March 2021


March 25, 2021 UPDATE
2021年3月25日COVID-19新冠病毒最新資訊

Update on Recovery Process
Earlier this week, the State announced that LA County's adjusted case rate dropped from 4.1 new cases per 100,000 people to 3.7 new cases per 100,000 people. The test positivity rate dropped from 2.0% to 1.8%. If the County continues to maintain current levels or declines in the case rate and test positivity rate, it is possible that the County could move into the orange tier by early April. The County needs to remain in the red tier for three weeks prior to being assigned to the orange tier. As always, it will still be up to the County if they would like to place tighter restrictions or protocols than the State’s. You can read more about the tiers here.
 
Please remember that just because certain activities can resume or reopening protocols are revised, that does not mean that those activities are safe or without risk. We are still in the middle of a pandemic, and 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 Department Distributing Vaccines to Homebound 65+ Residents
We are thrilled to report that 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.

Update on Vaccine Effectiveness and Expanded Eligibility
As more people are fully vaccinated, we are starting to see how well the COVID-19 vaccines are working. Since vaccination efforts for skilled nursing facility residents and staff began, we have seen a dramatic drop in cases among residents and staff. Since the winter surge, skilled nursing facility staff cases dropped 97%, with only 9 cases for the week of March 7. Skilled nursing facility resident cases dropped 99%, with only 9 cases during the same time period. This trend is similar to health care workers, and is excellent evidence that these vaccines are working.
 
Vaccine eligibility continues to be limited to those 65 and over, people with serious health conditions, and people working in certain high-risk sectors like healthcare, education and childcare, and emergency services. For a full list of who is eligible in LA County, you can go here:
 
Just today, however, the State made the exciting announcement that vaccine eligibility will expand to those 50 years of age and older on April 1st, and then anyone 16 and older on April 15th. As more information about what this means for LA County becomes available, we will keep you informed. 
 
If you are in any of the eligible groups, 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.


March 18, 2021 Update
2021年3月18 日COVID-19新冠病毒最新資訊

Update on Sector Reopenings and Path Forward
As you know, LA County officially moved into the State’s red tier (substantial) in the Blueprint for a Safer Economy framework. Effective this past Monday, certain sectors were allowed to reopen indoor services with reduced capacity, including restaurants, gyms and fitness centers, movie theaters, and museums and zoos. You can read the full updated Health Officer order and find sector-specific guidelines here: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/reopening-la.htm#orders.

The County must remain in the red tier for three consecutive weeks before moving to the less restrictive orange tier, even if the County's metrics align earlier with the orange tier.  If we continue to experience declines in our County case rate, it is possible that we will be able to move to the orange tier by early April. You can read more about the states tiers and what they allow here: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/BlueprintForSaferEconomy.aspx.

This is great news, and with vaccine access continuing to expand, we are hopeful that we can work together to follow safety protocols and get Los Angeles County to this next tier. Please remember, however, that there is still significant community transmission, and Public Health officials are acknowledging that there is still risk associated with any of these newly allowed activities. Avoiding large to medium-sized gatherings, wearing your face coverings, and maintaining physical distance will help keep you and everyone around you safe while still allowing for us to move forward in our recovery journey.

San Marino Fire Distributing Vaccines to Homebound 65+ Population
We are thrilled to report that 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.

Update on Vaccine Eligibility
This week, the State of California and Los Angeles County began offering vaccines people between the ages of 16 and 64 who have underlying health conditions or disabilities that put them at the highest risk of becoming very sick from COVID-19.  If you think you may fall into this category, you can read more here: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/vaccine-high-risk-factsheet.aspx

Vaccine supply is still limited, and in addition to those with serious health conditions, the State and County are still prioritizing those 65 and older, healthcare workers, teachers and childcare workers, emergency services workers, and food and agriculture workers. For a full list of who is eligible in LA County, you can go here: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/vaccine/.

If you are in any of the eligible groups, 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. Appointments are limited, but the County tends to release their available appointments for the upcoming week over the weekend, so keep checking back. 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.

City Facilities Remain Closed Through April 30, 2021
We are extremely excited that cases continue to drop and that new sectors have been allowed to reopen. However, the City wants to be cautious and not rush the reopenings of City facilities until we know it will be safe to stay open for the long term. For that reason, we will be extending the closure of City facilities through April 30, 2021. We will be monitoring case numbers closely to determine when we feel it is safe to reopen. In the meantime, please remember that City 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.    



March 13, 2021 update

2021年3月13 日COVID-19新冠病毒最新資訊

LA County Moves into Less Restrictive Red Tier and Announces Sector Reopenings
LA County announced that we have officially moved into the State’s Red Tier (Substantial) in the Blueprint for a Safer Economy framework. This is based on decreasing case rates and test positivity rates. The red tier still acknowledges that there is “substantial” COVID-19 transmission in the community, but allows for further reopenings with safety protocols in place. 

Los Angeles County confirmed that it will principally align with the state’s reopening framework for the red tier, with mandatory masking, distancing, and infection control practices for every business and permitted activity. They have also included additional safety modifications for certain sectors.

Effective Monday, newly permitted activities and modified safety protocols in the red tier include the following:

  • Museum, Zoos and Aquariums can open indoors at 25% capacity.
  • Gyms, Fitness Centers, Yoga and Dance Studios can open indoors at 10% capacity with masking requirement for all indoor activities.
  • Movie Theatres can open indoors at 25% capacity with reserved seating only where each group is seated with at least 6 feet of distance in all directions between any other groups.
  • Retail (Including Indoor Malls) and Personal Care Services can increase capacity to 50% with masking required at all times and for all services.
  • Restaurants can open indoors at 25% max capacity under the following conditions:  8 feet distancing between tables; one household per table with a limit of 6 people; the HVAC system is in good working order and has been evaluated, and to the maximum extent possible ventilation has been increased. Outdoor dining can accommodate up to six people per table from 3 different households.
  • Schools are permitted to re-open for in-person instruction for students in grades 7-12 adhering to all state and county directives.
  • Private gatherings can occur indoors with up to 3 separate households, with masking and distancing required at all times.  People who are fully vaccinated can gather in small numbers indoors with other people who are fully vaccinated without required masking and distancing. 

The full updated Health Officer Order can be found here: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/reopening-la.htm#orders

We’re excited to be entering this new phase that will allow for more businesses and sectors of our economy to open up again. We would not have gotten here without a commitment from residents to adhere to public health safety protocols like avoiding large gatherings, masking, and physical distancing. We ask that everyone continue to adhere to these proven safety protocols so we can stay on this path to recovery as vaccine rollout expands and more people get vaccinated. One year later, we’re hopeful that we’re in the final stretch of this difficult period.



March 11, 2021 Update
2021年03月11日新冠病毒(COVID–19)疫情最新資

Cases Continue to Decrease; Still Above Pre-Surge Levels
The County continues to report positive momentum in slowing the transmission of COVID-19 in our community. However, there are still 1,079 people with COVID-19 hospitalized in LA County, and 30% of those people are in the ICU. We are not yet at pre-surge levels, and community transmission is still a significant risk if you are not following public health guidelines. Avoiding large gatherings, wearing your face coverings, and maintaining physical distance will keep you and everyone around you safe for this last leg of our recovery journey.

Updated Health Officer Order – Guidance for Fully Vaccinated People
Earlier this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued guidance for fully vaccinated people. According to the CDC:

  • Fully vaccinated people can gather indoors with other fully vaccinated people in small groups without wearing masks or practicing physical distancing.
  • Fully vaccinated people can visit with unvaccinated people from a single household indoors without masks or physical distancing if the unvaccinated household is low risk for severe COVID-19 symptoms. (For example, fully vaccinated grandparents can visit with their unvaccinated grandchildren, as long as the grandchildren do not have serious health conditions.)
  • Fully vaccinated people should continue to wear a mask and maintain physical distance in public, or when around unvaccinated people from multiple households.
  • Fully vaccinated people should continue avoiding medium and large-sized in-person gatherings.

While there is a growing body of evidence that fully vaccinated people are less likely to have asymptomatic infection and therefore are potentially less likely to transmit COVID-19 to others, more research is needed, and these preventative measures are critical during vaccine distribution. As a reminder, you are fully vaccinated 2 weeks after receiving the 2nd dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or 2 weeks after receiving the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

The Los Angeles County Public Health Officer Order’s provision about gatherings has been updated to reflect these guidelines and can be found here: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/docs/HOO/HOO_SaferatHomeCommunity.pdf

Update on Move to State’s Less Restrictive Red Tier
As we mentioned last week, LA County is very close to meeting the metric thresholds for the less restrictive red tier in the State's Blueprint for a Safety Economy. As of this week, the County reached the adjusted case rate level to move into the red tier, but we need to be under their threshold for 2 weeks before the State will officially move us to the red tier. With that said, the State has also announced new case rate threshold levels that they will begin using once the State gets to a certain number of people vaccinated from at-risk communities. It is expected that this will happen in the next few days, which would then mean the County qualifies to move immediately into the red tier.

While this red tier does allow for further reopenings, it will be at LA County’s discretion to ultimately decide what restrictions will be lifted. The County has announced that it is preparing to allow in-person learning for students in grades 7 through 12 when we enter the red tier, and that they are working with the Board of Supervisors and sector partners to prepare modifications to the Health Officer Order to permit additional activities allowed in the red tier. We will send a follow-up with further details on sector reopenings in the next few days.

Vaccine Update
Last week, Los Angeles County began offering COVID-19 vaccines to workers in the following sectors:

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

As directed by the State, custodians and janitors, public transit workers, and airport ground crew workers are also now eligible to be vaccinated. And starting on March 15, vaccine eligibility will open up to people who have underlying health conditions or disabilities that put them at the highest risk of becoming very sick from COVID-19. These include but are not limited to:

  • Cancer, with a current weakened immune system
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Chronic pulmonary disease
  • Down syndrome
  • Pregnancy
  • Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
  • Severe obesity with a BMI of more than 40
  • Type 2 diabetes

If you have a health condition that you think would make you eligible, please check in with your doctor to discuss how you can get vaccinated, and to make sure you have the necessary documentation.

If you are in any of the eligible groups, 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. Appointments are limited, but the County tends to release their available appointments for the upcoming week over the weekend, so keep checking back. 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.



March 4, 2021 Update

2021年03月04日新冠病毒(COVID–19)疫情最新資

Cases Continue to Decrease; Still Above Pre-Surge Levels
We are all still relieved to see cases, hospitalizations, and deaths continuing to decrease in LA County. However, it is critical that we continue to remember that these lower numbers do not mean we can let our guards down, or that it is safe to return to normal life. As of yesterday, there were 1,476 people hospitalized with COVID-19.  In Early November before the surge, there were around 800 daily hospitalizations. Yesterday, the County reported 116 new deaths. In early November, the average was 14 a day.

This is not to say we shouldn’t be hopeful that numbers will continue to trend downwards while vaccination efforts continue to expand. However, please remember that community transmission is still high and that we are still working our way out of the holiday surge. Avoiding large gatherings, wearing your face coverings, and maintaining physical distance will keep you and everyone around you safe for this last leg of our recovery journey.

County Preparing for Move to State’s Less Restrictive Red Tier
LA County is very close to meeting the metric thresholds for the less restrictive red tier in the State's Blueprint for a Safety Economy. This week, our adjusted case rate dropped to 7.2 new cases per 100,000 people. Our case rate needs to remain at or below 7 new cases per 100,000 residents for two consecutive weeks to move to the less restrictive red tier. While this red tier does allow for further reopenings, it will be at LA County’s discretion to ultimately decide what restrictions will be lifted. The County has announced, however, that it is preparing to allow in-person learning for students in grades 7 through 12 if we get to this threshold. As more information becomes available in the coming weeks, we will keep you informed.

Vaccine Update: Eligibility Expands and New Vaccine Authorized for Emergency Use
We are happy to report good news this week regarding vaccine supply and eligibility.

Starting this week, Los Angeles County began offering COVID-19 vaccines to workers in the following sectors:

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

If you are on one of these categories, 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. Appointments are limited, but the County tends to release their available appointments for the upcoming week over the weekend, so keep checking back! 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.

You can also check in with your healthcare provider, who may have vaccines available if you fall into one of these categories, or if you have pre-existing medical conditions that could qualify you to receive a vaccine before your sector or age group is eligible.

Lastly, you probably heard the good news that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was approved by the FDA for emergency use, just like the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines were previously. This will dramatically speed up our vaccination efforts because it is a one-shot vaccine that does not have to be stored at the same low temperatures as the other approved vaccines.

While there are reports that this vaccine is slightly less effective than the other two, all public health experts and the FDA have said that this vaccine will be a critical tool in our fight against COVID, and that you should get whatever vaccine is available to you first. Interestingly, this vaccine began its trials later, and conducted studies in areas with high rates of variants like South Africa. This likely played a role in these lower efficacy numbers and tells us that it is not an apples-to-apples comparison. Most importantly, however, this vaccine prevents death from COVID and is very effective at preventing severe illness. You can read more about it from the FDA here: https://www.fda.gov/emergency-preparedness-and-response/mcm-legal-regulatory-and-policy-framework/janssen-covid-19-vaccine-frequently-asked-questions.


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