Like many of you, I've been closely following the latest developments regarding the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. Protecting our communities and our most vulnerable residents is my absolute top priority, and I want to ensure that all of us stay informed.
The City of Los Angeles has a continually updating information page on COVID-19. Learn more at corona-virus.la
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- SAFER AT HOME ORDER
- GENERAL INFORMATION
- PUBLIC HEALTH RESOURCES
- SUPPORTING WORKING FAMILIES
- SUPPORTING OUR OLDER ADULTS
- SUPPORTING SMALL BUSINESSES
- CONSUMER RIGHTS
- PRIVATE RESOURCES
- WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP
- INFORMATIONAL GRAPHICS
SAFER AT HOME ORDER
The City and County of Los Angeles have issued a "Safer at Home" order, closing non-essential retail business, banning gatherings of any size outside of a home, and ordering Angelenos to stay at home with some exceptions.
Here's what you CAN do:
- Take a walk outside
- Shop for essential items at the grocery store or pharmacy
- Order take-out or delivery
- Commute to jobs deemed essential
Here's what you CAN'T do:
- Attend gatherings of ten or more people
- Dine in at a restaurant
- Bring your children to a playground
- Go to a mall or shopping center
- Keep a non-essential retail business open
- Travel for vacation
During this time, Angelenos are ordered to stay in their homes as much as possible, especially those over 65 years of age. We are doing this because it's the most effective way to flatten the curve, keep our healthcare system from being overloaded, and save lives. Read the entire City Safer at Home Order here.
Since this is a rapidly evolving situation, we are learning more about COVID-19 every day. Here's what we know so far.
- Older adults and people of all ages with severe chronic medical conditions are more likely to develop serious outcomes if infected with COVID-19 and should take extra precautions.
- COVID-19 is spread through close personal contact and from coughs or sneezes from an infected individual.
- Symptoms include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.
- The best way to protect yourself and others is through frequent and thorough hand-washing, frequent disinfection of commonly touched objects and surfaces, and avoidance of those who may be sick.
- All community members should practice social distancing at this time.
- It's important to stay home if you are sick. California law requires many employers in the state to provide paid sick leave, and Los Angeles has local laws that allow for additional paid sick time. Learn more about your rights.
Pandemic Response Town Hall, April 1, 2020
Renter's Rights and Resources Town Hall, April 8, 2020
Follow this link to download the full conference recording of the Renters Rights Town Hall- April 8, 2020.
If you submitted a question for our Town Hall, thank you for joining us and please note that we are working to provide everyone with an individual response as quickly as possible. Due to the influx of calls and emails it may take longer than usual to get back to you, but we will get back to you.
Anna Ortega, Los Angeles Housing + Community Investment Department
Larry Gross, Coalition for Economic Survival
Skip Koenig, Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County:
PUBLIC HEALTH RESOURCES
If you or a family member get sick:
If you’ve tested positive for COVID-19 or been exposed to it you can file a Disability Insurance claim with the state of California. The Governor’s office has waived the wait period for insurance claims. Payments are roughly 60% - 70% of wages.
If a family member falls ill you may be able to receive Paid Family Leave from the state to take care of them. PFL provides up to six weeks of benefit payments to eligible workers who have full or partial loss of wages in order to take care of an ill family member.
If you are unable to work because you contracted coronavirus during the regular course of your work, you may be eligible for Worker’s Compensation benefits. File a claim (DWC-1) with your employer. This will include Temporary Disability (TD) payments, which can cover up to 104 weeks. TD generally pays two-thirds of the gross wages you lose while you are recovering.
You can use paid sick days to care for a sick family member.
L.A. County COVID-19 Dashboard and Resources:
Los Angeles County has established its COVID-19 web page, and it has plenty of helpful information. Through the page, you can view maps, get resources to cope with stress, and view their coronavirus FAQ. For more information, click here.
Tracking Coronavirus by Neighborhood:
Cal State Northridge geography professor Steven Graves has created a series of maps to show the spread of the coronavirus by neighborhood in L.A. County, and county by county on the national level. For more information, and to get started, click here.
Learn more about and support UCLA Professor Dr. Anne Rimoin
Recently, Councilmember Ryu hosted UCLA Professor and Epidemiologist, Dr. Anne Rimoin, on his CD 4 Telephone Townhall to discuss the coronavirus pandemic.
Schedule a COVID-19 Test
At this time, testing is limited in Los Angeles. We are working to expand testing as quickly as possible to provide this service to all Angelenos who need it.
For the moment, these tests are strictly limited to residents of Los Angeles who are in the most high-risk categories and most vulnerable.
Individuals eligible for testing at this time include:
- Those with symptoms who are 65 and older
- Those with symptoms who have underlying chronic health conditions
- Those who are subject to a mandatory 14 day quarantine period due to a confirmed COVID-19 exposure (with more than 7 days of quarantine remaining)
To find out if you’re eligible for a test, click here.
As always, make sure that you heed advice from public health professionals. The CDC and the Los Angeles Department of Public Health have the most accurate and up to date information. I will continue to send out relevant updates as soon as they are available.
SUPPORTING WORKING FAMILIES
Statewide moratorium on evictions: Effective March 27, 2020
- Effective March 27, 2020, Governor Newsom has issued an executive order banning the enforcement of eviction orders for renters affected by COVID-19 through May 31, 2020. The order prohibits landlords from evicting tenants for nonpayment of rent and prohibits enforcement of evictions by law enforcement or courts. It also requires tenants to declare in writing, no more than seven days after the rent comes due, that the tenant cannot pay all or part of their rent due to COVID-19. For more information on the eviction moratorium, click here.
Rent freeze on Rent-Stabilized units: Effective March 30, 2020
Effective March 30, 2020, Mayor Garcetti has issued a halt on any new rent increases on residential units that are subject to the City's Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO), otherwise known as rent control. For more information on this order, click here.
- RSO generally applies to multi-family complexes built before 1978. To find out if your unit is RSO, click here.
LADWP shut-off moratorium: Effective March 23, 2020
Effective March 23, 2020, Mayor Garcetti announced that LADWP would not shut off power to any customers who cannot pay their bill as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. For more information on this announcement, as well as details on flexible payment plans, click here.
If your hours are reduced or your workplace closes
If your hours have been reduced or your employer has temporarily closed, you may be able to receive unemployment benefits by filing a claim with California’s Employment Development Department. If you are only temporarily unable to work due to closures, you are not required to actively search for work each week.
Your employer cannot retaliate against you if you have used paid sick days or filed a worker’s compensation claim.
If you're unable to pay rent
Mayor Garcetti has ordered a moratorium on rental evictions during this crisis. Tenants will have up to twelve months following the expiration of the local emergency period to repay any back due rent.
If you lost your healthcare coverage
Individuals who have lost their employer-sponsored healthcare can enroll in a plan through Covered California. Depending on your income, you may be eligible for Medi-Cal, which would become effective immediately. For more information on what your options are, click here.
LA Jobs Portal for Those Affected by COVID-19
- The City of Los Angeles has opened its “LA Jobs Portal” for workers who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The LA Jobs Portal features job openings, as well as healthcare, employment and emergency resources. For more information, click here.
If your child’s school is closed
If your child’s school is closed and you have to miss work to care for them, you may be eligible for Unemployment Insurance benefits. You can file a claim online and representatives will decide if you are eligible.
- LAUSD has opened 64 resource centers that provide two grab-and-go meals for enrolled children per day, and over 100 charter schools and nonprofit organizations have also begun distributing meals.
Expanded opportunities for Pre-K to 12 students
- PBS SoCal and KCET, in partnership with LAUSD, are offering broadcast programming and accompanying digital resources that adhere to California's state curriculum to provide continued at-home learning. See broadcast schedules and access digital resources here for students from Pre-K to 12th grade.
COVID-19 information for parents and families
- The Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles has a dedicated COVID-19 resource page for parents and families. The page contains information in multiple languages including Arabic, Spanish, Farsi, Korean, simplified Chinese and traditional Chinese. View the resource page here.
Temporary digital Los Angeles County library cards now available
- During its extended closure, the LA County Library system is offering a temporary digital card, valid for 90 days. Through the card, users can access all of the Library’s digital offerings, including eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, movies, TV, homework help, online classes, and more. To sign up for a temporary digital card, LA County residents can visit LACountyLibrary.org/library-cards.
Restaurant workers relief program
- Effective March 19, Pizzeria Mozza, in concert with Maker’s Mark, has turned its 6610 Melrose Ave. location into a relief center for restaurant workers who have been laid off or impacted due to COVID-19. From 5:30 PM 8:30 PM every night, they will be distributing 300 meals on a first-come basis, up to 2 meals per person. Participants are asked to show ID and paperwork to verify recent employment at a restaurant.
Resources for freelance artists
- A group has organized a list of resources to assist freelance artists who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. To view the ongoing list of resources, click here.
Arts Emergency Relief Fund
The Department of Cultural Affairs will provide emergency relief grants to City of Los Angeles-based dance, music, and theatre artists, as well as small ensembles who have had their public performances, shows, or concerts cancelled due to COVID-19.
The Department will consider the first 450 applicants by the deadline, May 1, 2020. For more information and to apply, click here.
Bartenders Emergency Assistance Program
- The United States Bartenders Guild National Charity Foundation has a“Bartenders Emergency Assistance Program”, for bartenders in times of need. With the COVID-19 pandemic affecting the hospitality industry, bartenders who have been impacted can learn more about the program and eligibility requirements here.
Tax Day moved to July 15
- In response to the coronavirus outbreak, the IRS and the California Franchise Tax Board have moved Tax Day to July 15. For more information, visit the IRS website and the Franchise Tax Board website.
County Property Tax Collection Information
- As of now, Los Angeles County cannot extend the April 10 deadline. However, County residents can submit a request for penalty cancellation online. To do so, visit the Los Angeles County Treasurer's website.
Information on the Federal Stimulus Bill
Recently, the U.S. Congress passed a $2 trillion stimulus bill to aid working families, businesses, and those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Highlights of the bill include:
Individuals with an adjusted gross income of $75,000 or less will receive a one-time, $1,200 stimulus payment.
Families with an adjusted gross income of $150,000 or less will receive a one-time, $2,400 stimulus payment, with an additional $500 per dependent.
Qualified unemployed workers will get an additional $600 per week, in addition to their state benefits.
Free-lancers and gig workers who have been impacted by the pandemic will be eligible for unemployment.
The New York Times compiled a helpful F.A.Q on the bill, which you can read here.
SUPPORTING OUR OLDER ADULTS
Older adults and people of all ages with severe chronic medical conditions are more likely to develop serious outcomes if infected with COVID-19 and should take extra precautions. To that end, it is strongly encouraged for older adults to stay at home as much as possible.
Fill out this form if you need assistance picking up meals, medications, or would like to receive a social call from a member of Team Ryu.
Food assistance from LA City Department of Aging
- All Multipurpose Senior Centers and congregate dining sites in the City of Los Angeles will be closed to the public. All programs and activities at all facilities will be canceled.
- For more information regarding meal services, older adults can contact the centers they participate at directly or reach the Los Angeles City Department of Aging at 213-482-7252. The Department of Aging is reachable Monday through Thursday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and Fridays from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Cleaning services for CD 4 senior facilities
- Councilmember Ryu has dedicated discretionary funding to pay for the cleaning & disinfecting of private senior facilities.
- If you know of a nursing home or senior facility in your Council District 4 neighborhood that could use this service - please reach out to our office via email@example.com or 213-473-7004.
“Senior hours” at local supermarkets
If you are a senior seeking grocery delivery and can't afford a delivery service, let us know at (213) 473 - 7004.
Although older adults are encouraged to stay at home as much as possible, several supermarket chains have announced that they are opening early for seniors.
A few examples include:
- Albertsons, Vons, Pavilions and Safeway: every Tuesday and Thursday from 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM for seniors, pregnant women, and those with underlying health conditions.
- Gelson’s: everyday from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM for seniors.
- Ralphs: everyday from 7:00 AM to 7:30 AM for seniors.
- Smart & Final: everyday from 7:30 AM to 8:00 AM for seniors and people with disabilities.
- Target: every Wednesday, the first hour will be dedicated for seniors and communities with other health concerns.
- Whole Foods: everyday, the first hour will be reserved for people 60 and over.
As the situation remains fluid, please call your local supermarket to ask if they have reserved hours for seniors or people with underlying health conditions.
SUPPORTING SMALL BUSINESSES
If you are self employed or an independent contractor:
The California Employment Development Department offers Disability Insurance Elective Coverage for employers and self-employed individuals who want to be covered by Disability Insurance and Paid Family Leave, you can apply for this elective coverage online.
If you own a business that is facing potential closures or layoffs:
The Rapid Response Services for Businesses is a state program that can assist companies facing potential layoffs or closures. Contact your local America’s Job Center of California to learn more about these services.
Los Angeles City economic relief for small businesses
- Mayor Garcetti announced an $11 million economic relief package for small businesses impacted by COVID-19, and you can apply here.
Small Business Administration assistance
- The U.S. Small Business Administration is also offering Disaster Assistance to all California small businesses economically impacted by the Coronavirus with low-interest (2.75-3.75%) federal disaster loans of up to $2 million for long-term repayment plans of up to 30 years. You can find additional information as well as download applications here. For questions regarding SBA loans, you can call 800-659-2955 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The L.A. Protects Initiative
- The Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti has announced an initiative, “L.A. Protects”, to organize local manufacturers to produce five million non-medical grade masks for workers in essential sectors, non-medical staff in hospitals, and medical patients across the City of Los Angeles. For more information on how you can help out, click here.
Price-gouging is a crime, and our City Attorney is here to help.
- During times of crisis, there are those who choose to dramatically raise prices on basic necessities or scam others based on fear. This is illegal. If you think you have been a victim of price gouging or a coronavirus consumer scam, file a complaint with the Office of the City Attorney – either online or by calling 213-978-8340.
Be aware: LADWP scammers taking advantage of COVID-19 response
- In response to COVID-19, LADWP announced that they are deferring disconnections for non-payment through the remainder of March. However, there reports of scammers representing themselves as LADWP employees, threatening to shut off water and power service if they do not receive payment immediately over the phone.
- LADWP DOES NOT request payment of any kind over the phone, including credit card, debit card, or prepaid VISA or MASTERCARD. If you suspect something isn’t right on the other end of the line, hang up the phone and dial 1-800-DIAL-DWP.
Jewish Free Loan offers no-fee and interest-free loans to cover lost wages, child care costs, small business losses and more. Loans can be dispersed in a matter of days. Anybody can apply, regardless of faith. Apply online
- The Los Angeles Food Bank provides food distribution through a network of local pantries. Find your local food pantry here.
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP
If you are able to help those in need, please donate or volunteer at one of these local funds or organizations:
- To Donate: Mayor's Crisis Fund, Los Angeles Food Bank, United Way Pandemic Relief Fund, California Community Foundation Response Fund, LA Students Most In Need
- Volunteer (if you are healthy & not in an at-risk group; please continue to reduce close contact with others, especially those most vulnerable): Big Sunday, Project Angel Food, Center in Hollywood, A Place Called Home, My Friend's Place, L.A. Works, West Valley Food Pantry, Red Cross Los Angeles.
Please remember that my team is always here for you, and you should continue to contact us with any questions or needs: (213) 473-7004 or email@example.com.