COVID-19 Updates & Resources

During this emergency period, 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 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.

The City of Los Angeles has a continually updating information page on COVID-19. Learn more at corona-virus.la

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

  1. GENERAL INFORMATION
  2. HEALTH RESOURCES
  3. RENTERS & WORKING FAMILIES 
  4. SENIORS
  5. SMALL BUSINESSES 
  6. HOW TO HELP 

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

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

Councilmember Ryu hosted a live Telephone Town Hall with Dr. Anne Rimoin, Epidemiologist at UCLA, and residents of Council District Four. You can download a recording of the Town Hall here.

 

HEALTH RESOURCES

If you or a family member get sick:

  • California law entitles you to at least three days of paid sick leave. The City of Los Angeles requires employers to provide an additional three days, for a total of six days.

  • 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.

  • To learn more about Dr. Rimoin's coronavirus research, and to support her work, visit her UCLA website here and her research project here.  

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.

Tests are now available for residents of Los Angeles who are showing symptoms, with a priority placed on those with underlying health conditions or over the age of 65.

To register for a test appointment, 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.

RENTERS AND 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. 

  • Mayor Garcetti has launched a program called the Angeleno Card to give very low-income Angelenos some financial assistance in the form of a prepaid debit card. To qualify, households must fall below the Federal poverty level, have experienced a reduction in income of at least 50%, and reside in the City of Los Angeles. The current application is open and closes at 4:30pm on Thursday, April 16th. Eligible Angelenos can apply here or by calling 213-252-3040.

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.  

Jobs 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
  • Recent Los Angeles-area job postings are being compiled here.

If your child’s school is closed

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

COVID-19 information for pet owners

  • Best Friends Animal Society has created a resource page to help people answer questions about pets and COVID-19.

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. 
  • Restaurant Opportunities Centers United is providing a restaurant worker relief fund.

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

Resources for Real Estate Professionals

Mental Health Resources

  • The Emergency Management Department has a list of activities to help handle stress during the pandemic.
  • The Los Angeles Unified School District opened a hotline to help manage fear, anxiety, and other challenges: (213) 241-3840.

Asian American Drug Abuse Program

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
  • If you believe that your property value warrants review due to a decline in market value, you can file an application for a Decline-in-Value Review.

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

Private Resources:

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. 

SENIORS

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.

Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services (WDACS)

WDACS is providing a temporary delivery program for older and dependent adults, called Critical Delivery Services. Through this program, adults over age 60, dependent adults (aged 18-59 years) or individuals with a permanent or temporary disability can request to have food and other vital items delivered. Call 888-863-7411 to request delivery service. More information here.

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 cd4.issues@lacity.org 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.

 

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
  • The Mayor also announced the opening of the L.A. Cares program, which is a partnership between the City and the County to assist small local businesses in applying for loans. There are City, State, and Federal resources available to small businesses who are struggling, and the L.A. Cares program can help you figure out which ones you are eligible for.
  • The Small Business Development Center has a list of helpful resources 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 disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. 

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.

 

 

HOW TO HELP

If you are able to help those in need, please donate or volunteer at one of these local funds or organizations: 

 

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 cd4.issues@lacity.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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