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Wuhan Virus Watch: L.A. Mayor Garcetti Says Extension of “Safe-at-Home” Orders are “Adjustable”

Wuhan Virus Watch: L.A. Mayor Garcetti Says Extension of “Safe-at-Home” Orders are “Adjustable”

Salons are suing California over shutdown. Washington state eateries will have to keep log of customers to aid in contact tracing. Coronavirus pandemic may lead to 75,000 “deaths of despair.”

It seems like only yesterday we updated everyone that Los Angeles was extending its “safe at home” orders to August.

That’s because it was!

After the news spread about the move, built on data and policies that are increasingly coming under fire, it appears such plans are now “adjustable.”

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said on Tuesday that while county officials are recommending the stay-at-home order to be extended for the next three months, the order is also flexible.

“When our county health officer Dr. (Barbara) Ferrer merely said that an order would stay in place for at least three more months, that doesn’t mean the order stays in place exactly as it is today,” Garcetti said on CNN.

The mayor said the city can not fully reopen until a vaccine has been developed.

“It’s just a reminder of how delicate and fragile this time is, but do not freak out when you hear a scientist say that it’s still going to be here and we’re still going to be living under health orders,” Garcetti said about the extension.

Garcetti was clearly doing damage control when he appeared on CNN interview with host Anderson Cooper.

“I want to reassure people because I think there was a lot of panic suddenly when the headlines said we’re all going to stay exactly as we are for three more months when that’s not the case.”

I suspect that the CA25 election, which flipped a blue congressional seat to red for the first time since 1998, might inspire more flexibility among the state’s ruling Democrats.

California salons file lawsuit against Gov. Newsom’s coronavirus closures

Meanwhile, California salons are fighting the state orders in the court.

The Center for American Liberty filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against California Gov. Gavin Newsom on behalf of the Professional Beauty Federation of California (PBFC) in an attempt to reopen hair salons statewide.

The organization, in collaboration with the Dhillon Law Group, represents more thn 500,000 hair salon owners who want salons to be reclassified from stage three in California’s reopening process, and be allowed to open now.

“They’re licensed professionals with degrees [in] safety and sanitation… it doesn’t make sense why nail & beauty salons remain closed, it’s injustice,” plaintiff attorney Harmeet Dhillon said at a press conference Tuesday.

The PBFC is using the slogan #OpenSalonsNow to promote the effort and encourage others to pressure to the governor to allow beauty salons to reopen.

Burger King, Popeyes, and Tim Hortons turn off self-serve soda fountains

Fast food in the Age of Coronavirus will not include self-serve soft drinks.

As it begins to reopen some 15,000 Burger King, Popeye’s and Tim Hortons locations across North America, fast-food giant Restaurant Brands International said Tuesday it’s zeroing in on areas vulnerable to infection — including soda fountains where customers can refill their cups as many times as they want.

“We have turned off our self-serve soda fountains and are offering beverages, extra condiments and trays from the behind the front counter,” Restaurant Brands’ Chief Executive Jose Cil wrote in an open letter on Tuesday.

The company has “fully embraced the notion that parts of our restaurants need to change – certainly, for the foreseeable future and possibly forever,” Cil added.

Washington state restaurants will have to keep a log of customers to aid in contact tracing

In Washington state. “contact tracing” is now on the menu.

With eight Washington counties now approved to move to Phase 2 under Gov. Jay Inslee’s four-phase plan to reopen the state, the governor’s office on Monday released a set of requirements restaurants will have to comply with if they want to reopen for dine-in service.

Stevens, Wahkiakum, Skamania, Ferry, Pend Oreille, Columbia, Garfield and Lincoln counties have all been cleared for Phase 2, which allows restaurants to reopen at 50% capacity, and caps table sizes at five.

Notably, the 13 criteria that restaurants will have to adhere to in order to reopen for dine-in service includes a stipulation that they “create a daily log of customers and maintain that daily log for 30 days, including telephone/email contact information, and time in.”

This is to aid in any contact tracing, should that become necessary.

Coronavirus pandemic may lead to 75,000 “deaths of despair.”

Mental health is no less important than physical health.

COVID-19 has directly claimed tens of thousands of U.S. lives, but conditions stemming from the novel coronavirus — rampant unemployment, isolation and an uncertain future — could lead to 75,000 deaths from drug or alcohol abuse and suicide, new research suggests.

Deaths from these causes are known as “deaths of despair.” And the COVID-19 pandemic may be accelerating conditions that lead to such deaths.

“Deaths of despair are tied to multiple factors, like unemployment, fear and dread, and isolation. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, there were already an unprecedented number of deaths of despair. We wanted to estimate how this pandemic would change that number moving forward,” said one of the study’s authors, Benjamin Miller. He’s chief strategy officer for the Well Being Trust in Oakland, Calif.


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I, Miguel Ratonsito, shall dine in a Washington restaurant this very eve and gladly provide my throw-away email when asked.

So what’s the background of LA’s Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.Ed.?

– PhD Social Welfare
– Chief Strategy Officer for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation
– Focused on inequities in health outcomes, racial equity
– Latina

    johnnycab23513 in reply to Ray - SoCa. | May 14, 2020 at 11:25 am

    In other words, not at all qualified for that position, but had to be given it due to being a female and latina!

2smartforlibs | May 14, 2020 at 11:30 am

Adjustable according to the threat to him losing his cushy job.

LA Mayor comes to the shocking realization that when you make a rule that everybody breaks, people don’t like it. So rather than get ridden out of town on a rail, he plans on getting ahead of the mob and pretending he’s leading a parade.

Otherwise, he’s King Canute again, trying to hold back the tide of sunbathers with his word alone.

“I am adjusting the deal. Pray I don’t adjust it further.”

Ok, so eateries have to keep a log for contact tracing, yet anyone can vote without an ID… the new normal!

    Stay 6 feet apart or millions will die!

    But here – sign this log with this pen that everyone has to touch! Belly up to the same counter everyone bellies up to and breathes on … punch in your PIN number on the device Typhoid Mary just used … here’s change for your $20 – not 60 seconds before it was in the pocket of Joe Ebola …

    God, what morons!

    Obvious solution is obvious. Since voting day is on Tuesday, we make it Taco Tuesday. Everybody who votes gets a free taco on the way out.

ScottTheEngineer | May 14, 2020 at 11:55 am

Dr. Ferrer received her Ph.D. in Social Welfare from Brandeis University, a Master of Arts in Public Health from Boston University, a Master of Arts in Education from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and a Bachelor of Arts in Community Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz

“”the city can not fully reopen until a vaccine has been developed.””

When are people going to realize that the single best manufacturer of “vaccines” is your own immune system?

RichardA1701 | May 14, 2020 at 12:09 pm

My Name is Lt. Juan Rico, Mobile Infantry. That’s to join Lazarus Long and Manual Garcia O’Kelley.

It occurs to me that this contact trace information is not such a horrible idea.

Get data from person A that he is positive and came into close contact with person B. So the state/county/city notifies person B, and demands a test. Obviously they would need the name, place of employment and home address at a minimum to conduct tracing, testing and quarantine.

Now let’s imagine that person B is not in the U.S. lawfully. So now what, given the recent SCOTUS ruling? I am almost positive that the PDJT included some language about compliance with Federal law when they pushed out funds to the States. Even if it’s boilerplate language.

So since states are supposed to share the data with the Fed’s then couldn’t that data from contact tracing be accessed?

Not to go after person B, but to go after his employer for the employers violations in employing a person who isn’t in the nation lawfully? Come to think of it every business who accepted the PPP funding is probably in the same boat. Steven Miller is a pretty smart guy, I have to think he would have advanced these kinds of ideas.

Adjustable as in extendable.

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | May 14, 2020 at 12:32 pm


Cuomo’s infect the nursing home order.

Read that the PA public health director, a male to female transexual, did the same order, but only after removing their mother from the nursing home.

In Wa, the UI payment is around 700/week for W2 workers, plus 600 fed. Those workers will not be happy about having to come back.

In the self employment space, I’m seeing it too where the federal money is encouraging people to stay home.

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | May 14, 2020 at 12:51 pm

Proverbs 16:5

“Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.”

How does Garcetti carve out enough free time to be on Biden’s VP vetting team, I would think he would have a full plate trying to get his city open again

“When our county health officer Dr. (Barbara) Ferrer merely said that an order would stay in place for at least three more months, that doesn’t mean the order stays in place exactly as it is today, and while you may believe that you think you understand what you thought you heard, I am not sure you realize that what you feel you believe you heard is not what she thought you believed her saying, and you are a racist for thinking that, and count every vote, and no one is illegal, and hate has no place here, and every Deplorable should get COVID-19 and die horribly, and I believe Joe and all women not named Tara Reade, and listen to the scientists, and I could not possibly be clearer.”

In OK, you would expect the counties around OKC and Tulsa to have higher caseloads. The top 5 counties account for 61% of the cases. OK/Cleveland counties = 29% of the cases. Tulsa/Washington counties = 21%. The other county is Texas County in the panhandle and accounts for 11% of the cases.

Texas County has 20,255 people or 10 people per square mile. There’s a lot of sorghum and wheat fields, lots of natural gas production, and a top producer of cattle and hogs.

Guess what else is in the county – a meat packing plant. The state is now testing everyone at the plant and probably a lot more in the county. 60% of today’s new cases were from Texas County and I’m sure that it will increase over the next few weeks.

What I hope is that the rest of OK doesn’t slam the brakes on reopening for a surge in a remote county. Probably not, since most people only look at the big numbers, not the details.

The lack of analysis is happening in many states, such as Michigan with the 77 yr old barber.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Liz. | May 15, 2020 at 12:25 am

    Are they canceling all schooling for autumn?

    My guess is yes.

Nobody is talking about what all this forced togetherness is going to do to the birth rate. Remember the blackouts baby boom. That was just a day or two.

The mayor said the city can not fully reopen until a vaccine has been developed

That could be years, and if they change the goalposts to “effective vaccine”, that could be never.

Washington must hate restaurants. Who is going to tolerate giving up personal information to a restaurant, with no controls on how it’s disseminated?

I see restaurants turning off their self-service beverage machines, but what actual evidence is there that they are a measurable source of wuhan coronavirus infection, or indeed any communicable disease?

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | May 15, 2020 at 12:20 am

Meanwhile Africa is leading the way in giving WHO th ax.

“We Sent Them Samples Of A Goat, A Papaya & A Pheasant”: Tanzanian President Catches WHO In Epic Lie

Tanzania isn’t the only African country that’s asked the WHO to pack its things and get out.

Reuters reports That Burundi is expelling the national head of the WHO and three of his subordinates as the country prepares for a presidential election that is being held next week. The WHO had repeatedly raised concerns, claiming holding the vote during the middle of the pandemic wouldn’t be prudent.


“PFFFFTT”, can u adjus dat? IS u stupid au somfin???