Librarians are setting aside their books to become temporary contact tracers

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Fifty hotel workers in the L.A. area spread across multiple hotels have tested positive for the coronavirus. — NBC4

L.A. County school districts will be able to apply for waivers to teach in-person classes. Approval would be based on the school’s reopening protocols, epidemiological data for the district and a consultation with the California Department of Public Health. — CBS

Free COVID-19 antibody testing will be available in Crenshaw from Wednesday, Aug. 5 through Friday, Aug. 7. CBS

Five hundred Los Angeles Public Library employees are participating in the Disaster Service Worker Program, which temporarily replaces regular job duties with emergency pandemic response tasks. Of those employees, 75 librarians and staffers have become contact tracers. — L.A. Times

The Los Angeles City Council raised the fee for littering personal protective equipment, such as masks and gloves, from $200 to $250. — LAist

Fewer in-person visits to stores have resulted in a nationwide coin shortage that’s negatively impacting cash-reliant businesses and low-income shoppers. — L.A. Times

Thursday, July 30, 2020

European officials tell citizens to continue social distancing as coronavirus cases spike again.

L.A. County reported 2,628 new cases of the coronavirus, for a total of 185,872 cases to date. The county also reported 41 new deaths, bringing the total number of fatalities to 4,552. These figures include cases reported by the Long Beach and Pasadena Health Departments. — Los Angeles County Department of Public Health