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June 3, 4:30 PM

HEALTHCARE

New coronavirus cases ticked up for the week ending June 3, with 151 average cases reported each day, up from 135 from the week prior.

Eight new deaths were reported Wednesday, seven of which came from senior living facilities. There have been 158 deaths to date, about 44% of which were senior living residents.

About 140,843 of the county’s 3.2 million residents have been tested to date, with 4.7% testing positive in total. There are 6,678 total Orange County cases, including 746 senior living residents and 379 jail inmates.

Hospitalizations appear to be flattening, with 279 hospitalizations reported as of Monday, which marked the third consecutive day in which the preceding seven days marked a decline from the day prior.

— Katie Murar

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June 3, 2:50 PM

RETAIL

Irvine-based Tilly's Inc. (NYSE: TLYS) said 160 of its 239 stores have so far been reopened as states' ease COVID-19 restrictions.

The chain said the stores in operation are so far seeing traffic down 34% for the current August quarter, with same-store sales up 1.2%.

The update also came with results for the company's first quarter ended in May, which saw misses on both the top and bottom lines.

— Kari Hamanaka

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June 2, 3:15 p.m.

HEALTHCARE

Fewer Orange County residents appear to be testing positive for coronavirus, even on lower testing figures, according to the health care agency.

About 2,675 tests were conducted each day on average in the past week, down from 3,533 tests the week prior. Meanwhile, fewer people tested positive during that time frame, with 3.2% testing positive in the past week, down from 4.8% the week prior.

About 136,100 of the county’s 3.2 million residents have been tested to date, with 4.2% testing positive in total.

There were 151 new coronavirus cases reported each day on average for the week ending June 2, down from 155 the week prior.

There are 6,574 total Orange County cases, including 717 senior living residents and 379 jail inmates. There have been 150 deaths to date, including 63 senior living residents and no jail inmates.

Residents in senior living facilities have represented nearly 15% of new cases in the past week, and 52% of new deaths.

— Katie Murar

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June 1, 3:45 p.m.

HEALTHCARE

There were 152 new coronavirus cases reported each day on average for the week ending June 1, up from 148 the week prior.

About 2,550 tests were conducted each day on average in the past week, down from 3,449 tests the week prior.

About 132,075 of the county’s 3.2 million residents have been tested to date, with 4.9% testing positive, down slightly from the week prior.

There are 6,474 total Orange County cases, including 665 senior living residents and 377 jail inmates.

New deaths continue to slow, with 16 new deaths reported in the past week, less than half the 43 deaths reported the week prior. There are 147 deaths in the county to date, including 61 senior living residents and no jail inmates.

Garden Grove saw a jump in new cases in the past week, increasing 25% to 350. Anaheim and Santa Ana continue to represent the bulk of new cases, generating 45% of the county’s total in the past week.

— Katie Murar

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June 1, 10:00 a.m.

RETAIL

South Coast Plaza nixed plans to reopen today as a result of protests in and outside of the county over the weekend, which prompted an 8 p.m. curfew in Costa Mesa.

The mall has been closed since March 17 and has not set a new reopening date.

— Katie Murar

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May 29, 2:00 PM

HEALTHCARE

There were 148 new coronavirus cases reported each day on average for the week ending May 29, up from 115 the week prior, when cases appeared to be flattening.

Testing is up slightly this week, with 2,410 people tested each day on average, compared to 2,339 the week prior, but down from 2,687 for the week ending May 15.

About 116,279 of the county’s 3.2 million residents have been tested to date, with 5% testing positive, down slightly from the week prior.

There are 5,923 total Orange County cases, including 667 senior living residents and 375 jail inmates. More than 480 cases have come from Anaheim and Santa Ana in the past week, representing nearly half of the county total in that time frame.

There have been 27 new deaths in the past week, down from 34 deaths the week prior. There are 145 deaths in the county to date, including 60 senior living residents and no jail inmates.

About 41% of all deaths have been in senior living facilities; more than half of all deaths have been among people older than 75. People younger than 55 represent the smallest portion of deaths, about 14% in total.

— Katie Murar

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May 28, 3:00 PM

JOBS

The Orange County unemployment rate will average 8.2% this year and 6% in 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic-caused recession, said California State University-Fullerton economist Mira Farka, in an increase over numbers forecast a little more than a month ago.

— Kevin Costelloe

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May 27, 3:00 PM

HEALTHCARE

There were 137 new coronavirus cases reported each day on average for the week ending May 27, down slightly from 138 the week prior.

Testing continues to pick back up, with 2,497 people tested each day on average in the past week, up from 2,123 for the week prior. About 109,000 of the county’s 3.2 million residents have been tested to date, with 5% testing positive.

There are 5,646 total Orange County cases, incduding 617 senior living residents and 369 jail inmates. More than 420 cases have come from Anaheim and Santa Ana in the past week, representing nearly half of the county total in that time frame.

Five new deaths were reported Wednesday, including two from senior living facilities, with 136 total deaths reported to date, including 54 senior living residents and no jail inmates.

Average daily hospitalizations for the week ending May 26 was 235, including 91 ICU patients, up from 222 and 82 for the week ending May 19. The county tracks data from 25 hospitals totaling 5,903 beds, including 1,024 recently added to account for COVID-19.

— Katie Murar

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May 26, 5:30 PM

TECHNOLOGY/TOURISM

BlizzCon, which consistently drew about 40,000 attendees to the Anaheim Convention Center in the fall, won’t be held this year due to effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

Irvine-based Blizzard Entertainment Inc., a unit of Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI) in Santa Monica, is OC’s largest software maker by employee count, with about 2,800 local workers and its annual fanfest is one of the larger shows at the convention center.

— Kevin Costelloe

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May 26, 4:30 PM

TOURISM

John Wayne Airport continues to feel effects of the coronavirus, reporting a 97% drop in passengers last month to 25,313, following a 63% drop in March.

All flights to and from the airport fell 51% in April to 13,085 with general aviation declining 40% to 11,300 flights and 86% of all flight operations.

— Katie Murar

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May 26, 3:30 PM

HEALTHCARE

There were 158 new coronavirus cases reported each day on average for the week ending May 26, up from 129 for the week prior.

Testing has also ticked up, with 2,294 people tested each day on average in the past week, up from 2,175 for the week prior.

There are 5,578 total Orange County cases, with 1,995 people having recovered as of Tuesday, according to the Health Care Agency, which started tracking recoveries today.

The total cases include 574 senior living residents and 366 jail inmates.

No new deaths were reported for the second day in a row, with 131 total deaths reported to date, including 52 senior living residents and no jail inmates.

Average daily hospitalizations for the week ending May 25 was 232, including 90 ICU patients, up from 221, and down from 94, for the week ending May 18. The county tracks data from 25 hospitals totaling 5,903 beds, including 1,024 recently added to account for COVID-19.

Cases surged in Santa Ana in the past week, with 257 reported, bringing its total to 1,032. Only 16 cases came from Santa Ana and Orange jails in the past week.

— Katie Murar

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May 26, 3:30 PM

SERVICES

Hair salons and barbershops may reopen for business in Orange County and other counties that have approved attestations from the state. The update was confirmed by Gov. Gavin Newsom at a COVID-19 update today.

It's the latest lift on business restrictions in California's phased reopening and follows OC's approved attestation Saturday, leading to the reopening of in-restaurant dining and in-store shopping with various health and safety protocols put in place.

— Kari Hamanaka

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May 26, 2:00 PM

RETAIL

South Coast Plaza will open June 1, a spokesperson for the center confirmed. OC's largest shopping center has been closed since March 17 and recently launched a coordinated curbside program for the more than 70 boutiques and over a dozen restaurants offering the service.

The news follows OC's approval on Saturday of moving into an expanded version of California's stage two reopening plan. That was later followed Monday by the Governor's approval of re-opening in-store retail shopping statewide, with local government approval.

— Kari Hamanaka

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May 26, 10:30 AM

RETAIL

Simon Property Group (NYSE: SPG) opens its Orange County malls Tuesday.

That means the doors officially reopen at the Brea Mall, Shops at Mission Viejo and Outlets at Orange. The properties reopen with a raft of additional health and safety measures, Simon Property said.

The mall news follow the County's approval Saturday from the state to move into an expanded version of stage two reopening that includes in-store shopping and in-restaurant dining, with social distancing, face coverings and enhanced sanitation protocols in place.

— Kari Hamanaka

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May 23, 2:30 PM

GOVERNMENT & POLICY

Orange County's attestation has been approved by the California Department of Public Health, giving in-restaurant dining and malls the OK to reopen with modifications to building capacities and other health and safety guidelines outlined by the state.

The approval moves OC into an expanded version of Gov. Gavin Newsom's phased reopening of California.

The full guidelines by industry can be found here.

— Kari Hamanaka

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May 22, 2:30 PM

HEALTHCARE

Friday marked the first day in nearly two weeks that new coronavirus cases reported each day on average per week declined over the week prior.

There were 121 new coronavirus cases reported each day on average for the week ending May 22, down from 128 reported for the week ending May 15.

There were 108 new cases reported Friday, bringing the OC total to 4,941, which includes 559 senior living residents and 365 jail inmates.

Six deaths were reported today, five of which were from senior living facilities. There have been 118 deaths to date, including 45 senior living residents and no jail inmates.

Santa Ana and Orange, home to the jails included in the report, have 1,108 total cases, or 885 and 233, respectively. Cases in Santa Ana are up 30% from 683 cases last week; Orange is up 22% from 191 cases.

In order to take steps to reopen, fewer than 8% of residents are expected to test positive for coronavirus over a 7-day period. In the past week, just 3% of OC residents tested positive, down from 4.4% a week prior.

— Katie Murar

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May 21, 10:05 PM

JOBS

Orange County’s jobless rate jumped to 13.8% and the county lost more than 222,000 jobs in April, the first full month of the shutdown rules. OC’s rate was lower than the state and national unemployment figures.

After nine weeks of coronavirus effects on employment, about 39 million Americans are out of work, news reports today said.

— Peter J. Brennan

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May 21, 2:30 PM

HEALTHCARE

There were about 128 new COVID-19 cases reported each day on average in the past week, up just slightly from the 127 reported for the week ending May 14.

There were 115 new cases reported Thursday, bringing the OC total to 4,841, which includes 532 senior living residents and 364 jail inmates.

Fourteen deaths were reported today, the largest increase to date, including 10 from senior living facilities. There have been 112 deaths to date, including 40 senior living residents and no jail inmates.

Testing for the county has slipped in the past week, with 1,515 tests done last week, down from 2,613 tests the week prior.

In order to take steps to reopen, fewer than 8% of residents are expected to test positive for coronavirus over a 7-day period. In the past week, about 8.2% of OC residents tested positive, up from 4.7% a week prior when more tests were conducted.

Also, counties should report no greater than a 5% increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations over a 7-day period. Hospitalizations have increased 5.6% in the past week in Orange County, with 247 cases hospitalized as of Wednesday, including 89 ICU patients based on data from 25 OC hospitals.

— Katie Murar

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May 21, 10:45 AM

RESTAURANTS

Taco Bell restaurants intends to boost its workforce by 30,000 this summer. Irvine-based Taco Bell Corp. said the hiring spree includes a collective effort across company-owned, licensed and franchised restaurants and will fill both new and existing positions.

The ramp comes as restaurant operators look to adapt to new guidelines that emphasize social distancing and increased sanitation measures as states and counties reopen for business.

— Kari Hamanaka

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May 20, 3:30 PM

HEALTHCARE

New coronavirus cases in Orange County jumped for the week ending May 20, with 145 reported on average each day in the past week, up from 108 for the week ending May 13.

There were 249 new cases reported Wednesday, the highest daily increase yet, bringing the OC total to 4,742, which includes 514 senior living residents and 360 jail inmates

Huntington Beach, which has seen a surge in cases due to several outbreaks at senior living facilities, had 29 new cases reported in total in the past week, down slightly from 34 new cases in the week prior.

Ten new deaths were reported Wednesday, including seven from senior living facilities. There have been 98 deaths to date, including 30 senior living residents and no jail inmates.

According to Governor Gavin Newsom, California counties should report zero new deaths in two weeks before reopening.

Testing has slipped in the past week, with 1,449 reported each day on average, compared to 2,701 for the week prior.

Average daily hospitalizations for the week ending May 19 was 222, including 82 ICU patients, up from 206 and 81 for the week ending May 12. There are currently 253 cases hospitalized including 93 in intensive care units, based on data from 25 OC hospitals. The county tracks data from 25 hospitals totaling 5,903 beds, including 1,024 recently added to account for COVID-19.

— Katie Murar

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May 20, 2:40 PM

RETAIL

Shares of Irvine Western retailer Boot Barn Holdings Inc. (NYSE: BOOT) fell in after-hours trading on the company's results for its fiscal fourth quarter ended March 28.

The company, like many retailers, was hit hard by the impact of COVID-19. Most of its stores remained open during the pandemic, playing up essential gear, although those doors operated on fewer hours and saw less traffic.

Boot Barn did not provide guidance for the current quarter or full year, citing continued uncertainty around the pandemic's impact.

— Kari Hamanaka

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May 19, 2:45 PM

HEALTHCARE

New coronavirus cases in Orange County continue to increase on a weekly basis, with 132 reported on average each day in the past week, up from 104 for the week ending May 12.

There were 75 new cases reported Tuesday, bringing the OC total to 4,500, which includes 513 senior living residents and 350 jail inmates.

Los Alamitos currently has the highest cases per capita, with 54 cases per 10,000 residents. The North Orange County city currently has 63 cases out of 11,721 residents. The figure is up more than 50% from the week prior, when it had 41 total cases.

Tuesday was the second day in a row that no new deaths were reported. There have been 88 total deaths to date, including 23 senior living residents and no jail inmates.

Average daily hospitalizations for the week ending May 18 was 221, including 85 ICU patients, up from 198 and 77 for the week ending May 11, There are currently 229 cases hospitalized including 86 in intensive care units, based on data from 24 OC hospitals. The county tracks data from 25 hospitals totaling 5,903 beds, including 1,024 recently added to account for COVID-19.

— Katie Murar

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May 18, 3:35 PM

HEALTHCARE

New coronavirus cases in Orange County continue to increase on a weekly basis, with 131 reported on average each day in the past week, up from 105 for the week ending May 11.

Several North Orange County cities continue to serve as hotspots for new cases, with Anaheim, Santa Ana, Orange and Buena Park generating almost half of all new cases in the past week.

There were 59 new cases reported Monday, bringing the OC total to 4,434, which includes 461 senior living residents and 350 jail inmates.

No new deaths were reported Monday. There have been 88 total deaths to date, including 23 senior living residents and no jail inmates.

Testing has dipped in the past week, with 1,595 people tested each day on average, down from 2,715 the prior week, and 2,199 from the week prior.

About 80,500 of the county’s 3.2 million residents have received tests as of May 18.

In order to reopen, the county is expected to report 1.5 tests per 1,000 residents each day; for the week ending May 18, there were about 0.5 tests per 1,000 county residents conducted each day on average.

— Katie Murar

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May 18, 3:30 PM

PUBLIC POLICY

California Governor Gavin Newsom revealed additional lifts of business restrictions in the state's phased reopening during a press conference Monday.

The Governor said in-store retail, salons and live sporting events without on-site audiences could resume operations as early as the next few weeks, or right around early June, in most of the state's counties.

California is currently in a limited version of stage two that has allowed for curbside retail, childcare, logistics and manufacturing to reopen.

— Kari Hamanaka

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May 15, 2:45 PM

HEALTHCARE

New coronavirus cases in Orange County continue to increase on a weekly basis, with 131 reported on average each day in the past week, up from 99 for the week ending May 8.

There were 158 new cases reported Friday, bringing the OC total to 4,125, which includes 430 senior living residents and 335 jail inmates.

Four new deaths were reported Friday, all from senior living facilities. There have been 84 total deaths to date, including 21 senior living residents and no jail inmates.

Testing is also increasing, with 66,267 of the county’s 3.2 million residents receiving tests as of May 15.

In order to reopen, the county is expected to report 1.5 tests per 1,000 residents each day; for the week ending May 14, there were about 0.6 tests per 1,000 county residents conducted each day on average.

— Katie Murar

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May 15, 10:30 AM

HEALTHCARE

University of California-Irvine and the Orange County Health Care Agency will conduct serology testing of 5,000 area residents, the two organizations said. The data derived from testing is expected to guide businesses and other organizations in assessing and adapting to COVID-19.

— Peter J. Brennan

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May 15, 9:10 AM

APPAREL/RETAIL

Shares of VF Corp. (NYSE: VFC), the parent to Costa Mesa-based Vans Inc., took a tumble Friday on its disappointing results for the fourth quarter and uncertain outlook in the current quarter.

Vans sales were down 6% in the quarter ended March 28, but the business ended the full year up 10%.

— Kari Hamanaka

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May 14, 6:00 PM

TECHNOLOGY

Lantronix reported some growth as well as supply chain disruptions from COVID-19 in its most recent quarter. Revenue grew 34% year-over-year and beat analyst estimates.

— Kevin Costelloe

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May 14, 5:10 PM

RETAIL

South Coast Plaza has created a coordinated effort across its tenants offering curbside pick-up with SCP 2 Go. The pick-up program, which launches Friday at 11 a.m., allows for retailers and restaurants at the upscale center an organized and streamlined approach to curbside.

Customers order through a retailer, receive one of five color-coded areas to drive to for pick-up and wait in a numbered space for their order to be delivered to their vehicle.

More than 70 tenants are currently part of SCP 2 Go.

— Kari Hamanaka

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May 14, 3:45 PM

HEALTHCARE

New coronavirus cases in Orange County surged for the week ending May 14, with 129 reported on average each day, up from 102 for the week ending May 7.

Anaheim and Santa Ana continue to lead county increases. The two cities, which have a combined population of nearly 700,000, represented 44% of total new cases in the past week.

There were 229 new cases reported Thursday, the largest single-day increase to date; 36% of those new cases came from Santa Ana; 15% came from Anaheim.

There are 3,968 total OC cases, which includes 407 senior living residents and 331 jail inmates.

No new deaths were reported Thursday, with 80 total deaths to date; that figure includes 17 senior living residents and no jail inmates.

Testing is also increasing, with 61,619 of the county’s 3.2 million residents receiving tests as of May 14.

In order to reopen, the county is expected to report 1.5 tests per 1,000 residents each day; for the week ending May 13, there were about 0.5 tests per 1,000 county residents conducted each day on average.

— Katie Murar

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May 13, 3:00 PM

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HEALTHCARE

There were 110 new coronavirus cases reported each day on average in the past week, up slightly from 107 for the week ending May 6, and 71 for the week prior.

There were 157 new cases reported Wednesday, bringing the county total to 3,749, which includes 400 senior living residents and 322 jail inmates.

Three new deaths were reported Wednesday, bringing the county total to 80; that figure includes 17 senior living residents and no jail inmates.

About 57,167 of the county’s 3.2 million residents have been tested to date.

— Katie Murar

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May 13, 10:20 AM

RESTAURANTS

A detailed set of guidelines from the state for in-restaurant dining was released for when counties get the greenlight to move on to an expanded version of stage two under Gov. Gavin Newsom's phased reopening. Orange County is not currently one of those.

When in-restaurant dining resumes, the experience will be different. Self-serve stations and tableside service are out. Shared items, such as condiments on tables, are to be sanitized after each use where single-serve containers can't be used.

A link to the full set of guidelines can be found here.

— Kari Hamanaka

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May 12, 3:00 PM

HEALTHCARE

There were 106 new coronavirus cases reported each day on average in the past week, up slightly from 104 for the week ending May 5, with inland cities continuing to drive increases.

Anaheim and Santa Ana generated almost half of new cases in the past week, while other inland cities in North OC, like Garden Grove and Orange, continue to represent hotspots.

Meanwhile, coastal cities that initially saw higher case counts continue to decrease on a weekly basis.

There are about 3,602 cases as of Tuesday, including 374 senior living residents and 259 OC jail inmates. There have been 77 deaths, including 18 senior living residents and no jail inmates.

About 54,769 of the county’s 3.2 million residents have been tested to date.

As of Monday, there were 230 current hospitalizations including 100 ICU patients. Average daily hospitalizations have increased from 189 to 198 for the week ending May 11, while ICU patients have also increased in that time frame from 61 to 77.

The county tracks data from 25 hospitals totaling 5,903 beds, including 1,024 recently added to account for COVID-19.

— Katie Murar

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May 12, 1:25 PM

RETAIL

Malls will operate in limited capacity when they do reopen, per the latest release of reopening guidelines from Gov. Gavin Newsom Tuesday.

Malls will be able to offer curbside service, with designated pickup areas suggested alongside signage encouraging social distancing. Facilities are advised to maintain no more than 50% capacity and shutter carousels and other children's play areas. Reopenings are contingent on individual county guidelines. Orange County is currently in a limited stage reopening, with malls not able to resume businesses until a later point in the phase.

— Kari Hamanaka

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May 12, 10:50 AM

MANUFACTURING

Red Digital Cinema Camera Co. has begun the process of slowly reopening its doors. The Irvine-based maker of professional cameras updated its customer base with the latest on its workforce, including the reopening of headquarters in a limited capacity.

The company said it expects to begin shipping orders at the end of this week, with returns beginning to be processed in about two weeks.

— Kari Hamanaka

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May 12, 9:00 AM

TECHNOLOGY

An Anaheim-based crowd-tracking technology firm was bought by a London-based company doing similar work. The local firm, iinside, is giving up its name; the London-based buyer, CrowdVision Inc., is moving its HQ to OC, according to the companies.

The combined company plans to offer crowd tracking—including its flow, motion, behavior, individual body temperatures, analytics—to airports, stadiums, casinos, transportation centers, malls, and other large venues.

— Kevin Costelloe

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May 11, 1:30 PM

HEALTHCARE

There were 111 new coronavirus cases reported each day on average for the week ending May 11, up from 100 for the week prior and 65 for the week ending April 20.

Nearly 30 new cases emerged from Newport Beach over the weekend, a city that had seen relatively few new cases in recent weeks, with the city attributing the case spikes to outbreaks at “local care facilities where patients and staff have tested positive.”

“We may have more cases as additional patients and staff are tested,” the city said in a statement.

There were 55 new cases and no new deaths reported Monday, with 3,557 cases and 76 deaths to date. More than 20% of the county’s deaths were from senior living facilities; about a quarter of OC deaths have occurred in the past week.

Anaheim has generated about 15% of new cases in the past week; Santa Ana has generated about 30% of new cases.

Nearly 53,000 of the county’s 3.2 million people have been tested to date.

— Katie Murar

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May 8, 2:50 PM

HEALTHCARE

While average daily coronavirus cases on a weekly basis surpassed 100 once again, cases for the preceding seven days declined Friday for the second day in a row, with 103 cases reported each day for the week ending May 8.

The figure is up slightly from 98 for the week ending May 1, and 50 for the week ending April 24.

Hospitalizations are also on the rise, with 189 average daily hospitalizations for the week ending May 7, up from 170 for the week ending April 30. There has been a decrease in ICU patients in the past two weeks, from 65 to 64 for the week ending May 7. The county tracks data from 25 hospitals totaling 5,903 beds, including 1,024 recently added to account for COVID-19.

There were 153 new cases reported Friday and 5 new deaths, bringing the total to 71, including 16 senior housing residents.

There are 3,240 total cases in OC including 251 inmates at jails in Santa Ana and Orange, and 316 from senior housing facilities.

North of 46,400 people have been tested to date.

— Katie Murar

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May 8, 2:45 PM

RETAIL

Irvine retailer Tilly's Inc. (NYSE: TLYS) said it will begin opening some stores, roughly 26, at the end of next week as it updated investors Friday on its business. The 26 stores slated for reopening are located in Arizona, Utah, Florida and Texas.

Uncertainty on the timeline for openings of the bulk of the store fleet in California remains. Some 40% of the company's stores are located in the state, with those doors pulling in about half of the company's brick-and-mortar revenue last year.

Revenue across physical stores and digital for the retailer slumped 40.7% during its first quarter ended May 2 to $77.3 million.

— Kari Hamanaka

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May 7, 3 PM

GOVERNMENT

California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced more specific guidelines for businesses as the state begins to slowly lift a stay-at-home order that's been in effect for nearly two months now.

The industry-specific guides, available on the state's Resilience Roadmap site, reiterate many of the protocols that have been in place for several weeks now, including frequent handwashing and social distancing.

Sectors such as manufacturing, logistics and retail (for curbside service only) are set to resume operations beginning Friday.

The business guidelines can be found by clicking here.

— Kari Hamanaka

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May 7, 2:30 PM

HEALTHCARE

Coronavirus cases in Orange County continue to increase with 104 reported each day on average in the past week, up from 80 and 56 from the two preceding weeks.

Weekly data suggested the county had experienced a dip in new cases for more than a week before they started to climb once more due to new increases from inland cities, as coastal cities that initially saw high per capita increases have been on the decline.

Anaheim, which represents about 10% of the county’s total population, represented 15% of new cases in the past week, while Santa Ana, Orange and Garden Grove also represent hot spots for new cases.

Hospitalizations are also on the rise, with 188 average daily hospitalizations for the week ending May 6, up from 165 for the week ending April 29. There has been a decrease in ICU patients in the past two weeks, from 65 to 62 for the week ending May 6. The county tracks data from 25 hospitals totaling 5,903 beds, including 1,024 recently added to account for COVID-19.

There are 3,092 total cases and 66 deaths to date in Orange County; north of 43,400 people have been tested to date. About two-thirds of the county’s deaths have happened in the past three weeks; 21 have occurred in the past seven days.

— Katie Murar

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May 7, 2:30 PM

RESTAURANTS

BJ's Restaurants Inc. (Nasdaq: BJRI) reported first-quarter results, missing consensus estimates on both revenue and earnings as the coronavirus tamped down on performance. The chain is slowly reopening locations in line with restriction lifts in individual states, with about 27% of its doors' dining rooms now open to handle a limited number of guests.

Despite the tough quarter, the company is steadfast on a longer term plan to grow the chain to at least 425 restaurants nationally.

— Kari Hamanaka

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May 6, 3:45 PM

HEALTHCARE

Average coronavirus cases reported daily for the preceding seven days surpassed 100 for the third day in a row, with 110 average cases reported for the week ending May 6, the highest to date.

It’s up from 71 cases reported the following week, and 54 for the week ending April 22.

Anaheim continues to represent the largest increases in cases with 18 average daily cases reported in the past week, while cases in Santa Ana reflect a decrease after the county pulled out cases reported Orange County jails and moved it to the “other” category, which has 218 cases.

Testing figures have also increased, with 1,240 people tested each day on average in the past week; up from 1,179 tests the week prior.

Hospitalizations are also on the rise, with 189 average daily hospitalizations for the week ending May 5, up from 161 for the week ending April 28. There has been a decrease in ICU patients in the past two weeks, from 65 to 61 for the week ending May 5. The county tracks data from 25 hospitals totaling 5,903 beds, including 1,024 recently added to account for COVID-19.

There are about 3,000 total cases and 65 deaths to date in Orange County; north of 39,000 people have been tested to date.

— Katie Murar

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May 6, 3:05 PM

TECHNOLOGY/FINANCE

Data analytics software maker Alteryx Inc. in Irvine said the coronavirus pandemic will hit its current quarter sales and it withdrew guidance for the year in a quarterly report today. It said revenue in this period will be between $91 million and $95 million, below analyst expectations of $108 million. Shares fell in after-hours trading.

— Kevin Costelloe

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May 5, 3:15 PM

HEALTHCARE

Coronavirus cases in Orange County continue to increase with 106 reported each day on average in the past week, up from 66 and 56 from the two preceding weeks.

Weekly data suggested the county had experienced a dip in new cases for more than a week before they started to climb once more due to new increases from inland cities, predominately Santa Ana and Anaheim, as cities that initially saw high per capita increases have been on the decline (see graph).

Anaheim and Santa Ana, which have a combined population of nearly 700,000, have reported 257 new cases in the past week; Laguna Beach and Newport Beach, with a total population of about 111,000, have reported just 8 new cases in the past week.

Other emerging hotspots are Orange and Garden Grove, which have reported 50 and 53 new cases in the past week.

Hospitalizations are also on the rise, with 187 average daily hospitalizations for the week ending May 4, up from 159 for the week ending April 27. There has been a decrease in ICU patients in the past two weeks, from 66 to 61 for the week ending May 4. The county tracks data from 25 hospitals totaling 5,903 beds, including 1,024 recently added to account for COVID-19.

There are 2,873 total cases and 61 deaths to date in Orange County; north of 39,000 people have been tested to date.

— Katie Murar

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May 5, 3:00 PM

TOURISM

Walt Disney Co.’s parks and resorts unit reported a 58% drop in operating income for the second quarter ending March 28 as impacts of the coronavirus pandemic took hold at international and domestic parks, including Disneyland Resort in Anaheim.

Revenue for the segment dropped 10% to $5.5 billion, while total revenue for the Burbank-based entertainment company rose 21% to $18 billion.

Disneyland Resort, OC’s largest employer with 32,000 workers, has been closed since March 14; a reopening date hasn’t been publicly set.

— Katie Murar

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May 5, 2:00

TECHNOLOGY

Irvine-based Blizzard Entertainment’s parent company saw an increase in first-quarter profit, aided by more people gaming at home during the coronavirus pandemic. Activision Blizzard (Nasdaq: ATVI) net revenue declined but beat the company’s projections; net income rose 13% and handily beat analyst estimates.

— Kevin Costelloe

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May 4, 5:00 PM

RESTAURANTS

Del Taco Restaurants Inc. (Nasdaq: TACO) is looking ahead and sees its value and positioning as a QSR a boon with social distancing and contactless protocols to remain in place for the next several months.

The company delivered its COVID-19 business update alongside its results for its first quarter ended March 24. The company ended the quarter with revenue of $109.8 million and an adjusted net loss of $300,000.

— Kari Hamanaka

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May 4, 3:45 PM

HEALTHCARE

Coronavirus cases in Orange County continue to rise, with 102 reported each day on average in the past week, up from 65 for the week ending April 27.

Weekly data suggested the county had experienced a dip in new cases for more than a week before they started to climb once more due to new increases from inland cities, as well as an increase in testing conducted by HCA’s public health lab and local commercial testing labs.

Anaheim and Santa Ana had 33 new cases reported each day on average in the past week, making up about one-third of the county total.

The cities of Garden Grove and Orange also saw sharp increases in new cases in the past week, with 14 cases reported on average each day for the two cities.

More than 1,500 people were tested each day on average last week, up from the 1,083 for the week prior.

There are 2,819 COVID-19 cases in OC to date, with 37,050 tests done as of Monday.

— Katie Murar

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May 4, 1 PM

GOVERNMENT

Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday the state would begin a gradual lift of restrictions on business operations later this week. The state is moving into phase two of a multi-stage approach to reopening the state. The lift, effective Friday, allows retailers offering curbside service, manufacturing and logistics companies to reopen Friday. Malls and restaurant dining rooms are to remain closed, along with offices where workers are able to work from home.

— Kari Hamanaka

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May 1, 2:30 PM

HEALTHCARE

Testing figures for coronavirus in Orange County once again reached a new high, with 1,720 people tested each day on average for the past week, more than double the previous high set the week prior.

There have been nearly 100 new coronavirus cases reported each day on average for the week ending May 1, also more than double the 50 reported cases for the week ending April 24.

Anaheim and Santa Ana represented half of new daily cases on average in the past week.

Average daily hospitalizations for the week ending May 1 was 170, up from 149 for the week ending April 24. There are currently 181 cases hospitalized including 61 in intensive care units, based on data from 23 OC hospitals. The county tracks data from 25 hospitals totaling 5,903 beds, including 1,024 recently added to account for COVID-19. 

There are 2,537 COVID-19 cases in OC to date, with 34,128 tests done as of Friday.

— Katie Murar

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May 1, 1:45 PM

RESTAURANTS

BJ's Restaurants Inc. (Nasdaq: BJRI) said it raised $70 million from Act III Holdings LLC and T. Rowe Price Associates, bolstering the company's liquidity as it looks to slowly reopen restaurants in states were stay-at-home orders have lifted.

BJ's CEO Greg Trojan in a statement called the capital, "invaluable as we re-open our dining rooms."

— Kari Hamanaka

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April 30, 4:15 PM

HEALTHCARE

Coronavirus cases continue to spike alongside sharp increases in testing figures.

There have been 84 cases reported each day on average in Orange County in the past week, up from 56 for the week ending April 23. Testing figures have more than doubled over that time period, with 1,500 people tested each day on average last week, up from the 700 for the week prior.

Anaheim and Santa Ana, which represent about 20% of the county’s population, represented more than a third average daily cases reported in the past week.

Weekly data suggested the county had experienced a dip in new cases for more than a week before they started to climb once more due to new increases from inland cities, as well as an increase in testing conducted by HCA’s public health lab and local commercial testing labs.

There are 2,393 COVID-19 cases in OC to date, with 31,500 tests done as of Thursday.

— Katie Murar

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April 30, 3:30 PM

HEALTHCARE

KPC Health in Santa Ana said it will reopen four OC hospitals, in line with state and federal guidelines for going back to work. The four are in Orange, Santa Ana and Anaheim and produce about $367 million in annual net patient revenue. KPC Health said it expects growth in general healthcare as the sites reopen.

— A. Leigh Corbett

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April 30, 1:00 PM

HEALTHCARE

UCI Medical Center in Orange will be one of three Calif. sites for clinical trials of a drug to treat the coronavirus. Gilead Sciences in San Dimas makes remdesivir, originally developed to treat the Ebola outbreak and now thought to hold promise for COVID-19. The FDA and White House health advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci have said publicly the drug could be helpful.

— A. Leigh Corbett

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April 30, 12:30 PM

HEALTHCARE

A device cleared by the FDA in 2019 to help diagnose respiratory illness could help COVID-19 patients. Device maker MediPines Corp. in Newport Beach has released guidelines on using its AGM-100, currently approved for some respiratory diagnostic needs, to check for severity of coronavirus symptoms by tracking oxygen saturation levels.

— A. Leigh Corbett

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April 30, 12:00 PM

HEALTHCARE

MemorialCare is testing its South County health system members at the site of the now-closed Saddleback Memorial San Clemente Hospital site. The facility closed in 2016. Testing for its patients with a prescription for the procedure takes place weekdays.

— A. Leigh Corbett

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April 29, 4:00 PM

HEALTHCARE

Coronavirus cases continue to spike alongside sharp increases in testing figures, with Anaheim and Santa Ana representing nearly half of average daily cases reported in the past week.

Average daily increases for the county in the past week was 73, up from 54 for the week ending April 22.

Weekly data suggested the county had experienced a dip in new cases for more than a week before they started to climb once more due to new increases from inland cities, as well as an increase in testing conducted by HCA’s public health lab and local commercial testing labs.

Nearly 1,400 people have been tested each day on average in the past week; that’s more than twice the previous high of 691 reached last week, in the seven days ending April 22.

There are 2,252 COVID-19 cases in OC to date, with almost 30,000 tests done as of Wednesday.

— Kate Murar

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April 29, 1:40 PM

TECHNOLOGY

Alteryx (NYSE: AYX) will hold its May 20 annual meeting virtually the company said. The data analytics software maker traded recently at a $7.5 billion market cap.

Several OC public companies, including its largest, Edwards Lifesciences Corp. (NYSE: EW) plan to hold annual meetings in similar fashion.

— Kevin Costelloe

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April 29, 1:30 PM

AUTOMAKERS

Ford Motor Co. confirmed its luxury badge Lincoln would not be moving forward with plans to build an electric vehicle on Rivian Automotive's platform. Rivian, which has a sizable R&D footprint in Irvine, was to supply its skateboard-like platform for the project.

— Kari Hamanaka

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April 29, 12:30 PM

AEROSPACE/JOBS

Panasonic Avionics will lay off about 10% of its roughly 2,000 workers in Lake Forest, according to state filings. The WARN item said the permanent cuts take effect this month. The OC jobless rate is expected to rise over the next several months, according to research by California State University-Fullerton economists.

— Kevin Costelloe

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April 28, 7:30 PM

PUBLIC POLICY

The Orange County Board of Supervisors approved a set of guidelines for businesses as the state readies for a phased approach to reopening. The guidelines encourage practices such as social distancing, temperature checks prior to shift starts and frequent handwashing for workers interfacing with the public.

Gov. Gavin Newsom revealed on Tuesday a four-stage approach to lifting the state's March 19 stay-at-home order. The plan has the state currently in stage one with low-risk businesses set to reopen first in stage two. Large-scale public gatherings, such as concerts and sporting events with live audiences, will be the last to re-open under the plan.

— Kari Hamanaka

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April 28, 4:00 PM

HEALTHCARE

Coronavirus case increases continue to be led by Santa Ana and Anaheim, which have represented nearly half of average daily cases reported in the past week.

Weekly data suggested the county had experienced a dip in new cases for more than a week before they started to climb once more due to new increases from inland cities, predominately Santa Ana and Anaheim.

Average daily increases for the county in the past week was 68, up from 56 for the week ending April 21.

Testing figures continue to show increases, with with 1,179 people tested each day on average, up from 644 for the prior week, and 524 for the week ending April 14.

There are 2,151 COVID-19 cases in OC to date, with 27,737 tests done as of Tuesday.

— Katie Murar

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April 28, 12:10 PM

TECHNOLOGY/FINANCE

CalAmp Corp. returned a $10 million SBA loan secured under the federal Paycheck Protection Program. The telematics software maker said new Treasury Dept. guidance suggested publicly traded firms might no longer qualify for the coronavirus pandemic support funding,

— Kevin Costelloe

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April 28, 10:10 AM

RESTAURANTS

Software maker Restaurant365 said its free lending help can help restaurant businesses gain access to capital. It works with a Utah-based lending platform to find sources and navigate programs, including, it said, the second round of SBA funding flowing from the coronavirus pandemic.

— Jessie Yount

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April 28, 9:40 AM

CHEMICALS

American Vanguard Corp. (NYSE: AVD) in Newport Beach revised a credit facility with Bank of the West and other lenders, giving it financial maneuverability as the coronavirus pandemic affects global operations. The chemicals maker expects a 4% dip in worldwide sales when it reports results May 11. Its recent market cap was about $454 million.

— Paul Hughes

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April 28, 8:40 AM

RETAIL

The parent to Costa Mesa-based Vans Inc. said it would continue paying store employees in North America pay through May 30. VF Corp. (NYSE: VFC) of Denver also said its distribution center workers in the U.S. and Canada would see pay boosts through July.

The apparel conglomerate, with a recent market cap of $23 billion, said it's 'cautiously optimistic' as it looks ahead to the reopening stores.

— Kari Hamanaka

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April 27, 3:00 PM

HEALTHCARE

Testing for coronavirus in Orange County has spiked in the past week, with 1,083 people tested each day on average, up from 656 for the prior week, and 527 for the week ending April 13.

Average daily coronavirus cases have also spiked, with 68 reported each day in the past week, up from 56 for the week ending April 20.

Case increases in the past week are led by Santa Ana, which had an average of 20 cases reported each day; and Anaheim, with an average of 12 cases reported each day. The two cities make up about 20% of the county’s population, and nearly half of new cases in the past week.

There are 2,126 COVID-19 cases in OC to date, with 26,347 tests done as of Monday.

— Katie Murar

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April 27, 1:50 PM

FINANCE

Seven OC public companies sought $35 million in SBA loans under stimulus packages to support small businesses during the coronavirus pandemic. The Treasury Dept. has in guidance on receiving funds asked companies with other sources of financing to give the money back.

— Kevin Costelloe

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April 27, 11:30 AM

TOURISM

Cancelation of this summer’s Orange County Fair is expected to result in an economic impact loss of up to $350 million, the event’s board said Monday.

The event brings nearly 1.3 million visitors a year—about 30% of the OC Fair & Event Center’s 4.3 million overall annual total across 150 events—and employs more than 13,000 part-time workers.

— Katie Murar

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April 24, 3:30 PM

HEALTHCARE

Weekly figures for new coronavirus cases in Orange County once again dipped slightly lower, with 51 average cases reported each day in the past week.

While case jumps in cities like Anaheim, Santa Ana and Huntington Beach have resulted in higher average daily cases for the county in the past several days, cities that initially saw high per capita increases have been on the decline, like Newport and Laguna Beach.

— Katie Murar

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April 24, 12 PM

FINANCE

President Trump signed off on a $484 billion coronavirus relief package Friday. Some $310 billion of the aid will replenish the Paycheck Protection Program. Hospitals, COVID-19 testing and community banks will also benefit from this latest stimulus.

— Kari Hamanaka

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April 24, 8:30 AM

RESTAURANTS

Del Taco Restaurants Inc. (Nasdaq: TACO) executives have agreed to salary reductions. That includes a 20% reduction for CEO and President John Cappasola and 15% for the company's CFO and COO.

The declines in comparable sales for BJ's Restaurants Inc. (Nasdaq: BJRI) continue to be steep but the peak was reached for the week ended March 24 when same-store sales were down 82%. Comparable sales were down 70% for the week ended April 21.

— Kari Hamanaka

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April 23, 4:00 PM

HEALTHCARE

Orange County had 59 new coronavirus cases reported each day on average in the past week, up from 51 for the week ending April 16.

The county had about 1,830 cases as of Thursday, with nearly 21,000 people receiving tests.

— Katie Murar

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April 23, 3:30 PM

RESTAURANTS

BJ’s Restaurants Inc. (Nasdaq: BJRI) of Huntington Beach filed a shelf offering with the Securities & Exchange Commission Thursday. The prospectus noted 125 million in authorized common stock and 5 million in authorized preferred stock.

— Kari Hamanaka

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April 23, 2:55 PM

HEALTHCARE

Dental laser maker Biolase Inc. (Nasdaq: BIOL) said it needs the $3 million SBA loan it received as part of a pandemic relief package but the U.S. Treasury Dept. has asked public companies to return their loans (see item below) by May 7.

— A. Leigh Corbett

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April 23, 2:30 PM

FINANCE

The Treasury Department updated its guidelines for the Paycheck Protection Program Thursday. More specifically, it addressed concerns that had been brewing in more recent days about the publicly-traded companies approved for loans under the program, now stating it is unlikely most public firms qualify to receive the aid. The updated guideline also sets out a May 7 deadline for which PPP loans to public companies are to be returned.

— Kari Hamanaka

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April 23, 10:30 AM

PHILANTHROPY

Irvine non-profit Working Wardrobes has begun offering some of its workshops through webinars as it switches to more video aid in response to the pandemic.

Elsewhere, Irvine-based Golden State Foods and its non-profit GSF Foundation said it was rallying its regional divisions to focus on giving back at the local level.

— Kari Hamanaka

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April 22, 4:15 PM

HEALTHCARE

Last week’s trend in which Orange County’s coronavirus curve started to bend downward has become more of a plateau, as cities that had fewer reported cases are seeing increases, while those with early per capita increases, like Newport Beach and Laguna Beach, have been on the decline.

Anaheim, Santa Ana and Huntington Beach generated the largest increases in the past week.

— Katie Murar

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April 22, 3:15 PM

RESTAURANTS/FINANCE

Irvine-based restaurant operator Kura Sushi USA Inc. said it would be returning $5.98 million provided through the Paycheck Protection Program. The company said in a filing with the Securities &Exchange Commission it hadn’t used any of the funding.

— Kari Hamanaka

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April 22, 12:25 PM

JOBS

CSUF economists Anil Puri and Mira Farka said local unemployment could hit 17% and not decline to pre-pandemic levels until 2022. Unemployment in the second quarter, which ends June 30, will average 11.5%, their report said.

— Kevin Costelloe

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April 22, 10:15 AM

TOURISM

New impacts of coronavirus on Orange County’s airport have begun to emerge, with John Wayne Airport reporting a 63% drop in passengers last month to 338,000.

— Katie Murar

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April 22, 9:25 AM

APPAREL

Lake Forest collegiate and resort apparel company Uscape Apparel rolled out a new collection to benefit food banks amid the pandemic. All proceeds from the company’s Team Human collection will benefit food banks and the non-profit Feeding America. The pieces can be found at teamhumanu.com

— Kari Hamanaka

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April 20, 3:30 PM

PUBLIC HEALTH

The Orange County Board of Supervisors passed a rule Tuesday during a special meeting that requires cloth face coverings for workers interacting with the general public. The rule would impact employees at groceries, retail stores, pharmacies and gas stations among other businesses. The rule goes into effect Friday.

— Kari Hamanaka

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April 20, 3:30 PM

TOURISM

Visit Anaheim said it has rebooked some events and signed new business that represents more than $475 million in local economic impact over the next several years.

The 10 bookings were aided by a $6.5 million grant to the group last month, part of the city of Anaheim’s $15 million Community and Economic Recovery Plan.

— Katie Murar

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April 21, 3:30 PM

HEALTHCARE

There have been58 new coronavirus cases reported each day on average over the past week, up slightly from 53 for the week ending April 14.

The figure is down slightly from two weeks ago, when 60 new cases were reported on average for the week ending April 7.

— Katie Murar

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April 21, 1:25 PM

EDUCATION

California State University-Fullerton plans to begin its fall semester online and has asked faculty to prepare for this. The university, which serves about 40,000 students, said it could transition to in-person classes later in the semester.

— Jessie Yount

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April 21, 10:25 AM

RESTAURANTS

The National Restaurant Association is pushing for lawmakers to create a $240 billion grant program that would directly assist restaurateurs impacted by the pandemic’s hit to business operations. The association reported payrolls cut nationally by two-thirds, which equates to 8 million jobs. It also said a survey of 6,500 operators indicated 60% said existing federal aid programs would not be enough to maintain payrolls.

— Kari Hamanaka

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April 21, 9:05 AM

PHILANTHROPY

Tilly’s Life Center, the Irvine non-profit started by retailer Tilly’s Inc. (NYSE: TLYS) co-founder Tilly Levine, has launched a virtual classroom. The 12-session program was created for teens and focuses on social and emotional awareness.

— Kari Hamanaka

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April 21, 8:30 AM

APPAREL/RETAIL

The parent to Costa Mesa-based Vans Inc. revealed preliminary results for its fiscal year ended March 28. VF Corp. (NYSE: VFC) of Denver reported revenue off from a previous projection as the company also said it was looking to raise capital through a senior note offering.

— Kari Hamanaka

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April 20, 3:55 PM

EDUCATION

CSUF officials said they expect the school to lose $18.4 million in revenue and from refunds due to the coronavirus pandemic. The university is one of California’s largest, with some 40,000 students.

— Jessie Yount

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April 20, 3:30 PM

HEALTHCARE

There have been 59 new coronavirus cases reported each day on average over the past week, up slightly from 56 for the week ending April 13.

The figure is down slightly from two weeks ago, when 60 new cases were reported on average for the week ending April 6.

— Katie Murar

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April 20, 2:30 PM

GOVERNMENT

Brian Niccol and Emile Haddadhave been named to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s state task force addressing economic impact of the coronavirus.

They’re among 80 members of the advisory group that will meet to “develop actions government and businesses can take to help Californians recover as fast as safely possible from the COVID-19 induced recession”

— Katie Murar

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April 20, 10:30 AM

AUTOMOTIVE

Kia Motors America Inc. said it re-tooled a portion of its Georgia factory to make face shields. The Irvine-based automaker said the facility is capable of producing some 200,000 masks monthly. It’s paying company volunteers to assemble the face coverings.

— Kari Hamanaka

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April 20, 10:15 AM

EDUCATION

OC universities and community colleges will get at least $168 million for student aid and coronavirus-related needs such as distance learning. Funds are available as part of $1.7 billion coming to the state via the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

— Jessie Yount

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April 20, 10:00 AM

HEALTHCARE

Sunday marked the seventh day in a row that the trailing seven days represented a decrease in new cases over the preceding week; 54 new coronavirus cases were reported each day on average, down from the 62 average daily cases reported for the week ending April 12.

— Katie Murar

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April 17, 15:50 PM

HEALTHCARE

Newport Beach-based Evolus Inc. reported job and expense cuts, temporary pay reductions for executives and board members, and the delay of a new product launch in Europe, according to an SEC filing Wednesday. The aesthetics medicine maker said it had about $100 million in cash or cash equivalents as of March 31.

— A. Leigh Corbett

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April 17, 2:10 PM

APPAREL

Apparel basics makerAST Sportswear Inc. will hold a drive-thru face mask giveaway Saturday from 10 AM to 2 PM. The company, which has been manufacturing face masks for hospital workers and first responders, said it will give away non-medical grade masks to the first 5,000 cars at the company’s Brea headquarters located at 2701 E. Imperial Highway.

— Kari Hamanaka

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April 17, 1:35 PM

HEALTHCARE

In the past week, there were 54 new coronavirus cases reported each day on average in Orange County, marking the fifth day in a row that the trailing seven days represented a decrease in new cases over the preceding week. The figure is down from the 60 average daily cases reported for the week ending April 10.

— Katie Murar

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April 17, 12:20 PM

EDUCATION

The University of California campuses and medical centers took a $558 million hit in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, UC President Janet Napolitano said in a letter to Gov. Gavin Newsom.

Canceled housing and dining contracts, and costs related to cleaning and distance learning accounted for $310 million; the remaining $248 million came from UC’s health system, including cancelled elective procedures and COVID-19 preparedness and treatments.

— Jessie Yount

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April 17, 12:05 PM

TECHNOLOGY

French aerospace giant Safran Group laid off 83 employees and furloughed other employees at sites in Garden Grove, Brea, Cypress and Huntington Beach. Units affected make products related to in-flight entertainment, interiors, on-board water and waste management, safety equipment, fans and other components. Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, Huntington Beach-based Safran had about 2,800 OC employees.

— Kevin Costelloe

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April 17, 10:10 AM

JOBS

The county lost more than 13,000 jobs in March and its unemployment rate jumped to 3.6%. The state Economic Development Department said March numbers “predated many coronavirus-related business and school closures in the second half of the month, which means not all COVID-19 job impacts have been measured.

“We cannot quantify the effects of the pandemic on the job market in March, the state agency said.

— Peter J. Brennan

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April 17, 9:55 AM

TECHNOLOGY

Veritone Inc. (Nasdaq: VERI) got $6.5 million in SBA loans under a new federal program to help small businesses during the coronavirus pandemic. Sunwest Bank lent the funds, which under certain conditions, including no layoffs as a result of COVID-19, do not have to be repaid. Loans are backed by the U.S. SBA.

— Kevin Costelloe

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April 17, 9:40 AM

RESTAURANTS

Huntington Beach-based BJ’s Restaurants Inc. (Nasdaq: BJRI) said in an SEC filing its CEO and other executives will take a 20% pay cut, with additional salary reductions for workers being paid $100,000 or more. The company also disclosed additional furloughs in the amount of about 200 restaurant managers and 40 headquarters workers. The company has also temporarily shuttered four of its restaurants.

— Kari Hamanaka

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April 16, 4:25 PM

SERVICES

Anaheim-based Willdan Group (Nasdaq: WLDN) will furlough about 21% of its employees due to economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic and governor shutdown orders in New York and California. The engineering and consulting firm employed 1,451 as of Dec. 31.

The firm is freezing non-critical expenses, cutting some salaries, and withdrew its 2020 guidance. It’s scheduled to report results May 7.

Willdan said its financial position “remains strong, citing $16 million of net cash balance and $56 million in borrowing capacity as of April 14.

— Peter J. Brennan

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April 16, 1:45 PM

HEALTHCARE

In the past week, there were 51 new coronavirus cases reported each day on average in Orange County, marking the fourth day in a row that the trailing seven days represented a decrease in new cases over the preceding week.

The figure is down from the 60 average daily cases reported for the week ending April 9.

— Katie Murar

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April 16, 1:20 PM

EDUCATION

Chapman University said it lost $13.5 million in revenue for student refunds as COVID-19 disrupted the spring semester. Chapman’s endowment was more than $400 million prior to refunds and its net worth remains above $1 billion. If in-person classes don’t resume in the fall, the university estimated it could lose up to $90 million.

— Jessie Yount

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April 16, 11:50 AM

SERVICES

Costa Mesa-based Automotive Club of Southern California will refund $125 million in premiums to auto insurance policyholders because of reduced driving and other effects of COVID-19 and work and travel reductions. It also will offer free roadside assistance services for health workers and first responders, along with a $1 million donation to United Way.

— Jessie Yount

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April 16, 11:20 AM

FINANCE

Impac Mortgage Holdings (NYSE: IMH) hastemporarily halted its lending activity due to market uncertainty, and “to de-risk and to protect liquidity during this unprecedented time.;

The Irvine-based firm separately also said Orange County investor Richard Pickup is stepping down from the board of directors.

— Katie Murar

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April 16, 9:10 AM

FINANCE

The Small Business Administration said it is no longer accepting new applications for coronavirus-related funding, with the $376 billion appropriated to support small businesses through the pandemic officially run out. Lawmakers are now working out the details of another funding injection.

— Kari Hamanaka

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April 15, 3:00 PM

HEALTHCARE

Orange County’s coronavirus figures continue to trend down on a weekly basis.

Wednesdaymarked the third day in a row that the trailing seven days represented a decrease in new cases over the preceding week.

In the past week, there have been 53 new cases each day on average, down from the 58 cases per day for the week ending April 8.

— Katie Murar

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April 15, 1:15 PM

AUTOMOTIVE

Irvine-based Mazda North American Operations said it will offer healthcare workers complementary oil changes beginning Thursday. The program, dubbed Essential Car Care, is not limited to Mazda vehicles and will be offered across the automaker’s participating dealers nationally.

The carmaker expects to spend $5 million at minimum on the initiative.

— Kari Hamanaka

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April 15, 10:45 a.m.

TOURISM

Disneyland Resort isin negotiations on furlough agreements for union employees, which represent most of the company’s 32,000 worker count.

The company, the largest employer in Orange County, will furlough nonessential employees as a result of the “devastating impact; of COVID-19, beginning this Sunday, April 19.

— Katie Murar

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April 15, 10:30 AM

HEALTHCARE

Biomerica Inc. reported a slight decline in quarterly revenue and a slightly larger expansion of its net loss. The numbers don’t include results from its new test that could help mark antibodies to COVID-19 in a person’s blood, suggesting possible immunity.

Shares in the diagnostic test maker traded higher at midday in a down market.

The Business Journalprofiled the company in its Monday, April 13 print edition.

— A. Leigh Corbett

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April 15, 10:16 AM

SERVICES

Collector’s Universe (Nasdaq: CLCT) said it has access to about $37 million in cash and credit as it rides out the coronavirus pandemic. The collectibles authenticator has seen increases in some of its authentication work, primarily among dealers and higher-end collectors who could be seeking liquidity from their assets.

— Paul Hughes

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April 14, 3:00 PM

HEALTHCARE

The number of new coronavirus cases in Orange County continue to appear lower than previous days, with 23 cases reported Tuesday, following just nine new cases reported yesterday.

Today is the second day that the trailing seven days represented a decrease in new cases over the preceding week, furthering the notion that Orange County has reached its peak.

— Katie Murar

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April 14, 8:55 AM

TECHNOLOGY

Skyworks Solutions said preliminary quarterly results are in the range of its lowered expectations, issued in early March, and it suspended production through April at its Mexicali manufacturing plant at the direction of the government there. Its shares were trading about 3% higher Tuesday.

— Kevin Costelloe

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April 14, 7:20 AM

AUTOMAKERS

Fountain Valley-based Hyundai Motor America Inc. increased its grants helping fund drive-thru COVID-19 testing at hospitals. The automaker said it donated some $4 million through its Hyundai Hope On Wheels non-profit to help fund testing at some 22 hospitals. That’s in addition to a donation of 65,000 COVID-19 tests to U.S. hospitals.

— Kari Hamanaka

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April 13, 2:55 PM

HEALTHCARE

Nine new COVID-19 cases were reported in Orange County Monday. It’s the first time that the trailing seven days represented a decrease in new cases over the preceding week.

There are 1,283 cumulative coronavirus cases in Orange County to date.

Dr. Nichole Quick of the Orange County Health Care Agency saidthere aren’t specific factors that contributed to the relatively low case number, such as technical complications or a dip in testing figures.

— Katie Murar

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April 13, 1:25 PM

HEALTHCARE

The Orange County Health Care Agency said Monday there have been 1,283 cases of coronavirus in the county, up nine from yesterday. There have been 19 deaths total, with none reported Monday.

The increase is the lowest one-day total since mid-March.

— Katie Murar

April 13, 11:35 AM

HEALTHCARE

Advanced Sterilization Products in Irvine got FDA approval on a decontamination process for medical-grade N95 face masks. The company said 6,300 machines can each sterilize nearly 500 masks a day. The process converts converts a gas to a plasma to clean the masks.

— A. Leigh Corbett

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April 12, 9:15 AM

HEALTHCARE

The Orange County Health Care Agency said Sunday there have been 1,277 cases of coronavirus in the county, up 57 from yesterday. There have been 19 deaths total, with one reported Sunday.

About 13,500 people have been tested by HCA’s public health lab and local commercial testing labs, including a bit less than 250 test reports added yesterday.

Average daily case counts have been trending up over the past three weeks.

— Katie Murar

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April 11, 5:30 PM

HEALTHCARE

The Orange County Health Care Agency said Saturday there have been 1,221 cases of coronavirus in the county, up 85 from yesterday. There have been 18 deaths total, with one reported Saturday.

About 13,300 people have been tested by HCA’s public health lab and local commercial testing labs, including a bit more than 400 test reports added today.

Average daily case counts have been trending up over the past three weeks.

— Katie Murar

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April 10, 1:30 PM

HEALTHCARE

The Orange County Health Care Agency said Friday there have been 1,138 cases of coronavirus in the county, up 62 from yesterday. There have been 17 deaths total, with none reported Friday.

About 12,900 people have been tested by HCA’s public health lab and local commercial testing labs, including about 630 test reports added today.

— Katie Murar

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April 9, 4:30 PM

EDUCATION, GIVING

Chapman University students and faculty, and Lake Forest-based MatterHackers, are making 3D printed face shields for local healthcare workers. More than 1,000 have been delivered so far.

Boeing Corp. in Huntington Beach is also 3D printing such masks.

— Jessie Yount

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April 9, 3:55 PM

HEALTHCARE

The Orange County Health Care Agency said Thursday there have been 1,079 cases of coronavirus in the county, an increase of 67 over yesterday. There have been 17 deaths total, with none reported Thursday.

Weekly case counts have risen but the rate has slowed.

About 12,200 people have been tested by HCA’s public health lab and local commercial testing labs, including 450 test reports added today.

— Katie Murar

April 9, 3:30 PM

RETAIL

Irvine-based Boot Barn Holdings Inc. outlined measures being taken in response to the pandemic. These include a temporary 50% salary reduction for President and CEO James Conroy and a 25% reduction for senior executives. About 40% of its employees in stores, distribution centers and the main office have been furloughed.

The pandemic is expected to have a “material adverse impact” on financial results, Boot Barn said in an SEC filing. Its guidance for the year and quarter ended March 28 have been withdrawn as a result.

— Kari Hamanaka

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April 9, 1:45 PM

TECHNOLOGY, TOURISM

Blizzard Entertainment said on its website the future of this year’ BlizzCon is uncertain and it may not have an answer for several months. The annual fan fest aimed at gamers draws tens of thousands to Anaheim Convention Center in late October.

— Kevin Costelloe

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April 9, 12:30 PM

EDUCATION, RESEARCH

Chapman President Emeritus James Doti, writing on COVID-19, reviews and analyzes the data and offers a call for good planning and action.

— OCBJ Staff

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April 9, 9:30 AM

RESTAURANTS

El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc. shares popped 25% on a business update for the Costa Mesa-based chain. Same-store sales for the quarter ended March 25 were off 1.5%. The company said it drew down on the remainder of a $150 million revolver, adding $34.5 million to its cash on hand.

— Kari Hamanaka

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April 8, 3:30 PM

HEALTHCARE

The Orange County Health Care Agency said Wednesday there have been 1,016 cases of coronavirus in the county, an increase of 91 over yesterday. There have been 17 deaths total, including two on Wednesday.

About 11,800 people have been tested by HCA’s public health lab and local commercial testing labs, including 400 test reports added today.

— Katie Murar

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April 8, 3:15 PM

TECHNOLOGY

Data analytics software maker Alteryx Inc. (NYSE: AYX) could make its May 20 annual shareholder meeting a virtual affair but for now has scheduled an in-person gathering near its Park Place HQ. Chief Executive Dean Stoecker said the company is balancing shareholder health and travel planning, as well as public health guidelines.

— Kevin Costelloe

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April 8, 3:00 PM

HEALTHCARE

Medical facility REIT Healthpeak Properties Inc. (NYSE: PEAK) in Irvine gave additional information on its operations, including current future effects of the coronavirus on its business.

It said two weeks ago it had $3.3 billion in liquidity and could see delays in previously announced deals. In its comments today, Healthpeak said its senior housing segment is the most likely to see negative results of the pandemic. Life sciences and medical offices in some cases are brighter spots.

— A. Leigh Corbett

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April 8, 2:00 PM

HEALTHCARE

BioPhotas Inc. in Anaheim has designed a medical face shield it plans to produce; the company typically makes devices to treat, prevent or heal pain, wrinkles, acne and wounds. Direct-to-consumer sales are higher; revenue from professional sales, such as at clinics, are down. The company is getting creative with ways of serving clients and generating revenue and says it’s still hiring workers, though most current employees work from home these days.

— Jessie Yount

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April 8, 11:00 AM

EDUCATION, FUNDING

The research arm of the UC Office of the President has made $2 million in seed funding available to researchers and scientists for short-term, impact projects related to COVID-19. Individual grants of up to $25,000 are available.

— Jessie Yount

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April 8, 10:30 AM

HEALTHCARE

PharmaCyte Biotech Inc. licensed technology from China-based Hai Kang Life Corp. Ltd. to develop coronavirus test kits. PharmaCyte will pay Hai King monthly fees, as well as 10% of net sales if a product comes to market.

— A. Leigh Corbett

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April 8, 9:45 AM

REAL ESTATE

Foundation Building Materials (NYSE: FBM) expects a sales bump in the first quarter and declines after, as a result of the coronavirus work stoppage. It borrowed $120 million, from its credit line, to bolster its cash position.

— Katie Murar

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April 8, 9:00 AM

AUTOMOTIVE

Irvine automaker Kia Motors America Inc. has extended the warranties for vehicle owners. Consumers with warranties set to expire between March and May now have until June 30 to have their vehicles serviced in light of the virus.

— Kari Hamanaka

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April 8, 8:15 AM

MANUFACTURING

Count Smart Cups LLC among the growing list of local manufacturers using their production facilities to produce in-demand PPE and other low-supply items. The Mission Viejo beverage maker said it had switched most of its production to making hand sanitizer.

— Kari Hamanaka

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April 7, 2:25 PM

HEALTHCARE

The Orange County Health Care Agency said Tuesday there have been 931 cases of coronavirus in the county, with 15 deaths total. This is up by 49 compared with Monday.

One new death was reported Tuesday after no new deaths Sunday or Monday. Three citiesIrvine, Newport Beach, Anaheimcombined for 252 of the 882 cases. Ten new cases were reported Tuesday for the three cities combined; the three have about 27% of all cases.

Nearly 11,300 people have been tested by HCA’s public health lab and local commercial testing labs, including 800 test reports added today.

— Katie Murar

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April 7, 2:15 PM

SCHOOLS, GIVING

Two JSerra Catholic High School figure skaters are sewing nonmedical protective masks for people to use during the coronavirus pandemic. Lleyden Collins and Morgan Horvath sew and deliver free masks based on need. Collins is the creative, Horvath handles deliveries since, “I’m old enough to drive.;

— A. Leigh Corbett

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April 7, 1:30 PM

RESTAURANTS

Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. (NYSE: CMG) said it launched a new e-gift card design aimed at benefiting healthcare workers. The company said it will donate 10% from sales of the specially designed card to Direct Relief, which delivers PPE to hospital and medical office employees.

— Kari Hamanaka

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April 7, 10:45 AM

FOOD

West Coast Prime Meats in Brea lost 80% of its clients and 60% of its staff to COVID-19 effects, then pivoted to ecommerce, curbside pickup, and a home delivery test. The company distributes beef to higher-end restaurants

It was the ninth-fastest growing large private company in OC over two years, up 49% to $157 million in annual sales and 240 workers, at the end of 2019.

West Coast co-founders Craig Nickoloff and Bill Hustedt also started and sold the Claim Jumper chain.

— Paul Hughes

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April 7, 10:05 AM

APPAREL

VF Corp. (NYSE: VFC), the parent to Costa Mesa-based Vans Inc., reiterated to investors Tuesday it will continue paying its office and store workers in North America through May 3. Stores employees in the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) region will continue being paid their full pay, while office workers are receiving at least 95% of their pay.

Meanwhile, workers in Asia Pacific continue to receive their regular pay, with most stores having resumed operations.

— Kari Hamanaka

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April 7, 9:40 AM

RESTAURANTS

Yard House USA Inc. parent Darden Restaurants Inc. said it struck a $270 million term loan agreement, bringing its cash reserves to over $1 billion. The company continues to keep about 99 percent of its restaurants open on a to-go basis.

— Kari Hamanaka

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April 6, 4:25 PM

MEETINGS, EVENTS

San Juan Capistrano trade show and event organizer Emerald Holding Inc. updated investors Monday on its business in light of the pandemic. The company said it ended the first quarter with $150 million in cash, is relying on event cancellation insurance to offset losses and is carefully managing expenses.

The company’s so far seen 14 events postponed and 23 events cancelled, equating to about $128 million of 2019 revenue.

— Kari Hamanaka

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April 6, 2:25 PM

RESTAURANTS

BJ’s Restaurants Inc. said it has temporarily laid off about 16,000 of its restaurant employees as a result of the impact to business from COVID-19. The workers, who were paid accrued vacation and sick time or emergency paid time off, are expected to be brought back to the company once sales recover. The company, with some 209 restaurants, also said it is not paying April rent on its buildings and is talking to landlords about future rent obligations.

— Kari Hamanaka

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April 6, 12:15 PM

HEALTHCARE

The Orange County Health Care Agency said Monday there have been 882 cases of coronavirus in the county, with 14 deaths total.

No new deaths were reported either Sunday or Monday; one was reported Saturday. Three citiesIrvine, Newport Beach, Anaheimcombined for 242 of the 882 cases. The three have held steady the last two weeks with just under 30% of all cases.

Nearly 10,500 people have been tested by HCA’s public health lab and local commercial testing labs.

— Katie Murar

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April 5, 7:55 PM

HEALTHCARE

The Orange County Health Care Agency said Sunday there have been 834 cases of coronavirus in the county, with 14 deaths total.

No new deaths were reported Sunday; one was reported Saturday. Three citiesIrvine, Newport Beach, Anaheimcombined for 227 of the 834 cases.

Nearly 10,000 people have been tested by HCA’s public health lab and local commercial testing labs.

— Katie Murar

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April 3, 3:10 PM

HEALTHCARE

The Orange County Health Care Agency said Friday there have been 711 cases of coronavirus in the county, with 13 deaths total.

No new deaths were reported Friday; three cities—Irvine, Newport Beach, Anaheim—combined for 199 of the 711 cases.

Nearly 8,700 people have been tested by HCA’s public health lab and local commercial testing labs.

— Katie Murar

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April 3, 2:45 PM

HOSPITALITY, TOURISM

John Wayne Airport said air traffic declined 60% in March compared with the same period last year. Airport Director Barry Rondinella said reduced traffic affects all aspects of airport operations. JWA could be in line to receive funds from the recent relief stimulus package.

— Katie Murar

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April 3, 1:15 PM

RESTAURANTS

Irvine-based smoothie and juice chain Juice It Up said it expects to continue waiving the royalty and marketing fees for its franchisees at least through the end of this month. The company began cutting the fees in mid-March in response to the pandemic’s impact on business operations.

— Kari Hamanaka

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April 3, 11:45 AM

EDUCATION

UCI Law students are doing more pro bono work amid the coronavirus crisis. About 30 have taken on new projects involving humanitarian parole requests; tracking city and county activity on homelessness and housing insecurity; and delivering legal documents to seniors.

— Jessie Yount

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April 3, 11:15 AM

APPAREL

Huntington Beach action sports apparel firm Boardriders Inc. announced a raft of measures taken in response to the pandemic, including furloughs, pay cuts, store closures and working from home. The company said it’s also now looking to preparing the business for the future, post-coronavirus.

— Kari Hamanaka

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April 2, 4:50 PM

TOURISM

Some Disneyland Resort employees will be furloughed after April 18 as part of a companywide move by Burbank-based Walt Disney Co. Workers will remain employees, eligible for healthcare and part of the benefits from the recent $2T relief stimulus package.

The Resort, with two parks, three hotels, and a retail shopping layout, is the largest employer in OC with about 35,000 workers.

— Katie Murar

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April 2, 4:35 PM

HEALTHCARE

The Orange County Health Care Agency said Thursday there are 656 cases of coronavirus in the county, with 13 deaths reported; nearly 7,800 people have been tested by HCA’s public health lab and local commercial testing labs.

Three cities—Irvine, Newport Beach, and Anaheim—combined for 185 cases.

— Katie Murar

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April 2, 4:25 PM

EDUCATION

UCI will pay staff with no furloughs due to the coronavirus through at least June 30, a letter from the office of the UC system’s president said. The missive applies to all 10 UC schools.

UCI is the second-largest employer in Orange County with about 24,700 workers.

— Jessie Yount

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April 2, 3:10 AM

HOSPITALITY

Anaheim Ducks owners Henry and Susan Samueli will pay all 2,100 part-time staff of their sports and event companies, though venues are closed. The commitment applies to the Ducks and an affiliated developmental league hockey team in San Diego; the Honda Center; a restaurant across the street from the venue; and sports facilities and ice rinks.

— Katie Murar

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April 2, 10:30 AM

ECONOMY

Half of OC companies plan to cut jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic and a business expectations’ index plunged from 92.9 in the first quarter to 22.7, according to a report by CSUF’s Woods Center. A reading of 50 or more indicates belief in future economic growth.

— Kevin Costelloe

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April 2, 9:30 AM

RESTAURANTS

Lake Forest fast food operator Del Taco Restaurants Inc. (Nasdaq: TACO) has padded its cash reserves with the draw down of $50 million from a revolving credit line. The chain’s cash on hand now totals more than $56 million. That, among several other actions taken in response to the pandemic, had President and CEO John D. Cappasola saying the company is “well positioned for both the near term and when this crisis is firmly behind us”

— Kari Hamanaka

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April 1, 3:50 PM

HEALTHCARE

The Orange County Health Care Agency said Wednesday there are 606 cases of coronavirus in the county, with 10 deaths reported; nearly 7,300 people have been tested by HCA’s public health lab and local commercial testing labs.

About a quarter of the 606 cases are in Irvine, Newport Beach, and Anaheim.

— Katie Murar

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April 1, 3:40 PM

HOSPITALITY

Disney Parks, Anaheim hotels, and the city of Anaheim are donating and delivering products to hospitals and individuals in the city, using the resort transit system, as well as through U.S. groups nationally, as part of coronavirus pandemic efforts.

— Katie Murar

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April 1, 12:25 PM

NONPROFITS

Goodwill of Orange County has asked that people hold on to their donations until the organization’s stores and drop-off centers re-open. The group has seen a number of drop-offs to unattended facilities, with some of those items then taken or damaged by the weather.

— Kari Hamanaka

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April 1, 12:15 PM

EDUCATION

Chapman, UCI, and CSUF have canceled spring graduation ceremonies; the events will find a place on the calendar but no firm dates were given.

— Jessie Yount

March 31, 4:25 PM

NONPROFITS

United Way has collected about $1.1 million to-date for its coronavirus work to support low-income individuals, families at imminent risk of homelessness and current homeless populations. Its top requests are coming for basics: housing, food, utilities.

— Jessie Yount

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March 31, 4:00 PM

HEALTHCARE

The Orange County Health Care Agency said Tuesday there are 502 cases of coronavirus in the county, with seven deaths reported; nearly 6,700 people have been tested by HCA’s public health lab and local commercial testing labs.

The three cities with the most cases are Irvine, Newport Beach, and Anaheim.

— Katie Murar

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March 31, 1:55 PM

FOOD

Anaheim-based Fresh n’ Lean is ramping up hiring to accommodate increased demand stemming from the stay-at-home order prompted by COVID-19. The company aims to bring on some 75 workers and is nearly halfway there.

— Kari Hamanaka

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March 30, 5:05 PM

RESTAURANTS, TECHNOLOGY

ShiftPixy Inc. (Nasdaq: PIXY) in Irvine warned of effects the coronavirus could have on its tech-based temp services to restaurants in an SEC filing that also noted its aim to sell up to $23.4 million in common shares and warrants.

Shares were down 10% in intraday trading and 5% more after hours to a $5.5 million market cap. The firm did a 1:40 reverse stock split in December.

— Kevin Costelloe

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March 30, 4:25 PM

HEALTHCARE

The Orange County Health Care Agency said Monday there are 464 cases of coronavirus in the county, with four deaths reported; nearly 5,500 people have been tested by HCA’s public health lab and local commercial testing labs.

The three cities with the most cases are Irvine, Newport Beach, and Anaheim.

— Katie Murar

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March 30, 4:15 PM

MANUFACTURING

Count Irvine-based Kia Motors America Inc., St. John Knits of Irvine and Brea-based AST Sportswear among the latest local companies to help boost inventories of face masks and gowns to hospitals, nursing homes and other facilities. The carmaker delivered 500 N95 masks to UCI Medical Center; St. John and AST, are using their manufacturing facilities to make supplies on site.

— Kari Hamanaka

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March 30, 12:05 PM

HEALTHCARE

Edwards Lifesciences Corp. is pausing new enrollmentsin some clinical trials for mitral and tricuspid valve replacement products.

— A. Leigh Corbett

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March 30, 9:20 AM

RESTAURANTS

Taco Bell Corp. CEO Mark King penned another letter to consumers onwork the chain is doing in response to the coronavirus. The chain is giving $1 million to No Kid Hungry and using its food truck fleet to feed essential workers this week and giving surplus food to food banks.

— Kari Hamanaka

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March 27, 5:50 PM

RETAIL

Irvine retailer Tilly’s Inc. (NYSE: TLYS) said it furloughed non-management store associates and some workers at corporate and in its distribution center. Co-founder Hezy Shaked is no longer taking a paycheck, CEO Ed Thomas won’t get one in April and will take a temporary pay cut after April. Other execs will also see salaries cut.

The retailer also said it borrowed $23.7 million from its credit facility, adding to its $122.4 million of cash on hand.

— Kari Hamanaka

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March 27,4:40 PM

NONPROFITS

Working Wardrobes founder and CEO Jerri Rosen said her Irvine non-profit’s been forced to lay off most of its staff following a “double whammy” set of events. The organization lost its headquarters in a February fire, followed now by the impact of the novel coronavirus outbreak on operations.

The cuts leave Working Wardrobes with a staff of 10. Events and workshops will move online for now.

— Kari Hamanaka

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March 27, 3:15 PM

HEALTHCARE

The Orange County Health Care Agency said Friday there are 321 cases of coronavirus in the county, with three deaths reported; nearly 4,100 people have been tested by HCA’s public health lab and local commercial testing labs.

Three heavily trafficked cities reported the highest number of cases: Irvine, with 33; Newport Beach, with 32; and Anaheim, with 28.

— Katie Murar

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March 27, 2:55 PM

TECHNOLOGY

Software maker Restaurant365 laid off staff and delayed a funding round as it anticipates slowdowns by restaurant industry clients. Cuts came at its Irvine headquarters and in Austin, Texas. The company will also delay a new funding round.

— Jessie Yount

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March 27, 2:15 PM

TOURISM

Disneyland Resort is closed indefinitely; workers will be paid through April 18. The layout, with two parks, three hotels and a retail district, is OC’s largest employer.

— Katie Murar

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March 27, 2:05 PM

NONPROFITS

Orange County Community Foundation and several other charities have launched a resilience fund’ and raised $2 million in 10 days. Donations are still coming in; grants will go to help those affected by COVID-19.

— Jessie Yount

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March 27, 12:40 PM

TOURISM

John Wayne Airport closed its air traffic control tower after an employee tested positive for the coronavirus. Regional air traffic controllers are landing planes at a rate about one-third of standard levels and one runway is also shut down.

— Kevin Costelloe

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March 27, 12:25 PM

RESTAURANTS

A bevy of local chefs and others in the food industry have banded together to offer deliveries to urgent care and ER workers. Participants span the county, including a cafe, bread makers, and a family farm.

To Help: Email dee.breakofdawn@gmail.com

— Kari Hamanaka

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March 27, 12:05 PM

HOSPITALITY

Local hotels closed by the virus are issuing temporary layoff notices to workers, a state WARN report said. About 650 jobs are affected so far, with about half from Hyatt Regency Orange County, in Garden Grove, about a mile from Disneyland Resort.

— Katie Murar

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March 26, 3:55 PM

HEALTHCARE

The Orange County Health Care Agency said Thursday there are 256 cases of coronavirus in the county, with one death reported; 3,605 people have been tested by HCA’s public health lab and local commercial testing labs.

More than half of cases are in people aged 18 to 49; the individual who died was a man in his 70s.

— Katie Murar

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March 26, 2:45 PM

MEDIA &EVENTS

The Business Journal rescheduled three awards luncheons.

The Excellence in Entrepreneurship event will be Thursday, Aug. 20; the Women in Business honors is Wednesday, Sept. 9; the Family-Owned Business awards, will be Thursday, Nov. 19.

— Paul Hughes

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March 26, 12:45 PM

HEALTHCARE

Glaukos Corp. (NYSE: GKOS) issued an update on effects of the coronavirus on its business, including shorter manufacturing and assembly shifts and potential effects on its short-, near- and long-term results.

It withdrew annual guidance and said it had $183 million in cash and cash equivalents at year-end.

— A. Leigh Corbett

March 25, 4:05 PM

HEALTHCARE

The Orange County Health Care Agency said Wednesday there are 187 cases of coronavirus in the county, with the first death reported; 2,442 people have been tested by HCA’s public health lab and local commercial testing labs.

More than half of cases are in people aged 18 to 49; the individual who died was a man in his 70s.

— Katie Murar

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March 25, 3:40 PM

TOURISM

Two key Anaheim Convention Center are part of about 40 in coming months now cancelled as a result of the coronavirus. VidCon and WonderCon, part of a stable of entertainment-focused shows built up over the last several years in Anaheim, could be rescheduled for the fall.

— Katie Murar

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March 25, 9:55 PM

ARTS

Effects of the coronavirus are beginning to be felt further out, with the canceling of the remainder of the 2019-20 season of the Philharmonic Society of Orange County. The affected performances could be rescheduled in the future, the organization said.

— Kevin Costelloe

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March 24, 3:00 PM

HEALTHCARE

Orange County Health Care Agency’s public health lab and commercial labs have tested 2,159 people and confirmed 152 cases of coronavirus, with no deaths reported.

Two-thirds of cases are in people aged 18 to 49.

The agency provides text updates in partnership with Pasadena-based Everbridge Nixle, an emergency notifications and community engagement company.

— Katie Murar

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March 24, 11:00 AM

HEALTHCARE

Healthpeak Properties Inc. (NYSE: PEAK) expects slower construction and dispositions due to effects of the coronavirus. The healthcare REIT said liquidity at the end of the current quarter will be about $3.3 billion. A dozen patients at its facilities are sick or have died from the virus.

— A. Leigh Corbett

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March 24, 10:35 AM

RESTAURANTS

The founders of Wahoo’s Fish Taco reiterated the company remains open for business, with take-out and delivery options through Door Dash and Grubhub. “The crisis remains fluid, so we will adapt accordingly as more information comes out,” the company said in a statement.

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March 24, 10:00 AM

HOSPITALITY

Some 44 hotels have temporarily closed in Anaheim as a result of coronavirus’ effect on tourism. Close to 40 groups have also canceled or postponed their business with the city, about half of which was planned for the Anaheim Convention Center.

— Katie Murar

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March 23, 4:00 PM

RESTAURANTS

BJ’s Restaurants Inc. on Monday said it will draw on its $250 million credit line, delay or cancel restaurant openings, trim expenses, and defer or suspend dividend payments, including one scheduled for tomorrow, March 24. The moves come to address the impact of the novel coronavirus on the company’s business.

BJ’s has 209 restaurants in 29 states and systemwide revenue of about $1 billion a year. It’s the third-largest restaurant chain based here after Taco Bell Corp. and Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc.

— Kari Hamanaka

March 23, 3:45 PM

TOURISM

Five hotels in Laguna Beach with a total of about 350 rooms have temporarily closed due to low occupancy levels and for safety precautions. The hotels expect to reopen in April or May.

— Katie Murar

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March 23, 10:45 AM

APPAREL

Costa Mesa-based Vans Inc. parent VF Corp. (NYSE: VFC) will draw $1 billion on a credit line, idle its brick-and-mortar retail fleet, and withdraw fiscal 2020 guidance. VFC is based in Denver. Its brands include Timberland and Dickies.

— Kari Hamanaka

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March 23, 9:00 AM

RESTAURANTS

Restaurant operators including Habit Burger Grill and El Torito are calling on consumers to participate in The Great American Takeout. The campaign is aimed at ramping take-out and delivery orders to support businesses affected by the novel coronavirus pandemic, with the kick-off March 24.

— Kari Hamanaka

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March 21, 4:50 PM

APPAREL

Costa Mesa action sports apparel company Volcom LLC has had to furlough most of its staff, according to a report from industry trade Shop-Eat-Surf.Volcom, OC’s 10th largest apparel company, furloughed 75% of its U.S. team and all of its European staff, the report said. The company did not immediately respond to requests for comment from the Business Journal.

— Kari Hamanaka

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March 20, 10:30 AM

HEALTHCARE/TECHNOLOGY

Irvine business accelerator Octane rescheduled two health- and tech-related forums, from spring and early summer to late summer and early fall, in response to the coronavirus and an executive order from California Gov. Gavin Newsom.

— A. Leigh Corbett

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March 19, 10:30 PM

STATEWIDE

Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an executive stay-at-home order for Californians Thursday evening. Businesses such as gas stations, pharmacies, grocery and convenience stores, banks, laundromats or restaurants offering take out and delivery are exempt.

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