State and county officials continue to scale up their response to the coronavirus pandemic, even as the Trump administration has said that it will not allow states to use Medicaid resources to treat COVID-19. Yesterday, Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an executive order that allows the state to take over hotels and medical facilities to treat coronavirus patients.
Newsom’s order also waives a one-week waiting period to apply for state benefits for individuals who are unemployed or disabled because of COVID-19.
As of this morning, there have been 198 confirmed cases of the virus in Los Angeles County, with 32 in California overall.
California has banned public gatherings of over 250 people, and the Los Angeles Unified School District called an emergency meeting this morning to decide about whether to suspend classes.
As you’re figuring out how to navigate life during the coronavirus pandemic, we want to hear from you. Are you wondering how to best practice social distancing? Are you wondering what to do if a loved one has been exposed to coronavirus? Do you have concerns about public health?
Timothy Brewer, epidemiologist and professor of medicine at UCLA, will join us this morning on AirTalk this morning to respond to your questions and concerns. Share your questions with us by calling 866-893-5722.
Timothy Brewer, M.D., Professor of medicine and epidemiology at UCLA; has consulted for the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention