Coronavirus
COVID-19 Updates

LA County:

  • On May 29, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued an updated Safer at Work and in the Community Health Officer Order to allow hair salons, barbershops and restaurants for in-person dining to reopen. Read the Health Officer Order here.

  • On May 26, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued a Safer at Work and in the Community Health Officer Order which allows the following activities to resume or reopen: faith-based services with capacity limited to less than 25% or maximum of 100 people (whichever is lower), office worksites, all indoor and outdoor retail at 50% capacity, flea markets, swap meets and drive-in movie theaters, pools, hot tubs and saunas that are in a multi-unit resident or part of a homeowners association, and public protests with attendance limited to 25% occupancy or a maximum of 100 attendees (whichever is lower). Read the Health Officer Order here.

  • On May 22, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued an addendum to the Safer at Home Order to allow for the reopening of beach bike paths and parking lots, indoor mall curbside service and select vehicle parades. Read the Health Officer Order here.
  • On May 13, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued an addendum to the Safer at Home Order to allow all retailers that are not located in an indoor mall or shopping center to reopen for pickup and delivery only. Manufacturing, warehouses and logistic businesses that supply retail can reopen. Beaches can reopen for active recreation in addition to select recreational facilities. Local jurisdictions may also close streets to allow for greater physical distancing. Read the Health Officer Order here. 
  • On May 8, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued an addendum to the Safer at Home Order to allow certain lower-risk non-essential retail businesses, golf courses, trails and auto dealerships to reopen. Read the Health Officer Order here.

California:

  • On April 14, Governor Gavin Newsom outlined six critical indicators the state will consider before modifying the Stay at Home Order. Learn more about the six indicators here.
  • On March 19, Governor Gavin Newsom announced a Stay at Home Order for the state of California: All individuals living in the State of California are to stay home or at their place of residence, except as needed to maintain continuity of operation of the federal critical infrastructure sectors, critical government services, schools, childcare, and construction, including housing construction. More information here.

United States:

  • As of May 28, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports there have been 1,698,523 positive cases of COVID-19 and 100,446 deaths. Infections have been reported internationally
  • On March 16, the White House released Coronavirus Guidelines for America:
    • If you feel sick, stay home. Do not go to work or school. 
    • If someone in your household has tested positive for COVID-19, keep the entire household home. Do not go to work or school. Contact your medical provider.
    • If you are an older adult or person with a serious underlying health condition, stay home and away from other people
    • Work or engage in schooling FROM HOME whenever possible
    • If you work in a critical infrastructure industry, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security, such as healthcare services and pharmaceutical and food supply, you have a special responsibility to maintain your normal work schedule. You and your employers should follow CDC guidance to protect your health at work.
    • Avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people
    • Avoid eating or drinking at bars, restaurants and food courts - use drive-thru, pick up or delivery options 
    • Avoid nonessential travel and activities 
    • Do not visit nursing homes, retirement or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance
    • Continue to practice good hygiene 
Past Updates

❯ LA County

• On April 24, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued a new Health Officer Order to prevent COVID-19 transmission in licensed congregate health care facilities. Read the Health Officer Order here.
• On April 10, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health extended the Safer at Home Order through May 15. The Health Officer Order continues to prohibit all indoor and outdoor public and private gatherings and events, and continues the closure of all indoor malls and shopping centers, all swap meets and flea markets, all indoor and outdoor playgrounds, beaches, trails and trailheads, and in-person operations of all non-essential businesses. Read the Health Officer Order here.
• Also on April 10, it includes the following:
‥ Essential businesses are required to provide cloth face coverings to all employees, to wear while performing duties which involve contact w/other employees and/or the public;
‥ Essential businesses are required to post their physical distancing plans; and
The public is required to wear a face covering to enter essential businesses
• On March 27, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued an addendum to the Safer at Home Order to include the temporary closure of public trails and trailheads, beaches, piers, beach bike paths and beach access points. Read the Health Officer Order here.
• On March 25, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued two new Health Officer Orders: Home Isolation and Home Quarantine. The Isolation Order states that all individuals who have been diagnosed with or who are likely to have COVID-19 must isolate themselves in their home for a period of 7 days, and 3 days of being symptom-free. The Quarantine Order states that all household contacts, intimate partners, caregivers and close contacts who have been in close contact with a person diagnosed with or likely to have COVID-19 while that person was symptomatic must quarantine themselves for 14 days.
• On March 21, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued an enhanced Health Officer Order to reconcile elements in the March 19 Health Officer Order necessary to be consistent with the Governor’s Order. The enhanced Order prohibits all gatherings and events, and clarifies that golf courses and personal grooming services (including hair and nail salons) are non-essential services that are closed. Read the Health Officer Order here.
• On March 19, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued a Safer at Home order to help slow the spread of COVID-19. The Order further restricts and limits gatherings and requires the closure of malls, shopping centers, children's playgrounds and nonessential retail businesses. Essential businesses like grocery stores, gas stations, hospitals and pharmacies are open. Read the Health Officer Order here.
• On March 16, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued a Health Officer Order to prohibit group events and gatherings, require social distancing measures and the closure of certain businesses, including bars, gyms, movie theaters and entertainment centers. Read the Health Officer Order here.
• On March 9, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reported it was investigating two additional cases of COVID-19. One case traveled through Japan. One case has an unidentified source of exposure, therefore LACDPH has determined this is the first possible case of community transmission in LA County.
• On March 4, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and the Department of Public Health declared a local and public health emergency in response to increased spread of coronavirus across the country and six additional cases in LA County. LACDPH stated that none of the new cases are from community spread, and all of these new cases were exposed to COVID-19 through close contacts. None of these cases were linked to the first case reported in LA County in January.
• LA County officials recommend reviewing emergency supplies such as extra food, water and medications. For more emergency preparedness tips, visit ready.gov or bchd.org/emergency-preparedness.

❯ California

• On March 15, Governor Gavin Newsom directed closure of California's bars, brewpubs, wineries and nightclubs, and called on people over 65 and others at higher risk of serious complications from exposure to the virus to stay at home.
• On March 11, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that California public health officials this evening issued an updated policy on gatherings to protect public health and slow the spread of COVID-19. The state’s public health experts have determined that gatherings should be postponed or canceled across the state until at least the end of March. Non-essential gatherings must be limited to no more than 250 people, while smaller events can proceed only if the organizers can implement social distancing of 6 feet per person. Gatherings of individuals who are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 should be limited to no more than 10 people, while also following social distancing guidelines. Read more here.

❯ United States

• On January 31, the Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II declared a public health emergency to aid the healthcare community in responding to the coronavirus.
• The first confirmed instance of person-to-person spread was reported in the U.S. on January 30, 2020.

 

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For more information on COVID-19, visit:
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
California COVID-19 Response - covid19.ca.gov
California Department of Public Health
Los Angeles County COVID-19 Response - covid19.lacounty.gov
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
World Health Organization