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Berkeley Coronavirus Cases; CA Approves Outdoor Hair Services

BERKELEY, CA — Alameda County health officials announced no new coronavirus related deaths on Monday, with the overall toll still at 162.

There were just 19 new cases of coronavirus confirmed in the county on Monday.

The declining numbers are significant. Alameda County is currently on the state’s “Watch List” and the way to get removed is to have important key statistics headed down. Only then will the county be allowed to reopen schools, fully open businesses, and more.

For perspective, Los Angeles County reported 3,160 new cases on Monday, Orange County had 560, and San Diego County had 453.

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Here in Berkeley, there have now been 324 cases confirmed since the beginning of the pandemic.

The state announced a significant change on Monday, allowing barbershops, hair salons and nail salons to operate outdoors. Here is the state guidance for businesses.

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Coronavirus’s painful side effect is deep budget cuts for state and local government services

<span class="caption">Washington state cut both merit raises and instituted furloughs as it faced a projected $8.8 billion budget deficit because of the coronavirus.</span> <span class="attribution"><a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/washington-state-olympia-state-capitol-building-with-spring-news-photo/452908636?adppopup=true" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Wolfgang Kaehler/LightRocket via Getty Images">Wolfgang Kaehler/LightRocket via Getty Images</a></span>
Washington state cut both merit raises and instituted furloughs as it faced a projected $8.8 billion budget deficit because of the coronavirus. Wolfgang Kaehler/LightRocket via Getty Images

Nationwide, state and local government leaders are warning of major budget cuts as a result of the pandemic. One state – New York – even referred to the magnitude of its cuts as having “no precedent in modern times.”

Declining revenue combined with unexpected expenditures and requirements to balance budgets means state and local governments need to cut spending and possibly raise taxes or dip into reserve funds to cover the hundreds of billions of dollars lost by state and local government over the next two to three years because of the pandemic.

Without more federal aid or access to other sources of money (like reserve funds or borrowing), government officials have made it clear: Budget cuts will be happening in the coming

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Free events and services to watch online while self-quarantining

As novel coronavirus spreads throughout the United States, millions of Americans are spending more time at home.

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But whether you’re doing so because of a job loss, working from home situation or otherwise taking part in the mass effort to stay safe, chances are you’ve been bored once or twice while living under quarantine.

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Thankfully, some very talented people have been creating extra-special performances and experiences that you can enjoy to help you cope with the new normal and that don’t break any social distancing rules. Additionally, some services are extending their free trial periods or dropping their paywalls in order for you to access their content.

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To help navigate the Golden Age of “Quaranstreaming,” “GMA” presents this guide of

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