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Coronavirus: Large Study Finds Hydroxychloroquine Ineffective

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Friday, May 22, 2020

A family is suing a Glendale nursing home for wrongful death after their loved one died from COVID-19.

The malaria drug hydroxychloroquine that President Donald Trump said he is currently taking to prevent coronavirus is being deemed not only ineffective but also possibly harmful as it can lead to a greater risk of death and heart rhythm problems, according to a new study of nearly 100,000 patients around the world. “Not only is there no benefit, but we saw a very consistent signal of harm,” said Dr. Mandeep Mehra, a Boston heart specialist, regarding the study which spanned 671 hospitals on six continents. — NBC Los Angeles

According to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it may not be necessary to continually wipe down surfaces and objects to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The CDC updated its informational page about the coronavirus to state that it does not spread easily from touching surfaces or objects. — KFI

What has reopened and what is closed starting this weekend. We’re talking beaches, trails, parking lots, bike paths and markets. Spoiler: Runyon is still closed. — L.A. Times

Treat yourself: 14 beautiful bento boxes available in L.A.Eater LA

A family is filing a wrongful death lawsuit against a Glendale nursing home after their loved one passed from COVID-19. “I was betrayed by the nursing home allowing a nurse to work there who was exposed without telling anyone. My dad should be here now, today. [Glenhaven] killed my dad. They could have prevented this and many others died, and many others got sick,” said Jackie Saldana. — FOX Los Angeles

Screw social distancing, the oldest profession in the world is alive and going so well that 12 men and one boy were arrested in a joint departmental prostitution sting at a hotel in Redlands on Wednesday at 10 a.m. — KTLA

A Koreatown man’s security cam caught a maintenance worker using his bathroom in a very foul way. “He gets up, pulls his pants up, doesn’t wash his hands, doesn’t wipe anything and then he just proceeds to leave the apartment,” said the resident, Chris Eleazar. Fearing coronavirus, he called his apartment manager, who admitted to being behind it. “He was saying, ‘Well, the guy really needed to use the bathroom and I knew you were gone so I decided, hey, maybe he can use your bathroom,'” Eleazar said. The manager has now joined the soaring ranks of the recently unemployed. — Fox Los Angeles

Over 1,500 couples have gotten married in Las Vegas after they reopened the county clerk’s office at the end of April. This includes a bride who wore a white beaded dress and a white cloth face mask that said “Mrs.” in curly black letters and a groom wearing one that said “Mr.” — AP

For some reason, minority-owned small businesses are having a hard time getting funds from federal relief programs. A recent survey found that only 12 percent of African American and Latinx business owners received the full amount of relief money they requested. About 38 percent of African American and Latinx business owners received some amount of relief, but less than requested and far less than the national average for all businesses. — CBS Los Angeles

CVS is opening up some testing sites in Riverside and Orange counties starting today. And best of all, they’re drive-thru. — NBC Los Angeles

The city of Big Bear Lake, which has only had a handful of coronavirus cases, intends to stop enforcing the state’s restrictions on businesses during the pandemic. — ABC Los Angeles

Even the president is wearing a mask now. But be cool, he feels weird about it. — NBC News

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Coronavirus: ‘A Very Sad Milestone’ as L.A. Tops 2K Deaths

Four arrested at an Orange County protest led by a former police chief. “Many of us have come to the end of our rope,” he said.

Officials reported 1,204 new cases of the coronavirus and 46 related deaths in L.A. County. This brings the total of cases to 42,037 and the death toll to 2,016. “This is a very sad milestone for us,” said Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer. “To those of you who are suffering and grieving due to loss of a loved one, we are thinking of you and your families every single day” LAist

Orange County officials reported 14 additional coronavirus-related deaths, the highest number of fatalities in a single day for the county. ABC7

More from the O.C.: Police arrested four people after protesters gathered this morning at San Clemente’s Pier Bowl in a rally against California’s stay-at-home order. The event was organized by Alan Hostetter, a former police chief in La Habra and a former Orange County Sheriff’s Department deputy. “Many of us have come to the end of our rope,” Hostetter said, calling for those in the crowd to help him disassemble fencing around the parking lot near the pier. Orange County Register

A prototype vaccine has protected monkeys from the coronavirus, a finding that offers new hope for effective human vaccines. “To me, this is convincing that a vaccine is possible,” said Dr. Nelson Michael, director of the Center for Infectious Diseases Research at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. New York Times

Nearly half the Twitter accounts spreading messages about the pandemic are probably bots. Researchers identified more than 100 false narratives about COVID-19 like hospitals being filled with mannequins or nonsense about 5G wireless towers currently proliferating on Twitter via accounts controlled by bots. “We do know that it looks like it’s a propaganda machine, and it definitely matches the Russian and Chinese playbooks, but it would take a tremendous amount of resources to substantiate that,” said Kathleen Carley, a professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon. NPR

University of California President Janet Napolitano said Wednesday she anticipates that most, if not all, campuses will operate on a hybrid learning basis in the fall. “Every campus will be open and offering instruction,” Napolitano said. “The question will be how much of that instruction is in-person versus how much is done remotely.” Daily Bruin

Over 1,200 pastors have vowed to hold in-person services on May 31, Pentecost Sunday, defying a state moratorium on religious gatherings. In a letter to Gov. Gavin Newsom, Robert H. Tyler, an attorney representing a Lodi church, said the pastors have signed a “Declaration of Essentiality,” asserting their churches are as essential as any grocery or hardware store. “We believe you are attempting to act in the best interests of the state,” Tyler wrote to Newsom, “but the restrictions have gone too far and for too long.” L.A. Times

The Daytime Emmys will be presented on CBS, which will broadcast the leading categories, with winners and “other special guests appearing from home in light of the COVID-19 pandemic,” the network and academy said in a joint statement. Winners in other categories will be announced on Twitter during the two-hour telecast. AP

While that seems sort of lame, at least that show will go on. The Oscars might not even happen, according to an unnamed source. “It’s likely they’ll be postponed,” he/she/they said. Variety

The global entertainment sector is set to “lose $160 billion of growth” as a result of the pandemic over the next five years. “While the biggest impact will be felt in 2020 and throughout 2021, growth will be reduced each year for the duration of the five-year forecast period,” research firm Ampere Analysis estimated. The Hollywood Reporter

More than 300 formerly homeless Angelenos now have temporary shelter in a pretty nice undisclosed DTLA hotel. “The people that are staying here are just like your next-door neighbors. You wouldn’t know otherwise,” said Russ Cox, a representative for the owners of the hotel. ABC Los Angeles

All those cars you may have seen at Dodger Stadium, Santa Anita Park, and Anaheim Stadium? They’re rental cars. Lonely, sad, useless cars that nobody is renting because, well, guess. CBS Los Angeles

Mike Schultz, a 43-year-old San Francisco nurse, lost more than 50 pounds after he was infected with COVID-19. He was on a ventilator for over a month. He had been healthy with no pre-existing conditions. Today, he talked with CNN.

More from Schultz: “I was so weak. This was one of the most frustrating parts,” he said. “I couldn’t hold my cellphone; it was so heavy. I couldn’t type because my hands shook so much.” Buzzfeed

Kumail Nanjiani on life in the time of the Rona:

“I’ve been working from 9 to 5 and watching movies at night. Trying to keep to a regimented schedule, for me, has been really great. But reading scripts, it all feels a little bit weird because you don’t know when any of this is going to be real, when the world’s going to return. But it’s been good to have something to feel productive.

In the beginning, I took solace in the schedule. And while I’m still taking solace in it now, I’m feeling a little bit like, ‘Why does every day literally have to be the same?’ Time moves weirdly. Some weeks fly by and yet I can’t believe right now it’s only Tuesday. I’m like, ‘Maybe it’s time to switch up the schedule. Maybe Wednesday and Thursday are the new weekend.'”

And on why people in L.A. are starting to be cavalier about not wearing masks:

“I think it’s hard to quarantine for this long. It’s an invisible thing, right? You don’t see the threat. Usually, there’s a problem, you do the thing [you’re told], the problem goes away, life returns to normal. This is not like that. You don’t really see the effects of social distancing, the effects of quarantining. The entire point is that you don’t see any real change. Things stay the same and the curve flattens. That’s kind of hard, I think, for people to wrap their heads around.” L.A. Times

COVID-19 has killed nearly 1,000 people in Los Angeles County who lived or worked at institutions mainly nursing homes. A new collaboration between KPCC/LAist, The New York Times, The Baltimore Sun and The Southern Illinoisan found there’s one thing that distinguishes the nursing homes that have reported the highest number of deaths: their residents are mostly black and Latino. LAist

And finally, someone is benefitting from this pandemic: Billionaires. U.S. billionaires saw their fortunes soar by $434 billion during the nation’s lockdown between mid-March and mid-May, according to a new report. Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg saw the biggest bumps, with Bezos adding $34.6 billion to his largess and Zuckerberg adding $25 billion. CNBC

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

California Reports Record Number of Deaths in a Single Day

The World Health Organization says yesterday was the day more people were infected globally by the coronavirus than ever before.

California recorded 132 new coronavirus-related fatalities yesterday — the most in a single day since the pandemic began. This brings the total number of fatalities in the state to 3,496. — L.A. Times

As states and cities in the U.S. rush to reopen, how are things going worldwide? Terribly. A whopping 106,000 new cases of the novel coronavirus have been recorded globally in the past 24 hours, the most in a single day since the outbreak began. “We still have a long way to go in this pandemic,” said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. — Reuters

Economic leaders are pushing to reopen malls and restaurants by Independence Day. Health officials say reaching that target will require continued distancing efforts from all Angelenos. — KTLA

According to L.A. County Board of Supervisors Chair Kathryn Barger, 890,000 entertainment industry employees “are not working.”Deadline

Walt Disney’s grandson is not impressed with Disney furloughing employees while executives reap huge bonuses and million-dollar salaries. “I have already expressed my hope that the Disney organization continue to give reasonable compensation and support to its many loyal employees in the spirit of the company of which my grandfather was so proud,” said Brad Lund, Disney’s grandson. Last month, Abigail Disney, Roy Disney’s granddaughter, tweeted this after she heard of the bonuses, “WHAT THE ACTUAL F***????? Look, dividends aren’t ALL bad, given the number of fixed income folks who rely on them. But still 80% of shares are owned by the wealthiest 10%. So that excuse only goes so far.” — KTLA

Disney Parks could burn through $27 million a day amid the COVID-19 pandemic, analysts predict. The pandemic could cost the division up to $7.5 billion in operating income over the next three quarters. “It’s a long road ahead,” according to a Wells Fargo report. “We think this is the end of the beginning of the coronavirus impact, not the beginning of the end.” — Pasadena Star-News

Doctors paid a visit to farmworkers in Ventura County. An estimated 43,000 workers pick and process the county’s bounty and rarely do they see a doctor. “We said, ‘Hey, we have got to do something to take care of these patients because they are going to get hit and if they get hit, they can get hit very hard,'” said Dr. Tipu Khan with Back Pack Medical Team. — ABC7

Los Angeles Surge Hospital, located on the grounds of the shuttered St. Vincent Medical Center, was set up to handle as many as 270 patients a day. But the hospital that has never had more than 25 patients at a time will close by the end of June.KTLA

Public health officials aren’t collecting any data to show how LGBTQ people are harmed by the coronavirus pandemic, although advocates and some health experts say the toll the disease is taking could be more severe than for the population as a whole. — San Francisco Chronicle

See how the recently reopened Union Rescue Mission is handling the “biggest challenge … in our 128-year history.”ABC7

San Francisco is creating “Safe Sleeping Villages” where the homeless can set up tents in a clean, safe, socially-distanced area. “It has been a fight every step of the way to get city leaders to protect the homeless people and the spread of COVID-19 amongst homeless people,” said Dean Preston, San Francisco District 5 supervisor. “It has been really a disaster in contrast to the good proactive steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19.” — ABC News

The head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division told Gov. Gavin Newsom that his plan to reopen California discriminates against churches. Restaurants and other secular businesses are being allowed to reopen under social distancing guidelines — but not churches. With federal prosecutors now weighing in, the national debate over how far gathering limits can go could get even louder. — NBC Los Angeles

Speaking of the governor, he’s amassing an army of coronavirus “disease detectives.” When someone tests positive for COVID-19, this tracing team will interview that person, find out who they have been in close contact with and then quickly call each of those people to tell them to get tested because they have been exposed. It means cold-calling people who may be frightened or distrustful of the government. Some will likely hang up when they hear who’s on the other line. — The Sacramento Bee

The NFL is developing ideas for a helmet that could also work as a mask. League engineers and sports equipment company Oakley are testing prototypes that might contain surgical or N95 material. “You have to focus on fitting football inside of this world of coronavirus and not get caught up in trying to fit coronavirus inside of this world,” said Cleveland Browns center J.C. Tretter, who also serves as president of the NFL’s players association. “You can’t expect just to throw football back in and think that the virus is going to kneel down to football. You have to look through different ways of making sure people stay healthy.” — AP

The 2020 Major League Soccer All-Star Game, which was scheduled to take place at the Banc of California Stadium near USC on July 29, has been canceled due to the ongoing pandemic. The game was set to be the first time the best MLS players went up against a team of stars from Mexico’s LIGA MX. The goal is the game could be played here next year. — Reuters

The L.A. City Council caped delivery fees at 15% for restaurant apps. “This is about local interests over Wall Street interests, and the action we could take could ensure the survival of restaurants we love,” said Councilman Mitch O’Farrell. — Eater LA

Should asymptomatic Angelenos get tested for the coronavirus? “The false negative rate is between 10% and 30%, and we know the cost for doing the tests at public sites is about $125 per test,” said Dr. Clayton Kazan, medical director of the L.A. County Fire Department. “If I test a thousand asymptomatic people and find one or two out of a thousand [who are positive], or three out of a thousand, that’s a high cost … so I definitely question the value.” — L.A. Times

An exhaustive look at the home office. It’s time to embrace it. Did you know MLK worked from home? — Curbed

Tito’s Tacos is delivering for the first time ever starting June 1. Tito’s employees will use no-tamper packaging for all deliveries and every driver must have a valid ServSafe food handler’s card. — Eater LA

Los Feliz + paleteros + booze + Little Doms grub = yes please:

Beaches will be open. Social distancing will be enforced. Riptides are a possibility. Expect large crowds this weekend. “We do have an increased swell coming for this Memorial Day weekend,” said Lifeguard Capt. AJ Lester. “It’s gonna be busy, it’s gonna be hot.” — CBS Los Angeles

Is it safe to swim at the beach or in a pool? “I can’t say it’s absolutely 100% zero risk, but I can tell you that it would never cross my mind to get COVID-19 from a swimming pool or the ocean,” said Paula Cannon, a professor of molecular microbiology and immunology at USC’s Keck School of Medicine. “It’s just extraordinarily unlikely that this would happen.” — L.A. Times

Traffic will worsen in the near future. Due to fears over the coronavirus, expect more people to purchase their own cars and rely less on public transit and ridesharing. “I have no interest in getting on the bus or a ridesharing system unless I’m in a hazmat suit,” said Jason Rogers, a cable-and-internet salesman and weekend songwriter from Tennessee. “I’m very much erring on the side of caution. I know where the car has been and who has been in it.” — AutoWeek

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Coronavirus: Droplets from Speech Can Linger in the Air for 14 Minutes

The wife of the chief of the LAPD reportedly partied in Arizona while L.A. health officials told Angelenos not to travel.

Nearly 4,300 health care workers and first responders in L.A. County have tested positive for the coronavirus and 26 have died. Though the infections were found in people working in a variety of roles, 46% of workers who tested positive are nurses. Many health care workers have reported having to reuse face masks or make protective gowns out of raincoats and trash bags. — KTLA

Just a flu? A Harvard Medical School and Emory University study found that in the U.S. there were 20 times more deaths per week from COVID-19 than from the flu in the deadliest week of an average influenza season.Live Science

The wife of LAPD Chief Michel Moore was allegedly jet skiing in Arizona while L.A. officials begged locals not to engage in non-essential travel. The posts that reportedly capture Mrs. Moore eating burgers with friends, chilling at a bar, playing water sports and getting mani-pedis have been deleted from her Facebook page. — CBS Los Angeles

Because life is weird right now, a new program will allow restaurants and bars to serve customers on adjacent sidewalks, parking lots and streets. To qualify, businesses must have an Alcoholic Beverage Control license to sell alcohol on the premises and must sell actual meals. — Eater LA

The City of Long Beach is voting tonight to expand outdoor food and drink service. “Opening up streets and other public spaces to new uses creates more room for people to be outside, spend time with the community and support local businesses without overcrowding,” said Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia. — KTLA

Wolfgang Puck on adapting to the pandemic: “When we started takeout at Chinois, we were working with DoorDash. They charge 25% to 30% for every delivery. That is OK if you have a fast-food restaurant, where the average check is $10. We changed to Tock, where people can put in the order and pick up at a certain time. That helped a lot.” — L.A. Times

Gov. Gavin Newsom says the Dodgers and the Angels can play in their own empty stadiums if the season starts in June. Meanwhile, MLB’s commissioner has arranged to convert a Utah laboratory used for minor league drug tests into a facility designated to process coronavirus tests for players. — L.A. Times

The Anaheim Angels, however, will be furloughing most of their minor league operations, including player development staff, minor league coaches and coordinators, starting June 1. The Angels are valued at nearly $2 billion. — The Athletic

The City of Anaheim will grant microloans to about 100 local businesses with five or fewer employees. Loans max out at $10,000 with a two-year term, up to 12 months of deferred payments, 2% interest and no early repayment penalty. — CBS Los Angeles

Could $10 trillion be the cost for keeping the U.S. from a Great Depression? The Atlantic‘s Derek Thompson does the math: The U.S. economy is $22 trillion — or at least it was before the crisis. If the federal government spends $10 trillion over the next, say, four years, that would mean a fiscal shot of about 10% of total economic activity over that period. In an economy where one in five Americans are out of work and several industries have no clear path to normalcy, it’s not ludicrous to think that the appropriate fiscal medicine for an unprecedented crisis will amount to a tenth of GDP over several years. — The Atlantic

“We are terrified.”: There has been a coronavirus outbreak reported at a Chino women’s prison where 72 inmates have now tested positive. In the neighboring men’s prison, inmates and staff have been hit with the largest outbreak among California prisons, with 529 inmates testing positive for the virus. Five of those inmates have died. — Long Beach Press-Telegram

Oh, great. Talking can also launch thousands of deadly droplets so small they can remain suspended in the air for eight to 14 minutes, according to a new study. — New York Times

Ten Angelenos were asked what they can’t wait to get back to once life returns back to normal. Here’s Roy Choi: “Taco stands, street food, and carts. I miss the taco stands with string lights and tubs of salsa and groups of families hanging out in a parking lot or on a corner. Many of the vendors have had to lay low while being unfairly targeted. Cannot wait to see their faces and smiles again.” — Thrillist

Only about half of the 15,000 hotel and motel rooms that California leased for homeless people in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus are now occupied. “Our big [service] providers are getting stretched,” said Heidi Marston, interim executive director for the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority. “That’s a very real concern. Unless we can bring in more human capital to do this work, we’re going to have a hard time continuing to expand capacity.” — L.A. Times

Magic Johnson on the Lakers, who are worth billions, receiving $4.6 million in a small business loan and then giving it back: “They did the right thing,” he said. “[Lakers owner] Jeanie Buss is a very good owner, and she’s smart, so I’m glad that she returned the money because there is a lot of companies out here who really need that money and she was smart enough to understand that.” Meanwhile, the Hall of Famer is working to get $100 million through MBE Capital Partners to minority- and women-owned companies hurt by stay-at-home orders. — CNBC

Monday, May 18, 2020

Coronavirus: Bad Behavior Spreads Through California and Beyond

From the Hollywood Hills to Dana Point, up to Butte County and even Hawaii, some Californians just can’t follow the Rona Rules.

California has surpassed 80,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 3,200 related deaths. Seems like the right time for Gov. Gavin Newsom to allow roughly 53 of California’s 58 counties to move into the second of four stages toward reopening if they so choose. — L.A. Times

The Los Angeles Police Department wants to test every suspect they arrest to determine whether they are infected with the coronavirus. They’re asking city officials to purchase a rapid-result testing system. More than 350 inmates in Los Angeles County jails have tested positive for the coronavirus and more than 100 LAPD officers and staff have been infected. — AP

The coronavirus economic fallout forced 771,427 Southern Californians to file unemployment claims in March, up almost 10-fold compared to the start of the year. — Orange County Register

Thousands of homeless people are now quarantining in California hotels and motels. But it’s not enough. In his new budget, Gov. Newsom proposed spending $750 million in federal stimulus funding to buy some of the hotels to permanently house the homeless.AP

The ManKind Project is stepping out into the streets to reach the homeless in tents and under overpasses. This week, they gave out their 1,000th bag filled with food and necessities. Founder Richard Stellar said they’re looking for the people most of us “drive by every day and look the other way.” — Fox 11

“We’re all going to get out of this soon,” Idina Menzel assures us:

California locked down early and took the coronavirus seriously. So why are cases in the Golden State still rising?Vox

Meanwhile, the Clippers and the Lakers have returned to practice in their westside facilities. — CBS Los Angeles

Some new rules for MLB if they do indeed return this season: No spitting, no mascots, shower at home, no exchange of lineup cards at home plate, no high-fives, no fist bumps, no water jugs and no licking of fingers. Players must wear masks and gloves are recommended. — AP

It’s all fun and games at a Hollywood party you’re not supposed to be having during a lockdown, with 100 people at an Airbnb you shouldn’t be raging at, until some dude accidentally shoots himself. “Everybody’s having a good time and next thing you know, shots fired and everybody starts running, everyone running in different directions. Nobody knows what happened,” said party guest Angel Ace. — CBS Los Angeles

More bad behavior: A Reseda man was arrested for allegedly doing touristy things in Hawaii while the island was under quarantine. Abdulla Aliyev was arrested at the airport an hour before his plane was set to take him back to LAX. “We and most people in Hawai‘i have little tolerance for anyone, either a visitor or returning resident, who flouts the emergency rules currently in place to protect everyone and to help keep the coronavirus infection rate in Hawai‘i low,” said State Attorney General Clare Connors. “If you are out and about in violation of a self-quarantine order, it is likely you will be reported and arrested.” — Hawaii News Now

And even more: Video of a woman in Dana Point who didn’t want to wear a mask at Gelson’s has gone viral. She posted it to shame the store for infringing on her rights. Ironically, it may have brought positive advertising to the store for keeping its customers safe:

People took road trips this weekend to have actual sit-down meals at joints like Crazy Otto’s diner in Valencia and the Original Pancake House in Norco. — ABC7

Joshua Tree National Park reopened to the public Sunday, though many of its campsites remain closed. Roads, parking lots, trails, most restroom facilities and family campsites can now be accessed by visitors, according to the park’s website. — City News Service

While we might feel trapped, criminals have received a dose of freedom. California prisons have released about 3,500 inmates while the daily jail population across 58 counties is down by 20,000 from late February. — L.A. Times

Not everything went smoothly during the Thunderbirds flyover:

Even more bad behavior: A Butte County pastor who stubbornly held an in-person Mother’s Day service may have exposed 180 worshipers to the coronavirus. Butte County Public Health said in a news release that an infected person received their positive COVID-19 diagnosis the day after they attended service and is now at home in isolation. “At this time, organizations that hold in-person services or gatherings are putting the health and safety of their congregations, the general public and our local ability to open up at great risk,” said Danette York, Butte County Public Health director. — KRCR News

Minecraft is for learning? During this pandemic, Microsoft reports that there have been more than 50 million downloads of educational content globally since it was made available for free March 24. It’s further evidence that virtual worlds are not just places for play or escape but vessels to learning, connecting or even taking part in digital events. — L.A. Times

Was the coronavirus created in a Chinese lab in October 2019? Maybe. But a report circulating Washington, D.C. supporting that claim has issues. Namely, some of its most seemingly persuasive evidence is provably false. — Daily Beast

Did she kill her husband? Probably not. Is she just as bad as the Tiger King? Hard to say. But one thing Carol Baskin has got is an original facemask. And they’re for sale, naturally. — CNN

Getty announces a $655,000 relief fund for artists impacted by the coronavirus. The newly created relief fund will distribute the funds to visual artists in Los Angeles County who have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. — City News Service

Local woman finds joy in online dating during this dark time. “A pandemic would not have been the shared experience I would have opted for, but it certainly made a memorable mark: I had never laughed this much while swiping on a dating app. I’ve felt a pull to connect and leaned into that feeling. I’ve swiped fearlessly and matched with more people than I had in the past. — L.A. Times

Four things to do if you’re making more money now on unemployment than you were before the pandemic. — The Motley Fool

Students at Chapman University, Cal Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks and Pepperdine University will return to their classrooms this fall, with safety measures in place. “It’s not going to be a semester like every other, it’s going to be kind of the rebirth semester,” said Chapman University President Daniele Struppa. His university is going to sanitize classrooms, take students’ temperatures, provide masks and gloves to everyone on campus and shrink classrooms and use outdoor spaces to carry out social distancing. — LAist

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