COVID-19 Emergency Operations Center
LOS ANGELES COUNTY UPDATE
Los Angeles County Joint Information Center – COVID-19
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TESTING AVAILABLE AT COUNTY & CITY OPERATED SITES, SCAM ALERT, AND INCIDENT REPORT
The County of Los Angeles is regularly updating resources on COVID-19 and offers today’s update in an effort to keep you and yours informed. Please share the following up-to-date information:
TESTING AVAILABLE AT COUNTY & CITY OPERATED SITES
As the need for COVID-19 testing continues to rise, LA County and the City of LA are expanding testing capacity at current sites. Due to this expansion, County and City operated testing sites have a combined capacity to test more than 140,000 people.
LA County will launch three (3) new testing sites next week to expand access to high-need areas including Montebello, South Gate and Panorama City. The City of Los Angeles, last week, opened a new site at the VA Parking Lot 15, at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
Appointments are available at the following County-operated sites this week, with an additional 1,000 appointments being added this weekend:
- Bellflower City Hall – 16600 Civic Center Drive, Bellflower, CA 90706
- Charles R. Drew University Campus – 1731 E 120th St. Los Angeles, CA 90059
- College of the Canyons – 26455 Rockwell Canyon Rd., Santa Clarita, CA 91355
- East LA College – 1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez, Monterey Park, CA 91754
- Pomona Fairplex Gate 17 – 1101 W. McKinley Ave. Pomona, CA 91768
- San Gabriel Valley Airport – 4233 Santa Anita Ave., El Monte, CA 91731
- The Forum – 3900 W. Manchester Blvd, Inglewood, CA 90305
- Beach Cities Health District – 514 N Prospect Ave., Redondo Beach, CA 90277
- Palmdale Hammack Center – 815 E Avenue Q6, Palmdale CA 93550
Appointments are available at the following City-operated sites this week:
- Dodger Stadium, Lot 1 – 1101 Scott Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012
- Hansen Dam Recreation Center – 11770 Foothill Blvd., Lake View Terrace, Ca 91342 (Osborne St. entrance)
- Crenshaw Christian Center – 7901 S. Vermont Ave, LA, Ca 90044
- VA Parking Lot 15 (Jackie Robinson Stadium) – 100 Constitution Ave, LA, Ca 900951
- Lincoln Park Recreation Center – 3501 Valley Blvd. Los Angeles, Ca 90031
- Carbon Health – Echo Park – 2110 Sunset Blvd Suite M, Los Angeles, CA 90026
- West Valley/Warner Center – 6097 Canoga Ave. Woodland Hills, Ca 91367
- Kedren Community Health Center – 4211 S. Avalon Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90011
If you think you need a test, check with your health care provider first. Unless you have specific symptoms, live in a high-risk setting, or have had close contact with someone who has a confirmed positive case of COVID-19, you may not need to be tested, and your health care provider can talk with you about your concerns.
If you don’t have a doctor, call 211 to get a referral. Essential workers should also consider their risk exposure history in consultation with their provider, their occupational health advisor, and DPH.
For more information on testing availability, including a list of new County-operated testing sites and the deployment of mobile testing units, read our press release (link opens in new tab).
Scam Alert: Contact Tracing Scams!
It may not be a surprise, but scammers are posing as contact tracers to get your personal identifying information during the COVID-19 health crisis.
They’re looking for social security numbers or financial information, such as your bank account number. If someone contacts you and asks for this personal information – they’re posing! HANG UP immediately.
Help your friends, parents or grandparents know legitimate contact tracers will contact you if you’ve: 1) tested positive for COVID-19 or 2) if you’ve been identified as a close contact of someone who’s tested positive. And when they ask you for information, they’ll ask for:
- Your name.
- Your date of birth.
- Places you’ve been.
- How you’re feeling.
- The people you’ve been in contact with for more than 15 min., up to 48 hours before you had symptoms – OR – they’ll let you know if you may have been exposed to the virus & what you can do.
Help us keep LA County communities safe by sharing this alert.
To learn more about this scam, Click here (link opens in new tab). For social media content on what contact tracers DO ask, check out our COVID-19 Social Media Toolkit located at the end of our Daily Update (or here (link opens in new tab)).
Our contact tracers reach out by phone to everyone who is a close contact of someone who tests positive for #COVID19 to collect potentially life-saving information. All answers are always fully confidential. Thank you for doing your part! #LACountyTogether
Spanish: Nuestros rastreadores de contacto se comunican por teléfono con todas las personas que son un contacto cercano de alguien que da positivo por #COVID19 para recopilar información que puede salvar vidas. Todas las respuestas son siempre totalmente confidenciales. Gracias por hacer tu parte. #LACountyTogether
Great Plates Delivered Program Extended
Great Plates Delivered has been extended until August 9th. Through LA County’s Great Plates Delivered Program, you can help a local senior or business in your community.
Great Plates Delivered offers eligible seniors with three (3) home-delivered meals a day. Seniors over 65, seniors 60-64 years of age who have been diagnosed or exposed to COVID-19 or those at high-risk for COVID-19 may qualify. When you help a senior connect to Great Plates Delivered you’re also helping your local restaurant, hospitality and transportation community get back to work.
To learn more or apply for meal assistance, Click here (link opens in new tab).
Our daily report is a high-level summary of L.A. County Emergency Operations Center’s response to the COVID-19 health emergency. Click here (link opens in new tab) to view.
COVID-19 IS ON TRACK TO BECOME THE SECOND LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH IN LA COUNTY, IN-PERSON LEARNING EXEMPTION, LACOE PASSPORT HELPS FOSTER CARE YOUTH, AND INCIDENT REPORT
COVID-19 is on Track to Become the Second Leading Cause of Death in LA County
LA County residents are urged to adhere to the County’s Health Order (link opens in new tab) in light of recent data which indicates COVID-19 is on track to become the second leading cause of deaths in LA County, and is quickly outpacing other illnesses, including the flu.
The above graphic was shared today by LA County’s DPH Director, Dr. Barbara Ferrer, and shows us the flu is a dangerous virus in its own right, but nowhere near as deadly as COVID-19. The yellow bar (on the left) shows flu and pneumonia-related deaths for the periods of October to May. This is what DPH considers flu season. In the fall, winter and into spring (8 months) — the flu and pneumonia killed 1,521 people.
In the first six months of 2020, COVID-19 has killed more than twice as many people as the flu — 3,402.
Unlike the flu, there is no vaccine for COVID-19 at this time. This is one of the reasons LA County is working hard to flatten the curve and slow the spread of COVID-19. By doing so, we’re able to limit the strain on LA County’s health care system when flu season arrives in just a few months, and to contain a virus that we now understand is much more deadly than the flu.
To keep up with the County’s Daily COVID-19 data, including today’s 7-Day Daily Average, click here (link opens in new tab).
SCHOOLS: The In-Person Learning Exemption, LACOE Passport Helps Foster Care Youth
Process for Schools Seeking In-Person Learning Exemption
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced last week that schools in LA County, and other monitored counties, cannot resume in-person learning this August. The State’s directive, however, has allowed local health officers to consider granting waivers to school districts and private schools that would allow for the reopening of in-classroom instruction for students in grades TK through grade 6.
LA County’s Department of Public Health (DPH) aims to announce a well-defined waiver application process as early as this Friday so that interested school districts know how to apply.
The process will require that requests be submitted to DPH by: 1) a district superintendent or 2) a school board. Requests will also need to be accompanied by support from key stakeholders, including:
- labor partners
- and community-based partners
Once a waiver’s been submitted, DPH will consult with CDPH to assess the request and review regional data trends in COVID-19 cases and deaths, as well as capacity within the regional hospital system.
DPH will work with school districts to ensure that when schools are re-opened, they are able to adhere to existing directives outlined in our Health Order for the Reopening of Schools (link opens in new tab) on distancing, infection control and managing outbreaks. Stay tuned for updates.
LACOE Passport Helps Meet Educational Needs of Foster Care Youth
In collaboration with LA County’s Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) has developed mobile and web versions of their Educational Passport System, which provides all 80 county K-12 districts and 7,800 DCFS social workers with a free, centralized database of demographic and academic information for foster youth. This tool helps improve connectivity between LA County’s social workers and foster care students, a critical need during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more about LACOE’S Educational Passport here (link opens in new tab).
COVID-19 Digital Communications Guide & Toolkit
View Here (link opens in new tab) our updated COVID-19 Digital Communications Guide, and get tips on Best Practices, Do’s and Don’ts, Key Messaging, and our Social Media Toolkit – with multi-lingual graphics and messages like the ones seen below.
Access our Social Media Toolkit here (link opens in new tab).
#COVID19 does not care how young you are. You can get seriously sick or infect friends and family. Wear a mask, keep 6 feet apart, wash your hands and only gather with people you live with.
S Chinese: #COVID19不在乎你有多年輕。您可能會得重病或傳染給朋友和家人。戴上口罩，保持6英尺的距離，洗手，只和您同住的人聚會。
Korean: #COVID19는 당신이 얼마나 젊든 상관하지 않습니다. 여러분은 심각한 병에 걸리거나 친구와 가족을 감염시킬 수 있습니다. 마스크를 쓰고, 6피트 거리를 유지하고, 손을 씻고, 함께 사는 사람들과만 모이세요.
Spanish: #COVID19 no le importa lo joven que seas. Puede enfermarse gravemente o infectar a amigos y familiares. Use una máscara, manténgase a 6 pies de distancia, lávese las manos y solo reúnase con las personas con las que vive
The County of Los Angeles appreciates your continued partnership in responding to COVID-19 questions and needs of residents. For additional information, please visit:
- County of Los Angeles: covid19.lacounty.gov (link opens in new tab)
- County of Los Angeles Public Health: publichealth.lacounty.gov (link opens in new tab)
- California Department of Public Health: cdph.ca.gov (link opens in new tab)
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: cdc.gov (link opens in new tab)
Los Angeles County residents can also call 2-1-1