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The student news site of California State University - Los Angeles

University Times

The student news site of California State University - Los Angeles

University Times

Coronavirus coverage: How Cal State LA and nearby communities are faring

Students at Cal State LA and their families in the campus’s surrounding communities – who already struggle to overcome obstacles related to finding affordable housing or being the first in their families to attend college – are now grappling with the ripple effects of the coronavirus outbreak.

Some of the impacts include: Having shows and other productions that they have worked on for months canceled in a matter of minutes. Taking online classes when they don’t have proper workspaces or the Internet at home. And forgoing commencement on campus, where they would have celebrated years of hard work and juggling work, classes, and family obligations to achieve their degrees.

More than 2,800 people in Los Angeles County have died of the COVID-19 virus as of June 13, and there have been 72,023 confirmed cases, including 1,617 in unincorporated East Los Angeles, 1,125 in Boyle Heights, 1,050 in South Gate, 919 in Compton, 903 in El Monte, 755 in Huntington Park, 696 in Pico Rivera, 610 in Florence-Firestone, 560 in Montebello, 479 in Bell, 282 in Alhambra, 266 in El Sereno, 221 in Monterey Park, 223 in La Puente and 219 in Eagle Rock, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s website. As of earlier in the week, two cases have been confirmed at Cal State LA.

Open House sign that says 1-Bed room and 2-bath home for rent in South L.A.
Making the best of downtime during the pandemic
Nick Juarez, Social Media Editor • April 18, 2022

For many, less time working or commuting during the pandemic allowed for more time to cook, exercise or enjoy family. La Puente resident Franco...

Open House sign that says 1-Bed room and 2-bath home for rent in South L.A.
What LA residents need to know about the eviction moratorium, tenant rights
Russell Navarrette, Community News Reporter • March 24, 2022

Los Angeles county's COVID-19 tenant protection program expired last year but the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to extend the...

Illustration of a bus, car and school bus.
Many commuter students are excited to be back to in-person instruction
Jessica Liu, Intern reporter • February 20, 2022

Many students are back to in-person learning at Cal State LA, but that means taking the Metro, bus, or driving to campus again for commuter students.  While...

COVID testing site on campus next to the student services center.
Cal State LA prepares for students to return with a few new COVID safety guidelines
Stephanie Medina, Reporter • February 16, 2022

Although COVID-19 safety measures were put in place for in-person classes last fall, students still have mixed feelings about returning to campus...

In this photo alhambra police ofiices talking with little boy in the school
How Alhambra’s school district grew its parent participation by 20-fold during the pandemic
Anne To, Community News Reporter • February 16, 2022

The Alhambra School District went from struggling to gather a couple dozen parents to attend its district meetings and webinars a few years ago...

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Cal State LA workers are facing shorter hours and slower shifts due to remote learning
Genesis Gonzalez, Reporter • February 15, 2022

Cal State LA student workers are back on campus and trying to navigate their shorter and much less busier than normal shifts.  Pedro Gutierrez,...

Liza Luna Chan taking a picture behind a white screen
Housing shortage for buyers leads some agents to shift focus to sellers
Arlyn Lopez , Community News Reporter • February 14, 2022

In the third year of the pandemic, the American housing market is still stuck in a strange place with low inventory and sky-high prices. The...

A “Mask On” COVID-19 safety sign outside the Cal State LA student dorms.
Students living in Cal State LA dorms share concerns on COVID safety
Jessica Liu, Intern reporter • February 4, 2022

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, Cal State LA students living in the dorms have mixed feelings on how safe it really is to live there.  Jasmine...

Empty classroom at Cal State LA
Students ambivalent about spring semester’s remote start
Priscilla Caballero, Reporter • January 31, 2022

Fully vaccinated? Check. Booster shot? Check. First three weeks of spring semester remotely? It’s not exactly how Cal State LA students...

Two COVID-19 test.
Campus bookstore is set to sell highly coveted COVID-19 self-tests
Victoria Ivie, Reporter • January 30, 2022

The Cal State LA bookstore announced via Instagram that it will be selling COVID-19 rapid self-tests. Students can purchase the tests at the...

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Covino confirms that Cal State LA will resume in-person classes this spring
Victoria Ivie and Mia Alva January 28, 2022

President William A. Covino announced that classes on campus will resume on Feb. 14 in an email today.  “I’m encouraged by the recent...

A stand with vegetables under an awning and women standing in front of the table.
Did COVID-19 make farmers markets more popular?
Imari Jackson, Community News Reporter • November 6, 2021

A lot has changed in Alhambra over the years but one thing that has gone strong for 34 years now is the city’s farmers market. That’s...

Arturo Nunez, a small business owner, stands behind the counter at his shop while wearing a mask.
Businesses in Central Alameda are bouncing back
Brian Perez, Community News Reporter • November 5, 2021

Freshening up their facades and design aesthetics, following public health guidelines and providing takeout options. These are some of the...

Image shows concerned students and in between them are graphics of a spray bottle, a hand under a soap dispenser, and two hands shaking with the no symbol over.
Students and faculty open up about COVID-19 safety concerns
Mia Alva and Rosio Flores November 4, 2021

Although the university has a mask and vaccine mandate in place, many students are concerned over the fact that there are no procedures to enforce...

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