Coronavirus live updates: Schools likely to be closed for the rest of the school year, Newsom says

The Los Angeles Times will provide around-the-clock updates on COVID-19 from across Southern California and around the world.

8:48 AM March 18

Checks to Americans will ease the coronavirus slump, but it may not be much of an economic stimulus By Don Lee

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s proposal to send checks to virtually every American adult would probably be a godsend to millions of lower-income households threatened by nationwide shutdowns and social distancing in response to the coronavirus.

The lump-sum payments, the exact size of which has yet to be determined, are a key element in the administration’s latest effort to offset the cascading economic damage triggered by the pandemic.

Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin, who was in Capitol Hill discussing the proposal with lawmakers, said that the White House plan was to send the checks in the next two weeks.

Economists said that based on the $250-billion cost of the program, that would translate to about $1,000 per person if every American over 18 got a payment.

“It’s certainly a beginning. It’s necessary. It’s vitally important to put money into pockets of people who are likely to spend it,” said Robert Reich, the former Labor secretary in the Clinton administration and a public policy professor at UC Berkeley. “The more people who have this kind of economic security, the better off all of us would be.”

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Here are the places that have shelter-in-place orders

Shelter in place counties/cities
Sonoma County
Marin County
San Francisco
Contra Costa County
Alameda County
San Mateo County
Santa Clara County
Santa Cruz County
Monterey County
San Benito County
City of Palm Springs
Ventura County has a shelter in place order for those 75 and older 7:44 AM March 18

Schools likely to be closed for the rest of the school year, Newsom says By Howard Blume

California public schools are likely to be closed for the remainder of the school year in response to the escalating spread of coronavirus, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Thursday afternoon.

“I don’t want to mislead you,” he said to parents and educators during an afternoon press conference.

School districts serving about 85{e951582e555b82fbb1443acdf7ceaaf78fd3a034a165847b56f968a5b8c93c64} of the students in California have closed in response to the coronavirus pandemic, including the top 25 largest districts, displacing millions of students.

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All 50 states now have coronavirus cases By Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — All 50 U.S. states now have confirmed cases of the new coronavirus as West Virginia’s governor announced the first positive test in his state on Tuesday evening.

Gov. Jim Justice said the person with the virus is in the state’s Eastern Panhandle, a region close to Washington, D.C., though he didn’t disclose the county where it was reported.

Justice used a televised address to announce new restrictions, ordering bars, restaurants and casinos to close with the exception of carry-out food services. He did not address delivery services.

“This is real and it’s really concerning,” the governor said.

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