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    The Mrs. Nevada beauty pageant was abruptly halted over the weekend. On Sunday, the City of Las Vegas Business Licensing stormed the Ahern Hotel in Sin City and shut down the event after it was reported attendees weren't observing mandated health and safety guidelines amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Las Vegas Review Journal reported that there were an estimated 200 people in the audience while the state of Nevada has limited the number of people able to gather in either public or private settings to 50 or fewer and everyone must be wearing face masks. 13 BIGGEST BEAUTY PAGEANT SCANDALS After the authorities broke up the event, the pageant was able to continue sans an audience. The City of Las Vegas confirmed the news...
    Zach Plesac (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) Indians’ Zach Plesac sent home after violating health and safety protocols. Zach Plesac broke MLB’s health and safety protocols over the weekend and he has been promptly removed and sent home by his team, the Cleveland Indians according to a report from The Athletic. The pitcher was reportedly out with friends in Chicago on Saturday night and the team responded to those actions promptly and responsibly. The team, trying to prevent an outbreak that recently rolled through the Florida Marlins and the St. Louis Cardinals, immediately isolated Plesac from the team. He’ll be quarantined for 72 hours and tested several times before the team will determine when he can return to play.Zach Plesac was supposed...
    (CNN)Major League Baseball has made several strict changes to its health and safety protocols in the wake of recent Covid-19 outbreaks, according to a league memo. The memo, which was sent to clubs Wednesday, cites the Miami Marlins' outbreak."MLB investigators have now conducted a thorough investigation of the factors contributing to the spread of the virus within the Marlins traveling party, and our decision to revise the protocols ... is based on many of the things that we learned," the memo states.The changes include reducing the size of traveling parties, requiring staff members and players to wear face coverings while on the road and prohibiting players and staff to meet in hotel rooms without special permission. MLB teams struggling to...
    PHOTO VIA USF/FACEBOOKUSF Graduate Assistants United (GAU), a union that represents more than 2,000 graduate assistants at the University of South Florida, held a virtual press conference on Monday exposing the “bad behavior” of the USF administration in their alleged failure to take the health and financial security of their graduate assistants seriously during recent contract negotiations. “People are hurting right now,” USF GAU organizer, Samantha Shepard, said during the presser. “Instead of taking that into account, USF administration is using the pandemic as an excuse to exacerbate the hurt that some of their most vulnerable workers—graduate assistants at USF—are experiencing right now.” USF GAU members said on Monday that the university has moved to increase healthcare costs for GAs...
    BRITS heading to Italy with budget airline Ryanair could find theirholidays scrapped after officials threatened to ban them for repeatedCovid-19 violations. Officials at the Italian Civil Aviation Authority have sent a stinging letter to Ryanair bosses accusing them of being ''lax'' with their handling of the pandemic. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 2The Italian Civil Aviation Authority have sent a stinging letter to Ryanair bosses over their handling of the pandemic Credit: Alamy They reported repeated flouting of masks not being worn by passengersand crew, overcrowding at gates, check in desks and on buses takingpassengers to planes. It warned the airline that unless it tightened up it would be forcedto suspend it from...
    Barcelona, ​​Aug 2 (EFE) .- The Park Güell, the Zoo and the Tibidabo have obtained the Safe Tourism Certified seal, which distinguishes tourist areas that have implemented a system of prevention of specific risks against the coronavirus. As reported this Sunday by the company Barcelona de Serveis Municipals (B: SM) in a statement, it is the first in all of Spain to be certified with the Global Safe Site, which ensures the correct implementation of hygiene, safety, and prevention procedures. cleaning and disinfection required before COVID-19. B: SM has opted for this certification, developed by Bureau Veritas, the world leader in inspection, certification and testing, to ensure that current health needs are rigorously met and maximum safety for workers and...
    Alexander Zverev has said that he is ‘not afraid’ and is looking forward to playing at the US Open if it happens. Zverev had recently expressed his intentions of playing both the US Open and the Western and Southern Open (Cincinnati Open). Both events are to be played at the same venue in New York City. Speaking on the sidelines of the Ultimate Tennis Showdown (UTS), Zverev said that he is eager to play at the US Open, it if actually happens. Alexander Zverev looks forward to competing again “We’ll see when it continues, where it continues (the season). Obviously we’ll hope for New York,” said Zverev. “But US right now is a dangerous place to go but we’ll see...
    NORTH LAWNDALE — West Side residents are biking through the neighborhood to promote wellness and public safety Friday. The Bike the Boulevard event will go from Douglas Park to Garfield Park along the green boulevards that connect the two parks.  Residents can bring their own bikes or borrow one from Divvy, one of the partners for the event organized by Alderman Michael Scott (24th) in coordination with local officials and neighborhood groups. Bike lights will be provided for cyclists, as well as food, refreshments and music. The event aims to bring the community together to create public safety by having a presence in the neighborhood after dark. It will also promote health through physical activity, and by offering free COVID-19...
    The state's two largest education unions said all options are on the table, including strikes, to make sure school districts have appropriate protections in place. The Illinois Education Association and Illinois Federation of Teachers, which represent 238,000 school, college and university employees in the state, also called for the school year to begin with remote learning. The unions said in-person instruction was possible, but more planning was needed. "We believe that some types of in-person instruction can be achieved with health and safety mitigation in any individual community, but absent a practical safety plan that includes a clear line of responsibility and enforcement, we call for the 2020-21 school year to begin with remote learning," Illinois Education...
    HARMONY, Pa. (KDKA) — As back-to-school thoughts are on the minds of parents and students as we approach August, more and more districts across the Pittsburgh region are putting out their plans for fall. Seneca Valley is one of those districts. However, one parent isn’t happy with the options her kids were given, so she along with other parents created a petition in hopes for some change before the school year starts. “To be honest with you I’m at a complete loss as are a lot of other parents I discussed this with,” said this concerned mom. This Seneca Valley parent who didn’t want to be identified has two kids in the district. She’s the woman behind...
    SAN ANTONIO – EDITOR’S NOTE-- This KSAT-TV extra was created specifically for the KSAT-TV streaming app. For more exclusive and extended stories download the app on your Apple TV, Amazon Fire Stick, Roku or smartphone. Many local San Antonio students want to pick up the 2020-2021 school year where the previous year left off-- remote learning. San Antonio Independent School district was the first to announce plans for its 90+ campuses. The first three weeks of the semester will be conducted online due to concerns over the coronavirus. Parents will have the option to send students back to the classroom after Labor day. Now, according to a directive issued by the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District, no school district...
    “Real Housewives of Orange County” star Shannon Beador and her three daughters have tested positive for coronavirus, just 10 days after the cast took a mid-pandemic trip for the show. The reality star, 56, discussed her family diagnoses in an Instagram post Friday, sharing a “pre-pandemic” photo of herself and her three daughters Sophie, 18, and twins Stella and Adeline, 14. “Today, we are Covid positive times 4,” Beador revealed. “The girls and I are blessed to be quarantining in the same home (but isolating in separate rooms). A huge thank you to all of the medical personnel that have been patiently guiding us through this illness. Sending prayers to all of those affected.
    The Institute for Economics and Peace ranks 163 nations and territories according to relative levels of peacefulness. The Global Peace Index (GPI) criteria are “Societal Safety & Security, Domestic & International Conflict, and Militarization.” Iceland ranks first, Afghanistan last, Canada sixth and the United States 121st. Factors behind the low U.S. ranking shed light on ineffective U.S. responses to the pandemic, our wealthy country’s failure to meet the essential needs of its people, and the flawed model of policing and public safety demonstrated by the police killing of George Floyd. The first factor impeding peacefulness is inequality. Sociologists Richard Wilkinson and Kate Picket examined basic indicators of social well-being and compared outcomes in more equitable countries (Scandinavia and European democracies)...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City In an organized, coordinated social-media blitz, numerous star NFL players voiced their displeasure to the league about the unresolved health-and-safety guidelines ahead of the start of training camp amid the coronavirus pandemic.  The NFL told teams on Saturday that they can open up full training camps by July 28 — with rookies reporting as early as Tuesday — even though coronavirus numbers across the nation continue spiking.  It has created understandable unease from the players tasked in reporting to those camps as the league has failed to disclose how they will be protected once they leave their homes.  “We still have...
    President Trump will get his message out to the American electorate amidst the COVID-19 pandemic despite restrictive tactics by Democratic governors, GOP Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel assured Saturday. In an interview on "Fox & Friends Weekend," McDaniel told host Jedediah Bila that the now-scaled back Republican National Convention in August will be held responsibly, working in conjunction with Jacksonville and Florida State health officials. REPUBLICANS SCALE BACK CONVENTION PLANS FOR JACKSONVILLE "So, we’re going to have a combination of testing and temperature checks and PPE, scaling things down, using more outdoor venues, and really putting the health and safety of the convention-goers first and foremost," she said. "But, also balancing that with a great celebration." An aerial view of the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio (Fox News). ...
    Walmart and Sam’s Club to require face coverings nationwide starting July 20 Walmart and Sam’s Club will require face coverings at stores and clubs nationwide starting Monday, July 20, the company announced Wednesday. “We know some people have differing opinions on this topic. We also recognize the role we can play to help protect the health and well-being of the communities we serve by following the evolving guidance of health officials like the CDC,” the retailers’ chief operating officer, Dacona Smith said. From the press release: “From the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, our focus and priority has been and continues to be on the health and safety of our associates, members and customers. As the number of confirmed...
    States across the country are experiencing an increase in new cases since reopening, and as a result, some states have paused their plans to reopen or have reissued restrictions in hopes of stopping the spread of the novel coronavirus. On Saturday, Florida shattered the U.S.’s single-day record of coronavirus cases. Despite this, counties in the state and elsewhere have been refusing to abide by health expert recommendations to wear face coverings or a mask. Individuals nationwide gathering without social distancing and protective gear are only furthering the spread of the virus. The virus is far from over and many of those who once considered it a hoax are unfortunately dealing with the consequences. Various stories have appeared in the last few weeks sharing the stories of...
    California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officials are considering releasing about 8,000 inmates into the general public over concerns of the Chinese coronavirus spreading. The plan, officials said, may result in the release of 8,000 inmates in less than two months and is designed to “implement physical distancing, isolation, and quarantine efforts.” Officials said the inmates will be tested for coronavirus “within seven days of release.” “We’re glad the Governor is taking action to release more people,” Californians for Safety and Justice Executive Director Jay Jordan said in a statement on the CDCR website. “This is absolutely critical for the health and safety of every Californian,” Jordan said. “Too many people are incarcerated for too long in facilities that spread...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — If you’re heading out to a new restaurant, you might look for a review. Now the Chicago mayor’s office is proposing all businesses in Chicago get a health and safety rating you could check first in the wake of the coronavirus. A 104-page recovery report included 17 recommendations, many having to do with economic growth and business development. And Lightfoot said one way to make people feel safe is to provide a Zagat-style guide to health and safety. The Zagat Survey was created four decades ago as a way to collect and correlate the restaurant ratings. Lightfoot and her massive team of industry experts are recommending that attractions and businesses get scored the same way, but instead on cleanliness...
    Wednesday on CNN, anchor Anderson Cooper accused President Donald Trump of not caring about the “health and safety” of American children, teachers and parents while his administration works to reopen schools amid the coronavirus pandemic. Cooper said, “Today the president of the United States did something rare: He expressed a notion that we can all agree on, that kids belong in the classroom — but then made it quite clear beyond what it means to himself and his re-election, he doesn’t actually care about those kids at all. He doesn’t care about their health and safety, nor the health of their teachers and parents, and federal guidelines for keeping them safe.” He continued, “The president bragged today about getting the...
    DISNEY has revealed the new rules being enforced at the parks ahead of their reopening this weekend - and kids over the age of two will have to wear face masks. The chief medical officer for Disney Parks has shared more information about the company’s enhanced health and safety measures after a four-month closure due to the coronavirus pandemic. 5Disney fans will be allowed back officially from this weekendCredit: refer to caption Dr. Pamela Hymel stressed that the safety and well-being of visitors and employees is paramount as the theme parks proceed with phased reopening plans. She said in a statement: “From increased cleaning and disinfecting across our parks and resorts, to updated health and safety policies, we have reimagined...
    Major cruise line companies are ditching self-service buffets while on-board entertainment could also be cut as part of a raft of changes to trips in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. Guests and crew may also have to be tested for the virus in some cases, or at least pass through infrared controls so their temperature can be taken in a bid to reduce the risk of infections spreading. Other measures include limiting passenger numbers and staggering boarding and disembarking to ensure there are fewer people at the terminals and gangways. Major cruise liners, such as Royal Caribbean's 362m-long Symphony of the Seas, are having to make a raft of changes in the wake of the coronavirus crisis On...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — With many of us spending more time outdoors to maintain social distancing during the pandemic, health experts are reminding everyone about the importance of food safety if you’re picnicking or barbecuing. The CDC estimates 48 million people in the U.S. get sick from foodborne illnesses every year and 3,000 people die. Health officials caution foodborne illnesses spike this time of year, in part because of the hotter temperatures. Dr. Mindy Brashears oversees food safety at the US Department of Agriculture. “There’s bacteria in the food. And even if you cook it, we have what we call spore forming bacteria, and so it survives the heat and these can start growing,” she says. “And so at a higher...
    The United States is currently seeing the most coronavirus infections since the pandemic began. Dr. Anthony Fauci just warned that the U.S. could soon reach 100,000 new cases each day. And across every age group, people of color, especially Black and Native people, are being infected and dying at much higher rates. Cases are surging because we’re reopening without adequate public health protections. At least 17 states that had begun reopening are shutting back down. It’s no coincidence that the same states that were the last to shut down and the first to reopen are experiencing the most alarming spikes. The U.S. has been hit harder by the pandemic than any other nation, largely due to a series of blunders in the Trump administration’s handling of the crisis. In response...
    PITTSBURGH (KKDA) — Pittsburgh is among the worst-run cities in America, according to a study. According to WalletHub’s “Best- & Worst-Run Cities in America” Pittsburgh ranked No. 115 out of the 150 most-populated U.S. cities. Philadelphia came in at No. 135. WalletHub looked at the cities using six categories: financial stability, education, health, safety, economy and infrastructure/pollution. They then evaluated those categories using 38 relevant metrics and used a “Quality of City Services” score based on the weighted average across the metrics, according to WalletHub. Pittsburgh was No. 127 in financial stability, No. 13 in education, No. 64 in health, No. 30 in safety, No. 93 in economy and No. 38 in infrastructure/pollution. Nampa, Idaho was ranked as the best-run...
    (CNN)Three players have decided to opt out of the rescheduled Major League Baseball season due to health concerns amid coronavirus outbreak.Washington Nationals infielder Ryan Zimmerman and pitcher Joe Ross will not be playing the 2020 season, the team confirmed on Monday. Arizona Diamondbacks right-handed pitcher Mike Leake also has decided not to play this season, according to a statement from his agent.The news comes a week after Major League Baseball announced its season will start next month, after the pandemic upended the original schedule. "Ryan Zimmerman and Joe Ross have decided not to participate in the 2020 season for the personal health and safety of themselves and their loved ones," Mike Rizzo, Nationals General Manager, said in a statement. "We...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — There is growing anger among Philadelphia library workers as they prepare to return to work amid the pandemic. Some say they have no confidence that leadership can address their health and safety concerns. Free Library branches throughout the city have not reopened to the public yet, but employees who were set to go back to work today say right now, they don’t feel safe enough. Download The New And Improved CBS Philly App! “Would you go into work right now?” CBS3’s Natasha Brown asked. “No, absolutely not,” Peter Santa Rita said. He says he would like nothing more than to return to his job at the Parkway Free Library but he doesn’t feel safe. “We don’t have...
    The White House called Monday’s Supreme Court ruling on abortion “unfortunate” in a statement issued by press secretary Kayleigh McEnany. “In an unfortunate ruling today, the Supreme Court devalued both the health of mothers and the lives of unborn children by gutting Louisiana’s policy that required all abortion procedures be performed by individuals with admitting privileges at a nearby hospital,” McEnany wrote. “States have legitimate interests in regulating any medical procedure—including abortions—to protect patient safety.” “Instead of valuing fundamental democratic principles, unelected Justices have intruded on the sovereign prerogatives of State governments by imposing their own policy preference in favor of abortion to override legitimate abortion safety regulations.” (RELATED: SCOTUS Rules In Favor Of Abortion Advocates In Major Pro-Life Loss)...
    BENSALEM, Pa. (CBS) — It’s reopening day for a Bucks County casino. Parx Casino, in Bensalem, reopened its doors to the public on Monday. The casino has new health and safety protocols in place. They include temperature checks for all people entering the property. All guests will also be required to wear a mask and although horse racing has already resumed, spectators will not be permitted in the stands.
    On Friday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “All In,” host Chris Hayes said that it’s “an urgent matter of public health, of public safety, at this moment, for the president, Donald Trump, to resign.” Hayes began by saying, “This moment, we are in the midst of one of the worst governing failures in American history. When all is said and done, it may end up being the worst since the Civil War. There is no country on earth this far into this pandemic that has bungled it this badly. And we need leadership and a leader to get us out of this. But we do not have that leader, we have Donald Trump. And from the very first day, this has been...
    EASTCHESTER, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Summer is officially here and pools have started to open up around the area, with many families building their own as a way to have fun at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. While backyard swimming pools are both fun and a good way to cool off, they come with an extra responsibility to maintain safety as well, CBS2’s Cindy Hsu reported Thursday. MORE: Backyard Swimming Pool Installation Demands Skyrocket On Long Island Due To COVID-19: ‘We Get 30-40 Calls A Day’ Eastchester Town Supervisor Anthony Colavita said his town has never seen as many pool applications as it has this year. Colavita said that anyone looking into adding a pool should make sure that they have certain...
    The Metropolitan Airports Commission launched a health safety program Thursday in an effort to protect travelers moving through Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. The program, called Travel Confidently, contains a set of safety measures that have been implemented across the airport in the last few months in cooperation with airlines, concessionaires and federal agencies like the Transportation Security Administration. “What we’re really trying to do is promote a touchless journey as much as possible, so we’re engaging in innovative and technologically advanced initiatives,” MAC Chief Executive Officer Brian Ryks said. Travel Confidently will assist travelers during an expected uptick in air travel come July, as MSP plans to add more than a dozen domestic destinations to their flight schedule next month....
    SAN JOSE (KPIX 5) — Construction crews in Santa Clara County have been working since getting the green light to return on May 4 as pandemic restrictions loosened. County public health officials now say a third of the county’s 89 workplace-related outbreaks since then have come from construction sites. The construction projects with cases of COVID-19 paused operations voluntarily, but Santa Clara County supervisor Dave Cortese says the county has the power to go further. “The attorneys at the public health department could shut down any given site, if there’s an outbreak or a non-compliance with rules,” Sup. Cortese told KPIX 5 Wednesday afternoon. As we drove around construction projects in San Jose on Wednesday, we only saw one person...
    PLACER COUNTY (CBS 13) — As COVID-19 cases rise, so does the backlash and anger over safety rules. California’s highest increase in new COVID-19 cases happened just 24 hours ago. At first, Gov. Newsom urged residents to wear masks, now that recommendation is a mandate. But to some this is not health advice, it’s a violation of their rights. “He’s the governor of California, not the ruler of the world. But he thinks he is, but he’s not,” said Ross Kaiser, a Roseville resident. Some elected officials in Placer and Nevada Counties publicly dispute whether the governor’s mask mandate is actually mandatory. Many are telling their constituents it’s just guidance, despite the fact police and state agencies said it’s enforceable....
    FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – In an attempt to boost consumer confidence, the Texas Restaurant Association unveiled a new certification program Wednesday that provides establishments with COVID-19 health and safety training. The TRA and Dallas College created a five-course online program that targets supervisors, takeout and delivery staff, kitchen workers, servers and cleaning crews. “The only way to save the industry is to get consumers back to restaurants,” said Dr. Emily Knight, the CEO of the Texas Restaurant Association. A restaurant can earn certification if five employees pass the Texas Restaurant Promise Certification Program, which will cover safety measures, as well as the requirements under Gov. Greg Abbott’s state health standards. Then, the establishment must undergo a series of “secret-shopper” inspections...
    A longtime patron of the Highland Garden 24 Hour Fitness at 4800 West 38th Avenue was thrilled when the branch was allowed to reopen after the stay-at-home order in Colorado over COVID-19 forced its closure. But his excitement over getting to work out again in one of his favorite places was quickly replaced by anxiety over what he saw as an unsafe environment. The weight room on the second floor of the facility was seriously overcrowded, in his view, with what he estimated as nearly a hundred people exercising much closer than six feet apart from each other — many were shoulder to shoulder, he says — without facial coverings. But getting someone to look into this situation has proven to...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Ready, set, stop. The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has claimed another treasured New York event. The 2020 TCS New York City Marathon has been canceled, organizers announced Wednesday. The 2020 #TCSNYCMarathon, set to take place on Nov. 1, has been canceled due to coronavirus-related health and safety concerns. Registered runners will be contacted by July 15 regarding their cancellation resolution options, including a refund. Learn more: https://t.co/8TlWiekDss pic.twitter.com/mUnrcCayaz — TCS New York City Marathon (@nycmarathon) June 24, 2020 The marathon had been set to take place on November 1. This was to be its 50th running. Organizers say the canceled it due to COVID-19 health and safety concerns. “While the marathon is an iconic and beloved...
    Commissioner Rob Manfred made public announcement about what the 2020 MLB campaign will look like | Jamie Squire / . In the last hours of Tuesday of this week, the Players Association and the MLB agreed on everything related to safety and health to carry out the 2020 season in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. “Major League Baseball is pleased to announce that the 2020 season is on the horizon,” Commissioner Manfred said in a statement. The players’ union later confirmed this through their Twitter account. All remaining issues have been resolved and Players are reporting to training camps. – MLBPA Communications (@MLBPA_News) June 24, 2020 To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, athletes must complete an educational...
    NEW YORK -- After three very long months, baseball will be back the last weekend of July. All remaining issues have been resolved and Players are reporting to training camps.— MLBPA Communications (@MLBPA_News) June 24, 2020Players are expected to report to training camp on July 1 and they will play 60 games with the regular season likely starting July 23 or 24 at home ball parks."Major League Baseball is thrilled to announce that the 2020 season is on the horizon," said Commissioner of Baseball Robert D. Manfred, Jr. "We have provided the Players Association with a schedule to play 60 games and are excited to provide our great fans with Baseball again soon."The proposed schedule will largely feature divisional play,...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- After three very long months, baseball will be back the last weekend of July. All remaining issues have been resolved and Players are reporting to training camps.— MLBPA Communications (@MLBPA_News) June 24, 2020Players are expected to report to training camp on July 1 and they will play 60 games with the regular season likely starting July 24 at home ball parks.Baseball is BACK! ⚾️⚾️⚾️⚾️⚾️ pic.twitter.com/9pVNAvFRKG— Ryan Field (@RyanFieldABC) June 24, 2020The MLB is playing 37% of its typical 162-game season, which is the greatest season reduction in the history of any of the four pro major sports.Health and safety measures remain the paramount concern.----------* Get Eyewitness News Delivered * Follow us on YouTube * More...
    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (CBS) — Atlantic City casinos are getting ready to welcome back customers. We are getting a first look at some of their health and safety plans. “We’re obviously excited that we’re going to be able to be open for our summer and for the big Fourth of July holiday. It’s been a long time, much longer than I think any of us could have imagined,” Hard Rock Casino President Joe Lupo said. After four long months of being shut down during the coronavirus pandemic, the Hard Rock Casino in Atlantic City will finally reopen July 2, just ahead of what is normally its busiest weekend. Amusement, Water Parks In New Jersey Given Green Light To Reopen...
    Take a look at which California counties are hit the hardest by the coronavirus pandemic, and track cases around the world as well.Cases in the U.S. and the world:Click here for the latest information about the coronavirus pandemic in Southern California.Here are answers to some common questions and additional health and safety resources related to the COVID-19 outbreak in the greater Los Angeles area:Do I need to get tested for COVID-19? Where/how do I get tested?Click here for more information about COVID-19 testing in Southern California.I feel sick and I think it's coronavirus. What do I do to get medical help or treatment? If you think you are sick with the coronavirus, you should stay home except to get medical...
    A coalition of unions representing 17,000 Disneyland cast members have sent a letter demanding that California Gov. Gavin Newsom stop Disney’s Anaheim theme parks from reopening on July 17 out of concern for employee safety. “Disney wants clearance from the government to reopen the Disneyland Resort in July,” according to the letter from the Coalition of Resort Labor Unions. “Unfortunately, despite intensive talks with the company, we are not yet convinced that it is safe to reopen the parks on Disney’s rapid timetable.” Disney has proposed plans to reopen the Downtown Disney outdoor shopping mall on July 9, Disneyland and Disney California Adventure theme parks on July 17 and Disney’s Grand Californian and Disney’s Paradise Pier hotels on July 23,...
    The number of worldwide COVID-19 cases continues to climb.  According to Johns Hopkins University, there are more that 8.5 million infections worldwide.   The U.S. leads the world in infections with more than two million cases, Brazil is next with more than 978,000 and Russia comes in third with more 568,000. Experts at the University of Washington's School of Medicine told the U.S.-based broadcasting network CBS News that according to their model, Brazil’s death toll is poised to surpass that of the United States as early as next month.   Hopkins reports a U.S. death toll of 118,435 and a death toll of 47,748 for Brazil. Brazil's president, Jair Bolsonaro, has dismissed COVID-19 as being nothing more than a...
    Disneyland plans to take a multi-pronged approach to reopening following a four-month coronavirus closure with a new set of COVID-19 health and safety protocols designed to make it safer to visit Disney’s Anaheim theme parks. Disney parks chief medical officer Pamela Hymel rolled out the new guidelines as Disneyland and Disney California Adventure prepare to reopen on July 17 pending government approval. A newly formed Guest Experience Team will be trained to share information about Disney’s health and safety policies with theme park visitors. “They will be available to explain our new procedures, answer questions guests may have and encourage everyone to follow these measures so we can all have a safer visit to the parks,” Hymel said in a...
    SAN ANTONIO – Educators in Bexar County want to have a say in the safety plan that districts are formulating as students return to the classroom this fall. Governor Greg Abbott announced that students will be back in the classroom next school year, during a conference call with lawmakers Thursday. He said masks and health screenings would not be mandatory but more directives would come from the Texas Education Agency. Bexar County school districts had already announced their plans to return to a face-to-face and remote classroom setting. The TEA is expected to release a detailed safety protocol plan on Tuesday. RELATED: Texas students will return to school campuses this fall, Gov. Greg Abbott tells lawmakers Adrian Reyna, an 8th...
    SAN ANTONIO – SeaWorld San Antonio officials announced Thursday morning that the park is set to reopen Friday with several safety measures for guests, including social distancing protocols and park reservations. Guests will still be able to get on rides, experience shows and see animals, but park and staff are implementing a number of health and safety protocols, including requiring all employees and guests to wear masks and following social distancing guidelines. SeaWorld executives also noted that social distancing measures will also be implemented in stadium seating and on rides. The park has also reported to have installed hundreds of sanitation stations. Interim CEO of SeaWorld Entertainment, Marc Swanson, said he credits the park’s opening to the dedication of state...
    The Happiest Place on Earth has released an update for its phased reopening in July. CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE Though Disneyland is eager to welcome back visitors, the park has shared that despite reopening, certain attractions or experiences will remain closed or be modified to keep guests safe. (iStock) Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure in Anaheim, Calif., plan to reopen on July 17, pending state and local government approvals, according to its website. However, the Downtown Disney District, where various restaurant and retail shops are located, is set to open a week prior on July 9. CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR OUR LIFESTYLE NEWSLETTER Disney hotels are not scheduled to open until a later phase...
    The NBA will be among the first major professional sports leagues back in action late next month as it looks to get back into gear after the coronavirus pandemic shut things down for months. The league introduced more than 100 pages of health and safety protocols for players, coaches and other team personnel as they stay in the Walt Disney World Resort. BUCKS' KYLE KORVER MORE FOCUSED ON MAKING SOCIAL CHANGE THAN WINNING FIRST RING Twenty-two teams will be competing in Orlando, Fla., for an NBA championship and the league wants things to go off without a hitch. The NBA has been in touch with medical experts, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, who has led the White House task force on combating...
    WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - Hotel workers in Maui held a demonstration over the weekend calling on Hawaii legislators and tourism industry officials to reopen the state to visitors while protecting employees. About 200 union members and supporters in 70 vehicles rode through Lahaina and Kaanapali during the event Saturday, The Maui News reported. Participants expressed concerns about health care coverage, adequate testing for COVID-19 and the availability of personal protective equipment. The caravan was organized by the Unite Here Local 5 hotel workers union. Workers demonstrated to express their belief the state’s vital tourism industry can reopen safely, Local 5 Key Leader Erin Kelley said. “Global travelers are looking to Hawaii as one of the safest places to travel, and...
    Thirty-one years ago, the Eugene, Ore., mobile crisis-intervention program Cahoots (Crisis Assistance Helping Out On The Streets) was born. The 24/7 service, provided by the nonprofit White Bird Clinic and integrated into the city’s public-safety infrastructure, dispatches a medic and crisis worker to respond to non-criminal crises involving people experiencing mental illness problems, substance abuse and homelessness. “In those situations where there’s not a criminal issue, there’s not an emergent threat to the safety of an individual or a neighborhood, why do we need the police to be the ones responding?” Tim Black, Cahoots’s operations coordinator, told MarketWatch. “Why can’t it be folks from that community who are coming with unconditional positive regard and empathy, instead of force?” Cahoots,...
    COVID-19 cases are continuing to rise in Alabama. But despite that fact, state leaders are going forward with a plan to reopen the state. To accomplish a successful recovery Alabamians must have confidence it is safe to be in public and workers must feel sure that returning to their jobs will not lead to them or their families getting sick. Earlier this week a coalition of 90 organizations in Alabama sent a letter to state leaders with recommendations on how the state could reopen safely with the $1.9 billion the state is getting under the Coronavirus Relief Fund.  Recommendations include ensuring safe workplaces while families have affordable childcare and rent relief, improving educational opportunities, focusing healthcare on the most at...
    Minneapolis City Council President Lisa Bender confirmed news Thursday night of the council's intentions to "dismantle" the city's police department in the aftermath of George Floyd's death and the resulting protests and riots that erupted across the country. TheBlaze reported Thursday that several members on the council were seriously considering disbanding the police and putting a new form of public safety in its place. Now, given Bender's definitive statement on the matter, that action appears even more likely. "Yes. We are going to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department and replace it with a transformative new model of public safety," Bender wrote on Twitter in response to fellow council member Jeremiah Ellison. Bender, who represents the city's Ward 10, did...
    VIENNA (AP) - The Austrian Health Ministry has approved safety conditions for Austria to host two Formula One Grand Prix races in July. The first 10 races of the season have either been postponed or canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, but F1 could finally return with back-to-back races at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg on July 5 and 12. Health Minister Rudolf Anschober approved the safety plans for the double-header without spectators and with limited numbers of people involved. TOP STORIES George Soros, 89, is still on a quest to destroy America Supreme Court rules 5-4 against challenge to California ban on religious services during lockdown Trump vetoes first domestic bill in four years, rejects measure on education...
    Get all the latest news on coronavirus and more delivered daily to your inbox. Sign up here. The Republican National Committee sent a list of proposed coronavirus safety protocols to North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper on Thursday, urging him to “set the rules and requirements” for them to host a “safe and secure” 2020 GOP convention in the state as planned. In a letter to Cooper, RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and the president and CEO of the 2020 GOP convention, Marcia Lee Kelly, said the party’s goal is to still host the event in Charlotte, N.C., in August. REPUBLICANS, PRESSING FORWARD WITH CONVENTION AMID CORONAVIRUS, BRING ON MEDICAL ADVISER “Knowing that President Trump and the RNC can provide a much needed and timely...