California, Molly Peterson, Julia Mcevoy discussed on All Things Considered


I'm Shannon Lynn KQED news the latest state numbers continue to show about half of code nineteen deaths in California are happening in the residents of long term care homes from KQED science Molly Peterson has more in last week's skilled nursing facilities alone have reported more than eight hundred positive cases of coronavirus the latest federal guidelines say that homes can allow visitors again when all workers and residents test negative for the virus for a period of four weeks it's not clear who would pay for that testing industry estimates put the cost of frequent covert nineteen testing in nursing homes at one point eight billion a year just in California federal and state lawmakers have allocated some money for nursing home tests but nothing yet for the state's assisted living facilities deaths of residents and workers and long term care around the state now total nearly two thousand people I Molly Peterson KQED news several bay area school districts are considering routine temperature checks for students and staff whenever campuses reopen kicking these Julia McEvoy reports guidelines for how schools can safely reopen we'll be out in early June according to state schools chief Tony Thurman who says prevention of the spread of covert nineteen will be key so that means that at schools there will be individuals who will be taking temperatures of students face coverings for students and staff physical distancing on buses and on school campuses are also expected Thurman did not address who would pick up the costs for these measures at a time when districts are facing budget cuts in the economic fallout from the pandemic in west Contra Costa unified a spokesperson for the teachers union said temperature checks are part of several demands teachers will be presenting to the district I'm Julia McEvoy KQED news the California academy of sciences in San Francisco is planning layoffs or furloughs for nearly half of its five hundred employees and pay cuts for others executive director Scott Sampson told staff at a virtual meeting this week at the academy predicts a twelve million dollar revenue loss from the cove in nineteen pandemic and resulting shelter in place orders it's a sad moment for the academy there is no doubt about it you can use that around for a hundred and sixty seven years and it has survived earthquakes and fires in world wars and pandemic and it will survive this said it will come back even stronger and more impactful the museum will remain closed through the end of June but Sampson is hopeful for a.

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