The news and information on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is changing rapidly so I wanted to send you the latest official information from the City of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles County Health Department.
For updates, please check the very top of City of Los Angeles websites (including www.councilmember
paulkoretz.com) for a bright yellow button to get all of the very latest updates on the coronavirus. If you are accessing these websites from your phone, you’ll notice a bright yellow circle with a black exclamation point in the middle.
In addition, I encourage you to sign up for NotifyLA.org our City’s emergency alerts system, which we are using to push out updates about COVID-19 prevention, to receive urgent notifications about local emergencies by phone, email, and/or text message. Alternatively you can text your zip code to 888777 to receive these important updates.
The LA County Department of Public Health and the Center for Disease Control have provided guidelines that strongly discourage large gatherings. In addition, Mayor Eric Garcetti today ordered City departments and agencies to take additional steps that can help slow the spread of the virus, as well as information about strengthening the local response to the outbreak with measures that include new limits on public gatherings in City facilities.
Per the Mayor’s directives, we are not scheduling any large public community events between now and the end of March. This includes community meetings, public clean-ups, or workshops. All meetings in our City Hall and CD5 field offices will now occur via telephone or video conference. We are available by phone, so please call my City Hall office, 213-473-7005, if you need to be directed to my staff. Additionally, City Council meetings have been reduced to only one meeting a week on Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. and Council committee meetings have been canceled.
The Mayor’s directive to City Departments includes the following measures:
- Temporary closure of the Los Angeles City Hall complex to members of the public, except for public meetings of the City Council;
- Transitioning board and commission meetings to accessible phone or video conference sessions that will allow constituents to make comments, ask questions, and engage with local leaders;
- Postponement or cancellation of all non-essential public community events or group activities with 50 or more participants, or that require close contact between vulnerable individuals;
- A ban on all events or conferences on City-owned properties that are anticipated to attract more than 50 people;
- Development of plans to stagger entry for visitors in public buildings to no more than 50 at a time — including City museums, libraries, parks, pools, and community centers. Transit locations and similar facilities, including LAX and the Port of Los Angeles, as well as all City shelters, are exempt from this requirement at this time;
- Ensuring that hand-washing and sanitizing stations are available in City-owned public buildings, and that extra steps are taken to clean facilities regularly and thoroughly;
- Stopping all non-essential travel by City employees to all destinations, domestic or foreign;
- Ordering all General Managers to develop an Emergency COVID-19 Telecommuting Plan, which may be implemented in the event that it becomes unsafe for staff to safely travel to or work from their normal work location.
The Mayor’s order follows new statewide guidelines issued by Governor Gavin Newsom on Wednesday night, which details new California Department of Public Health policy that includes guidance to cancel or postpone all gatherings of 250 people or more, along with additional direction on protecting public health and slowing the spread of COVID-19.
Mayor Garcetti had previously signed a local emergency declaration, a precautionary measure to formalize coordination with public health agencies, smooth the way for quicker acquisition of supplies, and ease access to state and federal funds should they become necessary in the response to COVID-19.
Please continue to follow common sense hygiene practices for best preventative measures. Links to resources, information and preventative measures are provided below.
Councilmember Paul Koretz, Fifth District
As we continue to be updated with details of the Coronavirus, it is normal to experience signs of stress and concerns. As you hear, read, or watch news about an outbreak of an infectious disease it is important to care for your own physical and mental health and reach out in kindness to those affected by the situation. Please see ways you can cope with emotional distress during these times of uncertainty by clicking here or on the image below:.
"What to do if I think I am exposed?" Click here or on the image below:
For tips on how to prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses in your household, please click here or on the image below as guided by the CDC and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health:
Lastly, here is an infographic from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health on what you need to know about the Novel Coronavirus, how it is spread, the symptoms, and tips for protection: