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Articles from the March 28, 2020 edition

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  • LA Co. Public Health Investigates 14 long-term Care or Nursing Facilities with a positive case of Covid-19

    Janet McLaughlin, Observer STaff WRiter|Mar 28, 2020

    From the LA Co. Health Dept daily briefing on 3/26: 421 new Covid-19 cases were reported, and nine new deaths, bringing the total to 21 deaths, and 1216 cases in LA Co. today. They removed the teen from the original stats, saying Covid-19 may not have been the cause. Another person was removed because they did not live in LA Co. Director of LA Co. Public Health, Dr. Barbara Ferrer, says if we don't curtail the spread, there could be a million cases in LA Co. in a few weeks! And that would...

  • LA County Courts Restrict Courthouse Access to Parties, Attorneys, Witnesses until June 22, 2020

    Observer Staff|Mar 28, 2020

    Presiding Judge Kevin C. Brazile today signed a General Order to enact unprecedented measures in the nation's largest trial court to protect the public's health and safety during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Presiding Judge Brazile took this action after obtaining emergency powers pursuant to the provisions of California Government Code section 68115 and authorization by Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil- Sakauye, who conveyed those powers to him last week. "In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Court...

  • List of Articles that Argue the International Response to Coronavirus is a Massive Overreaction

    Observer Staff|Mar 28, 2020

    "The coronavirus is scaring people because it is new and much is not known about it. But what we can tell so far is that this is no Ebola. Most people who contract it recover just fine. The fatality rate appears to be considerably lower than SARS and is probably much lower than it appears right now, since so many cases are very likely going unreported and mild versions of the disease are probably not being counted at all. Most fatalities are among the elderly and those with preexisting...

  • Hermosa Beach follows Santa Monica's Lead in Closing Beach and Strand to the Public

    Sarah Storkin, Observer Staff Writer|Mar 28, 2020

    Hermosa Beach announced that it will follow the lead of cities such as Los Angeles and Santa Monica, and close beaches and beach parking lots to the public. Like other West Coast urban areas, authorities have struggled to convince people, young people especially, not to gather in groups or socialize in public areas designed for them to do exactly that. The press release from the City of Hermosa Beach follows: The Sooner, the Better: City Acting to Avoid Another Weekend of People Gathering at...

  • Covid 19 Emergency Evolves as Entire World Reacts to the Novel Coronavirus

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Mar 28, 2020

    The worldwide coronavirus emergency which came upon us so quickly continues to evolve. Many people take walks or exercise in Palisades Park, politely maintaining 6 feet distance from each other when possible. I have spoken to occasional groups of tourists from Brazil, Germany, or even China this week. Santa Monica Pier remains closed. The closed Pier, still lit up at night, is considered a symbol of Los Angeles County's shutdown. "Be prepared to isolate or to quarantine," said LA County Dept....

  • 8 Days That Shook the World: From the LA Marathon to Closing All Gyms in Santa Monica

    Alyssa Erdley, News with Attitude|Mar 28, 2020

    The response of public officials to the increasing cases of COVID-19 accelerated greatly since twenty-three thousand athletes and even more spectators descended on the city to participate in the Los Angeles Marathon on March 8. At that time, officials considered adding hand sanitizer stations and advising people to stay six feet away from each other would be adequate precautions to take in a county that at that time only had 14 confirmed cases of coronavirus. (Newsflash: nobody was able to stay...

  • Beaches Were Deserted Anyway. Then Los Angeles County Closed Them Due to Coronavirus

    Samuel Alioto, Observer Staff Writer|Mar 28, 2020

    You probably got the alert on your phone. "Danger! Beaches are closed to the public until further notice, due to Covid-19. Oh, and the Hiking Trails too." Avoid crowds, somehow get exercise, be safe. You should see the hate on social media (actually, you probably have. What else is there to do but look at Facebook?) Who the hell are these people anyway? Is it possible that our elected politicians are doing this to us? One woman speculated that this was a way to force the homeless from beach...

  • With More Than 4000 Covid-19 Patients, Gov. Newsom Says California Will Pass New York in One Week.

    Janet McLaughlin, Observer Staff Writer|Mar 28, 2020

    The number of Coronavirus cases in California is now 4,040. Governor Gavin Newsom says we will be at the numbers of NY in less than a week. Since 5 p.m. Wednesday, the state has confirmed an additional 1,026 cases and an additional 19 deaths from COVID-19. Statewide, 83 people have now died from complications with the coronavirus. The Bay Area total grew to 1,439 with 252 new cases in its 10 counties on Thursday, with five new deaths pushing its total to 32. In California, that represents a 34%...

  • Boy Who Died of Coronavirus Was the Son of An Uber Driver, Who Brought Coronavirus Home, says Lancaster Mayor

    Samuel Alioto, Observer Staff Writer|Mar 28, 2020

    Update, Wednesday night 3/25/2020: LA County Health Dept. officially removed the boy who is the subject of of this article, from the official LA County list of Coronavirus deaths. It was reported Tuesday that the first minor in LA County died of Coronavirus. But the 17 year old boy's diagnosis is in dispute. In fact, he was never tested during his lifetime for Covid-19, despite his father having been so diagnosed. This according to Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris The Los Angeles County Department...