Coronavirus Information

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THIS PAGE WAS UPDATED AT 5:49 PM on March 23rd: Check PublicHealth.LACounty.Gov for the most up to date information. 

3.12.2020 Update: 

Important Update: My offices are continuing to operate at a normal staffing level and will continue to serve the public, however, due to Mayor Eric Garcetti's Directive on coronavirus (COVID-19), my City Hall, Watts, and Harbor offices will be closed to the public beginning tomorrow through March 31st. As part of our efforts to mitigate the spread of this virus please call or email our offices instead. In the coming weeks, we are expecting an increase in call volume so when possible please email my staff. Additionally, we are in the process of switching all meetings to either web or telephone conferences. I appreciate your understanding and cooperation during this time. Please follow @LAPublicHealth & @NotifyLA on Twitter or visit Publichealth.lacounty.gov or CDC.gov for up to date information. My staff has also compiled information for homes, businesses, and events in this living document here: https://bit.ly/2xzlqi0
Website: LA15th.com
Staff Directory: http://www.la15th.com/team_buscaino
City Hall Office: 213-473-7015
Harbor Office: 310-732-4515

Nuestra oficina seguirá operando normalmente, pero, por la directiva de el Alcalde sobre el caso de Coronavirus (COVID-19), nuestras oficinas estarán cerradas para el público sobre las próximas semanas. Para prevenir el riesgo de contraer el virus y hacer todo lo posible en dar la información más reciente sobre lo que la Ciudad de Los Ángeles y el Distrito 15 están haciendo para combatir esta pandemia, por favor de llamar a nuestra oficina o mandarnos un correo electrónico. En nuestro esfuerzo de prevención, solamente tendremos juntas por teléfono o videoconferencia. Muchas gracias por su colaboración y paciencia! Siga @LAPublicHealth y @NotifyLA en Twitter o visite las siguentes paginas para obtener informacion al dia: publichealth.lacounty.gov y CDC.gov.

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Los Angeles is continuing to take steps to address the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Los Angeles County.  Here are resources from LA County Public Health. 

RESOURCES: 

English | Spanish | Traditional Chinese | Simplified Chinese | Farsi | Russian |

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Informing Children about COVID-19: Remain calm and reassuring, remember that children will react to both what you say and how you say it. Avoid language that might blame others and lead to stigma. Remember that viruses can make anyone sick, regardless of a person’s race or ethnicity. Pay attention to what children see or hear on television, radio, or online and provide information that is honest and accurate. Teach children everyday actions to reduce the spread of germs. Click here to learn more.

Stay informed: Check government sources such as CDC.gov and PublicHealth.LACounty.gov for accurate and up to date information. Sign up for NotifyLA, our city’s emergency notification system, at NotifyLA.org and follow @LAPublicHealth and @ReadyLA on Twitter to receive the latest updates. 

Plan ways to care for those who might be at a greater risk for serious complications: Learn more about those who are at risk for severe complications from COVID-19 illness. Older adults and persons who have underlying chronic medical conditions may be at risk for more serious complications. 

Create an emergency contact list: Include family, friends, neighbors, carpool drivers, healthcare providers, teachers, employers, the local public health department, and other community resources.

For more information:


READ: STAY AT HOME ORDER

Angelenos are Safer at Home

To further combat the spread of COVID-19, Mayor Eric Garcetti has issued a “Safer at Home” emergency order — ordering all residents of the City of Los Angeles to stay inside their residences, and immediately limit all movement outside of their homes beyond what is absolutely necessary to take care of essential needs.

Residents of the City of Los Angeles are required to stay inside their homes unless they are engaged in certain “essential activities.” On those occasions when you are out of your home for necessary tasks, stay at least six feet away from others.

YOU CAN …

  • Go to the grocery, convenience or warehouse store
  • Go to the pharmacy to pick up medications and other healthcare necessities
  • Go to medical appointments (check with your doctor or provider first)
  • Go to a restaurant for take-out, delivery or drive-thru
  • Care or support a friend or family member
  • Take a walk, ride your bike, hike, jog and be in nature for exercise — just keep at least six feet between you and others in the community.
  • Walk your pets and take them to the veterinarian if necessary
  • Help someone to get necessary supplies

YOU SHOULD NOT…

  • Go to work unless you are providing essential services as defined by this Order
  • Visit friends and family if there is no urgent need
  • Maintain less than 6 feet of distance from others when you go out
  • Visit loved ones in the hospital, nursing home, skilled nursing facility, or other residential care facilities

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FINANCIAL RELIEF & ASSISTANCE 

Assistance for Businesses

Small business resources and relief are rapidly coming online and will continue to do so from the city, state and federal government. 

Los Angeles Small Business Resiliency Tool Kit PDF: http://ewddlacity.com/images/business/COVID19_BusinessResilienceToolkit_v4.pdf

Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster loans are now being processed. The application link is now open for any California business wishing to apply for a disaster loan related to economic damage from the COVID-19 health crisis. Please visit https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela for more information. 

Council District 15 economic development consultant World-Bridge Consultants’ services are FREE for small businesses during these challenging times and will be assisting with the processing of SBA loans. Visit their website to complete the contact submission to schedule an appointment. Visit: www.worldbridgela.com/.

L.A. City has launched a Small Business Microloan Program with loan limits of $5,000 to $20,000. Since cash flow is critical at this unprecedented time, the program will offer relaxed underwriting with no credit score minimum, a generous allowance to meet debt service, and a 100% Loan to Value ratio. The interest rate can either be 0% for a term of six months to one year, or 3% to 5% for a term of up to five years. Apply for the City's Microloan Program: http://ewddlacity.com/index.php/microloan-program.

Apply for State Benefits: https://www.edd.ca.gov/about_edd/coronavirus-2019/faqs.htm

Apply for CalFresh: http://dpss.lacounty.gov/wps/portal/dpss/main/programs-and-services/calfresh/how-to-apply/

Statement from the LA County Assessor on Property Taxes: https://twitter.com/ReporterClaudia/status/1240747430175334400

Support Local Council District 15 Businesses

Visit la15th.com/openforbusiness for lists of take-out and delivery restaurants and essential businesses that are still open.

Eviction Moratoriums 

Governor Newsom’s Executive Order to Protect Renters and Homeowners.

LA City's Eviction Moratorium Order is in effect. No landlord shall evict a residential tenant in the City of Los Angeles during this local emergency period if the tenant is able to show an inability to pay rent due to circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mayor Eric Garcetti ordered a moratorium on commercial evictions of tenants unable to pay rent due to circumstances related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.


GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT CORONAVIRUS

Coronavirus Update

The City's Coronavirus Website: https://corona-virus.la/

Tracking the spread of cases and restrictions by county: 

https://www.latimes.com/projects/california-coronavirus-cases-tracking-outbreak/

A Message from Councilmember Joe Buscaino

Our office is continuing to operate at a normal staffing level, however, due to the Mayor’s Directive on coronavirus (COVID-19), last week our offices closed to the public and as of today, our entire team has switched to telecommuting as a part of our efforts to mitigate the spread of this virus. Please call or email our office. 

Website: LA15th.com

Staff Directory: www.la15th.com/team_buscaino

We have consolidated our phone services call either 

City Hall Office: 213-473-7015

Harbor and Watts Offices: 310-732-4515

Information for Seniors

Map of Senior Centers and Resources

While all senior centers are closed, meal service continues. L.A. City Senior Centers are rapidly working to ensure that our seniors are able to pick up more than one meal per day.

Call (213) 482-7252 to find the nearest center to you and learn about the other programs available or visit the County's website to find a center near you: https://wdacs.lacounty.gov/covid-19/

Homelessness

The City of Los Angeles is taking bold action to move homeless people off the street to prevent the spread of coronavirus in encampments. Councilmember Buscaino supports Mayor Eric Garcetti’s plan to shelter 6,000 homeless people in the city within the next three weeks at 42 Recreation and Parks facilities. READ the Daily Breeze article...

Sign Up for Emergency Alerts

Everyone should be signed up for NotifyLA. If you are not signed up, please do so right now!

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Todos deben registrarse para recibir notificaciones en NotifyLA. Si todavia no se ha registrado, por favor hágalo ahora mismo!

Get the Latest Information

California Governor Gavin Newsom has been giving a daily update here: facebook.com/CAgovernor/. Check the page for times. 

The LA County Public Health Department has been providing a daily update at 12:30 pm at facebook.com/countyofla/

The Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti has been providing a daily update at approximately 5:15 pm at www.facebook.com/MayorOfLA/

Follow @LAPublicHealth@NotifyLA & @ReadyLA on Twitter or visit publichealth.lacounty.gov or CDC.gov for up to date information.

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Siga @LAPublicHealth@NotifyLA y @ReadyLA en Twitter o visite las siguentes paginas para obtener informacion al dia: publichealth.lacounty.gov y CDC.gov.

LA County Mental Health Resources

The LA County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH) has published its “Coping with Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks” flyer, which is available in the following languages: Arabic / Armenian / Chinese (Simplified) / Chinese (Traditional) / English / Farsi / Japanese / Khmer / Korean / Russian / Spanish / Tagalog / Vietnamese

County residents may also download and use apps to practice self-care and support wellbeing on their mobile devices. A list of suggested apps is available in our “Your Wellbeing on Your Terms” brochure.

LACDMH’s 24/7 Access Line at (800) 854-7771 is also available to provide mental health support, resources and referrals.

General Information

Senior Meals are available, but facilities are closed. Call 213-482-7252

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Parking restrictions in Spanish

Grocery Stores are restocking. Do not panic buy.

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Additional Programs

Foster or Adopt a Pet

You can still foster or adopt a pet from LA Animal Services. Click here to learn how... 

Educational Resources

Free access to Spectrum Broadband and Wi-Fi For 60 Days For New K-12 and College Student Households. For more information on the spectrum, click here.

Starting Monday, March 16, students in Pre-K through 12th grade will have the opportunity to access free, educational PBS daytime programming designated for each grade level weekdays. For more information, click here.

MIND Research Institute is offering no-cost access to a free math instructional program for students in grades K-8.For more information, click here.

Scholastic offers free, online learning experiences for kids of all ages. For more information, click here.