When Marcos Lutyens started making felt roses in honor of the Americans who had died from COVID-19, the death toll was at about 180,000 people. He thought — he hoped — that he’d have to make about 200,000. He was wrong.
ACalifornia program for small businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic has given more than $5 million in grants to Burbank companies and contractors, recently released data shows.
More than 450 Burbank small businesses — including nonprofits, sole proprietorships and independent contractors — that grossed between $1,000 and $2.5 million in the 2019 tax year received grants from the state’s COVID-19 Small Business Relief Grant program, which was announced in early December.
Just over 60% of Burbank’s residents had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccination as of this week, but county data shows a recent drop in the number of daily shots being administered.
At least 54,100 residents, or 60.4% of the local population 16 years old or older, have had at least one coronavirus vaccine dose as of Sunday, according to data from the Los Angeles County Public Health Department. That total includes the roughly 12,600 first doses administered to the city’s population ages 65 and older — 77.7% of that age group.
La Cañada Flintridge has one of the highest vaccination rates in the county with 70% of residents 16 and older having received at least one dose of the vaccine as of April 30.
As of Monday, L.A. County has administered more than 8 million doses of the vaccine and 37% of residents are fully inoculated, according to the the Department of Public Health.
Meanwhile, Los Angeles County, what was once the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic with alarmingly high numbers of new cases, hospitalizations and deaths, will officially enter the least restrictive tier of the state’s reopening system called the blueprint for a safer economy. The yellow tier, indicating minimal spread of the coronavirus, will allow bars that do not serve food to provide indoor service at 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer, and other businesses to increase capacity with health modifications.
Restaurants, gyms, breweries, wineries and movie theaters can expand capacity to 50% and amusement parks can increase capacity to 35%. Restrictions will be eased for events and large gatherings such as conferences, meetings and receptions. Continue reading “LCF Hits 70% Vaccine Rate as Reopening Broadens”
One positive COVID-19 test can quickly alter a school’s plans as well as disrupt sports activities, as La Cañada High School administrators and coaches learned last week.
In accordance with Los Angeles County Department of Public Health guidelines, the school canceled what was supposed to be the varsity football team’s final game of the season against Monrovia, after four people, including one student, tested positive for the coronavirus. Continue reading “Positive COVID Tests Cancel Spartans’ Final Game”
The national pause on using the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine against COVID-19 has brought the city’s home-vaccination program to a halt this week. Once the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health aligned itself with the Centers for Disease Control and Food and Drug Administration — the two organizations announced this week they are reviewing use of the vaccine after a small number of incidents — that forced the Glendale Fire Department’s hand. Fire Chief Silvio Lanzas said he and their partner, Glendale Memorial Hospital, have to follow the health department’s direction. “We hope to bring the program back, but we’re just unsure what happens with the Johnson & Johnson vaccines,” he said this week.
Thirteen months after their 2020 season was cut short due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Burbank High School boys’ tennis defeated host Glendale High, 17-1, on Wednesday in the season opener for both teams. Glendale entered the match shorthanded, with two of their players unable to attend. That left the Nitros without a third doubles tandem, forcing them to forfeit three sets to Burbank before play even began.
The Jewel City is now home to one of Los Angeles County’s coveted mass COVID-19 vaccination sites, which officially kicks off tomorrow and is available to all eligible county residents. Those residents will be able to register for appointments from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays, at the Glendale Community Collegeparking structure off Mountain Street. Patients can either park and walk up to the clinic or get dropped off there. The clinic will not take walk-in appointments and patients will have to register through the state system, at myturn.ca.gov. The long-awaited Jewel City Vax Clinic is being run as a collaboration between the city and its police and fire departments, GCC and Adventist Health Glendale. It is being funded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Burbank residents will soon see more of the normality they were used to before the COVID-19 pandemic hit last year. The L.A. Department of Public Health announced on Tuesday that the county has met the threshold for the orange tier — indicating moderate infection of the coronavirus — of the state’s blueprint for a safer economy. The next-to-lowest tier loosens restrictions on businesses and allows theme parks to open. The new health order will go into effect this coming Monday, April 5. “After a year of fear, anxiety and tragic loss, we’re seeing glimmers of hope once more,” County Supervisor Hilda Solis said in a virtual update on Tuesday. “But this didn’t happen just by accident. This was because of our collective hard work.”