U.S Navy hospital ship Mercy begins boarding patients in Port of Los Angeles

The USNS Mercy hospital ship docked in the Port of Los Angeles began taking on patients Sunday to release pressure on the county’s strained medical system amid the COVID-19 pandemic, officials said. The ship, with its 1,000 hospital beds, is not treating novel coronavirus patients, but rather treating others to free up local hospitals to focus on the virus outbreak, according to U.S. Navy officials. It arrived in L.A. on Friday. “While in Los Angeles, the ship will serve as a referral hospital for non-COVID-19 patients currently admitted to shore-based hospitals, and will provide a full spectrum of medical care to include general surgeries, critical care and ward care for adults,” according to a statement issued by the Navy’s 3rd Fleet. “This will allow local health professionals to focus on treating COVID-19 patients and for shore-based hospitals to use their Intensive Care Units and ventilators for those patients.” Novel coronavirus cases in Los Angeles county topped 2,100 on Sunday, with 37 deaths from the virus reported. “The men and women embarked on board Mercy are energized, eager, and ready to provide relief to those in…

2 boys, 1 man killed in apparent murder-suicide shooting in Lomita

A man shot and killed two boys then himself in an apparent murder-suicide in Lomita Sunday morning, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said. Deputies responded to the 25800 block of Hillworth Avenue after getting a call around 11 a.m. They arrived to find two boys with gunshot wounds and a man in his mid-40s with what appeared to a self-inflicted gunshot wound, the department said in a news release. All three were pronounced dead at the scene. “Homicide investigators, although early in the investigation, are looking at this case as a possible murder-suicide,” the Sheriff’s Department said in a statement. The Sheriff’s Department did not provide information on the man’s relationship to the two boys or how old they were, describing them only as “male juveniles.” The shooting remains under investigation and and no further details were immediately available. Anyone with information was asked to call the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Those who prefer to provide information anonymously can call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477. Editor’s note: If you or a loved one is feeling distressed, please remember help is available through…

Long Beach Extends ‘Safer At Home’ Order Until May 1

LONG BEACH (CBSLA) — The City of Long Beach is extending its “Safer at Home” order for residents. Public beaches, trails, trailheads, basketball courts, tennis courts, volleyball courts, golf courses, dog parks, playgrounds, skate parks, public park and public beach parking lots, and picnic areas will remain closed until May 1. Closures and limitations to certain businesses will remain in effect until April 19. Private gyms in multifamily housing complexes, such as in condominium and apartment complexes. Funerals are not permitted during this time period. Open park space and park pathways can still be used if people maintain social distancing measures. “We are at a pivotal point in this public health crisis, therefore it is critical that we maintain safe social distances and do everything possible to reduce the risk of infection in our community,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. The city can now issue citations against businesses not following the “Safer At Home” order. For the latest information on coronavirus updates in Long Beach, visit this website. You can also find more information about Los Angeles County cases here.

FDA Authorizes 15-Minute Coronavirus Test

(CNN) — Federal health officials on Friday approved a coronavirus test that can provide results in less than 15 minutes, using the same technology that powers some rapid flu tests. Teased by Vice President Mike Pence in a Thursday press briefing, the new diagnostic test could accelerate testing in the United States, allowing for rapid results in doctors’ offices. But shortages of critical equipment used to collect patient specimens, like masks and swabs, could blunt its impact. The US Food and Drug Administration authorized the test for emergency use, signaling that federal regulators were satisfied with the test’s validation data and believe its benefits outweigh any risks, such as false positives or negatives. The test’s maker, Abbott Laboratories, said it expects to deliver 50,000 tests per day beginning next week. The technology behind the test looks for genes that are present in the virus, similar to PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests already on the market. The platform used to run the test weighs less than 7 pounds, according to Abbott, and could be deployed “where testing is needed most.” Last week, the FDA authorized another…

Serial Killer Dubbed Grim Sleeper Dies In California Prison

SAN QUENTIN, Calif. (AP) — Lonnie Franklin, the convicted serial killer known as the “Grim Sleeper” who preyed on the women of South Los Angeles for more than two decades, has died in prison. He was 67. California corrections officials said Franklin was found unresponsive in his cell at San Quentin State Prison on Saturday evening. An autopsy will determine the cause of death; however, there were no signs of trauma, corrections spokeswoman Terry Thornton said in a statement. The stepmother of a victim named Barbara Ware told People magazine she was shocked by the news. “I won’t say I’m pleased he died but at the end there was justice for all the bad things he did in his life,” Diana Ware said. “We can now be at peace.” Franklin had been on death row since August 2016 for the deaths of nine women and a teenage girl. Franklin was linked at trial to 14 slayings, including four women he wasn’t charged with killing. Police have said he may have had as many as 25 victims. Most of the victims were fatally shot at close…

Person In Critical Condition After Being Shot In Roseville

ROSEVILLE (CBS13) – The Roseville Police Department said a person is hospitalized in critical condition after being shot during an altercation with another person on Saturday night. Police said the shooting happened at about 10:30 p.m. in the 1000 block of Rudgwick Drive. The department said in a Facebook post that all parties involved in the shooting have been accounted for but did not release any further details regarding the shooter or victim. Roseville police said there is no current threat to the community.

California Prepares For Coronavirus Surge In Week Ahead

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Californians endured a weekend of stepped-up restrictions aimed at keeping them home as much as possible while hospitals and health officials scrambled Sunday to ready themselves for a week that could see the feared dramatic surge in coronavirus cases. Testing among the state’s 40 million residents has stepped up significantly after a slow start and officials have warned the increase will bring with it a rapidly expanding number of cases. A tally by Johns Hopkins University found more than 5,700 cases statewide and at least 122 deaths. In Southern California, people were kept off beaches and hiking trails that normally would have been swamped with visitors during this sunny weekend. A stay-at-home order restricts people to all but essential outside activities such as buying food and including only outdoor exercise such as walking or running near home that doesn’t put them within 6 feet (1.8 meters) of another person. “We need all Angelenos to respect these orders, so we can slow the spread of COVID-19,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a tweet. “Do your part. Your city is counting…

USNS Mercy begins boarding patients in Port of Los Angeles

The USNS Mercy hospital ship docked in the Port of Los Angeles began taking on patients to release pressure on Los Angeles County’s strained medical system amid the COVID-19 pandemic, officials said. The ship, with its 1,000 hospital beds, is not treating novel coronavirus patients, but rather treating others to free up local hospitals to focus on the virus outbreak, according to U.S. Navy officials. It arrived in L.A. on Friday. “While in Los Angeles, the ship will serve as a referral hospital for non-COVID-19 patients currently admitted to shore-based hospitals, and will provide a full spectrum of medical care to include general surgeries, critical care and ward care for adults,” according to a statement issued by the Navy’s 3rd Fleet. “This will allow local health professionals to focus on treating COVID-19 patients and for shore-based hospitals to use their Intensive Care Units and ventilators for those patients.” Novel coronavirus cases in Los Angeles county topped 2,100 on Sunday, with 37 deaths from the virus reported. “The men and women embarked on board Mercy are energized, eager, and ready to provide relief to those in…

L.A. County coronavirus cases top 2,100 with 5 new deaths reported

Coronavirus cases in Los Angeles County topped 2,100 Sunday with another five COVID-19 deaths reported. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health confirmed 332 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total up to 2,136 from 1,804 the day before as the county stepped up its testing for the virus. At least 37 people have died of the respiratory illness countywide as of Sunday. While officials provided no details on the five people who recently died, the department said that five deaths reported Saturday had been in people over the age of 60, and one person between 50 to 60 years old. “Two of these individuals, including the person between 50-60 years old, did not have any reported underlying health conditions,” the health department said in a news release. There have been 676 new cases confirmed in the last 48 hours alone, authorities said. As of Sunday, 453 coronavirus patients have been hospitalized– that’s 21% of all of the county’s confirmed cases. “Our hearts and prayers go out to all the families and friends of individuals who have died. I ask that everyone please do your…

Trump extends voluntary U.S. shutdown due to COVID-19 outbreak for a month

President Donald Trump is extending the voluntary national shutdown for a month as sickness and death from the coronavirus pandemic rise in the U.S. The initial 15-day period of social distancing urged by the federal government expires Monday and Trump had expressed interest in relaxing the national guidelines at least in parts of the country less afflicted by the pandemic. But instead he decided to extend them through April 30, a tacit acknowledgment he’d been too optimistic. Many states and local governments have stiffer controls in place on mobility and gatherings. Trump’s impulse to restore normalcy met a sober reality check Sunday from Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s top infectious disease expert, who said the U.S. could experience more than 100,000 deaths and millions of infections from the pandemic. Trump’s decision to extend the guidelines reflected a recognition that the struggle will take place over the longer haul. The federal guidelines recommend against large group gatherings and urge older people and anyone with existing health problems to stay home. People are urged to work at home when possible and avoid restaurants, bars, non-essential travel and…

Dr. Fauci warns up to 200,000 Americans could die in pandemic as Spain, Italy demand help

The coronavirus outbreak could kill 100,000 to 200,000 Americans, the U.S. government’s top infectious-disease expert warned on Sunday as smoldering hot spots in nursing homes and a growing list of stricken cities heightened the sense of dread across the country. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, made the dire prediction of fatalities on CNN, adding that millions in the U.S. could become infected. By evening, the U.S. had over 135,000 infections and 2,400 deaths, according to the running tally kept by Johns Hopkins University, though the true number of cases is thought to be considerably higher because of testing shortages and mild illnesses that have gone unreported. Worldwide, more than 710,000 infections were reported, and deaths topped 33,000, half of them in Italy and Spain, where hospitals are swamped and the health system is at the breaking point. New York state — where the death toll closed in on 1,000, up by more than 200 from the day before — remained the epicenter of the U.S. outbreak, with the vast majority of the deaths in New York City. But…

Three Males Shot to Death in Lomita

Share this article:Three males were shot to death Sunday in Lomita, and authorities were asking the public for help in finding the killers. The shooting occurred a little after 11 a.m. in the 25800 block of Hillworth Avenue, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The victims were pronounced dead at the scene. No further information was immediately released. The sheriff’s Homicide Bureau urged anyone with information regarding the deaths to call them at 323-890-5500. Three Males Shot to Death in Lomita was last modified: March 29th, 2020 by Contributing Editor

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