County of LA UPDATE: HOW SAFER-AT-HOME HAS IMPACTED THE SPREAD OF COVID-19, RECREATIONAL FACILITIES RE-OPEN TOMORROW, & INCIDENT REPORT

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HOW SAFER-AT-HOME HAS IMPACTED THE SPREAD OF COVID-19, RECREATIONAL FACILITIES RE-OPEN TOMORROW, & INCIDENT REPORT
The County of Los Angeles is regularly updating resources on COVID-19 and offers today’s update in an effort to keep you and yours informed. Please share the following up-to-date information: How Safer At Home Has Impacted The Spread of COVID-19 In LA County

Transmission Rate

Dr. Christina Ghaly, the Director of LA County’s Department of Health Services (the agency responsible for COVID-19 testing in LA County), today, shared how LA County’s Safer At Home orders have impacted the spread of COVID-19 in LA County:

1. At the beginning of LA County’s pandemic, the restrictions of Safer At Home were the single best tool to stop the rapid spread of COVID-19. Without Safer At Home, LA County would have seen a disaster. 

2. Safer At Home bought us time! It allowed LA County to increase testing, bed, and ventilator capacity. It’s why LA County is now seeing low and steady transmission rates of the virus. 

3. At the earliest stage of our fight against COVID-19, for every person infected by the virus, an additional 3 people would be infected in LA County.  Today, for every person infected, an additional one person will be infected. If we don’t maintain a low transmission rate, we’ll start seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases within 2-4 weeks.

ICU Demand Projections  

If we go back to how life was before Safer At Home, LA County will see a rapid increase in COVID-19 cases.  

4. Until we have a vaccine, LA County will need a multi-prong approach to combat the virus. It is possible to get back to work, while keeping LA County residents safe. That means LA County will continue to: 1) use face coverings, 2) physical distance, 3) wash hands & stay home when sick, 4) respect new activity & venue rules, and 5) quarantine when advised by your healthcare provider.

For more information on COVID-19 and LA County’s response to this health emergency, visit covid19.lacounty.gov.

These LA County Recreational Facilities Re-Open Tomorrow…
Equestrian Center

Tomorrow, LA County’s Department of Parks and Recreation (LA County Parks) re-opens a number of recreational facilities with specific health officer order restrictions and safety guidelines in place. 

All visitors of these facilities are required to maintain six (6) feet of physical distancing at all times. Visitors are also expected to wear face coverings at all times, with limited exemptions, as stated in this partial list of recreational facilities and guidelines:Equestrian CentersFace coverings are required at all times while in the common areas, including, without limitation, parking lots and stables.Face masks are not required during riding so long as physical distancing is maintained.Facility operator and staff shall wear a face covering and gloves at all times.

Rides (Horse string) will be a single file and a maximum of four (4) riders at a time while practicing physical distancing. This is for trail use only.Private horse lessons will require proper physical distancing, and both instructors and students must wear face coverings at all times.Lessons shall be a maximum of two (2) participants at a time and conducted in a round pen. Round pen must be large enough to allow for physical distancing during lessons.Maximum number of riders in a round pen shall be determined by the size of the pen. At all times, round pens must be large enough to allow for physical distancing.Only one (1) horse & one (1) boarder will be allowed within wash racks at a time.All boarders must use their own wash rack supplies, and hoses will be sanitized regularly.

Payment of any fees shall be done on-line and/or utilizing outdoor facing windows or doors.Community GardensVolunteer events will not be allowed to avoid group gatherings.Maximum number of participants in the garden at one time shall be determined by the size of the community garden and the number of plots.Bring hand sanitizer or sanitizing wipes, or a Ziploc bag with soapy water and a washcloth.

Wash your hands before and after you go to the garden.Gloves are required while conducting gardening, including while handling tools & equipment.

Remove all personal items & trash before leaving the garden.For a complete list of recreational facilities re-opening tomorrow, and their respective restrictions, read this. For details on temporary closures or changes in response to COVID-19, visit the LA County Parks website at parks.lacounty.gov/covid-19.

Emergency Aid to Renters & Mom-And-Pop Landlords
LACDA

* Correction *Renters within unincorporated LA County interested in applying for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program, shared in yesterday’s COVID-19 Update, may apply online at 211la.org/form/covid-rental-assistance.

To apply over the phone, dial 2-1-1.Landlords impacted by COVID-19 may also be eligible for emergency aid to help: 1) meet mortgage obligations on rental properties, or 2) Reduce rental payment delinquency in arrears. To find out if you’re eligible, visit lacda.org/programs/rent-relief.
Program applications must be received by May 31, 2020. 

For more information on this program, whether you’re a renter or landlord, click here.Incident ReportOur daily report is a high level summary of L.A. County Emergency Operations Center’s response to the COVID-19 health emergency. Click here to view.

COVID-19 Digital Communications Guide & Toolkit
View our updated COVID-19 Digital Communications Guide, and get tips on Best Practices, Do’s and Don’ts, Key Messaging, and our Social Media Toolkit – with multi-lingual graphics and messages like the ones seen below. Access our Social Media Toolkit here.

While we’re on the road to recovery, #COVID19 remains the number one cause of death and the risk of getting infected remains high. Everyone, whether at work, visiting a business, or engaging in a permitted activity, should follow these practices to protect themselves & others.

Spanish: Mientras estamos en el camino hacia la recuperación, #COVID19 sigue siendo la causa número uno de muerte y el riesgo de infectarse sigue siendo alto. Todos, ya sea en el trabajo, visitando un negocio o participando en una actividad permitida, deben seguir estas prácticas para protegerse a sí mismos y a los demás.

Additional Resources
The County of Los Angeles appreciates your continued partnership in responding to COVID-19 questions and needs of residents. For additional information, please visit:
County of Los Angeles: covid19.lacounty.gov
County of Los Angeles Public Health: publichealth.lacounty.gov 
California Department of Public Health: cdph.ca.gov
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: cdc.gov
Los Angeles County residents can also call 2-1-1
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