County of Los Angeles - Update 8/13/20 - County Rent Relief Program FAQs, Face Coverings, Know Your Voting Options

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August 13, 2020
8/13/20 

COVID-19 RENT RELIEF PROGRAM TOOLKIT & FAQs

COVID-19 Rent Relief Program: Multi-Lingual Toolkit & FAQs

Rent Relief

Earlier this week LA County announced the creation of a COVID-19 Rent Relief Program which aims to assist low-income renters and property owners who have struggled to pay their rent and/or who are behind on paying rent due to COVID-19. Today, we offer you a multi-lingual Toolkit and FAQs, so it's easier to share the good word before the application filing period (August 17 through August 31) comes and goes!

Multi-Lingual Toolkit and FAQs

To help those in your community learn about LA County's $100 Million COVID-19 Rent Relief Program - in a language of your choice - check out our:

  • Digital Toolkit for shareable graphics and text in 13 different languages
  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) translated in 13 languages (towards the bottom of the page) to help answer your questions on eligibility requirements, deadlines and how to apply.
  • For additional assistance, dial 2-1-1 to speak with multi-lingual community resource experts over the phone.

To learn more or apply, visit rentrelief.lacda.org


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8/12/20 

FACE COVERINGS

What Do Face Coverings Do?

Face Coverings

Before we talk about the power of a face covering, we should start by mentioning what we've learned about COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. We know that COVID-19 mainly spreads from person to person through respiratory droplets (produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, talks, sings, or raises their voice). These droplets can land in the eyes, mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

We've also learned that MANY people who are infected with COVID-19 are asymptomatic (have no symptoms). We can’t tell, by just looking at them, whether they’re infected or not.

So, What Do Face Coverings Do? 

Significant emerging evidence from clinical and laboratory studies show masks reduce the spray of microscopic respiratory droplets when worn over the nose and mouth. This is called source control.

A face covering, as seen in the above graphic, limits the spread of respiratory droplets from every person wearing a face covering that fits snugly over their mouth AND nose. The simple piece of fabric stops many of your respiratory droplets from reaching those around you.

Because we have no way of knowing if we (or those around us) are infected with COVID-19, the best strategy is to ALWAYS wear a face covering when around people that aren't part of your household, and to ask that those around you wear a face covering as well.

Face coverings can feel uncomfortable, but they really do protect us all. And while we look forward to a time when we don't have to wear them - we're not there yet.

Don't forget: 1) Masks should NOT be worn by children under the age of 2 or anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance; 2) Masks with exhalation valves (or vents) should NOT be worn to help prevent the person wearing the mask from spreading COVID-19 to others; and 3) Adhere to the modifications and restrictions that are working to get us back to slowing the spread again.


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8/11/20

KNOW YOUR VOTING OPTIONS THIS NOVEMBER

Voting in LA County this November? Know Your Options.

Vote By Mail

If you're voting in LA County this November, guess what, pretty soon you'll have more options on how to cast your ballot. As November approaches, and County residents consider their choices during the COVID-19 health crisis, LA County has added new options for voting. Beginning October 6, LA County will mail all registered voters a Vote By Mail ballot. In addition to receiving the Vote by Mail Ballot, registered voters will also have multiple options for returning the ballot, such as:

  • Dropping it in a Vote by Mail drop box location (which should be found in various civic & community buildings throughout the County);

  • Dropping it off at any Vote Center in the County; or

  • Dropping it in the mail (remember, no postage is necessary, but it does need to be postmarked by Election Day)

Also new this year - a tracking option! LA County voters will have the option of tracking their ballot through the free "Where's My Ballot" service. When you subscribe to the service you can request to receive personalized text messages, emails or automated voice messages on your Vote By Mail ballot.

To sign up to track your ballot, or for more information on the new voting options, visit the LA County Registrar-Recorder here.


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8/10/20 

COUNTY RENT RELIEF PROGRAM TO LAUNCH, CHILD PROTECTION HOTLINE

County Rent Relief Program to Launch August 17

Rent Relief Program Launch

LA County has announced the creation of a COVID-19 Rent Relief Program which aims to assist low-income renters who have struggled to pay their rent and/or who are behind on paying rent due to COVID-19. Those who are most at need will be targeted with more assistance. The program will launch on August 17 and close on August 31.

LA County's COVID-19 Rent Relief Program will be operated by the LA County Development Authority (LACDA), and is funded by an allocation of $100 million in CARES Act funding meant to assist between 8,000 and more than 9,000 renting households with limited means.

Requirements: the program is available to all residents of the County who qualify (with the exception of residents living in the City of Los Angeles, as the City also received its own allocation of CARES Act funds). The following is required:

  • A W-9
  • Participation agreements are needed from the property owners to receive rental income on behalf of their qualified tenant; and
  • Property owners must agree to the terms of the participation agreement

To learn more or apply, visit rentrelief.lacda.org or dial 2-1-1. Please note citizenship documentation will not be requested from any party (renter or property owner). 

Child Protection Hotline

DCFS Child Protection Hotline

All children deserve to feel safe at home so they can learn, explore, dream & reach their full potential. If you suspect a child is being abused, call the LA County Child Protection Hotline at 800-540-4000. More information on how to report child abuse can be found here.

Help us familiarize your audience with the Child Protection Hotline by posting content from our digital toolkit.

8/7/20 


WORKPLACE COMPLIANCE & RESOURCES FOR WORKERS IMPACTED BY COVID-19

Workplace Compliance & Resources for Workers Impacted by COVID-19

In order to effectively slow the spread of COVID-19 in LA County, it is necessary to prevent and bring down the rates of illness and death among County residents - including those deemed most vulnerable.

Currently, residents working low-wage jobs and who have limited control over their working conditions are at higher risking of getting COVID-19. This essential workforce is not only experiencing poorer outcomes, but continue to report to worksites so the rest of us can get all of our essential needs met (like food, delivered goods & services, and healthcare).

Today, we highlight how critical it is that all LA County businesses follow the Health Officer Orders in place -- to help protect workers, businesses, and the clients they serve. We also offer information on how LA County businesses are doing (in terms of workplace compliance) and list a number of resources available to LA County's workforce so that they - and all of us - are protected.

Compliance Investigations

Workplace Compliance

Since March, DPH received a total of 20,129 Health Officer Order complaints and (as indicated in the above slide) investigated: 1) more than 19,000 restaurants, 2) more than 4,300 grocery stores, and 3) more than 3,600 other businesses.

Twenty-seven restaurants and 76 other businesses (which include seven gyms) were shut down for Health Officer Order violations. Most of the businesses under investigation either came into compliance or were working to come into compliance and, as a result, were not closed.

Later this month, DPH will begin implementing the enforcement plan that was presented a few weeks ago. The tiered plan includes citations and fines for non-compliance and may involve other departments or agencies.

Resources for Workers

While LA County works with employers to reach and maintain workplace compliance, we remind County residents that resources for workers impacted by COVID-19 are available. Resources include: disability benefits, paid leave benefits, pandemic unemployment assistance, and California paid sick leave, to name a few.

For more information on these programs, or to apply over the phone, visit our COVID-19 Resources for Workers webpage.

You may also contact LA County's Disaster Help Center at (833) 238-4450 for one-on-one assistance.

To report suspected Health Officer Order violations, members of the public can contact DPH online or by calling 888-700-9995. Remember, tips can be submitted anonymously.


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8/7/20 

REOPENING PROTOCOLS FOR COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES COMING SOON, 18-49 YEAR OLDS MAKE UP NEARLY 60 PERCENT OF NEW CASES, #TheRiskIsReal, and #BYOM

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:

Coming Soon: Reopening Protocols for Colleges & Universities

ELAC

Photo: East Los Angeles College 

 

LA County's Department of Public Health (DPH) has urged colleges and universities in the County to have plans in place for the continuation of distance learning, given the recent increases in COVID-19 cases, test positivity rate, and hospitalizations in the County. Currently, colleges and universities remain closed statewide, except where supporting essential workforce activities.

DPH is working closely with the State to ensure that when students return to campuses, the environment will be safe for all. Once State guidance is updated, DPH will release a Reopening Protocol for Institutes of Higher Education to assist colleges and universities plan toward the eventual return to in-person instruction. Stay tuned!

18-49 Year Olds Make Up Nearly 60% of New COVID Cases

Youth Risk Slide

The COVID-19 epidemic in LA County continues to affect younger County residents. According to data shared this week by LA County's Department of Public Health (DPH) and the Department of Health Services (DHS), trends continue to show a steep increase in the number cases and hospitalizations among LA County's young adult population.

Cases

DPH announced residents between the ages of 18 and 49 years old make up nearly 60% of new COVID-19 cases in LA County - and those between 30 and 49 years of age have the highest rate among ALL age groups.

In the above slide, the blue line (which represents adults ages 30-49) has the highest case rate among all age groups in LA County. The yellow line (which represents people ages 18-29) shows how case rates have quadrupled for this group from nearly 200 cases in early June to a peak of 882 on July 23rd. This explosive growth in cases shows that young adults are driving the infections in the County.

Hospitalizations

But rates of new cases isn't the only concern for LA County's young adults. Younger residents are also being hospitalized more than before. In fact, people between the ages of 30 and 49 years old account for 25% of hospitalized patients in the County. According to DHS, patients 18 to 29 years old now account for more than twice the proportion of ALL hospitalizations than they did in April - and they match the hospitalization rate of people 80 years or older.

Young patients, including those with no underlying health conditions, are arriving to emergency departments unable to breathe. Sadly, many are requiring hospitalization or mechanical ventilation, too. No one is invincible.

Help us slow the spread of COVID-19 among ALL populations in LA County by complying to the public health directives in place -- continue to wear a face covering, continue to practice physical distance and continue to avoid gathering with people you don’t live with.

#TheRiskIsReal

#TRIR

Christine, a 31-year-old LA County resident (pictured above) was a COVID-19 patient in our hospital system. She's now recovered and is sharing her experience with you to spread awareness of the importance of masking up, keeping six away from people we don’t live with it, and washing our hands regularly.

People under 50 now represent the majority of the County's cases of COVID-19. Given this trend, LA County has launched a social media and billboard campaign with the help of COVID-19 survivors. It's called "The Risk Is Real."

Click here to view the campaign, and be sure to follow @CountyofLA on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to share #TheRiskIsReal with those you hold dear.

#BringYourOwnMask Challenge

Weeks ago, LA County launched the #BYOM Challenge encouraging County residents to "bring your own mask", wherever you go. Since then, many have posted selfies or videos of themselves wearing their masks and encouraging others to bring them (and wear them) in order to slow the spread of COVID-19. One of those is the City of LA's @ReadyLA who shared the below video (you can also watch it with Spanish or Korean subtitles):
 

#BYOM

Other partners include the City of Pasadena and Retired Professional Boxer (& Olympic Gold-Medal Winner) Oscar De La Hoya, who tells us how YOU can knock out COVID-19:

De La Hoya BYOM PSA

To watch Oscar De La Hoya's video in Spanish, click here.

Have your own selfie or video to share? If so, don't forget to tag @CountyofLA and show us how you're joining the #BYOM challenge!

And if you're not up for recording yourself, but want to help us get the word out, use our #BYOM Toolkit which contains shareable graphics and language made especially for you.


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8/5/20 

REOPENING PROTOCOLS FOR YOUTH SPORTS LEAGUES ARE ANNOUNCED, COUNTY WILL NOT CONSIDER IN-PERSON LEARNING WAIVERS, AND NEW "LEARNING TOGETHER SAFELY"

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:

Just In: Reopening Protocols for Youth Sports Leagues

Youth Sports

LA County's Department of Public Health (DPH) has issued a Reopening Protocol for Youth Sports Leagues in LA County today. The recently issued protocol applies to:

  • recreational youth sports leagues
  • club sports
  • travel sports
  • and sports sponsored by private & public schools serving students in TK-12 schools

This protocol is not intended for adult sports leagues (including collegiate sports, or amateur adult sports), which must remain closed per the State Health Officer Order. Until further notice, all youth sports activities must also take place outdoors.

Follow @lapublichealth on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook to see all LA County DPH developments.

ICYMI: County Will Not Consider In-Person Learning Waivers

In-Person

Last night, LA County's Department of Public Health (DPH) announced it will not consider in-person learning waivers for County schools at this time. DPH is adhering to new guidance from the CA Department of Public Health (CADPH) which recommends that Counties with case rates at (or above) 200 cases per 100,000 residents do not extend waivers for the re-opening of classroom instruction for students in grades TK - Grade 6.

Currently, the County's case rate is 355 per 100,000 residents. LA County understands this is a disappointing announcement. This decision, however, is made to ensure the health and safety of LA County children, school teachers, staff and all of their families.

DPH will reconsider this decision once LA County's case rate falls to the levels recommended by the State. Read yesterday's announcement for more details.

Learning Together Safely

To help children get back to school, and parents back to work, LA County will be sharing regular content on resources and support for distance learning. County students, parents, educators, child care providers, or administrators are invited to read and share what you see here to ensure we are all "learning together safely" during the COVID-19 crisis.

Now Available: Updated School Reopening Guide & New Tools

LACOE School Reopening Guide

LA County's Office of Education (LACOE) has been dedicated to providing guidance, expertise and support to the County's 80 K-12 districts during the COVID-19 pandemic. To ensure districts have new tools and current information on which to base their planning, LACOE has collaborated with DPH and the LA County Superintendents Task Force to release an updated school reopening guide for the 2020-21 academic year.

Updated guidance includes:

  • New requirements for public schools, such as the Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan and
  • An updated framework with five (5) areas for districts to consider: high-quality instruction, health & safety, social-emotional support systems, family & community engagement, and operations

Additionally, school districts can now make use of new multi-lingual tools including the:

To keep up with LACOE, visit them online at lacoe.edu or follow them on FacebookInstagramTwitter, or YouTube.

#TheRiskIsReal

TRIS Jose

Jose, a 47-year-old LA County resident (pictured above) was a COVID-19 patient in our hospital system. He's now recovered and is sharing his experience with you to spread awareness of the importance of masking up, keeping six away from people we don’t live with it, and washing our hands regularly.

People under 50 now represent the majority of the County's cases of COVID-19. Given this trend, LA County has launched a social media and billboard campaign with the help of COVID-19 survivors. It's called "The Risk Is Real."

Click here to view this new campaign, and follow @CountyofLA on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to share #TheRiskIsReal with those you hold dear.


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7/29/20

DPH ONLINE APPLICATION FOR IN-PERSON LEARNING WAIVER COMING SOON, COUNTY TO ISSUE CHILDCARE VOUCHERS, 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:

Coming Soon: DPH Online Application for In-Person Learning Waiver

Child Care

LA County's Department of Public Health (DPH) shared last week it was in the midst of developing an application process for schools interested in applying for a waiver that would allow in-classroom instruction for students in grades TK through grade 6. 

Today, DPH announced the application will be online and available by the end of the week. Once available, waiver applicants will need to include the following with their applications:

  1. A letter from the school district superintendent (or equivalent for private schools) requesting the waiver. The letter must include information about the number of students & staff that would be returning to classrooms, along with the anticipated schedules for in-classroom instruction.
  2. Letters demonstrating consultation with key stakeholders (labor unions, parents & community-based partners) will need to be submitted with the application.
    • Labor Unions - all labor unions with workers at schools applying to reopen will need to submit letters demonstrating consultation; if no labor union exists, a letter from organizations representing teachers and other staff will suffice. If no representative organization exists, a letter documenting consultation signed by the majority of teachers and other staff at the school (or schools) will be accepted.
  3. The completion of LA County's Public Health K-12 School Reopening Protocol Checklist, which captures the school’s plans for opening in adherence with the health and safety directives required by the Health Officer Order.

Once received, DPH will review waiver applications in consultation with CDPH to assess regional data trends in COVID-19 cases and deaths, as well as capacity within the regional hospital system. DPH will work with school districts to ensure that when schools are re-opened, they are able to adhere to existing directives on distancing, infection control and managing outbreaks.

Stand by for news on the launch of this online application later this week. 

County to Issue Childcare Vouchers

Child Care

LA County today announced that $15 million in CARES Act funding has been allocated for child care vouchers to serve essential workers and low-income families in the County.

This allocation translates to three months of child care for 5,000 families.

The DPH Office for the Advancement of Early Care and Education will lead the funding distribution in partnership with the Los Angeles County Early Childhood Education COVID-19 Response Team - created in March to support essential workers, such as healthcare workers and first responders.

Families seeking early care and education services may access vouchers by calling 888-92-CHILD (888-922-4453). Income eligibility for these vouchers are set by the state.



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7/24/20 

COMPLIANCE PLAN FOR HEALTH ORDERS IS UNVEILED, FREE VIRTUAL CHEER CAMP FOR YOUTH, 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:

Compliance Plan for Health Orders is Unveiled

Compliance Plan

LA County's Department of Public Health (DPH) unveiled a compliance and enforcement plan yesterday to ensure infection control measures are in place in businesses across the County. The tiered plan will include citations and fines for businesses that continue to violate Health Officer Orders, and aims to ensure the health and economy of those who work and live in LA County are protected from the deadly virus.

The Plan

The plan will apply to businesses licensed and permitted by DPH, as well as those who are not. Businesses licensed and permitted by DPH can expect to see the following when visited by an inspector:

  • First Visit: In all inspections, DPH starts with education to ensure the business understands what is required and will assess the severity of any violations noted.
    • For businesses where DPH issues a permit or a license, (which runs the gamut from congregate shelters to all food facilities, spas, multiple family dwellings, tattoo and piercing shops, pet day care, and public and residential pools) in the first visit if inspectors note Health Officer Order violations, they will educate the business on the requirements, can fine the business $100, and can also issue a notice of intent to suspend permit and will return to the business within 3-7 days.

  • Second Visit: if a business is still non-compliant, we will issue a $500 fine and suspend the facility’s permit for 7 days.
  • Third Visit: if the business is still non-compliant on the third visit, we will issue another $500 fine, suspend the business' permit for 30 days, and notify them of the intent to revoke the permit. We may also refer the business’ non-compliance to the state, if it is warranted.

Businesses that are not permitted or licensed by DPH, which can include gyms, hair salons and other personal services, should expect:

  • First visit: where noncompliance is found, a $100 fine will be issued, as well as a referral to the appropriate regulatory agency, if applicable.
  • Second visit: a $500 fine will be issued, DPH will contact local law enforcement for the issuance of a misdemeanor citation, and we may refer the case to County Counsel for a potential Temporary Restraining Order.
  • Third visit: Another $500 fine will be issued along with an order to close, and we may refer the case to the District Attorney for the filing of misdemeanor charges.

LA County's DPH is working in partnership with the State of California to establish enforcement strategies using the state’s regulatory framework. This partnership will include:

  1. monitoring bars and other venues that serve alcohol (once they are able to open) in partnership with Alcoholic Beverage Control;
  2. monitoring hair, beauty and spa service providers in partnership with the Board of Barbering and Cosmetology; and
  3. working closely with Cal/OSHA to protect the health & well-being of workers.

LA County inspectors have been working seven days a week conducting unannounced site visits and responding to a high volume of complaints received by DPH (17,808 Health Officer Order complaints, since March). Most of the businesses under investigation either came into compliance or were working to come into compliance.

To date, 26 restaurants, 1 grocery store, 1 pool and 67 unregulated businesses (which includes 3 gyms) have been shut down due to Health Officer Order violations. LA County's goal is to make sure public health orders are being followed for the health and safety of all those who work and/or visit LA County businesses.

For more details, read the press release. Click here to access DPH Health Officer Orders and Reopening Protocols.

Free Virtual Cheer Camp with the LA Rams Cheerleaders!

Cheer

LA County Parks has joined forces with the Los Angeles Rams Cheerleaders to kick off the first-ever Virtual Cheer Camp next Monday, July 27 at 10 a.m. (to join the live-stream celebration, click here to register).

The free Virtual Cheer Camp will run from July 27 through July 31. It will not only help celebrate the 25 year anniversary of LA County's Cheer Program, but will keep County youth active during the COVID-19 pandemic by teaching cheer basics and dance routines, while promoting positive self-esteem, teamwork and empowerment.

LA County co-ed youth between 4-18 years old can participate remotely via video conference from any computer or mobile device. All levels are welcomed.

Registration is free but required in order to participate in the live stream event. To sign up, you’ll create a free account on LA County Parks' online registration system. While the process is simple, we've prepared a tutorial for you to ensure the opportunity is not missed! To learn more or sign up for Virtual Cheer Camp, click here

After the initial kick-off, the remaining four days of Cheer Camp will have cheer programming available via LA County Parks From Home Virtual Recreation Center with pre-recorded videos from LA County Parks and Los Angeles Rams Cheerleaders. We’ll offer suggested schedules for all levels: Minis, Juniors, and Teens. Feel free to go at your own pace. 

For questions, contact LA County Parks at info@parks.lacounty.gov or (626) 588-5364.


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7/23/20

TESTING AVAILABLE AT COUNTY & CITY OPERATED SITES, SCAM ALERT, 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:

TESTING AVAILABLE AT COUNTY & CITY OPERATED SITES

Testing Sites

As the need for COVID-19 testing continues to rise, LA County and the City of LA are expanding testing capacity at current sites. Due to this expansion, County and City operated testing sites have a combined capacity to test more than 140,000 people.

LA County will launch three (3) new testing sites next week to expand access to high-need areas including Montebello, South Gate and Panorama City. The City of Los Angeles, last week, opened a new site at the VA Parking Lot 15, at Jackie Robinson Stadium.

Appointments are available at the following County-operated sites this week, with an additional 1,000 appointments being added this weekend:

  • Bellflower City Hall - 16600 Civic Center Drive, Bellflower, CA 90706
  • Charles R. Drew University Campus - 1731 E 120th St. Los Angeles, CA 90059
  • College of the Canyons - 26455 Rockwell Canyon Rd., Santa Clarita, CA 91355
  • East LA College - 1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez, Monterey Park, CA 91754
  • Pomona Fairplex Gate 17 - 1101 W. McKinley Ave. Pomona, CA 91768
  • San Gabriel Valley Airport - 4233 Santa Anita Ave., El Monte, CA 91731
  • The Forum - 3900 W. Manchester Blvd, Inglewood, CA 90305
  • Beach Cities Health District - 514 N Prospect Ave., Redondo Beach, CA 90277       
  • Palmdale Hammack Center - 815 E Avenue Q6, Palmdale CA 93550

Appointments are available at the following City-operated sites this week:

  • Dodger Stadium, Lot 1 - 1101 Scott Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012
  • Hansen Dam Recreation Center - 11770 Foothill Blvd., Lake View Terrace, Ca 91342 (Osborne St. entrance)
  • Crenshaw Christian Center - 7901 S. Vermont Ave, LA, Ca 90044
  • VA Parking Lot 15 (Jackie Robinson Stadium) - 100 Constitution Ave, LA, Ca 900951
  • Lincoln Park Recreation Center - 3501 Valley Blvd. Los Angeles, Ca 90031
  • Carbon Health - Echo Park - 2110 Sunset Blvd Suite M, Los Angeles, CA 90026
  • West Valley/Warner Center - 6097 Canoga Ave. Woodland Hills, Ca 91367
  • Kedren Community Health Center - 4211 S. Avalon Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90011

If you think you need a test, check with your health care provider first. Unless you have specific symptoms, live in a high-risk setting, or have had close contact with someone who has a confirmed positive case of COVID-19, you may not need to be tested, and your health care provider can talk with you about your concerns.

If you don’t have a doctor, call 211 to get a referral. Essential workers should also consider their risk exposure history in consultation with their provider, their occupational health advisor, and DPH.

For more information on testing availability, including a list of new County-operated testing sites and the deployment of mobile testing units, read our press release.

Scam Alert: Contact Tracing Scams!

Scam Alert

It may not be a surprise, but scammers are posing as contact tracers to get your personal identifying information during the COVID-19 health crisis. They're looking for social security numbers or financial information, such as your bank account number. If someone contacts you and asks for this personal information - they're posing! HANG UP immediately.

Help your friends, parents or grandparents know legitimate contact tracers will contact you if you've: 1) tested positive for COVID-19 or 2) if you've been identified as a close contact of someone who's tested positive. And when they ask you for information, they'll ask for:

  1. Your name.
  2. Your date of birth.
  3. Places you've been.
  4. How you're feeling.
  5. The people you've been in contact with for more than 15 min., up to 48 hours before you had symptoms - OR - they'll let you know if you may have been exposed to the virus & what you can do.

Help us keep LA County communities safe by sharing this alert.

To learn more about this scam, click here. For social media content on what contact tracers DO ask, check out our COVID-19 Social Media Toolkit located at the end of our Daily Update (or here).

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7/22/20 

COVID-19 IS ON TRACK TO BECOME THE SECOND LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH IN LA COUNTY, IN-PERSON LEARNING EXEMPTION, LACOE PASSPORT HELPS FOSTER CARE YOUTH, 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 is on Track to Become the Second Leading Cause of Death in LA County

Flu vs COVID

LA County residents are urged to adhere to the County's Health Order in light of recent data which indicates COVID-19 is on track to become the second leading cause of deaths in LA County, and is quickly outpacing other illnesses, including the flu.

The above graphic was shared today by LA County's DPH Director, Dr. Barbara Ferrer, and shows us the flu is a dangerous virus in its own right, but nowhere near as deadly as COVID-19. The yellow bar (on the left) shows flu and pneumonia-related deaths for the periods of October to May. This is what DPH considers flu season. In the fall, winter and into spring (8 months) — the flu and pneumonia killed 1,521 people.

In the first six months of 2020, COVID-19 has killed more than twice as many people as the flu — 3,402.

Unlike the flu, there is no vaccine for COVID-19 at this time. This is one of the reasons LA County is working hard to flatten the curve and slow the spread of COVID-19. By doing so, we're able to limit the strain on LA County's health care system when flu season arrives in just a few months, and to contain a virus that we now understand is much more deadly than the flu.

To keep up with the County's Daily COVID-19 data, including today's 7-Day Daily Average, click here.

SCHOOLS: The In-Person Learning Exemption, LACOE Passport Helps Foster Care Youth

Schools

Process for Schools Seeking In-Person Learning Exemption

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced last week that schools in LA County, and other monitored counties, cannot resume in-person learning this August. The State's directive, however, has allowed local health officers to consider granting waivers to school districts and private schools that would allow for the reopening of in-classroom instruction for students in grades TK through grade 6. 

LA County's Department of Public Health (DPH) aims to announce a well-defined waiver application process as early as this Friday so that interested school districts know how to apply.

The process will require that requests be submitted to DPH by: 1) a district superintendent or 2) a school board. Requests will also need to be accompanied by support from key stakeholders, including:

  • labor partners
  • parents
  • and community-based partners

Once a waiver's been submitted, DPH will consult with CDPH to assess the request and review regional data trends in COVID-19 cases and deaths, as well as capacity within the regional hospital system.

DPH will work with school districts to ensure that when schools are re-opened, they are able to adhere to existing directives outlined in our Health Order for the Reopening of Schools on distancing, infection control and managing outbreaks. Stay tuned for updates.

LACOE Passport Helps Meet Educational Needs of Foster Care Youth

In collaboration with LA County's Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) has developed mobile and web versions of their Educational Passport System, which provides all 80 county K-12 districts and 7,800 DCFS social workers with a free, centralized database of demographic and academic information for foster youth. This tool helps improve connectivity between LA County's social workers and foster care students, a critical need during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more about LACOE'S Educational Passport here.


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7/21/20 

COUNTY APPROVES $1.22 BILLION CARES ACT SPENDING PACKAGE FOR COVID-19 SUPPORT TO RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES, REOPENING PROTOCOLS FOR PERSONAL CARE SERVICES

 

County Approves $1.22 Billion CARES Act Spending Package for Funding COVID-19 Support to Residents & Businesses 

Cares Spending Plan

LA County has approved a $1.22 billion CARES Act spending package to fund a broad range of essential services and relief measures to assist County residents and businesses affected by the COVID-19 crisis.

The plan covers spending in four (4) main areas:

  • $656 million for public health measures including testing and contact tracing
  • $200 million for financial support for residents in the form of assistance for rent relief, food and child care
  • $160 million in grants to support small businesses
  • $150 million to support the County workforce’s response to the emergency, including disaster services workers and personal protective equipment for employees

The plan also includes nearly $55 million to cover contingencies including potential health care system surges and other urgent needs that may emerge as the pandemic continues.

Major allocations include $226 million for community-based COVID-19 diagnostic testing and $100 million for rent relief to assist residents countywide. Funds were also allocated to programs to assist vulnerable people during the crisis, including $148 million for Project Roomkey, which provides temporary housing to medically at-risk people experiencing homelessness. Other allocations include $10 million allocated to the L.A. Regional Food Bank for food distribution events; $60 million to support other nutritional programs; $15 million for the Great Plates delivery program for seniors and medically at-risk adults; and $15 million for child care vouchers for low-income families and essential workers.

For a full list of program allocations, click here.

JUST IN: County Issues Reopening Protocols for Hair Salons, Barbershops & Personal Care Establishments Allowed to Offer Certain Services Outdoors

Personal Care

Today, LA County's Department of Public Health (DPH) has issued reopening protocols for hair salons, barbershops and personal care establishments in the County. The following are highlights from today's protocols, which have been updated to reflect new State guidance:

Hair Salons & Barbershops 

  • Businesses must establish an outdoor reception area where customers can check in while still following physical distancing guidelines

  • Services that cannot be performed safely outdoors (or that would require a customer to have to enter the establishment) are not permitted.

    • For additional guidance on permissible outdoor services, click here.

    • For the latest from the Board of Barbering & Cosmetology, click here.

  • Outdoor shaded areas can be configured to block wind, but cannot be enclosed or partially enclosed on more than one side

  • Businesses must comply with the Cal/OSHA standard for heat illness prevention for outdoor workers, including an effective heat illness prevention plan with written procedures on:
    • Access to water, shade, and cool down breaks; emergency procedures for heat illness cases; monitoring of employees who are acclimatizing during a heat wave; and training on heat illness prevention and symptoms
    • For resources (including Cal/OSHA FAQs, a webinar and a sample written plan), visit the Cal/OSHA heat illness prevention page.

Personal Care Establishments

  • All establishments operating outdoors should have Cal/OSHA standard heat illness prevention plans and written procedures, as moving work outdoors creates additional hazards including the possibility of heat illness. 
  • Businesses offering electrology, tattooing, microblading & permanent make-up, and piercing services may not operate outside because they are invasive procedures that require a controlled hygienic environment to be performed safely.
  • Businesses must establish an outdoor reception area where customers can check in while still following physical distancing guidelines.
  • Businesses which offer pedicures outdoors shall be limited to portable tubs/bowls & must be cleaned and disinfected with an EPA-registered liquid disinfectant that is labeled as a bactericide, fungicide and virucide (refer to manufacturer’s instruction on mixture). Disinfection should occur inside the nail salon & not in the temporary outdoor setting.

Visit DPH online at publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus to learn more. 

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7/20/20 

THE ABCs OF CONTACT TRACING, COUNTY PROBATION TOWNHALL, 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:

The ABCs of Contact Tracing

Contact Tracer

Contact tracing is a simple, confidential process that has been used by public health departments for decades to slow the spread of infectious diseases and avoid outbreaks.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the County has deployed nearly 1,600 contact tracers and an additional 900 are currently being trained. These trained specialists come from LA County's Department of Public Health (DPH), as well other County Departments, the State, and the City of Los Angeles. 

To help LA County flatten the COVID-19 curve, understand the ABCs of contact tracing:

  • If you have tested positive for COVID-19, expect a contact tracer to contact you by phone to ask you about the places you have been, and the people you have been around while you were infectious. 
    • The people you tell us about will also be contacted, but will not be told your name or contact information. They will also be asked to stay home to help prevent others from getting sick.
  • If you have been in contact with someone with COVID-19, expect a contact tracer to contact you by phone to ask you if you are experiencing any symptoms, have been tested, and to ask about places that you may have been to.
    • In order to avoid you getting mixed up with another person, please provide contact tracers with complete and correct information.

    • Contact tracers will provide you with information on next steps based on your responses. They may call you more than once to check how you are doing during your 14 days at home, and will provide you with information on how to find a doctor and/or access COVID-19 testing.

  • Contact tracers will leave a call back number if necessary. If they cannot reach you by phone, they will send a letter.
  • Please answer their calls & call them back if they leave a message. The information you provide is protected by HIPAA. To understand how important this is, hear from our contract tracers below:
Contact Tracer Video
  • Please note a contact tracer will never ask you for a social security number, payment, information about your finances, documented status, or detailed health information.
  • LA County DPH has a hotline for confirmed cases of COVID-19. If you have not yet connected with a contact tracer, call the COVID-19 Case Info Line toll-free at 1-833-540-0473.

Contact tracing is an important tool for helping flatten the curve in LA County. And now that you know more about it, we hope you'll work closely with our contact tracers, should they have a need to call you down the road.

For more information, visit us online at covid19.lacounty.gov/contact-tracing.

County Probation Townhall

Probation Townhall

LA County’s Probation Department is hosting a virtual townhall this Wednesday, July 22 to discuss COVID-19 response in the County's juvenile halls and camps, as well as impacts on adult and juvenile field operations. The townhall will include representatives from LA County's Departments of Mental Health (DMH), Health Services (DHS), Public Health (DPH) and the Office of Education (LACOE).

Learn more about Probation's COVID-19 response at probation.lacounty.gov/coronavirus.


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7/17/20 

SCHOOL UPDATE, OUTDOOR HAIRCUTS?DPH ASKS FOR YOUR HELP, AND DISASTER AID DEADLINE APPROACHES

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:

JUST IN: LA County Schools Will Not Reopen for In-Person Learning While On State's Monitoring List

School

LA County will issue a new Health Officer Order, today, to adhere to the CA Department of Public Health’s (CDPH) directive that schools in 32 counties on the State’s monitoring list, including LA County, cannot resume in-person learning next month.

The state order allows superintendents to submit school district waiver requests to re-open elementary schools for approval by the local health officer only after review of local epidemiological data and intervention strategies, and in consultation with CDPH.  

In order for schools to re-open their campuses, LA County will have to remain off the monitoring list for 14 consecutive days. At this time, LA County is on the monitoring list because it has a positivity rate of 9 percent and case rate of 307 positive cases per 100,000 residents. LA County's reopening protocols will be modified later today to reflect the state’s directives. Once available, you can locate reopening protocols here.

LA County Superintendent of Schools Debra Duardo has released a statement on today's announcement by Governor Newsom. Part of her statement includes:

It will not be easy. We are deeply concerned about the large numbers of students who have not fared well with online instruction or have completely checked out. Most affected are our low-income and Black and Latino students, foster youth and other vulnerable groups. Far too many of our young people were already dealing with the negative effects of trauma, which have only been made worse by school closures and social distancing. 

Promoting educational equity and our students’ mental health and emotional well-being must be the foundation of our workWe at the LA County Office of Education, through our philanthropic arm, are hard at work to raise funds and resources so that students and families are able to succeed in a remote learning environment. 

If there is a silver lining, it is that LA County is 80 districts strong and we will work together to meet the needs of the region's two million preschool and school-age children. 

Read Superintendent Duardo's full statement or LA County's DPH press release here.

FACT or FICTION? Hair Salons, Barbershops & Personal Care Businesses Can Stay Open - So Long As They Operate Outdoors...

Hair Salon Barbershops

FICTION. Effective July 13, Governor Newsom ordered the closure of all hair salons, barbershops and personal care services (including nails salons, esthetic salons, & electrology offices) within counties on the State's monitoring list - which regrettably -includes LA County. This, to help control the increasing spread of COVID-19 in LA County.

Because the State's Business & Professions Code (Section 7317) requires that all barbering, cosmetology and electrology services be performed in a licensed establishment, LA County hair salons, barbershops and personal care establishments must:

  1. Close, and
  2. Not offer any services (including outdoor services).

Don't fall for the rumors. We understand the hardship this is creating for many business owners, employees and loyal customers. But the sooner LA County residents help get COVID-19 spread under control, the sooner we can get back to that needed haircut or massage. 

You heard it here! Help us spread this fact - to save lives and businesses.

DPH Asks for Your Help.

Angelenos in Action

LA County's Department of Public Health (DPH) wants to hear from you to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in LA County - and keep the virus in check.

Angelenos In Action is a public health text survey that assists LA County's DPH experts better understand the health of LA County in real time. Your participation will help LA County see trends that can offer better insight into how COVID-19 is impacting your community or geographic area. Such information will help LA County prioritize public health response and better allocate resources to highly impacted communities.

How It Works

  1. Text @PROTECT to 35134 to volunteer for our survey or click here.
  2. Answer 5 quick questions to sign up.
  3. You will be randomized to one day a week to receive texts.
  4. Every week on that day, the LA County Department of Public Health will text you one YES/NO question to ask how you’re feeling.
  5. If you feel unwell, you will receive two more YES/NO questions about COVID-19-like symptoms.

LA County residents have much to say, we know! Here's your chance to help make significant progress in LA County's Road to Recovery.

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7/16/20 

10 TIPS FOR PROTECTING YOURSELF OR YOUR BUSINESS FROM COVID, GREAT PLATES DELIVERED

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:

10 Tips for Protecting Yourself or Your Business from COVID

Testing Technician

As cases and hospitalizations rise, many residents believe they need to get tested for COVID-19. However, LA County health officials stress that not everyone needs to be tested and emphasize the basic ways individuals and businesses can and should protect themselves from this virus.

Here are the first 5 tips to keep in mind as we navigate this dynamic situation together:

  1. At this point in this rapidly-evolving crisis, it is important to reserve testing for those who have a medical or public health reason for it. While LA County currently has enough testing supplies to meet the needs of those who need to be tested, COVID-19 cases are on the rise here and throughout the country. Let’s work together to reserve testing for those with a medical or public health need.
  2. The common-sense rules still apply. The most important things individuals & community members can do to slow the spread of COVID-19 are:           
    • Stay home as much as possible.
    • Leave home only for essential activities like work, medical appointments & grocery shopping.
    • Wear a cloth face covering when you’re out in public.
    • Stay at least six feet apart from people you don’t live with.
    • Wash your hands thoroughly and often, and don’t touch your face.                                                                                                                        
  3. Employers should not require a negative COVID-19 test result before employees return to work, and employees do not need to present a certificate saying they have tested negative, under the current guidance from the LA County Department of Public Health.
  4. Employers can offer and pay for COVID-19 testing as an occupational health and safety measure if an employer wishes to have its workforce get tested before returning to a work site. These employees should not seek a test at the City/County/State testing sites, which should be reserved for those who meet the medical or public health criteria for testing, and who do not have access to testing through their regular provider or health plan.
  5. Healthcare providers are required by a recent LA County Health Officer Order to provide their patients with access to COVID testing if they are symptomatic, are part of a public health investigation, or have been in close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 infected person. The Health Officer order also encourages providers to bill private insurance plans for these services whenever possible. Patients are not allowed to be charged by their plan or provider for COVID-19 tests. Obtaining testing through a patient’s regular provider network helps to assure tailored clinical advice, and facilitates good follow-up in the case of positive results.

For our full list of tips, click here.

Remember, regardless of test results, you still need to follow quarantine and isolation orders from Public Health or your provider. If you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, you need to self-quarantine for 14 days, even if you test negative during that time. If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, you should self- isolate in order to prevent spread of the virus to others.

Great Plates Delivered Program Extended

Great Plates Extended

Great news, Great Plates Delivered has been extended until August 9th. Through LA County's Great Plates Delivered Program, you can help a local senior or business in your community!

Great Plates Delivered offers eligible seniors with three (3) home-delivered meals a day. Seniors over 65, seniors 60-64 years of age who have been diagnosed or exposed to COVID-19 or those at high-risk for COVID-19 may qualify. When you help a senior connect to Great Plates Delivered you're also helping your local restaurant, hospitality and transportation community get back to work. 

To learn more or apply for meal assistance, click here.

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7/13/20 

HEALTH OFFICER ORDER, PRICE GOUGING CRACKDOWN, GREAT PLATES DELIVERED EXTENDED, DISASTER HELP CENTER UPDATES, 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:

County Health Officer Order Updated to Reflect State Modifications

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Effective today, Los Angeles County will stop certain sector operations as ordered by the State. Closures include: all personal care services - including nail salons; massage & tattoo parlors; hair salons & barbershops; places of worship; gyms and fitness centers; offices of non-critical sectors; indoor malls and all indoor protests until further notice. 

Price Gouging Crackdown

Price Gouging Graphic

LA County has approved an urgency ordinance to strengthen protections for County consumers and small businesses, and to crack down on price gouging during the COVID-19 pandemic and other emergencies. Effective immediately, the ordinance authorizes the filing of civil actions against price gougers and imposes a civil penalty of up to $10,000 per violation.

If you've seen examples of price gouging in your community or online, report it to LA County's Department of Business and Consumer Affairs (DCBA) counselors.

To file a complaint online visit stoppricegouging.dcba.lacounty.gov. You can also call (800) 593-8222 to speak to one of our consumer counselors directly. 

Great Plates Delivered Program Extended

GPD Senior

Great news, Great Plates Delivered has been extended until August 9th. There's an easy way to help a local senior or business in your community. Through L.A. County's Great Plates Delivered Program you can help provide an eligible senior with three (3) home-delivered meals a day.

Seniors over 65, seniors 60-64 years of age who have been diagnosed or exposed to COVID-19 or those at high-risk for COVID-19 may qualify. When you help a senior connect to Great Plates Delivered you're also helping your local restaurant, hospitality and transportation community get back to work. 

If you know a senior who may be in need of meal assistance, let them know it's not too late for them to apply for the County's Great Plates Delivered Program. To learn more or apply for meal assistance, click here.

For Our Ancestors. For Our Families. For Our Future.

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In response to the continued rise of confirmed Coronavirus cases and hospitalizations across Los Angeles County, the Los Angeles City/County Native American Indian Commission (LANAIC), in collaboration with local American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) community-based organizations and LA City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell (CD-13), has launched a video PSA to provide critical messaging to Los Angeles’ AIAN community. Click here to watch the PSA.

The one-minute PSA focuses on encouraging one of LA’s highest risk and under-counted communities to continue to utilize best health and safety practices throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. “For Our Ancestors. For Our Families. For Our Future,” the tagline of the PSA, serves as a reminder and powerful call to action for community members to continue to leverage their collective strength and resiliency during this crisis.

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7/10/20

FREE Tax Preparation

Free Tax Prep

There's still time for FREE tax preparation before next week's July 15 deadline! LA County, Free Tax Prep LA and the United Ways of California have teamed up to help you learn about new refundable tax credits, calculate returns, and connect to free tax preparation services.

Text "TAXCREDITS" to 211-211 to get started.

One available tax service is the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program, through which households claiming less than $56K in income are paired with free IRS certified tax preparation services to maximizes your return.

It's also worth noting:

  • Workers with income below the tax filing threshold should still file a return to claim cash-back credits like the Federal and State Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) worth up to $6,400. 
  • Families with children under the age of 6 may also be eligible for the new $1,000 Young Child Tax Credit (YCTC).
  • Additionally, filing income taxes will also ensure you receive your COVID-19 related stimulus payment. Setting up direct deposit is the fastest way to get your return & stimulus payment. If you’re looking for a list of safe & affordable bank accounts, check out LA County’s BankOn Program for a list of certified accounts. If you opt for a paper check, you may receive your payment in the form of a pre-paid debit card issued by MetaBank®, N.A. For questions regarding stimulus payments, call the United Way at (844) 322-3639.


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7/9/20 

PROSPER LA, COVID-19 EXPOSURE, SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE, AND SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS UPDATE

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:

Prosper LA

Prosper LA

Submit your ideas! LA County is seeking innovative ideas  to streamline our contracting process, assist businesses, and identify potential cost-savings to County operations.  This effort is part of the County's roadmap to economic recovery from the impacts of the pandemic. Actionable ideas will help the County: 1) improve its internal procedures, 2) empower businesses, and 3) expand public-private partnerships.

To submit ideas, visit prosperla.lacounty.gov and fill out the intake form. 

For more on Prosper LA, including COVID-19 resources & business assistance, click here

What Does It Mean to Have Been "Exposed" to COVID-19?

Exposure

If you're wondering what it means to have been exposed to COVID-19, today's segment is for you. You (or someone you know) may have been exposed to COVID-19, if you:

  • Were within 6 feet of an infected person for more than 15 minutes; or
  • Had unprotected contact with an infected person's body fluids (i.e., being coughed or sneezed on); or
  • Shared utensils or saliva with an infected person; or
  • Provided care for an infected person without wearing appropriate protective equipment

This may prompt you to ask "How do I know if a person is infected?" Chances are you may not. Unfortunately, based on everything we know about COVID-19, knowing a person is infected is not easy. Many COVID-19 infected individuals are asymptomatic (have COVID-19 and don't exhibit symptoms). This is precisely the reason health experts are urging the public to follow safety protocols by wearing face coverings and maintaining a 6 ft. distance from those outside of your household.

So, what if you hear you were in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19? If this is your predicament, you'll want to learn as much as you can! The infected person you were in contact with was infectious 48 hours before their symptoms began, and remain infectious for a minimum of 2 weeks. This reality makes LA County's DPH Home Quarantine Instructions for Close Contacts to COVID-19 more important than ever. You'll want to follow our quarantine guidance to avoid spreading the disease.

If you've tested positive and have no symptoms (are asymptomatic), you are considered infections from 48 hours before your test was taken, until a minimum of 10 days after your test. You'll need to follow our DPH Home Isolation Instructions for People with COVID-19.

If you think you've been exposed to COVID-19, call your doctor. If you don't already have one, dial 2-1-1 and get connected to one. For more information on LA County's health guidance and safety protocols, click here.

Backpack & School Supply Drive

Toy Loan Supply Drive

The LA County Department of Public Social Services' (DPSS) Toy Loan Program, which serves approximately 3,500 children a month at more than 50 locations, is hosting a School Supply Drive to benefit low-income children across the County.

The Backpack & School Supply Drive will run through August 6 and is currently accepting the following items (in new condition):

Backpacks, lined paper (college and wide rule), index cards, folders, notebooks/notepads, calculators, pencils and pens, binders, pencil cases/sharpeners, art supplies, erasers, glue, and rulers (among other school items).

To help LA County's most vulnerable children prepare for the new school year, you can: 1) Donate via Amazon Smile here OR 2) Schedule your donation drop-off by e-mailing: toyloan@dpss.lacounty.gov.

Update from LA County's Superintendent of Schools

School Update

LA County parents, teachers and students may be wondering what the start of the new school year will bring. While many factors, metrics or conditions are being considered, LA County Superintendent of Schools Debra Duardo has issued the following statement:

We want to do everything possible to bring students back to school as safely as possible. Districts have been planning to reopen since the day they closed, and we know our young people learn best in the classroom. However, it is important to acknowledge that planning for reopening is complicated. Our plans must abide by public health orders. Our models must meet the needs of all students, including their mental health and emotional wellbeing.

Districts have plans for different types of instructional models and scenarios. The goal of each plan is to get students back into safe classroom environments, whether we bring everyone back at once, in phases or with hybrid models. Different models will offer parents choices in what works best for their child. We are working on partnerships to find alternative locations to support our families who need childcare support. We are looking at ways to support students who struggle with learning.

School districts are faced with difficult decisions as we await final guidelines from the Department of Public Health. We are grappling with financial uncertainty and concerns about paying for required health and safety equipment, even as supplies arrive from the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services.

While the future is uncertain, we want every family, student, educator and school employee in Los Angeles County to know our 80 school districts are focused on continuing to educate and support our young people while complying with public health guidelines. It is LACOE’s commitment to help districts succeed by leveraging partnerships and resources and providing guidance, technical assistance and support.

For information on LA County's School Reopening Guidelines, click here.

To keep up with LA County's Office of Education visit them online at lacoe.edu or follow them on FacebookInstagramTwitter, or YouTube.

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7/7/20

HEALTH OFFICER ORDER & PLACES OF WORSHIP, DOING YOUR PART, AND TESTING SITE FUNDING

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:

ICYMI: Health Officer Order & Places of Worship

Three Cs

Over the weekend, LA County's Department of Public Health (DPH) updated the Protocol for Places of Worship, in the Health Officer Order, to align with Governor Newsom's recent directives. These modifications prohibit singing and chanting for indoor services.

If you missed this change, read latest Protocol for Places of Worship. If you're curious about what's open or closed throughout LA County, click here to see a detailed list.

Openings, Closures & Doing Your Part

COVID-19 case counts & hospitalizations continue to rise in the County. The number of County residents engaging with people outside of their households is also on the rise, while the number of people staying at home decreases.

Today's reminder of what's open, and what remains closed, is our way of preventing the further spread of COVID-19 in LA County:

  • Opened: all beaches, beach parking lots, beach bike paths, beach facilities and beach accessways (opened on Monday, July 6 at 5 a.m.)
  • Closed: all bars, breweries, brew pubs, pubs, wineries and tasting rooms; all indoor operations at restaurants (indoor dining), card rooms, satellite wagering facilities, zoos, aquariums and museums (closed until further notice)

Are you doing your part to curb the spread? The following slide shows us the percent of County residents remaining at home (except for essential activities or exercise) is decreasing:

Those staying at home

This slide shows us the percent of County residents having close contact with people outside of their household is increasing.

Nonhousehold engagement

Do your part to curb the spread of COVID-19 by avoiding locations where the disease can spread. And practice the basic rules: 1) cloth face coverings, 2) physical distancing of at least 6 ft from non-household members, 3) frequent and thorough hand-washing, and 4) resisting the urge to touch your face.

To learn more about the latest health guidance, testing information, or resources for making it through this difficult time, visit covid19.lacounty.gov.

LA County's New Commitment to Testing Site Funding

HOA

LA County, today, committed $400,000 in one-time bridge funding to support staffing-related costs at COVID-19 testing sites operated by CORE within the City of Los Angeles.

This financial support aims to preserve critical testing access, especially in low-income, vulnerable communities hard-hit by the epidemic, as health officials point to rising numbers of positive cases and positive tests as evidence of increased community spread. The County’s contribution to CORE will help support their current operations while the nonprofit organization secures other funding streams and will be extended as needed. Contrary to media inquiries, yesterday’s temporary closure of Dodger Stadium was due to a planned staff training, not a result of a lack of funding.

For more details, read today's full announcement here.

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7/6/20 

TESTING, PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM EXTENDED, LA REGIONAL COVID-19 RECOVERY FUND FOR BUSINESSES, FREE LEGAL SERVICES, AND GREAT PLATES DELIVERED

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:

Time for a COVID-19 Test?

COVID Symptoms

If you're feeling under the weather and think you may be experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, call your primary care provider. COVID-19 symptoms include:

Fever, cough, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or new loss of taste or smell.

Wherever possible, you should receive testing in consultation with your healthcare provider to ensure continuity of care & optimal follow-up. If you do not have insurance & need help connecting to a healthcare provider, dial 2-1-1.

To check availability or make an appointment, visit covid19.lacounty.gov/testing

Extended: Paycheck Protection Program for Businessess

SBA

Over the weekend, the federal government extended the deadline for businesses to apply for aid under the Paycheck Protection Program.

Businesses now have until August 8 to apply for a loan through the Paycheck Protection program.

To find out how you can apply, visit the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Apply Today for the LA Regional COVID-19 Recovery Fund

COVID-19 Regional Recovery Fund

LA County, the City of Los Angeles, and numerous philanthropic partners have established the LA Regional COVID-19 Recovery Fund for small businesses, non-profits and micro-entrepreneurs facing unprecedented economic challenges due to COVID-19.

The LA Regional COVID-19 Recovery Fund aims to distribute:

1) $5,000 grants to micro-entrepreneurs; and

2) $15,000 grants to non-profits and small businesses. Grants will be distributed through an equitable lottery system, to ensure equitable access to capital across various demographics in the Los Angeles region.

Access a full list of local partners providing technical assistance, by visiting the LA Regional COVID-19 Recovery Fund website. Visit LACOVIDFund.org to access Fund resources online.

Neighborhood Legal Services of LA County

Neighborhood Legal Services

Each year, Neighborhood Legal Services of LA County (NLSLA) provides free legal assistance to more than 100,000 individuals and families across incorporated and unincorporated areas of LA County. During the COVID-19 pandemic, NLSLA's services are more critical than ever.

If you or someone you know is in need of legal assistance during this challenging time, NLSLA is ready to help. Contact our team of experts:

By Phone (Mondays - Fridays, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m):

General Help Line: 1 (800) 433-6251

Health Help Line: 1 (800) 896-3202

Online:

General Legal Assistance: visit nlsla.org 

COVID-19 Legal Assistance: visit nlsla.org/covid-19-legal-changes

New User-Friendly DPSS Website  * Link Corrected *

DPSS Website

The Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) launched a new website, last week, to provide LA County residents with information on DPSS programs and services.

The new website ensures a greater user experience. Improvements include increased visibility, accessibility and look and feel of the site. And now, it's mobile device friendly!

Visit DPSS at dpss.lacounty.gov.

Do You Know a Senior in Need of Free Meal Assistance? 

If you know a senior in need of meal assistance, it's not too late for them to apply for LA County's Great Plates Delivered Program.

Through Great Plates Delivered, LA County is providing three (3) home-delivered meals a day to qualifying older adults & adults over 60 who are at high-risk for COVID-19. This effort is not only assisting LA County seniors, but it is also helping LA County's local restaurant, hospitality and transportation community get back to work. 

See how Great Plates Delivered is helping Glendale catering company Marbled LA (and others) stay afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic:

Great Plates Glendale Story

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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7/2/20 

SAFER AT HOME THIS FOURTH, VIRTUAL BLOCK PARTY, NEW DPSS WEBSITE, AND 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:

Safer at Home this Fourth

Safer at Home graphic

Celebrate the Fourth Free From COVID-19

LA County residents are urged to stay home this 4th of July holiday weekend to slow the spread of COVID-19 & ensure the healthcare system is not overwhelmed. Do your part to keep the County safe and moving ahead toward recovery.

Rather than going forth on the 4th, LA County residents should celebrate with members of their own households, avoid large gatherings, and practice the basic rules that keep everyone safer during the pandemic:

  • cloth face coverings,
  • physical distancing of at least 6 ft from non-household members,
  • frequent and thorough hand-washing, 
  • and resisting the urge to touch your face.

With COVID-19 case counts & hospitalizations on the rise, the County moved swiftly to modify its Health Officer Orders this week. To prevent gatherings where the virus can spread:

  • All beaches, beach parking lots, beach bike paths, beach facilities and beach accessways will be closed from 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 3, until 5 a.m. Monday, July 6.
  • Public fireworks displays have been cancelled.
  • All indoor operations at restaurants, wineries and tasting rooms, card rooms, zoos, aquariums and museums will temporarily close.
  • All patrons and employees of fitness facilities are required to wear cloth face coverings masks & gloves at all times while inside the facility.

Skip the Fireworks

With this year’s fireworks shows now prohibited throughout LA County, the LA County Fire Department (LACoFD), First District Supervisor Hilda Solis, the LA County Sheriff’s Department (LASD), and other public safety partners hosted a press conference, this morning, to remind the public that all fireworks are illegal in unincorporated LA County. 

Skipping the fireworks, during COVID-19, has never been so important. Watch this to see why:

July 4 PSA

Those who use, possess, sell, & manufacture illegal fireworks will be fined.

Stay safe this holiday weekend, by visiting LA County Fire Department's website or following them on InstagramFacebook or YouTube.

To see the latest health guidance, testing information, or resources for making it through this difficult time, visit covid19.lacounty.gov.

July 4 Block Party

July 4 Block Party

Although Grand Park in downtown L.A. will be closed to public gatherings and picnics this holiday, its annual 4th of July Block Party will take place -- virtually!

Catch the show live:

To watch a preview of what's in store for you this Fourth of July, click here.

New User-Friendly DPSS Website

DPSS Website

The Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) has launched a new website to provide LA County residents with information on DPSS programs and services.

The new website ensures a greater user experience. Improvements include increased visibility, accessibility and look and feel of the site. And now, it's mobile device friendly!

Visit the new DPSS website at dpss.lacounty.gov.


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7/1/20 

NEW HEALTH ORDER, INDOOR ACTIVITIES INCLUDING IN-PERSON DINING TO CLOSE, 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:

New Health Order: Indoor Activities Including In-Person Dining to Close, Additional Requirements

Three Cs

LA County is moving swiftly to address the increasing spread of COVID-19 across the County and, later today, will be announcing a revised Health Officer Order (HOO) to follow a series of new state directives. The new directives have emphasized the need for LA County residents to avoid crowds, especially in indoor spaces.

Today's HOO will include:

The temporary closure of indoor, in-person dining at restaurants, indoor museums, indoor children’s museums, and indoor operations at zoos and aquariums, and cardrooms and satellite wagering facilities.

  • The lowest risk dining options are still drive-through, delivery, take-out and curb-side pick up. Being in enclosed spaces for long periods of time poses an increased risk for patrons. Outdoor dining offers increased ventilation; and can be achieved safely with limited capacity and tables spaced at least 6 feet apart. Strict adherence to public health guidelines must also be followed. Restaurant food servers must wear masks and face shields.
  • As a reminder, the modified HOO requires businesses with 3 (or more) known cases of COVID-19 within the workplace over the span of 14 days to report the outbreak to the Department of Public Health (DPH).

Bars have also been ordered to remain closed in all 19 counties on the State's watch list, including LA County.

Additional requirements are to be implemented at fitness facilities. While fitness facilities will remain open, all patrons and employees will be required to wear cloth face coverings masks and gloves at all times while inside the fitness facility.

Family gatherings are traditional for the holiday weekend. This year, however, LA County residents should celebrate only with members of their immediate households.

State enforcement strike teams will be deployed throughout California, beginning today, targeting non-compliant workplaces in partnership with local public health departments and businesses.

It is more important than ever to follow prevention practices outlined by LA County's Department of Public Health:

  1. Please continue to wear your cloth facial covering.
  2. Practice physical distancing.
  3. Wash your hands frequently.
  4. And don’t touch your face.

People with underlying health conditions, who are at higher risk for serious illness or death due to COVID-19, should take special precautions and stay at home wherever possible.

Please contact your healthcare provider to request a test if you have symptoms or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. If you don’t have a provider, please call 211 to get connected to one. Registration for test appointments, next week, at LA County operated sites will be available starting on Friday, July 3 here.

See today's DPH update on the number of COVID-19 cases across LA County.

For more information on how to stay safe, visit covid19.lacounty.gov.