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US Hits Highest Peak of New COVID-19 Cases Since July

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Friday, October 23, 2020

All personal care services, including hair removal and massage and tattoo parlors, may resume modified indoor operations in California.

Yesterday, the U.S. recorded 71,671 new cases of the coronavirus — the highest since July. — NPR

A backlog of 2,000 cases in L.A. County inflated the number of confirmed infections after a glitch in the county’s system was resolved. — L.A. Times

Local health officials are launching an at-home COVID-19 testing pilot program next week. — The Eastsider

Tattoo and massage parlors in California are now allowed to resume indoor operations regardless of where their county ranks on the state’s tiered reopening system. — L.A. Times

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Voters Without Masks Won’t Be Turned Away at Polls

Survey data shows that only a quarter of California’s residents would take a COVID-19 vaccine if it was available today.

L.A. County is easing reopening restrictions for wineries, breweries and outdoor family entertainment centers, and indoor reopenings may be on the horizon for tattoo shops and massage parlors. — ABC Los Angeles, KTLA

California’s secretary of state announced that voters will not be turned away at polling stations for not wearing a mask. — L.A. Times

Theme park executives are considering taking legal action against the state in order to loosen the reopening guidelines released yesterday. — CBS Los Angeles

According to a recent survey, only a quarter of Californians would get a COVID-19 vaccine if it was made available today. — San Francisco Chronicle

The Last Bookstore in downtown L.A. has reopened for in-person shopping. — KCRW

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

COVID-19 Cases Surge in 75% of the US

A recent technical glitch in L.A. County’s COVID-19-tracking system may have resulted in an underreporting of cases.

Health experts credit Gov. Gavin Newsom’s overhauled tiered reopening system for the state successfully avoiding the country’s spike in COVID-19 cases. — L.A. Times

L.A. County has seen a drop in new daily COVID-19 cases, but a technical glitch with “data reporting systems” may be impacting the numbers. — CBS Los Angeles

A homeless shelter in downtown L.A. is experiencing an outbreak of COVID-19 affecting 15 guests and five staff members. — NBC Los Angeles

The final round of L.A.’s COVID-19 recovery loans for small businesses and nonprofits begins this Monday, Oct. 26. Since the program’s start in July, the fund has selected 5,000 grant recipients. — Arcadia Weekly

Small theme parks can reopen if their county progresses to the orange, or “moderate,” reopening tier. All theme parks in a county can reopen if they have made it to the yellow, “minimal” tier. — KCRA

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Young People Continue to Drive COVID-19 Infections in L.A. County

State health officials released the requirements theme parks need to meet before they reopen. Don’t wait up.

There’s been an increase in the percentage of young people, ages 18-29, hospitalized for COVID-19 in L.A. In May, the demographic accounted for 5% of hospitalizations — now, they account for 10%. — CBS Los Angeles

The holidays are approaching, as are the requests from loved ones to finally have that family get-together. Health experts recommend taking the time now to decide how you want to celebrate this year, both to establish COVID-19 boundaries and decrease mental stress. — CBS Los Angeles

California will be released its reopening guidelines for theme parks later today. Recently, unions representing thousands of Disney cast members urged the governor to release its guidelines sooner. — KTLA

In order for California’s largest theme parks to reopen, the county in which they are located must reach the “minimal” county risk level, in which there is less than one new daily case of COVID-19 per 100,000 tests, among other requirements. Orange County remains in the “substantial” level, and Los Angeles is in the “widespread” level. — USA Today


Monday, October 19, 2020

New Cases of COVID-19 Peak for the Third Time in the US

Industries that depend on immigrants have been slow to bounce back, forcing many of them to leave the country.

The United States is entering its third COVID-19 peak. The country is recording more than 50,000 new cases per day. Only five states — one of which is California — are seeing a decline in new daily cases. — KTLA

Independent music venues are barely surviving. Many owners are trying to hold out until January before making a permanent decision on whether or not to stay in business. — L.A. Times

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the creation of a new workgroup composed of top health officials who will review FDA-approved vaccines before they are distributed in California. — KCRA

Immigrants have been disproportionately harmed by COVID-19’s economic fallout, and some are moving out of the U.S. entirely. — L.A. Times

According to a recent study, 110,000 Californians have purchased a gun since the start of the pandemic. In a survey, new gun owners pointed to their worry over social unrest caused by COVID-19 as a factor driving their purchase. — L.A. Times

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