Gabrielle Canon, USA TODAY Published 6:56 p.m. ET April 24, 2020 | Updated 6:57 p.m. ET April 24, 2020CLOSE Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Thursday that California had seen the most deaths in 24 hours since the coronavirus outbreak began in the state. (April 23) AP DomesticCalifornia, in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, is launching a new program that will pay restaurant and hospitality workers to cook and deliver meals for at-risk seniors during the COVID-19 crisis. The first program of this kind in the nation, called Restaurants Deliver, was announced Friday by Gov. Gavin Newsom. The governor said the new initiative will address both issues of nutrition and isolation felt by more than 1.2 million seniors living alone in the state, while it financially boosts the food sector. News of the food-delivery initiative came as the state said nearly a half a million people — 494,173 — have been tested for coronavirus in the state of 40 million. Positive cases rose Friday by 5% to 39,254, with 1,562 deaths, a 6.3% increase over Thursday.Restaurants have been financially ravaged during the pandemic, and local governments that depend on sales taxes from the industry have also taken a hit.“We are really addressing three problems at the same time in a very meaningful way,”

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