July 27, 2020—The County of Los Angeles Public Health Department has confirmed 17 new deaths and 2,039 new cases of COVID-19.  Since May, the majority of cases have occurred among people between the ages of 18 and 49 years old. People between the ages of 30 and 49 year old account for the largest proportion of cases and roughly the same proportion of cases as seen since May. Other age groups are flat or decreasing slightly.

To underscore the ongoing need to protect the long-term health and well-being of residents and the workforce as we move forward in the recovery journey, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) introduces and underscores a new set of three Cs: Compliance, Containment, and Collaboration.

  • Compliance: Businesses must comply with Health Officer Orders and implement the strict infection control practices and distancing guidelines in place to protect the workforce and the public. Residents must continue to wear face coverings, maintain physical distancing, avoid gathering with people they don’t live with and continue washing their hands and cleaning high- touch surfaces.
  • Containment: Adequate testing and case investigations are critical tools to contain spread. The Department of Health Services has announced testing capacity has expanded to over 65% to serve communities hardest hit by COVID-19 that experience racial and economic disparities. Case interviews and contact tracing of people who are positive or exposed are isolating and quarantining must continue. Businesses and employers must also do their part and alert the department to outbreaks at their work sites.
  • Collaboration: Collaborating across all sectors and government is imperative to ensure clear messages to the public, uninterrupted supply chains for testing supplies and personal protective equipment, and unity in strategies for re-opening with as much safety as possible.

Community Coalition has been laser-focused on the concerns/needs of our community, and our organizers have been on the phones speaking directly to our members—to connect, reassure, listen, and assess what the needs are in South LA in the wake of COVID-19. Our community needs assessment highlighted the urgency of connecting residents and members to critical resources (i.e., technology, supplies, and food) in the short-term while displaying the gaps in the social safety net.

What is Coronavirus?

On Monday, March 16, Community Coalition joined other community-based organizations, in the act of solidarity, and suspended our customary hours of operation and asked our staff to work from home in the interests of public health and safety. Days later, Governor Gavin Newsom ordered Californians to stay at home, and Mayor Eric Garcetti closed all non-essential businesses in LA County.

About Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

For more information, go to trusted sites like:

Up to date information about the virus can be found here.

Preventative Measures

  • Avoiding nonessential travel
  • Avoiding public gatherings, places where large groups congregate and event venues (large events of 50 people or more)
  • Avoiding crowds, especially in poorly ventilated spaces
  • Staying six feet apart from others in public venues, if you must go out

Early data suggest older adults are twice as likely to have serious COVID-19 illness. This may be because immune systems change with age, making it harder to fight off diseases and infection. Older adults also are more likely to have underlying health conditions that make it harder to cope with and recover from illness.

How can I help protect myself, my family, and my community?

Please make sure you are taking care of yourselves and exercising caution to prevent the spread of bacteria by continuing to do the following:

  • Wash your hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds
  • Use hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Practice social distancing and avoid contact with people who may display symptoms
  • Stay away from work, school, or other people if you become sick with respiratory, and symptoms, fever and cough

Beware of Scams

Safety from public health threats like COVID-19 comes from our community strength and collective action, and our health depends on each other. We encourage all of our members to rely on facts, not fear or rumors, and to be mindful of Coronavirus scams.

City of Los Angeles: Safer at Home Order

City of Los Angeles: Mayor Eric Garcetti ordered all persons living in the city to remain in their homes, with certain exceptions, such as:

  • To visit a healthcare or veterinary professional
  • To exercise, but remain 6 feet away from others, such as walking, hiking, running, cycling, using scooters, roller skates, skateboards, or travel in a vehicle with household members to go to a place to walk, hike, run or ride a bike.
  • Obtain medical supplies
  • Buy groceries
  • To care for a family member, a friend, or a pet in another household
  • Returning to a home outside Los Angeles
  • Traveling to a home outside Los Angeles
  • Comply with a court or law enforcement order
  • Legally mandated government purposes
  • All first responders, gang and crisis intervention workers, public health workers, emergency management personnel, emergency dispatchers, law enforcement personnel, and others working for emergency services providers are exempt.
  • To do certain business operations and activities that are exempted, and listed below.

While doing these things, people should keep 6 feet from others, frequently wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer, cover coughs and sneezes, clean high-touch surfaces and not shake hands.

COVID-19 RESOURCES

Coronavirus Stimulus Frequently Asked Questions

On March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law. The CARES Act is the largest and most far reaching stimulus package in America’s history and will impact nearly every person in this country. 
 
Coronavirus Stimulus Frequently Asked Questions: 

Community Services Unlimited (CSU)

To continue to serve our community, with fresh, affordable, beyond organic produce and other healthy groceries, CSU has has started taking online orders and home delivery. Please visit CSU at www.CSUINC.org for ordering details and a link to their inventory. You can also follow CSU on instagram @vmpcsu & @csuinc and on Facebook at Facebook.com/csuinc for ongoing updates.

If you need help purchasing food and want to know if you are eligible for CalFresh benefits (aka food stamps) or are ready to submit an application, CSU can help over the phone. Please call 213-746-1216 or email Calfresh@csuinc.org with questions or to set up a phone appointment.

Adults ages over the age of 65 are one of the most vulnerable populations during the coronavirus pandemic. Below are a number of resources to make sure you stay healthy and safe during this time.

County and City of LA Food Distribution

Due to the recommendation by the Governor’s Office that seniors ages 65+ isolate themselves to prevent exposure, the County and City of LA closed all 180 congregate meal sites. As a result of these closures, the County and City will distribute packaged and frozen food at designated meal sites. Older adults 65+ are asked to send a caregiver, friend or family member to pick up their meals.

Go to http://bit.ly/agingla for a map of these sites.

LA Regional Food Bank

LA Regional Food Bank – Find a Food Pantry Near You
For more info, click here.

Food Pantries

FoodPantries.org – LA Food Pantry List Find a local pantry, food closet, food bank, soup kitchen, food boxers, vouchers, and more. For more info, click here.

Food Stamp Program

LA County – Enroll in California’s Food Stamp Program 
You can check your eligibility and/or apply online here or by phone at (866) 613-3777

If you need access to paid family, medical, or sick leave, you should visit or contact the California Department of Employment Development at edd.ca.gov or call 1-877-238-4373

If you cannot work due to having or being exposed to COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you can submit an application

Los Angeles Unified, in partnership with the Red Cross, has created Grab & Go food centers to provide nutritious meals to all students in need during the school closure. To find the nearest Grab & Go food center, see the map below or check out the list of centers on this page: https://achieve.lausd.net/resources

Metro, Metrolink, and LADOT Transit are all closely monitoring the current situation. Each agency is vigorously cleaning buses, trains, stations, and facilities regularly and will continually review cleaning protocols to ensure they are up-to-date as the situation evolves. Agencies strongly encourage customers to protect themselves from illness.

Express, Cityride, and LAnow), visit LADOT’s website. Recent fact sheet on services, parking restrictions, towing, and more.

LA County Department of Public Social Services – You may qualify for CalWorks if you have a child or are pregnant.

For more info, click here.

Covered California – Waives Co-Pays for COVID-19 Tests, Opens Special Enrollment Period

Covered California is the State’s official health insurance marketplace, serving individuals, families and small businesses. Covered CA is extending the enrollment period for everyone to June 30 and are waiving all co-pays for COVID-19 testing, no matter which insurance plan you’re on, including employer-provided plans. This waiver extends to undocumented residents, a limited number of whom may be able to find coverage under Medi-Cal. Currently immigrants without legal status may apply for Medi-Cal if they are under 26 or age 65 and over.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Call 800-273-8255 or text “Hope” to 916-668-ICAN) offers free, confidential 24/7 help.

Crisis Text Line
Text “Home” to 741741 and it lets people connect to a trained crisis counselor without having to talk on the phone.

National Alliance on Mental Illness
They have put together a helpful PDF guide with coronavirus-related questions and resources.

211 Domestic Violence Resources (LA County) 
https://www.211la.org/domestic-violence
 
Housing + Community Investment Department (Domestic Violence Shelters)
https://hcidla.lacity.org/domestic-violence-shelters
 
Jenesse Center, Inc. 
The oldest domestic violence intervention program in South Los Angeles. 
 
Testing is available for vulnerable Los Angeles residents who are in the most high-risk categories.

Testing is available by appointment only and individuals eligible for testing at this time include:

  • Those with symptoms who are 65 and older
  • Those with symptoms who have underlying chronic health conditions
  • For more questions about testing, please visit our FAQ for answers to frequently asked questions.
 
The link to register for a test is https://lacovidprod.service-now.com/rrs.
Answers to frequently asked questions https://lacovidprod.service-now.com/rrs?id=rrs_faq