OC RegUC Irvine officials on Saturday, March 21 said a resident living in the university’s graduate student housing tested positive for the coronavirus. In a tweet, UCI Police said the resident is isolated. The risk of others contacting the virus from the resident is low, the department said. The resident, who is not a student, is believed to be the first living in UC Irvine’s student housing to have tested positive for the coronavirus….
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Orange County officials shift focus to mitigating coronavirus impacts -- As Orange County’s number of new coronavirus cases continues to climb, health officials are shifting resources away from investigating sources of contact and toward protecting the most vulnerable populations, such as seniors and those with chronic health problems, by limiting their exposure to the virus. Jeong Park in the Orange County Register -- 3/21/20
Irvine firefighter has coronavirus; Orange County cases rise to 65 -- An Orange County firefighter at Station 4 In Irvine has tested positive for COVID-19 as the total number of cases in the county rose to 65. The Orange County Fire Authority has placed 24 other firefighters who associated with the sick firefighter into self-isolation. Richard Winton in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/21/20
DMV making changes to fight off coronavirus -- Effective immediately, you must have an appointment to get service at the DMV. Weekday hours have been scaled back. The popular Saturday office openings have ended, fewer seats are available in lobbies, and there are no behind-the-wheel driving tests for the next month. Gary Richards in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 3/21/20
First weekend of California stay-at-home order hits millions -- California has never seen a weekend quite like this. No sports practice for the kids. No dining out. No church services. Brian Melley Associated Press -- 3/21/20
Safeway increases hourly wages by $2 as thanks for working amid coronavirus crisis -- Thousands of grocery workers at Safeway supermarkets across the nation will receive an extra $2 an hour in pay in appreciation for continuing to serve customers during a time when Californian and other Americans are sheltering at home to avoid becoming infected with the new coronavirus. Cathie Anderson in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 3/21/20
Stater Bros. bumps workers’ hourly rate $2 for four weeks -- Stater Bros. on Friday announced it was boosting its workers’ pay $2 hourly, compensating them for working through frantic shopping days amid the coronavirus pandemic. The news came just hours after the parent company of the Albertsons, Vons and Pavilions stores said it will pay workers an extra $2 an hour through March 28. Jack Katzanek in the Orange County Register -- 3/21/20
Homeowners are getting federal mortgage relief, but renters aren’t so lucky -- Federal officials announced a nationwide halt to foreclosures and evictions this week, protecting more than 30 million Americans from the risk of losing their homes as the coronavirus outbreak ravages the economy. But the federal plans don’t cover more than 40 million renters, many of whom, housing advocates worry, may not be able to pay their rent next month. Renae Merle in the Washington Post$ -- 3/21/20
Few homeless off California’s streets as virus spreads -- Homeless people in California congregated in parks, popped into each other’s tents on sidewalks and packed closely together to get food Friday, routine scenes that took on different and dangerous significance as state officials try to contain spread of the coronavirus. Stefanie Dazio and Kathleen Ronayne Associated Press -- 3/21/20
USC cancels May in-person graduation. What about UCLA and other colleges? -- USC has joined a growing list of colleges and universities across the county, including UCLA, that are canceling or postponing in-person graduation ceremonies in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Teresa Watanabe in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/21/20
‘A mess in America’: Why Asia now looks safer than the U.S. in the coronavirus crisis -- In Asian countries that initially faced the gravest risk from the coronavirus, the shambolic U.S. response to the pandemic has elicited confusion, horror and even a measure of pity. Suddenly, it seems, the U.S. is the basket case, an aloof, inward-looking power that has weakened its alliances, failed to lead on global emergencies such as climate change and shrunk in a crisis. Shashank Bengali in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/21/20
Seven days as a ‘wartime president’: Trump’s up-and-down command of a pandemic -- Fixated on his portrayal in the media, Trump has used this past week to try to rewrite history in hopes of erasing the public’s memory of him dismissing the severity of threat and bungling the early weeks of the administration’s response. Philip Rucker and Ashley Parker in the Washington Post$ -- 3/21/20
Trump Resists Pressure to Use Wartime Law to Mobilize Industry in Virus Response -- President Trump and his advisers have resisted calls from congressional Democrats and a growing number of governors to use a federal law that would mobilize industry and provide badly needed resources against the coronavirus spread, days after the president said he would consider using that authority. Katie Rogers, Maggie Haberman and Ana Swanson in the New York Times$ -- 3/21/20
U.S. intelligence reports from January and February warned about a likely pandemic -- U.S. intelligence agencies were issuing ominous, classified warnings in January and February about the global danger posed by the coronavirus while President Trump and lawmakers played down the threat and failed to take action that might have slowed the spread of the pathogen, according to U.S. officials familiar with spy agency reporting. Shane Harris, Greg Miller, Josh Dawsey and Ellen Nakashima in the Washington Post$ -- 3/21/20
Officials long warned funding cuts would leave California vulnerable to pandemic. No one listened -- California public health officials have repeatedly warned over the last decade that federal budget cuts were weakening their ability to respond to a widespread health crisis like the current coronavirus pandemic. Patrick McGreevy Jack Dolan in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 3/20/20
Supervisor Wagner says Gov. Newsom’s more restrictive order already supersedes county orders.
Confusion over Orange County’s official response to the coronavirus pandemic flared up again Friday, as a clash between federal and county officials prompted questions that led to contradictory answers. The questions started when all seven members of Orange County’s congressional delegation sent a letter Friday morning to the Board of Supervisors urging them to postpone property tax payments for all residents and to immediately adopt a shelter-in-place order that’s in line with a issued Thursday by Gov. Gavin Newsom. The House members who signed the letter cited public health concerns and confusion with earlier directions from the county, also asking officials to provide specifics on what qualifies as an “essential business” that’s allowed to stay open as shelter-in-place orders are considered.. . . Orange County Supervisor Don Wagner said he didn’t believe the congressional delegation was correct in stating that the county’s public health order carries more weight than the order from Newsom. And he said Orange County residents should get guidance from the , which says all residents should stay at home until further notice unless they’re working in one of 16 sectors deemed “essential” by the state….
Map shows daily count of coronavirus cases in Southern California by county
OC Residents Get Creative to Combat Fear and Boredom During Stay Home Orderhttps://voiceofoc.org/2020/03/oc-residents-get-creative-to-combat-fear-and-boredom-during-stay-home-order/
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