Mayor Garcetti's "Safer at Home" emergency order has had an extraordinary impact on our lives. This necessary step will have a beneficial effect on our ability to limit the number of people exposed to the Coronavirus, and I urge everyone to comply. Tonight, Mayor Garcetti announced that the City of Los Angeles will be receiving a 1000-bed hospital ship, USNS Mercy, at the Port of Los Angeles over the next few days.
In addition, the City of Los Angeles will be closing trails, playgrounds and recreational open spaces to increase physical distancing as part of the collective effort to "flatten the curve." The Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy also announced that it will close all of its parklands, trails and facilities until further notice.
My office has received a number of inquiries from businesses and others about whether "Safer at Home's" closures and limitations apply to them.
A few days ago we sent out a helpline phone number that people can call to ask questions about those limitations. Unfortunately we provided an incorrect number. Here is the correct one: (213) 978-1028. According to the Mayor's office, the number is staffed around the clock, so please don't hesitate to call with your questions about "Safer at Home."
Most questions can be resolved by checking the City's web page regarding the order: https://corona-virus.la/faq
And you can view the text of the order here:
I know these are really confusing times and that new information is changing quickly, so please continue to check and verify official information through these credible resources:
Councilmember Paul Koretz, Fifth District
The American Red Cross is partnered with Los Angeles Unified School District to help feed students while schools are closed. Volunteers are needed. Click here for more information and to sign up as a volunteer.
The American Red Cross now faces a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations during this Coronavirus outbreak. Healthy individuals are needed to donate now to help patients counting on lifesaving blood.
Donating blood is a safe process and people should not hesitate to give or receive blood.
Watch this video on the safety and need for blood donations. Right now, eligible and healthy donors are strongly urged to make an appointment to give soon.
Councilmember Koretz's staff spoke to the American Red Cross and confirmed that the website is the best place to go to find blood donation centers. Many institutions have canceled their blood drives due to COVID-19 so please make an appointment with the American Red Cross as soon as possible.
Councilmember Koretz's Field Deputy Angel Izard was able to walk-in to donate on Friday but the American Red Cross has now informed us that as of this time, appointments are now required in order to enhance physical distancing.
More information is available here: https://www.redcross.org/local/california/los-angeles.html