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23ABC News at 5 p.m. | Top Stories for April 2, 2020

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23ABC News at 5 p.m. | Top Stories for April 2, 2020

JOINING US TONIGHT FOR23ABC NEWS AT FIVE -- I'MJESSICA HARRINGTON.TONIGHT'S TOP STORIES..LOCAL EDUCATION OFFICIALSADDRESSING THEANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE GOVERNORFOR DISTANCELEARNING TO CONTINUE THISACADEMIC YEAR.WHAT THEY ARE DECIDING TO DOHERE LOCALLY.PLUS -- KERN COUNTY COVID-19CASES HITTING THE 150 MARK...WE'LL HAVE THE LATEST NUMBER OFCASES FROM THE KERN COUNTYPUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT.23ABC NEWS AT FIVE STARTS RIGHTNOW.ITS LEARNING AT A DISTANCE...THE KERN COUNTY HIGH SCHOOLDISTRICT WILL FOLLOW GOVERNORGAVIN NEWSOM'SRECOMMENDATION PHYSICALLYCLOSING SCHOOLS FOR THEREMAINDER OF THE SEMESTER..23ABC'S KYLIE WALKER HAS MORE ONWHAT DISTRICTS WILL BEDOING."WEVE BEEN REALLY NAVIGATINGTHROUGHSOME UNCHARTED WATERS..

IN FACT..

IN MY TIME..

IM 57..

I'VENEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE IT INMY ENTIRE LIFE."BARLOW SAYS EACH DISCTRICT ISINCORPORATING DIFFERENTSYSTEMS FOR THEIR STUDENTS.."SOME ARE USING GOOGLECLASSROOM..15 OR MORE HAVE AGREED TO USECANVAS..

MANY OF THE DISCTRICTSAREUSING ZOOM AND OTHER VIRTUALMETHODS" BUT MANY STUDENTS FACETHE PROBLEM OF NOT HAVINGINTERNET ACCESS ..

SO BARLOWSAYS THEY ARE DEPLOYING BUSESINTO NEIGHBORHOODS THAT AREHAVING TROUBLE WITHCONNECTIVITY..."WEVE SET UP MOBILE WIFIAPPLICATIONSTHAT ARE AVAILBLE AT ALL THE BUSSITES..

I BELIEVE THERE ARE 120ACROSS THECOUNTY"AND IT DOESN'T STOP THERE...BARLOW ADDS THAT THEY'VEALSO ORDERED MIFI'S FROM ANUMBER OF PROVIDERS.."AND WE WILL BE GETTING THOSEINTOTHE HANDS OF STUDENTS ..

WHO ARESOCIALLY ECONOMICALLYDISADVANTAGED..

OR PERHAPS AREIN RURAL AREAS." AND FOR THOSEWHO DON'T HAVE THE NECESSARYTECHNOLOGYDEVICES ...BARLOW SAYS THEY HAVEBEEN ACTIVELY ISSUINGOUT CHROMEBOOKS ."AND I CAN GEUINELY TELL YOUTHAT IS ISREMARKABLE THE AMOUNT OF WORK,HOURS, AND CREATIVITY THAT HASGONE INTO DEVELOPING A WHOLE NEWAPPROACH TO EDUCATINGSTUDENTS.."BUT WITH THIS NEW APPROACH..COMES CHALLENGES..."IM GOING TO BE HONEST WITHYOU..THERE IS NO WAY THAT ALLSTUDENTS ARE ACCELERATING AT THESAME PACE."BUT BARLOW SAYS THEY ARE DOINGTHEIR BEST TO KEEP THEIRSTUDENTS ON TRACK TO SUCCEED.."STUDENTS THAT WERE ON TRACK ANDPROGRESSING TO GRADUATE..

ANDSTUDENTS WHO WERE ON TRACK TOATTENDUC OR CSU SHOULD DO SO.

STUDENTSWHO WERE ON TRACK OR ANOTHERCOLLEGE..

SHOULD HAVE EVERYOPPORTUNITY TO DO SO."BARLOW SAYS SOME OF THEDISCTRICTS ARE LOOKING TO MOVEINTO A PASS/FAIL GRADINGSYSTEM..AND WILL ALSO TAKE INTOCONSIDERATION THE STUDENTSGRADES PRIOR TO SCHOOLCLOSURE..AND AS MANY OF US KNOW..

AGRADUATION CEREMONY IS AVERY PIVITAL MOMENT FOR HIGHSCHOOL SENIORS..

AND WHEN WEASKED BARLOW WHAT THE PLANS AREON THIS TOPIC..

SHE SAIDTHEY ARE TAKING IT ONE STEP AT ATIME..AND THEY WILL HAVEALTERNATIVE OPTIONS IFNECESSARY.AND WE'VE BEEN GETTING REPORTSTHAT CENTENNIAL HIGH SCHOOLALTERNATIVE OPTIONS IFNECESSARY.AND WE'VE BEEN GETTING REPORTSTHAT CENTENNIAL HIGH SCHOOLAND AS MANY OF US KNOW..

AGRADUATION CEREMONY IS AVERY PIVITAL MOMENT FOR HIGHSCHOOL SENIORS..

AND WHEN WEASKED BARLOW WHAT THE PLANS AREON THIS TOPIC..

SHE SAIDTHEY ARE TAKING IT ONE STEP AT ATIME..AND THEY WILL HAVEALTERNATIVE OPTIONS IFNECESSARY.AND WE'VE BEEN GETTING REPORTSTHAT CENTENNIAL HIGH SCHOOLSTAFF WILL NOT BE ABLE TO ACCESSTHE CAMPUS THROUGHTHIS SUNDAY.STAFF ALSO SAYING MEAL SERVICESHAVE BEEN RELOCATED.KERN HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT SAYSIT IS DUE TO THE SCHOOLBEING DEEP CLEANED -- AND ITWOULD REOPEN ON MONDAY.THE NUMBER OF POSITIVE TESTSAMONG LOCAL RESIDENTSCONTINUES TO RISE..KERN COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH NOWREPORTING 158 PEOPLE INKERN COUNTY HAVE TESTED POSITIVEFOR COVID-19.OF THOSE 158 -- 155 ARERESIDENTS AND 3 ARE NON-RESIDENTS.THERE HAVE BEEN MORE THAN 41-HUNDRED PEOPLE TESTED SO FAR --WITH ONE DEATH REPORTED.MORE THAN 24-HUNDRED TESTS FORCORONAVIRUSHAVE COME BACK NEGATIVE.AND THERE ARE MORE THAN 15-HUNDRED TESTS STILL PENDING.AS FOR HOW THEY LOOK IN TERMS OFAGE GROUPS...THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF CASES IS75 PEOPLE BETWEENTHE AGES OF 18 TO 49..47 CASES BETWEEN THE AGES OF 50TO 64... 31 CASESBETWEEN THE AGES OF 65 AND OLDERAND THERE ARE STILL ONLY 2CASES OF PEOPLE 17 AND YOUNGER.THE KERN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICEIS ASKING FOR THECOMMUNITY'S HELP WITH LIMITINGIN-PERSON CONTACT.SO -- TODAY THE DEPARTMENTANNOUNCED IT WILL NOTDISPATCH DEPUTIES TO CERTAINCRIMES.K-C-S-O SAYS THOSE CRIMESINCLUDE FRAUD... HARASSINGPHONE CALLS... IDENTITY THEFT...LOST PROPERTY... SHOPLIFTING ANDMORE.IF THOSE CRIMES ARE NOT INPROGRESS -- THE REPORTING PARTYWILL BE DIRECTED TO THE ONLINEREPORTING SYSTEM.K-C-S-O SAYS THE ONLY EXCEPTIONSARE IF THE PARTY IS AN ELDERLYORDISABLED PERSON OR IF THEY DON'THAVE ACCESS TO THE INTERNET.IN THOSE CASES -- THE CALL WILLBE ENTERED FOR CONTACT -- ANDWILL BE HANDLED AS SOON AS STAFFIS AVAILABLE.NOW TO STATE NEWS...GOVERNOR GAVIN NEWSOM HOLDINGANOTHER PRESS CONFERENCEREGARDING COVID-19.HE ADDRESSED THE SUPPORT THATWILL BE COMING FORSMALL BUSINESSES."WHAT WE ARE CALLING FOR TODAYIS A ONE-YEAR REPRIEVE FOR SMALLBUSINESSES WHERE NO FINES, NOPENALTIES WILL BE ATTACHED.WHERETHEY CAN TAKE UPWARDS OF $50,000DOLLARS AS A LOAN AND NOT HAVETO PAYTHE STATE THOSE SALES TAXRECEIPTS FOR 12 MONTHS."THAT WAS THE ANNOUNCEMENT THEGOVERNOR MADE TODAY.HE WENT ON TO ADD THAT IT IS ABRIDGE LOAN.THAT MEANS THAT THE MONEY YOU'VEALREADY COLLECTED -- YOUWILL NOT HAVE TO PAY THE STATEBACK FOR 12 MONTHS.HE SAID THAT INCLUDES NOPENALTIES AND NO INTEREST.DURING TODAY'S BRIEFING --GOVERNOR NEWSOM ALSO ANEW RESOURCE FOR JOB SEEKERS WHOHAVE RECENTLT LOSTEMPLOYMENT BECAUSE OF COVID-19.BITWISE TEAMED UP WITH LINKED INTO CREATE A JOB LISTING FORTHOSE CALIFORNIANS.FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THIS --HEAD TO OUR WEBSITE --TURN TO 23 DOT COM.GOVERNOR NEWSOM RECENTLYANNOUNCED ANEXECUTIVE ORDER ON EVECTIONS.IT GIVES SOME LIMITED PROTECTIONTO TENANTS WHO ARE UNABLE TO PAYDUE TO COVID-19.THE ORDER SAYS THAT THOSETENANTS SHOULD HAVE 60 DAYS TORESPOND TO AN UNLAWFUL EVICTION.TO MEET THAT CRITERIA -- THETENANT NEEDED TO HAVE PAID RENTBEFORE MARCH 27-TH... THE TENANTNOTIFIED THELANDLORD OF THE NEED TO DELAYRENT BECAUSE OF COVID-19... HASTOBE BEFORE THE RENT IS DUE ORWITHIN SEVEN DAYS AND HAD TOHAVE LOST WAGES DUE TO LAYOFF ORIMPACTS OF COVID.THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ISFORMALIZING NEW GUIDANCE TORECOMMEND THAT MANY AMERICANSWEAR FACE COVERINGS --WHEN LEAVING HOME.IT IS IN AN EFFORT TO SLOW THESPREAD OF THE CORONAVIRUS.THE RECOMMENDATIO NS -- WHICHARE STILL BEINGFINALIZED -- WOULD APPLY TOTHOSE WHO LIVE IN AREAS HARD-HIT BY COMMUNITY TRANSMISSION OFTHE VIRUS THATCAUSES COVID-19.OFFICIALS ARE SUGGESTING THATNON-MEDICAL MASKS... T-SHIRTSOR BANDANNAS BE USED TO COVERTHE NOSE AND MOUTH WHENOUTSIDE THE HOME.DURING TODAY'S NEWS BRIEFING --PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP ALSOREVEALED HE TOOK THE TEST ONCEAGAIN."I JUST TOOK IT THIS MORNING ANDI TOOKIT.

IT TOOK ME LITERALLY AMINUTE TO TAKE IT AND IT TOOK ME-- I GUESS ITWAS 14 OR 15 MINUTES.

I WENT TOWORK.

I DIDN'T WAIT FOR IT, BUTTHEY SAIDIT TOOK 14 MINUTES OR SOMETHINGTO COME UP WITH A CONCLUSION.AND ITSAID THE PRESIDENT TESTEDNEGATIVE FOR COVID-19."THAT WAS THE SECOND TIME THEPRESIDENT HAS TESTED NEGATIVEFOR CORONAVIRUS.THIS ALL COMING AS JOHN HOPKINSUNIVERSITY ANNOUNCED THATTHERE HAS BEEN MORE THAN 1MILLION CASES OF THE VIRUSAROUND THE WORLD.BACK HERE AT HOME -- THEBAKERSFIELD CITY SCHOOL DISTRICTIS GETTING READY TO MAKE CHANGESTO ITS MEAL SERVICES.THE SCHOOL DISTRICT ANNOUNCED ONSOCIAL MEDIATHAT IT WILL START REDUCING THENUMBER OF SITES OFFERINGMEALS TO STUDENTS.OFFICIALS SAY THEY ARE DOINGTHIS TO RELIEVE STRESS ON THEIRNUTRITION TEAMS.STUDENTS AND THEIR PARENTSSHOULD GO TO THE NEAREST B-C-S-D SCHOOL FOR NUTRITION.THIS WILL START THIS UPCOMINGMONDAY.NOW LET'S CHECK IN WITH 23ABC'SMETEOROLOGIST ALLISONGARGARO WITH YOUR FORECAST.SPRING-LIKE TEMPERATURES WILLPREVAIL ACROSS THE REGION ONFRIDAY AND SATURDAY.

YOU CANEXPECT SUNNY SKIES, DRYCONDITIONS AND MILDTEMPERATURES.BAKERSFIELD WILL BE IN THE LOW-70S, LAKE ISABELLA IN THE60S AND SOUTH MOUNTAINS IN THE50S.

VALLEY AIR QUALITY REMAINSGOOD.GUSTY WINDS CONTINUE ACROSS THEKERN COUNTYMOUNTAINS AND DESERT THISEVENING.

THERE IS A WINDADVISORY IMPACTING THOSE AREASUNTIL 7 AM FRIDAY.

WINDGUSTS COULD REACH UP TO 55 MPH.WET WEATHER RETURNS TO KERNCOUNTY SUNDAY INTO EARLY NEXTWEEK.

THERE IS A STORM SYSTEMIMPACTING NORTHERNCALIFORNIA ON SATURDAY, BUT MOSTOF THAT PRECIPITATIONWILL STAY NORTH OF FRESNOCOUNTY.SUNDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH ATLEAST MONDAY,KERN COUNTY WILL BE SEEINGVALLEY RAIN AND HIGHERELEVATION MOUNTAIN SNOW.

THIS ISA WINTER-LIKE SYSTEM SOTEMPERATURES WILL BE DROPPING TOTHE LOW-60S BY MONDAY.OFFICIALS SAY THE HOMELESS ARETHE MOST VULNERABLEPOPULATION AMID THE CORONAVIRUSPANDEMIC..

ANDLOCAL LEADERS HAVE BEEN WORKINGON WAYS TO BETTERPROTECT THEM.23ABC'S AUSTIN WESTFALL SPOKEWITH THE MISSION AT KERN COUNTYAND HAS AN UPDATE ABOUT THEIREFFORTS."I'M SEEING MORE FOOD INSECURITYTHAN I'VE SEEN IN THE PAST INOURCOMMUNITY."DIRECTOR CARLOS BALOVINOS SAYSHE'S SEEN A LARGE INCREASEIN THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE COMINGIN TO THE MISSION AT KERN FORFOOD.

FOR EXAMPLE THIS PASTWEEKEND HE SAYS ABOUT 500PEOPLE CAME IN ON EACH SATURDAYAND SUNDAY."SO THAT'S A 1000 MEALS OVER ATWO DAY PERIOD, THAT'S NOT THEKIND OFNUMBER WE'VE IN THE PAST THATWE'VE FURNISHED, I MEAN WEREPROBABLY ATHALF OF THAT."DURING THIS BUSY TIME THEMISSION IS TAKING PRECAUTIONSLIKE ADDING HANDWASHING STATIONSAND IMPLEMENTINGSOCIAL DISTANCING RULES IN AREASLIKE THEIRCAFETERIA.

OFFICIALS SAY THEHOMELESS POPULATION ISTHE MOST VULNERABLE POPULATIONTO THECORONAVIRUS BECAUSE MANY HAVEUNDERLYING CONDITIONS ORHAVE NOWHERE TO SELF ISOLATE."TOP PRIORITY, FOCUSING ON THEMOST VULNERABLE CALIFORNIANS,$100MILLION IN EMERGENCY GRANTS NOWBEING DISTRIBUTED.CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR GAVIN NEWSOMTHE GOVERNORANNOUNCING EMERGENCY FUNDS TOHELP THE HOMELESSTHROUGHOUT THE STATE -- ABOUT530-THOUSAND GOING TOBAKERSFIELD, AND 230 THOUSAND TOKERN COUNTY.

THE GOVERNOREYEBALLING MOTEL SPACE AS ATEMPORARY HOME FOR THEHOMELESS."I MEAN, I THINK THE IDEA INCONCEPT IS GOOD TO A POINT BUTTHEN YOU GOT TO THINK OF THEFURTHER, IT'S JUST SHELTERINGTHEM, IT'S ABOUT HELPINGTHEM."WHEN 23ABC MET UP WITHBALDOVINOS LAST WEEK, HE SAIDHE'D BE MEETING WITH LOCALOFFICIALS TO DISCUSS HOW TOIMPLEMENT THE USE OF HOTELS INKERN COUNTY, HE SAYS AS OF NOW,THEY STILL NEED TO FIGURE OUTHOW TO MANAGE THEM, WHICHINCLUDES FEEDING THEM, WATCHINGOVER THEM, AND TAKINGCARE OF THEIR MENTAL HEALTH."WE'VE GOTTA STAY TUNED AND WE'VEGOTTA STAY FLEXIBLE, BECAUSE THEGOVERNOR MAY COME UP WITHSOMETHING NEW IN THE NEXT 24HOURS YOU JUSTNEVER KNOW, THAT'S HOW FLUIDIT'S BEEN FOR US."ALTHOUGH THE MISSION'S EXECUTIVEDIRECTOR CARLOS BALDOVINOS SAYSHE'S SEEING EXTRA FOODINSECURITY -- HESAYS HE'S NOT SEEING EXTRAHOMELESSNESS.MEANTIME -- ANOTHER RECORDBREAKING DROP..

AS U-SUNEMPLOYMENT NUMBERS HAVE HITANOTHER NEW HIGH.UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIMS HAVE HIT6-POINT-6 MILLION.THAT'S ANOTHER RECORD HIGH -- ASLAYOFFS ACCELERATE INTHE FACE OF THE CORONAVIRUS.OFFICIALS SAY BUSINESSES WILL BEGETTING HELP FROM THESTIMULUS PACKAGE IN HOPES TOBRINGING THENUMBER DOWN.STOCKS SHOOK OFF A TWO-DAYLOSING STREAK TODAY ONPOSITIVE NEWS FROM THE ENERGYSECTOR.OIL PRICES SURGED 35 PERCENTAFTER SAUDI ARABIACALLED FOR AN URGENT MEETINGBETWEEN OPEC AND RUSSIA.PRESIDENT TRUMP TWEETED HETHINKS BOTH NATIONS WILLSLASH OUTPUT... ENDING THEIRBRUTAL PRICE WAR.IT WAS GOOD ENOUGH NEWS TOOFFSET THE NEW UNEMPLOYMENTCLAIMS.THE DOW AND S-AND-P 500 EACHGAINED A LITTLE MORE THANPERCENT DURING THE SESSION.THE NASDAQ ROSE ABOUT NEARLY 2PERCENT.A LOCAL FAMILY CELEBRATING AWOMAN'S 95-TH BIRTHDAY IN AVERY SPECIAL WAY... INSPIRINGHOPE DURING THESE TIMES.23ABC SPOKE EARLIER TODAY TO HERDAUGHTER -- WHO IS ALSO ACALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROLEMPLOYEE."DEEP SIGH.

IT MEANS A LOTBECAUSE I CAN'TGO IN THERE WITH MY MOM AND GIVEHER HUGS AND I CAN'T GO SEE HEROFTEN LIKE IUSUALLY DO.

SO, I CAN ONLY COMEOUTSIDE.

SO I WANTED TO DO THISESPECIALLYTODAY.

BECAUSE SHE IS 95."WITH ALL THAT IS HAPPENING WITHCORONAVIRUS -- THIS FAMILY ISNOT ABLE TO CONGRATULATE ORSPEND TIME WITH THEIR LOVEDONE.HOWEVER -- WE'LL SHOW YOU HOWTHEY CELEBRATED HERBIRTHDAY -- AND THE SPECIALMESSAGE FROM ONE C-H-POFFICER.WE'LL BRING YOU THIS STORY OFHOPE DURING 23ABC NEWS AT 7MANY BUSINESSES... RESTAURANTSAND EVENCHURCHES HAVE HAD TO CLOSE DUETO THE PANDEMIC.NOW -- IT IS UNCLEAR IF ONECHURCH IN SOUTHWESTBAKERSFIELD WILL EVER REOPEN.NEW LIFE CHRISTIANCHURCH SAYS THEY ARE CONTINUINGLONG DISTANCEEDUCATION TO FINISH OUT THISYEAR.HOWEVER -- THEY WILL NOT BEREOPENING IN THE FALL.THE EMPLOYEE 23ABC SPOKE TO SAYSTHEY ARE UNSURE IF THEYWOULD REOPEN AFTER THAT.TONIGHT -- A LOCAL HOSPITAL WILLBE HOSTING A PRAYER SERVICEFOR ITS EMPLOYEES AND THOSEAFFECTED BY THECORONAVIRUS.MERCY SOUTHWEST HOSPITAL WILLHOLD THESERVICE TONIGHT AT EIGHT.THOSE INTERESTED IN ATTENDINGARE ASKED TO STAY INTHEIR CARS TO PRACTICE SAFESOCIAL DISTANCINGGUIDELINES.PRAYER SERVICES LIKE THIS ONEWILL CONTINUE TO BEHELD AT ALL BAKERSFIELDHOSPITALS.COMING UP ON 23ABC NEWS AT FIVE-- THE FEDERAL B




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