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

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Connecticut recovery centers not filling up … Endangered Species Act challenge can continue … A mayor offers up free milk.

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?

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Texas AG slams city coronavirus restrictions as going too far … South Carolina to delay budget debate … State attorneys general demand safety information from Amazon.

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.

Governors Immortalized as Bobbleheads for Coronavirus Response

The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum immortalized four governors as bouncy-headed figurines for their state leadership during the coronavirus pandemic.

Gavin Newsom’s Nation-State

How the first-term California governor is handling yet another disaster

A California County Allows Sexual Assault Victims to Perform Their Own Forensic Exams During the Pandemic

The at-home rape kits are a temporary measure meant to ensure that victims of sexual assault continue to report their experiences in a timely manner, county officials said.

Ready or Not, Schools Shift to Full-Time Virtual Learning

In many of the districts closed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, school officials are trying to figure out how to connect students while they prepare online lesson plans.

The Grassroots Creation of a Hand-Washing Infrastructure for the Homeless

COMMENTARY | A community effort is building hand-washing stations for the homeless population in Los Angeles.

Are Gun Stores Essential During a Pandemic? Depends on Where You Live

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued guidance that deems firearms stores essential services, but state and local governments have drawn different conclusions on whether gun stores should remain open.

Trump Administration Issues Final Auto Emissions Rollback

The new standards will require automakers to reduce vehicle emissions by 1.5% each year, as opposed to 5% reductions required under an Obama-era rule.

New York and California Governors Order Most People to Stay Home

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | New York orders all non-essential businesses to close and workers to stay home, the day after California imposed "shelter in place" across the state ... Florida counties closing beaches, while governor resists issuing order ... Wastewater administrators ask people to stop flushing wipes.