Six New Coronavirus Cases in L.A. Venues, Schools Warned to Prep

Rachel Uranga

Rachel Uranga is dot.LA's Managing Editor, News. She is a former Mexico-based market correspondent at Reuters and has worked for several Southern California news outlets, including the Los Angeles Business Journal and the Los Angeles Daily News. She has covered everything from IPOs to immigration. Uranga is a graduate of the Columbia School of Journalism and California State University Northridge. A Los Angeles native, she lives with her husband, son and their felines.

Six New Coronavirus Cases in L.A. Venues, Schools Warned to Prep

Los Angeles County officials declared a health emergency Wednesday as they confirmed six new cases of coronavirus, and warned schools and business may need to be closed if COV1D-19 continues to spread.

"I want to reassure everyone, we are not there today," said L.A. County Department of Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer. "We don't have community transmission, that we know about."


All of the new cases were linked to someone who had recently traveled or been exposed to an infected person.

"We have asked (venues) to make sure that they too are well prepared, and that they're making it easy for people to practice our public health hygiene," Ferrer said during a Wednesday morning news conference.

In the meantime, health officials asked people to stay six feet away from others, frequently wash their hands, and avoid handshakes and hugs.

A family physician posted at the Montgomery Summit, where about 1,000 are expected to come for an intense two-day summit of top-flight investors and entrepreneurs, was not aware that officials were issuing new guidance. Dr. Myron Shapero fielded a handful of calls from attendees, but the announcement hasn't changed his view that the conference should go on. "Everyone has to be on guard, washing their hands and if you are sick stay away and see your doctor," he said. But he said, the idea that people can stay six feet away from others is "impossible to accomplish."

Officials will be releasing updated information on how schools and businesses can prevent the spread of the fast-moving virus, but they warned if COVID-19 spreads it could force large gatherings to be shut down,

"If at any point, we think that there's good reason for us to be worried about extensive community transmission, (venues) have been alerted to the possibility that we may ask for modifications at large public events," she said. "This could be that games are played but there are no spectators. This could be that there are limits to how people are going to gather at public events,"

Jamie Montgomery, whose March Capital holds the summit in Santa Monica, could not be reached for comment on Wednesday morning. But Montgomery told dot.LA Monday that he struggled with the decision over whether to move forward as other companies were shutting down their conferences.

Facebook yanked its annual F8 developer meeting in May, the Game Developers Conference scheduled in San Francisco for later this month was canceled, and the YPO Edge summit planned for March was dropped.

In Italy, where there has been an outbreak of coronavirus officials soccer matches have been played in empty fields and officials are closing schools.

So far, there have been 92,000 cases of the virus and 3,100 deaths worldwide.

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Greater Good Health Raises $10 Million To Fix America’s Doctor Shortage

Keerthi Vedantam

Keerthi Vedantam is a bioscience reporter at dot.LA. She cut her teeth covering everything from cloud computing to 5G in San Francisco and Seattle. Before she covered tech, Keerthi reported on tribal lands and congressional policy in Washington, D.C. Connect with her on Twitter, Clubhouse (@keerthivedantam) or Signal at 408-470-0776.

Greater Good Health Raises $10 Million To Fix America’s Doctor Shortage
Courtesy of Greater Good Health

The pandemic highlighted what’s been a growing trend for years: Medical students are prioritizing high-paying specialty fields over primary care, leading to a shortage of primary care doctors who take care of a patient’s day-to-day health concerns. These physicians are a cornerstone of preventative health care, which when addressed can lower health care costs for patients, insurers and the government. But there’s a massive shortage of doctors all over the country, and the pipeline for primary care physicians is even weaker.

One local startup is offering a possible answer to this supply squeeze: nurse practitioners.

On Wednesday, Manhattan Beach-based Greater Good Health unveiled $10 million in new funding led by LRVHealth, adding to $3 million in seed funding raised by the startup last year. The company employs nurse practitioners and pairs them with doctor’s offices and medical clinics; this allows nurse practitioners to take on patients who would otherwise have to wait weeks, or even months, to see a doctor.

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Plus Capital Partner Amanda Groves on Celebrity Equity Investments

Minnie Ingersoll
Minnie Ingersoll is a partner at TenOneTen and host of the LA Venture podcast. Prior to TenOneTen, Minnie was the COO and co-founder of $100M+ Shift.com, an online marketplace for used cars. Minnie started her career as an early product manager at Google. Minnie studied Computer Science at Stanford and has an MBA from HBS. She recently moved back to L.A. after 20+ years in the Bay Area and is excited to be a part of the growing tech ecosystem of Southern California. In her space time, Minnie surfs baby waves and raises baby people.
PLUS Capital​’s Amanda Groves.
Courtesy of Amanda Groves.

On this episode of the L.A. Venture podcast, Amanda Groves talks about how PLUS Capital advises celebrity investors and why more high-profile individuals are choosing to invest instead of endorse.

As a partner at PLUS, Groves works with over 70 artists and athletes, helping to guide their investment strategies. PLUS advises their talent roster to combine their financial capital with their social capital and focus on five investment areas: the future of work, future of education, health and wellness, the conscious consumer and sustainability.

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