toll Tops 700

President Trump says he would “love to have the country open by Easter”, which is April 12 Paula Reid @PaulaReidCBS BREAKING: @realDonaldTrump says he would love to re-open the country by Easter (April 12th). Made comments on @FoxNews townhall in Rose Garden just now… @CBSNews #COVID2019 #COVID : “We’re going to be opening relatively soon. The end of the 15 days is Monday. We’ll probably go a little longer. I’d . It’s an important day for many reasons.

New U.S. Soccer leadership says settling lawsuit filed by women’s national team is a priority

The newly installed president and chief executive officer of the U.S. Soccer Federation used their first news conference to state that settling a lawsuit filed by women’s national team players is a top priority. “A lot of damage has been done, and I think we are going to have to rebuild that trust and rebuild the relationship. It is not going to happen overnight,” President Cindy Parlow Cone said Tuesday. “It’s going to take a lot of effort and time and energy from the U.S. Soccer side to rebuild that trust, not only with our U.S. women’s national team players, but with our fans and everyone engaged in the sport.” Players claim they have not been paid equally to the men’s national team and asked for more than $66 million in damages under the Equal Pay Act and the Civil Rights Act of 1964. A trial is scheduled for May 5 in federal court in Los Angeles. “The solution here is clear, simple, and unequivocal: equal pay,” responded Molly Levinson, spokeswomen for the players. In legal papers filed this month ahead of the trial, the USSF…

LA Metro Contractors Working On Construction Projects Test Positive For COVID-19

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Authority reported Tuesday that two of its contractors working on construction projects have tested positive for COVID-19. Metro noted that neither of the workers are involved with day-to-day operations of the Metro bus and rail systems. RELATED: Coronavirus-Related Deaths In LA County Rise To 11, Including A Person Under 18 One of the workers was reported as a field electrical subcontractor who works on the Portal Widening and Turnback Facility project at the Red/Purple Line subway yards in downtown L.A. According to Metro, the worker had been experiencing flu-like symptoms and last visited the worksite on March 16, when the worker remained in a truck due to feeling ill. The worker was tested on Friday and results came back positive, Metro stated. RELATED: Hollywood Burbank Airport To Shut Down Parking Lots As Traffic Plunges Three people who were reported as having close contact to this worker were identified and sent home until March 30 at the earliest. The second case involved a document worker for Walsh Shea Corridor Constructors, the firm building the Crenshaw/LAX Line light…

L.A. County alerts residents of increasing COVID-19 scams and fraudulent websites

As L.A. County continues to follow the “safer at home” public order in an effort to curb spread of the novel coronavirus, officials warned residents Tuesday of several fraud schemes designed to prey on the vulnerable in the midst of the public health crisis. “Malicious actors can prey upon those that are distracted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and use it to their advantage,” Los Angeles County Chief Information Officer William Kehoe said in a news release. “The public needs to be mindful and careful, and avoid websites, phishing emails, and scams that engage people through false information about the health crisis, and steal personal user information and data.” By clicking on fraudulent links, hackers can deliver malware and gain access to passwords, browsing information, credit card numbers and other personal information, Kehoe warned. Before clicking on coronavirus tracking and mapping links, cybersecurity experts recommend hovering over the link to verify the URL. Online hackers may also send users emails from fraudulent accounts impersonating official websites and doctors, or offering medical supplies and services, county officials said. Scammers are even targeting people by going door-to-door asking…

O.C. reports first COVID-19 related death as cases climb to 152

Orange County confirmed its first death related to COVID-19 on Tuesday, a man in his 70s with underlying health conditions, the Orange County Health Care Agency said Tuesday. Health officials did not provide any additional identifying information about the man, did not give his city of residence or identify the local hospital where he was treated. Countywide the number of coronavirus cases reached 152 on Tuesday, health officials said, up from 125 cases on Monday. The cases are made up of 89 men and 63 women. Fifty-three of the cases were travel-related exposure, 16 were person to person spread, 45 were community acquired and 39 cases remain under investigation, the health agency reported. “We extend our heartfelt sympathies to the patient’s family and friends,” said Dr. Nichole Quick, County Health Officer. “This serves as a very unfortunate reminder to the community about the importance of staying at home and social distancing when leaving the household for essential activities, or to work at an essential business, in order to slow the spread of COVID-19 and help protect our most vulnerable neighbors.” Health officials said 2,159 people…

L.A. County sheriff clashes with county lawyer on whether gun stores must close amid coronavirus restrictions

The Los Angeles County sheriff said Tuesday gun shops are not essential businesses and ordered deputies to make sure they were closed during the coronavirus crisis — a move that was contradicted hours later when the county’s top lawyer said the shops could be open. Los Angeles, the nation’s largest county with 10 million residents, enacted a stay-at-home order last week that required all nonessential businesses to close to slow the spread of the virus. The county order — and an executive order from Gov. Gavin Newsom — did not specifically mention gun shops, prompting the Los Angeles County counsel’s office to issue a statement late Tuesday saying it has “opined that gun stores qualify as essential businesses.” It was not immediately clear what the conflicting guidance meant for gun stores. Sheriff Alex Villanueva said earlier that a “loophole” had allowed gun shops to stay open, and many attracted long lines of customers. Villanueva said the order was meant to keep open gun and ammunition businesses that support police departments and other security organizations. The stay-at-home order is not a license “for everyone to be…

Riverside Police Warn Against Scam Artists Exploiting Coronavirus Pandemic

RIVERSIDE (CBSLA) — Riverside police are warning residents against scam artists trying to exploit the coronavirus pandemic. “Some folks have received calls or texts from scammers soliciting donations while claiming to be from the Red Cross, the Centers for Disease Control, even the World Health Organization,” Officer Danielle Levett said Tuesday. “People have also gone door to door saying they’re authorized to do home-testing for the coronavirus.” MORE: Riverside County DA Establishes Price Gouging Hotline For Residents During Coronavirus Emergency According to Levett, the police department has taken several reports related to the scams, but no suspects have been identified or arrested. Levett said scammers in the area have “pitched investment opportunities connected to COVID-19.” “Unfortunately, during times of crisis, people try to take advantage of others through false pretenses,” she said. “Be cautious of calls, texts or emails asking for money donations. Don’t let anyone in your home who says they’re doing testing if you did not personally schedule or arrange for it.” RELATED: Angelenos, Beware Of Coronavirus Inspection Scammers Levett directed people should visit the county website for reliable information about the coronavirus,…

Garcetti Says City Will Close Businesses In Violation Of Coronavirus Orders

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Tuesday that the city would investigate complaints of non-essential businesses that remained open despite orders to close due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Safer at Home Business Ambassadors Program would deploy neighborhood prosecutors assigned to police stations around the city to help enforce the closure orders. “Believe me when I say nobody wants to be punitive at a time like this,” Garcetti said. “My ideal is 100% self-compliance, and we all hope for the same thing: We want fewer people to get sick and die. … We can achieve those goals but only if we all do our part.” Garcetti said the move was intended to remind businesses that they needed to close, but he said continued noncompliance could result in citations or, in extreme measures, the city could cut off their utilities. He further asked people to remind nonessential businesses to close as a preemptive measure. RELATED: LAUSD Employee Diagnosed With Coronavirus, Second Case Possible Grocery stores, health care facilities and pharmacies are some examples of essential businesses allowed to remain open. Restaurants and…

Universal Studios Hollywood, CityWalk Extend Closures Through April 19

UNIVERSAL CITY (CBSLA) — Universal Studios Hollywood will remain closed through April 19 due to the coronavirus crisis, the theme park announced Tuesday. “We are extending the closure of Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood through April 19 as we continue to respond to current conditions and make the health and safety of team members and guests our top priority,” a Universal Studios spokesperson said. Universal CityWalk was also to remain closed at both destinations. “We will continue to monitor the situation and make adjustments as needed, based on guidance from health agencies and government officials.” Universal Studios Hollywood has been closed since Saturday, March 14, over coronavirus concerns. Updates on the park can be found at universalstudioshollywood.com.

Coronavirus: Temporary Hospitals Coming To Coachella Valley, Western Riverside County

INDIO (CBSLA) — A temporary hospital will soon be set up at the Riverside County Fairgrounds in Indio in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the county said Tuesday. The federal medical station is one of two that Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday had arrived in California. Ultimately, Newsom said, another half dozen are expected — adding an estimated 2,000 hospital beds. RELATED: Newsom: California In Need Of Thousands More Hospital Beds The county said the California National Guard will begin setting up a portion of the federal medical station in an existing building on Wednesday. The county said the California National Guard would not perform any law enforcement activities. The federal medical station includes all equipment needed for a hospital — beds, bed sheets, portable sinks, medication and 740 complete units of personal protective equipment, including N95 masks, surgical masks, gloves, gowns and face shields. “The county continues to plan for the operation of the FMS, including meeting site requirements for the equipment and locating approximately 80 personnel to work in the two locations,” a county release said. Half of the materials will be used to…

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