December 7, 2020 | Special Edition
City News
Regional Stay at Home Order in Effect
Last week, the State of California announced the Regional Stay At Home Order. This is in response to COVID-19 case rates and hospitalizations that continue to rise at an alarming pace and threaten to overwhelm the healthcare delivery system. If a region of California has less than 15% ICU availability, the region will have 24 hours to implement the Regional Stay At Home Order.

The Southern California region triggered the ICU metric a few days after the announcement. The Regional Stay At Home Order for the Southern California region went into effect on Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 11:59 PM and will remain in place for a minimum of three weeks. In order for the order to be lifted, ICU availability must remain above15%.

Los Angeles County Public Health revised it’s Safer At Home Order on Sunday, December 6, 2020 to align with State’s Regional Stay At Home Order.

Be advised that multiple counties and municipalities have expressed varying responses in the enforcement of COVID-19 health officer orders. Please remember to stay vigilant and practice all necessary safety precautions to protect yourself and the people around you.

The new guidelines are as follows:

  • Individuals are instructed to stay at home as much as possible to limit the mixing with other households that can lead to COVID-19 spread.
  • Allows access to (including travel for) critical services and allows outdoor activities to preserve one’s physical and mental health.
  • The order does not modify existing state guidance regarding K-12 schools.

The following sectors are required to close:

  • Indoor and Outdoor Playgrounds
  • Indoor Recreational Facilities
  • Hair Salons and Barbershops
  • Personal Care Services
  • Museums, Zoos, and Aquariums
  • Movie Theaters
  • Wineries
  • Bars, Breweries and Distilleries
  • Family Entertainment Centers
  • Cardrooms and Satellite Wagering
  • Limited Services
  • Live Audience Sports
  • Amusement Parks

The following sectors are required to implement additional modifications IN ADDITION to 100 percent masking and physical distancing:

  • Outdoor Recreational Facilities: Allow outdoor operation only without any food, drink or alcohol sales. Additionally, overnight stays at campgrounds will not be permitted.
  • Retail: Allow indoor operation at 20 percent capacity with entrance metering and no eating or drinking in the stores. Additionally, special hours should be instituted for seniors and others with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems.
  • Shopping Centers: Allow indoor operation at 20 percent capacity with entrance metering and no eating or drinking in the stores. Additionally, special hours should be instituted for seniors and others with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems.
  • Hotels and Lodging: Allow to open for critical infrastructure support only.
  • Restaurants: Allow only for take-out or pick-up.
  • Offices: Allow remote only except for critical infrastructure sectors where remote working is not possible.
  • Places of Worship: Allow outdoor services only.
  • Entertainment Production including Professional Sports: Allow operation without live audiences. Additionally, testing protocol and “bubbles” are highly encouraged.

The following sectors are allowed to remain open when a remote option is not possible with appropriate infectious disease preventative measure including 100 percent masking and physical distancing:

  • Critical Infrastructure
  • Non-urgent medical and dental care
  • Child care and pre-K
L.A. County Surpasses 10,000 Daily COVID-19 Cases for First Time
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) today released the latest data on COVID-19. L.A County shatters the previous record for highest daily number of new cases by surpassing 10,000 COVID-19 cases reported in a day. Nearly every day this week the County surpassed all-time highs for the daily number of new cases and the number of people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized.
  • 10,528 new COVID-19 cases (449,851cases to date)
  • 23 new deaths due to COVID-19 (7,909 deaths to date)
  • 2,855 people currently hospitalized with COVID-19
  • 23% are in the ICU
  • 10.3% staffed adult ICU capacity remaining in the Southern California Region
  • More than 3,900,000 individuals tested; 11% of all people tested positive
Los Angeles County Launches Holiday COVID-19 Home Test Collection Pilot
LA County launched a new COVID-19 home test collection program today, which allows certain County residents to do free testing from the comfort of their own homes.

The home test collection program will run from December 1, 2020 through January 15, 2021. It aims to help address the current surge in demand for testing and reduce the spread of COVID-19 during the holiday season when people may risk exposure. Individuals can have testing kits mailed to their home if they:

  • Have COVID-19 symptoms; or
  • Were recently in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 or is suspected of having it; or
  • Are a senior or person with disabilities who feel they were exposed to COVID-19, but are unable to go to a testing site.

The week before Thanksgiving, almost half a million tests were performed in LA County at over 180 community testing sites, hospitals, clinics, and other facilities. The temporary program will use Picture COVID-19, an FDA-approved home collection test developed by Fulgent Genetics, Inc. For information on how to register, individuals should go to the county COVID-19 testing site. If they qualify, Fulgent Genetics will ship a collection kit to their home within two days.

Individuals taking the test at home should follow the directions to collect the sample and take it to a FedEx drop box the same day or have someone take it to a drop box on their behalf. Individuals will receive the results by e-mail within two days. While waiting for the testing kit and the results, individuals should continue following public health guidance on staying home and avoiding contact with others.
The COVID-19 Home Test Collection Pilot launch comes after Thanksgiving weekend, when some may have been exposed to COVID-19 while celebrating or shopping.
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