LocationAlhambra , CA
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has announced the county’s second COVID-19-related death.
The deceased was described as a man between 30 and 50 years old with underlying health conditions, who was in the Pasadena area, L.A. County Department of Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said Thursday at the daily press briefing. Other news outlets, including the Pasadena Star News, reported he was a Glendora resident who died in Pasadena. Read more about him here.
The department also announced 40 new cases, bringing the county’s total count to 231. There at now seven labs, each with multiple locations with testing abilities.
Local cities with cases are: Alhambra with two, Monterey Park with two and South Pasadena with one. The department is now noting that cities with less than 25,000 residents are being added to the nearest city or community.
In a somber tone, Ferrer told residents that you should assume that you are infected, and that others around you are infected.
“If your test was negative today with no symptoms, it says nothing about where you would be tomorrow or the next day,” she said. Ferrer noted that at this time, 1,700 people have been tested, thought that number is going to increase as both positive cases and testing ability increases.
To the younger people who aren’t taking the social distancing seriously, “For those that aren’t having serious illness, I can promise you that they’re passing it on to those who are having serious illness.” There are people, between 18 and 40 who are infected, and some can die, Ferrer said.
So how long does the SVG and greater Los Angeles have to aggressively suppress daily activities?
The length of time will depend on how well the county responds now, Ferrer said.
Here’s a roundup of information and resources:
Alhambra’s page of cancelled events and functioning services is here.
The city has also temporarily relaxed parking restrictions beginning March 16 and ending April 5; citations and restrictions will halt for street sweeping and overnight parking violations. Citations issued on March 16 will be voided and a letter received in the mail. If you have not received a letter, call Traffic Division at 626-570-5119.
Meal services for seniors have been modified in the San Gabriel Valley. While the centers are closed, meals can still be picked up and taken home.
The L.A. County Sheriff’s Department stations throughout the county will keep their lobbies open to the public, but they encourage you to call or go online for help.
Alhambra Police Department posted on their Facebook page that there are fake door-to-door COVID-19 home inspections. Call 9-1-1 immediately to report it or use their online portal on the city website.
Some of the Alhambra-related Facebook pages have posts showing panic buying, food hoarding, and price gouging – which is a misdemeanor. Call 2-1-1 or 800-593-8222 to report if you are a victim or suspect a business is price gouging in this state of emergency.
An employee at the Target in Alhambra said they see the same elderly people come into the store multiple times per day and leave empty handed.
Last week, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order to ensure critical supplies are delivered quickly to the state – masks, gloves equipment, etc. – but also “food for emergency restocking of stores.”
Recently those same Alhambra pages have begun to work collaboratively to help each other find food and supplies, begun to ask each other not to hoard and provided learning resources for kids.
Help the elderly in the community get groceries from Target or Costco, as county officials suggest in their daily press briefings.
If you want to volunteer to help others in the SGV, there are many ways and not all of them require in-person participation. California Volunteers has a page here.
The Asian Youth Center (AYC) is working with the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank to distribute food at the San Gabriel Center, by appointment only. Call 626-537-0954 to make an appointment.
Visit AYC’s homepage for updates, provided in multiple languages, on their adjusted services.
Alhambra Unified School District, which includes students in Alhambra, San Gabriel, Monterey Park and Rosemead, has a news and announcements page where parents can go to fill out a technology request form, educational resources and info on free internet for 60 days.
For information on emergency meal services for anyone under 18, regardless of AUSD enrollment status, go to the food and nutrition services page.
San Gabriel Mission High School began online classes March 18. Though instruction is at home, the students are expected to be in uniform while attending virtual school, according to Principal Raquel Cagigas.
Ramona Convent Secondary School is instructing online from March 18 through April 14.
Students are worried about social events like prom and graduation ceremonies, says Ramona’s Sister Kathleen Callaway.
Students are also worried about Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) and Advanced Placement (AP) testing, says Cagigas.
The National Federation of State High School Associations established an agreement with eKnowledge, digital learning products, to offer SAT/ACT prep materials for less than 5% of the price. See the site for info.
Both Catholic schools have essential administrative staff on campus; San Gabriel Mission is allowing teachers to use the internet during school hours and Ramona said they are cleaning the school.
Both Catholic schools take direction from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, which suspended masses on March 16. Their site was down Thursday, but the announcement can be read here.
Do not call 9-1-1 or go to an emergency room for COVID-19 testing unless you are seriously ill. To get tested you must be recommended by your doctor. If you don’t have a doctor, call 2-1-1, L.A. County’s confidential help line.
Symptoms include fever, coughing and shortness of breath. Call a doctor if you’re experiencing these.
Emergency warning signs are difficulty breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to wake, and bluish lips or face. If you or someone you know has these, seek medical attention immediately.
If you have come in contact with a case, you must quarantine yourself for 14 days, regardless of whether or not you develop symptoms. If you do, call your health care provider.
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s coronavirus page is here.
The California Department of Public Health’s coronavirus page is here.
This is an extremely trying time. If you need mental health support, call the county 24-hour help line at 800-854-7771.
For all of the reporting from the Alhambra Source, go to our Stay Healthy page.
Alhambra Source Community Outreach Manager Dominic Tovar contributed reporting to this article.
This story was updated at 8:00 p.m. to add the break down of cities with cases from the LACDPH and the link to the Pasadena Star News.