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Clothing factory in DTLA ordered to close after 300 employees test positive for COVID-19, 4 die – FOX 11 Los Angeles

County public health officials said Friday they’ve ordered the continued closure of LA Apparel’s manufacturing facilities in South Los Angeles, announcing that more than 300 workers have been confirmed with the coronavirus and four have died.

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LOS ANGELES – County public health officials said Friday they’ve ordered the continued closure of LA Apparel’s manufacturing facilities in South Los Angeles, announcing that more than 300 workers have been confirmed with the coronavirus and four have died.
The company’s manufacturing complex on 59th Street was originally closed June 27 after inspectors found “flagrant” violations of infection-control protocols and the company “failed to cooperate” with the county’s investigation of what were then about 150 total infections.
According to the county Department of Public Health, an official order was issued Thursday mandating the “continuous closure” of the facility.
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Officials with LA Apparel could not be reached for immediate comment.
“The death of four dedicated garment workers is heartbreaking and tragic,” public health director Barbara Ferrer said in a statement. “Business owners and operators have a corporate, moral and social responsibility to their employees and their families to provide a safe work environment that adheres to all of the health officer directives — this responsibility is important, now more than ever, as we continue to fight this deadly virus.”
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Public health officials said Friday three workers from the plant died in early June, and one more died this month. The agency began investigating conditions at the plant on June 19 after being notified by a “concerned healthcare provider.”
According to the department, investigators asked the company for a list of all employees so it could be compared with testing results, but the company failed to provide it.
In late June, inspectors found violations at the facility of distancing requirements and infection-control protocols, according to the department, noting that the company was using cardboard as a barrier between workers.
On July 4, the company sent the department an “incomplete list” of employees, and by then 198 positive cases had been reported. But as of Friday, that number had risen to more than 300, according to the public health agency.
Health officials said that despite the company being ordered closed in late June, LA Apparel reopened the factory with new employees, and company officials tried to prevent health inspectors from entering the facility.

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Deaths during the coronavirus surge in New York City recall the peak of the 1918 flu pandemic – CNN

A new study finds that deaths in New York City in the early part of the Covid-19 pandemic were comparable to deaths in the city at the peak of what’s considered the deadliest pandemic to date — the flu pandemic of 1918.

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(CNN)A new study finds that deaths in New York City in the early part of the Covid-19 pandemic were comparable to deaths in the city at the peak of what’s considered the deadliest pandemic to date — the flu pandemic of 1918.
The relative increase in deaths during the early period of the Covid-19 pandemic was actually substantially greater than during the peak of the 1918 pandemic, according to the study published Thursday in JAMA Network Open.
“The big takeaway is that when we compare what ha…

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California coronavirus case count tops 600,000 | TheHill – The Hill

California’s coronavirus case count topped 600,000 on Thursday, t…

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Californias coronavirus case count topped 600,000 on Thursday, the first state to reach the grim milestone, according to data collected by The New York Times. 
The Golden State also has the third highest death toll in the U.S. with 10,800 COVID-19 fatalities, behind New York and New Jersey, which were hit hard by the disease early in on in the pandemic. 
California is among the states that experienced surges in cases in July, along with Texas, Florida and Arizona. 
As the most populous state …

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Tokyo has a drive-in haunted house. And it’s terrifying – CNN

A Japanese company has created an experience that follows social distancing guidelines yet remains absolutely terrifying — a drive-in haunted house.

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Tokyo (CNN) We can all agree that screaming is a pivotal part of a great haunted house experience.
But at a time when exhalation is discouraged because of the Covid-19 pandemic, a Japanese company has created an attraction that follows social distancing guidelines yet remains absolutely terrifying — a drive-in haunted house.
Kowagarasetai, a Japanese haunted house and horror event production company, claims the concept is the first of its kind.
“With the virus, I knew there would be no way…

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