Some L.A. County businesses could reopen Friday

first_imgHomeBusinessSome L.A. County businesses could reopen Friday May. 07, 2020 at 5:55 amBusinessFeaturedNewsSome L.A. County businesses could reopen FridayMatthew Hall1 year agobusinesscoronavirusCOVID-19Officials in March ordered would-be shoppers to stay at home. (Matthew Hall) Los Angeles County officials outlined plans Wednesday to begin the slow process of reopening Los Angeles and acknowledged that the public could soon return to the county’s beaches.Supervisor Kathryn Barger said some businesses could open as soon as this Friday with a relaxing of the Safer At Home order in partnership with recent orders from Gov. Gavin Newsom.She said toy shops, bookstores, car dealerships, clothing retailers, sporting goods stores and music stores will be able to offer curbside pickup Friday. County trails and golf courses can reopen Saturday.“Our guidelines will certainly look different than others,” she said. “When we reopen, slowly but surely, we must maintain physical distancing, continue to wear face coverings and rely on pickup and delivery.”She said the first wave of openings are less about the kind of product sold and more about the ability to maintain social distancing.Ferrer said there are several measurements that need to be in place before reopening is expanded.“The first is that we need to be sure there’s adequate capacity in our healthcare system,” she said. “And this means that we need adequate health care staffing ventilators personal protection equipment and testing capacity at our hospitals. It also means maintaining surge capacity at the hospitals in case there’s a sharp rise in people who have become seriously ill from COVID-19.”She said the second prerequisite is to ensure that vulnerable populations are protected. Ferrer said there needs to be adequate personal protective equipment and staffing to manage care in institutional settings.“The third prerequisite is that we need to make sure that there’s capacity to test, trace and isolate,” she said. “This means being able to test people when it’s appropriate. It also means being able to trace and isolate individuals who are positive for COVID-19, and to have their close contacts quarantine. And we do need to collect data electronically from both providers and labs, including data on race and ethnicity, to allow us again to better understand the spread of COVID-19 across our communities.”She said the final step is establishing protocols to keep workers, customers and residents safe as they reenter the workplace.Beaches are not specifically mentioned in the first wave of openings, but Ferrer said there is a plan to reopen the sand.“… there is a plan, it will go in effect at some point in the very near future that will allow again for a slow reopening of our beaches in a way that’s as safe as possible but I do want to thank everyone who’s been working on that plan. And I know that we can all look forward to that happening pretty soon.”The county has a five-stage program for reopening with more businesses allowed to open in each stage with an analysis of case spread necessary before the county moves from stage to stage.Stage 1 is the current Safer at Home rule. Friday would mark the start of Stage 2 with some non-essential businesses opening. Stage 3 includes higher-risk businesses such as theaters and schools. Stage 4 would include the most at-risk businesses such as sports venues and large conventions. Stage 5 is a return to pre-virus operations.Eventually, the Stage 2 openings would include cultural venues such as museums and galleries but Ferrer said all reopened businesses would do so with new rules to limit contact between patrons.“So, as we move through the stages of recovery, we will be issuing protocols for each sector, on what measures, they must take to slow the spread of COVID-19,” she said. “And these do include protecting and supporting workers and customers for their health and their safety, limiting in person work and ensuring that vulnerable workers have alternate assignments, providing cloth face coverings and personal protective equipment to all employees and asking that anyone entering the business, also wear a cloth face covering.”She said the number of customers in a business will also be limited and the county will be tracking the spread of the disease following each step to evaluate if new businesses can reopen without endangering the public.To date, Public Health has identified 28,644 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County, and a total of 1,367 deaths. There are currently 198 confirmed cases in Santa [email protected] :businesscoronavirusCOVID-19share on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentSanta Monica Employee Recognized as Banner Bank’s BestSouthern California heads into peak of spring heat waveYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall6 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson17 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter17 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor17 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press17 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press17 hours agolast_img read more

Episode 4 of Secrets of the Cell — Broken Wolves and other Evolutionary Conundrums

first_imgEvolution Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Intelligent Design Episode 4 of Secrets of the Cell — Broken Wolves and other Evolutionary ConundrumsDavid KlinghofferMarch 4, 2020, 8:53 AM On a new episode of Secrets of the Cell with Michael Behe, the famed biochemist and intelligent design proponent briefly examines several evolutionary icons. These are living species that are considered by Darwinists as slam-dunk evidence of unguided evolution’s creative power, but that turn out to be just the opposite: Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Tagsbiochemistrybiological informationbroken wolvescreative powerDNADogsE. colievolutionEvolution Newsgenesgenetic functionintelligent designMichael Behemutationspolar bearsRichard LenskiSecrets of the Cellwolves,Trending Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man David KlinghofferSenior Fellow and Editor, Evolution NewsDavid Klinghoffer is a Senior Fellow at Discovery Institute and the editor of Evolution News & Science Today, the daily voice of Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture, reporting on intelligent design, evolution, and the intersection of science and culture. Klinghoffer is also the author of six books, a former senior editor and literary editor at National Review magazine, and has written for the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Seattle Times, Commentary, and other publications. Born in Santa Monica, California, he graduated from Brown University in 1987 with an A.B. magna cum laude in comparative literature and religious studies. David lives near Seattle, Washington, with his wife and children.Follow DavidProfileTwitter Share “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Recommended Dogs, for one, in their great variety descend from wolves. Atheist biologist Richard Dawkins and others have pointed to man’s best friend as confirmation that evolution creatively builds new species. Behe explains, though, that when the cell’s secrets are considered — biological information at the DNA level — we discover that dogs are broken wolves. Of course that doesn’t make them any less loveable. They evolved largely by losing genetic functions through mutation. As Dr. Behe explains, “The mutations don’t construct new genes. Most of them break or damage preexisting genes.” He gives specific illustrations. In fact, some of the things we love most about dogs are due to such “disruptions” or “degradations” of genes. In just five minutes, Behe expands his case studies of the phenomenon to polar bears and the E. coli bacteria studied in Richard Lenski’s famous lab.But the most widely advertised wonder of evolution is that it builds novelties, not that it destroys them. In that case, where do the novelties come from? Behe will answer that question in a subsequent episode.Look here, here, and here for previous installments of Secrets of the Cell from Discovery Institute. We have intelligently designed this series to make ID as accessible as it ever can be, for everyone. Please be sure to share Secrets widely with your network! Episode 5 premieres next Wednesday. Find it here at Evolution News. A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to Alllast_img read more