February 2021


FEBRUARY 25, 2021 UPDATE
2021年02月25日新冠病毒(COVID–19)疫情最新資

Cases Continue to Decline; Outdoor Youth and Adult Recreational Sports Allowed to Resume
Because cases in LA County continue to decrease, the County announced that we meet the State’s new standard to resume all outdoor youth and adult recreational sports, including moderate and high-contact sports. Moderate contact sports include: baseball, field hockey, softball, and volleyball. High-contact sports include: football, basketball, rugby, soccer, and water polo. Please note that all of these are required to take place outdoors.

While there are safety measures and restrictions that must be followed – including parental consent, testing requirements, and limited travel outside of the county for competitions – we are excited to enter into this next phase of our recovery journey. A full list of sports and guidance is available at  www.publichealth.lacounty.gov.

Reminder on Gatherings & Continuing our Recovery Journey
As a reminder, gatherings are still prohibited unless they meet ALL of the following requirements:

  • No more than 15 people total
  • Those 15 people must be from no more than 3 households
  • The gathering must be outside
  • Physical distancing must be observed and face coverings must be worn
  • No longer than 2 hours total

We know this is difficult as case numbers continue to decline, but limited vaccine availability and the transmission of the potentially more infectious variants underscore the need to continue to use every tool we have to prevent transmission, including not gathering with people you do not live with and distancing and masking when you are out of your home and around others. These measures limit the spread of the virus and known variants and can reduce the likelihood of a surge in cases due to variants.

Vaccine Update: Vaccine Eligibility Expands on Monday, March 1
Starting this Monday, March 1, Los Angeles County will begin offering COVID-19 vaccines to workers in the following sectors:

  • Education and Childcare
  • Emergency Services and First Responders
  • Food and Agriculture

Because of very limited and uncertain vaccine supply, the County is still working with these specific sectors to create equitable rollout plans for each of these sectors through partnerships with employers, school districts, pharmacies, and others. If you work in one of these sectors, we encourage to you frequently visit the County’s site at vaccinatelacounty.com to get the most updated information and sign up for appointments when they are available, and to sign up for their vaccine newsletter. You can also reach out to your employer with any other questions. The County thanks you in advance for your patience as they work to roll out this next phase of vaccinations.


FEBRUARY 18, 2021 UPDATE

2021年02月18日新冠病毒(COVID–19)疫情最新資

Case Update: Cases, Hospitalizations, and Death Continue to Decline; Still Above Autumn Levels
Cases and associated hospitalizations and deaths continue to decrease in LA County and our community. As of February 9, case numbers in LA County declined by 85% to an average of 2,230 cases per day. The three-day average number of people hospitalized peaked on January 8, with 8,000 daily hospitalizations. As of February 14, the average number of people currently hospitalized is 3,100, a 61% decrease.

This is great news, but we also need to remember that this does not mean the risk of COVID-19 is gone. These numbers still remain much higher than what we saw in the fall. Everyone’s commitment to physical distancing, wearing face coverings, and avoiding large gatherings will help us continue to stop the spread as we wait for more vaccine availability. 
 
Reminder on Gatherings 
As a reminder, gatherings are still prohibited unless they meet ALL of the following requirements:
  • No more than 15 people total
  • Those 15 people must be from no more than 3 households
  • The gathering must be outside
  • Physical distancing must be observed and face coverings must be worn
  • No longer than 2 hours total 
Vaccine Update: New Site at Cal State LA; Eligibility Expansion on March 1
Despite continued limited vaccine supply, the County is making slow but steady progress in getting people vaccinated. According to the County, 39% of residents 65 and older have received at least one dose. If you are 65 and older and have not yet received a vaccine, the federal government recently opened up a new vaccination site at Cal State Los Angeles, bringing our region a much-needed extra supply of vaccines. While appointments fill up quickly, there are still appointments available at this time. To register, go to https://myturn.ca.gov/. If you are having trouble accessing the website or making an appointment, you can call San Marino’s dedicated Resident Support Hotline at (626) 300-0731 during normal business hours and our staff will be happy to assist you in any way they can.
 
The County also announced that, starting on March 1, they will be expanding vaccine eligibility to three additional sectors: education and childcare, food and agriculture, and first responders and law enforcement. The County is currently working with schools, unions, businesses, healthcare providers and community partners to set up sector specific vaccination sites, but no further details are currently available. As more information becomes available, we will let you know.  
 
Schools Update
As you may have heard, the County’s adjusted case rate has remained under 25 new cases per 100,000 people for more than five consecutive days, which meets the state requirements for schools to open on-site learning for grades TK through 6 if they are in full compliance with specific state and county safety directives. Please note that it is still up to the discretion of each school district if and when their schools will reopen for in-person learning. For more information from San Marino Unified School District on their plans, you can go to www.smusd.us/reopen
 
City Facilities Remain Closed Through March 31, 2021
Due to the continued risk of community transmission, the City will be continuing the closure of City facilities through March 31, 2021. City business will continue to be conducted online, by phone, email, and limited in-person appointments when necessary. For more information about what this means for each department and facility, please visit our COVID-19 status page on the City website: www.cityofsanmarino.org/covid19.   

FEBRUARY 12, 2021 UPDATE
The federal government, in coordination with the State, is opening up a new vaccination site at Cal State Los Angeles, with a planned opening date of February 16, 2021. Thankfully, this will bring our region a new allotment of vaccines, since these vaccines are addition to the vaccines the County receives. While appointments are not available yet, we expect them to be soon. You can go to the State's registration website - https://myturn.ca.gov/ - to make an appointment at all sites in the area, including this new one. If you do not see available appointments, keep checking back, or register to be alerted for when more are available.  As we hear more information, we will let you know. 

FEBRUARY 11, 2021 UPDATE

2021年2月11日新冠病毒(COVID-19)疫情最新資訊

Case Update: Progress Made in Stopping Surge
We’re encouraged to see cases and associated hospitalizations and deaths continuing to decrease in LA County and our community. Cases are down approximately 70% in LA County since the peak of the surge in early January. Your commitment to physical distancing, wearing face coverings, and avoiding large gatherings helped get us back to this more encouraging place, and we thank the San Marino community for their efforts to keep each other safe.

Despite the positive trends we are seeing, the number of new cases a day still remains substantially higher than the number of cases we saw in September, when the County was reporting less than 1,000 new cases a day, and new variants, including the B.1.1.7 variant, are more easily transmissible.

Doing Our Part to Continue Recovery – Celebrating Lunar New Year & Valentine’s Day Safely  
As you celebrate Lunar New Year, Valentine's Day, and Presidents Day, LA County Public Health advises against non-essential travel and gatherings with people not from your household. Unfortunately, we have already heard of reports of large parties being planned in the City. Please be aware that these are in direct violation of health officer orders that restrict gatherings with more than 3 households and 15 people. We truly appreciate how the majority of the community is adapting and modifying celebrations to ensure the health and wellbeing of everyone, but unfortunately, these type of events can cause serious health ramifications. We ask that you please remember this and find ways to celebrate safely with your immediate family.

COVID-19 surged after Thanksgiving and Christmas travel in November and December.  The more people travel, the more interactions they have with individuals outside of their household, and the greater the risk of getting and spreading COVID-19. Shared transportation, including travel by air, bus, or rail, can not only put travelers at risk but also all members of the community if infected travelers spread COVID-19 to others after returning to Los Angeles County.

And please remember that a travel advisory remains in effect for L.A. County. Anyone who is arriving in Los Angeles County from outside of California must self-quarantine for 10 days. More information regarding the travel advisory can be found at www.publichealth.lacounty.gov.

We thank you for your continued commitment to finding safe ways to celebrate these special occasions.  

Vaccine Update
Those 65 and older continue to be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, though appointments remain extremely limited due to low vaccine inventory. Last week, the County did not receive enough doses to schedule any first-dose appointments, and you may have seen the City of Los Angeles announce the temporarily closure of City-run sites due to low vaccine supply.

Despite this, the County is still working to secure more doses and expand availability. Any available appointments and information on where you can get vaccinated are posted on the County website at www.VaccinateLACounty.com. The State announced that in the next several weeks the vaccination effort statewide will be coordinated by a third-party administrator, Blue Shield of California.  During and after this transition, Public Health’s website, www.VaccinateLACounty.com, will still remain a portal for the latest information about COVID-19 and the vaccine and link people to the statewide appointment registration system.

The County is currently working on a plan to open vaccinations up to the next group in Phase IB: Education and Childcare workers, Food and Agriculture workers, and Emergency Services workers. They are estimating to begin these groups in the next 2-3 weeks, and we will keep you updated on any new information.


FEBRUARY 4, 2021 UPDATE
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Case and Health Officer Order Update
We are relieved to see case numbers going down – both in LA County and our community. However, the number of new cases still remains substantially higher than the number of cases we saw in September, when the County was reporting less than1,000 new cases a day. Yesterday, the County reported 5,189 new cases. We are also still seeing the deadly impact of the holiday surge, with LA County reporting 256 deaths yesterday alone.

Because of the progress made in case numbers and a projected increase in ICU capacity, we announced last week that the State and County revised their Health Officer Orders to reopen certain sectors – most notably being outdoor dining. Please be aware that the County ordered the following additional safety protocols for outdoor dining:

  • Employees coming into contact with customers must wear both a face covering and a face shield, and customers are asked to put their face coverings back on when an employee approaches their table
  • Outdoor dining table seating must be limited to no more than 6 people, and all people eating together must be from the same household
  • Televisions or screens that broadcast programming must remain off

Doing Our Part to Continue Recovery – Avoiding Group Celebrations
These reopenings, along with the decline in cases and vaccine rollout, give us a lot to be hopeful for. However, with this good news comes the reality that COVID-19 is still with us, and unfortunately, new and more contagious variants are being found in the County. This means that residents and businesses must be more diligent at implementing and following all standard public health safety measures, including face coverings, distancing, and handwashing – even if you are vaccinated.

The Super Bowl and Chinese New Year should be times to celebrate with friends and family, but this year, we ask that you please celebrate safety with members of your immediate household, or find ways to virtually connect with your community. LA County Public Health has reported an increase in cases, hospitalizations, and deaths after each major holiday and many major sporting events, showing us how quickly recovery can turn into another surge.

We know how disappointing it is to continue forgoing traditions and celebrations, but none of us want to unravel the progress that has been made, or put the lives of their friends, family, and community at risk when we are so close to the end of this year-long pandemic. We thank you for your continued commitment to safety and for leading by example during this difficult time.

Vaccine Update
Those 65 and older continue to be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, though appointments remain extremely limited due to low vaccine inventory. New appointments are posted on the County website at www.VaccinateLACounty.com. The County is now using the State's new appointment registration platform, MyTurn. Those who are registered can receive alerts when new appointments become available, or when vaccinations are allowed for additional priority groups. 

We do not know when the County will make more appointments available, so while we will do our best to let you know, the spots usually fill up in minutes. We recommend that you continually check back. You can also follow LA County Public Health on Facebook and Twitter, because they sometimes post when new appointments are available.

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