Good morning. It's Wednesday, April 1.
|•||25,000 medical workers sign on to help in a single day.|
|•||Virus races through a nursing home near San Bernardino.|
|•||And a jaw-dropping 1.6 million people seek jobless aid.|
Doctors and nurses called for better protections during a protest in Oakland last week.
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"I've never been more damn inspired in my life."
"Can you do your job without touching people?"
"It's impossible. Everything is touch."
Health officials are worried about viral dangers in densely populated encampments like skid row.
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188,247 in U.S.
8,569 in California
2,381 in Bay Area
5,265 in Southern California
3,921 in U.S.
183 in California
Cumulative cases and deaths in California:
"We are not at war. Sailors do not need to die."
More than 100 sailors are infected with the coronavirus aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt, whose home port is San Diego. In an unusual plea, the captain of the aircraft carrier, now in Guam, asked senior commanders to take immediate action to isolate the crew off the ship. They agreed. S.F. Chronicle | NPR
An empty schoolyard in San Francisco last month.
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The state's top education official confirmed what's been widely expected: that school campuses would be unable to reopen this academic year. Superintendent Tony Thurmond did not mandate continued closures, but said the pandemic meant returning would be reckless. Instead, he added, schools should focus on strengthening distance learning. EdSource | Sacramento Bee
"This is worse than a cruise ship," an L.A. County inmate said. "Everybody's on top of each other." L.A. Times
Shuttered shops in Los Angeles on Monday.
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A jaw-dropping 1.6 million Californians have applied for unemployment insurance since mid-March, Gov. Gavin Newsom said on Tuesday. The avalanche of claims has forced the state to redeploy hundreds of staff members, including recent retirees, to process them. Sacramento Bee
Food stamp applications are also through the roof. L.A. Times
Here's a photo tour of Los Angeles's paralyzed restaurant industry. Eater Los Angeles
Hal Wilkes, a professional bagpiper, has been climbing onto the roof of his apartment building in San Francisco at sunset each night and playing a single song. The sorrowful notes echo surprisingly far across the quiet city, where people have made a poignant ritual of listening from the windows. S.F. Chronicle
Other coronavirus developments:
|•||After being sued by the NRA, the Los Angeles County sheriff abandoned his effort to close gun shops. A.P.|
|•||Riverside County officials urged residents to wear masks in public. Infections in the region have surged. Desert Sun|
|•||"Never in my life have I seen it like this." Fruit and vegetable vendors in L.A. are reporting sales declines of 90 percent or more. L.A. Times|
|•||During the first week of the Bay Area's lockdown, residents drank 42 percent more than usual, data showed. S.F. Chronicle|
The Trump administration released its rollback of Obama-era tailpipe pollution standards, gutting the federal government's most important climate change policy and setting up a clash with California. State Attorney General Xavier Becerra criticized the timing during a pandemic. "It's difficult to believe that we've now got to divert some of our state attention to trying to tackle an unlawful attempt to change our clean car standards," he said. CalMatters | Sacramento Bee
Just because it's glorious, here's a picture of a Marin coyote standing sentry near the Golden Gate Bridge on Sunday evening, shared with the Sun by San Francisco resident Taylor Gaw.
Gif created from video by NASA
In 1984, federal scientists crashed a remotely controlled Boeing 720 in the Mojave Desert. Four years in the planning, the point of the exercise was to test new safety technologies. The pleasure of watching the spectacular explosion was just a happy side effect. NASA released old footage filmed from multiple angles on high-speed 16mm film. Supercluster/YouTube | Mashable
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The California Sun is written by Mike McPhate, a former California correspondent for the New York Times.
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