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‘Safer at Home’ Extended to May 15, Face Covers Required in Public

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LOS ANGELES — Today, Los Angeles County issued a new Health Officer Order to extend the stipulation in the previous Health Officer Order through May 15, 2020. The Order also requires essential businesses to provide a cloth face covering for all of their employees to wear while performing duties that involve contact with other employees and or the public and to post their physical distancing plans.

“Recent data modeling done in partnership with the Department of Health Services and UCLA suggests that our collective distancing efforts are working and that we must continue to stay home whenever possible,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. “The updated Health Officer Order extends ‘Safer at Home’ through May 15, and enhances measures that will protect employees who are working in essential services.”

The public is also required to wear a face covering to enter essential businesses.  All public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a single household or living unit remain prohibited.  Beaches, trails and trailheads and non-essential businesses remain closed. It is critical that everyone continue to take these actions to slow the spread of COVID-19. The Order allows essential businesses to implement the new measures by April 15.

“Our community is embracing Safer at Home orders and is doing everything it can to flatten the curve,” said West Hollywood Mayor John D’Amico. “The revised order from LA County extends the stay-at-home timeline to mid May. Even though that seems like a long time – because I think it’s already April 97th – I want to encourage everyone in West Hollywood and say loud-and-clear: we can do this and we must stick with it. Humor and creativity will help: let’s all take a fashion challenge and ‘Cover That Face!’ with our fabulous homemade bandanas and scarves and we’ll each be doing our part to help protect ourselves and one another. Together we will defeat the coronavirus.”

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health also on Friday confirmed 18 new deaths and 475 new cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Over the last 48 hours, there have been 900 new cases. Ten people who died were over the age of 65; seven people between the ages of 41 to 65 years old and one person between the ages of 18 to 40 years old. One death was reported by the City of Long Beach and one death by the City of Pasadena.

There have been 101 confirmed cases confirmed in West Hollywood

To date, Public Health has identified 8,430 cases across all areas of LA County, including 241 deaths.  Upon further investigation, 22 cases and two deaths reported earlier were not LA County residents. As of today, 2,043 people who tested positive for COVID-19 (24% of positive cases) have been hospitalized at some point during their illness. Testing capacity continues to increase in LA county, with almost 40,700 individuals tested and 15% of people testing positive.

DHS also released its COVID-19 Hospital Demand Modeling Projections showing that physical distancing is slowing the rate of COVID-19 transmission in the county. The projections indicate that if current levels of physical distancing are not maintained, there will be an exponential rapid increase in the rate of infection, severely hampering the ability of the hospital system to meet that demand.

The insights from this modeling effort in large part informed the County of Los Angeles Dept. of Public Health’s decision to extend the ‘Safer at Home’ order until May 15, 2020.

“Physical distancing has ‘flattened the curve’ by slowing the rate of transmission of the virus.  Because of this, our healthcare system is able to meet the demand for treatment for COVID-19 patients, providing quality lifesaving services to all those who need them,” DHS Director Dr. Christina Ghaly said. “However, we need to remember that while, yes, transmission is slowing, we are still on a growth curve, and thus need to maintain the public health interventions in place. Physical distancing is the single biggest action we can take to continue to fight this virus. If we went back to life as normal today, by late summer the vast majority of Los Angeles County residents would likely have experienced infection with the virus, putting excessive strain on the healthcare system.”

The modeling team was tasked with taking available data and making the best possible predictions regarding the spread of COVID-19 in Los Angeles County and associated demand for hospital-based care including hospital beds, intensive care unit (ICU) beds, and ventilators. The team assessed the effectiveness of current physical distancing efforts in slowing the spread of COVID-19 and “flattening the curve.”

The predictive analysis which models the impending surge provides a depiction of the best- and worst-case scenarios for Los Angeles should physical distancing efforts continue and to what degree. The model projects that if we reverted to pre-order physical distancing behavior now, by August 1, 95.6% of Los Angeles County residents will likely have been infected over the course of the pandemic. Under this worst-case scenario, Los Angeles County would face an infection rate at such magnitude that the healthcare system would not be able to treat patients who need hospitalization, underscoring the need to continue to maintain current levels of physical distancing.

Total Cases*
Laboratory Confirmed Cases 8430
— Los Angeles County (excl. LB and Pas)8020
— Long Beach303
— Pasadena107
Deaths241
— Los Angeles County (excl. LB and Pas)228
— Long Beach8
— Pasadena5
Age Group (Los Angeles County Cases Only-excl LB and Pas) 
–  0 to 1784
–  18 to 402617
–  41 to 653561
–  over 651730
–  Under Investigation28
Gender (Los Angeles County Cases Only-excl LB and Pas) 
–  Male4013
–  Female3768
–  Other2
–  Under Investigation237
Race/Ethnicity (Los Angeles County Cases Only-excl LB and Pas) 
–  Asian526
–  Black429
–  Hispanic/Latino1621
–  White1292
–  Other655
–  Under Investigation3497
Hospitalization (Los Angeles County Cases Only-excl LB and Pas) 
–  Hospitalized (Ever)2043
Deaths Race/Ethnicity (Los Angeles County Cases Only-excl LB and Pas) 
–  Asian38
–  Black26
–  Hispanic/Latino51
–  White54
–  Other7
–  Under Investigation52
CITY / COMMUNITY** Rate***
City of Agoura Hills2095.77
City of Alhambra3236.9
City of Arcadia1932.9
City of Artesia
City of Avalon00
City of Azusa1835.97
City of Baldwin Park1823.45
City of Bell3596.33
City of Bell Gardens2353.4
City of Bellflower4861.75
City of Beverly Hills71205.68
City of Bradbury00
City of Burbank9689.57
City of Calabasas2394.56
City of Carson113120.41
City of Cerritos3059.92
City of Claremont1027.41
City of Commerce
City of Compton5454.05
City of Covina3571.38
City of Cudahy2082.15
City of Culver City3177.76
City of Diamond Bar1831.3
City of Downey9482.27
City of Duarte836.34
City of El Monte2622.17
City of El Segundo1059.57
City of Gardena5386.45
City of Glendale218105.57
City of Glendora1834.11
City of Hawaiian Gardens
City of Hawthorne6472.08
City of Hermosa Beach1786.43
City of Hidden Hills00
City of Huntington Park3965.56
City of Industry
City of Inglewood10592.44
City of Irwindale00
City of La Canada Flintridge1782.15
City of La Habra Heights
City of La Mirada2142.34
City of La Puente1844.23
City of La Verne824.04
City of Lakewood4049.77
City of Lancaster7948.9
City of Lawndale2471.4
City of Lomita1886.83
City of Lynwood6488.83
City of Malibu14108.02
City of Manhattan Beach53147.23
City of Maywood2589.13
City of Monrovia1230.93
City of Montebello4671.46
City of Monterey Park2946.58
City of Norwalk6964.11
City of Palmdale8855.36
City of Palos Verdes Estates32236.65
City of Paramount3664.26
City of Pico Rivera5280.89
City of Pomona4528.86
City of Rancho Palos Verdes3684.22
City of Redondo Beach81117.91
City of Rolling Hills
City of Rolling Hills Estates9110.93
City of Rosemead1221.68
City of San Dimas1749.25
City of San Fernando1873.14
City of San Gabriel1331.74
City of San Marino537.66
City of Santa Clarita13058.98
City of Santa Fe Springs527.23
City of Santa Monica8895.19
City of Sierra Madre
City of Signal Hill
City of South El Monte
City of South Gate8889.65
City of South Pasadena1246.06
City of Temple City1130.17
City of Torrance12583.74
City of Vernon00
City of Walnut1239.3
City of West Covina2624.02
City of West Hollywood101273.33
City of Westlake Village671.77
City of Whittier4450.32
Los Angeles378793.63
Los Angeles – Adams-Normandie15182.88
Los Angeles – Alsace540.18
Los Angeles – Angeles National Forest00
Los Angeles – Angelino Heights
Los Angeles – Arleta2366.92
Los Angeles – Atwater Village854.55
Los Angeles – Baldwin Hills2889.96
Los Angeles – Bel Air21249.14
Los Angeles – Beverly Crest26207.58
Los Angeles – Beverlywood19144.23
Los Angeles – Boyle Heights5361
Los Angeles – Brentwood53171.22
Los Angeles – Brookside00
Los Angeles – Cadillac-Corning
Los Angeles – Canoga Park6396.49
Los Angeles – Carthay28194.95
Los Angeles – Central3692.33
Los Angeles – Century City24187.62
Los Angeles – Century Palms/Cove2677
Los Angeles – Chatsworth3594.44
Los Angeles – Cheviot Hills11119.94
Los Angeles – Chinatown
Los Angeles – Cloverdale/Cochran1175.59
Los Angeles – Country Club Park21138.59
Los Angeles – Crenshaw District1394.01
Los Angeles – Crestview35307.88
Los Angeles – Del Rey31103.55
Los Angeles – Downtown2487.25
Los Angeles – Eagle Rock3485.88
Los Angeles – East Hollywood37126.34
Los Angeles – Echo Park1070.15
Los Angeles – El Sereno3583.72
Los Angeles – Elysian Park587.54
Los Angeles – Elysian Valley878.65
Los Angeles – Encino49108.47
Los Angeles – Exposition00
Los Angeles – Exposition Park4395.73
Los Angeles – Faircrest Heights
Los Angeles – Figueroa Park Square780.27
Los Angeles – Florence-Firestone4288.52
Los Angeles – Glassell Park52164.54
Los Angeles – Gramercy Place874.32
Los Angeles – Granada Hills4272.18
Los Angeles – Green Meadows1465.1
Los Angeles – Hancock Park45264.1
Los Angeles – Harbor City2379.12
Los Angeles – Harbor Gateway3068.81
Los Angeles – Harbor Pines00
Los Angeles – Harvard Heights1688.72
Los Angeles – Harvard Park2463.27
Los Angeles – Highland Park2755.8
Los Angeles – Historic Filipinotown19136.99
Los Angeles – Hollywood110161.16
Los Angeles – Hollywood Hills46156.28
Los Angeles – Hyde Park1656.06
Los Angeles – Jefferson Park
Los Angeles – Koreatown4790.92
Los Angeles – Lafayette Square6131.61
Los Angeles – Lake Balboa3173.45
Los Angeles – Lakeview Terrace16121.83
Los Angeles – Leimert Park23150.97
Los Angeles – Lincoln Heights1546.02
Los Angeles – Little Armenia29361.37
Los Angeles – Little Bangladesh2898.79
Los Angeles – Little Tokyo
Los Angeles – Longwood
Los Angeles – Los Feliz2197.19
Los Angeles – Manchester Square
Los Angeles – Mandeville Canyon
Los Angeles – Mar Vista3480.05
Los Angeles – Marina Peninsula8183.49
Los Angeles – Melrose192247.12
Los Angeles – Mid-city23153.03
Los Angeles – Miracle Mile19105.64
Los Angeles – Mission Hills1666.32
Los Angeles – Mt. Washington1249.7
Los Angeles – North Hills3963.34
Los Angeles – North Hollywood11374.63
Los Angeles – Northridge3753.01
Los Angeles – Pacific Palisades31145.6
Los Angeles – Pacoima4963.65
Los Angeles – Palisades Highlands
Los Angeles – Palms62141.3
Los Angeles – Panorama City5877.08
Los Angeles – Park La Brea966.27
Los Angeles – Pico-Union47112.33
Los Angeles – Playa Del Rey
Los Angeles – Playa Vista1091.35
Los Angeles – Porter Ranch2878.68
Los Angeles – Rancho Park9137.2
Los Angeles – Regent Square
Los Angeles – Reseda6280.92
Los Angeles – Reseda Ranch7150.99
Los Angeles – Reynier Village5118.26
Los Angeles – San Pedro3949.98
Los Angeles – Shadow Hills7157.59
Los Angeles – Sherman Oaks7282.52
Los Angeles – Silverlake71161.06
Los Angeles – South Carthay20188.77
Los Angeles – South Park3694.83
Los Angeles – St Elmo Village
Los Angeles – Studio City2298.04
Los Angeles – Sun Valley2853.35
Los Angeles – Sunland30147
Los Angeles – Sycamore Square00
Los Angeles – Sylmar91110.44
Los Angeles – Tarzana44142.51
Los Angeles – Temple-Beaudry48121.57
Los Angeles – Thai Town991.75
Los Angeles – Toluca Lake780.42
Los Angeles – Toluca Terrace00
Los Angeles – Toluca Woods
Los Angeles – Tujunga1553.94
Los Angeles – University Hills00
Los Angeles – University Park2487.41
Los Angeles – Valley Glen31103.28
Los Angeles – Valley Village33133.5
Los Angeles – Van Nuys7378.33
Los Angeles – Venice34100.34
Los Angeles – Vermont Knolls1693.02
Los Angeles – Vermont Square14182.84
Los Angeles – Vermont Vista2150.99
Los Angeles – Vernon Central3567.31
Los Angeles – Victoria Park17202.41
Los Angeles – View Heights
Los Angeles – Watts2456.24
Los Angeles – Wellington Square
Los Angeles – West Adams34123.05
Los Angeles – West Hills2151.79
Los Angeles – West Los Angeles3490.34
Los Angeles – West Vernon5398.8
Los Angeles – Westchester3160.07
Los Angeles – Westlake4880.87
Los Angeles – Westwood3360.99
Los Angeles – Wholesale District1747.05
Los Angeles – Wilmington2849.57
Los Angeles – Wilshire Center4079.73
Los Angeles – Winnetka4383.03
Los Angeles – Woodland Hills6291.1
Unincorporated – Acton562.73
Unincorporated – Agua Dulce
Unincorporated – Altadena3477.95
Unincorporated – Anaverde00
Unincorporated – Angeles National Forest00
Unincorporated – Arcadia
Unincorporated – Athens-Westmont3480.11
Unincorporated – Athens Village5102.1
Unincorporated – Avocado Heights
Unincorporated – Azusa
Unincorporated – Bandini Islands00
Unincorporated – Bassett
Unincorporated – Bouquet Canyon
Unincorporated – Bradbury00
Unincorporated – Canyon Country12155.28
Unincorporated – Castaic829.42
Unincorporated – Cerritos00
Unincorporated – Charter Oak00
Unincorporated – Claremont00
Unincorporated – Covina1271.35
Unincorporated – Covina (Charter Oak)645.65
Unincorporated – Del Aire5113.82
Unincorporated – Del Rey00
Unincorporated – Del Sur00
Unincorporated – Desert View Highlands
Unincorporated – Duarte00
Unincorporated – East Covina00
Unincorporated – East La Mirada
Unincorporated – East Lancaster00
Unincorporated – East Los Angeles7559.87
Unincorporated – East Pasadena00
Unincorporated – East Rancho Dominguez958.79
Unincorporated – East Whittier
Unincorporated – El Camino Village
Unincorporated – El Monte00
Unincorporated – Elizabeth Lake00
Unincorporated – Florence-Firestone5788.09
Unincorporated – Franklin Canyon00
Unincorporated – Glendora00
Unincorporated – Hacienda Heights2748.28
Unincorporated – Harbor Gateway00
Unincorporated – Hawthorne
Unincorporated – Hi Vista00
Unincorporated – Kagel/Lopez Canyons00
Unincorporated – La Crescenta-Montrose1050.5
Unincorporated – La Habra Heights00
Unincorporated – La Rambla
Unincorporated – La Verne
Unincorporated – Ladera Heights12169.71
Unincorporated – Lake Hughes00
Unincorporated – Lake Los Angeles
Unincorporated – Lake Manor
Unincorporated – Lakewood00
Unincorporated – Lennox1879.85
Unincorporated – Leona Valley00
Unincorporated – Littlerock00
Unincorporated – Littlerock/Juniper Hills
Unincorporated – Littlerock/Pearblossom
Unincorporated – Llano00
Unincorporated – Lynwood00
Unincorporated – Marina del Rey663.76
Unincorporated – Miracle Mile00
Unincorporated – Monrovia5128.83
Unincorporated – Newhall00
Unincorporated – North Lancaster00
Unincorporated – North Whittier
Unincorporated – Northeast San Gabriel624.96
Unincorporated – Palmdale00
Unincorporated – Palos Verdes Peninsula00
Unincorporated – Pearblossom/Llano00
Unincorporated – Pellissier Village00
Unincorporated – Placerita Canyon00
Unincorporated – Pomona00
Unincorporated – Quartz Hill
Unincorporated – Rancho Dominguez5187.9
Unincorporated – Roosevelt00
Unincorporated – Rosewood
Unincorporated – Rosewood/East Gardena00
Unincorporated – Rosewood/West Rancho Dominguez
Unincorporated – Rowland Heights1325.48
Unincorporated – San Clemente Island00
Unincorporated – San Francisquito Canyon/Bouquet Canyon00
Unincorporated – San Jose Hills
Unincorporated – San Pasqual00
Unincorporated – Sand Canyon00
Unincorporated – Santa Catalina Island
Unincorporated – Santa Monica Mountains526.85
Unincorporated – Saugus
Unincorporated – Saugus/Canyon Country00
Unincorporated – South Antelope Valley00
Unincorporated – South Edwards00
Unincorporated – South El Monte00
Unincorporated – South San Gabriel779.11
Unincorporated – South Whittier2542.21
Unincorporated – Southeast Antelope Valley00
Unincorporated – Stevenson Ranch1152.47
Unincorporated – Sun Village
Unincorporated – Sunrise Village
Unincorporated – Twin Lakes/Oat Mountain
Unincorporated – Universal City00
Unincorporated – Val Verde00
Unincorporated – Valencia
Unincorporated – Valinda834.23
Unincorporated – View Park/Windsor Hills14120.33
Unincorporated – Walnut00
Unincorporated – Walnut Park18111.5
Unincorporated – West Antelope Valley
Unincorporated – West Carson28126.78
Unincorporated – West Chatsworth00
Unincorporated – West LA
Unincorporated – West Puente Valley661.01
Unincorporated – West Rancho Dominguez
Unincorporated – West Whittier/Los Nietos1037.14
Unincorporated – Westfield/Academy Hills00
Unincorporated – Westhills00
Unincorporated – White Fence Farms00
Unincorporated – Whittier
Unincorporated – Whittier Narrows00
Unincorporated – Willowbrook2057.29
Unincorporated – Wiseburn
–  Under Investigation628 

  *These numbers are subject to change based on further investigation. Twenty-two previously reported cases and two deaths were not in Public Health’s jurisdiction

 **– means that case numbers are suppressed (between 1 and 4 cases in communities <25,000 people).

 ***Rate is crude and is per 100,000.

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County Hospitals Receive 300 iPads for Patients to See Family

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LOS ANGELES – 300 iPads have been donated to Los Angeles County hospitals to facilitate patient-family communication during the COVID-19 pandemic. The gift is through a partnership with the Annenberg Foundation, Brilliant Corners, and the Los Angeles County Center for Strategic Partnerships.

“The engagement of loved ones during hospitalization has been shown to improve clinical outcomes,” said DHS Director, Dr. Christina Ghaly. “Clinical staff identified a role for virtual visiting through technology in order to facilitate this family involvement. The generous donations by the Annenberg Foundation and MobileDemand will help support this critical element of our patients’ care.” 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, patient visitation by family and loved ones is limited at facilities in order to prevent exposure and the spread of disease. While there are some exceptions, such as the birth of a child or death of a patient, visitation is not permitted for the vast majority of patients and not allowed at all for COVID-19 patients. 

The donation provides 300 iPads to ensure patients and their families are able to connect, despite restrictions in access to the hospital. A second donation, by MobileDemand, provides rugged, protective healthcare iPad cases to protect against damage and loss. The rugged case also has an adjustable easel attached, providing effortless viewing for patients who are too weak to hold a tablet. Additionally, it frees health care staff from having to hold the device for patients.

“This is a wonderful example of how philanthropic organizations, nonprofits, government, and businesses can collaborate and meet an immediate need in our community,” said Wallis Annenberg, Chairman, President and CEO of the Annenberg Foundation. “Being able to offer an opportunity for comfort and connection to those suffering and to alleviate some of the stress from our frontline caregivers is of utmost importance.”

While social distancing has been successful in flattening the curve of the COVID-19 surge in Los Angeles County, it is anticipated that it will continue for several months. With this gift, physicians and nurses will be able to place an iPad in the room of COVID and other critically-ill patients for the duration of the admission and reduce potential exposure and use of personal protective equipment going in and out of the room. Having a stationary iPad helps relieve medical staff who would otherwise have to hold the phone for a patient or search for the person’s personal phone. It also will allow patients who do not have a personal mobile device to communicate and “visit” with their family.

The Los Angeles County Department of Health Services (DHS) is the second largest municipal health system in the nation. Through its integrated system of 26 health centers and four hospitals – LAC+USC Medical Center, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Olive View-UCLA Medical Center, and Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center – and expanded network of community partner clinics, DHS annually provides direct care for 600,000 unique patients, employs over 22,000 staff, and has an annual budget of over $6 billion.

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Processions to Cedars Will Salute Healthcare Workers on National Nurses Day

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The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is putting a strain on essential workers such as first responders and healthcare workers who are on the frontlines in the effort to care for coronavirus patients so the City of West Hollywood is setting out to recognize them in a special way on May 6.

National Nurses Day is a day of recognition to celebrate and honor the contributions that nurses have made and continue to make in our communities and throughout the nation. National Nurses Day is celebrated annually on May 6, which marks the beginning of National Nurses Week, a week-long celebration to raise awareness of the value of nursing and educate the public on the role nurses play in meeting the healthcare needs of Americans. National Nurses Week concludes on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, or as she was more commonly known, “The Lady of the Lamp” and founder of modern nursing.

The West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is coordinating two motorcades to honor healthcare workers on Wednesday, May 6, 2020, which is nationally recognized as National Nurses Day. The processions will begin at 9:45 a.m. and at 7:15 p.m. on Santa Monica Boulevard at La Cienega Boulevard and the motorcades will head west and then travel southbound on N. San Vicente Boulevard passing multiple medical center locations in West Hollywood en route to a destination outside the emergency room entrance of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on Gracie Allen Drive. First responders will briefly stop, exit their vehicles and applaud healthcare workers while wearing face coverings and practicing appropriate social distancing.

“Our nurses and healthcare workers are nothing short of heroes,” said City of West Hollywood Mayor Pro Tempore Lindsey P. Horvath. “The coronavirus pandemic has reminded us just how critical their work is to our everyday health and safety. This National Nurses Day means so much more to all of us — the City of West Hollywood and our LA County Sheriff’s West Hollywood Station and LA County Fire Stations; the City of Beverly Hills and Beverly Hills Police and Fire; the City of Los Angeles and LAPD and LAFD; the California Highway Patrol, and more — and we will honor these heroes in a special way for the care that they provide, which often goes unseen and unrecognized, in carrying us through this crisis.”

“As the worldwide response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues, the critical importance of nurses in our society has been brought sharply into focus,” said City of West Hollywood Councilmember John Heilman. “More often than not, when a coronavirus patient ends up in a hospital, it is the nurses at the frontlines who are responsible for their care and treatment, putting themselves at risk in the process. We can’t say ‘thank you’ strongly enough.”

The City of West Hollywood encourages residents and community members to participate during this day of celebration while still adhering to LA County Safer At Home Orders and social distancing requirements. Suggested forms of participation include amplifying posts on social media channels, making yard or window signs and banners, participating in a coordinated daily applause or shout out for nurses and healthcare workers, and donating to organizations that are addressing the emerging needs of nurses and healthcare workers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) health pandemic.

According to the American Nursing Association, nursing is the nation’s largest healthcare profession, with more than four million registered nurses in the United States. Registered nurses comprise one of the largest segments of the U.S. workforce and are the primary providers of hospital patient care, delivering most of the nation’s long-term care. In nursing, where workers are on the front lines of patient interactions, women make up more than 85 percent of the workforce. This year, with the onset of coronavirus, nurses have stepped up and shown the incredible impact they have on our healthcare system. It is more important than ever that we recognize National Nurses Day and celebrate the significance of nurses every day.

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Texas & California Wet Markets Show Full Extent of Vile Conditions

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Texas & California Wet Markets Show Full Extent of Vile Conditions

(TMZ) — It’s becoming more clear by the day that wet markets are NOT just a China problem — it’s an American problem too … just take a look at these latest clips from Texas and California.

TMZ has gotten a hold of even more graphic videos of two different live animal shops in TX and CA — where people pick out the animal, have it slaughtered on the spot and then sold to them right then and there — and you see the mixed-in livestock runs the gamut.

There are pigs in pens, goats and sheep hoarded together … and, of course, as we’ve seen in New York and elsewhere — chicken and rabbits cooped up in cages — all in the same area within earshot of each other, and all getting butchered.

Ya got pigs hanging from hooks out in the open, chicken beaks, feathers and guts all over the floor and in an exposed trash can — this while customers (including kids) come in and browse the freezer for whatever cuts of meat they want. It’s downright dirty and gross.

As we’ve been told by the experts, these one-stop-shop slaughterhouses/storefronts can be breeding grounds for disease — including new viruses, like COVID-19, which supposedly got started at a wet market in China.

We already know of lawmakers in Cali and New York working to get these things shut down, but it’s pretty apparent there needs to be federal legislation rolled out to address this. Can’t call the kettle black when we’re swimming in the freakin’ pot.

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