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Coronavirus Southern California update: LA County reports 5 new deaths, 332 new cases

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March 29, 2020

4:30 p.m.
There was 1 new death reported in Ventura County and 11 new coronavirus cases, health officials said.

3:30 p.m.
Health officials reported 5 new deaths in Los Angeles County and 332 new coronavirus cases, bringing total to 2,136 cases.

3:00 p.m.
There were 28 new coronavirus cases in Orange County. No new deaths were reported, health officials said.

March 28, 2020

5:30 p.m.
The Los Angeles Police Department says 24 of its employees have now tested positive for coronavirus. The Los Angeles Fire Department has six members who have tested positive.

2 p.m.

Health officials on Saturday announced one coronavirus-related death and 85 new cases in Orange County, bringing the total to four deaths and 403 cumulative cases.

The county Health Care Agency’s Public Health Lab and commercials labs have tested 4,884 people, officials said, and 1,090 other specimens were available to test.

As of Sunday, Anaheim was the city in Orange County with the highest number of reported cases, 37, according to ochealthinfo.com. Anaheim has a population of 359,339.

10 a.m.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti says the city is offering free coronavirus testing for the most vulnerable and at-risk Angelenos. Those eligible for tests include those with symptoms who are over 65 or have underlying chronic health conditions, or those who are subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine because of a confirmed COVID-19 exposure. Testing availability is limited, but more information is available here.

March 27, 2020

5:30 p.m.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced at least one homeless person was among the new coronavirus cases in the county during a press conference. He also said officials will send an emergency alert message at 6 p.m. reminding residents the “Safer at Home” order is still in effect. In addition, the mayor said all public trails and trail heads were closed Friday, as well as all beaches, piers and beach parking lots in Los Angeles.

4 p.m.
Riverside County reports its number of coronavirus cases has jumped to 185, with 8 deaths. That’s up from 107 cases and seven deaths in the previous day’s count. The majority of those cases are in the 40 to 64 age group. A map of cities and details on the ages is available here.

12:30 p.m.

Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World will remain closed “until further notice” amid the novel coronavirus outbreak, Disney announced Friday.

The company had previously said it would temporarily shutter its domestic theme parks in Southern California and Florida through the end of March.

The Walt Disney Company is the parent company of ABC7.

12 p.m.

Health officials on Friday confirmed five new coronavirus-related deaths and 257 additional cases in Los Angeles County, bringing the county’s total to 1,465 cases. L.A. County Health Director Barbara Ferrer said the total has tripled in less than a week.

Part of the rapid increase in cases is due to improved testing, according to Ferrer.

All except one of the deaths reported Thursday and Friday include people over the age of 60, Ferrer said.

Officials investigated 14 possible outbreak sites in the county and identified three residential facilities that have three or more cases in employees and/or residents. The locations are Kensington Assisted Living in Redondo Beach, Belmont Village Senior Living in Hollywood and Alameda Care Center in Burbank. People associated with the facilities have been notified of the outbreak, officials said.

11:50 a.m.

Los Angeles County will immediately close all beaches to the public in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. County Supervisor Janice Hahn cited the large crowds that flocked to beaches last weekend as a reason for the closures, which are in effect until at least April 19.

The beach closures include shutting down parking lots, amenities, bathrooms and bike paths.

9:45 a.m.

Health officials on Friday announced that 44 new COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Riverside County, bringing the total to 151.

Of all the cases in the county, four were travel-associated and 24 were locally acquired, according to the Department of Public Health. The death toll remained at eight.

8:30 a.m.

The U.S. Navy hospital ship Mercy arrived Friday morning at the Port of Los Angeles. The massive ship will provide 1,000 hospital beds, extra doctors, nurses and other medical staff, and will help lessen the burden on local hospitals.

Patients that do not have COVID-19 will be treated on the ship as L.A. area hospitals could see a surge in coronavirus patients in the coming weeks.

6 a.m.
A public health emergency has been declared for the L.A. Air Force Base in El Segundo after someone in the housing area tested positive for the virus. Officials say that person was staying in housing at Fort MacArthur in San Pedro and is now under quarantine along with their family. They are now investigating whether anyone may have been in contact with them.

March 26, 2020

10 p.m.
San Bernardino County reported its third death from the novel coronavirus. There are now 55 cases in the county, one more than what was reported the day before.

9:20 p.m.

California’s Department of Motor Vehicles will temporarily close all field offices across the state starting March 27 in response to the novel coronavirus outbreak. The DMV says its field offices will shift their operations online and reopen virtually on April 2.

8:30 p.m.
Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn says former Rancho Palos Verdes Mayor Susan Brooks is now in the hospital after Brooks tested positive for COVID-19. Brooks tested positive after her 70th birthday party earlier this month. She was previously battling the virus at home. Hahn said on Tuesday she is self-isolating after several people who attended the birthday party at Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes also tested positive.

5:30 p.m.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said the city is partnering with local clothing manufacturers to aim to produce 5 million protective masks. The masks will be made to standards to help people who deal with the public on a regular basis, such as grocery store clerks. They will not be made to the N-95 standards used by doctors and nurses. The city is partnering with clothing company Reformation and other businesses as well as Kaiser Permanente. For anyone looking to help, the city has set up a website here.

4:30 p.m.
Health officials in Orange County announced there were 256 confirmed cases of coronavirus, up 69 cases from 187 previously reported.

12:30 p.m.

Health officials on Thursday confirmed nine additional deaths and 421 new cases in Los Angeles County, bringing the county’s total to 1,216 cases. County health director Barbara Ferrer said two previously reported deaths are no longer being included in the county’s death toll.

Ferrer attributed the sharp increase in case numbers to a large surge in testing across the region.

12 p.m.

Some of the $2.2 trillion economic rescue package steering aid to businesses, workers and health care systems has been earmarked for California, with money approved to help communities across the Los Angeles area that have been plagued by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Senate passed the mammoth measure late Wednesday, an unprecedented response amid record new jobless claims and mounting evidence that the economy is in a recession.

Locally, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti hopes the relief bill – which is currently a draft of the stimulus package and is making its way through Congress – will provide the city with about $400 million to assist Los Angeles International Airport operations, $700 million for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, “tens of millions” in local assistance for areas with low-income residents and $32 million in emergency homeless assistance.

11 a.m.

Congresswoman Katie Porter of Irvine is waiting on results from a coronavirus test. Porter says she started feeling sick with cold-like symptoms last week and called her doctor. Porter says she’ll remain quarantined until she’s given the clearance by her doctor to leave the house.

5:30 a.m.

Nearly 3 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week, nearly five times the old record set in 1982, according to the Department of Labor.

March 25, 2020

8 p.m.

Three members of the Cal State Northridge campus community have tested positive for COVID-19, two of the cases have been confirmed by medical professionals and one reported diagnosis to CSUN, the university announced. CSUN said one case is an employee who had been on the campus last week and the other two cases are students.

According to the university, the students have not been on campus recently and are living in a neighboring county. Anyone who has come in contact with the three will be alerted if they need to self-isolate or self-monitor. Facilities visited by the employee have been closed and will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected, the university said.

5:30 p.m.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti says the federal $2 trillion relief package contains more than $1 billion in benefits to Los Angeles and workers who have lost their jobs, including $400 million to the airport and $700 million to the Metro transit system, plus a $32 million grant to help the homeless.

Garcetti said the city is cutting back on parking enforcement efforts and will not ticket or tow vehicles with expired registrations or drivers with expired licenses. Ticketing will continue for issues such as handicapped parking, fire hydrants and meters near businesses that sell food.

He said based on experience in other areas, like Italy, Spain and New York City, the situation in Los Angeles will continue to worsen before some improvement is seen. “The worst days are still ahead,” he said.

3 p.m.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said the county has seen a 10% drop in violent crime and 6% drop in overall crime as so many activities and businesses are restricted. Still, he said, the department is very concerned about the possibility of people taking advantage of the closures. The LASD has shifted some 1,300 deputies to patrol and jails, with concern about issues such as looting of closed businesses.

He also said the county is scaling back parking enforcement, but will still focus on areas like parking near fire hydrants and in handicapped spots, and enforcement of meters near businesses that sell food.

LASD officials said about 30 inmates in the jail system who were exhibiting symptoms of illness were removed from the population to be tested for COVID-19. So far none of the tests have come back positive. About 500 inmates who were in the same area as those 30 were put into temporary quarantine pending the results of those tests.

He said the county is also concerned about price gouging. The county’s Consumer & Business Affairs agency can be contacted if consumers suspect price-gouging at (800)593-8222.

12:45 p.m.

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday announced that four major banks have agreed to grant a 90-day grace period for mortgage payments in California for those affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

Newsom said that four out of five of the nation’s largest banks – JP Morgan Chase, U.S. Bank, Wells Fargo and Citibank – have all committed to the moratorium. Bank of America only agreed to commit to a 30-day forbearance period.

“I hope they will reconsider and join those other banks that are willing to do the right thing by at least extending that commitment to their customers for at least 90 days,” he said during a Wednesday press conference.

Newsom noted that California does not have regulatory oversight over those banks, though many state banks and credit unions have also agreed to the grace period.

Additionally, Newsom announced that the state is receiving $10 billion in relief as part of a $2 trillion emergency bill that was agreed to on Wednesday.

A total of 1 million people have filed for unemployment in the state since March 13, he said.

12:30 p.m.

Health officials on Wednesday confirmed 3 additional coronavirus-related deaths and 138 new cases in Los Angeles County, bringing the county’s total to 799 cases. All three of the individuals who died were over the age of 65 with underlying health conditions, according to county health director Barbara Ferrer.

Ferrer added that the county health department is no longer including the death of an individual from Lancaster under the age of 18, which was announced on Tuesday, in the county’s health total. The department has asked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to investigate that case.

The county’s death total now stands at 13.

11:40 a.m.

Two firefighters with the Los Angeles Fire Department tested positive for coronavirus, officials say. LAFD began testing those who had COVID-19 symptoms on March 20. Officials say 79 people have been tested there, and both firefighters who tested positive are at home recovering. Twelve employees with the Los Angeles Police Department tested positive for the virus. The 11 sworn officers and one civilian employee are quarantined at home and are also recovering.

11 a.m.

Runyon Canyon Park was officially closed in another effort to keep people safe from the coronavirus. Parks officials said Runyon Canyon is one of the most popular parks in the city. City council officials are also calling for the closure of Lake Hollywood Park — but that has not been decided yet.

10:45 a.m.

The Malibu Pier and beach parking lots are now closed to prevent crowding and the potential spread of the pandemic. The pier, area beaches and trails saw a large number of visitors over the weekend, seemingly ignoring guidelines for social distancing. Shops and pier restaurants are also closed to visitors.

March 24, 2020

7:30 p.m.

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles is ordering all Catholic churches in the region to be closed to the public amid the coronavirus pandemic. The church had already canceled celebrations of Mass, but new guidelines issued by the Archdiocese on Tuesday put a stop to a wide range of activities and access.

The Archdiocese is ordering churches, chapels, centers and missions to be closed to the public from March 24 until April 19 or until further notice. That includes Easter and Holy Week. The annual Blessing of the Animals at Olvera Street has also been postponed.

Parishioners are reminded that many church services will still be made available for viewing online.

Churches equipped with bells are asked to ring them at 12 noon and 6 p.m. every day as a sign of solidarity and hope.

New funeral guidelines for cemeteries and mortuaries have also been issued.

5:30 p.m.

Mayor Eric Garcetti says most nonessential businesses in the city have complied with orders to close, but a few have not. The city is preparing to launch enforcement efforts against those businesses, starting with a warning. Those that remain open face misdemeanor penalties, citations, fines and the possibility of the city Department of Water and Power shutting off utility service, Garcetti said.

“You know who you are,” Garcetti said. “You need to stop it. This is your chance to step up and to shut it down, because if you don’t, we will shut you down.”

Garcetti said the city is also looking to recruit medical workers to contribute to the city’s efforts, either on a paid or pro bono basis. An application form is available here.

4 p.m.

Los Angeles Unified School District has announced its first known likely case of the coronavirus in a district employee, in addition to a possible second case.

The district said a Facilities Contract employee who had worked in district headquarters was diagnosed with COVID-19 by a health-care provider. The person has not been tested to confirm the diagnosis because of unavailability of the test. The employee had last worked in the district’s Beaudry Avenue headquarters building in downtown Los Angeles on March 13, on the 28th floor. The building itself was closed March 16-18 because of problems with the data systems and it was thoroughly cleaned during that time, the district says. Employees who may have had contact with the individual are advised to self-quarantine at home through April 3.

The district said it is also aware of a possible second case in an employee, but has not confirmed it with health authorities.

3:15 p.m.

California now has 1,000 more ventilators, thanks to SpaceX CEO Elon Musk. Musk brought the breathing machines from China on Friday and Gov. Gavin Newsom said they’re already in the state. Musk has also said that his companies would step in to make ventilators if there’s a shortage.

2 p.m.
Approximately 1,700 inmates were released from Los Angeles County jails to lessen the inmate population during the COVID-19 crisis, Sheriff Alex Villanueva said Tuesday.

12:30 p.m.

Los Angeles County public health officials on Tuesday confirmed 4 new deaths and 128 new cases, bringing the total to 11 deaths and 662 cases in the county. County public health director Barbara Ferrer said one of the deaths was a person from Lancaster, who was under the age of 18, which she said is a “devastating reminder” that COVID-19 affects individuals of all ages.

11a.m.

California’s Chief Justice has suspended all jury trials in the state’s superior courts for 60 days. The presiding judge for L.A. County Superior Court has also signed an order restricting access to all county courthouses. Officials say courts in California aren’t equipped to allow for social distancing and other health requirements needed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

11 a.m.

City of Hope hospitals are taking new protective measures over the Coronavirus outbreak. Starting Wednesday, they will no longer allow patients to have visitors. The “no visitor” policy applies to all City of Hope inpatient and outpatient locations and will be in place until further notice. There are exceptions — pediatric patients under 18 will be permitted one parent or guardian. People with disabilities will be allowed one support person and patients at “end of life” will also be permitted visitors.

10 a.m.

Two California State University, Long Beach students tested positive for COVID-19, according to a university spokesperson. The two individuals are in self-isolation off campus and those who may have come in close contact with them are being notified by health officials. One of the students who tested positive for the virus has not been on campus for two weeks, according to university officials, who added that “there was no opportunity for on-campus exposure” in the other student’s case.

“It is a sober signal that the impact of this illness will be felt widely,” officials said in a statement.

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March 23, 2020

1:06 p.m.
Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer reported two new deaths and 128 new cases, bringing the total to seven deaths and 536 cases in the county. The new cases include three in Pasadena and 17 in Long Beach, Ferrer said.

7:45 a.m.
Schools within the Los Angeles Unified School District will remain closed until at least May 1 as efforts continue to control the spread of the novel coronavirus.

6 a.m.
Starting Monday, Metro will begin using modified bus and rail schedules. Because of the recent drop in demand, rail service will run less frequently during peak hours, arriving at stops every 15 to 20 minutes. Bus riders will also notice some changes. In an effort to maintain social distancing, riders will only be allowed to board and exit using the rear doors.

March 22, 2020

11 p.m.
Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti announced that beach parking and recreation facilities have been shut down due to “too many people packing beaches, trails and parks.”

9:30 p.m.
School officials announced a student at East Los Angeles College tested positive for COVID-19. The student was last on campus March 12. The student is currently under quarantine while awaiting test results. All faculty and staff members who were supposed to be at the school on Monday were asked to work from home, unless otherwise directed.

5:16 p.m.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that the city is shutting down the Venice Beach boardwalk in consultation with the county Department of Public Health. Beach parking lots will also be closed.

3:27 p.m.
President Donald Trump said the Navy hospital ship the USNS Mercy “will be deployed to Los Angeles to add emergency surge medical capacity.” Gov. Gavin Newsom requested that the ship come to Los Angeles through September in a letter to Trump.

2:40 p.m.
Health officials on Sunday announced one new death related to novel coronavirus in Los Angeles County and 71 new cases, bringing the number of cases to 409. The total includes 132 new cases that were confirmed in the previous 48 hours, according to the Los Angeles County Public Health Department. The individual who died was identified only as a Culver City resident who was older than 65 and had underlying health conditions, the agency said in a statement. Five people have now died of COVID-19 in the county.

1:15 p.m.
Several new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in San Bernardino County on Sunday, bringing the total from 10 to 17, according to the county’s department of public health. No deaths have been reported in the county.

11:30 a.m
Health officials reported another death related to the coronavirus in Riverside County on Sunday. A total of 6 people have died in the county, which has 30 cases.

March 21, 2020

9:30 p.m.
Officials announced the Los Angeles Police Department is ramping up its coronavirus staffing, stretching officers’ shifts and limiting days off. Law enforcement will enter this new phase as soon as Monday morning. The new plan is expected to move officers to 12-hour shifts with fewer days off.

8 p.m.
Los Angeles County health officials announced two additional deaths related to the coronavirus, bringing the county’s total to four deaths. Officials also announced 59 new cases, bringing the total number of cases to 351. Of those, 69 people have been hospitalized.

Both of the people who died were over age 65 and had underlying health conditions. One lived in the Miracle Mile neighborhood and the other lived in Del Rey.

4:30 p.m.
Health officials reported another coronavirus death in Riverside County, and said there were two new additional cases, bringing the total to 30 cases.

4 p.m.
Orange County health officials announced 13 new cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the county’s total to 78 confirmed cases.

12 p.m.
Big Bear Lake has seen its first case of COVID-19, diagnosed in Mayor Rick Herrick. He says he had quarantined himself after experiencing flu-like symptoms and was tested Thursday. The result came back positive Friday evening. Herrick said he is remaining isolated at home and his symptoms have been relatively mild, including low fever, chest pressure, aches and fatigue.

9 a.m.
Riverside County health officials are conducting drive-thru testing for coronavirus in Lake Elsinore on Saturday and Sunday. Patients must be exhibiting symptoms of the virus and make an appointment before arriving at the testing site in the parking lot of The Diamond baseball stadium.

March 20, 2020

3:29 p.m.
The Orange County Fire Authority announced that one of the agency’s firefighters is recovering at home with mild symptoms after testing positive for COVID-19. Twenty-four other firefighters that the infected firefighter came into contact with are also in self-isolation, the OCFA chief said.

1 p.m.
The Sheraton Hotel in Pomona will provide temporary housing through 244 single-occupancy rooms for coronavirus patients and those showing symptoms and waiting test results. The hotel will be made available on a first come, first serve basis from March 23 to May 31 with the option to extend.

12:30 p.m.
Los Angeles County health officials announced Friday 61 new cases within the past 24 hours, bringing the county’s total to 292 confirmed cases.

10:56 a.m.
An additional death associated with novel coronavirus was confirmed in Riverside County.

6 a.m.
Riverside County officials say the county is set to open its second drive-up testing facility on Saturday. It will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Diamond Stadium in Lake Elsinore. Testing is free, and you do not need a doctor’s permission — but you do need to call and make an appointment. More information here.

March 19, 2020

8:30 p.m.

Los Angeles Unified School District has established a fund-raising effort for the public to help students who are most in need. LA Students Most in Need will help provide meals and supplies for students and family members. The fund has already gotten contributions of $250,000 each from the Anthony and Jeanne Pritzker Family Foundation, the Ballmer Group and Richard Lovett, president of Creative Artists Agency. In addition, Matthew McConaughey and Creative Artists Agency are providing support to the fund and the school district. To contribute to LA Students Most in Need, click here.

8 p.m.

The number of cases in Ventura County has increased to 17, up from 13 the previous day. Eleven of the cases are ages 18-16, one case is under age 17 and five cases are over 65. The cases are spread among seven different cities.

6 p.m.

Gov. Gavin Newsom has issued a statewide “stay at home” order. The order, which goes into effect on Thursday, March 19 until further notice, shuts down all non-essential businesses. Essential services such as gas stations, pharmacies, grocery stores and banks will remain open. Newsom has predicted the state could potentially see more than half of its residents infected with coronavirus over the next eight weeks.

5:30 p.m.

Los Angeles County and city officials issued a “Safer at Home” order, ordering nonessential businesses to close if their employees can’t work from home and telling local residents to stay at home as much as possible.

4:15 p.m.

Officials announced a second LAPD employee tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The employee is a member of the department’s senior staff who started having flu-like symptoms last week. The employee is resting at home and is expected to make a full recovery. All of the work spaces associated with the employee were being disinfected.

12:30 p.m.

Los Angeles County health officials on Thursday confirmed the second death related to the novel coronavirus as they announced 40 new cases, bringing the county’s total to 230.

The individual was described as relatively young, between the 30 and 50 years old with an underlying health condition. That person was in the Pasadena area, according to county public health director Barbara Ferrer.

“As a general rule of thumb, you should assume that you may be infected, and that others around you may be infected. And therefore, act accordingly, take every precaution possible to avoid infecting others,” she said.

March, 18, 2020

6 p.m.
The mayor of West Hollywood announced he has tested positive for COVID-19. Mayor John D’Amico said he found out from his healthcare provider Wednesday afternoon his test came back positive. He informed City Manager Paul Arevalo, who closed city facilities and ordered city employees to leave work. City facilities will be cleaned and operations will be shifted so employees can work remotely when possible. The mayor said he is resting at home and his husband is fine and is also quarantined at home.

5:30 p.m.
Gov. Gavin Newsom says California has at least 598 cases of COVID-19.

There have been at least 12,600 people tested in California so far for coronavirus, Newsom said. Of those, 3,200 tests have not yet come back with results. He said the numbers are expected to continue rapidly increasing.

The state is also working to rapidly acquire medical supplies, protective equipment for workers and hospital beds for patients. They are also ramping up efforts to get the homeless off the streets by purchasing and distributing 1,300 trailers.

The state is also spending $50 million to acquire hotels and motels to use for health care and housing. Newsom said he spoke with President Trump and FEMA officials and the state has requested a range of assets including two mobile field hospitals that would each have a capacity of 496 beds.

5:20 p.m.

Mayor Eric Garcetti announced plans to get the most vulnerable in the homeless population with pre-existing conditions off the streets and indoors. Los Angeles plans to open 6,000 beds at 42 recreation centers.

3:45 p.m.

Health officials announced there are 42 cases in Orange County, up 13 cases since the last report.

2:30 p.m.

All of the confirmed cases were being isolated and close contacts are quarantined, Los Angeles County public health director Barbara Ferrer said.

Ferrer said she expects the numbers to continue increasing possibly for another 12 weeks.

“Because we cannot stop the spread of COVID-19, all of our strategies are aimed at slowing the spread,” Ferrer said. “We need to work hard to make sure that happens.”

March, 17, 2020

9:20 p.m.

UCLA confirmed a student has tested positive for COVID-19. The university said the student lives off-campus in non-university-owned housing, and is being treated at a hospital. It is the second case of coronavirus at the university.

8 p.m.

The death toll from the coronavirus has reached 12 in California and 110 across the country. The virus has now been detected in all 50 states, after the state of West Virginia reported its first positive case.

5:30 p.m.

As businesses across the state shut down, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said the city is working to provide financial assistance to the city’s small businesses.

The city is working on making $11 million available for microloans to help businesses with bills, payroll, rent and other expenses. Garcetti said he expects the program can help the city’s 2,000 businesses weather the financial storm as an increasing set of restrictions are put in place to help contain the spread of coronavirus.

The city is also ordering a moratorium on evictions for commercial tenants. That follows an order the previous day preventing evictions for residential tenants.

“We all know that small businesses are the backbone of the Los Angeles economy,” Garcetti said.

He urged Angelenos to continue to support local businesses by ordering food for delivery or takeout. He noted that delivery platforms like Grub Hub are waiving some of their fees for local businesses.

The city recently ordered restaurants to stop serving diners in-person but allowed them to continue serving through delivery, takeout and drive-thru.

4:55 p.m.

The City of Palm Springs on Tuesday issued a shelter-in-place order, advising all residents to limit their activities to only those essential to their daily lives and calling for all non-essential business in the area to close. The emergency order goes into effect Wednesday, March 18 and will remain in place until April 2.

4:30 p.m.
Gov. Gavin Newsom is predicting that many of the state’s school districts will not reopen this school year. Districts representing more than 80% of the state’s students have shut down, at least temporarily. But Newsom said the way the situation is progressing, he doesn’t expect most of them to be able to reopen by the time school was slated to recess for summer.

He said he had to comfort his own young daughter recently when she was upset she couldn’t see her friends at school.

“I told her honey I don’t think the schools are gonna open again,” Newsom said.

“Boy I hope I’m wrong, but I believe that to be the case, based on work we all have to do.”

12:30 p.m.

The number of coronavirus cases in Los Angeles County grew by 50 in one day, to reach 144 total so far, officials said Tuesday.

County public health director Barbara Ferrer said the number of cases is expected to continue to increase as the county’s public and private labs ramp up their ability to test people. She said it would take at least 3-4 weeks for the county’s social distancing efforts to make a noticeable impact on the spread of the coronavirus.

“Every day we increase our capacity to do more testing here in the county,” Ferrer said.

She made the announcement as county officials also said they were working to impose a moratorium on evictions and foreclosures in Los Angeles County, as authorized Monday statewide by Gov. Gavin Newsom.

County Supervisor Hilda Solis said the moratorium will take effect retroactively from March 4 until May 31. During that time, evictions and commercial evictions will not be allowed in the county. Rent is still due, but tenants will have six months after the end of the period to pay back rent.

The county is looking for other ways to help local small business. The county Department of Consumer & Business Affairs is providing information on its website here.

The county has also set up a website for the latest coronavirus information here.

12 p.m.

Also Tuesday in Ventura County, health officials on Tuesday announced that the number of total coronavirus cases in Ventura County has risen to 11 as local, state and federal officials race to mitigate the effects of the worldwide pandemic.

According to vcemergency.com, an official county website, one person has tested positive after 193 were tested. Ten presumptive positive tests are awaiting confirmation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Twenty-five travelers who have demonstrated no symptoms are on home quarantine or isolation, the website said.

11 a.m.

A third person died in the Coachella Valley area of Riverside County due to the coronavirus, Riverside County Public Health reported Tuesday.

March, 16, 2020

10 p.m.

Long Beach will close bars, nightclubs, breweries and wineries. Restaurants and food-serving locations will only be allowed to serve on a takeout and delivery basis. Gyms, other fitness facilities, movie theaters, bowling alleys, arcades and large entertainment facilities will also close. No gatherings of more than 50 people in enclosed spaces will be allowed. The restrictions are in place from March 17 at 12 a.m. through at least March 31.

7 p.m.
San Bernardino County reported its second case of coronavirus. COVID-19 was diagnosed in a 54-year-old man with underlying health conditions who had come into contact with people who had recently traveled from Washington state.

5:40 p.m.
Riverside County health officials confirmed two deaths associated with novel coronavirus, marking the first such deaths in the county. The deaths were reported from Coachella Valley.

5:30 p.m.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti says the city is going to cease many parking enforcement activities amid the coronavirus crisis. City parking enforcement will no longer give out tickets for street sweeping violations, as well as tickets around closed schools when parents and students are picking up meals. No tickets will be given out or towing ordered for abandoned vehicles and oversized vehicle overnight parking violations.

The city will also put a freeze on increases in parking fines and will extend deadlines for payments until July 1.

Enforcement at meters will remain in place, to encourage turnover at businesses, particularly those now relying on takeout and delivery. Other enforcement will remain in place for situations that involve health, safety and emergency access, such as colored curbs.

5:30 p.m.

Public Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser announced the first two deaths associated with coronavirus (COVID-19). Both deaths occurred among patients in the Coachella Valley.

“Our thoughts are with the families of the two patients,” said Kaiser. “Sadly, these outcomes are expected as we face a serious challenge and continue to make the necessary decisions to protect the health of the community.”

12:30 p.m.

As health officials on Monday confirmed 25 new cases in L.A. County, public health director Barbara Ferrer estimated that it would take at least three weeks of social distancing for a decline in novel coronavirus cases to occur across the region.

Ferrer said two of newly confirmed cases are hospitalized, adding that there may be people infected everywhere in the county. Five of the county’s cases are assumed to be a result of community transmission.

“If something is not an essential activity, I urge you not to do it,” Ferrer said, adding that the county saw 41 confirmed cases within the last 48 hours.

L.A. County officials on Monday also announced that all bars and gyms would be closed. Restaurants will only be offering take-out.

The number of cases in Riverside County rose to 14 on Saturday after two new patients were positively diagnosed.

11 a.m.

As the impact of the novel coronavirus outbreak becomes more prominent across Southern California, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department announced an increase in patrols and efforts to reduce the department’s in-custody population to curb the potential spread of the virus. In order to mitigate the risk of the spread of infection throughout the jail system, Sheriff Alex Villanueva said the department will be releasing people with less than 30 days left on their sentences. Deputies have also been instructed to cite and release people in select circumstances.

March 15, 2020

5:30 p.m.

The Los Angeles Police Department identified the first case involving one of its employees. A uniformed supervisor in the Pacific Division tested positive after exhibiting flu-like symptoms around March 5. His condition was described as improving and he was expected to make a full recovery. The department is cleaning and disinfecting the employee’s work area. No other personnel in the Pacific Division have exhibited symptoms.

1 p.m.

Los Angeles County officials say the total number of cases has increased to 69. Among those cases, 10 are likely due to community transmission. Five of the cases confirmed on Sunday were hospitalized, health officials said.

Regarding the new cases, the County of Los Angeles Public Health Department said:

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