LAPD and LAFD report additional COVID-19 cases among employees

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Rob Hyde pets his dog, Arthur, in Elysian Park. (Photo by Afonso Salcedo)

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

A USC study is using L.A.’s sewer system to predict future outbreaks.

California’s coronavirus surge, sparked by the state’s attempt to rapidly reopen in May, appears to be slowing down — now, health officials are attempting to improve public education about the importance of wearing masks and avoiding social gatherings. — L.A. Times

Two California inmates died from coronavirus complications Sunday. Across all state prisons, nearly 8,300 inmates and 1,000 employees have been infected and 49 have died. — L.A. Times

The Los Angeles Police Department reported that 10 more employees tested positive for the virus, bringing the total number of cases in the department to 484. The Los Angeles Fire Department reported three more cases, for a total of 154. — CBS Los Angeles

Scientists working on a USC study are attempting to trace COVID-19 and predict future outbreaks using wastewater samples from L.A. sewers. — NBC Los Angeles

Is your favorite neighborhood cafe ignoring safety guidelines? There are official and unofficial methods you can use to nudge businesses to enforce mask-wearing and social distancing. — L.A. Times

Monday, August 3, 2020

California Passes 500,000 COVID-19 Cases, Hospitalizations Decrease

As public spaces remain closed, L.A. homeowners are renting out their backyard pools to make extra cash.

California cases have surpassed 500,000, but hospitalizations are decreasing in both Los Angeles County and Orange County. There were 1,784 coronavirus patients in L.A. county hospitals on Saturday, a 12% drop from 2,017 patients in the prior week. — The Mercury News, L.A. Times

A video posted by KNOCK.LA allegedly shows L.A. County Sheriff’s Department employees attending a party at a Hollywood bar while not wearing masks. LASD has since denied any affiliation with the party. — KNOCK.LA, L.A. Times

As wildfire season nears, California firefighters are adjusting the size of their base camp teams to adhere to COVID-19 social-distancing precautions. —KTLA

Californians are renting out their backyard pools to strangers using a mobile app that allows homeowners to charge hourly rates. — KRON4

The Los Angeles Tenants Union led a rally Friday in downtown L.A. demanding rent cancellation during the pandemic. — KTLA

LAX is debuting a “Travel Safely Ambassador Program” where employees hand out masks and COVID-19 informational pamphlets to flyers. — NBC Los Angeles