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L.A. County Announces Plans to Use Hotel for COVID-19 Isolations

A screen capture of the March 20 press briefing by L.A. County on Facebook Live's online streaming. Supervisor Hilda Solis announces the use of the Sheraton Fairplex as isolation housing.

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A new phase in efforts to care for those who need isolation with the COVID-19 virus was announced Friday by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

The Sheraton Fairplex Hotel and Conference Center in Pomona, owned by Marriott International, will house those who need isolation isolated but do not have a housing option, L.A. County Supervisor Hilda Solis announced at the daily press briefing.

The Sheraton and the Fairplex, previously the L.A. County Fairgrounds, are working with the Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center, the L.A. County Department of Public Health and L.A. County Department of Emergency Management.

The quarantine housing will run from March 23 through May 31, with the option to extend through June, the hotel will be closed to the public.

The county will occupy the hotel’s eight floors, 244 rooms – one person per room – and each person will receive medical care, food, laundry services and security at the hotel. The county will also occupy 16 meeting rooms in which medical teams may set up.

The Fairplex will open its Child Development Center to the children of local first responders including law enforcement and hospital personnel.

The large parking area of the Fairplex campus will begin a drive-through food bank with the La Verne-based Sowing Seeds for Life, beginning on April 1. The President and CEO of the Fairplex, Miguel Santana, said the facility’s grounds and resources are available for the county for the duration of the COVID-19 containment and care efforts.

The Office of Emergency Management Director Kevin McGowan asked that people respect the privacy of those who need housing. On the western side of Los Angeles County, Dockweiler State Beach in Playa Del Rey will also be receiving patients in their RV park.

The county also asked the public not to show up at either of these locations for care or housing. Like the COVID-19 testing, a medical provider would have to go through appropriate channels for a patient to request this housing.

The county is working to find more locations to house isolated individuals.

L.A. County Department of Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer gave the daily update of cases and provided more information about people being tested and diagnosed.

Today’s briefing by the numbers:

  • 61 new cases, bringing the total confirmed in the county to 292, including Long Beach’s 12 reported cases, Pasadena’s two reported cases and the two deaths in Pomona and Pasadena.
    • The first death was pronounced in Pomona but the victim was staying in Walnut; the second death was pronounced in Pasadena but was a Glendora resident.
  • As of March 18, 2,400 people have been tested, of which roughly 10% are positive.
  • The median age of those diagnosed is age 47.
  • Contrary to the belief that only older people are being diagnosed, the largest age group tested is younger adults; 138 positive cases are of those 18-65 years old.

Watch the briefing here.

Friday afternoon the Office of Emergency Management issued a press release stating that the county has 504 isolation units available and interim housing beds for those experiencing homelessness. Read it here.

The Safer at Home Order from the Health Department that went into effect Friday closes all non-essential businesses and requires everyone to remain at home unless they have jobs deemed essential or  are shopping for food or picking up medicine.

Those who are employed by essential businesses will continue to go to work, most businesses will modify practices to maintain social distancing. Read the order to see essential businesses, restrictions and punishments.

For all of the reporting from the Alhambra Source, go to our Stay Healthy page.

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