STAR/Pal adjusting to online programs during COVID-19

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The non-profit organization STAR/PAL has been impacted by the state of emergency and COVID-19. The pandemic halted onsite programming concurrent with the school district closures and postponed our major fundraiser event. STAR/PAL said it is turning to virtual programming/mentoring  for a few hours a week officers will be back committed to programming. The organization said they have set up with schools to teach their regularly scheduled programs in their ‘online’ classrooms, and also hosting virtual programs in the evening.     This gives students a chance to see their mentors faces and build consistency which is especially important because they have the ability to make emergency help (police) feel accessible. For more information visit starpal.org Categories: Coronavirus, Good Morning San Diego, In Studio Guests Tags: Coronavirus, Non-Profits, STAR PAL

L.A. County to provide update on latest coronavirus figures, response

Los Angeles County officials on Friday are expected to provide an update on the latest coronavirus figures countywide and their efforts to curb the spread of the illness. On Thursday, Dr. Barbara Ferrer, the county’s director of public health, announced that COVID-19 cases had increased to 4,045 and the death toll climbed to 78. As cases continued to rise locally, Los Angeles County is now being considered the epicenter of the virus in California, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday. As of Friday morning, there are 11,317 cases of COVID-19 statewide, with 250 deaths. While the White House and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control are expected to issue national guidelines on the use of facial coverings amid the pandemic, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti already asked Angelenos to make their own masks at home and cover their noses and mouths while out in public. Ferrer has said that while covering your mouth can help prevent you from spreading the virus, residents should still adhere to social distancing guidelines and only go outside for essential services. In an effort to further increase testing capacity locally, the…

Sailors cheer aircraft carrier commander who was fired after seeking help for virus-stricken ship

Sailors aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier cheered for Capt. Brett Crozier as he disembarked the ship for the last time, an overwhelming show of support for their leader who was relieved of his command after issuing a stark warning about a coronavirus outbreak onboard. New video obtained by CNN shows a large crowd gathered to give Crozier a warm and loud send off, clapping and chanting his name as he left the ship. It was a clear expression of appreciation for their former commander who was removed for what the acting Navy Secretary called “poor judgment.” “Today at my direction the commanding officer of the USS Theodore Roosevelt, Captain Brett Crozier, was relieved of command by carrier strike group commander Rear Admiral Stewart Baker,” acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly announced on Thursday, The decision came days after Crozier wrote a memo warning Navy leadership that decisive action was needed to save the lives of the ship’s crew. “We are not at war. Sailors do not need to die. If we do not act now, we are failing to properly take care of our most trusted…

2nd Riverside County sheriff’s deputy dies of COVID-19 within 24 hours

Another Riverside County Sheriff’s Department deputy died of complications from COVID-19 as the number of infected deputies rose to 26, authorities said Friday. Deputy David Werksman, a 22-year veteran of the department, is the second deputy at the agency to succumb to the respiratory illness Thursday after 54-year-old Deputy Terrell Young, the Riverside Sheriffs’ Association announced. “It is hard to imagine that just 24 hours ago, our Department was in pain due to the COVID-19 death of Deputy Terrell Young. Our members are heartbroken and hurting,” the association’s president Bill Young said in a statement. It is believed Werksman contracted the virus several weeks ago while attending or making arrangements for his mother’s funeral, Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco said in a news conference Friday. The deputy was admitted to the hospital with respiratory failure about a week ago, two weeks after he started experiencing flu-like symptoms. He had previously seen a doctor who sent him home with antibiotics, the sheriff said. “It hit him pretty early… and he had a hard time with it. He was fighting severe respiratory problems for almost two weeks…

With high number of new cases and fatalities, L.A. County emerges as coronavirus epicenter in California

The death toll from the coronavirus jumped again Thursday to 78 in Los Angeles County as officials warned residents “many weeks of work” were ahead before the region might see signs that the spread was slowing. Although cases are rising across the state, Los Angeles County — the state’s most populous — has seen a large number of fatalities and new cases. Officials acknowledged the psychological toll of the losses but said it’s essential people keep following social distancing rules and health guidelines. “Please don’t lose hope, and please don’t stop following all of the directives that you are following right now to slow the spread of COVID-19,” said Barbara Ferrer, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. The county confirmed 13 new coronavirus-related deaths Thursday, bringing the toll to 78. Twelve of the victims were older than 65, and all but one of them had underlying health conditions, Ferrer said. The other person who died was between ages 41 and 65 and also had underlying health conditions, she said. Read the full story on LATimes.com.

West Covina Unified Donates 21K Masks To Local Hospital

WEST COVINA (CBSLA) – The West Covina Unified School District announced Friday it donated thousands of masks from its stockpile to a local hospital amid the coronavirus pandemic which has lead to a worldwide shortage of personal protective equipment for healthcare workers. The district reports that earlier this week it donated 21,600 masks to Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park Medical Center. The donation includes 1,600 N95 masks and 20,000 medical face masks. The masks were part of an emergency stockpile the district had been growing following the swine flu pandemic in 2009 in case its teachers and staff would need them. Last week, the Los Angeles Unified School District donated 100,000 N95 masks from its own stockpile to 10 local hospitals. On Thursday, L.A. County and city officials implored Angelenos to refrain from purchasing medical-grade masks. Instead, they recommend using face-coverings such as bandannas or scarves when going out in public. California Gov. Gavin Newsom earlier this week reported that the state has distributed more than 32 million N95 masks to local hospitals. Newsom said the goal is to distribute 101 million of them.

Disneyland Annual Passholders Can Get Partial Refund, Payment Waivers During Coronavirus Closure

ANAHEIM (CBSLA) — With the Magic Kingdom closed until further notice, Disneyland says they will make some refunds and and waive upcoming payments for annual passholders. Annual passes to Disneyland start at $399 and go as high as $1,399, so with the theme park closed to help slow the coronavirus outbreak, Disney is making some concessions for its most ardent fans after having to close Disneyland and California Adventure on March 12. For annual passholders who have paid in full, the term on those passports will be extended, but for those who do not want an extension, Disneyland will issue a partial refund. Disneyland will automatically stop and waive all payments for annual passholders on a monthly plan, effective Sunday. Payments made between March 14 through April 4 will also be retroactively refunded. The park says payments will resume on the regular schedule once the parks reopen, but these passports’ expiration dates will not be extended. However, passholders on the monthly payment program can also have their payments postponed starting with payments due April 5, then resumed once the park reopens. These passports expirations will…

Homeless Veterans Shelter to Open in Brentwood

Share this article:A Bridge Home shelter will open Saturday at the Veterans Administration campus in Brentwood in an effort to protect homeless veterans during the coronavirus pandemic. “This is a small payment on the debt we owe our veterans, and I am grateful this facility is finally opening its doors and letting unhoused veterans in,” Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin said. “We can’t rest until every veteran has a place to call home and until every unsheltered person in Los Angeles is allowed to come indoors.” The facility is a joint partnership with the city and county of Los Angeles and will offer 50 beds for homeless veterans who are not showing symptoms of the coronavirus. The shelter was originally designed as a 100-bed transitional shelter, but it was scaled down to help the veterans comply with social distancing guidelines, according to Bonin’s office. The Veterans Administration’s Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System also announced 138 beds on the campus in “building 214” are being prepared for veterans who need to isolate or quarantine, and the administration will allow “safe camping” on the campus for…

Authorities Seeking Missing Man Last Seen in Palmdale

Share this article:Authorities Friday sought public help to find a man they say is suicidal and possesses firearms, and was last seen in Palmdale. Larry McNutt, 43, is black, 6 feet 4 inches tall, weighs 270 pounds, and has brown hair and eyes, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. He was last seen about 11:30 p.m. Thursday. “McNutt is suicidal and possesses firearms,” a sheriff’s statement said. “If McNutt is located, do not approach — contact police.” He was last seen driving a dark gray 2016 Dodge Ram 3500 pickup with Florida license number Y06PYL. Anyone knowing his whereabouts was urged to call the Sheriff’s Missing Persons Unit at 323-890-5500, or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS. Authorities Seeking Missing Man Last Seen in Palmdale was last modified: April 3rd, 2020 by Contributing Editor

Sacramento Kings’ Harrison Barnes To Play Atlanta Hawks’ Trey Young In First-Ever NBA 2K Players’ Tournament

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes is going head-to-head Friday evening with Atlanta Hawks point guard Trey Young in the first-ever NBA 2K Players’ Tournament on ESPN and ESPN 2. The single-elimination tournament features 16 current NBA players including Barnes, Young, Kevin Durant, Hassan Whiteside, Donovan Mitchell, Devin Booker, Andre Drummond, Zach LaVine, Montrezl Harrell, Domantas Sabonis, DeMarcus Cousins, Deandre Ayton, Michael Porter Jr., Rui Hachimura, Derrick Jones Jr. and Patrick Beverly. The winner of the tournament will be crowned the NBA 2K20 champion and will have the opportunity to select a charity beneficiary to receive a $100,000 donation in support of ongoing coronavirus relief efforts. “I am excited for this opportunity to play basketball, a game that I love, in the virtual form and to provide entertainment to fans worldwide during this time of uncertainty,” Barnes said. “This unique opportunity allows us to use our platform to give back and donate to organizations providing vital services during this pandemic.” Barnes versus Young tips off at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN 2. Kevin Durant and Derrick Jones Jr. open up the tournament at 4:30…

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