The latest numbers released Tuesday afternoon from the L.A. County Department of Public Health are below. Health officials are urging anyone who can stay at home to do so this week — and not make any trips except those most urgent. About 35,000 tests for people in L.A. County for the coronavirus (out of 10.1 million) have been completed and officials want to slow the spread of the virus as much as possible.
@lapublichealth Announces 22 New Deaths Related to #COVID19 & 550 New Cases of Confirmed COVID-19 in Los Angeles County. 6,910 cases across all areas of LA County, including 169 deaths. It is important that we all stay home as much as possible. View https://t.co/iF4ZAHi3Tr pic.twitter.com/9j1H8gqdtg
— LA Public Health (@lapublichealth) April 7, 2020
Our messaging remains:
If you're traveling with us, it must be essential. In that case, we recommend you cover your nose and mouth. We all have a responsibility to do everything we can to stop the spread.
Stay safe and let's take care of each other. pic.twitter.com/Bhl7WOSRr7
— LA Metro (@metrolosangeles) April 6, 2020
•Metro continues to run our bus and rail service although slightly adjusted from normal levels.
We’re running about 80 percent of our normal weekday bus service although some trips will be canceled. We’re trying to be strategic to avoid extending anyone’s wait. We do recommend allowing extra time for your commute.
A, B, D, E, L LINES (BLUE, RED, PURPLE, EXPO, GOLD): Weekday rail service every 12 minutes between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. with 20-minute service before and after those times. Last trains depart terminal stations at midnight.
•As far as ridership goes, the latest numbers (through late last week) show our weekday boardings are down about 70 percent from normal times.
•Metro has published a list of confirmed cases of COVID-19 among employees, contractors and vendors. The list will be updated.
•The $2 trillion stimulus bill signed into law last month should help large transit agencies. From LAT transpo reporter Laura Nelson:
The Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim metro area will receive almost $1.22 billion for transit from the latest federal stimulus bill, per federal officials.
— Laura J. Nelson 🦅 (@laura_nelson) April 7, 2020
•Work on the Purple Line Extension and other projects continues. On the Purple Line, a tunneling machine reached Wilshire/Fairfax station on Friday. Source post here.
In the news…
•The New York MTA announced Monday that 33 of its employees have died due to COVID-19. Here’s the NY MTA transcript interview. The NY MTA is massive with more than 77,000 employees and runs the busy NYC Subway as well as the NYC bus system and commuter rail lines.
Some of our coworkers are working from home.
Most are not.
They're in the system
announcing service changes,
— NYCT Subway. Wear a Mask. (@NYCTSubway) April 6, 2020
•SF Muni announced Monday that it will continue service on 17 of its 89 bus lines in San Francisco due to staff shortages and safety concerns. The idea is to bulk up service on the 17 essential lines. SF Muni blog post
•ProPublica and many other media outlets are reporting about the high rate at which the coronavirus is hitting the African American community.
•Smart story in LAT about South L.A. businesses getting hit hard by the pandemic. Excerpt:
Before the coronavirus made its deadly march through communities across the country, upending lives and stalling the economy, something remarkable was happening south of the 10 Freeway.
A region that had long felt ignored by the development boom reshaping neighborhoods across Los Angeles was experiencing a renaissance in community-owned cafes, coffee shops and co-working spaces — especially among a new generation of black entrepreneurs.
•The Eastern Sierra town of Mammoth Lakes — 300 miles north of L.A. — is in the process of setting up a checkpoint on Highway 203, the one currently open paved road into and out of town, reports the NYT. They want visitors to stay away, citing the lack of hospital space should a visitor get sick.
•The Washington Post lays out the difficulties of resuming pro sports. Tough one for L.A. given the number of teams in our region and the jobs they support. Work continues on SoFi Stadium — the new home of the Rams and Chargers — the LAT reported last week there could be delays.
•A new Harvard study found that death from coronavirus is more likely in parts of the U.S. with higher levels of particulate matter pollution, reports the NYT. What is particulate matter? Take it away, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency:
These particles come in many sizes and shapes and can be made up of hundreds of different chemicals.
Some are emitted directly from a source, such as construction sites, unpaved roads, fields, smokestacks or fires.
Most particles form in the atmosphere as a result of complex reactions of chemicals such as sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides, which are pollutants emitted from power plants, industries and automobiles.
•Not the smartest tweet ever:
Residents of Los Angeles are enjoying a third straight week of clean air, leading some to wonder if reduced traffic from the city's stay-at-home orders is playing a part pic.twitter.com/5IkukAmnsd
— Reuters (@Reuters) April 6, 2020
•Smarter and with data:
With March coming to a close, it's official. March 2020 was the best air quality Los Angeles has had not just for March but for at any time in the last 40 years. Check out the green bars on the chart below. https://t.co/7ksQerZkSo pic.twitter.com/4RVqlrm5c1
— Coalition for Clean Air (@CleanairCA) April 3, 2020
•Must read op-ed in NYT about the problems caused by lack of testing for coronavirus.
•RIP, Bill Withers.
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