California launches COVID-19 tracker smartphone app

Yesterday, L.A. County reported 9,243 new COVID-19 cases and 75 related deaths. Currently, the county has 1,096 hospital beds and 129 intensive care unit beds available. The first child in L.A. has died from the coronavirus-linked multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children. — CBS Los Angeles

You can order a free at-home COVID-19 testing kit to avoid visiting a testing center in person through Jan. 15, 2021. — KTLA

Though they were initially closed as part of the stay-at-home order, playgrounds are now open. — L.A. Times

Starting today, you can opt in to use California’s COVID-19 exposure app, CA Notify, which tracks a user’s possible exposure to the virus. — KRON

For L.A. restaurant owners, the current ban on outdoor dining is far more difficult to deal with than the initial shutdown earlier in the year. Some are openly defying the order, while others are urging lawmakers to reconsider the restriction. — Eater Los Angeles

L.A. County is suspending some parking fines in light of current stay-at-home restrictions. — L.A. Times

Ellen DeGeneres and Carrie Ann Inaba of “Dancing with the Stars” have both tested positive for COVID-19. — CBS Los AngelesABC Los Angeles

Customers inside a laundromat in Echo Park wear masks to protect them against COVID-19. Photo by Jose Tobar.

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