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|
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
A patient was evacuated from the Magnolia Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Riverside on Wednesday.
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:
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
“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.
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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.
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A mural by the artist Corie Mattie in West Hollywood.
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Street art by Pony Wave in Venice Beach.
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A work by the artist HIJACK in the Pico-Robertson neighborhood.
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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.
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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
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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