Congressman Ted Lieu - Update 10/2/20 - COVID-19 Reminders + Heroes Act + More

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October 02, 2020


Update 10/2/20 

The coronavirus continues to impact the lives and livelihoods of those in our community and around the world. My wife Betty and I are praying for the President and First Lady, and wish them a speedy recovery. This is a sobering reminder that COVID-19 can impact anyone. You can play a role in stopping the spread of COVID-19 by washing your hands frequently; practicing social distancing; and wearing a mask in public. By taking these actions, you are helping to save lives. 

Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed an updated version of the Heroes Act to address the growing health and economic needs of the American people as the coronavirus pandemic continues. The bill includes new provisions to support small businesses; provide additional assistance for families; and allocate more funds to bolster education and childcare. It also maintains key priorities set forth in the original Heroes Act that passed the House in May to honor our frontline workers; support COVID-19 testing, tracing and treatment; provide economic support in the form of direct payments to Americans; and restore unemployment benefits, among other items. My hope is that Republicans in the Senate will accept this proposal to provide relief to millions of Americans who are suffering greatly because of this pandemic. 

It is not too late to fill out the 2020 Census. A full and fair Census count will help our community receive the funding it needs to benefit local schools, hospitals, emergency management systems and more. If you have not done so already, please head to My2020Census.gov and respond now – especially if you reside in the yellow or orange areas below. Please also encourage your friends and neighbors to respond. By doing so, you’ll be a part of creating a brighter future for our community for the next 10 years. 

Your weekly reminder: 

  1. Please remember to get your flu shot to stay healthy this season. It is likely that both COVID-19 and the flu will be present at the same time in LA County this year. You can get a flu shot at any local pharmacy. For quick flu facts and frequently asked questions about COVID-19 and the flu, click here
  2. Every registered voter in California will receive a mail-in ballot in time for the November election. You can return your ballot by mail, in person at any Vote by Mail drop box location, or at any Vote Center in LA County. For more information on how to safely vote in the upcoming election, please go to sos.ca.gov/elections and lavote.net. To sign up to be a poll worker in your community, please go to powerthepolls.org. 
  3. If you tested positive for COVID-19, you should expect a call or text from a county public health specialist as part of an effort to contact trace and contain the spread of the virus. They are not law enforcement officers and will not ask about immigration status. If you tested positive for COVID-19 and have not yet heard from a contact tracer, please call 1-833-540-0473. LA County and City leaders recently announced a partnership with SafePass, a mobile app to help expand local efforts to contract trace and contain the spread of COVID-19. The app will allow users to self-report their symptoms, track any close contacts with other users and alert them of any potential exposure. All contact tracing data is completely confidential and private to the user. For more information on the app and to download your SafePass, please go to citizen.com/safepass.
  4. Have you witnessed fraud, waste, or abuse of coronavirus pandemic relief funds? Congress has approved over $3 trillion in federal spending to combat the pandemic and I am committed to ensuring your tax dollars are being spent properly. I encourage you to visit coronavirus.house.gov/contact/tip-line or call 202-225-4400 today to report waste, fraud, or abuse of COVID-19 funds. 

COVID-19 Updates

From LA County

Due to the current stabilization of COVID-19 numbers in LA County, the Board of Supervisors approved several recommendations for the staggered reopening of some sectors of the economy permitted by the state for counties in Tier 1 of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy

Starting September 30th and over the next 8 days, nail salons, cardrooms, indoor shopping malls and outdoor playgrounds will be allowed to reopen once they implement the required protocols to limit the spread of COVID-19. The re-openings will occur with restrictions in place. Nail salons and indoor shopping centers may only reopen at 25 percent capacity; cardrooms may reopen for outdoor gaming only; and outdoor playgrounds can only reopen with the approval of cities and the County Parks and Recreation Department. For specific information on the re-opening protocols, click here. The dates for each sector’s re-opening are below.

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In addition, the LA County Department of Public Health will reopen the school waiver program for in-person instruction for grades TK-2 next week. The program will be limited to 30 schools a week and will prioritize schools with more students who qualify for free or reduced meals. To learn more about the school waiver process, click here.

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Update 7/24/20 

Dear neighbor, 

As we continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, I am writing to help you stay informed on the progression of coronavirus cases in California and LA County and the corresponding public health directives in place to keep you and your families safe. Below are updates on state and local response efforts as well as mental health, financial support and other resources to guide you through this uncertain time.

Earlier this week, I hosted a Small Business Virtual Town Hall with SBA Los Angeles District Director Victor Parker, SBDC Business Advisor Trevor Shickman and LA County DCBA Business Development Manager Chris Perry to discuss loans and other assistance available to small businesses on the federal and county levels. To watch our full discussion with presentations on the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, as well as LA County small business support resources and grant opportunities, click here. If you have additional questions, please contact my district office at (323) 651-1040. Although our offices are physically closed, my staff is working full-time remotely and can assist you.

We are at a critical stage in this pandemic. Our actions now will determine what happens in the weeks ahead. Please remember to do your part and wear a mask in public; practice social distancing; and wash your hands frequently.

Your weekly reminder: 

  1. If you tested positive for COVID-19, you should expect a call from a county public health specialist as part of an effort to contact trace and contain the spread of the virus. They are not law enforcement officers and will not ask about immigration status. The call will appear on your phone as “L.A. Public Health.” Please pick up – contact tracing can help save lives. 
     
  2. Due to public health concerns caused by COVID-19, every registered voter in California will receive a mail-in ballot in time for the November 2020 election. Voting from home will help protect yourself and others from the virus. Please run through the checklist below to ensure all your information is up to date. If you see something that’s outdated, you can change it by going to lavote.net or calling 800-815-2666.
     
  3. The COVID-19 pandemic has reminded us about the importance of ensuring state and local governments have adequate resources to address the needs of their communities. In order to get an accurate count in the 2020 Census, every resident of our community must respond to the census. Please remember to complete your census form, either online, by phone or by mail to do your part in helping our community receive its fair share of federal resources to benefit schools, roads, hospitals, emergency preparedness plans and more.
     
  4. Have you witnessed fraud, waste, or abuse of coronavirus pandemic relief funds? Congress has approved over $3 trillion in federal spending to combat the pandemic and I am committed to ensuring your tax dollars are being spent properly. I encourage you to visit coronavirus.house.gov/contact/tip-line or call 202-225-4400 today to report waste, fraud, or abuse of COVID-19 funds.

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COVID-19 Updates

From the State

This week, Governor Newsom issued new guidance allowing for hair salons and barbershops to operate outdoors. The guidance allows these businesses to resume services outdoors only when they are ready to do so with the appropriate safety measures in place. Please see below for specific personal care service requirements in LA County. 

Last week, Governor Newsom laid out a plan for California school reopenings. In California, school reopenings will be determined by local health data. The new plan prohibits schools in counties that are on California’s County Monitoring List from resuming in-person instruction until their county has been off the Monitoring List for a period of at least 14 days. LA County is currently on the County Monitoring List. To track county data on cases, hospitalizations and Monitoring List status, click here.  

The Governor also announced new actions to boost California’s Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) stockpile. The state moved to secure an additional 120 million N-95 masks and 300 million surgical masks for distribution to front-line workers. The Governor also directed the Department of Public Health and Office of Emergency Services to further increase the strategic stockpile to 100 million N-95 respirators and 200 million surgical masks to prevent shortages and increase preparedness heading into early fall.

From LA County

LA County issued reopening protocols for hair salons, barbershops and other personal care businesses offering outdoor services. Customers must wear a mask the entire time and businesses must ensure there is enough air flow for circulation. In addition, appropriate distancing measures and infection control protocols must be in place.

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This week, the LA County Board of Supervisors approved a $1.22 billion spending package to assist people and businesses impacted by the pandemic using federal and state funds provided through the CARES Act. The plan allocates money to expand contact tracing and testing; support small businesses through grants; provide financial relief to families; and ramp up the countywide response to the crisis by supporting disaster workers and providing PPE for employees. For a full list of spending allocations, click here 

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Update 7/10/20 

Dear neighbor, 

This week, coronavirus case numbers in California and Los Angeles County reached a record high. Current modeling suggests 1 in 140 LA County residents are unknowingly infected with COVID-19. Two weeks ago, that number was 1 in 400. Now more than ever, we must all do our part to limit the spread of COVID-19, which continues to take American lives and disrupt livelihoods. Please remember that your actions have a direct impact on the health of our community and wash your hands frequently; do social distancing; and wear a mask in public. 

As the demand for COVID-19 tests increases, LA County officials have placed new restrictions on who should get tested. Those who are showing symptoms; work in a high-risk environment; or have had known exposure to the virus are now prioritized for testing. To keep up with the high demand, LA County is working to increase appointments at existing sites and set up new testing sites over the next two to three weeks. To learn more about new testing requirements and schedule an appointment, go to covid19.lacounty.gov/testing. 

Yesterday, I joined Rep. Raul Ruiz and other Southern California Congressmembers in speaking with the media about the urgent need for the Senate to pass the HEROES Act to provide much-needed relief to frontline workers, small businesses and families impacted by this crisis. I also led a letter urging the Small Business Administration to clarify the guidance for Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) so small businesses can use these funds for COVID-19 safety and mitigation activities, such as purchasing glass partitions and personal protective equipment.

Your actions over the coming weeks will affect how our community moves forward in the fight against COVID-19. Please remember that wearing a mask in public indoor and outdoor spaces is mandatory and will help stop the spread of this highly contagious virus. Below are updates and resources from state and local officials to guide you through this ongoing crisis. 

Your weekly reminder: 

  1. If you tested positive for COVID-19, you should expect a call from a county public health specialist as part of an effort to contact trace and contain the spread of the virus. They are not law enforcement officers and will not ask about immigration status. The call will appear on your phone as “L.A. Public Health.” Please pick up – contact tracing can help save lives. 

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  2. Due to public health concerns caused by COVID-19, every registered voter in California will receive a mail-in ballot in time for the November 2020 election. Voting from home will help protect yourself and others from the virus. Please run through the checklist below to ensure all your information is up to date. If you see something that’s outdated, you can change it by going to lavote.net or calling 800-815-2666.
     
  3. The COVID-19 pandemic has reminded us about the importance of ensuring state and local governments have adequate resources to address the needs of their communities. In order to get an accurate count in the 2020 Census, every resident of our community must respond to the census. Please remember to complete your census form, either online, by phone or by mail to do your part in helping our community receive its fair share of federal resources to benefit schools, roads, hospitals, emergency preparedness plans and more.
     
  4. Have you witnessed fraud, waste, or abuse of coronavirus pandemic relief funds? Congress has approved over $3 trillion in federal spending to combat the pandemic and I am committed to ensuring your tax dollars are being spent properly. I encourage you to visit coronavirus.house.gov/contact/tip-line or call 202-225-4400 today to report waste, fraud, or abuse of COVID-19 funds.

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COVID-19 Updates

From the State

California is calling on healthcare providers, behavioral health professionals and health care administrators to join the California Health Corps and help fight COVID-19. So far, over 96,000 people have filled out an application and 741 Health Corps members have been deployed to skilled nursing, corrections and other facilities. If you are over 18 and have a California License for clinical practice, or are a medical resident or nursing student, you can play a role in responding to the crisis in your region. You will be paid and given malpractice insurance coverage. To register, click here

On May 1, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an emergency use authorization allowing the use of remdesivir, an inhaled antiviral drug, to treat adults and children hospitalized with COVID-19. Remdesivir has proven effective in helping to treat the virus for some patients. Due to the drug’s limited availability, the federal government agreed to ship remdesivir only to states with increasing cases, including California. Governor Newsom announced that the state received its first inventory of remdesivir and is in the process of distributing it to local providers. For more on the allocation of remdesivir in California, click here

From LA County 

Beaches in LA County are now open following the temporary closure over the July 4th holiday weekend. Beach parking lots, bike paths, facilities and access ways are also open. Remember: face coverings are required on all L.A. County beaches when you are out of the water and around others. 

Bars, breweries, pubs, wineries and tasting rooms remain closed, in addition to indoor dining services, cardrooms, satellite wagering facilities, zoos, aquariums and museums. For a full list of what is open and closed in LA County, click here

Last month, when bars and restaurants started to reopen in LA County, the county Public Health Department discovered that 83% of these locations were violating some part of the public health protocols. Now, county inspections have seen a 90-98% compliance rate at the same businesses. For business safety protocols, please visit covid19.lacounty.gov/recovery.

The LA County Department of Public Health updated its reopening guidance for Places of Worship to align with Governor Newsom’s recent directives. The new order prohibits singing and chanting during indoor services to prevent the spread of COVID-19 droplets. Although LA County published reopening protocols for Places of Worship, it is still recommending they continue to facilitate remote services. 

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Update 7/2/20 

Your weekly reminder: 

  1. All Californians are now required to wear face masks in public indoor spaces and outdoors when physical distancing is not possible. Please remember to wear your mask to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
     
  2. If you tested positive for COVID-19, you should expect a call from a county public health specialist as part of an effort to contact trace and contain the spread of the virus. They are not law enforcement officers and will not ask about immigration status. The call will appear on your phone as “L.A. Public Health.” Please pick up – contact tracing can help save lives. 
     
  3. Due to public health concerns caused by COVID-19, every registered voter in California will receive a mail-in ballot in time for the November 2020 election. Voting from home will help protect yourself and others from the virus. Please run through the checklist below to ensure all your information is up to date. If you see something that’s outdated, you can change it by going to lavote.net or calling 800-815-2666.

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  4. The COVID-19 pandemic has reminded us about the importance of ensuring state and local governments have adequate resources to address the needs of their communities. In order to get an accurate count in the 2020 Census, every resident of our community must respond to the census. Please remember to complete your census form, either online, by phone or by mail to do your part in helping our community receive its fair share of federal resources to benefit schools, roads, hospitals, emergency preparedness plans and more.

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COVID-19 Updates

From the State

On June 30, Governor Newsom signed an executive order extending authorization for local governments to halt evictions for renters financially impacted by COVID-19 through September 30. The order also extends numerous other provisions previously put in place in response to the pandemic, including the option to obtain marriage licenses through videoconferencing; the suspension of in-person foster care visits; and In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) videoconferencing care for older adults and those with disabilities. 

Over the past three months, California has served around 14,200 individuals through Project Roomkey, a statewide effort to secure housing and safe isolation spaces for those experiencing homelessness. This week, Governor Newsom announced Homekey, a new phase of the COVID-19 response to provide safe shelter for homeless Californians. The Homekey program will allow counties to partner with the state to rehabilitate hotels, motels, vacant apartment buildings, residential care facilities and other housing types to serve people experiencing homelessness and protect our most vulnerable from COVID-19.

From LA County

According to recent health inspections, around 40% of restaurants in LA County have not been compliant with some of the basic safety requirements such as wearing face coverings or distancing tables six feet apart. If you own or operate a business in LA County, please go to covid19.lacounty.gov/recovery for industry-specific reopening guidelines to ensure the health and safety of your employees and customers. If you entered a business and noticed it was not following health guidelines, please use this online form to file a complaint or call the LA County Environmental Health Customer Call Center at (888) 700-9995.

Please beware of fake “Face Mask Exempt” cards circulating around LA County. These flyers and cards were not sent by a government agency and are not endorsed by the Department of Justice or any LA County department. All Californians are still required to wear masks while in common and indoor public spaces and while outside when physical distancing is not possible.

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Additional Resources 

  1. LA County is encouraging all those who’d like to receive a COVID-19 test to contact their Primary Care Provider first to request a test at their facility. If you don’t have access to this care or are unable to contact your provider, free testing is available across LA County. To schedule a test, please go to covid19.lacounty.gov/testing. Please note that fewer slots will be available due to the July 4th holiday weekend.
     
  2. For an update on the progression of coronavirus cases in California and LA County, visit update.covid19.ca.gov and publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/coronavirus.
     
  3. Governor Newsom recently announced a new online marketplace run by the California Manufacturers and Technology Association to help companies access non-medical grade PPE. To learn more, go to safelymakingca.org
     
  4. The LA Regional COVID Fund will provide grants of $5K to micro-entrepreneurs and $15K to small businesses and non-profits in response to the impact the virus has had on the local economy. Applications for the first round of funding open on July 6. To apply, click here. To learn more about the grant opportunity, please click here to watch an informational webinar.

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  5. If you need access to Wi-Fi, use the LA County Wi-Finder to locate free internet spots near you.
     
  6. The City of Los Angeles created a new risk monitoring tool to help the community better understand the threat level of COVID-19. The tool breaks down the risk into four categories: red, orange, yellow and green. Today, the indicator is orange, meaning you should stay home as often as you can and only leave for essential activities. Click here to learn more.
     
  7. To give or receive food support in LA County, please go to covid19.lacounty.gov/food.
     
  8. While we continue to fight the spread of COVID-19, we also must prepare ourselves for the upcoming 2020-2021 flu season. Please click here for CDC information and frequently asked questions on COVID-19 and the flu.

As your Member of Congress, I will continue to provide you with updated information on the coronavirus to help keep you and your families safe. For more information on COVID-19, please visit my coronavirus webpage and follow me on FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube. For updates from LA County and California, please go to covid19.lacounty.gov and covid19.ca.gov. Please remember to practice good hygiene; wear a face covering; and stay home when possible. I look forward to updating you again soon.
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Update 6/26/20 

Dear neighbor, 

This week, Los Angeles County public health officials reported a rise in the number of daily confirmed coronavirus cases and a slow climb in hospitalizations due to COVID-19. According to the LA County Department of Public Health, there are currently 1,676 hospitalizations due to COVID-19 within LA county. Although this number is still below the county’s peak of 1,900 and we are not seeing the immediate threat of hospitals being overwhelmed, we must recognize the next few weeks are crucial to slowing the spread of this virus. 

Public health officials anticipated the uptick in cases as sectors of the economy are reopening and more people are spending time outside of their homes. Experts indicate that the new surge in cases appears to be driven, in part, by an increase in infections among younger Californians. It is crucial to remember that you can be infected with the virus without showing symptoms and unknowingly pass it along to someone else who may be more vulnerable. Please continue to protect yourself and others by wearing a face mask; washing your hands often; and keeping 6 feet of distance from those outside of your household. If you are older than 65 or have a chronic medical condition, please stay home. 

The health and safety of our community depends on the actions of individuals like you. Please continue to take preventative measures to help limit future COVID-19 infections in our community. 

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Your weekly reminder:

  1. All Californians are required to wear face masks in public indoor spaces and outdoors when physical distancing is not possible. Please remember to wear your mask to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
      
  2. The COVID-19 pandemic has reminded us about the importance of ensuring state and local governments have adequate resources to address the needs of their communities. In order to get an accurate count in the 2020 Census, every resident of our community must respond to the census. Please remember to complete your census form, either online, by phone or by mail to do your part in helping our community receive its fair share of federal resources to benefit schools, roads, hospitals, emergency preparedness plans and more.
     
  3. Due to public health concerns caused by COVID-19, every registered voter in California will receive a mail-in ballot in time for the November 2020 election. Voting from home will help protect yourself and others from the virus. For more information about mail-in ballots and to check your voter status, go to vote.ca.gov.
     
  4. If you tested positive for COVID-19, you should expect a call from a county public health specialist as part of an effort to contact trace and contain the spread of the virus. They are not law enforcement officers and will not ask about immigration status. The call will appear on your phone as “L.A. Public Health.” Please pick up – contact tracing can help save lives. 

COVID-19 Updates

From the State 

The state of California made its COVID-19 data and modeling available to researchers, scientists and the general public so anyone can learn about the science informing public health decisions. Click here to view California data on how quickly the virus is spreading, what we can expect in the upcoming weeks and the potential long-term impacts of COVID-19 based on different scenarios.  

Now more than ever, we must ensure all Californians have access to quality health insurance. In response to COVID-19, Covered California opened a special enrollment period for those who are uninsured and eligible to sign up for affordable, reliable health care coverage. The deadline to enroll has been extended through the end of July to give Californians more time to find a plan that works for them. If you are uninsured, please go to CoveredCA.com before July 31 to sign up and be covered during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

From LA County

Please see below a list of businesses and public spaces that may now reopen in LA County, as well as those that remain closed.

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If you choose to visit any of these spaces, please continue to keep 6 feet of distance from those not in your household; wear a face covering that fits tightly around your nose and mouth; and wash your hands frequently.

LA County businesses that suffered physical damage or economic injury due to the recent civil unrest are now eligible for disaster assistance loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Eligible businesses of all sizes and nonprofit organizations can borrow up to $2 million to help with the cost of damaged goods, real estate, equipment and other assets. The deadline to apply for property damage assistance is August 17, 2020. The deadline to apply for economic injury assistance is March 17, 2021. Complete an application online at sba.gov or call the SBA Customer Service Center at (800) 659 – 2955. . 

Additional Resources 

  1. Same or next-day appointments for COVID-19 tests are available at select locations in LA County. If you’d like to schedule a test, please go to covid19.lacounty.gov/testing.

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  2. For an update on the progression of coronavirus cases in California and LA County, visit update.covid19.ca.gov and publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/coronavirus.
     
  3. The deadline to apply for a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) SBA loan is June 30th. These loans provide vital relief to small businesses and will be fully forgiven if at least 60% of the loan is used for payroll. To learn more and apply, click here.
     
  4. If you received an Economic Impact Payment, please keep Notice 1444, Your Economic Impact Payment, with your other important tax records, especially if you believe your payment amount is wrong. The notice provides information about the amount of your payment, how it was administered and how to report any payment that wasn’t received. When you file your 2020 tax return, you can refer to Notice 1444 and claim additional credits if you are eligible. For more information, click here.
     
  5. If you’re a public service employee, health care worker or first responder in LA County, please read these guidelines to learn more about how to protect yourselves and others from COVID-19.
     
  6. If you own a restaurant in LA County, please refer to the full set of safety protocols before reopening. While dining at a restaurant, please expect to wear a face covering when you’re not eating or drinking; sanitize often; prepare to use digital menus by bringing a smartphone; and keep in mind that seating capacity will be limited.
     
  7. The LA County Department of Public Health has published recovery guidelines for non-residential substance use settingscongregate living spaces, and homeless services facilities.  
     
  8. LA County Workforce Development, Aging & Community Services (WDACS) wants to hear from business owners in the community to better understand their needs and concerns during this difficult time. Please click here to take the COVID-19 Business Response Survey by July 2nd. Your responses may be used to inform officials about emergency services, programs and relief.
     
  9. The LA County Disaster Help Center is holding a 4-part webinar series to provide restaurants, retail stores, salons and offices guidance for reopening. They are held on Thursdays at 3pm from June 25 – July 16, 2020. To RSVP, click here.
     
  10. If you are a summer camp administrator, please see these tips from the CDC about how to protect campers and staff from COVID-19.
     
  11. Day camps in LA County may now reopen with the proper infection control and distancing protocols in place. Please see below for what to expect when at day camp.
     
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  12. If you witness a hate crime, please call 2-1-1 and report it right away.
     
  13. 211 LA County and Slingshot Aerospace teamed up to create Food Finder 211 LA, a geographical information system for food mapping in LA County. If you are in need of food, please use Food Finder 211 LA to locate food resources near you.
     
  14. If you believe you’ve been a victim of fraudulent activity such as theft, cybercrime or forgery, please call the LA County Fraud Hotline at 1-800-544-6861 or visit fraud.lacounty.gov to report it.
     
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  15. The LA County Board of Supervisors extended the LA County eviction moratorium through July 31st. For more information on how this may affect you as a renter or landlord, please visit rent.lacounty.gov or call (833) 233-RENT.
     
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  16. LA County allocated $30 million for rent relief for families financially impacted by this crisis. To learn more, click here.

As challenges surrounding the coronavirus persist, I will continue to update you with the latest developments and provide you with resources to help keep you and your families safe. For more information, please visit my coronavirus webpage and follow my FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube accounts. I look forward to updating you again soon. 

Sincerely, 

Ted W. Lieu 
Member of Congress

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Update 6/19/20 

Dear neighbor, 

Today is Juneteenth, when we commemorate the end of slavery and celebrate 155 years of freedom for Black Americans. On this day, we also recognize the systemic racism and oppression Black Americans still face today. As we honor Juneteenth, we continue on in the fight for equality and justice for all Americans. 

I’m pleased that hospitalizations due to COVID-19 have decreased in California over recent days. However, this does not mean that the virus has stopped spreading. We’ve made significant progress in slowing the spread of COVID-19 and must continue to protect ourselves and others by washing our hands often; maintaining physical distance; and staying home when possible.

This week, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)'s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program reopened to all eligible businesses and nonprofits impacted by COVID-19. EIDL loans can provide long-term, low interest assistance to businesses in need. They can be used to cover payroll and inventory, pay debt or fund other expenses to alleviate financial losses caused by the virus. In addition, the EIDL Advance Program will provide up to $10,000 in emergency advance grants to businesses that are suffering financially, which do not have to be repaid. To learn more and apply for assistance, go to sba.gov/disaster.

As a reminder, the deadline to apply for a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) SBA loan is June 30th. These loans provide vital relief to small businesses and will be fully forgiven if at least 60% of the loan is used for payroll. To learn more and apply, click here.

Your weekly reminder: 

  1. All Californians are now required to wear face masks in common and public indoor spaces and outdoors when physical distancing is not possible. Please remember to wear your mask to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.   

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  2. If you plan to head to the beach this weekend, please take the necessary health precautions outlined below and read through these FAQs. Gatherings of any size with people from multiple households, volleyball, group sports and other events are still prohibited.

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  3. The COVID-19 pandemic has reminded us about the importance of ensuring state and local governments have adequate resources to address the needs of their communities. As of June 11, California’s 33rd District has a census response rate just below 60%. In order to get an accurate count in the 2020 Census, every resident of our community must respond to the census. Please remember to complete your census form, either online, by phone or by mail to do your part in helping our community receive its fair share of federal resources to benefit schools, roads, hospitals, emergency preparedness plans and more.

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    Census Self-Response Rate in California’s 33rd District (Updated 6/11)

     
  4. Due to public health concerns caused by COVID-19, every registered voter in California will receive a mail-in ballot in time for the November 2020 election. Voting from home will help protect yourself and others from the virus. For more information about mail-in ballots and to check your voter status, go to vote.ca.gov.
     
  5. The state of California launched California Connected, a new contact tracing program to identify COVID-19 patients and reach out to the people they’ve come in contact with to ensure all parties receive a test and subsequent medical care. Through this program, tracers will work with patients and their friends and families to isolate cases and prevent the spread of COVID-19. If you tested positive for COVID-19, please call your local health department for help getting in touch with those you’ve recently encountered. Any personal information you share is confidential and the process will be done anonymously.

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COVID-19 Updates

From the State

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Covered California opened a special enrollment period to help those who are uninsured enroll in quality, affordable health care plans. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 open enrollment period, more than 155,000 Californians have signed up for health care coverage. Any person who is uninsured and eligible can enroll in a health care plan that works for them by going to CoveredCA.com

The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) has made significant progress in supporting local communities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As of June 15th, Cal OES has distributed 46.3 million N-95 masks, secured 365,233 hotel rooms for health care workers and delivered 1.2 million meals to older adults in need through the Great Plates Program.
 

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From LA County

Effective today, June 19th, bars, wineries, tattoo parlors, spas, nail salons, casinos and card rooms in LA County may reopen with physical distancing and infection control protocols in place. Gyms may also reopen with no more than 50% occupancy in workout areas and classes. This new reopening phase will move LA County into Stage 3 of California’s Pandemic Resilience Roadmap. To read the updated LA County Health Officer Order, click here

LA County restaurants can reopen for dine-in service with the proper health protocols in place.
 

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Some high-risk businesses remain closed until further notice, including lounges and nightclubs; public entertainment venues; family entertainment centers such as bowling alleys and batting cages; and indoor and outdoor playgrounds. For a full list of what is open and closed in LA County, please click here.

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Update 6/12/20 

As key economic and community sectors reopen in LA County, COVID-19 remains a highly contagious threat. We must continue to each play our part in preventing the spread of the virus so our community can recover safely. Below you will find information on plans to reopen from state and local officials as well as resources to help keep you and your family safe. 

The LA County Department of Public Health is advising those who recently attended a protest to self-quarantine for two weeks, monitor for symptoms and get tested if symptoms develop. If you choose to partake in future demonstrations, please remember to take the proper health precautions. Please wear a facial covering that covers your mouth and nose and fits tightly around your face, and try to maintain 6 feet of distance from others.

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Your weekly reminder: 

  1. All LA County and state-run COVID-19 testing sites are now open. COVID-19 tests are free and available to all residents of LA County, including people without insurance, and regardless of immigration status. If you would like to get tested, LA County is encouraging residents to first contact their Primary Care Provider or Healthcare Center. If you are unable to receive a test, free testing is available across LA County at various testing sites. To locate a testing site near you, click here. To sign up for a test in LA County, click here. You can also call the California Medi-Nurse line for free advice at 1-877-409-9052.
     
  2. The state of California recently launched California Connected, a new contact tracing program to identify COVID-19 patients and reach out to the people they’ve come in contact with to ensure all parties receive a test and subsequent medical care. Through this program, tracers will work with patients and their friends and families to isolate cases and prevent the spread of COVID-19. If you tested positive for COVID-19, please call your local health department for help getting in touch with those you’ve recently encountered. Any personal information you share is confidential and the process will be done anonymously.

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  3. Due to public health concerns caused by COVID-19, every registered voter in California will receive a mail-in ballot in time for the November 2020 election. Voting from home will help protect yourself and others from the virus. For more information about mail-in ballots and to check your voter status, go to vote.ca.gov.
     
  4. The COVID-19 pandemic has reminded us about the importance of ensuring state and local governments have adequate resources to address the needs of their communities. It is absolutely crucial that every resident of California be counted in the 2020 CensusPlease remember to fill out your census form, either online, by phone or by mail to do your part in helping our community receive its fair share of federal resources to benefit schools, roads, hospitals, emergency preparedness plans and more.
     

COVID-19 Updates

From the State

Last week, Governor Newsom signed an executive order to help increase the availability of hand sanitizer and medical devices such as respirators, ventilators and masks. The order also addresses numerous other issues caused by the pandemic by allowing for increased flexibility in the emergency placement of foster youth; permitting In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) caseworkers to continue caring for older adults; and implementing procedures to prevent a delay in processing employment in critical sectors. 

The California Department of Public Health released new county monitoring data as well as guidance to help counties prepare for the reopening of schools, businesses, childcare and entertainment. The new data is intended to show Californians their county’s progress in mitigating the spread of COVID-19 while indicating areas of concern. Specifically, it shows where counties stand in terms elevated disease transmission, hospitalization rates and hospital capacity.  

From LA County 

LA County is moving forward on the Roadmap to Recovery and reopening key economic and community sectors today, June 12th. Starting today, gyms, museums, day camps, campgrounds, music and TV production spaces, professional sports without live audiences and hotels can reopen with infection control and distancing protocols in place. With these reopenings, LA County will move into Phase 3 of California’s Resilience Roadmap. For more information and reopening guidelines for specific sectors, click here.  

Although LA County is taking this major step forward, it doesn’t mean COVID-19 is gone. The virus is still around us and remains highly contagious. Please remember to practice physical distancing; wear cloth face coverings; and follow public health directives.

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Additional Resources 

  1. The CDC recently expanded its list of COVID-19 symptoms. Please be on the lookout for the following symptoms and call your health care provider if any arise. If you need a provider, call 2-1-1.

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  2. For an update on the progression of coronavirus cases in California and LA County, visit update.covid19.ca.gov and publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/coronavirus.
     
  3. To view COVID-19 numbers by race and ethnicity from the California Department of Public Health, click here.
     
  4. If you own a business that suffered physical damage or economic injury during the recent protests, you can register online to be connected to future disaster relief aid as it becomes available. 

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  5. If you are looking for small business assistance, Small Business Administration (SBA) partners are offering free business counseling, mentoring and training via phone, email or video conferencing. Click here to find a resource partner near you.
     
  6. LA County Workforce Development, Aging & Community Services (WDACS) is providing emergency food distribution services at 8 community and senior centers in LA County. Please call to make an appointment at the center closest to you.

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  7. The LA County Great Plates Delivered program to deliver meals to those in need while supporting community restaurants has been extended through July 10th. Restaurants and participants can apply here.
     
  8. If you’re an undocumented immigrant or don’t have insurance, you can still get tested and receive treatment for COVID-19 through Medi-Cal. Please view this California Immigrant Resource Guide for more information.
     
  9. LA County public health officials hold frequent COVID-19 briefings in multiple languages. Tune in through the county’s FacebookTwitter or YouTube accounts, or call the numbers below to listen in.

    -English: (888) 664-1451
    -Spanish: (888) 664-1453
    -Mandarin: (888) 664-1459
    -Korean: (888) 664-1454

     
  10. LA County released guidance for restaurants, breweries, bars, pubs and wineries reopening for in-person dining. Click here to learn more about steps dine-in restaurants can take to protect the health of their employees and customers.
     
  11. On May 29th, Governor Newsom and First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom launched new state initiatives to protect domestic violence victims during the COVID-19 crisis. If you are currently experiencing domestic violence, please text 911 or call California’s 24-hour hotline (800-799-7233) or the national hotline (800-799-SAFE).
     
  12. While we deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, we must also ensure we’re prepared for other disasters that may affect our community. As we officially head into wildfire season, please check your emergency kit and replace any missing items.
     
  13. I understand this is an extremely difficult time for many Americans. If you’re feeling stressed, anxious or depressed, please take a look at the following resources to help you take care of your mental health and well-being:
  • For tips on how to manage stress brought on by COVID-19, visit covid19.ca.gov/manage-stress-for-health.   
     
  • For educational and mental health resources on racism, protests and the coronavirus, visit dmh.lacounty.gov/resources.
     
  • If you need someone to talk to, please call the LA County Crisis Line at (800) 854-7771 or text “LA” to 741741. 

I am pleased to see our community taking steps to return to normal. However, we must keep the foot on the accelerator and continue to follow public health guidelines to protect ourselves and others. For more information on COVID-19, please visit my coronavirus webpage and follow me on FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube. Please also visit covid19.ca.gov and covid19.lacounty.gov for additional resources from California and LA County. I look forward to updating you again soon.

 

Contact:
Janet Turner, Field Rep, Constituent Services
janet.turner@mail.house.gov, (323) 651-1040