September 24, 2020 Update
City Facilities to Remain Closed through October 31
The City is continuing the closure of City facilities through October 31st. City business may still be conducted by phone, email and limited appointments. For more information about what this means for each department and facility, please visit our website:
The COVID-19 test positivity rate and numbers of daily hospitalizations and deaths in Los Angeles County continue to decline. However, there has been a slight increase in cases as a result of Labor Day weekend. In order to continue on our path forward, which will eventually include the opening of City facilities, schools and businesses, we need to continue what we've been doing to slow the spread of the virus. This includes wearing a face covering, maintaining physical distancing, washing your hands, and not gathering with those outside of your household.
The "Blueprint for a Safer Economy" is a four-tiered system which will help guide the reopening of the State. This framework places each county into one of four color-coded tiers based on two key metrics - case rate and test positivity rate. Los Angeles County is currently in the Purple Tier, which is the most restrictive tier. The County’s case rate and test positivity rate are currently low enough to qualify for the Red Tier, but these rates must be maintained for two weeks in order to move into a different tier. We will keep you updated on the County’s status in the State’s system.
The State also recently allowed nail salons to open for indoor services for those counties in the Red Tier. However, Los Angeles County has maintained a stricter stance and has not allowed for the reopening of indoor services at nail salons. The County will continue to monitor our local numbers and consult with the Board of Supervisors before making decisions on reopenings.
Thank you for your patience and understanding with the closure of our City buildings and for continuing to help keep our community safe!September 17, 2020 update
Los Angeles County continues to make progress towards slowing the spread of COVID-19. The test positivity rate and number of daily cases and hospitalizations are steadily declining. However, L.A. County is still in the State's Purple Tier, which is the most restrictive. The State's tiered system dictates which sectors are allowed to open and in what capacity. The County will remain in the Purple Tier until the County's daily case rate and test positivity rate drop to the required levels to move forward. The County's test positivity rate has dropped to the level required for the Orange Tier, however, the daily case rate still remains in the Purple Tier. The State places counties in the more restrictive tier when metrics fall into two different tiers. Both metrics must be met for two consecutive weeks in order to move to the next tier.
In San Marino, there have now been 86 confirmed COVID-19 cases, up from 83 at this time last week. Locally, there are currently 30 patients at Huntington Hospital that are hospitalized with COVID-19. Although we are seeing encouraging improvements in the numbers, it's important to remember the virus is still spreading, including here in San Marino. In order to reach the next tier and move closer to opening schools and other businesses, please continue to wear a mask, wash your hands regularly, keep your distance from others, and avoid gathering with people outside of your household.
September 10, 2020 Update
Guidance for Celebrating Halloween
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health recently released updated guidance on celebrating Halloween. Gatherings of any type with people outside of your household continue to be prohibited. This would include any type of party or event, such as a haunted house. Trick or Treating is not expressly prohibited but it is not recommended. It can be difficult to maintain proper distancing and to ensure everyone is wearing face coverings when going door-to-door. Additionally, sharing food is risky. Just like the 4th of July, Halloween will look a little bit different this year but we hope everyone can find ways to celebrate safely. Be sure to take a look at the Recreation section below to read about our upcoming Scavenger Haunt!
As always, we urge you to keep following these best practices for staying safe - avoid gatherings of any kind, maintain physical distancing, wear a face covering, and wash your hands frequently. You can read the complete Guidance for Celebrating Halloween here –http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/coronavirus/docs/community/GuidanceHalloween.pdf
COVID-19 Contact Tracing Text Message Scams
The San Marino Police Department would like to provide helpful tips to avoid being a victim of the COVID-19 contact tracing text message scam. Contact tracing is the process of identifying people who have come in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, instructing them to quarantine and monitoring their symptoms daily. Contact tracers are usually hired by the Department of Public Health and generally receive your number from infected persons with which you may have had close contact. Those names and numbers are often kept in an online system. Usually you may receive an initial text message from the health department advising you will be receiving a call from a specific number. It is important to know the tracer who calls will not ask for any personal information, like a social security number. At the end of the call, you may be asked if you would like to enroll in a text message program, which sends daily health and safety reminders until the 14 day quarantine ends. These text messages will never ask you to click on any links or ask you for any money.
Here are several other steps you can take to protect yourself from text scammers:
- Never provide your social security, bank account, or credit card number to anyone who advises they are a contact tracer and work for the Health Department.
- If you receive any text messages that ask you to click on a link, do not take the bait by clicking on the link.
- By clicking on the link it can download software onto your device, giving scammers access to your personal and financial information. Ignore and delete these scam messages.
- Protect your online accounts by using multi-factor authentication. It requires two or more credentials to log in to your account, which makes it harder for scammers to log in to your accounts if they do get your username and password.
- Enable auto updates for the operating systems on your electronic devices. Make sure your apps also auto-update so you get the latest security patches that can protect from malware.
- Back up the data on your devices regularly, so you won’t lose valuable information if a device gets malware or ransomware.
If you have any question please feel free to Contact the San Marino Police at (626) 300-0720.