November 2020

NOVEMBER 29, 2020 UPDATE
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Stricter Safer at Home Order Goes Into Effect Monday, November 30
As you may have heard, LA County announced over the holiday weekend that we have now surpassed the five-day 4,500 case average that was set as the threshold for a more restrictive Safer at Home order.  In San Marino, we are seeing our own steep increase in cases.

As a result, the County’s modified Safer at Home Order goes into effect Monday, November 30th. Full details can be found here, but the most impactful changes are as follows:

  1. We are going back to a full restriction on public and private gatherings with people outside of your household (unless it is a protest or religious service).
  2. Playgrounds must be closed, which means that we have no choice but to close the Lacy Park playground
  3. While very few businesses are being closed entirely, there are reduced occupancy levels for all other businesses to varying degrees.
  4. All in-person dining at restaurants remains closed.

This is a disappointing continuation of COVID-19 spread, but these restrictions are in place to help us avoid overwhelming our healthcare system. You can keep yourself, your family, our healthcare workers, and our community safe by staying home as much as possible, wearing your face coverings whenever you leave your house and are near people outside of your household, and maintaining physical distance.

And please remember that the City remains here for you. If you feel unsafe leaving your house and need help obtaining necessary items, or if you need any other support, please call our City support hotline at (626) 300-0731. We’ll continue getting through this together.


NOVEMBER 25, 2020 UPDATE
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LA County Health Modifies Health Officer Order to Restrict Outdoor Dining
Because LA County reached Public Health’s unfortunate threshold of more than 4,000 daily COVID-19 cases, the Health Officer Order will now be modified to restrict any dining (indoor or outdoor) at restaurants, breweries, wineries, and bars. Takeout and delivery will still be allowed. This new Order will go into effect today, Wednesday, November 25 at 10:00 PM and will be in effect for a minimum of three weeks.

Please note: The City of Pasadena has its own Health Officer and is not bound by LA County health orders like San Marino and most of the county. At this time, they are leaving outdoor dining open.

This change is in addition to the new restrictions put into place by the County and State last week:

  • Non-essential work and gatherings must stop from 10:00 PM to 5:00 AM (statewide order).
  • For non-essential businesses permitted to operate indoors (including retail stores, offices, personal care services), occupancy will be limited to 25% maximum capacity.
  • Services at personal care establishments may only be provided by appointment to customers wearing face coverings by staff wearing face coverings. Services that require either the customer or the staff to remove their face covering, such as facials and shaves, are not permitted, and food or drinks cannot be served.
  • Outdoor gatherings remain the only gatherings permitted, and they must only include 15 people maximum who are members of no more than 3 households.

All of the above restrictions apply to San Marino residents and businesses, and all of us are expected to follow these orders to help stop the alarming rise of cases in our community and region, and to help prevent further shutdowns. Please follow these orders as you celebrate Thanksgiving this week, and continue to wear your masks whenever you are near people not in your household, whether you are inside or outside.

Currently, the 5-day average of cases is over 4,000. If the five-day average of cases becomes 4,500 or more, or hospitalizations are more than 2,000 per day, the County will issue a targeted Safer at Home Order for three weeks that would order additional restrictions while still allowing essential and emergency workers and those securing essential services to leave their homes.

As orders change and restrictions are added or removed, we will continue to keep you informed.

Contact Tracing Reminder – How to Help Stop the Spread of COVID-19 If You Test Positive
As COVID-19 cases in San Marino and Los Angeles County continue to rise, please do your part to help slow the spread if you test positive by doing the following:

  1. Isolate yourself.
  2. Tell your close contacts that they need to quarantine.
  3. Answer a call from LA County Public Health (833-641-0305) to help their contact tracers.
  4. If you have not heard from LA County Public Health after 7 days of your positive test, please call them at 833-540-0473.

More information on isolating, quarantining, and the definition of close contacts are available here:  http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/acd/ncorona2019/covidisolation/


NOVEMBER 19, 2020 UPDATE

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State and County Implement New Restrictions to Curb COVID-19 Spread
Effective Friday, November 20, Los Angeles County is tightening pandemic safeguards and restrictions as they report that COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to increase significantly. Unfortunately, COVID-19 cases have more than doubled since the beginning of November, and hospitalizations have increased from approximately 900 a day to well over 1,000. With the holidays approaching, there is concern that cases and hospitalizations will continue to exponentially rise.

New County measures that go into effect this Friday are as follows:

  • For non-essential businesses permitted to operate indoors (including retail stores, offices, personal care services), occupancy will be limited to 25% maximum capacity.
  • Restaurants, breweries, wineries, bars, and all other non-essential retail establishments must close from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.
  • Outdoor dining remains the only way to dine at a restaurant, and the number of patrons at outdoor restaurants, breweries, and wineries will now be limited to 50% max outdoor capacity.                             
  • Services at personal care establishments may only be provided by appointment to customers wearing face coverings by staff wearing face coverings. Services that require either the customer or the staff to remove their face covering, such as facials and shaves, are not permitted, and food or drinks cannot be served.
  • Outdoor gatherings remain the only gatherings permitted, and they must only include 15 people maximum who are members of no more than 3 households.

Meanwhile, the State of California just announced a limited Stay at Home order that will go into effect at 10:00 PM this Saturday. Under this order, non-essential work and gatherings must stop from 10:00 PM to 5:00 AM. While the County’s new order described above already closes restaurants and bars at 10:00 PM, this order will apply to all non-essential work and gatherings.  

Because the County is expecting numbers to continue to rise without immediate intervention, they also established thresholds for additional actions if cases or hospitalizations continue to increase, which could then result in the closure of outdoor dining and another County-level Safer at Home order.

While we know this is frustrating and disappointing, especially when the holidays should be a time to come together and celebrate with loved ones near and far, we thank you for doing your part to slow the spread of COVID-19 to keep our community safe. Along with the rise in cases and new restrictions, we are simultaneously receiving very positive news about multiple successful vaccines that could begin being distributed to frontline workers and others in at-risk groups as early as next month. We are hopeful that an end is in sight if we all continue to work together by wearing our face coverings, maintaining physical distancing, and avoiding large gatherings.

For the most current data and information about COVID-19, visit the Department of Public Health’s website at http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/index.htm.

California Department of Health Updates Face Coverings Guidance and Expands Use
Since the start of the pandemic, scientists and heath officials have learned quite a bit about the transmission of COVID-19. Wearing face coverings can limit the release of infected droplets from an infected but asymptomatic person. Additional research is also now showing us that face coverings can also protect the wearer. Because of this, the California Department of Health has updated the face coverings guidance that they originally released in June.

The guidance now states that people in California must wear a face covering when they are outside of their home, unless certain exemptions apply. The full text of the guidance, including more information on exemptions, can be found here: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/guidance-for-face-coverings.aspx.

City Facilities to Remain Closed Through December 31, 2020
Because of the new rise in cases and danger of community transmission, especially during the holiday season, the City will be continuing the closure of City facilities through December 31st. City business may still be conducted 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: https://www.cityofsanmarino.org/coronavirus/index.php  


NOVEMBER 12, 2020 UPDATE
100 COVID-19 Cases in San Marino
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The number of COVID-19 cases in San Marino recently surpassed 100.  As of yesterday, there have been 101 reported cases in the City.  We are also sad to report that two San Marino residents have lost their lives as a result of the virus.   We send our deepest condolences to the loved ones of those residents.  As we reached our unfortunate milestone of 100 cases, the number of cases in the United States recently topped 10 million. Los Angeles County is also experiencing an alarming increase in cases.  As expected with a spike in cases, an increase in hospitalizations is also occurring and sadly, an increase in deaths will likely follow.

With the high number of new cases, there is greater potential for spreading the virus.  The LA County Department of Public Health recommends limiting interactions with people outside of your household as we work to lower the number of new cases.  Exposure to the virus can happen quickly - you can potentially be exposed in as little as 15 minutes total over a 24 hour period if you're less than six feet apart from an infected person.  That can be as simple as a quick conversation with your neighbor or a walk with a friend.  It is critical to wear your mask and keep your distance for each and every interaction with someone outside of your household. 

As you begin making your plans for the upcoming holidays, we know the desire to get together with friends and family will be strong.  Although gathering with other households can increase your chances of exposure, the County has provided guidance on how to do it as safely as possible, which can be found here.  Here are the main things to remember:

  • Gatherings must be limited to a total of three households, including yours. Maintain your three household group and don’t join with others. 
  • Gatherings must be held outside.
  • Face coverings and physical distancing are required.
  • Limit the duration of your gathering to two hours.

We are all eager to get back to the activities we used to enjoy together as a community, including the 4th of July celebration at Lacy Park and school events.   The actions we take now will determine how soon we can resume those activities. This is not the time to let up.  This new surge in cases is a reminder that the virus is still here and it can still take peoples' lives, including here in San Marino.  We are asking each of you to stay the course and use the tools that we know can slow the spread of the virus - avoid gatherings, wash your hands, keep your distance, and wear your mask. 


NOVEMBER 5, 2020 UPDATE
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L.A. County COVID-19 Update
Unfortunately, Los Angeles County has continued to see an increase in COVID-19 cases.  Yesterday the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reported 1,843 new cases for that day. This is the highest number of new cases reported in one day that is not associated with a backlog since the end of August. As a result of the increase in cases, hospitalizations in L.A. County have also increased.  In San Marino, there have been a total of 98 cases and sadly, two deaths as a result of COVID-19. 

 These daily case numbers continue to keep the County in the State’s most restrictive tier in the Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Currently, L.A. County's adjusted case rate is 7.5 new cases per 100,000 people.  The County must reduce its daily number of new cases to 7 or fewer new cases per 100,000 people, and maintain that rate for two consecutive weeks in order to move to the next less restrictive tier.  Moving to the State's next tier will allow us to open more sectors of the economy and allow us to open schools. 

One of the primary ways we can help reduce the number of daily cases and move towards the next tier is to avoid gatherings.  Although the Department of Public Health recently updated their guidance on gatherings, they still caution residents that attending gatherings, even small ones, is risky and can easily result in increased transmission of the virus.  As we approach the holiday season and cooler weather, people may be more likely to gather indoors.  Please remember that indoor gatherings, events or parties of any size with non-household members are unsafe and are not permitted. If you do plan to get together with others, we urge you to review the County's guidelines on gatherings and adhere to the restrictions.  Under the guidelines, members of a household can get together outdoors with up to two other households for up to two hours, as long as everyone is wearing a face covering and distancing from each other.

In order to make forward progress on our recovery journey, we must all do our part to slow the spread of the virus. Please continue to wear your face coverings, keep your distance from others, wash your hands frequently, and avoid gatherings.

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