As Covid Cases Spike, California Shifts Its Strategy

Counties across the state are toppling records and, overall, California recorded a single-day high of 7,149 new COVID cases Tuesday.

California Lawmakers Block Health Care Cuts

To address the estimated $54 billion deficit in the 2020-21 state budget, the deal relies partly on drawing down state cash reserves and rainy day funds.

California Taps Libraries and Tax Offices To Recruit 20,000 New Disease Detectives

While libraries are closed, dozens of librarians are training to become contact tracers.

At A Time Of Great Need, Public Health Lacks ‘Lobbying Muscle’

California will need to make painful decisions with its state budget. That will make lobbying for increased public health funding even more difficult.

New Coronavirus Hot Spots Emerge Across South And In California, As Northeast Slows

The U.S. is still seeing roughly 20,000 new cases a day.

Did Curfews Work? Cities Begin to Roll Back Restrictions

Police say curfews helped quell violence as they begin to lift restrictions, but civil liberties advocates say that they are actually used to stop peaceful protests.

California AG Seeks More Power To Battle Merger-Hungry Health Care Chains

Now that COVID-19 has slammed the health care industry, especially the small practices that are barely seeing patients, California is likely to see a lot of health care system mergers.

‘Why Do We Always Get Hit First?’ Proposed Budget Cuts Target Vulnerable Californians

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has proposed sweeping budget cuts to safety-net health care programs just as enrollment is projected to spike because of record job losses related to the pandemic.

As Virus Keeps Kids From Schools, New Figures Show Millions Lack Home Internet

Meanwhile, a California education official this week said it would take at least $500 million to get students there the computers and internet access they need, and asked the private sector to help.

Defying State Orders, Church Leaders to Hold In-Person Services

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Weddings Move Online in the Age of Coronavirus

Cities and states across the country are allowing couples to obtain marriage licenses online and, in some places, get married via video conference.

Two Coasts. One Virus. How New York Suffered Nearly 10 Times the Number of Deaths as California.

California’s governor and San Francisco’s mayor worked together to act early in confronting the COVID threat. For Andrew Cuomo and Bill de Blasio, it was a different story, and 27,000 New Yorkers have died so far.

For Firefighters Battling Wildfires, Coronavirus Adds New Risks to Already Dangerous Job

States plan to change many usual practices to help prevent the disease from spreading among firefighters, as well as evacuees.

California’s Largest University System To Go Online This Fall—Will Other Schools Follow?

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Trying Out Los Angeles’ New Coronavirus Testing Regime

At a time when a shortage of tests still impedes efforts to grapple with the virus in many parts of California and the rest of the U.S., it is noteworthy that Mayor Eric Garcetti is now offering testing to all 10 million-plus residents of the nation’s largest county.

Testing In California Still A Frustrating Patchwork Of Haves And Have-Nots

County to county, city to city—even hospital to hospital within a city—testing capacity varies widely, as does the definition of who qualifies for testing.

As California Lawmakers Reconvene, Not Everyone Agrees On Covid-Only Agenda

Some lawmakers want to push forward with their agendas from before the pandemic, particularly those related to public health, despite legislative leaders asking that work be constrained to bills directly related to the virus.

Do-It-Yourself Cheek Swab Tested As Next Best Thing To Detect Coronavirus

Three California jurisdictions are using a new way for patients to provide samples instead of the long swab up a nostril that must be performed by a health care provider. Could this help ramp up testing or are the results too uncertain?

Los Angeles Opening Up Coronavirus Testing to All Residents

The city’s mayor says it is the first major city in the U.S. to do so. Even people without symptoms can get a test.

Lawmaker Pushing Mental Health Reform: It’s ‘More Needed Than Ever’

A Q&A with a key California state senator about the steps he wants the state to take to expand mental health care access and substance abuse treatment, even as the state faces big budget challenges.