Covid Updates

From Ted Lieu
Dear neighbor,

 Last week, the House passed the American Rescue Plan to provide much-needed relief to American families struggling because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The landmark legislation will put vaccines in arms, help schools safely reopen, provide direct assistance to American households, and support small businesses hit hardest by this crisis. We sent the legislation to the Senate for further action, and are determined to get it to the President’s desk to be signed before unemployment benefits expire.  

As we work to deliver relief to American families, the Biden Administration is ramping up vaccine production. President Biden recently announced the U.S. will have enough vaccine supply for all adults by the end of May 2021. Additionally, the FDA issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine, expanding the availability of COVID-19 vaccines. This is great news, and a signal of hope for the future. 

Although there is light at the end of the tunnel, we must not let our guard down in the fight against COVID-19. The virus remains highly contagious, and the health of our community depends on the actions of individuals like you. Please continue to wash your hands frequently; engage in social distancing; and wear a mask in public to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Want to continue receiving vaccine and coronavirus updates from my staff and me? Please sign up here.  

VACCINE DISTRIBUTION UPDATE


What phase are we in?In addition to health care workers; staff and residents at long-term care and skilled nursing facilities; and residents 65 and older, LA County is currently vaccinating workers in:

Education and ChildcareEmergency ServicesFood and Agriculture
If you are eligible, please visit VaccinateLACounty.com to book an appointment. Residents with disabilities or without access to a computer can call 833-540-0473 between 8:00 AM and 8:30 PM 7 days a week for assistance making an appointment. When you go to your appointment, please bring with you a photo ID, proof that you live or work in LA County, and proof that you are in one of the eligible groups. Face masks must be worn at vaccination sites.If you already received your first dose and need information about how to receive your second one, please click here.

Where can I learn more about the vaccine?
To answer LA County residents’ questions about the vaccine, the LA County Department of Public Health held a virtual COVID-19 Vaccine Town Hall. A group of doctors and health officials discussed LA County vaccine distribution, what you need to bring with you when you go to receive the vaccine, and more. To watch the entire town hall, please click here. For more information about the vaccine, please view this resource from the CDC.  

STATE AND LOCAL COVID-19 UPDATES


From the State 

This week, Governor Newsom, Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins, and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon announced an agreement on a $6.6 billion budget package to help California schools that safely return to optional in-person instruction by March 31st.  To continue the effort to provide relief to small businesses, California’s Office of the Small Business Advocate announced four new rounds for the California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program. The dates for the new rounds are:
March 5-11
March 16-March 23
March 25-March 31
Fourth round dates coming soon
For more details, please visit CAreliefgrant.com.
From LA County To help educators and teachers become vaccinated, the Los Angeles Unified School District opened a large-scale vaccination site for all LA Unified teachers and staff at SoFi Stadium. Vaccinating school staff is essential to reopening school campuses safely.

No one should be forced out of their home due to unforeseen circumstances caused by COVID-19. I’m pleased the LA County Board of Supervisors recently voted to extend the countywide Eviction Moratorium through June 30, 2021. Under the Moratorium, no LA County resident can be evicted if they are unable to pay their rent due to COVID-19. If you have questions, please contact the LA County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs at (833) 223-RENT (7368) or email rent@dcba.lacounty.gov. For more information about the Moratorium extension, please click here

TESTINGAll LA County residents who would like to get tested for COVID-19 should first contact their Primary Care Provider to see if they offer tests. If you cannot access a test through your health care provider, please visit covid19.lacounty.gov/testing or corona-virus.la/covid-19-testing to sign up for a no-cost COVID-19 test. Testing is recommended for those who:Have symptoms related to COVID-19.

Were asked to get tested by LA Public Health because of a contact tracing investigation.

Were in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 in the past two weeks.

Work or live in a skilled nursing facility; group home; residential care facility; homeless shelter; or correctional facility.

Are experiencing homelessness.

Are essential workers with frequent contact with the public.

Don’t have symptoms but believe they may have been exposed to COVID-19. 

If you live in the City of LA and are unable to drive to a testing site, you can receive a free COVID-19 test at a mobile pop-up location (no appointment necessary). Please click here to view current and upcoming pop-up testing sites.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Need health coverage? Enroll now! Due to COVID-19, Covered California opened a special enrollment window to allow eligible Californians to sign up for quality, affordable health care coverage through May 15th. To get started, visit coveredca.com/apply.For updated data on COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in California and LA County, please go to update.covid19.ca.gov and publichealth.lacounty.gov.

Sign up to get notified when it’s your turn to receive the vaccine. 

CDC’s guidance for coping with stress and anxiety during a pandemic.

If you need someone to talk to, please call the LA County Department of Mental Health hotline at (800) 854-7771 or text “LA” to 741741.

Opt-in to receive notifications if you’ve been exposed to someone with COVID-19.

If you are in need of food assistance; housing relief; information about COVID-19; and more, please call 2-1-1 or visit 211la.org.

Veterans who are enrolled in and eligible for VA health care can receive personalized vaccine information here.

Get your flu shot to stay healthy this season.

Learn about vaccine misinformation and how to avoid vaccine scams.

How COVID-19 vaccines work (CDC).

Tips for after you receive the vaccine.

With President Biden’s announcement about vaccine availability and COVID-19 trends in an encouraging place, we are hopeful we will get to the other side of this crisis together. However, we must keep up the hard work in the fight against COVID-19. Please continue to do your part and wear a mask in public; engage in physical distancing; and wash your hands frequently to keep yourself and those around you safe. I look forward to updating you again soon. Stay safe. 

Sincerely, 

Ted W. Lieu  
Member of Congress

Washington, DC
403 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-3976Los Angeles Office
1645 Corinth Ave., Suite 101
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Phone: (323) 651-1040Manhattan Beach Office
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Phone: (310) 321-7664

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More Covid Updates

*****Weekly COVID-19 Updates from DPH – March 5, 2021*****

Dear Community Partners:

Below is the weekly COVID-19 update on behalf of the SPA 5 & 6 Regional Health Office. See attached for a Spanish version of this week’s update. I’ve also attached flyers for our weekly COVID-19 vaccine webinar presentations which take place every Tuesday at 12pm in Spanish and 2pm in English.

SPA 5 & 6 Regional Health OfficeCOVID-19 Weekly Update 
March 05, 2021 
California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy Los Angeles County remains in the states most restrictive purple tier in the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. For the county to move into the less restrictive red tier, which would allow additional re-openings, the county’s daily case rate must be at or below 7 new cases per 100,000 people and test positivity rate must be at or below 8%. As of 3/2/21, L.A. County’s adjusted case rate is 7.2 new cases per 100,000 people and the test positivity rate is 3.5%. Once the County’s case rate drops to 7 new cases per 100,000 people or less for two consecutive weeks it can move to the red tier, allowing for additional re-openings, including on-site learning for grades 7 through 12. To learn more about the California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy click here.  
Vaccine Rollout Update 
 As of March 1, 2021, vaccine eligibility expanded to include three new sectors. Currently eligible to be vaccinated:Healthcare workersStaff & Residents at Skilled Nursing FacilitiesStaff & Residents at Long-Term Care FacilitiesLA County Residents 65 and OlderEducation and Childcare – click here for more infoEmergency services – click here for more infoFood and agriculture – click here for more info Please prepare to show proof of identification, and proof of employment in a qualifying sector within Los Angeles County. Vaccinations are free and providing immigration status is not required. To make an appointment visit VaccinateLACounty.com  
Second Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine 
If you received a PFIZER vaccination at one of the following sites:·         Cal State University Northridge·         Magic Mountain·         The Forum·         County Office of Education·         Pomona Fairplex Your appointment for your second dose will be 21 days later at the SAME LOCATION as your first dose. If you received a MODERNA vaccination at one of the following sites:·         El Sereno·         Balboa Sports Complex Your appointment for your second dose will be 28 days later at the SAME LOCATION as your first dose. Remember to bring your white vaccine record card or electronic vaccine record AND a photo ID. Long Term Care Facility Residents should bring their second dose vaccine referral letter.  
Myth Vs Fact
 Myth: I don’t need the vaccine if I already had COVID-19.  Fact: We don’t know how long natural immunity, immunity you get from having the virus, lasts. We also don’t know if natural immunity offers complete protection from future infections. We do know people have been infected with COVID-19 more than once. 
What’s Open in Los Angeles County 
 The Safer at Work and in the Community Health Officer Order: Some Examples of What’s Open in Los Angeles County document has been updated as of February 26, 2021. This document provides examples of what is open in Los Angeles County. To view Safer at Work and in the Community Health Officer Order: Some Examples of What’s Open in Los Angeles County, click here. 
  
Vaccinate L.A. Newsletter 
 Sign up for the COVID-19 Vaccine Newsletter to stay updated on COVID-19 related facts. Visit VaccinateLACounty.com to learn more about: EligibilityVaccine appointmentsVaccine safetyMyths & FactsFrequently asked questions   
Report a Complaint 
 With the recent reopening of certain sectors, it is imperative that businesses follow all the reopening protocols and directives to keep employees and customers safe. If you see a business not following these directives, you may report it to Environmental Health. To report a COVID-19 related complaint online, click here.
Customer Call Center: (888) 700-9995
M-F 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
 
Mental Health Resource 
 If you’re feeling stressed, depressed, or anxious and need to talk with someone, the Los Angeles County Department of Mental has resources available to help you during these trying times. Call LACDMH’s 24/7 Access Line (800) 854-7771 or Text “LA” to 741741 for mental health support, resources, and referrals. We are here for you.  
LA County’s Temporary Eviction Moratorium Extended 
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to extend the County’s Temporary Eviction Moratorium through June 30, 2021. For more information click here.    
Youth Advisory Council Announcement 
 The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (DPH) is seeking dedicated, enthusiastic, and motivated youth to join its third cohort of the Youth Advisory Council.  Eligibility: LA County resident1-year commitment16-21 years oldMust pass a background check To Apply: The application for the DPH Youth Advisory Council is attached. You may also visit the MCAH website and download an application here. Submit application to YouthAdvisoryCouncil@ph.lacounty.gov by Friday, April 2, 2021. For more information:Please view the flyer and Frequently Asked QuestionsContact Lizbeth Becerra at lbecerradavalos@ph.lacounty.gov or Pamina Bagchi at cbagchi@ph.lacounty.gov 
USEFUL LINKS AND RESOURCES 
COVID-19 Surveillance Dashboard: Guiding metrics can be found hereCOVID-19 Testing: covid19.lacounty.gov/testingCOVID-19 Safety Compliance for Business Owners and Employees: Click hereMental Health Support: (800) 854-7771 or text “LA” to 741741 or visit                                         https://dmh.lacounty.gov/covid-19-information/Headspace: Free mindfulness appLA County’s Office of Immigrant Affairs:  https://oia.lacounty.gov/Report a violation: Call(888) 700-9995 (M-F 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.) or                                  Email: Ehmail@ph.lacounty.govFor additional resources please dial 2-1-1For more information, please visit our website: publichealth.lacounty.gov/Coronavirus/Follow LA County Public Health on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter: @lapublichealth