Daily Brief: Shuttered L.A. Hospital Becomes a Coronavirus Treatment Center

Also canceled graduations, drive-through COVID testing, and more
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» St. Vincent Medical Center will be used as a coronavirus treatment center. The 381-bed hospital had closed in January, but will be brought back by the state government to address the outbreak.  [NBC Los Angeles]

» USC and UCLA have officially canceled spring graduation ceremonies. Some type of in-person celebration may be hosted for grads later in the year, if conditions permit. [KTLA]

» Los Angeles has banned residential evictions that stem from coronavirus-related loss of wages or financial hardships. Here is how the program works. [Curbed]

» Tesla, Ford, and GM have been authorized to switch their production lines to making ventilators. The White House also signed a law that could allow the feds to “draft” American factories into manufacturing medical supplies.  [The Hill]

» Riverside County is the latest to start offering drive-through testing for COVID-19. The program, which proved effective at slowing virus spread in Korea, has also started in Ventura and Orange Counties–but there still just aren’t enough tests for everyone who wants one. [CBS Los Angeles]

» At-risk families are now sheltering in 11 CalTrans-owned homes in El Sereno. CalTrans owns 163 vacant properties in the area. The families assert that the properties should be used to provide safe, stable homes during the pandemic. [Curbed]

» The manufacturer of Purell is being hit with a class-action lawsuit, alleging it made “misleading” statements about products. The suit takes issue with a claim on the packaging that says certain Purell products can kill “99.99% of illness causing germs.”  [USA Today]

» Some local residents continue to go out and gather for fun, despite calls to stay home and maintain distance. One news crew sent a helicopter to shoot footage of people out on beaches, playgrounds, and elsewhere. [NBC Los Angeles


TOP STORIES FROM L.A. MAG

» 10 (Free) Ways to Use the L.A. Public Library While Actual Libraries Are Closed Free newspaper subscriptions, movie streaming services, language lessons, and more are just a click away

» UCB Has Laid Off Most Staff in L.A. and N.Y.C. Remaining training classes will be online-only

» What We Know About L.A. County’s COVID-19 Cases, by Neighborhood and Age Confirmed cases come from all over the region—and all age brackets


ONE MORE THING

 

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Paramount Pictures

Iconic L.A. Movies to Stream While You’re Stuck Inside Missing L.A.

Missing Los Angeles even though you’re still here? Feeling like you live in an apartment in Anytown USA instead of our expansive, magical, mucky city? Luckily, the City Angeles is also the city of celluloid—and there are countless movies to watch to get out of the house and into the city, without ever leaving your bed. (We recommend pairing your viewing with take-out from a local restaurant.)

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