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    (CNN)The coronavirus outbreak is now burning primarily through states with the highest share of uninsured residents, complicating the local response and amplifying the political debate over the future of the Affordable Care Act. Caseloads are exploding in many of the 13 remaining states where Republican governors, legislators or both have refused to expand eligibility for Medicaid under the law, a list that includes Texas, Florida, Georgia, North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi. In all of those states, the...
    An estimated 5.4 million Americans have lost their health insurance between February and May after being laid off due to the coronavirus pandemic, a recent study found. The number of newly uninsured in that three-month span dwarfs all prior annual records for workers losing their health coverage. The study conducted by Families USA, a non-partisan healthcare advocacy group, found that 5.4 million American workers became uninsured from February to May of this year as a result of the wave of...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Marylanders have just two more days to sign up for health insurance during the special enrollment period opened due to the coronavirus pandemic. The enrollment period ends Wednesday; those who sign up will have coverage effective July 1. CORONAVIRUS RESOURCES:  Coronavirus Resources: How To Get Help In Maryland TIMELINE: Coronavirus In Maryland, Tracking The Spread Latest coronavirus stories from WJZ Latest CDC Guidelines Since March, more than...
    Changes to Medicare that advocates have been seeking may end up in the next federal coronavirus relief legislation,  experts say. The Republican-controlled Senate is expected to unveil its version of the next stimulus package in late July as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to slow economic recovery and unemployment remains high. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, indicated in public comments Monday that the theme of the next relief legislation would be liability reform, kids in school, jobs and health care.Karen...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The novel coronavirus pandemic and protests over the death of George Floyd are having a major impact across the world but also in cities across the Bay Area. Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7s new interactive newscast weekdays at 3 p.m. with live updates about whats happening where you live.COVID-19 RISK CALCULATOR: Quiz yourself on the safest, most dangerous things you can do as California reopensCheck back here to stream the show Monday-Friday at 3 p.m....
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — If you’re in need of health insurance, you only have one more week to get covered. Next Wednesday, July 15, is the final day to enroll in the special coronavirus enrollment period. CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE: TIMELINE: Coronavirus In Maryland, Tracking The Spread Latest coronavirus stories from WJZ Latest CDC Guidelines Those who enroll by the deadline will have a coverage start day of July 1. More than 53,000 people have already enrolled since it launched back...
    Attorneys representing the family of Andres Guardado, who was killed by a sheriff’s deputy in Gardena, said an independent autopsy has found that the 18-year-old was shot five times in the back. The autopsy showed that Guardado died as a result of gunshot wounds of the trunk and that he also sustained a graze to his left forearm with a forward trajectory. They said preliminary forensic toxicology results show that Guardado did not have any drugs or alcohol in...
    An employee with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of engaging in sexual activity with a detainee, sheriff’s officials said. Roy’ce Bass, 29, surrendered to investigators Tuesday after an investigation by the Sheriff Department’s Internal Criminal Investigations Bureau. Bass, who was a custody assistant at the all-female Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood, was released after posting $100,000 bail. Sheriff’s officials said in a news release that Bass is accused of engaging in...
    Even as fireworks exploded into celebratory lights on the Fourth of July, news from Riverside County’s coronavirus test sites put a damper on the holiday: The county surpassed 20,000 detected coronavirus cases on Saturday, a few days before it was expected. By Tuesday, the number had jumped to 21,101 cases, adding 546 cases and 20 new deaths that day alone. Christine Langenwalter, chief quality officer at the Desert Regional Medical Center, attributes much of the case jump to summer gatherings...
    Coronavirus conditions in Los Angeles County continued to deteriorate on Tuesday as officials released numbers that marked another new record for daily new cases and the inflection rate continued to surge. Officials confirmed 46 more coronavirus-related deaths and 4,015 additional cases Tuesday — the highest number of infections the county has reported in a single day. That’s largely due to the roughly 2,000 test results that were backlogged from July 2 to July 5. The seven-day average for...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The novel coronavirus pandemic and protests over the death of George Floyd are having a major impact across the world but also in cities across the Bay Area. Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7s new interactive newscast weekdays at 3 p.m. with live updates about whats happening where you live.On Tuesday, July 7, Dr. Alok Patel and Dr. Peter Chin-Hong answer your coronavirus related questions. They will join Kristen to discuss what businesses are reopening and...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The novel coronavirus pandemic and protests over the death of George Floyd are having a major impact across the world but also in cities across the Bay Area. Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7s new interactive newscast weekdays at 3 p.m. with live updates about whats happening where you live.On Tuesday, July 7 Dr. Alok Patel and Dr. Peter Chin-Hong answer your coronavirus related questions. They will join Kristen to discuss what businesses are reopening and...
    Firefighters continued to make progress Tuesday in their battle to contain a nearly 1,500-acre blaze in the Santa Clarita Valley, but officials are warning that hot and windy weather could create challenging conditions this week. The Soledad fire, which has burned 1,498 acres, was 68% contained as of 7 a.m., according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. All fire-related evacuations were lifted Monday afternoon, and the 14 Freeway — which was temporarily shut down as crews worked...
    Former Los Angeles City Councilman Mitchell Englander pleaded guilty to a single felony charge Tuesday in the ongoing corruption probe of City Hall, admitting he schemed to prevent federal investigators from learning about cash and other freebies he received from a Southern California businessman. Englander struck a plea deal nearly four months ago, acknowledging that he accepted cash in envelopes, hotel stays and other gifts during trips to Las Vegas and the Palm Springs area — and then engaged in...
    Reports of a possible active shooter at a U.S. Marine Corps base in Twentynine Palms spread across social media Tuesday morning. Several calls to the base went unanswered, but the branch said in a statement that it was aware of the reports and was monitoring the situation. #BREAKING: We are aware of reports of an active shooter at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center - Twentynine Palms. More to follow.— U.S. Marines (@USMC) July 7, 2020 “Military police responded...
    A 13-year-old girl was ejected and killed during a violent carjacking over the weekend in Pico Rivera, authorities said. The girl was waiting in the family van with her three siblings while her parents stopped at La Mano Tortilleria restaurant near Whittier Boulevard and Durfee Avenue about 2 p.m. Sunday, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release. While the couple was inside the restaurant, sheriff’s officials said a 26-year-old Los Angeles man jumped into...
    SACRAMENTO —  The state Capitol was closed Monday after Assemblywoman Autumn Burke (D-Marina Del Rey) and four others who work in the building tested positive for the coronavirus, which likely spread as staffers and legislators met to pass the state budget in late June. Burke said in a tweet Monday that she was told Friday that she had a “mask-to-mask” exposure to COVID-19 on June 26 when the Assembly met in person to pass the state budget. The Democratic lawmaker...
    Like millions of teenagers across the US, one Sparta, Illinois high school seniors prom plans were ruined by COVID-19 — but while she didnt actually get to attend the big dance, the pandemic didnt stop her from making her own prom dress anyway. In fact, Peyton Manker, 18, decided to change up her design to incorporate COVID-19, crafting her own gown entirely out of duct tape with details that spotlighted the virus, paid tribute to healthcare workers, and urged others...
    A wildfire near Gilroy has charred 2,000 acres, destroyed two homes and forced dozens of residents to evacuate, officials said Monday. The Crews fire ignited about 11:30 a.m. Sunday in the area of Canada Road and Highway 152, according to Pam Temmermand, a fire prevention specialist with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. As of 7:30 a.m., the blaze was 20% contained. Temmermand said one minor injury had been reported, though it was not immediately clear...
    Beaches in Los Angeles and Ventura counties reopened Monday after officials closed them ahead of the holiday weekend in an effort to contain the spread of the growing coronavirus outbreak. The Los Angeles County order, which went into effect July 3, temporarily closed all public beaches, parking lots and access points as well as piers and beach bike paths. The mandate also prohibited public fireworks shows. “Closing the beaches and prohibiting fireworks displays during this important summer holiday weekend was...
    Airline travel over the Fourth of July vacation weekend surged to new pandemic-era highs.    The Transportation Stability Administration (TSA) said it screened much more than 700,000 people today on each and every of 3 times this weekend – the to start with time previously mentioned 700,000 since mid-March.  The almost 2.7 million folks screened in excess of the four-day interval from Thursday as a result of Sunday have been about 28% of the 9.4 million individuals noticed during the...
    Firefighters made progress overnight in their battle against an 1,100-acre brushfire in the Santa Clarita Valley, but thousands of structures remained threatened in the area Monday morning, officials said. The Soledad fire, which broke out in the area of Soledad Canyon Road and the 14 Freeway about 3:30 p.m. Sunday, was roughly 20% contained as of 7 a.m., according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Nine homes remain under a formal evacuation order, though 4,795 structures are...
    It was just getting dark when Julia Dupuis was handcuffed on a curfew violation and walked by two Los Angeles police officers to a fence on the side of an empty church, beyond the watchful eye of nearby apartment residents and a good 15 feet from the next protester. “Do you think it’s a female?” she heard one of the male cops say to the other, with a laugh. Dupuis, who is gender nonconforming but identifies as a woman, felt...
    Los Angeles County public health officials on Sunday reported 7,232 more cases of COVID-19 and 30 related deaths, numbers that account for Thursday, Friday and Saturday of last week. On Friday alone, 3,187 new cases of COVID-19 were reported — the highest daily total since the pandemic began, officials said. Bars and indoor dining remain off-limits as officials attempt to control the spread of the coronavirus. The number of hospital patients with confirmed coronavirus infections jumped 41% in...
    A man was struck and killed Saturday in Lennox in a hit-and-run crash when he tripped in the street after lighting a firework, police said. Authorities identified the victim as Victor Torres Carrillo, 26, of Inglewood. Carrillo was seen standing in the middle of 105th Street, east of Hawthorne Boulevard, at about 9:30 p.m., the California Highway Patrol said in a news release. He tried to walk out of the road after igniting the firework but tripped and was struck...