Reporter Roundup: Why Have at Home Deaths Spiked?

Reporter Roundup: Why Have at Home Deaths Spiked?


[Music] -Hello, I’m Juan Devis, Chief Creative
Officer at KCET and PBS SoCal, and I’m joined by the newsroom of KPCC and LAist
on a daily Reporter Roundup. How is everyone? -Well. -Great, thank you. -Kyle, you’ve been looking into what the reduce state budget will do to
the Los Angeles Unified School District. What do we know so far? -Well, statewide, schools are facing something like a ten percent cut in their state
funding, and for LAUSD, that translates into about a five hundred million dollar
revenue loss, and, in addition to some of the longer-term impacts, which I think
are still a little bit unclear at this point, like layoffs or program cuts, the
more immediate upshot of this funding cut, district officials say, is that if
state and lawmakers enact what the governor has proposed, school officials
would not be able to safely reopen campuses this fall, and several other
urban school districts including Long Beach Unified have sent the same message.
Certainly is there’s some brinksmanship here going on by the districts trying to
push back on the governor’s cuts, but they also likely face higher expenses if
they’re going to reopen: things like personal protective gear, maybe more
staff to accomplish socially distanced classrooms; that’s all expenses. -Our newsroom has also been looking at home death rates here in LA, which are higher
than in years past, Elly’s been trying to dig into
that and make some sense of it. -Yeah, so we got data from the county medical
examiner coroner’s office, and what we found was: there’s been a spike in the
number of people dying at home in LA County.
So, the coroner’s office saw more than a fifty percent increase in deaths at home this past
April compared to the same time period last year.
I spoke with the county’s chief medical examiner and coroner, and he told me it’s
too early to say exactly why the numbers are up because deaths are still under
investigation, but he said it could be deaths like drug overdoses may be
happening more at home now instead of at other places. It could also be people are
dying at home of COVID-19 or things like heart attacks and strokes because
they’re too afraid to go to the hospital, but we should be finding out more as a
data sort of settles in the coming months. -Matt Tinoco has been following for
us the court case where a federal judge has ordered Los Angeles to relocate
homeless people from underneath freeway overpasses. -That order from Judge David
Carter becomes effective on Friday, but it doesn’t mean that police are about to
start clearing out homeless camps from under freeways. The order says that the
only way that happens is if people living under and around those freeway
bridges are first offered an alternative place to sleep. So, by now, the City and
County of Los Angeles have submitted plans to the court for what those
alternatives could be. It could be space at a shelter or a hotel room, but because
those are in short supply, it could also mean potentially a tiny home on public
land or another safe parking or safe sleeping space. Police estimate that
there are more than three thousand people under overpasses in the city of
Los Angeles. Sheltering or finding sleeping space for
them seems to be the courts first test. -And finally today, this question: how do
you safely reopen places of worship? Our show “Air Talk” tackled that today, and
Matt produce that segment for us. -Yeah Adrian, this discussion sort of stems
from a couple of letters actually: one that the US Justice Department sent
governor Gavin Newsom on Tuesday saying that California’s reopening protocols
potentially discriminate against people’s religious faith, and the other
being one signed by hundreds of churches pledging to reopen for worship for the
last week end of this month, so it’s a discussion that’s really going on right
now heavily in faith communities across Southern California, and on “Air
Talk” today, we asked local faith leaders to share what did it take to reopen
their congregations, and one thing that stuck out among concerns we heard about
making sure congregants maintain physical distance and that worship spaces are
cleaned and sanitized was the potential for the use of music, and particularly
singing, to change during services, and it’s of course such an integral part of
many different types of worship. We heard from a choral leader in Long Beach
who said that while he and his fellow musicians have been able to go pre record the
music they’d otherwise perform live, he worries the choral sections in a lot of
different congregations might not be able to sing anymore because of the risk
of spreading the virus. Matt, I’m curious, aren’t there divergent and opposing
views within, you know, faith communities and leaders about this issue? From those
that we heard today, the the bottom line was they would all need to figure out
ways to keep distance, obviously, and clean up spaces. There were
some concerns about churches where you have different groups of kids and adults,
the possibility of separating now, but I was glad to hear that everybody seemed
to be on the same page as far as physical distancing issues with singing,
and just keeping worship spaces clean as kind of the big three issues that we
heard in our segment today. Well, thank you so much to all of you at the KPCC and LAist newsroom, and thank you for tuning in. Be healthy, take care of your family, and
we will see you tomorrow. [Music]

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5 thoughts on “Reporter Roundup: Why Have at Home Deaths Spiked?”

  • Would not a spike in homes deaths be directly attributable to Government directed home aquantine? Why would you be confused of the spike if most people are either working from home, or have been laid off?

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