Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, First 5 LA will be gathering information and sharing resources to help partners, parents and L.A. County residents impacted by the crisis.
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- State and Federal Policy Changes in Response to COVID-19
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- Tips & Resources for Families with Young Children
COVID-19 — also known as Coronavirus — is a contagious virus that is part of a large family of coronaviruses that cause diseases of varying severities, ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. COVID-19 is also called a novel coronavirus because it is a new strain of coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans.
In general, transmission of coronaviruses is most likely while a person has symptoms and is spread through:
- Droplets produced through coughing and sneezing
- Close personal contact, such as caring for an infected person
- Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands
The symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough and difficulty breathing.
The best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to wear a face mask, practice good hygiene with frequent hand washing and by avoiding close social encounters.
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211 L.A. County Resource Line - 211 LA is the central source for providing information and referrals for all health and human services in LA County. It is open 24 hours, 7 days a week, with trained Community Resource Advisors prepared to offer help with any situation, any time.
LAUSD To Remain Closed This Fall
With Los Angeles' coronavirus numbers headed in the wrong direction, L.A. Unified school officials have ruled out reopening the district's campuses for in-person instruction when a new school year begins next month.
On August 18, classes will resume in online-only mode — though in his announcement Monday, Superintendent Austin Beutner pledged the district would offer more robust "distance learning" options this fall. Unlike last spring, he said, LAUSD students will be able to expect "daily, live engagement" with their teachers.
For more information, visit: https://laist.com/2020/07/13/coronavirus_lausd_schools_fall_reopening_decision_remain_closed.php
Fourth of July: What’s open and closed at Southern California beaches, parks, trails
On Wednesday, July 1 Gov. Gavin Newsom said the state would be closing parking at state beaches throughout Southern California and the San Francisco Bay Area for the weekend. He also announced closure of many indoor operations in L.A. and 18 other counties, including restaurant dining rooms, wineries, museums and card rooms for at least three weeks, as reported by The Los Angeles Times.
For a full list of what is open and closed, please view: http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/docs/HOO/SaferatHomeOrder_ExamplesofOpenings.pdf
Mayor Eric Garcetti has issued an order requiring Angelenos to wear face coverings outside their homes.
The order will aid the fight against COVID-19, as restrictions are gradually eased to allow more people to return to work and outdoor recreation. The order exempts young children who are at risk of suffocation and people with certain disabilities from being required to wear a face covering.
Face coverings help stop the spread of the virus, and wearing them in public creates a layer of protection. However, a face covering is not a substitute for other critical measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 — most importantly, staying home as much as possible, washing hands frequently, and practicing safe physical distancing of at least 6 feet in all settings.
For more information, click here.
IN STAGES: ROADMAP TO SAFELY ADJUSTING THE SAFER AT HOME ORDER IN THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES
Starting May 8, the City and County of Los Angeles will enter Stage II and begin the process of slow and gradual adjustments to the Safer at Home order. Physical distancing, face coverings and other safety measures will remain in place and will be even more important.
A gradual approach is necessary to safely navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. The goal is to slowly taper restrictions so we can avoid a surge of new COVID-19 cases that could overwhelm our healthcare and other systems. This strategy will be slow, deliberate, coordinated, and driven by data and public health criteria.
The first stage — where Los Angeles has been over the last several months — is crisis management mode, which has the goal of saving as many lives as possible.
The second stage aims to transition Angelenos back to a “new reality,” with a slow and gradual change to some restrictions, while always ensuring that there are adequate safety measures in place.
In the third and fourth stages, the City will transition to a state of monitoring, and aim to lift additional restrictions. In the fifth and final stage, the City will be fully reopened and turn its attention to reimagining itself in a post-COVID-19 period.
Stages ultimately become less restrictive as they progress. Key milestones must be reached before the City can transition to the next stage of recovery.
To learn more about the stages of recovery, visit: https://corona-virus.la/SaferLA
Los Angeles County expands free coronavirus testing to all residents
The City of Los Angeles, in partnership with the County of Los Angeles and CORE (Community Organized Relief Effort), is providing free COVID-19 testing to ALL Los Angeles County residents, whether or not you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
Priority for the same or next day testing is still given to people with symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, headaches, sore throat, or a new loss of sense of smell.
Testing is also prioritized for certain critical front-line workers who interact with the public while working. Click the Testing for Front Line Workers button for more details.
Testing is by appointment only. To book an appointment, visit: https://lacovidprod.service-now.com/rrs
LAUSD to remain closed for the rest of the school year
Los Angeles Unified School District campuses will remain closed for the remainder of the school year and courses through the summer will continue online amid ongoing coronavirus concerns, Superintendent Austin Beutner announced April 13.
For more information, view Beuter's announcement here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0XVAHpwQxVM
Los Angeles County extend stay-at-home order through May 15.
Los Angeles County health officials shared the latest COVID-19 modeling and warned Friday that the region needs to significantly increase physical distancing to slow the spread of coronavirus and that stay-at-home restrictions could remain into the summer.
For more information, click here.
The City of Los Angeles has issued new guidance to L.A. residents on the importance of wearing face coverings in public. The California Department of Public Health has also issued public guidance on the use of face coverings.
Early data suggests that many who are infected with COVID-19 are not symptomatic, which is why we recommend all members of the public wear cloth face coverings when leaving the house for essential activities. However, a face covering is not a substitute for other critical measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 — most importantly, staying home as much as possible, washing hands frequently, and practicing safe physical distancing in all settings.
For more information, visit: https://corona-virus.la/FaceCovering
- The new orders ensure that individuals who test positive for COVID-19, and those who are told by a clinician they are presumed to be positive for COVID-19, are required to self-isolate and self-quarantine
- Self-quarantine is required for anyone exposed to a person diagnosed with or likely to have COVID-19. Individuals must stay in quarantine for 14 days from the last time they had contact with the ill person, and they cannot leave their place of quarantine, with the only exception being for medical care
- Self-isolation is required for anyone diagnosed with or showing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 within 14 days of being in close contact with a person who had or was believed to have COVID-19. Individual self-isolation periods must last at least 3 days without symptoms, including being fever free without taking medicine, and 7 days since symptoms started, whichever is longer, and the individual notify anyone they’ve had close contact with while symptomatic to self-quarantine themselves. The only exception is to leave self-isolation for medical care.
As of March 19th, Gov. Newsom has ordered Californians to stay at home except for leaving for essential needs. The order will be in place through April 19, 2020 and is subject to extension. For more information, visit: https://covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs/
Here are the key parts of the “Safer at Home” order:
- Angelenos are directed to stay in their residences and limit activity outside of their homes beyond what is absolutely necessary for essential tasks — including to secure food and health care, safety and medical necessities, as well as to care for children, older adults, and people with disabilities.
- Many businesses — including malls, many shops, companies, and nonprofit organizations — must stop operations that require workers to be present in-person.
- No public and private gatherings that would occur outside of a single home will be allowed.
There are exceptions to this order. Please see this Safer at Home FAQ for a list of the essential activities and businesses that will remain open and other important information.