April 2021


April 29, 2021 Update
2021年4月29日COVID-19新冠病毒最新資訊

Update on Case Rates, Planned Move to Yellow Tier
Earlier this week, the State released updated blueprint tier numbers for LA County, and we continue to see great progress. Our case rate dropped from 2.7 new cases per 100,000 people to 1.9 new cases per 100,000, and the overall test positivity rate dropped from 1.2% to 0.9%. In January, our test positivity rate was nearly 20%, reminding us how far we have come in the few short months since the vaccine rollout began.

These numbers mean that LA County has begun to meet the qualifications for the least restrictive yellow tier in the State's Blueprint for a Safer Economy framework. If the County maintains current levels or declines in the case rate and test positivity rate for an additional week, we could move to the yellow tier as early as next Wednesday or Thursday. In the yellow tier, capacity limits at various businesses and events can increase while adhering to safety modifications that minimize transmission of COVID-19, and bars would be allowed to resume indoor service at 25% capacity.

As more information about this move to the yellow tier is released, we will keep you updated.

Updated Guidance on Masking for Fully Vaccinated People
On Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new guidance that allows fully vaccinated individuals to not wear masks in non-crowded outdoor settings. The LA County Public Health announced that they would be updating their health officer order to align with this guidance.

For example, a fully vaccinated person can go for a walk, run, or bike outdoors without wearing a mask, or attend a small, outdoor gathering. Masks should still be worn at crowded, outdoor events like a live performance or sporting event. Masks should also still be worn indoors in public places, or at gatherings when not everyone is vaccinated. You can read the CDC’s full guidance and helpful scenarios here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/participate-in-activities.html.

As a reminder, you are not fully vaccinated until 2 weeks after your second dose of Pfizer or Moderna, or 2 weeks after the single dose of Johnson & Johnson.

Vaccine Appointments Available Throughout the County; Walk-Ins Accepted
The County received a large supply of doses this week, and multiple appointments are available throughout the County. You can go to https://myturn.ca.gov/ and see all of the nearby places with appointments available, including Huntington Hospital, USC, and many nearby pharmacies. If you'd rather not make an appointment, the County is accepting walk-ups through today at the Pomona Fairplex, the Forum, and CSUN, and will continue to allow for walk-ups as supply allows. If you are having difficulty navigating the registration website, our Resident Support Hotline staff are available to assist you during regular business hours at (626) 300-0731.


April 22, 2021 Update
2021年4月22日COVID-19新冠病毒最新資訊

Update on Case Rates, Health Officer Order
LA County is still in the State’s orange tier, and no changes to the health officer order were made this past week. Last week, the County modified required safety measures when you host or attend an informal gathering, increasing the maximum number of people who can attend an outdoor gathering to 50 with safety measures in place. Although Public Health continues to discourage indoor gatherings, these can happen with up to 25 people or at 25% of occupancy where capacity limits exist with safety measures in place. At informal gatherings where everyone is vaccinated, you can socialize without masking and distancing. You can read the current health officer order and accompanying guidance documents here.

This week, LA County's adjusted case rate dropped from 3.2 new cases per 100,000 people to 2.7 new cases per 100,000. The test positivity rate dropped from 1.5% to 1.2%. In order to move to the least restrictive yellow tier, the County's case rate must be less than 2 new cases per 100,000 people and test positivity must be less than 2%.

Study Shows Vaccine Effectiveness
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released data on what they call “breakthrough” infections after vaccination. They announced that about 5,800 breakthrough infections have been identified nationwide out of 77 million fully vaccinated people. Among individuals fully vaccinated, less than 1 in a million have died. This means that the risk of infection in people who are fully vaccinated was 1 in 13,274.

To put this into perspective, over the course of the pandemic leading up to the vaccine rollout, LA County reports that about 1 in every 10 LA County residents got infected with COVID-19. During that same period, they reported that about 1 in every 500 LA County residents died from COVID-19.

This data is more than encouraging, and shows us just how effective the vaccine is. While we do still have to be aware of variants and take safety precautions even if we are vaccinated, all currently available information indicates that vaccines are highly effective in preventing transmission, hospitalizations, and deaths, even with the increased presence of variants.

Vaccine Availability Increases; Appointments Available
Vaccines still remain available to anyone who is 16 or over, and thanks to increased supply, some sites in the County are even allowing people to come without appointments. If you or family members are not yet vaccinated,  please visit the County’s site at vaccinatelacounty.com to find out how to get vaccinated. This County website links you to all possible options for vaccines, including signing up for County-run sites through the https://myturn.ca.gov/ registration page, or at a nearby pharmacy. If you are having difficulty navigating the County website, our Resident Support Hotline staff are available to assist you during regular business hours at (626) 300-0731.

Update on City Facilities and Events
In line with County guidelines for group gatherings, the City of San Marino is excited to begin allowing outdoor group activity permits again at Lacy Park, and hosting outdoor events at the Library. For the time being, the City will not be allowing indoor rentals or events. The City is also preparing for the safe reopening of in-person services at City facilities once we can ensure that both residents and staff have had the opportunity to become fully vaccinated. We look forward to unveiling this plan within the next few weeks, but in the meantime, City facilities will remain closed through May. As always, City staff is still working and business can be conducted online, by phone, via email, and with 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.    


April 15, 2021 Update
2021年4月15日COVID-19新冠病毒最新資訊

New Health Officer Order Lessens Restrictions on Events, Informal Social Gatherings

While LA County remains in the State’s orange tier, a new health officer order was released today that relaxes restrictions on live events and performances, private events, and informal social gatherings (previously referred to as private gatherings).

You can read the full revised health officer order and accompanying guidance documents here, but the key changes are as follows:

Informal Social Gatherings

  • Outdoor private gatherings of up to 50 people are now allowed with masking unless eating or drinking.
    • 6 feet of distance between chairs or tables, and occupied by members from one household or a group of 6 people from 3 households, unless vaccinated.
  • Indoor private gatherings are still strongly discouraged but allowed with a maximum of 25 people, with masking at all times unless everyone is fully vaccinated.
    • No eating/drinking indoors unless everyone is vaccinated, or everyone is fully vaccinated except for members of 1 household without any high-risk individuals.

Live Events and Performances

  • Outdoor live events are limited to 33% capacity, but venues can increase attendance capacity to 67% if all guests show proof of a negative COVID test or full vaccination.
    • Outdoor venues can have fully vaccinated seating sections that are separate and distinct, and individuals in these sections do not have to be physically distanced.
  • Indoor live events are limited to 15% capacity for smaller venues and 10% capacity for larger venues. For both, capacity can increase to 35% if all guests are tested or fully vaccinated.
  • Masks are required.

Private Events (Meetings, Receptions, Conferences, etc.)

  • Outdoor private events are limited to 100 people, or 300 if all guests are tested or fully vaccinated.
  • Indoor private events are only permitted if all people are tested or fully vaccinated, and are limited to 150 people.
  • Masks are required.

We understand that this may sound complicated, but please remember that the ultimate goal is to find ways to enjoy events, performances, and each other’s company while maintaining safeguards like masking and distancing that are proven effective at stopping transmission. Even though we are finding ways to live with COVID-19 as vaccines are being distributed, the County still reported 57 deaths and 411 new cases yesterday. Now is a crucial time to ensure that we are all doing everything we can to keep each other safe while enjoying very missed activities and gatherings.

Vaccine Eligibility Expands to 16+
Starting today, everyone 16 or older is now eligible to be vaccinated, regardless of employment status or underlying health conditions. Please note that Pfizer is the only vaccine approved for 16 and 17 year olds.

To find an appointment, we encourage you to frequently visit the County’s site at vaccinatelacounty.com to find ways to sign up for a vaccination appointment. This County website links you to all possible options for vaccines, including signing up for County-run sites through the https://myturn.ca.gov/ registration page, or at a nearby pharmacy. If you are having difficulty navigating the County website, our Resident Support Hotline staff are available to assist you during regular business hours at (626) 300-0731.

On April 13, the San Marino Fire Department began administering second dose vaccinations to residents who were vaccinated as part of the Mobile Vaccination for Homebound 65+ Population program. Vaccines were administered to all eligible San Marino residents, and as a result, the San Marino Fire Department is no longer making appointments for first dose vaccinations. 

Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Information
Earlier this week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended that, out of an abundance of caution and because of a commitment to high safety standards, providers pause the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine after reports that six women between the ages of 18 and 48 developed unusual types of blood clots 6 to 13 days after receiving the vaccine. This pause will last until the FDA and CDC complete their review.

Please understand that these reactions are extremely rare – almost 7,000,000 people have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in the United States to date. One key reason for the pause is to ensure that the health care provider community is aware of the potential for these side effects and can plan for proper recognition and management due to the unique treatment required with this type of blood clot.

If you received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in the last 3 weeks, the symptoms of these unusual clots include severe headaches, abdominal or leg pain, and shortness of breath. If you develop symptoms, contact your medical provider or seek medical care as soon as possible.

If you’d like to learn more, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health hosted a virtual town hall on the topic last night, and you can watch the archived video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbfKyjN2i3A.



April 8, 2021 Update
2021年4月08日COVID-19新冠病毒最新資訊

Progress Continues as LA County Moves to Orange Tier
LA County continues to see great progress in our fight against COVID-19 – all key metrics indicate less community transmission. Hospitalizations and cases continue to decrease, though the rate of decrease is slowing.

On Monday, April 5, the County officially moved into the State’s orange tier, which allows for the opening of bars outdoors and increased capacity in many previously opened indoor settings. The County also relaxed their travel advisory for fully vaccinated people, saying that people who are fully vaccinated can travel safely with necessary precautions. People who are not fully vaccinated should still avoid non-essential travel and quarantine after travel, though they can lessen the quarantine period with a negative viral test 3-5 days after arrival. The full order and modified travel advisory can be found on the LA County Public Health website. For more information on City services and our reopening status, you can go to www.cityofsanmarino.org/covid19.

Because of the great progress in slowing the spread in our county and state, Governor Newsom announced the State’s plan to fully reopen on June 15th (with safety precautions like masking) if there is enough vaccine supply and hospitalization rates remain stable and low.

With this long awaited for news comes the reminder that while COVID-19 cases are continuing to decrease in LA County, the threat is not gone. Yesterday, the County reported 53 new deaths and 479 new cases of COVID-19, and they also identified a South African and Brazilian variant for the first time. Both of these variants, and other variants present in the community, are easier to transmit and harder to treat. In order to get to this June 15th goal, it is critical that we continue practicing proven safety measures, including masking, physical distancing, and avoiding large to medium-sized gatherings.

Vaccine Update
Since last week, all LA County residents 50 years of age and older have been eligible for the vaccine, regardless of employment or health status. We encourage anyone in this group who is not yet vaccinated to make an appointment as soon as possible. While LA County has begun receiving more doses than in the past, with eligibility expanding to anyone 16 years of age or older starting on Thursday, April 15th, supply will become limited.

To find an appointment, we encourage you to frequently visit the County’s site at vaccinatelacounty.com to find ways to sign up for a vaccination appointment. This County website links you to all possible options for vaccines, including signing up for County-run sites through the https://myturn.ca.gov/ registration page, or at a nearby pharmacy. If you are having difficulty navigating the County website, our Resident Support Hotline staff are available to assist you during regular business hours at (626) 300-0731.



April 1, 2021 Update
2021年4月01日COVID-19新冠病毒最新資訊

LA County Prepares for Move into Orange Tier on Monday
On Tuesday, the State announced that LA County met the threshold for the less restrictive orange tier in their Blueprint for a Safer Economy. This is a result of lower case rates and test positivity rates. As a result, the County announced that a revised Health Officer Order will go into effect on Monday, April 5 to reflect newly permitted activities. The full order and modified directives for businesses will be posted tomorrow on the LA County Public Health website, but the main changes are:

  • Bars that do not provide meals will be allowed to open outdoors with distancing, masking and infection control safety measures. Indoor operations are not permitted.
  • Breweries, Wineries, Distilleries that do not serve meals can remain open outdoors and can also open indoors at 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer.
  • Restaurants can increase capacity for indoor dining to 50% capacity or 200 people, whichever is less.
  • Places of Worship can hold services indoors at 50% capacity.
  • Fitness Centers can operate indoors at 25% capacity and indoor pools can now re-open.
  • Movie Theatres can increase capacity to 50% or 200 people, whichever is less.
  • Family Entertainment Centers can open indoors at 25% capacity for distanced activities, such as bowling or escape rooms.
  • Grocery and Retail Stores can increase capacity to 75%, although Public Health strongly recommends grocery stores remain at 50% capacity until April 15 to allow as many grocery store workers as possible get vaccinated.
  • Museums, Zoos and Aquariums can be open indoors at 50% capacity.
  • Youth and Adult Recreational Sports can apply to Public Health for approval for athletic events, tournaments or competitions that involve more than two teams or multiple individuals.

With this exciting news comes the reminder that while COVID-19 cases are continuing to decrease in LA County, they are rising nationwide, and we must continue to be vigilant to ensure that this does not happen here as well. Whenever there are more opportunities for interactions with people not in your household, there can be more opportunities for transmission of the virus. Avoiding large to medium-sized gatherings, wearing your face coverings, and maintaining physical distance will help keep you and everyone around you safe while vaccine rollout expands.

Reminder: San Marino Fire Distributing Vaccines to Homebound 65+ Population
As a reminder, our Fire Department is partnering with the County Department of Public Health to offer vaccines to our homebound 65+ population. Our Fire Department and Emergency Operations Center are currently calling residents who may qualify and will arrange a time for SMFD personnel to administer the vaccine to them at their homes. All of our paramedic personnel have received the necessary training to administer the vaccines. If you think you or someone you know may qualify under this program, please call our Resident Support Hotline at (626) 300-0731.

Vaccine Update
Starting today (April 1st), LA County residents 50 years of age and older are now eligible for the vaccine, regardless of employment or health status. On April 15th, eligibility will expand to anyone 16 years of age or older (this is because the vaccine is only approved for people 16 and older at this time).  This will be the largest number of people becoming eligible at any one time since the vaccination effort began in mid-December, and while the County is projecting an increase in vaccine doses, demand will be high for the next month.

If you are eligible, we encourage to you frequently visit the County’s site at vaccinatelacounty.com to find ways to sign up for a vaccination appointment. This County website links you to all possible options for vaccines, including signing up for County-run sites through the https://myturn.ca.gov/ registration page, or at a nearby pharmacy. If you are having difficulty navigating the County website, our Resident Support Hotline staff are available to assist you during regular business hours at (626) 300-0731.

In the event you are on the fence about whether or not to get the vaccine, in a study released earlier this week of about 4,000 health-care personnel, police, firefighters and other essential workers, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that the vaccines reduced the risk of both asymptomatic and symptomatic infection by 80% after one dose, and 90% following the second dose. This study of at-risk people shows just how effective the vaccines are in preventing infections in real-life conditions.  The findings of this study are significant and provide evidence that the vaccines can both reduce transmission and save lives. For more information about the study, you can go here: https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2021/p0329-COVID-19-Vaccines.html.


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