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December 6, 2020   

Dear Friends,

I wanted to make sure you saw the following important updated COVID-19 order from the LA County Public Health Department as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to break records and ICU capacity falls below 15% in Southern California. Please review this carefully as the State Regional Stay at Home Order is similar to the existing County Safer at Home Health Offer with additional sector closings.

Now more than ever it is important that we all must do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19 by remembering that each encounter with anyone outside of one's household is an opportunity for further spread. Please adhere to the strictest state and local public health guidelines for the safety of everyone else. Please continue to avoid leaving your house for any nonessential errands and decline social invitations and travel with those outside of your household. If you must encounter anyone outside your household, your best defense remains wearing a mask correctly over your mouth and nose and maintaining a minimum 6 to 12 foot distance from others.

Also, a special shout-out to the Encino Neighborhood Council for funding and helping to guide traffic easement mitigations along Ventura Blvd.

Sincerely,
Signature of Paul Koretz
Councilmember Paul Koretz, Fifth District

Public Health to Modify Health Officer Order as ICU Capacity Falls Below 15% in Southern California; L.A. County Surpasses 10,000 Daily COVID-19 Cases for the First Time as Hospitalizations Continue to Surge

COVID-19 Cases and Hospitalizations Continue to Break Records - 23 New Deaths and 10,528 New Positive Cases of Confirmed COVID-19 in Los Angeles County

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

As COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations surge and ICU capacity declines in Los Angeles County and across the Southern California Region, the Los Angeles County Health Officer Order will be modified to align with the State Regional Stay Home Order to prevent crowding and mingling among non-household members and overwhelming our healthcare system.

The State announced a Regional Stay Home Order will go into effect and would remain in effect for at least three weeks in California regions where ICU capacity falls below 15%.  According to the State, as of December 5, the Southern California Region has 12.5% staffed adult ICU capacity remaining. The State advises the Order goes into effect Sunday, December 6 at 11:59 p.m. and remains in effect for at least 3 weeks.

Because L.A. County is in the Southern California Region, the Los Angeles County Health Officer Order will be modified to fully align with additional safety measures across sectors and the required effective date. The Order prohibits private gatherings of any size, closes sector operations, and requires 100% masking and physical distancing.  The State Regional Stay at Home Order is similar to the existing County Safer at Home Health Offer with additional sector closings.

The following sectors are required to close or remain closed for all operations: 

  • 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 as defined by the state
  • Live audience sports
  • Amusement parks

The following sectors will have additional modifications in addition to 100% masking and physical distancing:

  • Outdoor recreational facilities:Allow outdoor operation only without any food, drink or alcohol sales. Additionally, overnight stays for recreational visits at campgrounds will not be permitted.
  • Retail: Allow indoor operation at 20% 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% capacity with entrance metering and no eating or drinking in the stores and all common areas closed. 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, pick-up, or delivery.
  • Offices: Allow remote only except for critical infrastructure sectors where remote working is not possible. 
  • Places of worship and political expression: Allow outdoor services only.
  • Entertainment production including professional sports: Allow operation without live audiences. Additionally, testing protocol and “bubbles” are highly encouraged.

The Order does not modify existing school guidance. Schools that are open under County protocols can continue to provide in-person instruction as permitted.

The following sectors are allowed to remain open with appropriate infectious disease preventative measures including 100% masking and physical distancing:

  • Critical infrastructure
  • Non-urgent medical and dental care
  • Childcare

Everyone in California must adhere to State Health Officer Orders. Counties may be more restrictive than State mandates, but not less restrictive.


Kudos to Encino Neighborhood Council

Anti-gridlock zone parking signGood News Valley Drivers! The expansion of peak hour restriction signs for the eastbound side of Ventura Blvd. was installed on November 14th. This will keep the parking lanes open for moving traffic until 10:00 a.m. on weekday mornings. The project involved installing approximately 120 signs from Hayvenhurst to the 405 Fwy. in the Encino neighborhood. The funds for this project were provided primarily by the Encino Neighborhood Council and without their transportation committee's guidance this important mitigation plan would not have been possible. This will be a huge relief to the Eastbound traffic flow. A big thanks to the LADOT and the Encino Neighborhood Council.

 

Here to Serve

My office, like all City of Los Angeles offices, is following recommended protocols such as social distancing and working remotely to slow the spread of the coronavirus. That said, my staff and I are always readily available to help with your questions, concerns, and needs during this difficult period. We can be reached by phone at 213-473-7005, 323-866-1828 (West LA), or 818-971-3088 (Bel Air/ Encino) and through email paul.koretz@lacity.org. Since we are experiencing a higher-than-normal volume of calls, feel free to email the staff member you wish to contact directly. The accompanying link contains those e-mail addresses.

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Los Angeles Councilmember Paul Koretz
200 N. Spring Street, Rm. 440
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 473-7005