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Good morning. It's Thursday, April 9.

Public health expert says prepare to be indoors till June.
Writer says park closures amount to pandemic theater.
And a photo tour of coronavirus murals across Los Angeles.



California has fared better than other places, but don't expect stay-home orders to be lifted any time soon. Experts have staked out four goal posts:

Robust hospital capacity
Sustained reduction in cases
Testing of everyone with symptoms
A system of monitoring confirmed cases

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday cautioned against moving too quickly: "If at any moment we pull back, you could see that curve go back up." Mercury News | N.Y. Times | L.A. Times

UC public health expert: Expect to stay indoors until at least June. The Guardian


Los Angeles on Wednesday.

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UC professor of medicine: "When we write this history and look at the tens of thousands of lives in California that will have been spared, I think there will be lots of factors that went into it. The most important was that leaders of all types — whether they were in government or in businesses — took it seriously, believed that this was a real risk, and did the right thing early." CNN


Health care workers make up nearly 10 percent of California's coronavirus cases, new data showed. The risk of infection has medical professionals fretting about exposing their families. In Ventura County, many have resorted to lives inside tents and recreational vehicles. Ventura County Star | Sacramento Bee

In cities across California, people have made a ritual of cheering from their balconies for medical workers at the end of the shifts. Here's video from San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.


A patient was evacuated from the Magnolia Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Riverside on Wednesday.

Chris Carlson/A.P.

A viral outbreak at a Riverside nursing home became so harrowing that employees simply stopped showing up. Nearly 40 residents and staff members have been infected by the coronavirus at Magnolia Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. After employees missed work for two straight days, more than 50 ambulances were dispatched to transport residents to other locations. KTLA | Desert Sun


The latest coronavirus totals, according to tallies by the S.F. Chronicle and N.Y. Times:

Confirmed cases:
429,264 in U.S.
19,028 in California
4,218 in Bay Area
12,867 in Southern California

14,820 in U.S.
503 in California

Cumulative infections and deaths in California:

Sources: California Department of Public Health; SF Chronicle

See trackers of cases in California, the U.S., and worldwide.


"If anybody wept, the sound of their cries was contained within their vehicles."

Here's a heartbreaking glimpse at what a funeral looks in a state under lockdown. Wanda DeSelle, 76, died from complications of coronavirus. As her coffin was lowered into the ground at a Madera cemetery, friends and family watched from their cars. The only sounds: the humming of car engines and a distant lawnmower. L.A. Times


Ola, left, and Vlad Ponomarenko played volleyball in Griffith Park two weekends ago.

Irfan Khan/L.A. Times via Getty Images

Los Angeles beaches and trailheads are already closed. Now, on Easter Sunday the shutdown will expand to hundreds of parks where Angelenos have traditionally gathered for the holiday. "I know your heart breaks," Mayor Eric Garcetti said. "But we can't afford to have one cluster of even just a few people together spread this disease to more people and kill them." L.A. Times | City News Service

Park closures are folly, a sociologist argued. Going outdoors is essential to good health, including immune systems. Shooing people back inside amounts to "pandemic theater" that potentially does more harm than good, she wrote. The Atlantic


It was an admirable decision. The governor announced this week that California would be lending 500 desperately needed ventilators to other states harder hit by the coronavirus. In Riverside County, however, where the demand for ventilators is poised to exceed supply, officials were caught off guard. "I think we were all a little surprised," a supervisor said. "We're all trying to prepare so we're not like New York." L.A. Times


With Los Angeles hunkered down, street artists have been depicting the city’s anxieties in themes both hopeful and dystopian. Below, a visual tour of coronavirus murals that have popped up across the city in recent weeks.

A gentle reminder in dripping white paint was added near La Brea Avenue and San Vicente Boulevard.

Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images

“Stay Safe” by the Danish artist Rasmus Balstrøm in Boyle Heights.

A mural by the artist Corie Mattie in West Hollywood.

Apu Gomes//AFP, via Getty Images

Street art by Pony Wave in Venice Beach.

Mario Tama/Getty Images

A work by the artist HIJACK in the Pico-Robertson neighborhood.

Frederic J. Brown/AFP, via Getty Images


Other odds and ends:

"I figured everyone could use a few smiles." A pilot drew a happy face, a heart, and a peace symbol in the skies over Humboldt County. Lost Coast Outpost
Two Visalia Mexican restaurants delivered hundreds of free burritos to fieldworkers Tuesday morning. KFSN
Here's video of a police cruiser blasting Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive" while driving through the empty streets of San Diego. Reddit



Sen. Bernie Sanders addressed a rally in Santa Monica last summer.

Mark Ralston/AFP via Getty Images

California didn't matter as much as many had hoped. The results are finally in from the state's unhurried count of Super Tuesday votes, and Bernie Sanders finished atop the field 8 percentage points ahead of Joe Biden. Sanders, who hasn't won a state primary since March 10, dropped out of the race on Wednesday. Another result: In all seven congressional districts that flipped to Democratic control in 2018, the share of Republican votes declined even further. CalMatters

The GOP is losing the mayor's job in San Diego. The primary results have set up a Democrats-only runoff in November. S.F. Chronicle


Zoom, the San Jose videoconferencing company, was riding high as millions of people were forced to work from home. Then a drumbeat of reports highlighted the ease with which random strangers could jump into calls. Now Google has banned its employees from using the platform, and a Zoom shareholder has filed a class action lawsuit claiming the privacy issues led the company's stock price to plunge. BuzzFeed News | Reuters


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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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