Coronavirus Updates: Mattel Using Fabric from Barbie to Make Face Masks, Virgin Orbit Designs Ventilator
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- Disney's Iger won't take a salary, other executives take pay cuts
- Virgin Orbit Designs Mass-Producible Ventilator for COVID-19 Patients
- Coronavirus claims 342 new cases in Los Angeles County
- Mattel using fabric made for Barbie to create face masks
Mattel orders factories to use fabric designed for Barbie to make face masks<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://dot.la/media-library/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMjkwNTExNi9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYxOTI1MjMyMX0.-dani2eqnz8ivhEwAkIbWnTpqEJRsm-t1m6MCDeBSrU/image.jpg?width=980" id="17043" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="c7b36b236aabbccc3a28f16921d39dca" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" />
New coronavirus cases climb past 2,400 in LA county, 44 deaths<iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fcountyofla%2Fvideos%2F1051248235260976%2F&show_text=0&width=560" width="560" height="315" style="border:none;overflow:hidden" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowTransparency="true" allowFullScreen="true"></iframe><p>Seven more people died of novel coronavirus in Los Angeles County and there are 342 new cases, public health officials said Monday. There have now been 2,474 cases in the county and 44 deaths as of noon. About 20% of those tested positive for COVID-19 have been hospitalized at some point during their illness.<span></span></p><p>"The greatest service the general public can provide is to stay home, to self-isolate when sick and to self-quarantine if exposed," said county health director Barbara Ferrer. "These measures will make the biggest impact in our efforts to mitigate the infection rate in the county."</p><p>Meanwhile, officials are increasingly worried that the fast-moving virus will spread inside the county's crowded jail system after an inmate and four people who work in the Los Angeles County jails came down with the illness, <a href="https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-03-30/inmates-coronavirus-la-county-jails-sheriff" target="_blank">the Los Angeles Times </a>reported.</p>
Virgin Orbit designs mass-producible ventilator for COVID-19 patients<span style="display:block;position:relative;padding-top:56.25%;" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="8d4b3196414787ca8cae9f775cdb8947"><iframe lazy-loadable="true" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/TlYIN5AVWPk?rel=0" width="100%" height="auto" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" style="position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;"></iframe></span><p>Rocket-maker Virgin Orbit has developed a bridge ventilator with university researchers that it will produce in Long Beach and deliver to overburdened hospitals battling COVID-19 within the next week.</p><p>Richard Branson's company must still get approval from the Food and Drug Administration before it can begin production at its manufacturing facility where it normally builds rockets to launch satellites into space. The company started the process after reaching out to California Gov. Gavin Newsom's office last week and being put in touch with a team at the University of California, Irvine and the University of Texas Austin working on bridge ventilators.</p><hr><p>"We are all heartbroken each night as we turn on the news and see the predicament facing doctors and nurses as they heroically work to save lives," said Virgin Orbit chief executive Dan Hart in a statement. "We are hopeful that this device can help as we all prepare for the challenges ahead."</p><p>The company said it would continue to scale up production and could activate other manufactures as "soon as thee device is reproducible and production ready."</p><p>Virgin Orbit's device compresses medical ambu bags, which helps patients with COVID-19 to breathe by delivering air to the lungs.<br></p>
Disney's Iger won't take a salary, other executives take pay cuts amid COVID-19<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://dot.la/media-library/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMjkwNDEyNi9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYxODQwODAwN30.fpQ4pJ2Fgtq7M4fsH8E5OMk8skORxFVvlsvwD0bV8xk/image.jpg?width=980" id="367b8" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="e9eec96415063d01b0f6f33e96f19a4f" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" />
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Bob Iger may be stepping down from his official role as CEO at The Walt Disney Co. but he vowed to Wall Street analysts that he won't relinquish his involvement in the media giant's evolving business efforts.
Iger helmed Disney for 15 years, pivoting from its focus on park operations and legacy media to tech investments and direct-to-consumer offerings. He now plans to stay on as executive chairman and continue to direct the company's "creative endeavors" while also leading its board through the end of his contract next year.
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Bob Iger is finally stepping down, sort of.
The Walt Disney Corp. shocked investors by announcing Iger is immediately relinquishing his CEO title and will be replaced by Bob Chapek, who most recently oversaw Disney's theme parks and consumer products divisions. Chapek is only the seventh CEO in Disney's nearly 100 year history.