March 30, 2020

Los Angeles

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IE teen models prom dress for grandparents while practicing physical distancing
Los Angeles

BEAUMONT, Calif. (KABC) -- A teen in the Inland Empire couldn't let a good prom dress go to waste, even if the dance is canceled this year due to the outbreak. So she got all dressed up and found a place to go: her grandparents' house. Annette Barranco, who attends Beaumont High School, says her grandmother always wanted to see her in her prom dress. She decided to grant that wish. Barranco modeled the gorgeous dress for her grandparents outside their window. She kept her distance because senior citizens are among the most vulnerable to COVID-19. "It was emotionally really nice to see her reaction," Barranco said. Barranco is a senior. She says in addition to prom, her grad night and graduation have been canceled, but she understands the importance of doing her part to keep everyone safe.
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Mothers give tips on homeschooling kids
Los Angeles

Millions of students found themselves in school one day. and the next, trying to learn at home. It's been a rough transition for a lot of families, FOX 11 talked to two moms who have some ideas on how to make it work.
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LA Convention Center Being Established as Federal Field Hospital
Los Angeles

Mayor Eric Garcetti updated Angelenos Sunday on the status of the city's efforts to curb the coronavirus pandemic."The more we do, the quicker this will be over. The less we do, the longer it will be,'' Garcetti said.The mayor said the city is establishing the Los Angeles Convention Center as a federal field hospital. California's National Guard helped prepare the center Sunday, he said.Garcetti said the city is in the process of opening up five new emergency shelters to move the homeless indoors. Currently, the city is operating 540 shelters, which are about 91% filled.
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Coronavirus: LA Convention Center Undergoing Preparations For Possible Use
Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The Los Angeles Conference Center is being prepped as a possible field hospital to make room at hospitals taking in coronavirus patients.“We’re starting with medical supplies and cots so we can relieve the pressure on nearby hospitals and we’re going to provide more details in the days ahead,” L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti said.The medical station at the convention center is being set up by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, but it’s not the only help L.A. is getting during this pandemic.Naval hospital ship USNS Mercy has already pulled into the Port of L.A. with 1,000 beds for non-coronavirus patients to free up rooms at local hospitals. Even then, some are worried that’s not enough.“I’m proud to announce that the first three patients are already on the Mercy,” Garcetti said.
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Seamstresses donate personal protective equipment to South LA hospital
Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Like all hospitals across Los Angeles County, Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital in South Los Angeles is preparing for a surge of patients. Those preparations have raised concern over a shortage of personal protective equipment for hospital staff. "We are going through supplies at a rate at which we would typically go through them, but without the replacement supplies that are typically shipped into us," said Dyan Sublett, president of MLK Community Health Foundation. That's because the need for personal protective equipment is up at hospitals across the country due to the . Enter Judge Teresa Sanchez Gordon and fashion designer Mylette Nora, two South Los Angeles residents who are talented seamstresses. "Vanessa Sanchez-Gordon said to me 'I want to help and we can make masks, we can make gowns and we'll do them according to specifications.' They did precisely that. They got their knitting groups together. They're going to do more," said Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas.
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Riverside County Amazon Worker Tests Positive for COVID-19
Los Angeles

A worker at an Amazon facility in Riverside County, Eastvale tested positive for COVID-19, the e-commerce giant announced Sunday."We are supporting the individual who is recovering," the company said in a statement. "We are following guidelines from health officials and medical experts, and are taking extreme measures to ensure the safety of employees at our site."Amazon said all associates who had close contact with the person in the facility will be asked to self-quarantine for 14 days. During that time, quarantined employees will be paid.
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5 More People Die in LA County From COVID-19, Cases Top 2,000
Los Angeles

Five more deaths from COVID-19 and 332 new cases were announced by Los Angeles County health officials Sunday, bringing the county's totals to 2,136 cased and 37 deaths.No further information was released about the latest fatalities, but five of the six deaths reported Saturday occurred in people over the age of 60, and one was between 50 and 60 years old. Two of those people did not have any reported underlying health conditions, according to officials.
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National Guard transforms LA Convention Center into field hospital
Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A transformation was underway Sunday inside the Los Angeles Convention Center as members of the National Guard set up dozens of beds, preparing the center for use as a federal field hospital in response to the . "A federal medical station led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which dropped off that equipment and we unpacked it this weekend," said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti during a . At New York City's Javits Convention Center, the National Guard was staffing a similar field hospital. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers set up the site in just a few days. There were more than 33,000 cases of coronavirus in New York. The city's hospitals were swamped with sick patients. With cases of coronavirus increasing in Los Angeles County, officials are bracing for a surge in patients at Southern California hospitals.
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Santa Ana Gang Detectives Search for Homicide Suspect
Los Angeles

Santa Ana police asked for public help Sunday to locate a 22-year-old homicide suspect.Daniel Christopher Contreras of Santa Ana is wanted in connection with a shooting that took place about 6:50 p.m. Wednesday at El Salvador Park, 1825 W. Civic Center Dr., the SAPD reported.The unidentified victim died at the scene, police said.Contreras is a reputed gang member and was allegedly in possession of a .40 caliber handgun which has not yet been located, police said.
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Grocery Stores Taking Steps To Keep Employees Safe During Pandemic
Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Grocery stores in the Southland remain open and are taking steps to keep employees safe during the coronavirus pandemic.Many locations are now providing them with masks, gloves and protective plexiglass at the checkout stands. Some stores are even putting floor decals to help people maintain social distancing when they’re getting their groceries.“We definitely value our associates and we want to make sure they are well taken care of because they are the face of the company,” said John Votava of Ralphs. “They are the ones our customers come back to see over and over.”At least four grocery store workers in Southern California tested positive for coronavirus this past week, including a Costco in the Marina del Rey area, Sprouts in Tustin, Gelsons in Pacific Palisades and Vallarta Supermarket in Canoga Park.
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L.A. County announces five more deaths from COVID-19
Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES - L.A. County health officials have announced five more deaths from COVID-19 and 332 new cases, bringing the county's total to 37 deaths and 2,136 cases.Health officials say five of the six deaths reported yesterday occurred in people over the age of 60 and the sixth death was said to be a person between the age of 50 – 60 years old.Two of the individuals, including the person between 50-60 years old, did not have any reported underlying health conditions, according to a statement from LA Public Health. 
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Local woman with COVID-19 discharged from rehab center against her wishes; fears patients, staff at risk
Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES - A Porter Ranch woman who tested positive for COVID-19 while recovering from surgery at the California Rehabilitation Institute in Century City believes more staff and patients there were exposed to coronavirus. Elisa Wishan was sent to the rehab center on March 10 following a disc replacement. "I've never been in a situation like this. All I've been trying to do is take care of myself and get well," said Wishan. 
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USNS Mercy Starts Taking Patients
Los Angeles

The USNS Mercy is now taking patients. As seen on NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 29, 2020.
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FOX 11 News In Depth : Coronavirus Pandemic Planning
Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES - SEGMENT A: Coronavirus: Planning AheadMichelle Constant, the CEO of pandemic planning firm Constant and Associates joins us to discuss the job of a pandemic planner, what government agencies and businesses they assist and how they do that. Constant says that seeing the Coronavirus crisis has been like watching one of their case studies play out in real-time.  She says the government has put into effect many of their recommendations, for example, non-pharmaceutical interventions, such as personal actions like handwashing, and community actions like isolating people and environmental actions such as cleaning surfaces. 
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Taco Bell giving away free 'Doritos Locos' tacos to promote COVID-19 safety across America
Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES - On Tuesday, March 31 Taco Bell will be giving a free 'Doritos Locos Taco" to everyone in America.    Taco Bell's CEO says it is a way to thank everyone for showing up for their communities and to promote COVID-19 safety.    Get breaking news alerts in the FOX 11 News app. Download for iOS or Android.All guests who come through Taco Bell’s drive-thru are eligible for a free seasoned beef Nacho Cheese 'Doritos Locos Taco.'
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COVID-19 patient sent from quarantine to home from rehab
Los Angeles

A Porter Ranch woman tested positive for COVID-19 during her two-week stay at the California Rehabilitation Institute in Century City. But, she says the rehab center took her out of quarantine and sent her home.
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Mayor Eric Garcetti updates Angelenos on COVID-19 response efforts
Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES - Mayor Eric Garcetti updated Angelenos on the status of the city's efforts to curb the coronavirus pandemic on Sunday.  "The more we do, the quicker this will be over. The less we do, the longer it will be," Garcetti said.  The mayor said the city is establishing the Los Angeles Convention Center as a federal field hospital. California's National Guard helped prepare the center today, he said. 
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President Trump: FDA allowing experimental blood-related therapy to help patients fight COVID-19
Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES - During Sunday's task force briefing, President Trump announced that the FDA is allowing a new experimental therapy to help coronavirus patients.“The FDA is also allowing the emergency use of a blood-related therapy called convalescent plasma,” President Trump said.He was discussing a potential treatment for Covid-19 during a White House briefing with his Coronavirus Task Force. The treatment isn’t new. In fact, it’s been around for more than 100 years.
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Local Churches Are Connecting Online and Keeping Faith Alive Under Quarantine
Los Angeles

The majority of churches in Southern California have shuttered their doors after recent government recommendations to not congregate in groups larger than 10. Pastors and priests now find themselves in the unique position of delivering a sermon to an empty room, while church members watch from home. Many of them are using these virtual services to stay connected with their congregation during a time when many people rely on their faith for comfort.
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Mayor: LA Convention Center To Become Coronavirus Field Hospital
Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, CA — Mayor Eric Garcetti updated Angelenos today on the status of the city's efforts to curb the coronavirus pandemic. ``The more we do, the quicker this will be over. The less we do, the longer it will be,'' Garcetti said. The mayor said the city is establishing the Los Angeles Convention Center as a federal field hospital. California's National Guard helped prepare the center today, he said.
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