City Manager's Update | COVID-19 Update | March 25, 2020
March 25, 2020
At a glance, you’ll find details regarding updates on City facilities closures, executive orders form Governor Newsom, and much more.
I encourage you to stay informed by viewing the COVID-19 updates for L.A. County.
Outdoor Recreation Facilities are Closed
As mentioned yesterday, City facilities remain closed to discourage gatherings of 10 or more. At this time, we ask the community to not use any outdoor recreation facilities where groups gather (i.e. tennis courts, skate park, basketball courts, etc). Please note that the parks are not closed, so you are still able to enjoy the open space and walk/bike on sidewalks. We understand everyone’s desire to recreate but you must practice social distancing.
In addition, more discussions are taking place that cities may begin actively enforcing the Safer at Home Order Again, we respectfully ask everyone to follow the Order, refrain from leaving your home unless necessary, and help do your part in beating COVID-19.
Governor Newsom Issues Executive Order on State Prisons and Juvenile Facilities in Response to the COVID-19 Outbreak
This order directs the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Secretary to temporarily halt the intake and/or transfer of inmates and youth into the state’s 35 prisons and four youth correctional facilities. Additionally, the executive order directs the Board of Parole Hearings to develop a process to conduct all scheduled parole suitability hearings through videoconferencing starting no later than April 13, 2020, and for the next 60 days. That process would facilitate remote participation of those typically in attendance, including staff, parole board members, victims, families and their representatives, inmates, attorneys, and others.
The Governor did indicate to expect actions tomorrow potentially related to evictions so we will provide an update when we have more information.
Other State Actions
California Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, yesterday, issued a statewide order suspending all jury trials in California's superior courts for 60 days and allowing courts to immediately adopt new rules to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Her order includes the following directives:
- All jury trials are suspended and continued for 60 days. Courts may conduct a trial at an earlier date upon finding of good cause shown or through use of remote technology when appropriate.
- Time periods to begin criminal and civil trials is extended for 60 days, though courts may conduct trials earlier upon finding of good cause or through remote technology when appropriate.
Superior courts are authorized to adopt any proposed rules or rule amendment that is intended to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic to take effect immediately, without advance circulation for 45 days of public comment. A court adopting any such rule change must immediately distribute the new or amended rule, and no litigant’s substantive rights shall be prejudiced for failing to comply with the requirements of a new or amended rule until at least 20 days after the rule change has been distributed. Stay informed on the California Courts response to COVID-19.
Please Buy Smart & Don’t Overfill Your Cart
We all have been frustrated when we see bare shelves when grocery shopping, as widespread uncertainty has caused consumers to buy more than they need during this naturally stressful time. The California Grocers Association ensure that individuals can be confident that grocery stores will remain open and that food and essential supplies remain plentiful.
Next time you go shopping, please buy only what you need for a week. There is no need to over buy. This will help stores catch up with the increased demand.
Think of it this way: Buy Smart. Don’t Overfill Your Cart. There is enough for all.
We are all looking for some normalcy in our lives and going back to our typical shopping patterns is an important part of that. View the full message from the California Grocers Association.
American Red Cross Blood Drive
The American Red Cross faces a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations. Healthy individuals are needed to schedule an appointment to give in the days and weeks ahead to help patients counting on lifesaving blood throughout this pandemic.
As the pandemic has grown in the U.S., blood drive cancellations grow at an alarming rate. As of March 22, more than 6,000 Red Cross blood drives have been canceled across the country due to COVID-19 concerns, resulting in about 200,000 fewer blood donations.
Given these cancellations, donors may see fewer opportunities to give, and the Red Cross is working around the clock to identify new hosts and are adding new blood drives each day.
Please do not feel discouraged if there is not an immediate appointment available – patients still need you. As experts have emphasized, this outbreak is not limited to days and the Red Cross will continue to face blood collection challenges for weeks and even months during this crisis. Make an appointment to donate blood.
COVID-19 Scams, Fraudulent Websites, Emails and Donation Requests
There are several Coronavirus tracking and mapping sites that are actually malware websites. Instead of clicking on these links, cybersecurity experts advise to hover over the link to verify the uniform resource locator (URL) before moving forward. Online hackers may also send emails from fraudulent accounts impersonating official websites and doctors, or offering medical supplies and services.
A trusted COVID-19 mapping resource is the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Global Map, which can be found at coronavirus.jhu.edu. As a reminder, accurate, up-to-date information on COVID-19 can be found on the following websites:
- County of Los Angeles
- County of Los Angeles Public Health
- California Department of Public Health
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- City of Monrovia
As residents continue to practice "Safer at Home" directives, scammers are also taking advantage of this change in circumstances by reaching out door-to-door asking for donations and fundraising contributions through cash, Bitcoin, or Paypal. Please keep in mind that you are not required to open your doors, and do not feel intimidated by a false sense of urgency to answer door-to-door solicitations.
The following is a list of safety tips to follow:
- Avoid online advertising offers related to COVID-19
- Decline door-to-door solicitations claiming COVID-19 fundraising
- Do not click on emails and attachments that you do not recognize
- Visit trusted websites for COVID-19 related information