County of Los Angeles - Update 5/21/20 - Economic Resiliency Task Force Sets Sights on July 4 Reopening + New ''Stop Price Gouging'' App + Marriage & Graduation Ceremonies

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May 21, 2020

5/21/20 

MARRIAGE & GRADUATION CEREMONIES

Ready To Say "I Do"? LA County Has Just The Thing For You.

Marriage

If you're ready to walk down the aisle - wait no more! LA County's Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk announced, this week, residents can now purchase a marriage license & have their civil ceremony on the same video conference call!

It's as easy as 1,2,3:

1. Make sure you're eligible. One or both of you must meet the criteria:

  • One individual must be a resident of LA County
  • Both individuals must be in the same place in the State of California
  • Both individuals must have valid government identification
  • Must have a device with video/audio capabilities (desktop, laptop, tablet or phone)
  • Must have an internet connection
Marriage

2. Book your appointment. If you meet the above criteria, call 800-201-8999 (and select option 1) to book your appointment. We will accommodate all couples on a first-come-first-serve basis.

 

3. Visit our website. For more information on the process, including cost, visit the Registrar-Recorder/County-Clerk's Marriage License & Civil Ceremony webpage

Dear Class of 2020...

Congrats, Grad!

As we approach the season of graduation ceremonies, LA County's Director of Public Health Dr. Barbara Ferrer and LA County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Debra Duardo have shared an update on in-person graduation ceremonies.

Here's what you need to know:

  1. The LA County Department of Public Health Officer’s Safer at Home Order prohibits all public and private gatherings.
  2. The Order does not allow any exemptions for graduation gatherings of any type in order to limit the spread of COVID-19. This means all in-person graduation ceremonies, including use of cars for drive-in graduations (even if one student at a time), are considered public gatherings and are therefore prohibited.
  3. Virtual ceremonies are permitted and encouraged!

Planning for a Virtual Graduation?

As you, your school, or your family prepares to commemorate this milestone, we want to help. XQ The Rethink Together Forum, who brought us this year's #GraduateTogether2020 virtual graduation ceremony, is offering tips on how to plan a virtual graduation ceremony of your own. Check out their Virtual Graduation Ceremony Toolkit for resources and inspiration to:

  • Get Organized
  • Plan Your Own Virtual Graduation Ceremony
  • Create an Interactive Graduation Experience
  • Manage Ceremony Logistics
  • Organize Wrap-Around Experiences

There’s also information on how to ensure students and families with little-to-no access to Wi-Fi or devices, as well as students with disabilities are included in your virtual graduation ceremony and celebrations.

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5/20/20 

ECONOMIC RESILIENCY TASK FORCE SETS SIGHTS ON JULY 4 REOPENING, NEW "STOP PRICE GOUGING" MOBILE APP

LA County's Economic Resiliency Task Force Sets Sights on July 4 Reopening

Economic Resiliency Task Force

LA County's Economic Resiliency Task Force - created last month to help the County improve the economy, create jobs and return to full employment - has announced its plan to reopen LA County by July 4.

The task force, comprised of representatives of County departments, cities, and industry work groups (in diverse areas ranging from bio science, hospitality and education to sports, entertainment and the arts) is forging ahead with concrete proposals for resuming operations safely.

This week's task force meeting included a presentation by the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC), which underscored the high stakes and urgency of the local economic situation as the COVID-19 crisis continues. Industry representatives described the impacts of COVID-19 on their sectors, as well as some common critical needs:

  • safe reopenings
  • customized guidance & health/safety protocols for sectors
  • new public-prive partnerships
  • and revenue streams to create jobs

To learn more about the July 4 reopening plan being proposed by LA County's Economic Resiliency Task Force, watch this week's presentation. 

New "Stop Price Gouging" Mobile App

Stop Price Gouging

LA County's Department of Consumer and Business Affairs (DCBA) is taking steps to protect County residents from price gouging and potentially fraudulent COVID-19 remedies by creating a "Stop Price Gouging" mobile application to help consumers easily report suspected cases of illegal price increases in LA County.

During the COVID-19 health emergency, fear and anxiety have led certain individuals to try and profiteer at the expense of those in need. To date, DCBA’s investigations team has tracked and documented over 500 price gouging complaints during the COVID-19 crisis.

While the mobile app will be launched in the coming days, DCBA already offers a dedicated webpage and phone line to help report price gouging or COVID-19 scams. To report by:

Once our "Stop Price Gouging" mobile up is available, it will help County residents file on-the-spot, accurate complaints that can be supported with: 1) photos of receipts, ads, and products, or 2) other possible evidence of wrongdoing.

The new app is expected to increase rapid reporting of price gouging complaints, which is critical to ensuring that investigations are conducted close in time to the suspected price gouging activity.

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5/18/20 

FACE COVERINGS: HOW, WHEN & WHERE TO WEAR THEM, INCIDENT REPORT

The County of Los Angeles is regularly updating resources on COVID-19 and offers today's update in an effort to keep you and yours informed. Please share the following up-to-date information:

Face Coverings: How To Wear Them

How to wear your face covering

Have you wondered whether or not you've mastered the art of wearing a face covering correctly?

Today, we highlight the very things your face covering should do when you're wearing it correctly. Before we *cover* these, please note: you always want to wash your hands before handling your face covering.

Ok, here we go! You know you're wearing your face covering like a pro, if your mask:

  1. Fits snugly but comfortably against the side of your face.
  2. Is secured with ties or ear loops.
  3. Includes multiple layers of fabric.
  4. Allows for breathing without restriction.
  5. Is able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape.
  6. Covers mouth and nose with no gaps between your face and the mask.

Also, while wearing your face covering be careful not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth when removing your face covering. And you should wash your hands immediately after removing it.

If you're more of a visual learner - you're in luck! We've prepared the following for you:

Face Covering Video

 

And because many have run into the challenge of foggy glasses, while wearing face coverings, we offer you...

Tips for Avoiding Foggy Glasses When Wearing Your Face Covering:

  1. Wash your glasses with soapy water. Research has shown that washing glasses with soapy water, and letting them air dry before putting on your mask, reduces fogging.
  2. Use tissue paper. Placing tissue paper between your glasses and the bridge of your nose may help absorb the moisture that causes foggy glasses. 

If you still have questions on face coverings, read LA County's Department of Public Health (DPH) Guidance on Face Coverings or visit their website.

Face Coverings: When and Where To Wear Them

When and where to wear your face covering

When

LA County's Health Officer Order does not require wearing face coverings while in the backyard or while on a solitary run or walk. County residents are required, however, to wear face coverings when in contact with other people who are not household members (whether you're in a public or private space). So, if you're on a solitary run or walk - and you see someone approaching - put on your face covering! 

And remember: face coverings are not a substitute for always practicing physical distancing & frequent hand washing.

Where

LA County's Order is effective for all 10 million people who live in LA County. There is one circumstance, however, under which this may not be the case: when your local jurisdiction has a face covering order of their own.

A few of you have asked, "My city issued its own face covering order. Which order am I supposed to follow? The county's or my city's?" Where local jurisdictions have implemented face covering orders of their own, the stricter order will apply.

We urge you to contact your local jurisdiction by phone or online, to see if they've issued a face covering order of their own. If not, you'll certainly want to abide by LA County's Health Officer Order, in order to keep you and your loved ones safe. 

For more information on how to stay safe during the COVID-19 emergency health crisis, visit covid19.lacounty.gov

Incident Report

Our daily report is a high level summary of L.A. County Emergency Operations Center's response to the COVID-19 health emergency. Click here to view.

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5/14/20 

HOW SAFER-AT-HOME HAS IMPACTED THE SPREAD OF COVID-19, RECREATIONAL FACILITIES RE-OPEN TOMORROW, & INCIDENT REPORT

 

The County of Los Angeles is regularly updating resources on COVID-19 and offers today's update in an effort to keep you and yours informed. Please share the following up-to-date information:

How Safer At Home Has Impacted The Spread of COVID-19 In LA County

Transmission Rate

Dr. Christina Ghaly, the Director of LA County's Department of Health Services (the agency responsible for COVID-19 testing in LA County), today, shared how LA County's Safer At Home orders have impacted the spread of COVID-19 in LA County:

1. At the beginning of LA County's pandemic, the restrictions of Safer At Home were the single best tool to stop the rapid spread of COVID-19. Without Safer At Home, LA County would have seen a disaster. 

2. Safer At Home bought us time! It allowed LA County to increase testing, bed, and ventilator capacity. It's why LA County is now seeing low and steady transmission rates of the virus. 

3. At the earliest stage of our fight against COVID-19, for every person infected by the virus, an additional 3 people would be infected in LA County. Today, for every person infected, an additional one person will be infected. If we don't maintain a low transmission rate, we'll start seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases within 2-4 weeks.

ICU Demand Projections

 

 

If we go back to how life was before Safer At Home, LA County will see a rapid increase in COVID-19 cases.  

4. Until we have a vaccine, LA County will need a multi-prong approach to combat the virus. It is possible to get back to work, while keeping LA County residents safe. That means LA County will continue to: 1) use face coverings, 2) physical distance, 3) wash hands & stay home when sick, 4) respect new activity & venue rules, and 5) quarantine when advised by your healthcare provider.

For more information on COVID-19 and LA County's response to this health emergency, visit covid19.lacounty.gov.

These LA County Recreational Facilities Re-Open Tomorrow...

Equestrian Center

Tomorrow, LA County's Department of Parks and Recreation (LA County Parks) re-opens a number of recreational facilities with specific health officer order restrictions and safety guidelines in place. 

All visitors of these facilities are required to maintain six (6) feet of physical distancing at all times. Visitors are also expected to wear face coverings at all times, with limited exemptions, as stated in this partial list of recreational facilities and guidelines:

Equestrian Centers

  • Face coverings are required at all times while in the common areas, including, without limitation, parking lots and stables.
  • Face masks are not required during riding so long as physical distancing is maintained.
  • Facility operator and staff shall wear a face covering and gloves at all times.
    Rides (Horse string) will be a single file and a maximum of four (4) riders at a time while practicing physical distancing. This is for trail use only.
  • Private horse lessons will require proper physical distancing, and both instructors and students must wear face coverings at all times.
    • Lessons shall be a maximum of two (2) participants at a time and conducted in a round pen. Round pen must be large enough to allow for physical distancing during lessons.
  • Maximum number of riders in a round pen shall be determined by the size of the pen. At all times, round pens must be large enough to allow for physical distancing.
  • Only one (1) horse & one (1) boarder will be allowed within wash racks at a time.
  • All boarders must use their own wash rack supplies, and hoses will be sanitized regularly.
  • Payment of any fees shall be done on-line and/or utilizing outdoor facing windows or doors.

Community Gardens

  • Volunteer events will not be allowed to avoid group gatherings.
  • Maximum number of participants in the garden at one time shall be determined by the size of the community garden and the number of plots.
  • Bring hand sanitizer or sanitizing wipes, or a Ziploc bag with soapy water and a washcloth. Wash your hands before and after you go to the garden.
  • Gloves are required while conducting gardening, including while handling tools & equipment.
  • Remove all personal items & trash before leaving the garden.

For a complete list of recreational facilities re-opening tomorrow, and their respective restrictions, read this. For details on temporary closures or changes in response to COVID-19, visit the LA County Parks website at parks.lacounty.gov/covid-19.

Emergency Aid to Renters & Mom-And-Pop Landlords

LACDA

* Correction *

Renters within unincorporated LA County interested in applying for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program, shared in yesterday's COVID-19 Update, may apply online at 211la.org/form/covid-rental-assistance. To apply over the phone, dial 2-1-1.

Landlords impacted by COVID-19 may also be eligible for emergency aid to help: 1) meet mortgage obligations on rental properties, or 2) Reduce rental payment delinquency in arrears. To find out if you're eligible, visit lacda.org/programs/rent-relief.

Program applications must be received by May 31, 2020. For more information on this program, whether you're a renter or landlord, click here.

Incident Report

Our daily report is a high level summary of L.A. County Emergency Operations Center's response to the COVID-19 health emergency. Click here to view.

 

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5/11/20 
TRAILS DO'S & DON'TS, PLANNED BEACH RE-OPENING, AND PROJECT ROOMKEY TOOLKIT

Trails Do's & Don'ts

Trail

LA County reopened previously closed trails and parks this past Saturday, May 9th. And while many had the opportunity to return to the great outdoors for a little physical and mental self-care, we remind LA County residents that physical distancing, face coverings, and avoiding gatherings are a must!

Help us keep LA County trails open by following these Do's & Don'ts:

DO'S

  • Prepare before you visit a trail. Check with the park in advance, know which areas or services are open, and bring what you need with you. You can find the latest trail re-opening information here
  • Follow all park, trail or nature preserve rules, regulations and any posted access restrictions.
  • Stay at least six (6) feet from others who are not members of your household at all times. This might make some open areas, trails, and paths better to use than others. Avoid crowded areas. Everyone needs a face covering at the trailhead/ parking lots and on any trails where there are other groups of people nearby. 
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Pack out all trash.

DON'TS

  • Don’t use trails that you know are crowded. If you can’t stay 6 feet away from others that are not part of your household, choose a different trail. If you are on a trail and notice a crowd ahead of you turn back. If it is unavoidable, be sure to wear your cloth face covering as you pass by and do not stop to gather or converse with other groups.
  • Don’t leave your home if you are sick with a fever or respiratory symptoms or are currently under isolation or quarantine.
  • Do not gather in groups or linger at any one location except as needed for brief rests.
  • Do not share food or water while out on the trails.

Review our full COVID-19 Guideline for Trails here. To map out your hike, find a family-friendly hike or for information on incline levels, visit trails.lacounty.gov

Sneek Peek: Phase I of Planned Beach Re-Opening

The first phase of planned beach re-openings could begin as soon as this Wednesday, May 13th.  In an effort to prepare you for the reopening of our beautiful beaches, we offer an overview of what will likely be LA County's "Beach Rules" in Phase I:

Beach Rules
  1. Only individual or family exercises and activities will be allowed, such as walking, running, swimming or surfing.
  2. Face coverings will be required out of the water & around others.
  3. Six feet (or more) of physical distancing will be required between individuals outside of the same household.
  4. NO: sunbathing, chairs, canopies, coolers, picknicking, sitting or lying on the sand.
  5. NO Biking: bike paths, piers & boardwalks remain closed.
  6. NO: group sports (such as Volleyball), gatherings or events.
  7. If you or people you live with are sick, stay home!
  8. Those violating beach rules may be fined or penalized.

While LA County's beaches remain closed, we do want to make sure you know just what to do when the time comes for them to reopen!

To stay on top of all beach closures and re-opening updates, visit beaches.lacounty.gov or follow the Department of Beaches & Harbors on FacebookInstagram or Twitter.

Project Roomkey Toolkit

Project Roomkey

Efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19 continue, especially among the county's most vulnerable communities. To assist cities with a variety of Project Roomkey communication needs, LA County has prepared this useful toolkit.

Plake a moment to view our toolkit and obtain resources that will help your city understand Project Roomkey - and its critical role in fighting COVID-19, protecting our healthcare system and supporting our local business community.

To learn more about Project Roomkey, visit our website at covid19.lacounty.gov/project-roomkey.


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5/8/20 
NEW HEALTH OFFICER ORDER, GREAT PLATES DELIVERED & EXPANSION OF TESTING SITES

The County of Los Angeles is regularly updating resources on COVID-19 and offers today's update in an effort to keep you and yours informed. Please share the following up-to-date information:

New Health Officer Order 

Mother's Day

Stage two for re-opening LA County began this morning. To mark this stage of reopening, LA County's Public Health Officer has issued a new order which highlights the following:

  1. Retail businesses are allowed to reopen for curbside pick-up or delivery service only, and must implement & post the Department of Public Health (DPH) Reopening Protocol for Retail Establishments. (Opened today, May 8th).
  2. New or used auto sales dealerships or operations are allowed to reopen. As a condition of reopening, these businesses must implement the DPH Reopening Protocol for Car Dealerships. (Opened today, May 8th)
  3. Private and public golf courses are permitted to reopen. Each golf course must comply with use and infection control protocols found in the DPH Reopening Protocol for Golf Courses. (Open Saturday, May 9th)
  4. Previously closed public trails & trailheads within LA County Public Health jurisdiction are allowed to reopen. The public must practice physical distancing and comply with all access and use restrictions stated in the DPH Reopening Protocol for Use of Public Trails. (Open Saturday, May 9th)

If you work at any of the locations allowed to reopen or plan to visit them, LA County wants to make certain you know what to do to keep everyone safe. Please continue to:

  • practice physical distancing
  • wear a face covering and
  • wash or sanitize your hands while out in public

And if you can stay home, stay home. Save lives. To learn more about LA County's recovery process, visit covid19.lacounty.gov/recovery.

Great Plates Delivered

Great Plates Delivered

Today, LA County announced it will be offering a first-in-the nation meal delivery service starting on Monday, May 11th. LA County will provide three home-delivered meals a day to qualifying older adults & adults over 60 who are high-risk as determined by the CDC.

This effort aims to assist those in need of home delivered meals and to help get our local restaurant, hospitality and transportation community back to work. 

To be eligible for this program, individuals:

  • must meet age requirements
  • are unable to prepare or obtain meals and
  • are not currently receiving assistance from other state or federal nutrition assistance programs

See a full list of requirementsTo apply, dial 2-1-1.

Restaurants interested in participating in the ‘Great Plates Delivered’ program should fill out an interest form by clicking here. LA County is finalizing criteria which will be posted here in the days ahead. In the meantime, selection will be based on the following factors:

  • ability to meet volume and nutritional standards & prioritize local jobs
  • worker retention
  • worker health and safety
  • standards of equity and fairness in employment practices

Cities interested in implementing their own ‘Great Plates Delivered’ program: As of now, the cities of Los Angeles, Long Beach, Bell Gardens and La Puente plan to implement local programs. Click here for a full list of participating counties and cities. LA County will implement ‘Great Plates Delivered’ in all cities and unincorporated areas in LA County that do not have their own locally operated programs.

For more information about the ‘Great Plates Delivered’ initiative in LA County, click here

New COVID-19 Testing Sites Open

LA County is launching 8 new community testing sites in partnership with the State of California and OptumServe. The new testing sites are opening on a rolling basis, and once opened, will bring the total number of testing sites in LA County to 47.

Testing continues to be by appointment only. While anyone can sign up for a test, prioritization will align with all LA County testing sites.

To schedule a test, visit https://covid19.lacounty.gov/testing.

Incident Report

Our daily report is a high level summary of L.A. County Emergency Operations Center's response to the COVID-19 health emergency. Click here to view.


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5/1/20

MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES FOR COPING WITH COVID-19, INCIDENT REPORT

Ready For A Break? Check Out The Latest Resources for Coping with COVID-19

We Rise 2020

May is celebrated nationally as Mental Health Awareness Month to spotlight the importance of mental health issues and access to care for everyone. THIS May with the impacts of COVID-19 everywhere this is even more important.

As LA County works with communities everywhere to weather this crisis, the Department of Mental Health (DMH) announced the following two initiatives, today, to help county residents deal with fear, anxiety and stress:

We Rise 2020

WE RISE 2020 is a virtual, month-long spotlight on mental health, well-being and healing through art, music and creative expression! This year, WE RISE 2020 will showcase:

  • original performances by diverse artists and celebrities
  • interactive workshops
  • unique programming and
  • messages of inspiration & motivation

To access WE RISE 2020, visit werise.la - LA County's go-to hub for the latest programming updates.

For a sneak peak of the inspirational content you can expect or to watch a preview of the month, click here. We've also prepared a mini toolkit of resources to help you spread the word about WE RISE 2020.

Headspace

Headspace

If you haven't heard, LA County's Department of Mental Health has partnered with Headspace, the number one mindfulness and meditation app around, to offer free Headspace Plus subscriptions to all LA County residents.

Starting today, and through 2020, LA County residents can access the following with their free, premium subscription:

  • Hundreds of science-backed guided meditations in English and Spanish, as well as
  • Mindfulness and sleep exercises to help address rising stress and anxiety.

To sign up for a free Headspace Plus subscription, visit headspace.com/lacounty

LA County and Headspace are proud to make this the first offering of its kind in the country - and to support county residents with new and innovative ways to cope with the COVID-19 health crisis.

Other DMH Resources

LA County and DMH wants to remind you that a team of caring experts is available to you 24/7. To connect with our DMH Help Line:

  • Call at 1-800-854-7771 or
  • Text “LA” to 741741

You can also connect with a wide range of COVID-specific resources available through our DMH website at dmh.lacounty.govLA County is stronger together, and we can’t wait to make this Mental Health Awareness Month meaningful and helpful for all.

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4/30/20 
Expanded List of COVID-19 Symptoms

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently expanded their list of COVID-19 symptoms experienced by those testing positive for COVID-19. In light of new guidance, LA County residents are asked to pay close attention to these symptoms:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

Call your provider if you are experiencing mild illness. If you need a provider, call 211.

To schedule a COVID-19 test, visit https://lacovidprod.service-now.com/rrs.

For more information on how to stay safe visit LA County's covid19.lacounty.gov.

Who Is Eligible for COVID-19 Testing?

If you've wondered whether you or someone you know is eligible for COVID-19 testing, the County of Los Angeles is currently prioritizing tests for:

  • Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms
  • All essential workers regardless of symptoms, including:
    • health care workers
    • first responders
    • social service employees
    • utility workers
    • food supply workers and
    • other public employees
  • Asymptomatic individuals who are: 
    • 65 years old or
    • have chronic underlying health conditions
  • All individuals in institutional congregate living settings, including:
    • skilled nursing facilities
    • long-term care facilities
    • homeless shelters
    • and correctional institutions

To schedule a test, visit https://lacovidprod.service-now.com/rrs.

Prepare for your appointment by watching this video

If you've been tested and have not received your results, call or email your lab's customer service staff to ensure your contact information is correct. Contact information is available here.

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4/29/20

THE NEW, ONE-STOP SHOP:

LA COUNTY DISASTER HELP CENTER

LA County Disaster Help Center

The County of Los Angeles wants to help county residents and business owners better navigate local resources and has launched a new Disaster Help Center to support a wider range of business owners and workers adversely affected by the COVID-19 health emergency.

The Disaster Help Center's new, centralized call center and website include resources for nonprofit organizations, tenants, and landlords. The Center has also expanded its hours of operation. You can now access its free, one-on-one counseling from:

  • 8:30 am to 5:30 pm (Monday through Friday)
  • 10:00 am to 3:00 pm (Saturdays)

Whether you are a business owner who's struggling to keep your doors open, a worker who's uncertain about your next paycheck, or an unbanked LA County resident looking for a safe and affordable way to receive your Economic Impact payment, the LA County Disaster Help Center is available for immediate assistance. You can reach it by:

ANIMAL ADOPTION FEES WAIVED, PROTECTING YOUR PET

ICYMI: Animal Adoption Fees Waived

If you've thought about adopting or fostering a pet during the COVID-19 crisis, now may be a good time to give it a try. In case you missed it, LA County's Department of Animal Care and Control (DACC) announced, last week, that adoption fees at all seven animal care centers across the County are being waived in an effort to place animals in homes.

Fee waived adoptions are made possible thanks to an $80,000 grant awarded by the Petco Foundation to support life-saving efforts for LA County animals. This investment will also allow DACC to undertake other lifesaving measures including:

  • purchasing necessary medical equipment; and
  • partnering with veterinary partners to provide pets in DACC care extensive medical treatment beyond the regular capacity of DACC's medical program.

If you wish to adopt, you must first make an appointment to visit your local care center. To find your local care center, click here.

For more information on fostering a pet, volunteering from home or to make a donation, visit www.animalcare.lacounty.gov.

Tips for Protecting Your Pet

The County of Los Angeles wants to help you protect the four-legged members of your family. To keep your pet safe and protected during any emergency, the Department of Animal Care and Control suggests:

  1. Always have your pet wear license and identification tags.
  2. Make sure you have at least two weeks worth of all your pet’s supplies, including food, treats, and medication.
  3. Identify at least two trusted people who can care for your pet, if you cannot.
  4. Keep information about your pet's needs and your emergency contacts in an easily accessible place.

To keep your pet safe during the current COVID-19 health crisis, watch this video: https://vimeo.com/410709662?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=

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4/23/20 

SPECIAL ENROLLMENT PERIOD FOR HEALTH CARE COVERAGE, FIRE SAFETY, AND INCIDENT REPORT

The County of Los Angeles is regularly updating resources on COVID-19 and offers today's update in an effort to keep you and yours informed. Please share the following up-to-date information:
 

Now Available: Special Enrollment-Period for Health Care Coverage due to COVID-19

Covered CA

Have you lost your health insurance due to COVID-19? If you've recently lost your coverage or will soon lose it, today's update is for you. Covered California has issued a special-enrollment period for those impacted by income changes, reduced hours or lay off due to COVID-19. 

If the following circumstances apply to you, you may be eligible for health care coverage through Covered CA:

  • You've lost Medi-Cal coverage
  • You've lost your employer-sponsored coverage
  • Your COBRA coverage is exhausted 
  • You are no longer eligible for student health coverage

To learn if you're eligible, visit Covered CA. To apply, you may apply online or call a Covered CA Certified Insurance Agent or Navigator for free and confidential enrollment help.

Those without access to the Internet can call Covered CA's Service Center at 1-800-300-1506 for assistance with determining eligibility and/or applying for health care coverage.

If you're not eligible for Covered CA health coverage, you may be eligible for health insurance through LA County's My Health LA (MHLA). MHLA is a no-cost health care program for individuals or families who do not have and cannot get health insurance. For assistance over the phone with MHLA, call 1-844-744-6452 from 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM (Monday through Friday).

Fire Safety

Fire Safety

LA County has recently seen an increase in home fires during the COVID-19 health crisis. As a result, LA County residents are reminded that planning ahead of an emergency can truly save your life.

If there was a fire in your home, would you know the best way to escape? Help make sure you and your loved ones are truly Safer at Home by learning how to safely escape a home fire.

To help you get started, LA County's Fire Department offers a free F.I.R.E Safety Guide with all the tips & checklists you'll need for creating a fire escape plan that's right for you.

You can also download the F.I.R.E. Safety Coloring Book if you're looking for a great children's activity. Make the youngest members of your family a key part of your plan. 

Visit the LA County Fire Department's website for more information on how to stay safe. Planning ahead can save lives!

Incident Report

Our daily report is a high level summary of L.A. County Emergency Operations Center's response to the COVID-19 health emergency. Click here to view.


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4/22/20

PROJECT ROOMKEY: THE FACTS, NEW TOOL FOR RESTAURANTS & FOOD BUSINESSES, AND INCIDENT REPORT 

The County of Los Angeles is regularly updating resources on COVID-19 and offers today's update in an effort to keep you and yours informed. Please share the following up-to-date information:

Project Roomkey in LA County: The Facts

LA County is grateful for the support of California Governor Newsom and local communities as we all work together to stop the spread of COVID-19, protect the capacity of our healthcare system and keep local businesses open.

It is estimated that there are at least 15,000 individuals amongst LA County's unsheltered population who are elderly - or have chronic health conditions - that make them particularly vulnerable to COVID-19. For these people, the ability to self-isolate through Project Roomkey can be life-saving. Individuals who do not have a place to self-isolate are also significantly more likely to need hospitalization and to require critical care in a hospital.

Without Project Roomkey, our healthcare system could be seriously impacted affecting all LA County residents who might need critical care in a hospital. That is why LA County and countless community partners are in the midst of a massive public health effort to expand interim shelter - to prevent the spread of COVID-19 across LA County.

The following are facts you should know about Project Roomkey in LA County:

  • No one exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms is allowed into the hotels. Prior to entering the hotels, clients are screened for symptoms. If they exhibit symptoms, they are isolated and transferred to appropriate care.
  • Project Roomkey sites are not walk-up sites. Eligible participants are referred by service providers, meals are provided on-site, and physical distancing is strictly enforced. Clients are not allowed to congregate in common areas.
  • Target populations are people experiencing homelessness in and around each Project Roomkey site. To qualify for Project Roomkey, clients must be 65 years of age, and older, and have underlying medical conditions. These vulnerable clients are at higher risk for infection and subsequent hospitalization. This would have a significant impact on the County's healthcare system.
  • Sites are managed by staff from local homeless service providers and supported by County employees deployed as Disaster Service Workers.
  • Nursing staff is on-site to monitor clients and ensure they do not exhibit COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Los Angeles County Fire Department is heavily involved in standing up these sites and ensuring organization and safety for both guests & the community at-large.
  • Private 24/7 security is on-site and local police is notified by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department before a site is open to ensure awareness of operations.
  • Project Roomkey sites are being stood up throughout the County with geographic equity in mind.
  • Project Roomkey is funded using a combination of Federal, State, and County funds, with no direct cost to the city.

Time is of the essence to stop the spread of this deadly virus. Sheltering LA County's most vulnerable means all communities and healthcare institutions are safer and healthier.  LA County is grateful to all partners—public and private—who are working together to minimize the impact of this pandemic on our communities, residents and healthcare system.

For more information on Project Roomkey and the County’s parallel mission to medically shelter people who are exposed to the virus, visit our website.

A Helpful Tool for Restaurants & Food Businesses

Restaurants & Food Businesses

If you're a restaurant owner or food business in LA County, we have added a new tool to our COVID-19 Social Media Toolkit to help you reassure customers about the steps you're taking to keep them and employees safe during the health crisis.

Post them at your place of business, your website or on your social media accounts, and let the public know you're doing your part in stopping the spread of COVID-19.

If you've missed our Social Media Toolkit in the past, view it now. You may also access other business resources, such as financial assistance or guidance in navigating local health requirements, by visiting the Business Resources page of LA County's COVID-19 website

Incident Report

Our daily report is a high level summary of L.A. County Emergency Operations Center's response to the COVID-19 health emergency. Click here to view.

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4/20/20 

NEW GRANT FOR SMALL BUSINESSES, PHYSICAL DISTANCING & INCIDENT REPORT

The County of Los Angeles is regularly updating resources on COVID-19 and offers today's update in an effort to keep you and yours informed. Please share the following up-to-date information:

Starting Today: New Grant for Small Businesses

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation has announced a new Save Small Business Fund in partnership with Vistaprint and a coalition of supporting companies, foundations and donors. This fund is providing $5,000 in short-term relief to small businesses that have between three and 20 employees and operate in an economically vulnerable community.

To apply for these one-time supplemental cash grants, visit the Save Small Business Fund.

Physical Distancing

This past weekend saw the highest number of daily reported deaths in LA County, and nearly a doubling of the total number of deaths attributed to COVID-19. While distancing fatigue is being felt far and wide, the County of Los Angeles reminds its residents:

Safer At Home

Cloth face coverings can help slow the spread, but are not substitutes for...     

          ... staying at home,

          ... washing hands frequently,

          ... and physical distancing.

And when you do have to head for the great outdoors - whether its to purchase essential goods or to maintain your well-being with a walk around the block - keep your distance & don't forget your cloth face covering.

ICYMI"One World: Together At Home," a global broadcast benefiting frontline healthcare workers and the World Health Organization (WHO), aired over the weekend. If you missed it, you can now take in its musical performances, tributes, and celebrity appearances online - and from home.

4/17/20

NEW SAME-DAY COVID-19 TESTS, ANSWERS TO TESTING FAQs & LAX THE GAME!

The County of Los Angeles is regularly updating resources on COVID-19 and offers today's update in an effort to keep you and yours informed. Please share the following up-to-date information:

Free, Same-Day Tests Now Available

As of this morning, free, same-day tests are available for all LA County residents who have symptoms of COVID-19. Symptoms include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. If you or a loved is experiencing symptoms, please know the following factors do not affect eligibility for a COVID-19 test:

  • Immigration status
  • Insurance status
  • Age
  • Underlying health issues

To ensure sites can prioritize people who need it most, ONLY people who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms AND have made an appointment, are eligible for testing at this time. We continue to build our network of testing sites across LA County, and as more sites become operational, we will let you know. 

Answers To Your COVID-19 Test Questions

How do I make an appointment?

Appointments are still necessary for COVID-19 testing. Here are the steps for getting a test appointment: 

  • STEP 1: Visit the website lacovidprod.service-now.com/rrs
  • STEP 2: Answer a series of questions. The answers determine if you are eligible for an appointment. 
  • STEP 3: If you are eligible, you will receive an appointment confirmation number by email. 
  • STEP 4: Bring the confirmation number and photo ID to your appointment.

For LA County residents with no access to the Internet:

  • Dial 2-1-1 for help making an appointment.

For LA County residents without a car:

  • You can still get tested! Testing sites can accommodate pedestrians, as long as you have an appointment.
  • NOTE: there are NO walk-up appointments available for people who have not registered. 

To schedule a test, visit https://lacovidprod.service-now.com/rrs.

What should I know before taking the test?

Before taking the test, watch the following video to help you prepare for the test: https://www.youtube.com/watch?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=&v=LikLtN8wuXI
 

How long will it take to get my results? How will I be notified?

Test results may take up to 3-4 days. Positive test results will be notified with a phone call. Negative test results will be notified by email.

If you have more questions about testing, check out these FAQs or visit https://covid19.lacounty.gov/testing, for more information, including a full list of testing locations.

 

LAX the Game!

In case you are missing the LAX experience, the Los Angeles International Airport, this morning, introduced... LAX the Game!

Yes, you've heard right. If you're missing this unique Los Angeles experience, just print and cut cards - and "see who can make it in and out of LAX the fastest. Experience the excitement of celebrity sightings, food and more! But watch out for traffic – oh no! It’s all the fun of #LAXatHome."

Thank you, LAX, for offering LA County residents another option for having fun while being Safer At Home.

Incident Report

Our daily report is a high level summary of L.A. County Emergency Operations Center's response to the COVID-19 health emergency. Click here to view.

COVID-19 Digital Communications Guide

View our updated COVID-19 Digital Communications Guide, and get tips on Best Practices, Do's and Don'ts, Key Messaging, and our Social Media Toolkit - with multi-lingual graphics and messages like the ones seen below. 

Access our Social Media Toolkit, here.

Social Media Toolkit

New guidelines around face coverings are now effective as of April 15th. Those working around others and the public, and those visiting essential businesses are required to wear face coverings at all times. Let's #DoOurPart to stop the spread of #COVID19

Spanish:Las nuevas pautas sobre los coberturas faciales ahora entran en vigencia a partir del 15 de Abril. Aquellos que trabajan cerca de otros y el público, y aquellos que visitan negocios esenciales deben usar coberturas faciales en todo momento. Vamos a #HacerNuestraParte para detener la propagación de #COVID19

 

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4/13/20 

COVID-19 Projections, Video Library, and Incident Report

 

The County of Los Angeles is regularly updating resources on COVID-19 and offers today's update in an effort to keep you and yours informed. Please share the following up-to-date information:

COVID-19 Projections: Spread, Hospital Demand, Physical Distancing

The County of Los Angeles recently announced projections on the spread of COVID-19, its demand for hospital equipment, and the effectiveness of physical distancing across LA County.

A team of experts led by Dr. Roger J. Lewis, Chair of Emergency Medicine at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, studied available data and found:

Covid Spread

1. Physical distancing is working. LA County is seeing a slowing of transmission. Every day fewer people are being infected than earlier in the course of this pandemic.

The graphic on the right shows Projected Infection in LA County for this Summer, should physical distancing levels be reduced, maintained or increased.

2. If we continue physical distancing, LA County's healthcare system will be able to treat COVID-19 positive patients as transmission continues to slow. If there is a reduction in physical distancing, it would result in a rapid spread to extreme magnitude.

Predictions ICU

3. Stopping physical distancing now would be disastrous. A reduction in physical distancing would mean a rapid spread of COVID-19, and result in LA County's healthcare system not being able to treat patients who need hospitalization.

To read the full report, click here.

Video Library: COVID-19 Stories and Resources

USNS Mercy

Check out our Video Library! We are documenting how hundreds of LA County's essential workers are mobilizing across multiple fronts to serve the public during the COVID-19 pandemic. We invite you to share these resources, stories or service announcements on social media. No permission is needed - just a quick @CountyofLA credit.

View our Confronting COVID-19: Video Library.

Incident Report

Our daily report is a high level summary of L.A. County Emergency Operations Center's COVID-19 disaster efforts. Click here to view.

COVID-19 Digital Communications Guide

View our updated COVID-19 Digital Communications Guide, and get tips on Best Practices, Do's and Don'ts, Key Messaging, and our Social Media Toolkit - with multi-lingual graphics and messages like the ones seen below. 

Access our Social Media Toolkit, here.

IMPORTANT UPDATE: the #SaferAtHome order has been extended through May 15. This is not because our collective efforts are not working. Physical distancing is helping & will keep working if we stick with it. Our 10 million residents make our County the best in the nation. While staying home, know that you’re doing it for all of us. We’ll come out of this stronger, smarter & most important of all, together.

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4/9/20

Resources for Residential/Commercial Tenants & Landlords, Incident Report

The County of Los Angeles is regularly updating resources on COVID-19 and offers today's update in an effort to keep you and yours informed. Please share the following up-to-date information:

Resources for Residential/Commercial Tenants & Landlords

Eviction Moratorium

In response to the COVID-19 health crisis, the County of Los Angeles enacted a temporary moratorium, last week, to protect residential and commercial tenants in the unincorporated areas of LA County. Similar to measures adopted by cities across LA County, this moratorium aims to protect those who live in unincorporated areas and are suddenly unable to make rent due to COVID-19.

It offers protection from eviction from March 4, 2020 through May 31, 2020 for:

  • Nonpayment of rent; and
  • Late charges or any other fees

Landlords will not be able to evict a tenant if a tenant can show an inability to pay rent (and/or related charges) due to financial losses from:

  • A diagnosis of COVID-19 or caring for a household/family member who is diagnosed with COVID-19;
  • Layoff, loss of hours, or other income reduction resulting from business closure or other economic or employer losses due to COVID-19;
  • Compliance with a recommendation from the County’s Health Officer to stay home, self-quarantine, or avoid congregation with others during the state of emergency;
  • Extraordinary out-of-pocket medical expenses related to diagnosis and testing for and/or treatment of COVID-19;
  • Child care needs arising from school closures related to COVID-19;
  • The state of emergency regarding COVID-19;
  • Following government-recommended COVID-19 precautions.
  • No Fault eviction reason, unless necessary for health or safety reasons

Temporary Rent Freeze

In line with similar orders adopted by cities in the County of Los Angeles, an executive order placing a temporary rent freeze on rent stabilized units in unincorporated parts of LA County has gone into effect.

The temporary rent freeze means that rental costs may not be increased for multi-family housing properties, built before February 1995, until May 31, 2020, unless extended.

Additional Resources

The COVID-19 health emergency has, understandably, left both tenants and landlords with questions. If you happen to be one, LA County wants to help address concerns or questions regarding the rules applicable to your situation.

To learn more about the eviction moratorium, rent freeze, or resources available to tenants and landlords, reach us:

Incident Report

Our daily report is a high level summary of L.A. County Emergency Operations Center's COVID-19 disaster efforts. Click here to view.

COVID-19 Digital Communications Guide

LA County's Joint Information Center has created a digital communications guide to help cities, partners, and stakeholders navigate digital communications in response to COVID-19 and the County's Safer at Home order. It includes Best Practices, Do's and Don'ts, Key Messaging, and our Social Media Toolkit, with multi-lingual graphics and messages like the ones seen below. 

View our updated COVID-19 Digital Communications Guide.

Access our Social Media Toolkit, here.

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4/8/20 

Project Roomkey, Staying Connected During Passover & Holy Week, and Incident Report

The County of Los Angeles is regularly updating resources on COVID-19 and offers today's update in an effort to keep you and yours informed. Please share the following up-to-date information:

 

Project Roomkey

Last week, State Governor Gavin Newsom launched Project Roomkey, making California the first state in the country to secure 15,000 hotel and motel rooms that will provide temporary shelter to our state's most vulnerable.

The County of Los Angeles and teams of devoted service providers are leading the rapid expansion of this interim shelter, in a massive public health effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in LA County. 

Watch a glimpse of the incredible work being done countywide by so many. There's a video to showcase some of the work on Project Roomkey in Los Angeles, as well as photos of the valiant efforts being made at this time of need.

For more information on Project Roomkey in Los Angeles, click here. For more information and resources from the County of Los Angeles, please visit our COVID-19 website.
 

Staying Connected During Passover and Holy Week

Today welcomes the first of several holy days to come. The County of Los Angeles encourages you and all houses of worship to meet virtually, and offers the following guidance and tips for creative ways of staying connected:

Passover/Seder

  • Produce a video or social post explaining the significance of Passover;

  • Share a recipe for unleavened bread that others can make at home;
  • Host a virtual Seder Dinner & explain the parts of the meal; 
  • Create a worship medley or watch party or follow one online

  • Click here for more ideas

Holy Week

  • Follow a service online or on T.V.; 
  • Make your own communion bread or share a recipe for unleavened bread with others;
  • Exchange craft ideas or activity pages with your congregation & invite them to share them with friends and neighbors;
  • Share your thoughts or ask others to share their thoughts on the meaning of Good Friday;

You have many options this week. Practicing your faith from home, in the time of COVID-19, is certainly one of them.

Incident Report

Our daily report is a high level summary of L.A. County Emergency Operations Center's COVID-19 disaster efforts. Click here to view.

COVID-19 Digital Communications Guide

To view our COVID-19 Digital Communications Guide, click here.

To access our Social Media Toolkit, click here.
 

People with no symptoms can spread novel coronavirus, too. The best way to stop the spread is to #stayhome. Homebodies help save lives! #COVID19 #SaferAtHome

SpanishLas personas sin síntomas también pueden transmitir el nuevo coronavirus. La mejor manera de detener la propagación es #stayhome. ¡Los hogareños ayudan a salvar vidas! #COVID19 #MasSeguroEnCasa

 
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4/2/20

Testing Sites, Health Orders

& Incident Report

The County of Los Angeles is regularly updating resources on COVID-19 and offers today's update in an effort to keep you and yours informed. Please share the following up-to-date information:

LA County Testing Sites Going Live

As the County of Los Angeles increases its testing capability, we have begun partnering with cities across the county to develop a network of drive-up, mobile testing sites. We are also helping increase resources for local health centers who have begun testing for COVID-19, and are integrating them into our countywide network.

Currently, County-City partnerships have been established based on capacity and geographic locations. The following locations have started (or will soon begin) testing for COVID-19:

  • High Desert Medical Group (Lancaster) - As of 4/1
  • Glendale Memorial Hospital (Glendale) - As of 4/1
  • Pomona Fairplex (Pomona) - As of 4/3
  • Antelope Valley Mall (Palmdale) - As of 4/3
  • South Bay Galleria (Redondo Beach) - As of 4/3

Testing is by appointment only. Walk-up appointments are not available.

At this time, COVID-19 testing is limited to the most vulnerable of LA County residents - those who are 65 and older and/or have underlying health conditions. To learn more about drive-up, mobile testing sites, visit https://covid19.lacounty.gov/testing/

To register and see if you are eligible for a test, click here.

New Health Orders

LA County's Public Health Officer has issued new Isolation & Quarantine requirements for LA County residents. Emerging evidence suggests that there may be a significant number of people infected with COVID-19 who lack symptoms and, yet, are capable of spreading the virus to others.

In accordance with the latest findings, LA County has updated the definition of a close contact, to include those who had contact to a person with (or likely to have) COVID-19 within 48 hours of symptom onset.

To view the latest Health Officer Order on Quarantine requirements, click here.

To view the latest Health Officer Order on Isolation requirements, click here.

If you missed yesterday's FAQ on these changes, click here to view.

Incident Report

The following is a high level summary of today's L.A. County Emergency Operations Center's COVID-19 disaster efforts. Click here to view our daily report.
 

3/31/20

Medical Sheltering, 211, Incident Report  & Social Media Toolkit

The County of Los Angeles is regularly updating resources on COVID-19 and offers today's update in an effort to keep you and yours informed. Please share the following up-to-date information:
 

Medical Sheltering Underway

LA County is standing up approximately 2,000 medical sheltering beds for LA County residents who either have been exposed to COVID-19 or who health authorities have determined need to self-isolate (or self-quarantine) but cannot do so in their own home. 

So far, LA County efforts include:

  • More than 900 medical sheltering beds now available for people in need;
  • More than 1,000 beds to be added by the end of the week;
  • At this time, medical sheltering has been set up at approximately eight locations, including the following locations: Dockweiler Beach; Martin Luther King, Jr. Recuperative Care Center; and, several hotels located throughout the County including in downtown Los Angeles, near Los Angeles International Airport, Lancaster, Pomona, Sherman Oaks and Van Nuys 

If you are a hotel or motel operator interested in partnering with the County, and are willing to provide your facility as a COVID-19 medical shelter, please visit doingbusiness.lacounty.gov. We have created this website to quickly identify and engage interested hotel/motel operators in the COVID-19 response. 
 

211

211 LA County is a team of devoted community resource experts committed to providing LA County residents with accurate, timely, and trusted information on the COVID-19 health crisis. Before making that 211 call, we want to help you save time with this quick guide on the Do's and Don'ts of 211 LA County:

211 can help with...

  • Information on COVID-19: symptoms, spread, disinfecting
  • Questions about the "Safer At Home" Health Order
  • Guidance for Employers, Businesses, Workers, Medical Professionals, and
    Service Provider
  • Referrals to sign up for health insurance or find a clinic if you don’t already have a
    medical provider
  • Referrals to food pantries, food distribution sites/programs, or CalFresh food benefits if you are struggling financially to purchase food
  • Shelter referrals, motel vouchers for homeless families only, and eviction
    moratorium inform
  • Information on County services
  • Referrals to health, human, and social services and supports - please note service
    hours and delivery is changing
  • Reporting an act of hate or bullying motivated by country of origin, race, religion,
    gender, sexual orientation

211 cannot help with...

  • Requesting a COVID-19 test or testing kit
  • Requesting an exemption from the Safer at Home Health Order
  • Requesting or ordering masks, sanitation supplies or medical supplies, or accepting donations of these supplies
  • Screening/testing for COVID-19 symptoms or admission to a clinic, hospital, or
    quarantine center (contact your doctor, medical or clinic provider)
  • Locations to purchase groceries or meals (grocery stores are restocking, and many
    restaurants are open for pick up or delivery)
  • Booking hotel rooms at the Fairplex or any other hotel/quarantine housing
    locations
  • Direct connection to County officials or Department of Public Health
  • Lists of services and providers 
  • Filing a police report, or reporting a dispute or crime not motivated by discrimination of a protected class

Of course, you can also visit 211la.org to learn more about how 211 LA County can help.

Incident Report

The following is a high level summary of today's L.A. County Emergency Operations Center's COVID-19 disaster efforts. Click here to view.

Social Media Toolkit

Don't forget! We are regularly updating our ready-to-use COVID-19 content for a variety of social media platforms. Please share trusted information from our Social Media Toolkit with your family, residents and community partners.


Additional Resources

The County of Los Angeles appreciates your continued partnership in responding to COVID-19 questions and needs of residents. For additional information, please visit: