Californians asked not to use strained ERs for virus testing

With California bracing for an unprecedented number of hospitalizations amid a staggering surge in coronavirus infections, health officials pleaded with residents Friday to reserve emergency rooms for true emergencies and not run to them in a search for scarce virus tests.

San Mateo County's $7M in PPE left outside, damaged by rain

About $7 million worth of surplus personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies, purchased by San Mateo County earlier in the coronavirus pandemic, was damaged in recent rainstorms after it was left outside for months, officials said Friday.

Los Angeles County has reported more than 400,000 COVID cases since Jan. 1

Another 40,000-plus cases of COVID-19 were reported in Los Angeles County Friday as the easily transmitted Omicron variant of the virus continued to make its impact felt, particularly in hospitals, where patient numbers continue to rise. Since Jan. 1, the county has reported more than 400,000 new COVID-19 cases.

'Hamilton' at Pantages Theatre to resume Feb. 9

After cancellations prompted by COVID-19 infections within the production, the hit musical "Hamilton" will resume performances Feb. 9 at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre, but the show's troubled run will end March 20.