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Coronavirus: First US death of child under 18 reported in California

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Officials in Los Angeles have confirmed three more deaths linked to the coronavirus, including the area's first death of a child under 18. The case marks the first reported death of a child in the US as the pandemic surges to more than 40,000 cases in the country. The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in California spiked to more than 2,200 on Tuesday. Los Angeles County Health Department director Barbara Ferrer said the latest death serves as a "devastating reminder" that the virus impacts people of all ages. Officials did not reveal the age or other identifying information about the child, who was from Lancaster in Los Angeles County. The virus "does not discriminate by age, race or income level, and what we are seeing in places like New York is indicative of what we should prepare to experience here", Dr Ferrer said, urging social distancing measures and isolation efforts to help "flatten the curve" in the state. Health of

Coronavirus updates from April 19, 2020

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This live blog has finished. Click here for the latest coronavirus updates . More than 40,000 people in the U.S. have been killed by COVID-19 since the outbreak began, according to Johns Hopkins University, and more than 750,000 cases have been confirmed. Meanwhile, demonstrators in several states continued balking at stay-at-home orders. Italy's death toll hits one-week low. N.Y. Governor Andrew Cuomo announces launch of "aggressive" antibody testing. Former FDA chief Scott Gottlieb says  U.S. is "not out of the woods yet." Broadway star  Nick Cordero's right leg amputated  due to virus complications. Detailed information from the CDC on coronavirus treatment and prevention. Congress, White House near deal on $350 billion in additional small business aid The Trump administration and Congress expect an agreement Monday on an aid package of up to $450 billion to boost a small-business loan program that has  run out of money  and to

This is the latest list of L.A. County communities with coronavirus cases

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Los Angeles County hit another grim milestone, recording 81 new coronavirus deaths Saturday. In the last week, deaths among L.A. County residents have roughly doubled and now stand at more than 570. Of the people who most recently died, 56 were older than 65, 18 were 41 to 65, and one person was 18 to 40. Sixty-three of the people had underlying health conditions. The county also announced 642 additional coronavirus cases Saturday. Long Beach, which has its own health department, reported an additional death and 30 new cases Saturday, for a total of 12,051 cases. Here are the L.A. County communities with confirmed coronavirus cases: Long Beach 419 Glendale 326 Melrose 235 Pasadena 215 Santa Clarita 196 Torrance 189 North Hollywood 162 Inglewood 152 Carson 149 Palmdale 147 Sylmar 145 Burbank 134 South Gate 133 Hollywood 130 East Los Angeles 127 Downey 124 Van Nuys 117 Lancaster 114 Santa Monica 111 West Hollywood 109 Westlake 104

Coronavirus: SoCal couple recounts wife's ordeal battling COVID-19, followed by 'miraculous' recovery

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"I had got the bad news at one point -- they didn't think she was going to make it," her husband said. "But, you know, miracles happen." A Southern California woman nearly lost her battle with COVID-19 but made a remarkable recovery. Her husband, a pastor, had lived through his own near-death experience nearly two decades ago, and now both are celebrating their health. The staff at Kaiser Permanente Irvine Medical Center gave Chriselda Davis a joyful sendoff when she was discharged. "I feel good," she later told ABC7 in an interview from the couple's home, where she celebrated her 46th birthday after being released from the hospital. "Every day I'm getting stronger." Her husband Tony was by her side after a nearly monthlong battle with COVID-19. Chriselda said the couple attended church on March 14 -- before any stay-at-home orders were issued. Soon after, flu-like symptoms set in. "I was having fev

SoCal restaurants adapt for Easter, packing meals to go and giving away food

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Restaurants that are normally busy on Easter Sunday are adapting their ways, packing complete brunches to go and even giving away free meals. Easter is normally a busy time for Southern California restaurants. But with the shutdowns forced by the coronavirus pandemic, many are having to adapt their ways. Some are cooking complete Easter meals and packing them to go. Others, like DJ Coffee Shop in San Bernardino, are giving away food. DJ's, partnering with Ye Olde Lamplighter restaurant, gave away some 600 ham dinners on Easter as a way of thanking their customers and the community. People lined up around the parking lot once the giveaway began around 1 p.m. The meals included ham, mashed potatoes, vegetables and carrot cake. "If we can make one person have a sense of normalcy, remind them of what life was like before this, then we did our job," said Chris Hegle, manager of DJ's. "That's what this is about." Some restaurants are adapting t

When will the country get back to normal? 3 things to know about reopening America

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It's  Easter  weekend, and the nation's church pews aren't filled as President  Donald Trump  had  hoped . And while there are indications that social distancing is working as scientists had hoped in mitigating the spread of  novel coronavirus , big questions remain over how America will ever get back to normal after the shuttering of businesses across the country. Here are three things to know: 1. There's no federal plan yet. At this point, states and local authorities are making decisions on whether to close schools or require that people stay home except to buy essentials. Americans, though, are still looking to the federal government for guidance on best practices. So far, Trump has declined to invoke any kind of nationwide "stay-at-home" order and has instead urged Americans to embrace social distancing through the end of the month. He also has said he plans to set up a second task force focused entirely on re-entry. Aft

LA County Extends Stay-at-Home Order to May 15

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On Friday, April 10, LA County health department officials extended stay-at-home measures until at least May 15, and possibly into the summer, in order slow the spread of novel coronavirus. The county has been under social distancing measures since March 16, when the City of LA ordered restaurants and bars to close their facilities with the exception of takeout and delivery. Essential businesses such as grocery stores, drug stores, and restaurants are still permitted to operate provided they supply face coverings for workers. Physical gatherings of any size outside of a single household will remain prohibited. Earlier this week, LA County public health director Dr. Barbara Ferrer urged residents to skip grocery and other shopping this week if possible in an effort to reduce the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Ferrer did mention that some of the social distancing restrictions could be lifted by the summer, but those easements will depends on the data. At the moment, LA Cou

1,123 coronavirus cases in the San Fernando Valley: Which communities have the most?

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Keep reading for community-by-community SFV totals and the numbers for surrounding areas As of noon Wednesday, April 8, 2020, there were at least 1,123 documented cases of the novel coronavirus in San Fernando Valley communities, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Between Tuesday and Wednesday, there were 84 new cases in San Fernando Valley communities. The Valley communities with the most cases of COVID-19 are North Hollywood with 103, Sylmar with 86, and Sherman Oaks with 64. MAP:  This map shows how coronavirus has struck much of LA County Outside of the San Fernando Valley, the Agoura and Calabasas area has a total of 44 cases. The Burbank-Glendale area, including La Canada Flintridge, has 275 cases. The Santa Clarita and Antelope Valley areas, including Canyon Country and Castaic, have 287 cases. There could be more cases in any of these areas. The county is still investigating 732 possible COVID-19 cases and hasn’t yet releas

Newsletter: Sit this week out at home if you can

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L.A. County health officials say this week could be a pivotal one as we try to flatten the curve and control the spread of the coronavirus here.  Stay home, the county’s public health department director Barbara Ferrer urged residents. Don’t even go shopping, she said, if you can possibly avoid it. Virus cases and deaths in the county keep rising. As of Monday night, 147 county residents had died and the number of cases had reached at least 6,390. But here’s the thing: We don’t really know how many cases we’ve had either in L.A. County or in California or in the nation as a whole because of the many problems with getting people tested. Gov. Gavin Newsom acknowledged this weekend that testing lapses have made it hard to track the virus in the state. So, officials — while desperate to improve our odds here — don’t have all the information they need to know exactly where we stand now or when we’ll hit peak crisis. Good data is important, and the Los Angeles Times is trying t