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City Manager's Update | COVID-19 Update | March 23, 2020

Post Date:03/23/2020

March 23, 2020 

Hello everyone,  

As we enter a very critical phase in the COVID-19 outbreak, all Californians must be practicing social distancing and many are ordered to remain home through April 19 under the Los Angeles County Safer at Home Order. These four weeks will determine whether our efforts to stem the rate of community spread of COVID-19 will be successful. These are extraordinary times.

As this situation is rapidly evolving, you can continue to find the most up-to-date information on our City's website:   


Canyon Park, Hillside Wilderness Preserve, and Parks to Close

Beginning today, Monday, March 23, the City will, once again, close Canyon Park and the Hillside Wilderness Preserve. The City attempted to leave these recreational areas open to our community. However, too many people visited the facilities over this past weekend and did not practice safe, social distancing.

Additionally, the order disallows the gathering of 10 people or more. The City is posting notices to discourage any gatherings at the playgrounds, basketball courts, tennis courts, sport fields and skate parks.

We deeply apologize for the inconvenience and ask all residents, guests and visitors to find alternate means of recreation which you can do in small groups, maintain 6 feet of separation and comply with the Safer at Home Health Order.

New Treatment Strategy for the Los Angeles County Health Department 

Last week, the LA County Health Department signaled a change in local strategy when it comes to testing, recommending that doctors avoid testing patients except in a case where a test result would significantly change the course of treatment.

Our medical institutions are incredibly burdened and there remains a shortage of tests to address COVID-19.

Safer at Home Order Update

The County of Los Angeles made certain amendments to the Safer at Home Order. This revised order is the most current, correct Order and must be followed. View the updated Safer at Home Order. 

To provide additional information, the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health published an FAQ. 

Presidential Major Disaster Declaration

On March 22, the Governor requested a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for the State’s COVID-19 Response efforts. The Major Disaster Declaration would include any and all individual assistance programs to assist those affected by the outbreak and lessen the economic impacts of the crisis. The request would provide additional assistance, including but not limited to, mass care and emergency assistance, crisis counseling, disaster case management, disaster unemployment assistance, disaster legal services and Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance. The President approved the request on the same day.