COVID-19 (Coronavirus): Alerts & Resources
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. Other possible symptoms include: loss of smell/taste, tiredness/fatigue, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea.
The best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to practice good hygiene with frequent handwashing and by avoiding close social encounters.
For FAQ about COVID-19, click here.
Are children more vulnerable to COVID-19?
There’s currently no evidence that shows that children are more susceptible to COVID-19. In fact, children may be less vulnerable to the virus and experience less-extreme symptoms than adults, according to NPR.
For more information on children and COVID-19, click here.
Click here for more resources and tips specifically for families with young children.
More General Information Resources:
- The State of California’s COVID-19 Resource Page
- L.A. County Responds: Confronting COVID-19
- L.A. County Department of Public Health: Coronavirus
- Center of Disease Control and Prevention: Coronavirus
- 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.
March 25, 2020
- 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.
March 23, 2020
On Monday, March 23rd, LAUSD announced that schools would be closed until May 1st. During that time, school district leaders will assess the situation and give further information on how the schools will move forward closer to the date.
Students will be provided with lesson plans from their teachers and/or free televised and digital educational classes from PBS SoCal. For more information, click here.
During closures, LAUSD is opening 60 "grab-and-go" food centers. For more information visit: https://achieve.lausd.net/resources
For more information on school closures, view First 5 LA continually updating resource page: https://www.first5la.org/article/covid-19-resource...
March 20, 2020
U.S. Census Update
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Census will also extend its deadline:
- The Census Bureau said on March 20th that it will extend the deadline for counting everyone in the U.S. by two weeks
- The nonresponse follow-up operation, where enumerators go door-to-door to count people who have not responded, will start in late May instead of mid-May, and it will end Aug. 14th rather than July 31st operations. People can also respond online, by phone, or by mail until Aug. 14th.
- The bureau will also delay a count of homeless people by one month until the end of April.
March 20, 2020
DPPS To Continue Services Uninterrupted
As of March 20th, all DPSS services will continue uninterrupted through May 2020.
While DPSS centers are currently closed, services are continuing to be provided via website and phone. You can now enroll and apply online.
Click here for more information.
March 19, 2020
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-essent...
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.
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