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OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 10: A medical worker assists a passenger from the Princess Cruises Grand Princess cruise ship before boarding a charter plane at Oakland International Airport on March 10, 2020 in Oakland, California. Passengers are slowly disembarking from the Princess Cruises Grand Princess a day after it docked at the Port of Oakland. Some passengers will be flown to other states where they will quarantine for 14 days. The ship was held off the coast of California after 21 people on board tested tested positive for COVID-19 also known as the Coronavirus. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 10: A medical worker assists a passenger from the Princess Cruises Grand Princess cruise ship before boarding a charter plane at Oakland International Airport on March 10, 2020 in Oakland, California. Passengers are slowly disembarking from the Princess Cruises Grand Princess a day after it docked at the Port of Oakland. Some passengers will be flown to other states where they will quarantine for 14 days. The ship was held off the coast of California after 21 people on board tested tested positive for COVID-19 also known as the Coronavirus. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Coronavirus Katie Porter Medical Debt 

The hospital bill for treating coronavirus averages $72,000, according to a state report. California Congresswoman Katie Porter is working to limit the effects of medical debt on a person's credit for years to come.

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Coronavirus Campaigning 

It was just last month, but the California primary feels like a lifetime ago. With local results now certified, several highly competitive contests have taken shape. But politicians are facing a new reality: no in-person contact with volunteers, donors or potential voters. KPCC's Libby Denkmann reports on how local candidates are campaigning in the time of coronavirus

Coronavirus Air Quality Update

It’s a rainy day here in LA — but lately, the skies have been clearer than ever. On Twitter, Angelenos have been posting photos where you can see Catalina Island from Griffith Park. On the surface, it seems like the clear skies are a result of lower pollution levels, with less commuting and travel…. but the story is a bit more complicated.

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Coronavirus Special Education

Teaching students with disabilities is hard enough in normal times. Now, try doing it online. The coronavirus has forced this challenge on public schools across California. Many school districts are scrambling to find ways to deliver common special education services remotely. But in the meantime, many parents say these services — like physical or behavior therapy — aren't happening. And even when they resume, some parents wonder if they can be as effective online. KPCC's Kyle Stokes reports.

Coronavirus Grocery Guy 

California officials are calling this week a critical one in the battle against the novel coronavirus. In Los Angeles County and elsewhere in the state, health officials are urging people to stay home and, if possible, to arrange for the delivery of groceries and other necessities. KPCC's Stephanie O'Neill takes us to the Ventura County town of Ojai where one resident is providing free shopping for those most at risk. 

Coronavirus Getty Social Media 

When The Getty Center closed its doors in response to the coronavirus, it didn't close off its collection. The museum used social media to ask people to recreate its artworks using stuff around the house, and it's become an online phenomenon. We discuss where the idea came from and how to engage audiences even if they can't see art up close.

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Chicano Batman

The LA-based rock outfit, Chicano Batman, represents a wide range of musical styles from ranchera music to oldies to West Coast hip hop. They wrote their new album “Invisible People” about the lack of Latino representation in the media. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the band cancelled their album tour. Now, they’re finding new ways to connect with fans like teaching online guitar lessons. We heard from the band.