The testing program for the city's residents will run from May 4 to May 29 at a site on second street across from Alhambra High School.
Some $300,000 in CDBG-CV funds will be distributed to 200 qualifying households. Applications are available now on the city's website and will be accepted through May 10. Grantees will be chosen by lottery.
Los Angeles County says low-income and minority communities still need more access to testing and information – parts of the SGV fit this bill. Nursing home residents make up 45% of the total deaths. The county will drop a surveillance dashboard with demographics of COVID-19 cases.
L.A. County Focuses on Nursing Homes With Addition to Health Order; National Guard Medical Units Deploy to L.A. County
New Health Officer Order bars visitors from assisted living facilities as well as communal meals and other such gatherings. National Guard medical teams arrive in L.A. County to assist at congregate living facilities.
The average daily death toll from coronavirus is now 44. During an average flu season the average total is five. County emphasizes that testing appointments are available at mobile sites and encourages those with symptoms to get tested.
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health posted a by-the-numbers breakdown of institutional settings under investigation, with reports of one of more residents presenting COVID-19 symptoms; the West SGV area has four outbreaks of more than 20 resident cases.
County and USC scientists reported the results from the first round of antibody testing: around 4.1% of adults could be infected with COVID-19 as of April 9, the day before the study began. That day, 7,955 infections were confirmed, 312,000 less people than the possible infections that these preliminary results suggest.
The Perfect Exposure Gallery owner Armando Arorizo photographed a changing Alhambra as the county's "Safer at Home" orders went into effect. Restaurants on Main and Valley have a different look.
Institutional settings are the frontlines of the COVID-19 battle with an outsized number of deaths occurring at skilled nursing and assisted-living facilities. The county now has 30 mobile testing sites for anyone with symptoms.
The Community Development Block Grant funding may be used to initiate a COVID-19 testing site in the city. Like many cities in the SGV, Alhambra's financial picture looks challenging.