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Medical Expert Answers Your Questions On Coronavirus

KPCC interviewed Dr. Timothy Brewer, a professor of epidemiology at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, about how to best practice social distancing and concerns about health supplies. 

Friday, March 13, 2020

State and county officials continue to scale up their response to the coronavirus pandemic, even as the Trump administration has said that it will not allow states to use Medicaid resources to treat COVID-19. Yesterday, Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an executive order that allows the state to take over hotels and medical facilities to treat coronavirus patients.

Newsom’s order also waives a one-week waiting period to apply for state benefits for individuals who are unemployed or disabled because of COVID-19. 

As of this morning, there have been 198 confirmed cases of the virus in Los Angeles County, with 32 in California overall.