Coronavirus Update: Coronavirus Is Now the Leading Cause of Death in L.A. County

Also video game spending goes through the roof, the 5 in Burbank set to close, and more
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» Coronavirus is now the leading cause of death in L.A. County, killing an average of 44 people each day. Usually, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the county, taking about 31 lives a day, according to health director Barbara Ferrer, followed by obstructive pulmonary disease and emphysema. [CNN

» New information is shining light on the earliest days of the outbreak in California. The novel coronavirus is now thought to have been circulating in the San Francisco area weeks earlier than previously thought. Better insights into the timeline of the spread can improve projection models of the pandemic’s course. [Los Angeles Times]

» National Guard units have been deployed to nursing homes in Pasadena, Gardena, Little Armenia, and Mid-City. Each unit has five military medics, plus three additional support and administrative personnel. [Daily News]

» L.A. County Supervisors are moving to “rein in” the budget at the sheriff’s department. Alex Villanueva’s office requested $147.3 million in “public safety” funds, largely to pay for temperature scanners and PPE for officers; County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl wants $83 million of that money reallocated to other pandemic expenses. [San Gabriel Valley Tribune]

» The 5 Freeway in Burbank will close on Saturday. The closure, to allow for demolition on the Burbank Boulevard bridge, is scheduled to last for 36 hours. [NBC Los Angeles]

» Digital video game spending has hit an all-time high. The industry produced $10 billion in global revenue in the month of March. [Hollywood Reporter]

» The CEO of Top Dawg Entertainment, label home of Kendrick Lamar, SZA, and other stars, has paid the rent for 311 L.A. families in Watts. Many of the residents covered by Anthony Tiffith’s donation are at-risk senior citizens. [Complex]


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» L.A. City Council Fails to Pass Multiple Measures to Protect Struggling Renters A package of tenant protections, including a blanket moratorium on evictions, didn’t pass muster 

» How to Get Through the Coming Hot Weather During Quarantine L.A. is expecting ”very warm conditions” this week. What can you do when all the normal ways to cool off are closed?

» More ‘Reopen’ Protests Are Being Planned in California A group calling itself Fully Reopen CA Now Movement is plotting May 1 demonstrations in cities including Los Angeles


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The Best Things to Stream This Weekend

Our Quarantine Curator has your weekend streaming picks. In this edition: A “live documentary” about the Beastie Boys, a career re-defining moment from Hugh Jackman, and more.

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