New L.A. County quarantine order for travelers now official – Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles County has become the latest county in California to impose a mandatory quarantine on long-distance travelers.

At least two other counties — Santa Clara and San Francisco — have similar mandatory orders. The California Department of Public Health on Nov. 13 issued an advisory urging Californians to stay home or in their region and avoid nonessential travel, including for tourism or recreation.

The regional stay-at-home order prohibits hotels and other lodging companies from offering rooms to people visiting for tourism and leisure.

The moves are part of a desperate effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, which is pushing hospitals to the breaking point. L.A. County has seen an unprecedented surge in both cases and deaths since November and has emerged as one of the nation’s leading hot spots.

Source: New L.A. County quarantine order for travelers now official – Los Angeles Times

California crash: seven children killed in head-on collision | California | The Guardian

Two adult drivers also died when vehicle swerved into path of Ford carrying the children, authorities said

Seven children and two adult drivers were killed in a head-on collision between an SUV and a pickup truck in central California on New Year’s Day, authorities have said.

The children, who were between six and 15 years old, were part of two related families travelling in a 2007 Ford F-150 pickup when it was hit by a Dodge Journey on State Route 33 between Avenal and Coalinga around 8pm on Friday, the Fresno county coroner’s office and the California highway patrol said.

Source: California crash: seven children killed in head-on collision | California | The Guardian

Woman survives car crash off a cliff, landing on San Francisco beach – CNN

(CNN)A woman was transported in “serious condition” after a car went off a cliff onto a beach in San Francisco on Christmas morning, according to tweets from the city’s fire department.

The car went over a cliff at Fort Funston and flipped onto the beach, the San Francisco Fire Department tweeted around 12 p.m. ET.
Fort Funston is a former harbor defense installation located in southwest San Francisco and features “200-foot high sandy bluffs,” according to the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy.

It is unclear how far the woman fell or what caused the car to go off the cliff.

Source: Woman survives car crash off a cliff, landing on San Francisco beach – CNN

Nuro set to be California’s first driverless delivery service – BBC News

California has given the go-ahead for a commercial driverless delivery service for the first time.

Robotics start-up Nuro plans to start its driverless delivery operations as early as next year.

It previously tested its R2 vehicles in the state in April, but the permit will let it charge people for its service.

The firm’s vehicles will be limited to 35mph (56km/h), and will be restricted to operating in “fair weather” conditions.

“Issuing the first deployment permit is a significant milestone in the evolution of autonomous vehicles in California,” said California Department of Motor Vehicles director Steve Gordon.

“We will continue to keep the safety of the motoring public in mind as this technology develops.”

Nuro was founded by two former Google engineers and has funding from Japanese firm Softbank.

Nuro’s autonomous vehicles will take to the streets as early as 2021.

Source: Nuro set to be California’s first driverless delivery service – BBC News

L.A. May Issue Countywide Emergency Order, Strict Measures, Says Mayor – Deadline

Los Angeles is now the epicenter of the Covid-19 pandemic. It is the most infected county of the most infected state in the most infected country in the world.

In the pandemic’s spring wave, New York held that distinction — and it still is the state to have seen the largest single daily number of deaths. But given that the tally of daily cases and hospitalizations continue to skyrocket in L.A. and the fact that ICU availability was 0% in Southern California on Thursday, Los Angeles is unfortunately catching up.

On Thursday, another 14,418 Covid-19 infections were confirmed in L.A. County. The new cases lifted the countywide cumulative total to 581,519. In a county of 10 million people, that means 1 in 20 residents has had the virus.

Even more shocking, Los Angeles County is now seeing more daily cases than entire countries, including onetime hotspots such as Spain, Mexico, Poland and Portugal.

L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti revealed Thursday evening that city testing results were “seeing a seven-day positivity rate of an alarming 19.6%. Some of our sites have a positivity rate as high as 30%,” he said. For L.A. County, the seven-day rate was 13.7%.”For comparison, at the very beginning of the pandemic, California-at-large had a 40% test positivity rate. But that was when the state was conducting about 2,000 tests a day. And since lower testing numbers tend to produce higher test positivity rates, for L.A. to have 19.6% test positivity even as it is now delivering nearly 41,500 tests a day is frightening.

In the past week, San Bernardino and Los Angeles counties have, respectively, registered 1,415 and 1,102 average daily cases per million residents. Those are the highest rates in the country among counties with at least 1 million residents. Riverside County has the fourth-highest daily cases per million. That data is per an aggregator of government statistics used by the CDC called USAFacts.

Source: L.A. May Issue Countywide Emergency Order, Strict Measures, Says Mayor – Deadline

Stockton 15-year-old dies after shot at Burger King drive-thru, police say

A 15-year-old boy died Friday after a shooting at a drive-thru in Stockton, according to police.

Police said a mother and her 15-year-old son were in the drive-thru when the suspect walked up to their car and shot into the passenger side window several times.

The 15-year-old was taken to a nearby hospital where he later died from his injuries, police said. It is unclear if the 15-year-old’s mother was injured in the shooting.

Police currently have no motive or suspect information.

Anyone with information on the shooting is urged to call the Stockton Police Department.

The 15-year-old’s death marked the 50th homicide in Stockton this year. At this time last year, officers investigated 32 homicides, police said.

Of the 50 homicides this year, 15 were domestic violence, six involved homeless people, nine were gang-related, seven were robbery or narcotics-related and 13 were of unknown causes, police said.

Source: Stockton 15-year-old dies after shot at Burger King drive-thru, police say

LA is told stay in their homes effective immediately | Daily Mail Online

LA residents are ordered to stay in their homes: Mayor Garcetti tells 4million citizens to remain indoors, restricts travel, closes non-essential businesses and says it’s ‘time to cancel everything’ as hospitalizations and cases surge

  • Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti ordered the city’s 4 million residents to stay at home Wednesday night 
  • The mayor told the public to ‘cancel everything’ and banned all travel, including walking and bicycling 
  • Non-essential businesses were ordered to close and officials threatened to arrest those breaking the rules
  • There are, however, a long list of exemptions included in the Mayor’s order
  • People can leaves their homes if they need to engage in a number of the exempt activities such as visiting certain businesses and exercise, including at beaches and on trails
  • Businesses that are exempt from the order include healthcare operations, supermarkets and convenience stores, liquor stores, gas stations, banks, hardware stores, handymen services and laundromats
  • Retail stores that follow the county’s in-person shopping health protocols are allowed to remain open. Indoor capacity, however, must be limited to 20 percent and be closed between 10pm to 5am
  • Personal care establishments such as hair and nail salons, tattoo parlors and tanning salons must limit indoor capacity to 20 percent 
  • Garcetti’s order mirrors a directive put in place by Los Angeles County health officials last week 
  • During a press conference, Garcetti said Los Angeles County saw increase of 5,987 new cases on Wednesday
  • 40 new deaths were reported, bringing county’s toll to 7,740, which could hit 11,130 by end of the year 
  • According to Garcetti, 2,572 Angelenos were hospitalized as of Wednesday; there are only 479 beds left across county and at current rate, health officials are predicting county will run out of beds in next 2-4 weeks 

Source: LA is told stay in their homes effective immediately | Daily Mail Online

Eastvale, California, Amazon evacuated and six sent to hospital after unknown smell, company says – CNN

Six people were taken to the hospital and hazardous materials teams were called in after employees reported an unknown smell at an Amazon fulfillment center in Eastvale, California, the company told CNN.

Source: Eastvale, California, Amazon evacuated and six sent to hospital after unknown smell, company says – CNN

Los Angeles issues stay-home order as coronavirus surges – POLITICO

Los Angeles County announced a new stay-home order Friday as coronavirus cases surge out of control in the nation’s most populous county.

The three-week order takes effect Monday. It came as the county confirmed 24 new deaths and 4,544 new cases of COVID-19. The five-day average of new cases was 4,751.

Nearly 2,000 people in the county are hospitalized.“We know we are asking a lot from so many who have been sacrificing for months on end,” Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said. “Acting with collective urgency right now is essential if we want to put a stop to this surge.”The order advises residents to stay home “as much as possible” and to wear a face covering when they go out. It bans people from gathering with people who aren’t in their households, whether publicly or privately.

Source: Los Angeles issues stay-home order as coronavirus surges – POLITICO

L.A. County nears new stay-home order as COVID cases rise – Los Angeles Times

The specter of another COVID-19 shutdown is looming over Los Angeles County, as another record-high number of daily coronavirus cases Monday pushed the region over its self-set threshold for issuing a new stay-at-home order.

When such an order will be handed down, or what precise form it will take, is unclear — though the county director of public health, Barbara Ferrer, said Monday that “for sure we’re not going back to all of the restrictions that were in place in the original Safer at Home order.

“We’ll be working with the Board [of Supervisors] to determine additional safety modifications,” she said, describing the new health order as a “targeted Safer-at-Home order.”

The board is scheduled to meet Tuesday.

Source: L.A. County nears new stay-home order as COVID cases rise – Los Angeles Times

L.A. County suspends outdoor dining at restaurants as coronavirus surges – Los Angeles Times

In a devastating blow to Los Angeles’ struggling restaurant industry, L.A. County public health officials on Sunday announced they will suspend outdoor dining at restaurants amid a surge of new coronavirus cases.

Customers dine in the Hollywood Riviera area of Redondo Beach. L.A. County has suspend outdoor dining Sunday due to the rise in coronavirus cases. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times)

Few segments of the L.A. retail economy have been hit harder by the pandemic than the once-booming dining world, with many landmark names closing in recent months and many more on the brink. After they were forced to close indoor dining rooms in the spring, many eateries got a lifeline when officials allowed them to serve outdoors, often in patios and makeshift dining halls built in parking lots and streets.

The new rule takes effect at 10 p.m. Wednesday and restricts restaurants — along with breweries, wineries and bars — to takeout and delivery only for the first time since May. It will remain in place for at least three weeks, officials said.

Wineries and breweries can continue retail operations.

“The persistent high number of cases requires additional safety measures that limit mixing in settings where people are not wearing masks,” Barbara Ferrer, the L.A. County health director, said in a statement.

 

Officials had warned earlier in the week that the new rule would be imposed if the five-day average of new cases reached 4,000, or if hospitalizations topped 1,750 per day.

Source: L.A. County suspends outdoor dining at restaurants as coronavirus surges – Los Angeles Times

Dodgers claim first World Series title in 32 years, rallying past Rays in Game 6

Dodgers win first World Series since 1988 after beating Rays in Game 6.

Los Angeles has officially transformed into Titletown.

For the second time in October, the city claimed a major sports championship as the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Tampa Bay Rays, 3-1, in Game 6 of the 2020 World Series. Of course, the LeBron James-led Lakers already brought home the NBA title after topping the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals.

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The Dodgers triumph ends a 32-year championship drought for one of MLB’s most decorated franchises. Not since Kirk Gibson and Orel Hershiser became postseason legends in 1988 has the team’s season culminated with a celebration. It some ways, the wait felt a lot longer. Probably because the Dodgers have fallen short time and time again since becoming perennial World Series contenders in 2013. Now, all of that built up pain and frustration can give way to jubilation.

Source: Dodgers claim first World Series title in 32 years, rallying past Rays in Game 6

Expert Says State’s Thanksgiving Gathering Guidelines Are ‘Right On The Money’ – CBS Los Angeles

California is telling people to gather with no more than three households present and that Thanksgiving dinner must be held outside.

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Many people in California have voiced their opinions on Governor Newsom’s Thanksgiving gathering guidelines, with many saying the state has gone too far.

The state is telling people to gather with no more than three households present and that Thanksgiving dinner must be held outside.

“The recommendations are right on the money for what we are looking for, for infection control,” said Erin Bromage, a professor of immunology and infectious diseases at the University of Massachusetts.

Source: Expert Says State’s Thanksgiving Gathering Guidelines Are ‘Right On The Money’ – CBS Los Angeles

San Francisco archbishop holds exorcism where protesters toppled Junipero Serra statue | Fox News

A Roman Catholic archbishop performed an exorcism in Northern California on Saturday morning at the site where racial injustice protesters toppled a statue of 18th-century Spanish missionary Junipero Serra days earlier.

Source: San Francisco archbishop holds exorcism where protesters toppled Junipero Serra statue | Fox News