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With More Businesses Requiring Proof Of Vaccination, County Board Of Supervisors To Vote On Employee Vaccine Mandate

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – As more local businesses opt to require proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 tests to enter their establishments, the LA County Board of Supervisors will vote next week on whether to require all county employees to show their vaccination status or submit to weekly tests. The Equinox Group, which also owns Soul Cycle, is the latest company to adopt proof of vaccination for members to enter their gyms starting next month. “I think in a situation where you are trying to workout with a mask, it’s very difficult to do it and if that’s the solution, I am...
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Homeless Encampment Cleanup Underway In Azusa Riverbed

AZUSA (CBSLA) – A large homeless encampment cleanup was taking place Tuesday along the San Gabriel Riverbed between Duarte and Azusa. Aug. 3, 2021. (CBSLA) The cleanup by Los Angeles County crews was happening along the Lario Staging Area, just north of the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area. Residents were given a deadline of Tuesday morning to move out. Wildfire risk was a major reason for the cleanup, officials said. “There’s been 70 fires here over the last two years, burned over 200 acres,” said Kevin Reagan, spokesperson for the L.A. County Department of Parks and Recreation. “Just this year alone there’s been nine fires. And all of those fires have been ignited by homeless encampments.” Officials said about 200 people were identified in the area and approximately 50 have accepted shelter. On Dec. 6, an early morning brush fire broke out inside a homeless encampment in Lario Park. No one was hurt. Firefighters were able to keep the flames from spreading to nearby homes. The Irwindale Police Department reported on Facebook Monday evening that it was not involved in the cleanup efforts.
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Outreach groups and sheriff’s department work to relocate homeless on Venice’s Ocean Front Walk

One member of Venice's homeless community, Robert, had been developing his structure for weeks before vacating the area.(Anju Saravanan/Hopes For Homeless) (VENICE, Calif.) The shores of Venice have long been an attractive area for residents, tourists and transients to locate themselves. An accompaniment to the neighborhood's ocean scenery is the homeless presence in the area, which has increased tremendously during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, authorities are scrambling to rectify the situation and move people off the beach’s boardwalk.
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Infections Increasing In L.A. Skilled Nursing Facilities Again As Delta Variant Breaks Through Vaccines

In the earliest days of the Covid-19 pandemic, nursing homes were ravaged by the virus as it spread among staff and closely grouped elderly people with compromised immune systems. Those communities were prioritized once vaccines came along, and infections dropped markedly there. No more. With the high level of Covid spread occurring across Los Angeles, the county is now experiencing increases in cases among staff and residents at skilled nursing facilities once again, though not nearly to 2020 levels. This is in part due to the highly transmissible Delta variant and breakthrough infections among the fully vaccinated. While Covid cases among...
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LA County Records Nearly 2,300 New Coronavirus Cases

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Los Angeles County reported another 2,293 coronavirus cases on Tuesday, which officials said was attributed to the highly contagious Delta variant spreading throughout the country. There was also an uptick in cases at skilled nursing facilities, with 33 new cases — six among residents and 27 staff members up from a previous weekly average of 22 total new cases. L.A. County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said because residents in these facilities are typically medically fragile, it’s important to wear a mask and get a vaccine before visiting vulnerable individuals. Counting Tuesday’s numbers, the total number of recorded coronavirus cases during the pandemic in L.A. County has risen to 1,307,970. Hospitalizations were at 1,138 individuals and another 20 fatalities were also reported, increasing the death toll to 24,704. Ferrer also said 99.8% of the COVID-19 fatalities in the county during the first six months of the year were among the unvaccinated. The rate was 96% from April 1 to June 30. Among residents aged 16 and over, 72% have received at least one dose, and 63% are fully vaccinated, according to L.A. County figures. (© Copyright 2021 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. City News Service contributed to this report.)
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First Human Case Of West Nile Virus Reported For 2021 In LA County

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The first human case of West Nile Virus has been reported in Los Angeles County for this year, public health officials said on Tuesday. A resident of the South Bay area was sent to the hospital with West Nile Virus (WNV) fever in late July and is recovering. Cases of WNV, which is the leading cause of mosquito-borne illnesses in the continental U.S. according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, occur during mosquito season from the summer through fall. Most people with WNV will not develop any symptoms, but about one in 5 people who are infected will develop a fever. About one out of 150 infected people develop a potentially fatal illness. WNV risk can be reduced by wearing insect repellant and long-sleeved shirts to percent mosquito bites. Residents are also urged to take steps to prevent mosquitos indoors and outdoors by using screens on windows and doors and emptying standing water to stop mosquitoes from laying eggs near residences. No further information was available about where the person was bitten by the infected mosquito, but residents across SoCal are continuously encouraged to take precautions. For more information on WNV, visit http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/westnile.
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Tuesday COVID-19 Roundup: 30,273 Total SCV Cases; Public Health to Host Virtual Town Hall on Schools Wednesday

On Tuesday, Los Angeles County Public Health officials confirmed 20 new deaths and 2,293 new cases of COVID-19 countywide, with 30,273 total cases in the Santa Clarita Valley. Of the 20 new deaths reported today, five people who passed away were over the age of 80, six people who passed were between the ages of 65 and 79, six people who passed were between the ages of 50 and 64, and three people who passed were between the ages of 30 and 49.
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Los Angeles Vaccine Mandate Unlikely As California Companies Demand Shots

Although New York City will soon require proof of COVID-19 vaccinations for indoor activities, officials in Los Angeles appear to have no immediate plans to follow suit. New York City on Tuesday became the first major city in the U.S. to announce that people will need to provide proof that they have had at least one jab in order to enter indoor restaurants, gyms and theaters from mid-August.