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There is currently an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus called coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The virus was first detected in China and has now been detected across the globe, including in the United States. COVID-19 usually causes mild disease such as fever and cough, but can cause severe symptoms such as pneumonia and difficulty breathing. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person between people who are in close contact with one another (within 6ft) or through respiratory droplets produced when someone coughs or sneezes.
In response to the COVID-19 situation, some City services have been reduced to a basic level of service. These reductions will not impact public health and safety, but are necessary to protect City employees. The public's health and safety will always remain the City's number one priority.
The City of Avalon is actively collaborating with our regional, state, and federal partners to plan and respond to the evolving COVID-19 situation. We continue to seek opportunities to protect our community.
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Mayor Weekly Video Update
Statewide Safer at Home
- The California State Public Health Officer and Director of the California Department of Public Health is ordering all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence except as needed to follow the federal critical infrastructure sectors.
Essential services will remain open, such as: gas stations, pharmacies, grocery stores, convenience stores, food banks, farmers markets, take-out and delivery restaurants, banks and laundromats.
Essential State and Local government functions will remain open.
This order will require numerous business sectors to close or work in modified conditions, including: dine-in restaurants, bars, nightclubs, entertainment venues, gyms, convention centers, and public events and gatherings
View the 12/6/2020 Revised temporary targeted safer at home health officer order for control of COVD-19: Tier 1 Substantial Surge Updated Response
View the 04/10/2020 revised Safer at Home order from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health affecting the County of Los Angeles, the unincorporated areas and cities.
View the revised Safer at Home order from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health affecting the County of Los Angeles, the unincorporated areas and cities. 03/21/2020
View information on the Shelter in Place from Supervisor Hahn: What You Need to Know About the "Safer At Home" Order. Linked from our Information & Messages from Community Partners page.
View the statement from Avalon Sheriff Station Captain John Hocking regarding working together to keep Catalina Island "Safer At Home" Linked from out Information & Messages from Community Partners page
Please click the links below for the following documents related to the Executive Order
-CA Governor's Executive Order
-Safer at Home Order for Control of COVID-19
-CA Governor's Letter Request for funding 3/19/2020
City of Avalon Urgency Ordinances
LA County Supports Pregnant Women and Mothers during COVID-19
Los Angeles, CA (Friday, April 24, 2020)—Pregnant
women and single mothers may be experiencing particular food insecurity and
hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic. In Los Angeles County, there are several
programs and services that help families who have been affected by recent
Visiting Programs are
still enrolling new clients and serving families in LA County. Home
Visitors provide support and services during pregnancy; coaches parents on
how to support children during difficult times; offers techniques for
lowering stress; and connects parents to educational training, job
opportunities, and other resources. For the health and safety of our
clients, all home visiting programs have temporarily moved all in-person
visits to telehealth visits to continue providing support to all our
families. For more information, call (213) 639-6434.
Program is providing services to
pregnant women and those who have recently delivered during the COVID-9
crisis by offering telehealth telephonic and video visits for medical and
behavioral health services, social care navigation, and nursing support.
The telehealth platform lessens the face-to-face contact for these women
without decreasing the number of visits they require or desire. Pregnant
women in the safety net who need prenatal and immediate postpartum
services can call 844-37-MAMAS for appointments and enhanced perinatal
services provide emotional support,
physical comfort, education, and advocacy to African American pregnant
women and persons during pregnancy, childbirth, and the newborn period.
Call (213) 639-6448 for more information and eligibility requirements.
Infants and Children (WIC) Program provides
healthy foods and other resources to pregnant women and families with a
child under 5 years of age. For more information and eligibility
requirements, text APPLY to 91997, visit phfewic.org or call (888) 942-2229.
and food purchasing services are
available through CalWORKS. This program provides monthly financial
assistance to help pay for housing, food, utilities, clothing, medical
care and other necessary expenses. For more information and eligibility
requirements, call (866) 613-3777.
childhood education and childcare services are available for essential workers. Call (888) 92CHILD
(922-4453) or visit lacoe.edu/childcare
for more information and resources.
support services are
available for pregnant and parenting families feeling anxious, panicked,
or stressed. Mental health professionals are available at (800) 854-7771.
California Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
services are available and include nutritious foods and more resources
that are available to all eligible families affected by COVID-19. WIC
welcomes military families, migrant families, fathers, foster parents and
legal guardians with eligible children. If your income has been affected
by recent events, and you are:
Breastfeeding (up to the
infant’s first birthday)
Non-breastfeeding women (until
the infant is six months old)
Women up to six months after a
For infants and children, up
to the child’s fifth birthday.
To find out if you’re
eligible, California residents can start by texting APPLY to 91997, call
(888) 942-2229 or visit phfewic.org
you want to learn more about the risks of COVID-19 to pregnant women, visit COVID-19: Advice to Pregnant Women. If you are
pregnant and you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 or you think you may
have contracted the virus, visit covid19.lacounty.gov/testing to schedule an
pregnant women should take the same preventative measures as the general public
to avoid infection. You can help stop the spread of COVID-19 by taking these
Stay home. Avoid contact with
people who are sick.
Have food delivered to your
home so you can avoid checkout lines at grocery stores.
Wash your hands often with soap
and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose,
coughing, sneezing, or using the restroom.
Clean and disinfect your home to remove germs:
practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces (for example: tables,
doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks & cell
Governor Outlines Framework to Reopen Economy and Roadmap
- On May 7, 2020 the State released industry guidance on the road map to resilience. Please find the updated resources https://covid19.ca.gov/roadmap/
Before reopening, all facilities must:
Perform a detailed risk assessment and implement a site-specific protection plan
Train employees on how to limit the spread of COVID-19, including how to screen themselves for symptoms and stay home if they have them
Implement individual control measures and screenings
Implement disinfecting protocols
Implement physical distancing guidelines
To find the guidance for businesses please visit the state's website https://covid19.ca.gov/roadmap or follow the link to the City's site here.
On April 14, 2020 Governor Gavin Newsom provided an excellent framework for reopening the economy.
The following is a statement from the Office of the Governor:
Governor Gavin Newsom today unveiled six key indicators that will guide California’s thinking for when and how to modify the stay-at-home and other orders during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Governor noted that the progress in flattening the curve, increased preparedness of our health care delivery system and the effects of other COVID-19 interventions have yielded positive results. However, these actions have also impacted the economy, poverty and overall health care in California. Any consideration of modifying the stay-at-home order must be done using a gradual, science-based and data-driven framework.
“While Californians have stepped up in a big way to flatten the curve and buy us time to prepare to fight the virus, at some point in the future we will need to modify our stay-at-home order,” said Governor Newsom. “As we contemplate reopening parts of our state, we must be guided by science and data, and we must understand that things will look different than before.”
Until we build immunity, our actions will be aligned to achieve the following:
• Ensure our ability to care for the sick within our hospitals;
• Prevent infection in people who are at high risk for severe disease;
• Build the capacity to protect the health and well-being of the public; and
• Reduce social, emotional and economic disruptions
California’s six indicators for modifying the stay-at-home order are:
• The ability to monitor and protect our communities through testing, contact tracing, isolating, and supporting those who are positive or exposed;
• The ability to prevent infection in people who are at risk for more severe COVID-19;
• The ability of the hospital and health systems to handle surges;
• The ability to develop therapeutics to meet the demand;
• The ability for businesses, schools, and child care facilities to support physical distancing; and
• The ability to determine when to reinstitute certain measures, such as the stay-at-home orders, if necessary.
The Governor said there is not a precise timeline for modifying the stay-at-home order, but that these six indicators will serve as the framework for making that decision.
He also noted that things will look different as California makes modifications. For example, restaurants will have fewer tables and classrooms will be reconfigured.
For more information on California’s response, visit covid19.ca.gov.
- To help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including the coronavirus and flu, follow these important tips:
-The LA County Department of Public Heath order requires everyone going into an essential business must have a face covering, covering the nose and mouth.
-Use Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19 from the CDC
-Cloth Face Coverings: Questions and Answers from the CDC
-Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitize.
-Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
-Avoid close contact with people, practice Social Distancing.
-Observe the Safer At Home Executive Order
-Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
-Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
-Individuals with chronic health issues and/or individuals experiencing severe symptoms should be evaluated by a medical professional. See resources from CIMC
-Get vaccinated every year
-Wearing of masks in public is not recommended for Americans by the CDC nor by our local public heath department. Hand washing is considered the best protection from infectious disease.
-See the new What If I am Exposed FAQ from LA County Department of Public Heath
How You Can Be Prepared
- Residents should follow these important tips to help prepare to respond to this public health threat.
-Store a supply of food, beverages and water, including food for family pets. Ensure an adequate supply of prescribed and routine medications are on hand. Stockpiling supplies, or hoarding, is not recommended.
-Plan wasy to care for those who are at greater risk for serious complications and who will take care of sick family members. If you or someone you know is in need please visit Avalon Mutual Aid for resources.
-If you have family members with increased risk of getting seriously sick, check with your medical providers about symptoms and treatment.
-Create an emergency contact list of family and friends, teachers and employers.
-Have a plan for your child care, LBUSD has updates for during the school closure.
-Talk with your children, family, and friends about what to do if an outbreak occurs and what each person would need.
Planning now helps you act more effectively to protect you and your family if COVID-19 does spread locally. If you have individual questions, please talk to your health care provider.
Visit the Resources for Residents & Individuals page for more information.
Trail and Beach Closures and Openings on Catalina
- Beaches are open, please wear face coverings and social distance.
PER LA COUNTY: Beaches are closed for the 4th of July weekend.
In accordance with the LA County Department of Public Health Order - 03-27-20
As of June 11, 2020 beaches are open for access to the ocean, active use and exercise. Additionally, chairs, canopies and coolers are now allowed. SOCIAL DISTANCING AND FACE COVERINGS ARE REQUIRED WHEN OTHERS ARE PRESENT.
For more details view the list of LA County's "Beach Rules"
As of Friday May 8, 2020 Trails in Los Angles County are open for exercise activities. This includes the Hour Trail and Hermit Gulch in Avalon, as well as Catalina Island Conservancy trails throughout Catalina Island. Recreational travel to Avalon is still not allowed.
Confused about what's open and what's closed? Use this interactive map from LA County to check the status of beaches, golf courses and trails. Locally on Catalina Island it is also a good idea to check with the City, Catalina Island Company and Catalina Island Conservancy to confirm what facilities are open and accessible.
New safety guidelines are in place for the protection of yourself and others:
-Hiking without a face mask is permitted except if you are within 6' of a non-family member or someone with whom you are not currently quarantining; appropriate social distancing is required.
-Do not use the trails if you are exhibiting any symptoms.
-Please follow all current LA County guidelines, found here.
-Conservancy Rangers and LA County Baywatch remain on patrol across the Island.
Visit the County FAQ page for more information about Shelter in Place as well as beach closures.
The County launched new dashboards to keep you informed about COVID-19. The 5 dashboards display:
Case counts and deaths
Parks and Recreation closures and service updates
LA County/City Elder Nutrition Program
Prohibits on All Non-Essential Travel
Property Tax - April 10
SCE Bill Relief
Released from a County Jail?
Did you or a loved one get released from County Jail because of COVID-19? Don’t miss your next court date or a WARRANT will be issued. If you don’t know your next court date, and you want to speak to your attorney, the LA County Public Defender’s Office is available to help! Call them toll-free at (833) 700-2812. #courtdate #covid19 #lacountypublicdefenders
LA County Daily Update
Starting March 18, 2020 officials from the LA County Department of Public Health, Office of Emergency Management, Office of Education, and Department of Health Services will hold a live virtual briefing to provide residents the latest update on COVID-19's spread in the County and what the County is doing to support those most impacted by this pandemic.
The livestream will start at 12:30 p.m. and can be watched on LA County's Facebook channel. (www.facebook.com/countyofla)
As we continue to combat the spread of COVID-19, County officials will hold these daily live updates at 12:30 p.m. every weekday for the foreseeable future. All are encouraged to tune in.
LA County information on Services to Immigrant Community
Immigrants in Los Angeles County, like all Angelenos, are worried about the coronavirus pandemic. Many are afraid that receiving public assistance will affect their immigration status. Immigrants, like everyone else, should seek the help they need, regardless of their immigration status.
Join usto learn about the wraparound services the County of Los Angeles has for immigrants and their families to help them get through these extreme times, including:
Assistance for impacted workers and small business owners
Public Charge: Who and what services are impacted
Testing and treatment doesn’t affect their immigration status
Wraparound services for unaccompanied minors and adult immigrants being released from detention center
Wednesday, April 1
Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, Chair Pro Tem
First District – County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors
Ricardo Garcia, Public Defender, County of Los Angeles
Rigo Reyes (MC), Executive Director, Office of Immigrant Affairs
Department of Consumer and Business Affairs
Sebastian Sanchez, Attorney
Justice for Workers Program – Bet Tzedek Legal Services
Daniel Sharp, Chief, Office of Immigrant Affairs
Department of Consumer and Business Affairs
Maggie Becerra, Deputy Director, Wage Enforcement Program
Department of Consumer and Business Affairs
The County Channel, Channel 94 on most cable systems. Find your County Channel station here: http://bit.ly/CountyChannel
Facebook at facebook.com/LAC4Immigrants
Twitter at twitter.com/HildaSolis
Listen in Spanish by telephone, dial 877-873-8017 and OPTION: 222222#
Los Angeles County Joint Information Center - COVID-19
If you require special accommodations, please call (213) 952-9036.
COVID-19 County websites:
Media Accessibility for People with Disabilities & others with Access & Functional Needs
Federal Communication Commission rules under Section 255 of the Communications Act require telecommunications service providers to make their products and services accessible to people with disabilities, if such access is readily achievable. Where access is not readily achievable, service providers must make their devices and services compatible with peripheral devices and specialized customer premises equipment that are commonly used by people with disabilities, if such compatibility is readily available.
211 L.A. County
Los Angeles County residents, renters, and business owners, including persons with disabilities and others with access and functional needs, may call 211 L.A. County at any time for emergency preparedness information and other referral services. The toll-free 2-1-1 number is available 24 hours a day and seven days a week.
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In the News
- LA Times, June 10, 2020 - Catalina Island is reopening. What you should know before you visit
KQED, May 2, 2020 - On Catalina Island, Unemployment is 90%. A Local Food Pantry is Making Sure No One Goes Hungry.
Associated Press, April 25, 2020 - California's 'island of romance' being crippled by coronavirus pandemic
LA Times, March 19, 2020 - On Catalina Island, concern yet calm as coronavirus threatens tourism economy
August 4, 2020 CIMC video update
View the update at the CIMC site here.
You can also go on a hike, and actively use the beaches and ocean, overnight camping is closed to nonessential travel.
Visit the County of Los Angles FAQ for more information.
CITY OF AVALON UPDATES:
-View the July 7, 2020 City Council meeting Agenda item 6. Outdoor Dining During COVID-19 Situation.
-View the City of Avalon Attestation Packet approved by the City Council.
-View the May 5, 2020 City Council meeting Agenda item 5. Financial Update No. 3. Including discussions on moving forward. View the power point presentation slides here.
-View the March 19, 2020 Special City Council meeting reviewing the budget projections and shortfalls due to COVID-19
-View the May 5, 2020 presentation by the Catalina Island Medical Center about the Coronavirus (starts at 00:32:38):
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