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PRISONS: A Chron team reports on Governor Newsom's plan to grant early parole for thousands of prisoners to reduce overcrowding and lower the risk of COVID-19 outbreaks.

The releases, which were announced Friday, will come on a rolling basis, and they will include both people who were scheduled to be freed soon and people at high risk of serious complications if they contract the virus.

Across state prisons, 2,286 people in custody were confirmed to have active cases of the virus and 31 had died as of Friday morning, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Staffers with active cases of the virus totaled 719.

The first round of releases will free people who have 180 days or less to serve on their sentence, making about 4,800 prisoners eligible for release by the end of the month, officials said. Additional reviews will be conducted for incarcerated people with a year or less to serve, and those who live in one of the eight prisons that house large numbers of high-risk patients.

THE HOUSE THAT THE MOUSE BUILT: While theme parks aren't open yet, Downtown Disney is hopping after opening Thursday amidst a wide COVID-19 spread, reports a team at the LAT.

WHAT DO WE KNOW? For Politifact California, Chris Nichols checks the veracity of the tweet by Senator Melissa Melendez (R-Lake Elsinore) on Thursday that COVID-19 doesn't affect kids. Melendez tweeted:

There is no science or data to suggest that kids are at risk from COVID.

Students should return to school, in person, and all school sports/activities should resume.

Let’s stop robbing our kids of the education we owe them.

We can do this safely.

Well, it's July and most kids wouldn't be in school anyway. Of course, my summers were SCAMP camp (Southern California Asthma Medical Program) sponsored by the American Lung Association and Titan Youth Sports Camp at Cal State Fullerton. Most, if not all, of these activities aren't happening this year.

As of Thursday's data, 6.4% of the deaths in California were among 18-49 year olds and indeed there were deaths among folks under 18. Almost all of these were folks with underlying health conditions, such as asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, etc. There is also troubling data emerging about non-respiratory COVID-19 symptoms in the neurological system and now multiple strains (the latest is more virulent yet not cause for more morbidity).

We just don't know.

While I am not a parent, I know how troubling this all is for those who are. The plans for reopening schools in the fall are disconcerting. To minimize virus spread, plans are being drafted for staggered hybrid days of on-campus and virtual. Kids may be told to show up MWF from 8am-12pm or an alternate schedule of days and hours.

This makes the situation even more complicated for working parents trying to manage childcare, which is already a huge challenge in "normal" times. For the hardest hit Black and Latino communities, child care is often provided by grandparents and the like. 

And, I haven't even touched on the classified staff, teachers and administrators. Some of the Twitter responses to Melendez's tweet were essentially "If they can't work, they can resign." Yeah, because all the job duties are portable and there are plentiful jobs available...

I like Senator Melendez personally. I know the district, and know that there is a lot of angst about closed schools/camps/anything-to-get-the-kids-out-of-the house. Then again, schools are a local function from governance to resources. At the end of the day, our neediest students are likely losing the most and will continue to when we "reopen."

cakeday and classifieds after the jump...

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