Pasadena Marks 2 Weeks Without a COVID-19 Fatality

first_imgCommunity News Pasadena Marks 2 Weeks Without a COVID-19 Fatality By BRIAN DAY Published on Thursday, October 22, 2020 | 5:19 pm STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Make a comment Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Top of the News More Cool Stuff Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Thursday marked two weeks without a reported COVID-19-related death in Pasadena.Eight new infections were documented, although four of them were older cases that had been added to the official tally from a state backlog, according to Pasadena spokeswoman Lisa Derderian.The city’s totals stood at 2,721 known infections and 129 fatalities, according to city data. The last death in the city due to the virus was reported on Oct. 8.“We’re very optimistic about our numbers and hope everyone remains vigilant and we enter the holiday season where we see more travel and gatherings,” Derderian said.Huntington Hospital reported treating 25 COVID-19 patients on Thursday.Los Angeles County public health officials announced 3,600 new infections and 18 additional deaths on Thursday, but said the number of cases was inflated by about 2,000 due to a backlog in the data reporting system over the past few days. Backlogged cases were expected to be added to the daily tallies over the coming days, as well.The L.A. County Department of Public Health had recorded a total of 294,065 COVID-19 infections and 6,956 deaths since the onset of the pandemic.Officials reported 777 COVID-19 patients hospitalized throughout the county on Thursday, with 29% of them in intensive care units, county health officials said in a written statement.L.A. County Director of Public Health Barbara Ferrer reminded people that they, or others, may be infected and able to spread the virus without knowing.“When we look at the widespread transmission occurring in L.A. County, we know that many people who become positive for COVID-19 are unaware they were exposed to an infected person. I asked that you keep this in mind when you are out and about,” she said.“There is no certainty that people you’re interacting with or are in close proximity to at a gathering are not infected,” according to Ferrer. “We do know with certainty that when people don’t protect themselves and others — by wearing a face covering, washing hands often, and at least staying six feet from others — this virus can quickly spread with devastating effects.”The California Department of Public Health reported 2,940 new infections and 162 new deaths Thursday, bringing the statewide totals to 880,724 cases of COVID-19 and 17,289 deaths.The average positivity rate over the prior seven days was 2.7%, and the 14-day average was 2.6%, the CDPH said in a written statement.As of Thursday, Los Angeles County represented 33% of California’s COVID-19 infections and 40% of the state’s fatalities. EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News Herbeauty11 Signs Your Perfectionism Has Gotten Out Of ControlHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty12 Signs You Want To Stay With Your Girlfriend ForeverHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCostume That Makes Actresses Beneath Practically UnrecognizableHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Gorgeous Looks That Have Been Classic Go-tos For DecadesHerbeautyHerbeautycenter_img STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Subscribe Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena 22 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Business News Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m.last_img read more

Hang with Hugh & Idina! Land a B’way Role! Prizes & Guests Set for BC/EFA Flea Market

first_imgWant to hang with If/Then’s Idina Menzel and The River’s Hugh Jackman backstage? Want to BE on stage in shows like Beautiful, Kinky Boots, The Phantom of the Opera or Wicked? Well, get your auction paddle ready, because these are just some of the prizes that will be available at the Grand Auction at the 2014 Broadway Flea Market. The annual event, which benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, will take place on September 21 in Times Square.Other auction items will include VIP house seats and backstage visits, autographed show memorabilia, a collection of Barbra Streisand collectibles, a chance to dine with some of Broadway’s best, handwritten and signed musical phrases, as well as opening night tickets and party passes to upcoming opening nights.The Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction includes one-of-a-kind opportunities to own a part of theater history or to step into the footlights. Great White Way fans can search for unique showbiz treasures scattered over 60 tables, meet favorite cast members and bid on exclusive backstage experiences. The event will take place from 10 AM to 7 PM. Silent auction lots will be opened every half hour until 3:30 PM, and the live auction will begin at 5 PM.The line-up of special guests for the autograph table and photo booth includes On the Town’s trio of sailors Clyde Alves, Jay Armstrong Johnson and Tony Yazbek, Wicked’s Jenni Barber, Charl Brown, Krystal Joy Brown and Bryan Terrell Clark of Motown, Cabaret’s Danny Burstein and Linda Emond, Kinky Boots trio Haven Burton, Billy Porter and Andy Kelso, Lesli Margherita and Christopher Sieber of Matilda, Rock of Ages duo Carrie St. Louis and Constantine Maroulis, Pippin stars Kyle Dean Massey, Charlotte d’Amboise and Rachel Bay Jones, Aladdin’s Adam Jacobs, Courtney Reed, James Monroe Iglehart and Jonathan Freeman, Mamma Mia! Dynamos Judy McLane, Felicia Finley and Lauren Cohn as well as Alan Campbell and Neil Starkenberg, If/Then vlogger James Snyder, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Tony nominee Jarrod Spector, Ben Platt and Nic Rouleau of The Book of Mormon, Once lovers Jessie Fisher and Paul Nolan, Hedwig Tony winner Lena Hall, Pageant: The Musical’s John Bolton, Nikki M. James of Les Miserables, Disgraced’s Josh Radnor, Ann Harada of Cinderella, A Walk in the Woods’ Kathleen Chalfant, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time star Alex Sharp, as well as Sebastian Arcelus, Stephanie J. Block, Andy Karl, Orfeh, Kate Baldwin, Alice Ripley, Patrick Wilson, Boyd Gaines, David Hyde Pierce, Richard H. Blake, Telly Leung, Jeremy Kushnier and Alton Fitzgerald White.Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is one of the nation’s leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. Last year, the Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction raised $631,222, bringing the event’s 27-year total to more than $10.3 million. Star Files View Commentscenter_img Idina Menzellast_img read more

Suffolk Bill Requiring Direct 911 Calls from Hotels Advances

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York When a 9-year-old girl tried to call 911 to report that her father allegedly ambushed her mother in December, she couldn’t get through because their hotel required guests to dial “9” first.Brad Dunn was later charged with the murder of his estranged wife, Kari Hunt Dunn, in the Texas case that sparked a reexamination of security protocol in the hotel and tourism industry. Kari’s family joined Suffolk County lawmakers and supporters backing legislation that would require hotels and motels to update their phone systems to allow direct calls to police.“She followed the instructions and she did not get help,” Hank Hunt, the victim’s father, told reporters Thursday during a news conference on Long Island. He wondered aloud if things could have turned out differently if one of his granddaughter’s four calls went through.Suffolk Legis. Robert Trotta (R-Fort Solanga) and Legis. Steve Stern (D-Dix Hills) proposed the bill, which passed the Public Safety Committee and will be subject of a public hearing at the legislature Tuesday. The proposal is among the first in the nation addressing the issue.“We expect this [bill] to spread across the state and across the country,” said Trotta.Hunt started a petition with more than 450,000 supporters on Change.org calling on Congress to pass “Kari’s Law,” proposed by U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas). Federal Communications Commission launched an inquiry into the multi-line phone system used in hotels and motels. And the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHALA) polled its members on how guests reach help by dialing 911.“The results came back pretty dismal,” said Hunt. The survey found that guests reach emergency services if they dial 911 without an access code in only 44.5 percent of franchise hotels and 32 percent of independent hotels.“We want those rules to be the same across every state line,” said Hunt. “If you dial 911 from any phone, you’re going to get help.”John Tsunis, chairman of New York State Hospitality and Tourism Association, agreed.“Can you imagine picking up a phone, desperate for emergency services, and dialing 911 and not being able to reach help,” he said. “Parents teach their kids to dial 911 in an emergency so it’s an important initiative that we drop the nine.”The modification of phone systems has already made its way to the Holiday Inn Express in Stony Brook, where the press conference was held. It took only a day to install a new program for the communication service, Tsunis said.Without such upgrades, the AHALA poll found that hotel guests have a one-in-three shot of dialing 911 and connecting to a dispatcher. Hunt hopes to turn the tragedy into an opportunity to create change that saves lives.“I’m not doing it for Kari, but on behalf of her and any other people who have been affected by this problem,” concluded Hunt. “I would be somewhat relieved on my part that she didn’t die in vain.”last_img read more