Author: Jackie Balestra

COVID-19 News Briefs for Sunday, June 21, 2020

June 21, 2020

 As the race intensifies for a vaccine against coronavirus, rich countries are rushing to place advance orders for the inevitably limited supply to guarantee their citizens get immunized first — leaving significant questions about whether developing countries will get any vaccines in time to save lives before the pandemic ends. The UN, Red Cross, and others have said it is a “moral imperative” that everyone have access to a “people’s vaccine” but declarations are unenforceable, and without a detailed strategy, the allocation of vaccines could be inequitable and extremely messy, according to health experts

COVID-19 News Briefs for Saturday, June 20, 2020

June 20, 2020

 According to Johns Hopkins University, the worldwide coronavirus tally is: 8,750,272 positive cases recorded and 462,088 deaths. In the US, there have been 2,250,240 confirmed cases and 119,645 deaths, with 617,460 people recovering from the virus

 The White House administration has abruptly dropped its insistence on secrecy for a $600 billion coronavirus aid program for small businesses and said it will publicly disclose names, amounts received, and demographic data on the businesses which received the taxpayer-funded loans. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), this program has to date lent more than $512 billion to 4.8 million small businesses, including $67 billion in California

Covid-19 News Briefs for Friday, June 19, 2020

June 19, 2020

 The WHO issued a dire warning today that the coronavirus pandemic is accelerating, and noted that Thursday was a record day for new cases — more than 150,000 globally. Earlier, the outbreak was defined by a series of shifting epicenters but it is now defined by its wide and expanding scope. 81 nations have seen a growth in new cases over the past 2 weeks, while 36 countries have seen declines. More than half of the new cases reported on Thursday come from the Americas with large numbers also being reported from Africa, South Asia, and the Middle East

Downtown Torrance Al Fresco Dining Street Closures

June 18, 2020

On Tuesday, the Torrance City Council voted unanimously to support a Pilot Program for a series of weekend street closures to create a pedestrian area which will allow restaurants to have outdoor dining from July to September.

They are also exploring ways to allow retail and service businesses to participate and have a presence in the pedestrian area.

New Guidance Requiring Californians to Wear Face Coverings in Most Settings Outside the Home

June 18, 2020

The California Department of Public Health today released updated guidance that requires Californians to wear a face covering in high-risk settings. A growing body of scientific research has shown that people with no or few symptoms of COVID-19 can still spread the disease and that the use of face coverings, combined with physical distancing and frequent hand washing, will reduce the spread of COVID-19.

“Science shows that face coverings and masks work,” said Governor Gavin Newsom. “They are critical to keeping those who are around you safe, keeping businesses open and restarting our economy.”

City of Torrance Fourth of July Celebration Officially Cancelled

June 18, 2020

Due to the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic, and resulting budget cuts, the City of Torrance 4th of July Celebration has been cancelled.


In anticipation of the holiday, the City of Torrance reminds everyone that it is against the law to possess, store, offer for sale, expose for sale, sell at retail, give, furnish, use or explode any fireworks in the City of Torrance, including those fireworks defined in the California Health and Safety Code as safe and sane fireworks.

Redondo Pier Businesses Now Open

June 18, 2020

The Redondo Pier Association is thrilled to announce the Redondo Pier and International Boardwalk businesses are now open!

Please safely support Redondo Pier businesses by wearing a face covering and maintaining six feet social distancing during your visit.

Restaurants will continue to offer take-out and to-go options, with some offering limited indoor and outdoor dining.

Revised LA County Health Order: Re-Opening

June 18, 2020

As of June 19, 2020, the following businesses can reopen…..

-Bars, Winery, Brewery Tasting Rooms

-Personal Care Establishments including nail salons

-Cardrooms, satellite wagering facilities and racetrack onsite wagering facilities

Click the following link for Revised Health Order and Appendices:

COVID-19 News Briefs for Thursday, June 18, 2020

June 18, 2020

 The number of coronavirus cases continues to grow globally, with 2 of the highest tallies in the history of the pandemic recorded this week, driven by outbreaks in the Latin America, Africa, South Asia, and the US, which still posts some of the highest counts of new cases. 77 nations have seen a growth in new cases over the past 2 weeks, while only 43 have seen declines

A Message from the Automobile Driving Museum

June 17, 2020

A message from the Automobile Driving Museum….

We want to hear from you. Would you like to share your thoughts about coming back to the ADM when we re-open our doors?

COVID-19 has disrupted all of our lives in countless ways. At the Automobile Driving Museum, we are looking at how to provide access to our museum and automobiles in whatever manner will best meet our audience’s needs and expectations.

Please help us design future presentations by answering our questionnaire.

COVID-19 News Briefs for Tuesday, June 16, 2020

June 16, 2020

 Researchers in England say they have the first evidence that the drug dexamethasone can improve Covid-19 survival. It is an inexpensive, widely available steroid and was found to reduce deaths by up to one third in severely ill hospitalized patients. The British government immediately authorized the drug’s use across the UK for coronavirus patients like those who did well in the study

Sandpipers Awards 2020 Scholarships

June 15, 2020

Sandpipers awarded 13 South Bay area high school seniors with scholarships that will assist them financially over their next four years of college. These 13 students join 42 other South Bay high school graduates already receiving aid from Sandpipers’ Scholarship program for the 2020-2021 school year. The funds for these scholarships come from Sandpipers’ fundraising efforts, Sandpipers’ South Bay Community Fund, and individual donors.

“Sandpipers is thrilled to provide 55 deserving young men and women over $300,000 towards their college education next year,” stated Natalie Radtke, President of Sandpipers. “Our organization has provided financial assistance to college-bound students since 1941, and has the oldest continuing aid program in the South Bay.”

LA County Department of Public Health Coronavirus Telebriefings

June 15, 2020

Important Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Coronavirus Telebriefings this week…

Campground and RV Parks
Tuesday, 6/16 – 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Telephone Call-In: 844-291-6364
Access Code: 1885518

Colleges and Universities
Tuesday, 6/16 – 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Telephone Call-In: 877-692-8957
Access Code: 8949262

Restaurants, Businesses and Chamber of Commerce
Wednesday, 6/17 – 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Telephone Call-In: 877-226-8164
Access Code: 9597912

Fitness Facilities
Wednesday, 6/17 – 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Telephone Call-In: 877-226-8163
Access Code: 1135642

Museums and Aquariums
Thursday, 6/18 – 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Telephone Call-In: 844-291-6364
Access Code: 7118517

COVID-19 News Briefs for Monday, June 15, 2020

June 15, 2020

 China’s Vice Premier warned that the fresh coronavirus outbreak in Beijing’s Xinfadi market has a very high risk of spreading, as multiple additional cases of Covid-19 were reported on the weekend as well as Monday. All were locally transmitted infections, breaking a month-long trend of China reporting mostly imported Covid-19 cases while the domestic transmission seemed to be largely under control. How the new patients became infected remains unclear and severe measures are now being taken to close markets and restrict movement