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LOS ANGELES COUNTY UPDATE
Los Angeles County Joint Information Center – COVID-19
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SCHOOL UPDATE, OUTDOOR HAIRCUTS?, DPH ASKS FOR YOUR HELP, AND DISASTER AID DEADLINE APPROACHES
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:
JUST IN: LA County Schools Will Not Reopen for In-Person Learning While On State’s Monitoring List
LA County will issue a new Health Officer Order, today, to adhere to the CA Department of Public Health’s (CDPH) directive that schools in 32 counties on the State’s monitoring list, including LA County, cannot resume in-person learning next month.
The state order allows superintendents to submit school district waiver requests to re-open elementary schools for approval by the local health officer only after review of local epidemiological data and intervention strategies, and in consultation with CDPH.
In order for schools to re-open their campuses, LA County will have to remain off the monitoring list for 14 consecutive days. At this time, LA County is on the monitoring list because it has a positivity rate of 9 percent and case rate of 307 positive cases per 100,000 residents. LA County’s reopening protocols will be modified later today to reflect the state’s directives. Once available, you can locate reopening protocols here (link opens in new tab).
LA County Superintendent of Schools Debra Duardo has released a statement on today’s announcement by Governor Newsom. Part of her statement includes:
It will not be easy. We are deeply concerned about the large numbers of students who have not fared well with online instruction or have completely checked out. Most affected are our low-income and Black and Latino students, foster youth and other vulnerable groups. Far too many of our young people were already dealing with the negative effects of trauma, which have only been made worse by school closures and social distancing.
Promoting educational equity and our students’ mental health and emotional well-being must be the foundation of our work. We at the LA County Office of Education, through our philanthropic arm, are hard at work to raise funds and resources so that students and families are able to succeed in a remote learning environment.
If there is a silver lining, it is that LA County is 80 districts strong and we will work together to meet the needs of the region’s two million preschool and school-age children.
FACT or FICTION? Hair Salons, Barbershops & Personal Care Businesses Can Stay Open – So Long As They Operate Outdoors…
FICTION. Effective July 13, Governor Newsom ordered the closure of all hair salons, barbershops and personal care services (including nails salons, esthetic salons, & electrology offices) within counties on the State’s monitoring list (link opens in new tab) – which regrettably -includes LA County. This, to help control the increasing spread of COVID-19 in LA County.
Because the State’s Business & Professions Code (Section 7317) requires that all barbering, cosmetology and electrology services be performed in a licensed establishment, LA County hair salons, barbershops and personal care establishments must:
2.Not offer any services (including outdoor services).
Don’t fall for the rumors. We understand the hardship this is creating for many business owners, employees and loyal customers. But the sooner LA County residents help get COVID-19 spread under control, the sooner we can get back to that needed haircut or massage.
You heard it here! Help us spread this fact – to save lives and businesses.
DPH Asks for Your Help.
LA County’s Department of Public Health (DPH) wants to hear from you to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in LA County – and keep the virus in check.
Angelenos In Action (link opens in new tab) is a public health text survey that assists LA County’s DPH experts better understand the health of LA County in real time. Your participation will help LA County see trends that can offer better insight into how COVID-19 is impacting your community or geographic area. Such information will help LA County prioritize public health response and better allocate resources to highly impacted.
How It Works
- Text @PROTECT to 35134 to volunteer for our survey or click here.
- Answer 5 quick questions to sign up.
- You will be randomized to one day a week to receive texts.
- Every week on that day, the LA County Department of Public Health will text you one YES/NO question to ask how you’re feeling.
- If you feel unwell, you will receive two more YES/NO questions about COVID-19-like symptoms.
LA County residents have much to say, we know! Here’s your chance to help make significant progress in LA County’s Road to Recovery.communities.
Civil Unrest Disaster Aid Deadline Approaches
LA County businesses and non-profit organizations are reminded of the approaching August 17, 2020 deadline to apply for an SBA federal disaster loan for property damage caused by civil unrest which began on May 26, 2020.
If you missed our previous message on what this aid is, who is eligible, and instructions for applying, Click here (link opens in new tab) for details.
Great Plates Delivered Program Extended
Great news, 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).
COVID-19 Digital Communications Guide & Toolkit
View 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).
Text @PROTECT to 35134 to join our weekly #COVID19 text survey. 📲 Let’s keep each other safe from COVID-19. More information: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/acd/ncorona2019/AngelenosinAction/
Spanish: 📲 Envíe @PROTEGER al 35134 para tomar nuestra encuesta de texto semanal de #COVID19. ¡Vamos a proteger uno al otro! Aprenda más: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/acd/NCorona2019/AngelinosEnAccion/
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