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Riverside County Begins Drive-Up Coronavirus Testing Saturday

RIVERSIDE (CBSLA) – Riverside County residents will be able to get drive-up testing for the coronavirus beginning on Saturday. The Riverside University Health System announced Thursday that drive-up testing will begin Saturday at Diamond Stadium in Lake Elsinore, located at 500 Diamond Drive. It will run through at least Sunday. A medical worker takes personal information from a motorist at a drive-up coronavirus testing facility on March 20, 2020 in Oberhausen, Germany. (Getty Images) It’s unclear how many test kits the health department has available. Testing is by appointment only for those who have symptoms. Anyone who would like to be tested should call 800-945-6171 to schedule an appointment. Testing hours will run from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. RELATED: Rancho Mirage Nursing Facility Vendor Tests Positive For COVID-19 After Resident Dies From Virus Ventura and Orange counties also began drive-up testing earlier this week, but were hampered by a shortage of test kits. Ventura County public health officials are asking the public to help them save testing supplies for those who are high risk, vulnerable and have symptoms. Riverside County has reported 22 coronavirus…

Coronavirus: Class Of 2020 Missing Out On Senior Year Milestones, Could See Prom Canceled

AGOURA HILLS (CBSLA) — The Class of 2020 will certainly remember the last year of high school, but it won’t be for the spring formal, grad night or senior prom. With the coronavirus outbreak shutting down schools and creating a need for social distancing — seniors are lamenting the loss of once in a lifetime experiences associated with their last year in school. “It’s just sad. That’s just the best way I can put it,” Agoura Hills High School senior Caleigh Hollander said. “Knowing that last Friday could’ve been the last day of my senior year is crazy.” In California, Gov. Gavin Newsom has warned that schools could remain closed into the summer. “If school continues to be canceled, we’ll miss prom, we’ll miss our grad night at California Adventure, we’ll miss our senior picnics,” she said. “Prom especially is upsetting because you know you’re going to go to prom your senior year, you have all these fantasies about it, so its really upsetting that we won’t get to experience that.” Ryan Koepnick, a track and field athlete, says he wants to able to compete.…

Coronavirus: Dockweiler State Beach Isolation Zone Begins Receiving Patients

PLAYA DEL REY (CBSLA) – A coronavirus isolation zone at Dockweiler RV Park in Playa del Rey is beginning to receive patients, sources told CBS2 Friday. The Dockweiler RV Park in Playa del Rey. March 20, 2020. (CBS2) The zone, which was established for the homeless by Los Angeles County at 12001 Vista Del Mar, now has at least 10 patients in self-isolation, sources said. It’s unclear if any of those people have tested positive for the virus. As of Friday morning, L.A. County had 231 confirmed coronavirus cases and two deaths. Orange County has reported 53 cases. Riverside County has reported 22 cases and three deaths. Ventura County has 13 cases, while San Bernardino County has five. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Wednesday a plan to convert 42 recreation centers across L.A. into temporary homeless shelters which will house 6,000 beds. As part of the plan, 13 rec centers would open with 1,600 beds by the end of the week. Garcetti said the city has already deployed nearly 300 hand-washing stations and 120 mobile bathrooms at homeless encampments. California Gov. Gavin Newsom Wednesday…

Costco limiting shoppers inside stores amid coronavirus panic-buying rush

Costco announced it will be limiting the number of people inside stores and reducing some services to curb the spread of the coronavirus as panicked shoppers flood grocery stores to stock up on supplies. Long lines outside Costco locations and empty shelves have become the norm across California in recent weeks, even as officials urged residents to stay home and stand at least six feet apart when outside. Costco is taking steps to control the number of customers in warehouses, asking members and employees to practice social distancing and also reducing some services, Costco Wholesale’s president Craig Jelinek said in a message to members Tuesday. Jelinek didn’t elaborate on the services being reduced but photos on social media show signs indicating that some Costco locations are not accepting returns on toilet paper, paper towels, sanitizing wipes and water. View this post on Instagram So happy Costco is making this move! What are your thoughts on it? ? . . . . #costco #costcoinsider #costcolife #costcobuys #toiletpaper #toiletpapercrisis A post shared by Costco Insider (@costcoinsider) on Mar 18, 2020 at 9:23pm PDT The wholesaler also placed…

U.S. tax filing deadline will be moved to July 15, Treasury Secretary says

Americans will have an additional three months to file their taxes amid the coronavirus pandemic, the US treasury secretary said on Friday. “We are moving Tax Day from April 15 to July 15,” Secretary Steven Mnuchin tweeted. “All taxpayers and businesses will have this additional time to file and make payments without interest or penalties.” He said he was acting at President Donald Trump’s direction. The White House had announced previously they were deferring tax payments for 90 days, but that Americans would still need to file by April 15. Now, the deadline will be extended into the summer. Mnuchin said Americans with refunds should still file now. “I encourage all taxpayers who may have tax refunds to file now to get your money,” he wrote. The administration has been seeking ways to blunt the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak, which is expected to cause harm to both major industries and small businesses. Economists have predicted a potentially historic spike in unemployment claims. Lawmakers have been haggling over a massive stimulus package with members of the administration, but Trump has also sought out ways to mitigate economic concerns on…

Coronavirus: Brea Mall, Del Amo Fashion Center Among Malls To Shut Down

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Four more large malls in Los Angeles and Orange counties will close through the end of March to help slow the spread of coronavirus. Brea Mall, Del Amo Fashion Center in Torrance, the Outlets at Orange and The Shops at Mission Viejo, all owned by Simon, closed at 7 p.m. Wednesday. They followed in the footsteps of South Coast Plaza and all Westfield malls. West Covina Plaza and Ontario Mills mall were also closed. Ontario Mills is temporarily closed until March 29th. Food delivery and pharmacies may be available. @CBSLA @KNX1070 pic.twitter.com/lb1vyRJgXb — Kuwi Fernandez (@Kuwi2and9) March 19, 2020 Most stores at the Westfield Century City, Westfield Culver City, Westfield Fashion Square, Westfield Santa Anita, Westfield Topanga & Village, and Westfield Valencia Town Center have closed, but some remain open so essential retail remains in operation for customers. At Caruso-owned The Grove in the Fairfax District and the Americana at Brand in Glendale, most stores are closed, but grocery stores and pharmacy tenants remain open. Parking has also been made free and the properties remain accessible to the public, founder Rick…

California officials for years warned federal funding cuts would hamper outbreak response

California public health officials have repeatedly warned over the last decade that federal budget cuts were weakening their ability to respond to a widespread health crisis like the current coronavirus pandemic. Despite the warnings, elected leaders cut millions of dollars in federal grants and other funding to California state and county health agencies, reducing the number of medical workers, including epidemiologists, and jeopardizing the ability to do lab tests and quickly set up mobile hospitals, according to interviews and records reviewed by The Times. The budget woes have left California desperate for more resources, including test kits and hospital beds. A year ago, Riverside County Public Health Director Kim Saruwatari warned state lawmakers at a public hearing that the staff and budget cuts would be a serious problem in the face of an emergency such as a pandemic. Read the full story on LATimes.com.

Ep.5 Financial Fallout | Coronavirus Daily podcast

Market turmoil, lost jobs, and shuttered businesses are just some of the economic casualties of the COVID-19 pandemic. In this episode, we’re breaking down the federal governments plans for financial relief. We also here from a local small business owner who is worried about the livelihood of his workers, and a young woman battling COVID-19 under quarantine shares an important message. Subscribe to “Coronavirus Daily”: via Apple Podcasts | Spotify | RSS Bobby Gonzalez on social media: InstagramChristina Pascucci on social media: Instagram | TwitterKTLA Podcasts on social media: Instagram |Twitter More podcasts from KTLA: Frank Buckley Interviews | Spoken Dreams | The News Director’s Office | California Cooking | Rich On Tech | Diva Defined with Sheryl Lee Ralph | Home Made with Kirk Hawkins | Mama Mentality with Megan Telles | Keepin’ It Friel: Conversations on Recovery

Senate Republicans roll out $1 trillion economic stimulus package to address coronavirus fallout

Senate Republicans on Thursday formally rolled out a $1 trillion economic stimulus plan intended to deliver critical aid to US businesses and the American public. It’s a move that sets the stage for negotiations to begin in earnest between Republicans and Democrats in an effort to reach a bipartisan deal to help an economy hit hard by the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called the plan “a bold legislative proposal” in remarks on the Senate floor, saying that he was “officially introducing the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act.” The Kentucky Republican described the major contours of the proposal by saying that it will deliver “direct financial help for the American people,” as well as “rapid relief for small businesses and their employees.” He said that the plan includes “significant steps to stabilize our economy and protect jobs” and “more support for the brave health care professionals and their patients who are fighting the coronavirus on the front lines.” But in a sign that hard-fought negotiations are still to come, the Democratic leaders of the House and Senate released a brief statement…

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