March


March 30, 2020 Update
Chinese Translation

An Update on Case Number Reporting by Los Angeles County
As you are probably aware, COVID-19 case numbers are reported by Los Angeles County at:  http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/locations.htm

As case numbers have gone up throughout the County, there have been changes to how they are reporting cases, which has understandably led to some confusion. We have been in conversation with the County to understand their new reporting guidelines and hope this will provide clarity to our residents:

  • Previously, the City of San Marino was being grouped in with South Pasadena. This is no longer the case and you will now see San Marino listed individually.
  • For all cities or communities with zero cases, the County will report this with “0.”
  • For cities with under 25,000 residents, which includes San Marino, the County will be suppressing the number of cases from 1 to 4 by using "--". This is being done to ensure patient confidentiality and privacy laws.
  • Once there are 5 or more cases in cities with under 25,000 residents, the accurate number of cases will be reported.

At this time, therefore, you will see that the City of San Marino has somewhere between 1 and 4 cases being reported. When this number goes up past 4, it will change to a number that accurately reflects the number of cases in our city.

We understand that having accurate information is important, but please remember that the County is releasing information in a way that they feel best protects patient privacy. The County is not giving the City of San Marino any extra information, and we are relying on the same public information that you are in terms of cases in San Marino. Please remember that no one is legally allowed to provide information that would lead to the identification of specific patients, and the County is asking all of us to help protect the privacy of others.

Lacy Park Reminder
Because we understand the importance of getting fresh air and staying active during this difficult time, the City continues to keep Lacy Park open, with the exception of the playground. The San Marino Police and Public Works Departments are actively monitoring the park to ensure Department of Public Health’s social distancing orders are being adhered to, and although we understand that the community is looking at park attendance with heightened anxiety, we can confirm that the level of visitors is consistent with what we normally observe and does not necessitate further action at this time.

Please remember, however, that you must remain 6 feet away from others not in your immediate household at all times. If social distancing is not observed because crowds get too large, the City will be forced to close Lacy Park.

Communications Going Forward
In an effort to avoid information fatigue and ensure critical information is being read, today will be the last day that we send out a daily COVID-19 update via email. Instead, we will be including all relevant COVID-19 updates in our Thursday weekly briefing. If you are getting this email, you will also receive our weekly briefing. However, if there is new information that needs to be shared immediately, we will of course send this information out as soon as possible.

We will continue to share helpful tips and resources on our website at www.cityofsanmarino.org/coronavirus, and via Facebook and Twitter. Or, if you need help, or if you are concerned about a neighbor who you think may need help, please call our resident hotline at (626) 300-0731, and staff will follow up with either a phone call or visit.


March 27, 2020 Update
Chinese Translation

As we enter into our second weekend being “Safer at Home,” we wanted to make sure you are aware of some new information and orders from Los Angeles County. As we unfortunately watch the number of COVID-19 cases in LA County rise, please understand that this increase does not mean our efforts are not working, but that more people are being tested and diagnoses are being confirmed. We thank you for doing your part to “flatten the curve” and stop the spread of this virus.

If You Are Sick or Exposed – New Orders from the Department of Health
LA County's Department of Public Health announced additional isolation & quarantine requirements for LA County residents. The following are highlights from the orders:

  • Individuals who test positive for COVID-19, and those who are told by a clinician they are presumed to be positive for COVID-19, are required to self-isolate for a period of at least 7 days, and 3 days of being symptom free
  • Those who have been in close contact with someone who is positive (or presumed positive) must quarantine themselves for 14 days from their last exposure to that person

Closure of LA County Beaches and Trails
The County of Los Angeles Health Officer also amended the “Safer at Home” order to now include the temporary closures of all County public beaches, public beach parking lots, piers, beach access points, public trails, and trailheads. Los Angeles County regional and local parks remain open for local use.

More details about these new and updated orders, and fact sheets about what to do if you are sick or exposed, are available at http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/.

New Dashboards on County Cases and Critical Information
Los Angeles County launched several new digital tools today to help residents access up-to-date information about the COVID-19 pandemic. They provide updates about virus case counts, emergency proclamations, and information regarding openings and closures for parks, recreation sites, and schools throughout Los Angeles County. They can be found at www.covid19.lacounty.gov/dashboards


March 26, 2020 Update
Chinese Translation

Lacy Park Update
Because we understand the importance of getting fresh air and staying active during this difficult time, the City continues to keep Lacy Park open, with the exception of the playground. City staff is actively monitoring attendance multiple times a day, and, although we understand that the community is looking at park attendance with heightened anxiety, we can confirm that the level of visitors is consistent with what we normally observe and does not necessitate further action at this time.

Please remember, however, that you must remain 6 feet away from others not in your immediate household at all times. If social distancing is not observed because crowds get too large, the City will be forced to close Lacy Park.

Help Us Keep Our Residents Safe
Our Emergency Operations Center has been working hard to coordinate the effort to ensure that all of our residents have the resources and supplies they need to stay healthy and safe. This includes staffing our resident hotline, proactively calling our senior residents whose contact information we have, coordinating with our Neighborhood Watch program Commanders, creating flyers with hotline information, and purchasing food or other essential supplies for those who are not comfortable leaving their home.  Our Community Services Department has performed admirably, staffing the hotline, and reaching out to residents.  If you need help, or if you are concerned about a neighbor who you think may need help, please call our resident hotline at (626) 300-0731, and staff will follow up with either a phone call or visit. Thank you for helping us remember that social distancing does not mean social disconnecting!

Reminder about Patient Privacy 
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health released a reminder to the community today about patient privacy.  Though they will continue giving useful information to the public, no one is legally allowed to provide information that would lead to the identification of specific patients, and the County is asking all of us to help protect the privacy of others in the same way.

“We are disappointed that the sharing of information, which in some cases is unconfirmed and in others simply inaccurate, has resulted in the unnecessary stigmatization of certain members of our community.  COVID-19 does not discriminate by age, race, religion or income level, and no member of our community should be stigmatized when they have the misfortune of contracting this disease,” the Department of Public Health said.


March 25, 2020 Update
Chinese Translation

As we come up on almost one week since the Safer at Home orders went into effect, we would like to take this opportunity to share a few pieces of valuable information with you.

LA County Department of Public Health Case Numbers
Because of San Marino’s small population, the Los Angeles County Department of Health has grouped San Marino with South Pasadena when they report COVID-19 case numbers. Therefore, please be aware that all San Marinos cases are being listed under South Pasadena, without a distinction between the two cities’ cases.  Despite our numbers not being reported individually, health and safety officials urge us all to act as if there are cases in our city, as testing is still limited and there are many undiagnosed cases. To track cases in the South Pasadena/San Marino region, you can click here: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/locations.htm.

Increase in Scams and Fraudulent Websites 
Unfortunately, there have been several fraud schemes designed to prey on the vulnerable in the midst of the COVID-19 public health crisis. Reports of malicious websites, email schemes, and suspicious links have come to the attention of law enforcement and public officials. The County encourages residents to follow these safety tips:

  • Avoid online advertising offers related to COVID-19
  • Decline door-to-door solicitations claiming COVID-19 fundraising
  • Do not click on emails and attachments that you do not recognize
  • Only visit trusted websites for COVID-19 related information

More information about scams and fraudulent websites can be found here: https://covid19.lacounty.gov/covid19-news/fraud-alert/.

Disposing of Sanitary Wipes
Lastly, the City asks that you please not flush sanitary or other wipes down the toilet. They do not dissolve and will clog your sewer line, which then will create a backup of sewage into your home. The City is not responsible for cleaning your sewer line, meaning you will have to call a plumber to unclog it. Thank you for helping to keep our sewer lines clear!

We encourage you to go to www.cityofsanmarino.org/coronavirus for updated status information on our City services. You can also find links to other agencies that are providing critical information and updates and read our Frequently Asked Questions section.

If you still have questions, or especially if you need resources and supplies because you are in a high-risk group, please call our resident support hotline at (626) 300-0731.

 


March 24, 2020 Update
Chinese Translation

The City of San Marino would like to take a moment to thank our residents for their patience, flexibility, and understanding during this unprecedented time. We understand that the ever-changing information and revised safety orders are frustrating, but staff is doing everything we can to continue to provide essential and other helpful services to our residents.

In the spirit of adapting, we are excited to announce the launch of two new programs from the Community Services Department. The first is our “Virtual Recreation’ website: https://www.cityofsanmarino.org/virtual_recreation.php. This webpage provides links to a variety of resources for at-home fun, including free exercise videos, kid crafts, zoo and aquarium live links, and a list of local restaurants that offer take-out or delivery.

Additionally, Crowell Public Library will be offering a new service so residents can still checkout hard-copy books: curbside pickup! Call the Library and request a book at (626) 300-0777.  If it is available, we will have it waiting for you at our Library parking lot for pick up. This service will be available from Monday through Friday from 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM. And remember, you can always download e-books and audiobooks and magazines through our Digital Resources page: https://www.cityofsanmarino.org/library/digital_resources/index.php.

We encourage you to go to www.cityofsanmarino.org/coronavirus for updated status information on our City services. You can also find links to other agencies that are providing critical information and updates and read our Frequently Asked Questions section.

If you still have questions, or need resources and supplies because you are in a high-risk group, please call our resident support hotline at (626) 300-0731.


March 23, 2020 Update
Chinese Translation

Over the weekend, Los Angeles County amended the “Safer at Home” public health order to ensure complete alignment with the State’s order. The order now prohibits all indoor and outdoor public and private gatherings and events among persons not in the same household, even if there are fewer than 10 people present. Please see the County’s Safer at Home Frequently Asked Questions Sheet for further information: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/FAQ-SaferatHomeOrder.pdf.

Because we understand the importance of getting fresh air and staying active during this difficult time, the City is currently keeping Lacy Park (with the exception of the playground) open. Please remember, however, that you must remain 6 feet away from others not in your immediate household at all times. City staff will be posting signs and doing what we can to educate visitors, but we ask everyone to please follow these rules so we can continue to keep the park open. If social distancing is not observed, the City will be forced to close Lacy Park.

Please see our COVID-19 Key Facts and Information page at www.cityofsanmarino.org/coronavirus for updated information on City services and key resources. Residents and business owners can also call the City’s dedicated support hotline at (626) 300-0731.

For more information on recent state and federal actions, please see https://covid19.ca.gov/.

And as always, we thank you for your support and understanding.


March 20, 2020 Update
More Details on New State and County Orders
Chinese Translation

Yesterday, Los Angeles County announced the “Safer at Home” public health order. The State of California then issued a parallel order for the whole state. Under their guidelines, L.A. County and the State have directed residents to refrain from all gatherings and events and ordered the closure of all non-essential businesses and areas. The City of San Marino is investigating and considering how these orders will impact our services, and more information will be provided as it becomes available.

According to the orders, first responders and those in healthcare, government, food services, and other essential industries can remain working, and individuals will still be able to leave their homes to get these essential services and enjoy outdoor activities that follow social distancing guidelines.

Because the County’s order goes through April 19th, the City of San Marino has extended its closures and restrictions on public access from March 31st to April 19th. The City has also been directed to close the playground at Lacy Park, though the park itself will remain open for personal use. To avoid the need for a complete park closure, we encourage visitors to refrain from congregating while at Lacy Park.

Please see our COVID-19 Key Facts and Information page at www.cityofsanmarino.org/coronavirus for full updated information on how this impacts City of San Marino services and businesses.

Residents and business owners can also call the City’s dedicated support hotline at (626) 300-0731



March 19, 2020 6:00 PM Additional Update
LA County Announces Safer at Home Order

The County of Los Angeles just announced  the "Safer at Home" order of the Health Officer, which puts temporary prohibition of gatherings of 10+ people and orders the closure of non-essential businesses and areas. You can read the order here.  

March 19, 2020 Update
COVID-19 Key Facts and Information 
Chinese Translation 

The City of San Marino declared a local emergency for the response to the COVID-19 virus. The federal government, State of California, Los Angeles Board of Supervisors, and the Los Angeles County Health Officer have also taken action to declare public health emergencies.

In light of the multiple sources of information and ever-changing situation, the City of San Marino has prepared the following summary of information for the San Marino community. It will give you the most current information on City-level service and business impacts, and direct you to other critical sources of information.

COVID-19 KEY FACTS AND INFORMATION


March 18, 2020 Update
Fire Chief Rueda Announces Resident Support Hotline

As part of City of San Marino’s continued efforts to protect public safety and provide excellent service, we are expanding City services to ensure our residents are well informed and to help the most vulnerable population in our community. 

Today, San Marino is launching a new phone number - (626) 300-0731 - for residents to call and speak with dedicated City staff to find out information, request assistance, or get questions answered concerning City operations. 

 We especially encourage senior citizens or residents with high risks who are unable to leave their homes for necessary food, supplies, and medications to call this number. City staff is here to assist our residents in any way that we can.

This phone will be staffed during our normal business hours, which are 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM on Monday – Thursdays and 7:00 AM – 11:00 AM on Fridays. After business hours, residents can leave a message and a staff member will return your call as soon as possible.


March 17, 2020 Update
City Council Declares Local Emergency

Today, the City of San Marino City Council declared a local emergency for the response to the COVID-19 virus.

Earlier this month, the State of California, the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors, and the Los Angeles County Health Officer all took actions to declare public health emergencies related to COVID-19. More recently, the President declared a national emergency.

While the City of San Marino is included in the County’s emergency declaration, the City declaring its own local emergency helps to ensure the City qualifies for state and federal funding or other resources that are being made available to local governments. It also provides additional authorities to the City Manager, acting in her capacity as the Director of Emergency Services, to take key actions necessary to address impacts COVID-19 may have on City operations and services, and for City Council to ratify emergency regulations to prevent the spread of illness should it become necessary.

Yesterday, the Los Angeles County Health Officer ordered restrictions on business and gatherings, and the City announced facility and programming changes. To see previous updates, and find links to other key resources, please go to our website at www.cityofsanmarino.org and click on the emergency alert.


March 16, 2020 Update

New County Restrictions on Businesses and Gatherings; Closure of Crowell Public Library, Recreation, and Full Public Access at City Hall; Announcement of City Council Special Meeting

County Restrictions
Today, Los Angeles County issued new orders to take effect immediately through March 31, 2020.  A summary of these orders are as follows:

  • Prohibition of all indoor or outdoor public and private events with 50 or more people;
  • For events not prohibited, implementation of social distancing procedures, handwashing facilities, and warning signage;
  • Direction for restaurants/food facilities to limit their services to only offering delivery, pick up, or drive-through; and
  • The closure of: 1) all bars and nightclubs that do not serve food, 2) gyms and fitness centers, and 3) movie theaters, live performance theaters, and arcades.

The City of San Marino has already begun working with all of our local businesses to ensure compliance and to offer support during this difficult period of uncertainty. We encourage residents to continue supporting our businesses responsibly, and will be providing more resources on how to best do that. 

City Facility and Programming Changes

In light of these continued developments, and in an effort to limit the transmission of Coronavirus (COVID-19) within our City, the City of San Marino is expanding on its previous announcement of cancellations and closures to now include the complete closure of Crowell Public Library and Recreation (Stoneman), including preschool. These new closures will be effective starting tomorrow – Tuesday, March 17, 2020 – and will remain in effect through March 31, 2020. Business may still be conducted by the public via phone or email.  Currently, Lacy Park remains open for general use, but we are actively monitoring the situation and assessing the need for future closures.

Additionally, City Hall will be limiting public access to appointment-only for essential services only or emergency situations related to the Police and/or Fire Departments. Regular business may still be conducted by the public via phone or email whenever possible.

Departments may be contacted by phone as follows:

  • Planning & Building or General Requests: (626) 300-0700
  • Crowell Public Library: (626) 300-0777
  • Recreation: (626) 403-2200
  • Parks & Public Works: (626) 300-0765
  • City Clerk (Public Records): (626) 300-0705
  • Fire Department: (626) 300-0735
  • Police Department: (626) 300-0720

City Council Special Meeting – Tuesday, March 17 at 1:00 PM

The City of San Marino will be having a special meeting of the City Council tomorrow, March 17, at 1:00 PM in the Barth Room – Crowell Public Library for the City Council to take action to proclaim a local emergency.  A meeting agenda is available here: https://www.cityofsanmarino.org/government/agendas___minutes_/2020.php.

The City of San Marino continues to monitor this situation and will provide timely updates. We appreciate your support, cooperation, and patience during this time. Please contact City Hall at (626) 300-0700 with any questions or concerns or visit the City’s website at https://www.cityofsanmarino.org/news_detail_T34_R55.php for the most current information.


March 13, 2020
Update from Mayor Gretchen Shepherd Romey

Dear friends, neighbors and San Marino community members, 

Your health and safety, and that of your family, remain our top priority. We are vigilantly working to protect our community's continued well-being, and to keep you informed.

At this point our shared efforts must be directed toward mitigation. Each of us plays a role in preventing the spread of the new coronavirus.

As we strive to avoid or limit the spread in our community, we continue to work closely with our school district, and are following Dept. of Public Health’s guidance, as well as the Executive Orders of the Governor.

Accordingly, yesterday the City canceled all its public gatherings through April 30th; meaning all City events, Recreation Department classes, and non-essential meetings. Please check the calendar on our City website for specifics.

City Hall, Crowell Library and Lacy Park remain open during normal hours. Please practice social distancing and healthy hygiene when visiting these places, as well as other public places.

Finally, let's support each other with check-in calls and texts, as well as offers of assistance like shopping if others stay home, or dropping off supplies, a card or flowers. These acts of kindness mean a great deal, and are part of the social fabric that make San Marino so unique, as we are a city where we all care for each other.

When we learn more, and as the situation evolves, we will continue to provide more updates.  Thank you for taking the time to read this and I wish everyone good health in the days ahead.

Sincerely,
Mayor Gretchen Shepherd Romey


March 12, 2020
Update from Fire Chief Rueda

On March 12, 2020, along with our Mayor Gretchen Shepherd Romey, San Marino City Officials participated in a conference call briefing with The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health).  Public Health has confirmed the first death from 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Los Angeles County. 

The individual (a non-resident visiting friends) was an elderly adult that had traveled extensively over the past month, including a long layover in South Korea.  Public Health is also reporting six additional positive cases, one of which is presumed to be the second case of community transmission in our County.  The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in our County is 32; that includes cases reported by the Long Beach and Pasadena Health Departments.

Information about additional cases:

  • 3 people are household contacts of a previously confirmed case of an LA County resident.
  • 1 person was an international traveler to France returned home ill.
  • 1 person traveled to a religious conference in another state, was a close contact of a person at the conference who had tested positive.
  • 1 person with no known travel or close contact exposure.

On March 11, 2020 President Trump issued additional travel restrictions to 26 European Countries.  Click here to read his full statement.

On March 12, 2020 Governor Newsom issued an Executive Order for the restriction of public gatherings over 250 people in California.  Click here to read his full statement.

Today, our City Leadership took a significant step forward to limit the transmission of COVID-19, and in an abundance of caution for the health and well-being of our residents, employees and visitors the City of San Marino is cancelling all non-essential City sponsored events and gatherings.  This cancellation will remain in effect through April 30th, 2020.   Click here for more information regarding the cancellation of City events.  We strongly recommend that all San Marino residents, employees, students, and visitors take the necessary precautions to protect themselves against COVID-19.  Our City Officials will continue working with our community partners, the San Marino Unified School District, the Huntington Library, and our Public Health Department in order to prevent future cases and to educate those in our City to avoid contracting COVID-19.

Public Health continues to recommend that the public do the following to protect themselves and others from respiratory illnesses:

What you can do to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your community:

  • Keep your immune systems healthy by getting plenty of sleep, good nutrition, stress-relief, and exercise.
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds OR using a 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer, when soap and water are not available.
  • Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces daily in household common areas (e.g. tables, hard-backed chairs, doorknobs, light switches, remotes, handles, desks, toilets, sinks)
  • Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve (not hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with others, such as by handshake or hug
  • Avoid non-essential travel, public gatherings, or places where large groups of people congregate, such as ticketed events (such as theaters, concert halls, and sporting events) if you are at higher risk of getting very sick from infection, such as the elderly (65 or older), people with underlying health conditions, and pregnant women.
  • Follow all social distancing recommendations issued by Public Health.
  • If you are mildly sick with a fever, stay home until you have been fever-free for 72 hours, except to get medical care.
  • Those with high risk factors and who have fever or new or worsening cough, should consider contacting their providers earlier when they are sick.

As a community, we can make a difference and take common sense precautions in order to stay healthy and protect ourselves, our loved ones and our most vulnerable:  seniors in our community over the age of 60, as well as pregnant women, and those of any age with pre-existing medical conditions or who are auto-immune compromised.

The most up to date information concerning the COVID-19 may be obtained from http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov or by calling 211, the Health and Human Services for LA County. This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.



Monday, March 9, 2020
Message from Mayor Gretchen Shepherd Romey

Dear friends, neighbors and San Marino community members,

With the number of coronavirus cases increasing, I share your concerns and am anxious for answers.  Particularly now that recent community transmissions in Northern California and in other states have been confirmed.  San Marino City leadership remains vigilant and is committed to providing you with such information as soon as it is available.

National, state and local health authorities continue to coordinate in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus and mitigate its effects. The California Department of Public Health and other agencies are actively coordinating with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and local health agencies and city governments. To date, 14 California labs have received close to 6,000 CDC test kits and have begun testing. Each kit allows medical personnel to conduct several hundred tests. For Californians on Medi-Cal, the test is free, and the test is also supposed to be covered under private health insurance.

Let us join together as a community and take common sense precautions in order to stay healthy and protect ourselves, our loved ones and our most vulnerable:  seniors in our community over the age of 60, as well as pregnant women, and those of any age with pre-existing medical conditions or who are auto-immune compromised. Also, anyone who becomes ill, with a 100+ degree fever and any additional symptoms, needs to self-isolate at home so that we can limit any spread in our community by protecting each other.  For detailed instructions and safety measures to stay well, please visit LA County website at publichealth.lacounty.gov for further guidance.

Thank you for your continued support and cooperation.

Best wishes,
Mayor Gretchen Shepherd Romey

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Additional Update from Fire Chief Rueda

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) announced today that it is investigating two additional cases of COVID-19 in Los Angeles County, bringing the total number of cases for the county to 16. One of these new cases recently traveled through Japan. The other case has an unidentified source of exposure, and Public Health has therefore determined that this is the first possible case of community transmission in LA County.

Public Health is identifying persons who may have had close personal contact with these individuals, including any friends, family members, or health care professionals in order to assess and monitor them for signs and symptoms of illness. All confirmed cases are being isolated and close contacts will be quarantined. There are no known public exposure locations related to these cases at this time.

The CDC also put out a recommendation today that travelers, particularly those with underlying health issues, defer all cruise ship travel worldwide.

The City of San Marino continues to closely monitor the situation and maintain close communications with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (DPH).

City staff is also working closely with the San Marino Unified School and Huntington Library leadership teams and will continue to remain in constant communication in an effort to ensure coordination and messaging to the public.

The most up to date information concerning the COVID-19 may be obtained from http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov or by calling 211, the Health and Human Services for LA County. This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

 What you can do to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your community:

  • Keep your immune systems healthy by getting plenty of sleep, good nutrition, stress-relief, and exercise. 
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds OR using a 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer, when soap and water are not available. 
  • Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces daily in household common areas (e.g. tables, hard-backed chairs, doorknobs, light switches, remotes, handles, desks, toilets, sinks)
  • Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve (not hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with others, such as by handshake or hug

Staying Safe - Coronavirus Graphic (3-10-2020)
 

March 12, 2020

Update from Fire Chief Rueda

On March 12, 2020, along with our Mayor Gretchen Shepherd Romey, San Marino City Officials participated in a conference call briefing with The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health).  Public Health has confirmed the first death from 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Los Angeles County.  The individual (a non-resident visiting friends) was an elderly adult that had traveled extensively over the past month, including a long layover in South Korea.  Public Health is also reporting six additional positive cases, one of which is presumed to be the second case of community transmission in our County.  The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in our County is 32; that includes cases reported by the Long Beach and Pasadena Health Departments.

Information about additional cases:

·         3 people are household contacts of a previously confirmed case of an LA County resident.

·         1 person was an international traveler to France returned home ill.

·         1 person traveled to a religious conference in another state, was a close contact of a person at the conference who had tested positive.

·         1 person with no known travel or close contact exposure.

On March 11, 2020 President Trump issued additional travel restrictions to 26 European Countries.  Click here to read his full statement.

On March 12, 2020 Governor Newsom issued an Executive Order for the restriction of public gatherings over 250 people in California.  Click here to read his full statement.

Today, our City Leadership took a significant step forward to limit the transmission of COVID-19, and in an abundance of caution for the health and well-being of our residents, employees and visitors the City of San Marino is cancelling all non-essential City sponsored events and gatherings.  This cancellation will remain in effect through April 30th, 2020.   Click here for more information regarding the cancellation of City events.  We strongly recommend that all San Marino residents, employees, students, and visitors take the necessary precautions to protect themselves against COVID-19.  Our City Officials will continue working with our community partners, the San Marino Unified School District, the Huntington Library, and our Public Health Department in order to prevent future cases and to educate those in our City to avoid contracting COVID-19.

Public Health continues to recommend that the public do the following to protect themselves and others from respiratory illnesses:

What you can do to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your community:

·         Keep your immune systems healthy by getting plenty of sleep, good nutrition, stress-relief, and exercise.

·         Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds OR using a 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer, when soap and water are not available.

·         Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces daily in household common areas (e.g. tables, hard-backed chairs, doorknobs, light switches, remotes, handles, desks, toilets, sinks)

·         Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve (not hands) when coughing or sneezing.

·         Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

·         Avoid close contact with others, such as by handshake or hug

·         Avoid non-essential travel, public gatherings, or places where large groups of people congregate, such as ticketed events (such as theaters, concert halls, and sporting events) if you are at higher risk of getting very sick from infection, such as the elderly (65 or older), people with underlying health conditions, and pregnant women.

·         Follow all social distancing recommendations issued by Public Health.

·         If you are mildly sick with a fever, stay home until you have been fever-free for 72 hours, except to get medical care.

·         Those with high risk factors and who have fever or new or worsening cough, should consider contacting their providers earlier when they are sick.

As a community, we can make a difference and take common sense precautions in order to stay healthy and protect ourselves, our loved ones and our most vulnerable:  seniors in our community over the age of 60, as well as pregnant women, and those of any age with pre-existing medical conditions or who are auto-immune compromised.  

The most up to date information concerning the COVID-19 may be obtained from http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov or by calling 211, the Health and Human Services for LA County. This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


 Friday, March 6, 2020

Update from Fire Chief Rueda

On Friday, March 6th, at the direction of the Mayor, the Fire Department participated in a briefing held by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (DPH). The DPH advised participants that there are now eleven confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Los Angeles County. The four new patients were part of a group of people who had traveled to northern Italy. DPH also added that new cases can be expected daily.

The DPH also reported an increased capacity for the testing of the virus in our County, including two commercial labs. However, the threshold for testing of an individual remains at symptomatic persons only, and those persons deemed medically necessary as determined by a physician.

The DPH is holding a COVID-19 Update press conference each day at noon, and is also providing updates on local radio stations; KPCC (89.3 FM); KNX (1070 AM); and KFI (640 AM) throughout the day.

As you are aware, recently the State of California, the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors, and the Los Angeles County Health Officer all took actions to declare public health emergencies related to the 2019 novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.

In Los Angeles County, the Chair of the Board of Supervisors issued a Proclamation of Local Emergency for the Coronavirus, and the LA County Health Officer issued a Declaration of Local Health Emergency. Late yesterday, Governor Gavin Newsom officially declared a state of emergency in California over the novel coronavirus.

It is important for our residents to understand that all cities in the county except Pasadena and Long Beach (which each have their own Health Officer) are already covered by the LA County Health Officer’s Declaration of Local Health Emergency, and all cities in the county are covered by the Board’s Proclamation of Local Emergency.

The City of San Marino continues to closely monitor the situation and maintain close communications with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (DPH). However, at this time, the DPH has not reported community transmission of the COVID-19 virus, and no changes in protocols have been ordered by the Health Officer.

City staff is also working closely with the San Marino Unified School District and will continue to remain in constant communication in an effort to ensure coordination and messaging to the public. SMUSD has provided information for staff, students, and families regarding the public health emergency on their website.
What you can do to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your community:

  • Keep your immune systems healthy by getting plenty of sleep, good nutrition, stress-relief, and exercise.
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds OR using a 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer, when soap and water are not available.
  • Disinfect public surfaces and do not share commonly used items at home and in public.
  • Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve (not hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with others, such as by handshake or hug.
  • Self-isolate and avoid exposure to others if you feel ill or are experiencing any of symptoms, and do not going out into the community or travel until you have spoken with your doctor and are symptom free for at least 24 hours.

March 5, 2020

Update from Fire Chief Rueda

On Wednesday, March 4th, the State of California, the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors, and the Los Angeles County Health Officer all took actions to declare public health emergencies related to the 2019 novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.  

In Los Angeles County, the Chair of the Board of Supervisors issued a Proclamation of Local Emergency for the Coronavirus, and the LA County Health Officer issued a Declaration of Local Health Emergency.  Late yesterday, Governor Gavin Newsom officially declared a state of emergency in California over the novel coronavirus.

It is important for our residents to understand that all cities in the county except Pasadena and Long Beach (which each have their own Health Officer) are already covered by the LA County Health Officer’s Declaration of Local Health Emergency, and all cities in the county are covered by the Board’s Proclamation of Local Emergency.

The City of San Marino continues to closely monitor the situation and maintain close communications with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (DPH).  However, at this time, the DPH has not reported community transmission of the COVID-19 virus (even among the six new cases reported yesterday), and no changes in protocols have been ordered by the Health Officer.

City staff is also working closely with the San Marino Unified School District and will continue to remain in constant communication in an effort to ensure coordination and messaging to the public.  SMUSD has provided information for staff, students, and families regarding the public health emergency on their website.

What you can do to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your community:

  • Keep your immune systems healthy by getting plenty of sleep, good nutrition, stress-relief, and exercise. 

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds OR using a 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer, when soap and water are not available. 

  • Disinfect public surfaces and do not share commonly used items at home and in public.

  • Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve (not hands) when coughing or sneezing.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

  • Avoid close contact with others, such as by handshake or hug.

  • Self isolate and avoid exposure to others if you feel ill or are experiencing any of symptoms, and do not go out into the community or travel until you have spoken with your doctor and are symptom free for at least 24 hours.

 More information:

The most up to date information concerning the COVID-19 may be obtained from http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/ or by calling 211, the Health and Human Services for LA County. This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


March 3, 2020 

Update from Mayor Gretchen Shepherd Romey

Dear friends, neighbors, and San Marino community members, 

Understandably there is growing concern about the novel coronavirus and how it will affect us. Please know the health risk to our community remains low.  I encourage everyone to support each other and look out for one another during these uncertain times, and to continue to practice healthy hygiene measures.

As the continued good health of our community is our primary concern, City leadership has frequent contact with state, county and local public health officials to stay up-to-date on information, guide our emergency preparedness, assist those concerned, evaluate those with possible symptoms, and mitigate the possible spread of the coronavirus in our community. Also, we will continue to carefully assess the situation as it evolves and will keep you informed.

Current theories as to how it spreads are based on similar coronaviruses:  they most often spread through respiratory droplets of an infected person who coughs or sneezes near others. Also, theories suggest that this coronavirus is not as infectious as measles, not as dangerous as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), and not as common as the flu.  

To date, Los Angeles County had only one diagnosed case:  a traveler from Wuhan, China, who has since been cleared of the virus by two negative tests. No additional cases have been detected in Los Angeles County.  Also, from public health authorities, we know that of those who tested positive, more than 80% do not require hospitalization or experience severe symptoms, but recover best at home under self-isolation.  

 What we have learned recently:

  • Person-to-person transmission is occurring and while it is most likely spread when contagious people cough or sneeze near others, it is also likely to be spreading by contact with people who may display no or only mild symptoms. 
  • The complete clinical picture is unclear, but the main symptoms are 100+ degree fever accompanied by dry cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing— these symptoms sometimes worsening during the second week after initial exposure.  

Please contact your healthcare provider immediately if you or a loved one become seriously ill with such symptoms. The presence of those symptoms does NOT necessarily mean a diagnosis of coronavirus, but assessment is recommended as soon as possible. Please keep in mind that illnesses common at this time of year, like the flu and other respiratory infections, appear similar and are prevalent in our community now.

What you can do to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your community:

The best protection is to practice healthy hygiene with social distancing by:

  • Keeping immune systems healthy by getting plenty of sleep, good nutrition, stress-relief and exercise. 
  • Washing hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds — especially after sneezing or coughing, before/after touching your face, and after contact with a sick person — OR using a 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer, when soap and water are not available. 
  • Regular cleaning of surfaces and not sharing commonly used items at home and in public.
  • Covering mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve (NOT hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoiding touching eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Avoiding close contact with others, such as by handshake or hug.
  • Staying home and limiting exposure to others if ill or experience any of the above symptoms, and not going out into community or traveling until at least 24 hours without symptoms.

We will continue to collaborate to find ways to best protect our community, provide accurate information to you on our website as frequently and as soon as possible, and to best support the needs of community members in the future. Thank you for your consideration.

Best wishes to you and your families,
Mayor Gretchen Shepherd Romey


March 2, 2020

Update from San Marino Fire Chief Rueda 

Your safety and well-being remain the highest priorities for the entire leadership of San Marino. Coronavirus has been designated by the World Health Organization as COVID-19.  As per the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (DPH), there continues to be a significant increase world-wide in the number of people infected with COVID-19.

  • To date, Los Angeles County has only one confirmed case of COVID-19 from a non-resident traveler from Wuhan.  At this time, there are no new cases of COVID-19 in LA County, and there is currently no evidence of person-to-person spread of the virus within LA County. Therefore, the immediate health risk to the general public of exposure to this virus in Los Angeles County is still considered low.
  • There have been NO other reported cases in Los Angeles County for over 30 days.
  • In California, at least 40 cases have been reported.  Twenty four cases were people who caught the virus either on the Diamond Princess cruise ship or in Wuhan, China, and were then repatriated to the United States.  An additional 16 cases were from returning travelers or, in at least 5 instances, people who contracted the virus in their community.  California’s Governor, Gavin Newsom stated that there are now 8,400 people in California that are being monitored for possible exposure after traveling to Asia.
  • The death toll in the United States from COVID-19 is up to six.
  • At this time, there is no need to cancel business, community or social events. There is no current threat to the general public in the United States, and there are no restrictions on public gatherings. 

Although the increasing number of infections is concerning, we should all support each other, avoid stereotyping or discriminating actions, and practice good health hygiene by staying home when ill, covering coughs and sneezes, and frequent hand washing.

The DPH also recommends that, similar to preparations for other serious events that may disrupt your normal everyday life such as earthquakes or other natural disasters, residents should prepare disaster kits with sufficient food and water to sustain themselves and their families for several days. 

Residents should educate themselves about COVID-19.  The most up to date information concerning the COVID-19 may be obtained from http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/ or by calling 211, the Health and Human Services for LA County. This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

We will continue to closely monitor developments to ensure we can best support our residents, staff and all community members, and will provide further updates as available.

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