Masked pedestrians wait at a bus stop in Koreatown.
Masked pedestrians wait at a bus stop in Koreatown. Photo by Afonso Salcedo.

Public Health Department Pushes for Stricter Restrictions as L.A. Reaches “Most Alarming Metrics” Yet

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Two-hundred inmates were infected with the coronavirus following an outbreak at a downtown L.A. prison.

The L.A. County public health department is urging people to cancel their Thanksgiving plans — even if they’re small. Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer described the current surge data as “the most alarming metrics we have ever seen.” — CBS Los Angeles

Restaurant workers are losing their jobs as owners undergo a new round of layoffs following dining restrictions and closures. — KTLA

Approximately 200 inmates at a downtown L.A. prison have caught the virus due to a major outbreak within the facility. — Forbes

The L.A. Marathon has been rescheduled to May 2021. — Press-Telegram

Despite moving into a more restrictive reopening tier, San Francisco will keep outdoor dining open during the COVID-19 surge. — L.A. Times

A player on USC’s football team has tested positive for the coronavirus. — L.A. Times

An unexpected side effect of the pandemic: Rats have become more aggressive in how they scrounge for food. — KCRW

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Angelenos Anticipate New Stay-at-Home Order

Local arts organizations are relying on emergency grant funding to cover payroll costs.

Yesterday, L.A. County reported a record high of 6,124 new COVID-19 infections in one day. (1,500 cases were from a Sunday backlog.) Officials say a stay-at-home order is on the horizon. — ABC Los Angeles

Nurses and other hospital professionals are urging people to stay home and be vigilant about their potential to unknowingly spread COVID-19 to loved ones. — CBS Los Angeles

All travelers arriving in Los Angeles are now required to sign a form acknowledging the recommended 14-day quarantine, starting the day before Thanksgiving. — ABC Los Angeles

The Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture has distributed $12 million in relief funding to hundreds of local arts organizations. Most of the money will go toward payroll costs. — NBC Los Angeles

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that health care workers and first responders will be prioritized to receive the first COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer, Moderna and/or AstraZeneca. All three companies have announced efficacy rates of at least 90% for their vaccines. — ABC San Diego

Monday, November 23, 2020

L.A. County Shuts Down All Outdoor Dining

A new walk-up COVID-19 testing supersite will open tomorrow in the San Fernando Valley.

Starting Wednesday at 10 p.m., outdoor dining at all L.A. County restaurants, bars, breweries and wineries will shut down due to the rising coronavirus case count, with only takeout, drive-thru and delivery available. The county reported 4,097 new cases on Sunday, and the state reported more than 15,000. — ABC Los Angeles, AP

Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has urged Americans to cancel their Thanksgiving travel plans, many are still flocking to LAX, heading out for the holidays. — CBS Los Angeles

Low-income L.A. residents can apply for utility bill payment assistance through the Department of Water and Power up until next Sunday. — Spectrum News 1

A new COVID-19 testing supersite is opening at the San Fernando Recreation Park tomorrow, designed for those who don’t have a car. Appointments are not required, and the site will have the capacity to test 3,000 people and administer 500 flu shots per day. — CBS Los Angeles

Despite the pandemic, Immigration and Customs Enforcement leaders are seeking to increase, or “repopulate,” the number of immigrants detained at their facilities. — KTLA

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