More unpredictability looms as Southern California marks 6 months of coronavirus closures – OCRegister

18September 2020

School campuses sit empty of students. Signs on storefronts alert that clients must wear masks to get in. Event locations and amusement parks– the Hollywood Bowl, Universal Studios, Disneyland– stay strangely deserted.

No element of life in Southern California has stayed untouched by the coronavirus pandemic because Gov. Gavin Newsom provided a statewide stay-at-home order on March 19, six months back. Statewide constraints, now packaged in a color-coded four-stage system, have actually stayed in effect in numerous types since.

With deaths and hospitalizations normally on the virus however the decline still lurking and a vaccine not yet within reach, what might the next six months hold? The answer, according to public authorities, business owners, moms and dads and neighborhood members throughout the region, is more unpredictability.

A visitor to the Disneyland Resort takes a picture through a locked gate at the entryway to Disneyland in Anaheim on March 16, 2020. The whole Disneyland Resort is shut down due to the coronavirus(COVID-19)break out.(Image

by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Public health improvements en route As the coronavirus took hold in March, some specialists said it was possible the health danger would ease up over the summer season as the weather warmed. That, naturally, proved incorrect; July saw more coronavirus cases and deaths than any other month to that point.

But now, with months of research and observations under their belt, public health specialists are carefully positive about what to expect in the months ahead.

As flu season approaches, health authorities have alerted of a possible “twindemic” and encouraged locals that an influenza shot might be more crucial than ever this year. But based upon reports from the Southern Hemisphere, where flu season has already started, Long Beach City Health Officer Dr. Anissa Davis said, it appears this year’s season might be moderate.

“One of the ideas is that it’s due to the fact that the exact same precautions that individuals are utilizing to prevent COVID-19 infection are serving to also prevent flu infections,” she said. “We’re carefully positive that it’s possible we might see a moderate flu season, based upon what our Southern Hemisphere next-door neighbors are seeing.”

That theory relies on individuals continuing to take coronavirus precautions seriously. In addition to social distancing, using a face covering and frequent hand-washing, Davis said, it will also be necessary for individuals to get flu shots this year.

“They did see, once again, in the Southern Hemisphere,” she said, “that if you got an influenza vaccine, you were really less prone to severe COVID-19.”

And other advancements on the healthcare front– like the advancement of cheap, quick testing that can be done at home– might help fight the virus itself.

“When we get those tests,” Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said in a Monday, Sept. 14, rundown, “that will be a game-changer for us here in L.A. County.”

Ferrer also said work presently underway to supply much better therapies and medications could make the virus less lethal in the months ahead.

But “due to the fact that I do not know the timing on that, I can’t truly say with all certainty what will happen over the next six months,” she included, “other than for the fact that I know that, for the next months, we’ll be living with COVID-19 here in our county, in our country and throughout the world.”

Dana Chavez, center, and her daughters Brooke, left, andKatharine, at the household’s toy story– The Wonder Emporium– in La Habra on Tuesday, September 15, 2020. After closing for 2 1/2 months previously this year, Chavez moved her business model and believes the store will be able to survive the year. She still expects this year’s holiday shopping season to look really

different from years past.( Image by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County

Register/SCNG)Organization and travel will stay unforeseeable Dana Chavez, who owns The Wonder Emporium toy and book store in La Habra, hopes the worst is over.

And she has reason to think that might be the case.

Her store was required to close its doors for 2 1/2 months at the start of the pandemic, and she reconsidered how she operated. Easter fell a month into the closure, so she chose to deliver Easter baskets to individuals’s houses to stay afloat.

“It was a consistent redevelopment, of every day, ‘OK, what’s the plan today?'” Chavez said in an interview.” ‘How are we going to have a sale today? How are we going to survive the day today?’ “

Now, Chavez’s main issue is whether she’ll be well equipped enough to last through the holiday shopping season. The pandemic has impacted supply chains, she said, interrupting the typical schedule of purchasing stock to last through the end of the year. In a pandemic-free year, she said, the store would have made all of its orders for holiday stock by June.

“What we have in store basically could be it,” Chavez said, “due to the fact that vendors can’t get more stuff into the country still.”

Chavez has encouraged her clients to start their shopping early this year.

And holiday shopping might not be the only vestige of the season to stay intact; airport authorities in the region say it’s possible the market’s slow healing because the spring could continue through the winter.

Becca Doten, a spokesperson for Los Angeles International Airport, said it’s still prematurely to gauge how travel this winter will compare to years past. The numbers of travelers flying through the airport have actually grown because April, when that number struck a 64-year low, she said.

”Due to the unforeseeable nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on air travel, we are not able to supply a prediction for what to expect over the upcoming winter holidays,” Doten said, “however we are carefully positive that travel numbers will continue to increase.”

Long Beach Airport Director Cynthia Guidry said in an interview that this year’s travel patterns might differ from any other. Typically, she said, the local airport’s peak season is in the summer season, with traveler traffic decreasing through the rest of the year.

As of Tuesday, Sept. 15, the airport’s most active day because the pandemic hit was Labor Day.

Crew travelers and members leave Long Beach Airport in Long Beach on Thursday, September 17, 2020. 6 months after COVID-19 impacted airlines, travel appears to getting. (Image by Brittany Murray, Press-Telegram/SCNG)

“Generally we see about a 10-to-20% drop in our numbers (throughout the fall), however we remain in this strange location. We remain in a different location,” she said. “As the travel constraints start to lift, we might really start to see a little bit of a climb.”

It’s still uncertain, however, when those travel constraints might ease.

Azlynn Rosales, a 26-year-old Highland homeowner and frequent traveler, isn’t getting her hopes up about flying for trip anytime quickly.

She’s already needed to cancel a trip to the East Coast and will forego a trip to Las Vegas that was set up for October. And a trip to New Orleans this coming April for a cousin’s wedding event will not happen, either.

Rosales said her cousin still hasn’t chose whether to cancel the wedding event entirely, however either way, Rosales doesn’t think she’ll go.

“It’s truly hard,” she said, however taking a trip is difficult enough with her 2-year-old daughter. Add a pandemic into the mix, she said, and the threat isn’t worth it.

Rosales hopes the danger of the coronavirus will decrease enough by next Christmas so that she can visit her native Philippines then.

“Hopefully, by that time,” she said, “it’s going to be OK.”

Schools will resume– slowly

In the meantime, however, Southern California locals like Lorena Hernandez, who lives in Pasadena, face more pressing issues.

Hernandez has two kids in the Pasadena Unified School District, a fourth-grader at San Rafael Grade School and a sixth-grader at Blair Middle School. 6 months back, she transitioned from working full-time from home to part-time so she could help her kids adjust to virtual knowing. It’s a balance she still struggles to preserve.

“It’s demanding and extremely stressful,” she said. But she acknowledged that her household is more fortunate than others; they have 4 computers at home, and she has the versatility to help her kids when they need it. In the first two weeks of virtual knowing, she sat with her boy, the more youthful of the two, throughout the day to help him navigate the new technology.

“By taking a great deal of my tension on myself, I keep it away from the kids,” she said. “And after that it simply leaves for an extremely draining day, long days. So I’ll get some work done in some work and the morning done in the evening, so I can satisfy my time constraints and deadlines.”

It’s a lot to balance– however she’s prepared to balance it for as long as required. Even if that indicates keeping her kids at home when schools are permitted to welcome back students, if the numbers of coronavirus cases in the location stay near existing levels.

“I’m a poor teacher. Naturally, I desire them to enter individual and learn from the best instructors,” she said. “But the threat– the threat is also really high.”

Pasadena Unified, like nearly every other school district in the region, is not presently permitted to welcome students back on its campuses. But Hernandez and other moms and dads could quickly get a look of what in-person instruction would look like when schools in Orange County– which presently has much better COVID-19 metrics than Los Angeles County– can resume their buildings, likely as quickly as Tuesday, Sept. 22.

Lots of Orange County districts all have their own specific reopening plans. Los Alamitos Unified School District used a waiver to resume for in-person classes previously this month, while the Santa Ana Unified School District might not start its transition till after the winter holidays.

It appears, the next six months of education will be specified by tough decisions from district leaders and moms and dads alike.

Hernandez, for her part, is still unsure.

“We want to see how are these other districts that opened with a hybrid or in-person alternative– how are they doing, specifically as flu season gets,” she said. “I think learning from what others are going through is also going to be a big aspect on our decision.”

Keep progressing

Every element of life, it appears, depends upon public health advancements that can’t be forecasted. What will the number of coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths in Southern California look like six months from now? Nobody can say.

“I think something that’s probably generously clear to everyone is that we’re going to utilize whatever tools we have at hand to slow the spread,” said Ferrer, LA County’s public health director. “Right now, our tools have to do with infection control: using and distancing face coverings so that we can, in fact, limitation exposures to ourselves and to other people.

“And I foresee that, in the near future,” she included, “we’re going to have to continue to utilize those tools, because that’s what we have.”

Over the next six months, then, folks will have to concentrate on what bit they can control. Like, for example, the holidays. Travel might be up for dispute and large events appear out of the concern, however Chavez, who owns The Wonder Emporium, said that doesn’t imply Christmas can’t still be unique.

“I know, for myself, I do not desire my kids to– I do not desire this to be a detriment to them,” she said. “I desire them to keep in mind the household. We were together, we had great experiences, we did fun things.”

Hernandez, with her two kids in Pasadena, agrees. Regardless of all the unpredictability, she said, there’s no choice however to keep marching ahead.

“Understanding that we’re not alone– that’s been necessary in navigating this,” she said. “As cliche as it sounds, we’re together in this.

“We’re all doing the best we can.”

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