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San Diego County officials Thursday announced some essential employees must wear face coverings to prevent the spread of coronavirus. That directive comes as deaths from the illness increased by one to 16 and total positive cases grew to 966. Plus: which students could fall through the cracks as school districts move to distance learning and more local news you need.

Speaker 1: 00:00 Hi, it's Kristin. Welcome back to my channel. In today's video, I want to share with you how to make a DIY face mask.

Speaker 2: 00:08 I don't know about you, but I keep toggling back and forth between wearing a mask when I go to the grocery store or not wearing a mask. My mother-in-law is a creative Pinterest type genius, so she made us a mask. I do have one to wear, but honestly it can feel a little end of the worldly to wear a mask around. But on Thursday, San Diego County officials ended my to wear or not to wear a struggle. County health officials now say some essential employees must wear face coverings to prevent the spread of coronavirus. They say the covering should not be masks used by healthcare workers. Instead, they suggested using bandanas or scarves. The requirement applies to employees at pharmacies, supermarkets, convenience stores and gas stations, and further orders. Say anyone who leaves their home for any essential purpose should wear a facial covering. Again, a bandana, scarf, homemade mask, and they should also maintain social distancing. Sheriff bill Gore by the way, says his department will more aggressively enforce all of the county's public health orders and violators will face fines in other local headlines. San Diego, mayor Kevin Faulkner is calling on local businesses to pivot to making critical supplies to help during this pandemic.

Speaker 3: 01:34 There are certain items across the world that are in low supply and that are in high demand. Nurses need face shields, hospitals need ventilators. San Diego does need more hand sanitizer and the list goes on and on.

Speaker 2: 01:49 In a press conference Thursday he also called on all San Diegans to help keep grocery store workers safe. He said folks should not be shopping if they feel at all sick. He recommended going shopping alone or in the smallest groups possible and he said to avoid using cash and in Carlsbad after efforts to keep people from gathering at the beach proved insufficient city leaders announced they will prohibit parking along nearly six miles of state owned coastlines starting Friday. Some good news for entrepreneurs. California governor Gavin Newsome announced Thursday that the state would be issuing a 12 month sales tax reprieve for small businesses and now for the latest COBIT count as of Thursday afternoon, the County had logged 966 coven, 19 cases the region's death toll is now 16 and an elderly adult with underlying health conditions is the first person to die in Imperial County from complications of coven 19 plus the United States postal service says a Rancho Bernardo postal service worker did test positive for the current virus. I'm Kenzie Morlan and you're listening to San Diego news matters. It's Friday, April 3rd stick with me for more of the local news you need. Lindsay Hartman is among the hundreds of people in San Diego County who've tested positive for coven 19 she's been isolated at home and Linda Vista with her Marine husband, her mother and her two toddlers. All of the adults have experienced symptoms. I knew source reporter Mary Plummer brings us this audio postcard.

Speaker 4: 03:25 I'm a 38 year old and I'm having chest pains and I'm thinking I have this thing.

Speaker 4: 03:32 Uh, my name is Lindsay Hartman. I started having chest pain and that was really alarming because I'm young and cocky and that seemed like a really odd thing to have unless I had coronavirus, which obviously had been top of mind. And so the very next morning, um, I called my primary care physician. I was convinced I had it and went and got swapped and then I came home and as I'm waiting for my results, I started to convince myself, no, I don't have it. It's just a call. I'll be fine. There's this psychological, you know, path that you're on that I was on that was like, no, no, I'm fine. I don't have it. So then when she called and said it was a nurse, she said, do you have a minute? I got your test results back. And I knew right away that she was going to tell me they were positive because she was like, I really, I have some information to share with you and some precautions. And then I was really upset and I was like, Oh my gosh, I do have it. This is terrible. So it's weird, this gamut that you are on.

Speaker 4: 04:43 I was really, I was worried for my family. I was worried for my mom and I knew as soon as I got that positive result, we were going to have to quarantine and we were going to have to isolate. There are five people in my house and my children, um, the two of them are fine. They have not exhibited any symptoms, thank goodness. But the three adults in the house are still having fevers, coughing, um, nausea, loss of appetite, lots of body aches. Any little task just absolutely wears you out. We've had some dizziness, lightheadedness, lots of headaches. I still have my job. I have been out sick now for a week. Um, but I know I'm going to have a job to go back to. And then, you know, I feel like my husband is actually in a profession that's not going to be highly effected by this.

Speaker 4: 05:39 Um, as far as you know, there's, there's no fear of him losing his job. Thank goodness. And we live in military housing. So for us, even if I lost my job, we are a lot more immune to the job loss effect because our housing is covered by the, so that is a huge blessing for us. But I know lots of people who've already been laid off. Um, I'm fearful that parts of the country still aren't taking it seriously enough. Um, I don't think that there are enough shelter in place orders. I think that we're going to continue to see the numbers rise. I feel awful. You know, I have had a fever for nine days and I'm a healthy young person. I just think that this is going to be, we're all going to know someone who dies from this. I is, where is where I'm at right now.

Speaker 2: 06:39 An update to this story. Hartman has since been laid off on a positive note, she and her mom are out of isolation. Her husband remains L for more on the story go to I news source.org. I knew source is an independently funded nonprofit partner of KPBS

Speaker 5: 07:01 [inaudible]

Speaker 2: 07:02 engineers and doctors across the country are racing to build and fix ventilators as the number of people with Kovac 19 climbs. KPBS science and technology reporter Shelina chat, Lani spoke to UC San Diego faculty leading an effort locally at a simulation lab on the UC San Diego campus. A robotic lung wheezes as it pushes air in and out. Engineered James friends says these devices are used to test ventilator prototypes

Speaker 6: 07:32 so that's like 10,000 ventilators are needed in California. 4,500 had been found, another 5,500 have to be obtained and so, uh, there's a comprehensive effort from identification of some ventilators sitting in warehouses.

Speaker 2: 07:49 Brandon UCS, D physician Lonnie Peterson are testing out devices that could increase ventilator availability. One is a manual ventilator which a human would normally have to pump by hand that these engineers turned automatic. Another is a ventilator with a splitter so two patients can share a machine. Peterson says completing the second project is particularly challenging because ventilators typically self adjust based on one patient's condition. They constantly adjust the amount of air and the pressure is delivered at two that specific patient's need. It complicates matters a lot when you tried to divide it between two patients. These scientists say they pushing prototypes through proper clearance channels and hope they can make a difference. Actually in a chat, Lani KPBS news, it's now all but certain that the Corona virus pandemic will force schools to remain closed for the rest of the year. Students will be taught online, but for some vulnerable student groups, learning from home isn't so simple. KPBS education reporter Joe Hong spoke to experts about which students could fall through the cracks

Speaker 7: 09:01 as districts push ahead with their plans for distance learning. Experts are concerned about who might fall behind without extra support. Leisha Smith Arriaga to Reich's ed trust West, a nonprofit advocating for equity in education. She said there's been a lack of consistency statewide

Speaker 8: 09:17 and that lack of consistency we know often means that students of color, low income students and English learners, um, are the ones who get left with resources that often just are not comparable to other students

Speaker 7: 09:32 by law. Public school students, regardless of their circumstances, are entitled to an education that is equal to their peers, even if that requires additional services. Experts and advocates say that this was a struggle even in the best of times. Geo Hom KPBS news

Speaker 2: 09:55 after complaints from doctors and advocates for the elderly, the California department of public health has walked back a blanket order from earlier this week that required nursing homes to take in Corona virus patients. KPBS reporter I meet the Sharma has more

Speaker 9: 10:10 a new state order now says nursing homes can be expected to accept residents recovering from coven 19 but that can only happen if the local health department has been consulted. If the nursing home has adequate personal protective equipment and if it has the ability to follow federal infection prevention and control rules. Dr Carl Steinberg is a nursing home and hospice medical director in North County.

Speaker 10: 10:36 My colleagues and I were thrilled to see where the California department of public health decided to back off on that blanket mandate that nursing homes had to take covert positive patients no matter what I think is really a step in the right direction.

Speaker 9: 10:49 County officials have thus far reported more than 30 cases of coven 19 and senior care facilities, which include nursing homes. I meet the Sharma KPBS news

Speaker 11: 11:08 [inaudible]

Speaker 2: 11:11 a record. 6 million Americans have filed for unemployment as cases of Corona virus continue to rise across the country in San Diego, at least 20,000 workers mainly in the hospitality and food industry have been laid off. 31 year old Deon winters of San Diego is one of those impacted. He was just hired as a cook at gossip grill in Hillcrest a couple months ago before becoming jobless. He applied for unemployment, but didn't work long enough to qualify for it.

Speaker 12: 11:42 I just hope that we are able to go all, go back to the word real real soon, that everything will be back to somewhat normal and, and, and that if not, then unemployment, these, these funds, whatever they have the stimulus package, whatever they keep saying that they're going to get, they need to do it sooner than what they're saying, that they're going to do it because if they don't, it's going to be a lot of trouble out here. And that's what I'm afraid of.

Speaker 2: 12:08 Winters lives paycheck to paycheck and has been getting help from industry friends and family members.

Speaker 2: 12:19 All right. It is Friday, so even though none of us are really going anywhere, I thought it'd be a good time to get Julia Dixon Evans on the show. Julia's job here is in part to keep us cultured even through coven 19 Julia is the new arts calendar editor here at KPBS. She's also a novelist and a witty music nerd and before the pandemic was a thing, she was the go to resource for finding out what's happening in town, what arts and culture events are going on, what bands are good, that sort of thing. But like a lot of us, she's done the pandemic pivot and now she's doing roundups of virtual arts and culture experiences. Julia recently picked five new songs from artists who were scheduled to come through San Diego, including one track from a local San Diego band and sorry, but I caused a big mic fail. So the audio of the interview isn't great. Really. I'm sorry about that. Anyway, first on Julia's playlist is need your love by a band called a tennis.

Speaker 13: 13:17 I love tennis. They have the sound that's a timeless dreamy mixture of the 50s, the 70s, but also very low fi modern since this album they've said as one of their most intimate in terms of storytelling. And it was also recorded alone in their home studio. So I kind of liked that serendipity too. So the first track, major love is kind of a love song kind of sound to it and it's really lovely. They were supposed to play the belly up, um, Friday.

Speaker 14: 14:16 [inaudible]

Speaker 15: 14:21 so you actually, you also had a little note about streaming music. How should people find and listen to this track in your opinion?

Speaker 13: 14:30 Uh, artists are not earning money through album sales anymore. Everyone is streaming and yes, people do make money per stream, but it's pennies. And so to buy music right now, buying tracks on Bandcamp or on iTunes, that's a really great way of getting a little bit more money per play, per song back in the hands of the artists, especially when they can't turn right now.

Speaker 15: 14:56 Right. So next on your list is too fast by unique. So tell us about unique and what you like about this band and this track.

Speaker 13: 15:05 Nick's based in Los Angeles and it's kind of a spellbinding mixture of hip hop, R and B indie pop. And um, the album is really short. It came out late last year and um, it's called ID K where I don't know where and it's the whole thing is just under 17 minutes, but every second is packed with that really great sound.

Speaker 15: 15:29 Okay. So let's listen to a little bit of too fast by, yeah,

Speaker 11: 15:35 fuck cow. Obama got many bays, but right out of Sada from when you smell fake, I said, do you love me? She said, if your name's Bay, so

Speaker 15: 16:00 okay. Heart bones is a band that is out with a debut album and you have picked a track from this band. Tell us more about heart bones.

Speaker 13: 16:09 It is a super group duo featuring Sean Tillman at Harmar superstar and at giant dogs. Sybrina Ellis. And both of those accepts, seen them both and they are wild on stage. Like he attrical crazy. Um, I saw a giant dog at the soda bar in Sabrina. Alice was like hanging from the rafters and together this is like, um, kind of an art act in a way. But the music is great. It's, it's um, very indie, very powerful and very emotional but always fun. So the song is that opening track. This time it's different and it's, it's a perfect crash course on heartburn.

Speaker 15: 16:53 Let's listen to this time. It's different by heart phones.

Speaker 11: 17:13 [inaudible]

Speaker 15: 17:13 okay. That was fun. Next on your list, flowers to dreams by nom D. tell us about this debut album and why it made your list.

Speaker 13: 17:23 The opening track fires to my demons is really eclectic. It's the, it pulls on [inaudible] wide range of influences, rap, hip hop, pop. His parents were Nigerian immigrants and the music they played for him as a kid also influenced him. This first track is really great. The whole first minute, it's really raw, no frills, just acoustic guitar and, but then kind of adds all of these layers. He's a drummer and it shows him

Speaker 16: 18:12 [inaudible]

Speaker 15: 18:13 is your local pick and you have picked a band called Kelly Kelly and attract called done. Done it. Tell us what you like about this band. What, what stood out?

Speaker 13: 18:23 So the says alternative jazz, which is a, it's very easy to get into and it says San Diego's Lexie Palito who some people may know her from baby Bush and other projects. And this album agency came out in 2019 and the, the works in it are really once a call. It's kind of like somewhere between storytelling and poetry. And then this really great jazz sound to it. The opening track is, um, done done it, which is the one I picked here. It's a lot of chill, resolve, hypnotic jazz and um, Plato's in chanting glaze

Speaker 14: 19:05 comes my way. I was swatting like a fly. I'll stop it like a can off shit like a librarian, very in a vessel full of anesthetics. Quick and painless precedes this tradition. I live in the mystical edge.

Speaker 15: 19:25 All right, so Julia Dixon Evans, thank you so much. And if people want to, I dunno, let you know how much they loved or hated the tracks that you recommended. Um, what's a good way that they can stay in touch with you? I know you are running a Facebook group for KPBS, is that right? Yes.

Speaker 13: 19:44 Talk to us on the KPBS arts Facebook group. You can search for it there or on kpbs.org

Speaker 15: 19:50 so it's just called KPBS arts. Well thank you so much. And again, you know, I think things like this list like this things to do. I, I know myself, I am listening to um, albums, so going and listening to entire albums right now, which is just something that Cree Cove at 19, I just felt like I didn't have the time to do. Um, so, so thanks so much for giving us this list. I'm really enjoying things like this to pass the time. Yeah, you're welcome.

Speaker 14: 20:28 [inaudible] junior also

Speaker 2: 20:28 writes a weekly newsletter. Get yourself subscribed by going to kpbs.org/alerts and look for the KPBS arts newsletter. Just click on that button. You'll get yourself a great newsletter that will hook you up to these virtual, more of these virtual arts and culture, music, things that you can tap into while your social distancing. Okay? And I wanted to leave you with one more piece of music. My youngest son's preschool teacher, Mr. David, wrote a little covert 19 Diddy and played it in a Facebook video for his friends and followers. And I asked him if I could share it with you. He said yes. So here it is a coronavirus cancion by David Pena, a little submerge,

Speaker 16: 21:16 six feet away, and a Batman to church. Maybe we'll get hooks on day to day. No way we can find something. I go, Rona, Rona barely messed up.

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