LocationAlhambra , CA
Los Angeles County’s press briefing Friday was about equality – or inequality – and reminding residents to be mindful that there is still a global pandemic happening.
Supervisor Hilda Solis gave her opening remarks that echoed L.A. County Department of Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer’s Monday comments, saying that racism and systemic inequalities are a “public health priority” and called for change and accountability.
As far as the pandemic health crisis, Department of Health Services Director Christina Ghaly said DHS and Public Health are working to increase testing access and integrate it into the more permanent and established health care systems, especially for communities of color.
Some of the ways DHS is addressing the longstanding inequities is to tailor their COVID-19 response by focusing on geographic accessibility, Ghaly said. DHS is working to allow communities to be tested and treated through health clinics and providers they already trust in their neighborhoods.
The county has applied for a $4 million grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to address disparities. The money will be used for outreach materials in non-English languages, canvassing, increased daily testing, targeting vulnerable populations and more.
Though the data was gathered before many of the protests, there has been a slight uptick in transmission rates of COVID-19, from one person infected for every one person sick, to greater-than-one persons infected, and up-trending, according the Department of Health Services modeling.
Ghaly said ICU beds may become inadequate if a surge results from rapid increase. She and Ferrer strongly encouraged the same infection control measures: handwashing, face coverings and physical distancing.
In the place in her remarks where Ferrer usually thanks the public, health care workers and others who have been fighting to keep COVID-19 under control, she began her thanks to “everyone on the front lines,” but continued, “to end racism and oppression.”
Ferrer reminded the county that no matter what kind of large gathering you might be in this weekend, try to maintain physical distancing, and if you’re exposed to someone who isn’t wearing a face covering for more than 15 minutes, consider self-isolating for 14-days to monitor yourself for symptoms.
Testing sites are open. Though some locations have closed or moved so that businesses can reopen, there are 73 testing sites throughout the county, including some at CVS pharmacies, state-run sites and community partners. Make an appointment.
In the last 24 hours there have been 36 COVID-19-related deaths, totaling 2,565 countywide, and 1,445 new cases, bringing the total to 61,054. Of the 671,000 people whose tests have been reported to the LACDPH, 8% are positive. In California, there have been 4,485 deaths and 122,901 confirmed cases as of last night, according to the California Department of Public Health.
Alhambra has 231 cases and the COVID-19 Surveillance Dashboard still has 8 deaths listed.
For all of the county’s investigations of congregate settings, go to their locations page.
Want to help?
- California is looking for healthy volunteers to safely help their local communities. Go to the Californians for All site to get info on volunteering in the community or from home.
- California is looking for donations of medical resources to respond to COVID-19. Go to the site to see what kind of equipment is needed.
- L.A. County is looking to lease hotel and motels for COVID-19 testing, quarantine, isolation and medical shelters. Contact the Office of Emergency Operations Center. See today’s situation.
- Looking for other ways? National and Community Service, the home of AmeriCorps and Senior Corps, have ideas.
- Call 2-1-1 for:
- Homeless services and medical shelters
- Drive-through COVID-19 testing appointments
- Get a medical provider
- Any other referrals to county services
- County wifi locator or call 2-1-1
- Critical Delivery Service or 888-863-7411
- Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services page or 800-510-2020
- County COVID-19 food resource dashboard
- Economic Impact Payment (stimulus check):
- Department of Mental Health or 24-hour help line 800-854-7771
- Domestic Violence
- OnwardCA is working to place people into open positions.
- Info from the county on a face covering, video directions on how to make one.
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health page.
For all of the reporting from the Alhambra Source, go to our Stay Healthy page.