The latest numbers from the L.A. County Department of Public Health as of Friday afternoon and the county has also extended safer-at-home orders until May 15. Testing is expanding but until it becomes more common, we probably won’t have a complete picture of how many cases of COVID-19 there are in the county, thus the abundance of caution.
@lapublichealth Announces 18 New Deaths Related to#COVIDー19 and 475 New Cases of Confirmed COVID-19 in LA County. 8,430 cases across all areas of LA County, including 241 deaths. New Health Officer Order issued through 5/15. View: https://t.co/8QotRMT9DV for more. pic.twitter.com/CC6eicAP4Q
— LA Public Health (@lapublichealth) April 10, 2020
Every day we get closer to being on the other side of this crisis thanks to everyone following the #SaferAtHome orders, which has been extended to May 15. Let’s keep working on this together! What we are doing is working to slow the spread of #COVID19 #StayHome #LACountyStrong pic.twitter.com/4K57sCEzhx
— LA Public Health (@lapublichealth) April 10, 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
Under L.A. County’s “Safer at Home” order, travel is only allowed for essential activities, including work to essential jobs (and there are many jobs considered essential), visiting a doctor or vet, obtaining medical supplies or medication, grocery shopping for yourself or others, providing care for minors, seniors, dependents and persons with disabilities or other vulnerabilities, legally mandated government purposes and to comply with law enforcement or court orders.
Limiting travel to those who need to make essential trips only will make it easier to ensure social distancing at a time when L.A. County is desperately trying to curtail community spread and keep the number of COVID-19 cases from overwhelming local hospitals and our health-care system.
Our law enforcement and homeless outreach partners are also trying to connect more vulnerable and homeless to shelters during the pandemic.
— LA Metro (@metrolosangeles) April 8, 2020
We’re currently running about 80 percent of our normal service levels 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.
That will change on Sunday, April 19, when we’ll start running a modified Sunday schedules across the system including some bus lines that usually don’t run on Sundays. We’re aiming to have a Source post up Monday with all the details.
•Metro has published a list of confirmed cases of COVID-19 among employees, contractors and vendors. The list will be updated daily.
•Smart government messaging on physical distancing:
REMINDER: Keep AT LEAST one Springsteen of space between yourself and others pic.twitter.com/OHiYgGzdo2
— New Jersey (@NJGov) April 10, 2020
•With vehicle traffic reduced, a three-block closure of Wilshire Boulevard in downtown Beverly Hills is underway to help speed up construction of the Wilshire/Rodeo station for the Purple Line Extension.
— JessDuboff (@DuboffJess) April 9, 2020
In the news…
•The number of New York MTA workers who have died has risen to 50, reports New York One. Meanwhile, the NY MTA is pushing back hard against a New York Times article earlier in this week that alleged the agency was slow to protect workers. From a letter the NY MTA sent to the NYT:
The only ‘sluggish’ response has been on the part of the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, whose guidelines against widespread use of masks the MTA (a transportation organization, not a medical provider) initially followed but has since disregarded. To date, we have provided 460,000 N95 and surgical masks to all of our operating employees in addition to thousands of face shields and 2.5 million pairs of gloves. Only last week – after the MTA acted and we recommended our customers wear face coverings – did the CDC change course and recommend Americans wear masks. The WHO has still not acted.
On Thursday, the NY MTA increased its “Temperature Brigade” to more locations across their system to take the temperature of workers as they headed to work. Those with temperatures of 100.4 or higher are sent home and told to seek health care.
MTA Chairman Pat Foye on @wcbs880 gives update on coronavirus
– 50 workers dead
– nearly 1,900 positive
– 5,200 in quarantine, down from 6k high
– 1,800 workers have returned the work
– MTA doing employee temperature checks and 1 out of 1,000 workers tested have a fever
— Dan Rivoli (@danrivoli) April 10, 2020
A tragic story. Our hearts go out to our colleagues at the New York MTA and the rest of New York state and NYC, both of which have been hit extremely hard by the coronavirus.
The NYT also posted this yesterday, a nice tribute to the many tens of thousands of transit workers who continue to keep essential workers moving:
Here's what some of our #HeroesMovingHeroes are up to when they're off the job: doing social media better than we do.
Kenyon Daniel, Conductor
Fitzroy Smith, Jr., Bus Dispatcher
Bryan Ambrose, Train Operator
Jessica Bailey, Conductor
Alyssa Bryan, Train Operator pic.twitter.com/EYtPt5I3ql
— MTA. Stay Home. Stop the Spread. (@MTA) April 10, 2020
•The Press Enterprise takes a look at what transit agencies across the Southland are doing to protect bus operators and other workers. At Metro, that includes instituting rear door boarding on buses, having bus operators use the plexiglass shield that helps seal off the cab and continuing to distribute personal protection equipment. We’re also recommending that all riders wear face coverings/masks, promoting social distancing on board buses and trains and having law enforcement and homeless activists try to connect more homeless to shelters.
•The New Yorker takes a look at how pandemics have helped shape world history. Good/alarming read perhaps best paired with a beverage.
•The LAT speculates on what a return to normal life might look like.
•With traffic down, the city of Oakland is closing 74 (not a misprint) miles of streets during the pandemic to give people more room to walk, bike and run, reports NBC News. Other cities are doing likewise, although I don’t think to this scale.
This is incredible: Oakland is opening 74 miles of streets for pedestrians/cyclists, closing them off to cars. https://t.co/qosdnrjqA9
— David Garcia (@dagarciajr) April 10, 2020
•The NYT looks at how much rush hour traffic has dropped in cities across the U.S. with time-lapse videos.
•Nice tribute for those on the front lines at one of our local hospitals.
#coronaviruscalifornia First responders in Pasadena, California show respect for doctors and others fighting Coronavirus with 3 minute lights and sirens tribute at Huntington Memorial Hospital. A watching nurse called it breathtaking..and said “we’ll beat this thing” @KNX1070 pic.twitter.com/2Vok3AV46f
— Pete Demetriou (@knxpete) April 9, 2020
•For you telecommuters, some interesting upsets with bandwidth, huddle and silo honking out early.
36/ We’ve narrowed down the list of your least favorite corporate buzzwords—including “liaise,” “optics,” and “change agent”—from 32 to two.
Only “lean in” and “value proposition” remain. Vote on Monday to settle this bracket once and for all. May the worst buzzword win. pic.twitter.com/z11pmX4jJi
— The Atlantic (@TheAtlantic) April 10, 2020
•Speaking of Springsteen…have a safe weekend and thank you to everyone on the front lines.
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