Disneyland outlines coronavirus preventative measures, says it is ‘carefully monitoring the situation’

The novel coronavirus has already prompted the temporary closure of all Disney theme parks in Asia, including ones in Shanghai and Hong Kong for more than a month. And with COVID-19 cases on the rise throughout the U.S., there are some concerns about the safety of visiting popular tourist destinations — especially as spring break nears. Disneyland, which remains open for business Monday, recently addressed the matter, noting that it has a number of preventative measures in place. “As part of our commitment to the health and well-being of our cast, guests and the larger community, we are carefully monitoring the evolving coronavirus situation and are in regular contact with health agencies for information and guidance,” Dr. Pamela Hymel, the chief medical officer for Disney Parks, said in a statement. She noted that all of the company’s theme parks across maintain high standards of cleanliness, which helps prevent illness. The health and safety measures include training for its employees — known as cast members — and providing access to hand washing facilities and hand sanitizers, according to Disneyland’s website. There are also myriad cleaning procedures…

Man arrested after allegedly groping woman shopping in Seal Beach

A man was arrested over the weekend after allegedly groping a woman who was shopping with her baby at a Seal Beach HomeGoods store, officials said. Ruben Diaz is shown in a photo released by the Seal Beach Police Department on March 8, 2020. The incident occurred Sunday about 11:25 a.m. at the store located at 12343 Seal Beach Boulevard, according to the Seal Beach Police Department. The victim was shopping when she was approached by the suspect, identified as Ruben Erick Diaz, 39. Diaz allegedly grabbed the victim’s buttock while she was with her infant child, and the victim said she feared for the baby’s safety. Another shopper witnessed the incident and confronted the suspect, officials said. Diaz ran out of the store as the victim and witness alerted authorities. Responding officers were able to find Diaz a short distance away based on a description the victim and witness provided. He was arrested and booked on suspicion of sexual battery and child endangerment. Police are seeking other possible victims and anyone with information about Diaz can call Detective Jon Ainley at 562-799-4100 ext. 1113.

Man arrested in suspected fatal road-rage shooting had weapons cache, untraceable gun, police say

SUNNYVALE — After a minor fender bender off Homestead Road on Saturday afternoon, one of the drivers pulled over and prepared to exchange information with the other motorist. Jason Kazumi Tahara, 23, of San Jose, was arrested March 7, 2020 on suspicion of fatally shooting a man and wounding a woman in an apparent road-rage attack off Homestead Road in Sunnyvale. (Sunnyvale Dept. of Public Safety)  The driver didn’t even have a chance to open his door before a hail of bullets battered his car, killing him in his seat and wounding a woman riding with him, according to law enforcement officials. The other motorist, 23-year-old San Jose resident Jason Kazumi Tahara, is now being held without bail in the Santa Clara County Main jail on suspicion of murder and attempted murder, after what police described as an unprovoked attack following a car collision in which no one was injured. “This was a completely unprovoked tragedy, an act of senseless violence,” said Capt. Dan Pistor of the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety. Pistor added that there is no evidence indicating that Tahara and the victims…

Coronavirus: UC Berkeley suspends in-person classes until after spring break

BERKELEY — The specter of the coronavirus has brought another significant change: In-person classes at UC Berkeley won’t be held on campus until after spring break is over. In an email to staff obtained by this newspaper, Executive Vice Chancellor A. Paul Alivisatos and Berkeley Academic Senate Chair Oliver O’Reilly announced that most in-person classes will be suspended starting Tuesday and that the suspension will remain in place through March 29, the last day of the break. The two said in the email that there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus at UC Berkeley, but that the campus was taking the acting as a proactive way of protecting the campus. Officials will determine what do do after spring break based on the information that becomes available in the next couple of weeks. All lecture courses and seminar instruction and assessment will continue through alternative methods, the email said. Classrooms will remain available for instructors, and those instructors may plan in-person meetings with their graduate student instructors, as well as other instructors. The email also stated that classes ready for remote learning will go online beginning…

The Latest: Greece’s Orthodox Church won’t stop communion

ROME (AP) — The Latest on the coronavirus epidemic sweeping the globe (all times local): 10:25 p.m. Greece’s powerful Orthodox Church has rejected calls to stop communion that has been identified a risk for spreading the coronavirus, Instead, priests have been instructed nationwide to pray against the spread of the disease. The Church of Greece’s governing body said Monday that the spoonful of wine inserted into believers’ mouths during communion “clearly cannot cause the spread of disease.” It called communion is an “act of love” that conquers fear in a statement. The statement says that the Church of Greece will print and distribute to its followers leaflets with precautions against the spread of the virus. It urged priests to conduct prayers during services on Sunday for the spread of the disease to stop. The statement added that the Church of Greece would continue celebrating communion, “in the certainty that we (thus) commune with life and immortality.” ___ 10:10 p.m. Officials say the commander of the U.S. Army in Europe and several staff members may have been exposed to the new coronavirus. The Army says in…

Dow drops 7.8% as free-fall in oil, virus fears slam markets

By STAN CHOE and ALEX VEIGA The Dow Jones Industrial Average tumbled 7.8% Monday, its steepest drop since the financial crisis of 2008, as mounting alarm over the coronavirus combined with a crash in oil prices to send a shudder through world markets. The staggering losses immediately raised fears that a recession might be on the way in the U.S. and that the record-breaking 11-year bull market on Wall Street may be coming to an abrupt end in a way no one even imagined just a few months ago. The drop was so sharp that it triggered the first automatic halt in trading in more than two decades. European stock indexes likewise registered their heaviest losses since the darkest days of the 2008 meltdown and are now in a bear market. Together, the sell-offs reflected growing fear over the potential global economic damage from the coronavirus, which has infected more than 110,000 people worldwide and killed about 4,000 while triggering factory shutdowns, travel bans, closings of schools and stores, and cancellations of conventions and celebrations big and small. “The market has had a crisis of…

Raiders release LB Tahir Whitehead, save cap room for free agency

ALAMEDA — Starting linebacker Tahir Whitehead was released by the Raiders Monday, a move that was expected after his role was reduced late in the season. Cutting Whitehead clears another $6,250,000 in salary cap space for the Raiders as free agency begins on March 18. Barring any other moves, the Raiders will enter free agency with more than $56 million to operate with under the salary cap. After signing a three-year contract worth a maximum of $19 million before the 2018 season, Whitehead started all 32 games but saw his snap counts dwindle last season. Whitehead was the defensive play-caller after Vontaze Burfict was suspended but relinquished that role to Will Compton, an in-season pickup who is also a free agent. Whitehead struggled in the area of pass defense, where according to Profootballfocus.com he allowed a passer rating of 148.6 on throws in his direction over the past two seasons — the highest in the NFL. It could be an almost entirely new group of linebackers for the Raiders in 2020, as Burfict, Compton and Kyle Wilber are all scheduled for free agency and Nicholas…

Bob Dylan Returns To Hollywood Bowl On 2020 Tour

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Bob Dylan is heading back out on tour and returning to the Hollywood Bowl as he makes his way through California. Dylan is set to tour across the country on his “Never Ending Tour” stopping by the iconic Hollywood venue on June 18, the day after playing Sand Diego’s Pechanga Arena. The 78-year-old singer-songwriter, accompanied by Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats and the Hot Club of Cowtown, will kick off the tour on June 4 in Bend, Oregon, and conclude at New York’s Bethel Woods Center for the Arts on July 12. According to media reports, Dylan recently canceled shows in Japan scheduled for April due to concerns over the coronavirus. Tickets for the tour go on sale Friday, March 13 at 10 a.m on Ticketmaster.

Riverside County Health Officials Announce 3 New Cases Of Coronavirus In Coachella Valley

COACHELLA VALLEY (CBSLA) – Riverside County health officials announced three new cases of COVID-19 in the Coachella Valley Monday. Dr. Cameron Kaiser, Riverside County public health officer, said health investigators believe the three infections were either the result of travel into areas where COVID-19 has been confirmed, or contact with a known case. Two of the individuals have been isolated at home, Kaiser said, while the third is being cared for at a Coachella Valley hospital. The announcement comes shortly after Riverside County’s first locally-acquired case of coronavirus. The patient is being cared for at Eisenhower Health. Public health investigators have not been able to determine how the individual was infected, Kaiser said. So, it is now considered a case of “community spread.” Community spread involves transmission of an illness for which the source of infection is unknown. It indicates that the virus was not contracted through relevant travel history or contact to a known case of COVID-19, and suggests that the virus is present in the community. Those in the Coachella Valley who are elderly and have underlying health conditions, including individuals who are…

Spring Training Report: MLB Takes Coronavirus Precautions

(CBSNewYork/CBS Local) — Spring Training rolls on in Florida and Arizona, with the Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues distracting the country from the growing effects of the coronavirus. Opening Day is now just over two weeks away, and all 30 teams are scheduled to play. MLB has no current plans to cancel or delay any of the action. As news unfolds and coronavirus concerns grow, that may change. In the meantime, teams are taking precautions. MLB passed down a list of suggestions for dealing with the emerging outbreak. And teams like the Philadelphia Phillies are getting creative. Texas Rangers outfielder Willie Calhoun endured a scary moment early in Sunday’s matchup with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The left-handed batter took a fastball to the face that left him with a broken jaw and probably an extensive recovery. Superstar outfielder Christian Yelich likely enjoyed his weekend more than Calhoun after signing a long-term extension with the Milwaukee Brewers. His $215 million deal, which runs through his age-37 season, virtually ensures he’ll remain a Brewer for life. This week’s Spring Training Report looks at MLB’s coronavirus precautions, Calhoun’s broken…

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