During the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we are turning our attention to all related issues as they affect the Eastside communities of Boyle Heights, East Los Angeles and nearby neighborhoods.

The following are links to all of our #Coronavirus stories published so far, in descending chronological order:

Updated daily:

Coronavirus in Boyle Heights and East LA

A daily update on news stories, resources and useful information regarding the COVID-19 emergency in Eastside communities.


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July 13, 2020

LAUSD will not reopen campuses for new school year due to COVID-19 spike

Online learning will continue this fall in an effort by the district to prioritize the health and safety of its students and employees

LA’s $103 million rent relief effort launches today

Program may help as many as 50,000 households with up to $2,000, sent directly to landlords

July 10, 2020

Los Fauna adapt to the times

The Eastside psychedelic garage rock band yearns for live performances as it keeps its music virtual during the pandemic

July 01, 2020

Boyle Heights outbreaks add to rise in COVID-19 cases

County data shows that 15 employees at local Walgreens have tested positive for coronavirus

LA County’s restaurants are closed again — for 3 weeks

Today’s order from Governor Newsom extends to 18 other counties and includes movie theaters, zoos, museums and other venues

June 30, 2020

Coping with mental health issues harder during COVID-19

Experts say communities like Boyle Heights are impacted disproportionately by symptoms of anxiety and depression

Time to ‘hunker down’ – again

Authorities warn that people aren’t following guidelines to keep all safe and living, as if COVID-19 was not in LA

June 17, 2020

Boyle Heights arts institutions among 80 sharing $2.7 million in grants

Funds come from a COVID-19 emergency relief fund set up by the Getty Trust and the California Community Foundation

June 15, 2020

As many Angelenos stayed home, LA County saw a spike in coronavirus among Latinos. Here’s why

Experts say Latinos are overrepresented in service industry and are less likely to be able to work from home; other social factors weigh in as well

June 08, 2020

Boyle Heights seniors find alternatives to traditional graduation celebrations

Virtual commencements celebrate the Class of 2020

June 06, 2020

Campaign seeks to bridge digital divide for Boyle Heights students

Inner City Struggle and other groups are raising funds to buy and give out laptops, hotspots and other equipment

June 04, 2020

LA County and City lifted curfew orders today. Here’s what we know so far

With few exceptions, most jurisdictions have suspended all curfew orders

June 01, 2020

‘An act of love’: Casa Fina donates meals to Boyle Heights homeless shelter

So far, Casa Fina has delivered 700 meals to men’s home run by Proyecto Pastoral

May 29, 2020

LA County restaurants can reopen their dining rooms immediately — with restrictions

Area eateries can open as soon as tonight; hair salons and barbershops can also resume service

EN ESPAÑOL: Restaurantes del condado de LA pueden reabrir sus comedores inmediatamente – con restricciones

May 27, 2020

For LA’s essential workers, the housing crisis has become a health crisis

Food service workers are among those going home to overcrowded housing conditions, potentially putting family members at risk

May 26, 2020

Nine food processing facilities in Vernon have COVID-19 outbreaks

The largest number of cases are at Farmer John, where 153 workers have tested positive

EN ESPAÑOL: Nueve plantas procesadoras de alimentos en Vernon tienen brotes de COVID-19

May 22, 2020

Jasmine Gamas: Worrying about customer saying ‘I might have COVID-19’

The Pharmacy Technician talks about her fears of bringing virus home to her family

May 21, 2020

There’s been a COVID-19 outbreak at Farmer John in Vernon

At least 140 people who work at the meatpacking plant have tested positive to the coronavirus

EN ESPAÑOL: Ha habido un brote de COVID-19 en Farmer John en Vernon

A woman wears amask while walking outside on Cesar Chavez Ave in Boyle Heights. Photo by Jacqueline Ramírez for Boyle Heights Beat

A day in the life of Boyle Heights during COVID-19

Our photographer took a snapshot of the neighborhood and its residents, dealing with the pandemic

May 14, 2020

LA is expanding curbside pickup as more businesses reopen

LADOT will begin posting new signage along curbs to help streamline protocols

EN ESPAÑOL: LA está expandiendo la recolección exterior a la vez que más negocios reabren

May 12, 2020

A healthcare worker directs a patient at a testing site at the Forum in Inglewood. (Courtesy of the County of Los Angeles)

There’s unequal risk and more than one curve suggested in COVID-19 data

Recent reports suggest that low-income communities of color are taking the biggest hit from coronavirus — and that things could get worse

May 8, 2020

Los Angeles, CA- Cal State LA VP Jose Gomez, announced a partnership with LA County and County Heath dept. to provide a site for Covid-19 testing at the University. Photo by J. Emilio Flores/Cal State LA

New COVID-19 testing site opens at Cal State LA

Appointment are required for the walk-up site, open Mon-Friday from 7 am to 7pm

EN ESPAÑOL: Nuevo sitio de pruebas de COVID-19 abre en Cal State LA

May 8, 2020

Boyle Heights mariachi fundraiser to live stream at noon today

Virtual serenata at the Mariachi Plaza kiosk is being organized by Defend Boyle Heights

EN ESPAÑOL: Concierto benéfico para mariachis de Boyle Heights transmitido en vivo hoy

May 6, 2020

LA County announces some businesses, spaces can reopen Friday

Shops like florists and car dealership may operate with some restrictions, as part of Stage 2 of reopening


May 4, 2020

Daniel Soto: trying to read or learn something new

The parking lot supervisor, laid off during the pandemic, talks about his new daily routine

EN ESPAÑOL: Daniel Soto: tratar de leer o aprender algo nuevo

May 3, 2020

One of LA’s oldest guitar shops is hurting — like most music businesses

Candelas Guitars in Boyle Heights was forced to shut down and layoff several of its employees

EN ESPAÑOL: Una de las más antiguas tiendas de guitarras está sufriendo –como casi todos los negocios de música

May 1, 2020

Mario Medina: always at a distance and with a face mask

The truck driver says he’s not making a lot of trips during the emergency, but that he feels safe at home

EN ESPAÑOL: Mario Medina: siempre alejado y con tapabocas

April 30, 2020

LA becomes the first major city in the US to offer free testing to every resident, even those with no symptoms

Tests will be available while capacity lasts; those interested need to sign up via the city’s coronavirus information page

EN ESPAÑOL: LA se convierte en la primera ciudad grande en los EE UU en ofrecer pruebas gratis a todo residente, aún aquellos sin síntomas

April 29, 2020

Health care workers are at AltaMed’s Drive-thru COVID-19 testing in front of one of their clinics in East Los Angeles. (Courtesy of AltaMed Health Services).

Community health clinics are on the frontlines, but the pandemic is threatening to wipe them out

AltaMed is projecting a financial loss of $125 million through December if the pandemic continues

April 27, 2020

Blanca Galdámez: ‘things can be redone, but not life’

A worker at a medical facility says she wouldn’t mind losing her job, if it meant protecting her family

EN ESPAÑOL: Blanca Galdámez: ‘las cosas se pueden rehacer, pero la vida no’

Renter Patricia Macias and her son Elijah. (Chava Sanchez/LAist)

When ‘safer at home’ comes at a risk. Health hazards lurk for some low-income renters

The threat of lead, roaches, black mold, water leaks or faulty wiring can intensified during the pandemic

EN ESPAÑOL: Cuando es un riesgo estar ‘más seguro en casa’: peligros de salud amenazan a inquilinos de bajos ingresos

April 23, 2020

LA says yes to rental help, but no to a citywide rent hike freeze

City Council approves $2.2 million fund for ‘families struggling to pay their rent’

EN ESPAÑOL: LA dice sí a la asistencia de renta, pero no a congelar aumentos del alquiler

April 22, 2020

María Campos: worried but grateful to be working

An employee at a fast-food restaurant talks about how her life has changed in times of COVID-19

EN ESPAÑOL: María Campos: preocupada pero agradecida de estar trabajando

A student at El Sereno Middle School uses a tablet. Photo by Chava Sánchez/LAist

Coronavirus exposed a ‘digital divide’ in LA Schools. See where that gap is widest

About one in every four homes in LA County lacks access to internet and a computer, new study finds

Group publishes guide to Boyle Heights resources during COVID-19 pandemic

The four-page downloadable document was created by Public Health Advocates, which runs youth program at Roosevelt High

April 21, 2020

East Los Angeles College is part of the nine campus Los Angeles Community College District. (Adolfo Guzman-Lopez/LAist)

Community colleges brace for surge in student mental health needs

As the coronavirus crisis lingers, administrators worry that they won’t be able to meet all of their students’ needs.

April 20, 2020

Luis Guzman, who lost his job as California went into shutdown, is an undocumented worker who will not be receiving any money from the federal stimulus package. (Chava Sanchez/LAist)

Not ‘second-class human beings’: immigrants sidelined by coronavirus get cash, community support

Some advocates for the undocumented say one-time payments are not enough, ask for more far-reaching measures

EN ESPAÑOL: No son ‘seres humanos de segunda clase’: algunos inmigrantes afectados por coronavirus reciben efectivo y apoyo comunitario

April 17, 2020

Your guide to LA’s eviction rules during the coronavirus pandemic

All of the critical things to know if you’re a California renter right now

EN ESPAÑOL: Su guía de las reglas de desalojo durante la pandemia del coronavirus

April 15, 2020

County COVID-19 testing site. Photo from Supervisor Hilda Solís website.

COVID-19 test site opens in Boyle Heights

Drive-through facility set up in vacant lot behind Mariachi Plaza; pedestrians can be seen with appointments

EN ESPAÑOL: Sitio de pruebas de COVID-19 abre en Boyle Heights

For Rent sign in front of a house. | Image by Mark Moz from Flickr

Supervisors pass rent assistance effort, expand tenant protections

County extends moratorium on evictions to mobile homes and freezes rents in unincorporated areas

EN ESPAÑOL: Supervisores aprueban medida de asistencia de alquiler, expanden protecciones a inquilinos

April 14, 2020

Garcetti launches ‘Angeleno Card’ to assist low-income households during COVID-19 crisis

Applications must be submitted by phone or web by Thursday

Photo by Pablo de la Hoya for Boyle Heights Beat.

You now have to wear a face mask when shopping anywhere In LA County

Ordinance approved Tuesday by the Board of Supervisors goes into effect immediately

EN ESPAÑOL: Usted tendrá que llevar tapabocas al hacer compras en cualquier lugar del condado de LA

April 13, 2020

LAUSD will finish this school year ‘in the current, remote fashion’

School superintendent Austin Beutner says school won’t reopen until authorities say it is safe to do so

EN ESPAÑOL: LAUSD cerrará este año ‘en la manera remota actual’

April 12, 2020

Photo by Chava Sanchez/LAist

How carnicerías, liquor stores, tienditas and Latino supermarkets are feeding their neighborhoods

Small businesses that have always served their communities are more important than ever during the pandemia

EN ESPAÑOL: Como las carnicerías, las ‘licors’, las tienditas y los mercados latinos alimentan los vecindarios

April 10, 2020

Stay-at-home order extended through May 15

Public Health confirms 18 new deaths and 475 new cases of COVID-19 in the county –including 3 new cases in Boyle Heights and 6 in East LA

EN ESPAÑOL: Orden de quedarse en casa extendida hasta el 15 de mayo

April 9, 2020

Photo by Rene Ayala.

City and County parks close for Easter Sunday

Face masks must be worn in grocery stores –by customers and employees– beginning Friday

EN ESPAÑOL: Parques de la ciudad y el condado cerrarán el Domingo de Pascua

COVID-19 cases reach 50 in Boyle Heights; 69 in East Los Angeles

Public Health confirms 25 new deaths and 425 new cases throughout the county

EN ESPAÑOL: Casos de COVID-19 son ya 50 en Boyle Heights; 69 en East Los Angeles

April 8, 2020

COVID-19 cases climb to 47 in Boyle Heights; 64 in East Los Angeles

Public Health confirms 29 new deaths and 620 new cases, for a total of 7530 cases countywide

EN ESPAÑOL: Casos de COVID-19 suben a 47 en Boyle Heights; 64 en East Los Angeles

Drive-through COVID-19 testing site to open at East LA College

County said location will be operational on Wednesday; appointments are necessary

EN ESPAÑOL: Sitio de pruebas en automóvil abre en el East LA College

Chava Sanchez/LAist

No one is safe from getting COVID-19, but will everyone get equal access to care?

Relatively low numbers of cases in underserved community may reveal a larger disparity in nation’s health care system

April 7, 2020

Tuesday Covid-19 update: 2 new cases in Boyle Heights, 5 new cases in East LA

Public Health reported 22 new deaths and 550 new cases; County breaks down statistics by gender and race or ethnicity

EN ESPAÑOL: Actualización de martes de Covid-19: 2 nuevos cases en Boyle Heights, 5 nuevos casos en East LA

April 6, 2020

Take out orders at Casa Fina help feed the homeless during Covid-19 emergency

‘Buy One, Give One’ program at Boyle Heights eatery benefits Guadalupe Homeless Project

Monday Covid-19 update: 40 cases in Boyle Heights, 51 in East Los Angeles

Public Health reported 15 new deaths and 420 new cases on Monday; County total now at 6360

April 4, 2020

Covid-19 update: 40 cases in East LA, 36 in Boyle Heights

Public Health confirmed 39 new deaths and 1238 new cases in the last 48 hours throughout the County

April 2, 2020

Covid-19 cases climb to 20 in Boyle Heights, 23 in East Los Angeles

Public Health confirms 13 new deaths and 534 new cases throughout LA County

LA Tenants Union membes protest demanding a rent strike on April 1, 2020 in front of Mariachi Plaza. Photo from LATU Facebook page

Tenants group in Boyle Heights demands ‘rent forgiveness’ during Covid-19 crisis

Activists say state and city temporary bans on evictions do not offer enough protection to low-income renters

Outside courtyard of Wellness Center at former LA County Hospital. Photo by Antonio Mejías-Rentas

Reaching Boyle Heights’ most vulnerable in times of Covid-19

We talk to leaders of organizations who provide essential services in the community

April 1, 2020

Four new cases of Covid-19 in Boyle Heights; two new cases in East LA

Public Health confirmed 11 new deaths and 513 new cases on Wednesday, for a total of 65 deaths and 3518 cases

March 31, 2020

Three new cases of Covid-19 confirmed in East Los Angeles

LA County confirmed 10 new deaths and 548 new cases on Tuesday, for a total of 54 deaths and 3011 cases

March 30, 2020

Number of Covid-19 cases in Boyle Heights jump to 11, East Los Angeles also at 11

Los Angeles County reported seven new deaths and 342 new cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus on Monday

March 27, 2020

LA County launches new digital tools to map and chart Covid-19 spread

Boyle Heights cases increase to eight, there are now six in East Los Angeles

March 26, 2020

Photo by Ernesto Orozco

Seven confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Boyle Heights, four in East LA

Public Health says there are 1216 cases throughout LA County; numbers growing with increased testing

March 26, 2020

Group publishes guide to Boyle Heights resources during coronavirus crisis

Promesa Boyle Heights has made the document available in English and Spanish

March 23, 2020

Five confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Boyle Heights

There are now 2 reported cases in East Los Angeles and 1 in Lincoln Heights

March 23, 2020

LAUSD schools to remain closed through May 1

District enters agreement with Verizon to provide free access to internet to families who need it

March 18, 2020

Guisados closes, other Boyle Heights restaurants adjust to coronavirus restrictions

Local eateries join forces, switch to take out and delivery only models

March 17, 2020

Photo by Pablo de la Hoya for Boyle Heights Beat.

How the coronavirus pandemic is affecting Boyle Heights

A guide to the latest official measures announced, and how they may alter daily life in the neighborhood

March 12, 2020

Photo by Anabell Romero.

LAUSD schools will close effective Monday

District says campuses will remain closed for two weeks while it evaluates path forward