Keeping track of the news, reopenings and reclosings in California can be challenging. To help, The Times updates this page each week with news and information about the state’s progress, rules and more. We also will provide information for staying safe, healthy and sane.
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What we’re all wondering
I’m out for a drive and have to use the restroom. What now?
It’s not a question you want to spend a lot of time answering in the moment, so be prepared. Many gas stations and some coffee bars do have restrooms open, though they sometimes have to close if they run out of soap or paper towels. You should consider bringing your own travel soap and disposable towels on a long drive, just in case.
If you do find an open public restroom:
- Wear a face covering.
- Don’t touch any surfaces unnecessarily.
- Definitely don’t touch your face.
- Keep your distance from people if there’s a crowd.
- Use a paper towels to open doors and touch surfaces (and throw it in the trash, not the toilet, where it could create a clog).
- Don’t linger.
- Use hand sanitizer when you get back to your car.
Stay hydrated, and stay safe out there.
Many schools in Southern California return to distance learning in the fall. Ask the L.A. Times your questions, and we’ll do our best to get answers.
Take a break from COVID-19 reading with these Los Angeles Times stories.
Check in on some 1990s music heroes. Liz Phair and Alanis Morissette were supposed to tour this summer. That’s not happening, so Phair interviewed Morissette instead. “But we’re going to do it next summer,” Morissette says. “There’s a lot of important work going on right now that we need to make space for.” And Phair writes: “Damn it. She’s younger than me. But so wise beyond her years.”
The hajj is going to be very different this year. In the best of times, it’s hard to land one of the slots Saudi Arabia parcels out for the hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca that all Muslims are duty-bound to make at least once in their lives, The Times’ Nabih Bulos writes. In the worst of times — cue the coronavirus — it’s well-nigh impossible, with the numbers for this year’s event, now underway, capped at just 1,000. But in these most technologically advanced of times, what if Mecca could be brought to you?
A well-deserved sendoff. This is a story about a woman who deserved a fiesta for her funeral. She worked at San Bernardino’s Mitla Cafe for 68 of its 83 years and was a rock in the community. The Times’ Gustavo Arrellano was there for the remembrance that came together in the cafe’s parking lot.
Perseverance is on its way to Mars. The writer, professor and scientist Sarah Stewart Johnson finds escape in NASA’s latest mission to the Red Planet — the Perseverance rover and Ingenuity helicopter built by La Cañada Flintridge’s JPL that launched this week to start a seven-month journey. Johnson writes: “To travel to another planet and put a rover on its surface now feels like a rebuke to the powerlessness we feel here at home.”
(Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times)
Newsom’s six goals
To contain the spread of COVID-19, parks, restaurants and stores are slowly reopening.
The governor says the state needs the ability to test, trace contacts, and isolate and support people who have the virus or have been exposed.
And in L.A. County, contact tracing has failed to detect major outbreaks at workplaces. Orange County has also struggled.
Antibody tests have few regulations, and it’s unclear what actionable information can be gleaned from the results.
2. Prevent infections
The governor says the state needs to be able to prevent infection in people who are at a higher risk of severe COVID-19.
The facts: Strict physical distancing orders are being reinstated around the state. Coronavirus cases and hospitalizations keep rising even as officials beg the public to avoid crowds and keep physical distancing in hopes of preventing outbreaks that could overwhelm the state’s hospitals.
And many schools across California will begin the new school year with distance learning.
Everyone in California must wear a mask when leaving home.
3. Robust healthcare system
Newsom says the state needs hospitals and the health system to be able to handle surges.
The facts: Health officials say the public’s more careful social behavior recently, along with newly reissued restrictions on public life, has led to a recent decline in some numbers, including hospitalizations, the seven-day average for positive infections, and the projected transmission rate. But more cases and deaths continue to be reported each day.
The governor says the state needs the ability to develop therapeutics to meet demand.
The facts: Studies are underway on numerous potential therapies. A common steroid is the latest drug to show positive results for patients with the most serious cases of COVID-19. Also, federal government researchers have reported that the antiviral medication remdesivir helped patients with advanced COVID-19 recover more quickly than a placebo treatment.
A Times investigation found that one promising treatment is not even being discussed by the federal government.
In the race for a vaccine, nearly 160 potential vaccines are in various stages of development. Is it possible one of them will succeed in 2020? Maybe — but a lot of things would have to go right. Many viral diseases have spread for decades without a vaccine, a reminder that there is no guarantee of success. The U.S. is nevertheless spending freely on potential vaccines.
5. Physical distancing
The governor says the state’s businesses, schools and childcare facilities need to be able to support physical distancing.
The facts: State and county officials are forcing closures in some sectors that had reopened.
The state is still recommending that retailers encourage physical distancing and implement “hands free” ways for customers to pay. Manufacturers should close indoor break areas, and warehouses should carry sanitation materials during deliveries and provide employees with personal protective gear. In-person worship services will be limited to 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is smaller.
Newsom also has said the state needs to enact policies that allow people to stay home when they are sick. One such policy was enacted by a Newsom executive order making it easier for essential workers who contract COVID-19 to obtain workers’ compensation benefits.
Businesses — especially lower-risk retail, manufacturing and offices — will need to adapt their workplaces, provide wage replacement for sick workers, and allow employees to work from home whenever possible, according to Newsom. Individuals are required to wear masks and are asked to continue adhering to physical distancing and to avoid nonessential travel.
6. Reinstate orders if needed
The governor says California needs the ability to reinstate its stay-at-home order and other measures if necessary.
The facts: In Southern California, a coordinated effort at communication has emerged. And the city of Los Angeles has issued a color-coded system for communicating risk. As of July 31, L.A. was at orange, meaning the risk of infection is very high and that people should minimize contact with anyone outside their households.
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What you should know
Here’s how to get tested in Los Angeles County.
Testing is by appointment only, so register online first. Most testing sites are drive-through, but some are walk-up.
Here’s the latest list of county and city testing sites.
- Antelope Valley Mall (1233 Rancho Vista Blvd., Palmdale)
- Pomona Fairplex (Gate 17, West McKinley and Fairplex Drive, Pomona)
- South Bay Galleria (1815 Hawthorne Blvd., Redondo Beach)
- Carbon Health in Echo Park — walk-up only (2110 Sunset Blvd., Suite M, Echo Park)
- Crenshaw Christian Center (7901 S. Vermont Ave., Vermont Knolls)
- Glendale Memorial Hospital (222 W. Eulalia St., Glendale)
- Hansen Dam Recreational Center (11798 Foothill Blvd. in Lake View Terrace, entrance on Osborne Street)
- High Desert Medical Group (43839 15th St. West, Lancaster)
- Hotchkin Memorial Training Center (1700 Stadium Way, Los Angeles)
- VA Parking Lot 15 (100 Constitution Ave., Los Angeles)
- Northridge Hospital Medical Center (18460 Roscoe Blvd., Northridge, enter on Reseda Boulevard)
- Lincoln Park (3501 Valley Blvd., Los Angeles)
- AltaMed Medical and Dental Group — Commerce, Goodrich (972 Goodrich Blvd., Commerce)
- AltaMed Medical Group — Pico Rivera, Passons (6336 Passons Blvd., Pico Rivera)
- AltaMed Medical and Dental Group — South Gate (8627 Atlantic Ave., South Gate)
- Long Beach City College (1305 E. Pacific Coast Highway)
- AltaMed Medical and Dental Group — West Covina (1300 S. Sunset Ave., West Covina)
- Charles R. Drew campus (1731 E. 120th St., Willowbrook)
- Santa Clarita (26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Santa Clarita)
- Pasadena (1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena)
- East Los Angeles College (1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez in Monterey Park)
- Warner Center (6097 Canoga Ave. in Woodland Hills)
- Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (8730 Alden Drive, Los Angeles)
- Kedren Community Health Center — walk-up only (4211 Avalon Blvd., Historic South-Central)
- Altamed Medical Group (2040 Camfield Ave., Commerce)
From Cal/OSHA complaints to uniting with unions, workers can take some action if they feel their workplaces aren’t keeping them safe during the coronavirus pandemic.
- What’s open and what’s closed in L.A. and California? The Times is tracking it.
- Avoid nonessential travel. The L.A. County Department of Health puts it bluntly: Travel for leisure, vacation and entertainment is not essential.
- Here’s which trails, parks and beaches are closed in Southern California.
- And here’s what you need to know about California’s national parks.
- Wear a face covering in public.
- Trust your mask, and stop touching your face.
- Practice social distancing. Even people who feel healthy should keep six feet away from others. If you feel sick, stay home. If someone in your home has tested positive for the coronavirus, everyone should stay home and follow directions from your healthcare provider.
- To care for someone with coronavirus at home, monitor symptoms, prevent spread of the virus, treat symptoms and determine when to end isolation.
- The CDC has an updated list of symptoms to watch for.
- And the list of people at high risk has gotten longer.
- There are some cough syrups you should avoid if you think you have the virus.
- Doctor’s orders, rest and hydration are the best medicine.
- If you’re experiencing domestic violence, you can get help.
- Here’s how to help the seniors in your life.
- Here’s how to help food pantries or to receive groceries and supplies.
- If you want to donate to charity, here are tips for how to decide where to give.
- A new federal law provides for paid sick leave for some workers who didn’t previously have it, including those who have COVID-19, those in quarantine for COVID-19, those who are caring for a family member with COVID-19, those subject to a government quarantine or who have been advised by a doctor to self-quarantine, and those caring for children whose schools or daycare centers have closed.
- If you have lost work, you can apply for unemployment.
- Getting mortgage relief can be confusing. Here’s how to make it easier. There’s also a new deferral option.
- Renters have some eviction protections, and the L.A. City Council is considering rent relief measures.
- Fake news and misinformation can spread rapidly in times of crisis. Confirm the authenticity of accounts, check that social media posts link to reliable sources, and look for signs, like attribution, that the information itself is correct before sharing. Here are more tips.
- For your next trip to the grocery store, remember to make a list, check what you already have at home, don’t fret about getting the exact right ingredient for a recipe, and wipe down your shopping cart handle.
- Tax day was pushed to July 15, 2020, from the usual April 15.
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