Rents are getting deferred, some frontline workers are getting a pay bump, and the COVID-19 surge continues to wreak havoc on healthcare facilities throughout the state. It’s Wednesday. Here’s your news.
Morning News Rundown
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a proposal to add $5 per hour in “hero pay” for frontline workers at national grocery and drug retailers in unincorporated areas of L.A. The temporary ordinance would affect stores that are publicly traded or have at least 300 employees nationwide and more than 10 employees per store. [Fox LA]
Yesterday’s BoS meeting also resulted in the county extending its current eviction moratorium through the end of next month. The moratorium was first passed in March of 2020, and most recently extended through January 2021 before Tuesday’s vote pushed it until February 28. [LAist]
California’s COVID-19 surge continues seemingly unabated, and the effects continue to devastate healthcare facilities. The L.A. Times reports that hospitals in the Central Valley near Fresno are facing critical oxygen shortages and now lack of space for bodies. Locally, thousands of healthcare workers, including doctors and nurses, are infected. Hospitals face staff and supply shortages as patient counts grow and ICUs exceed capacity. A model that extrapolates data from Johns Hopkins University estimates that 1 in 17 L.A. County residents are infected with COVID-19. [L.A. Times]
The massive influx of COVID-19 patients has forced L.A. County’s EMS Agency to issue a directive, effective immediately, that ambulances no longer transport people whose hearts have stopped on the scene to hospital facilities. [LAist]
Dr. Dre is resting at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in stable condition after suffering a brain aneurysm on Monday. The 55-year-old rapper and record producer later released a statement on Instagram saying he was doing well and would be leaving the hospital soon. [TMZ]