Coronavirus: What You Should Know
As my office continues to work with state and county public health officials on developments around COVID-19, I want to update you on critical developments.
My top priority throughout this crisis has been working to support our health systems, schools, individuals, businesses, nonprofits, and those who are most vulnerable in this time, including seniors and those in long-term care. I am proud that on Monday, the entire legislature approved up to a billion dollars in emergency funding for our state’s efforts to fight this pandemic and the economic issues associated with this crisis.
According to the California Department of Health, there are currently over 472 confirmed cases in California, and 144 confirmed cases in Los Angeles County. We can each take specific actions to help reduce the burden on our healthcare systems, by practicing social distancing and applying routine hygiene.
If you believe you have COVID-19 symptoms, please speak to your healthcare provider via phone for a consultation.
ADDITIONAL GUIDANCE FROM THE STATE
On March 17, the Governor held a press conference to update state guidance on COVID-19, including the following:
- Those who are 65 and older, or have chronic health conditions must practice home isolation. If you are one of these vulnerable populations and need assistance of any form please contact my office at 818-376-4246.
- Bars, nightclubs, wineries, and breweries should close in CA.
- Restaurants are open at 50% capacity, but we encourage everyone to focus on takeout and delivery to maximize options for social distancing.
- Los Angeles City has put in place restrictions that can be can found HERE.
We encourage constituents to follow these guidelines to help Flatten the Curve.
Resources in Our Community:
Parents & Students: Los Angeles Unified School District, in partnership with the American Red Cross, will continue to provide nutritious meals to all students who need them during the temporary closure of schools.
The Grab & Go Food Centers will be open beginning Wednesday, March 18, on weekdays from 7 a.m. - 10 a.m.
In the East San Fernando Valley, you can access these meals at:
- Byrd Middle School
8501 Arleta Ave.
Sun Valley, CA 91352
Small Business Owners: The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to California small businesses suffering substantial economic injury because of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
- If you think you're exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, please call your healthcare provider first and ask for guidance on your next steps. If you are unable to do so, please contact the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/
- Stay home from school or work. If your employment is impacted by COVID-19, you might be eligible for state assistance.
- Please be vigilant about stopping the spread of germs; wash your hands for twenty seconds and don't touch your face. This video from the CDC shows proper handwashing guidance.
- Practice social distancing or community mitigation strategies, even if you don't fit the current COVID-19 criteria for high risk. We want to ensure asymptomatic individuals do not infect at-risk individuals.
- If you have any additional questions on work-related situations around COVID-19 - e.g. Disability and unemployment insurance or paid family leave, information and resources are available at CA Department of Labor.
- Staying informed - state officials have worked closely with local and public health officials to offer concrete, well-rounded guidance.
As you take the necessary precautions to protect your health, please be vigilant of those who might use this time to take advantage of others. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra issued a consumer alert on price gouging. If you witness price gouging in your neighborhood, contact the Attorney General’s office at (800) 952-5225.
I am working closely with the administration, local health authorities, school districts and local businesses to ensure that we are responding together to prevent and address risks associated with coronavirus. If you have questions or need more information, do not hesitate to contact my office, by phone (818) 376-4246, or email.
Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian
46th Assembly District