Coronavirus Social Distancing: Target To Start Limiting The Number Of Shoppers Inside Stores

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Starting this weekend, Target will be limiting the number of shoppers allowed in stores due to coronavirus concerns. Beginning on Saturday, Target says they will be actively monitoring the number of shoppers coming into their stores. If needed, workers will then start limiting how many customers come inside. Target is introducing additional social distancing and safety measures to help our guests and team members stay healthy, including masks & gloves for our teams, monitoring store traffic and more. Get the details here: https://t.co/wXwlqgfahN pic.twitter.com/9m5B4xVo6k — Target News (@TargetNews) April 2, 2020 Target, like other stores during the coronavirus pandemic, has already been limiting purchases of in-demand items like toilet paper and household cleaners. Still, many shoppers report it has been hard to find those items in stock. Other retailers have also begun to limit the number of people allowed in at any given time. Starting on Friday, Costco implemented a policy of allowing only two people per membership inside their warehouses at a time. Trader Joe’s is also only allowing only a certain number of total customers at a time inside their…

CNN’s Brooke Baldwin Tests Positive For Coronavirus

(CNN) — CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin announced on Friday that she tested positive for coronavirus after experiencing symptoms a day earlier. “I am OKAY,” Baldwin said in an Instagram post announcing her diagnosis. “It came on suddenly yesterday afternoon. Chills, aches, fever.” Baldwin became the second CNN anchor to test positive for the virus. Chris Cuomo tested positive earlier in the week. Baldwin, who has been broadcasting from CNN’s offices in New York City, said she had been following all the proper precautions. She explained that she has been social distancing and “doing ALL the things we’re being told to do.” “Still — it got me,” she said, noting she is healthy with no underlying conditions. Despite the diagnosis, Baldwin said she counted herself as “one of the lucky ones” and that she looked forward to being back on television “real soon.” “And shout out to the doctors and nurses who are doing the real work right now,” Baldwin concluded in her Instagram note, adding that she was sending love to them. The-CNN-Wire & © 2020 Cable News Network, Inc., a WarnerMedia Company. All rights reserved.

State Senate Leader: California Legislature Won’t Return April 13 Due To Coronavirus Pandemic

SACRAMENTO (AP) – A leader of the California Senate says the Legislature will not reconvene on April 13 because of the coronavirus outbreak. “Given what the governor and our public health officials have stated, it has become increasingly clear that the April 13th return date the Legislature envisioned isn’t feasible,” Sen. Toni Atkins, president pro tempore of the Senate, said Friday in a statement first reported by Voice of San Diego. “Our top priority has to remain helping flatten the COVID-19 transmission curve to prevent our health care systems from being overwhelmed.” The California Legislature recessed on March 16 shortly after approving a $1 billion spending package to address the COVID-19 outbreak. It was believed to be the first unexpected work stoppage for the California Legislature in 158 years, according to Alex Vassar, an unofficial legislative historian at the California State Library. California is still under a mandatory “stay at home” order that has closed schools and most businesses. The state has more than 11,100 cases and more than 245 deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. Local governments and state boards and…

‘In my blood, there may be answers,’ says COVID-19 survivor in NYC who donated to research

Tiffany Pinckney remembers the fear when COVID-19 stole her breath. So when she recovered, the New York City mother became one of the country’s first survivors to donate her blood to help treat other seriously ill patients. “It is definitely overwhelming to know that in my blood, there may be answers,” Pinckney told The Associated Press. Doctors around the world are dusting off a century-old treatment for infections: Infusions of blood plasma teeming with immune molecules that helped survivors beat the new coronavirus. There’s no proof it will work. But former patients in Houston and New York were early donors, and now hospitals and blood centers are getting ready for potentially hundreds of survivors to follow. The Food and Drug Administration Friday announced a national study, led by the Mayo Clinic, that will help hospitals offer the experimental plasma therapy and track how they fare. The American Red Cross will help collect and distribute the plasma. “There’s a tremendous call to action,” said Dr. David Reich, president of New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital, which declared Pinckney recovered and raced to collect her blood. “People feel very helpless in the face…

Brooklyn man arrested after allegedly hoarding N95 masks, selling them at inflated prices

 The Health and Human Services Department said Thursday it had distributed some 192,000 N95 respirator masks and a large haul of other scarce medical supplies that the FBI had seized during the arrest of a Brooklyn man. Baruch Feldheim, 43, was arrested Monday after he allegedly coughed on FBI agents and told them he had the coronavirus. Prosecutors alleged in court documents that Feldheim sold the N95 masks to doctors and nurses at inflated prices; in one instance at as much as a 700% markup. They’re now being distributed to health care workers in New York and New Jersey. The department used its authority under the Defense Production Act to make the move. Justice Department prosecutors in Newark charged Feldheim with assaulting federal officers and making false statements to law enforcement. CNN has reached out to Feldheim’s attorney for comment. Feldheim kept the items in a repair shop in Irvington, New Jersey, which contained enough materials to outfit an entire hospital, a doctor who purchased masks from Feldheim told authorities, according to court documents. FBI agents, as part of the Justice Department’s Covid-19 Hoarding and…

‘If they lose me to COVID, I want them to know Mommy tried really hard,’ NYC doctor says in viral tweet

After a weekend spent on call in a New York City hospital, one doctor posted a message for her kids with a raw and honest view of what it’s like to be a healthcare worker on the frontlines of the coronavirus outbreak. “My babies are too young to read this now,” Dr. Cornelia Griggs tweeted. “And they’d barely recognize me in my gear. But if they lose me to COVID I want them to know Mommy tried really hard to do her job. #GetMePPE #NYC.” My babies are too young to read this now. And they’d barely recognize me in my gear. But if they lose me to COVID I want them to know Mommy tried really hard to do her job. #GetMePPE #NYC pic.twitter.com/OMew5G7mjK— Cornelia Griggs, MD (@CorneliaLG) March 29, 2020 Dr. Griggs, a pediatric surgery fellow at Columbia University Medical Center, told CNN’s John Berman that it was a long, exhausting weekend for her and her colleagues. ‘Walking into the fire’ The tweet caught the attention of many, including hip-hop artist, Missy Elliot. “We are going to speak it out of mouths that…

Google says it’s releasing your location data to help fight coronavirus pandemic

Google is publicly releasing the data it’s already collecting about people’s movements during the coronavirus pandemic. The company said it plans to publish a series of “Community Mobility Reports” to show the types of places people are visiting across 131 countries and regions. The first report was published on Friday. Google said in a blog post it hopes tracking movement trends over time and by geography could help shape and inform governments’ and public health officials’ response to the coronavirus pandemic. The reports, which contain data from two to three days earlier, intend to spot trends in how people are behaving and responding to social distancing. Broken down by country and then by region, the reports will show if people are headed to retail and grocery stores, pharmacies, parks, workplaces and more. It’ll also show how busy these places were before the pandemic. The company said the findings are “created with aggregated, anonymized sets of data from users who have turned on the location history setting, which is off by default” in Google’s services. It added that it would not release information that could be used to…

Suspected Thief Electrocuted To Death Trying To Steal Copper In Duarte

DUARTE (CBSLA) – A man died after being electrocuted early Friday morning on a construction site in Duarte while possibly trying to steal copper. April 3, 2020. (LACFD) The incident occurred sometime before 7 a.m. in the 1700 block of Business Center Drive, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. The victim was discovered “entangled and deceased in electrical equipment,” the fire department tweeted. It appears he was trying to steal copper from the construction site overnight, officials said. He was not immediately identified. Southern California Edison was working to shut off power from a substation in order for firefighters to recover the victim’s body.

‘Mental Health Is Huge… I Had To Experience It To Understand It’: CoCo Vandeweghe On World Team Tennis All Star Event, Tennis Career

(CBS Local Sports)– CoCo Vandeweghe is one of the best American tennis players in the world and she is excited to remind people who have forgotten. Vandeweghe had a monster 2017 season when she reached the semifinals at the Australian Open and US Open and made it to the quarterfinals at Wimbledon. Tennis fans will get the chance to watch Vandeweghe play this weekend on Saturday, April 4 at 1:30pm EST when CBS airs the World Team Tennis All Star Event. The event was taped prior to the outbreak of coronavirus around the country and Vandeweghe will share the court with names like Maria Sharapova, Monica Puig, Taylor Townsend, James Blake and Marty Fish. “I love the event and I love World Team Tennis. Little did I know this would be one of the last live matches I played to this point in the year,” said Vandeweghe in an interview with CBS Local’s DJ Sixsmith. “It’s so much fun with the atmosphere, the fans, the music, and the different people you get to play against and play with.” FULL INTERVIEW: While Vandeweghe has had some major…

Google ‘Mobility Reports’ Show Traffic Plunging At LA County Restaurants, Transit Hubs

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – You may never look at the location settings on your phone quite the same way again. Google says the number of people gathering in Los Angeles County restaurants, cafes, shopping centers, and theme parks has plummeted by half thanks to the COVID-19 shutdown, according to data released Friday. Earlier this week, Google launched its new COVID-19 Community Mobility Reports using what it says is “aggregated, anonymized data” to chart movement trends over time by geography over 130 countries and states, including California. The reports are aimed at analyzing how statewide stay-at-home policies have impacted the way communities gather, according to the search engine’s blog. Moblity trends for places like museums, libraries, and movie theaters plunged by 51%, while mobility trends for parks and beaches dropped by 48%, the tool showed. Subway, bus and other transit stations saw a 54% drop, while mobility trends at places of residence across the state was up 17%. While much of the data is unsurprising amid the statewide coronavirus lockdown, it’s unclear exactly what application the tool has, considering Google’s own blog states the report ”…

Homeless Man Stabbed To Death On Sherman Oaks Street

SHERMAN OAKS (CBSLA) – Police are investigating the stabbing death of a 35-year-old man late Thursday night in Sherman Oaks. Los Angeles police responded to the 15200 block of Burbank Boulevard where they found the man dead on the sidewalk from multiple stab wounds. The victim’s name was not immediately released. Witness heard screams coming from the area prior to the victim being found, police said. The crime scene is located a few blocks from the Sepulveda Basin Recreation Area, which is known for having multiple homeless encampments which the L.A. city crews have been working to clean-up since January. With the coronavirus pandemic spreading in the region, there has been an increased urgency to ensure the health and safety of L.A.’s large homeless population. Police do not yet have a motive in the killing or any suspect information. RELATED: Coronavirus Could Kill Hundreds Of Homeless People In LA County, Report Says Anyone with information on the case should call detectives at 818-374-9550.

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