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April 8, 2021 Update
Progress Continues as LA County Moves to Orange Tier
LA County continues to see great progress in our fight against COVID-19 – all key metrics indicate less community transmission. Hospitalizations and cases continue to decrease, though the rate of decrease is slowing.
On Monday, April 5, the County officially moved into the State’s orange tier, which allows for the opening of bars outdoors and increased capacity in many previously opened indoor settings. The County also relaxed their travel advisory for fully vaccinated people, saying that people who are fully vaccinated can travel safely with necessary precautions. People who are not fully vaccinated should still avoid non-essential travel and quarantine after travel, though they can lessen the quarantine period with a negative viral test 3-5 days after arrival. The full order and modified travel advisory can be found on the LA County Public Health website. For more information on City services and our reopening status, you can go to www.cityofsanmarino.org/covid19.
Because of the great progress in slowing the spread in our county and state, Governor Newsom announced the State’s plan to fully reopen on June 15th (with safety precautions like masking) if there is enough vaccine supply and hospitalization rates remain stable and low.
With this long awaited for news comes the reminder that while COVID-19 cases are continuing to decrease in LA County, the threat is not gone. Yesterday, the County reported 53 new deaths and 479 new cases of COVID-19, and they also identified a South African and Brazilian variant for the first time. Both of these variants, and other variants present in the community, are easier to transmit and harder to treat. In order to get to this June 15th goal, it is critical that we continue practicing proven safety measures, including masking, physical distancing, and avoiding large to medium-sized gatherings.
Since last week, all LA County residents 50 years of age and older have been eligible for the vaccine, regardless of employment or health status. We encourage anyone in this group who is not yet vaccinated to make an appointment as soon as possible. While LA County has begun receiving more doses than in the past, with eligibility expanding to anyone 16 years of age or older starting on Thursday, April 15th, supply will become limited.
To find an appointment, we encourage you to frequently visit the County’s site at vaccinatelacounty.com to find ways to sign up for a vaccination appointment. This County website links you to all possible options for vaccines, including signing up for County-run sites through the https://myturn.ca.gov/ registration page, or at a nearby pharmacy. If you are having difficulty navigating the County website, our Resident Support Hotline staff are available to assist you during regular business hours at (626) 300-0731.
April 1, 2021 Update
LA County Prepares for Move into Orange Tier on Monday
On Tuesday, the State announced that LA County met the threshold for the less restrictive orange tier in their Blueprint for a Safer Economy. This is a result of lower case rates and test positivity rates. As a result, the County announced that a revised Health Officer Order will go into effect on Monday, April 5 to reflect newly permitted activities. The full order and modified directives for businesses will be posted tomorrow on the LA County Public Health website, but the main changes are:
- Bars that do not provide meals will be allowed to open outdoors with distancing, masking and infection control safety measures. Indoor operations are not permitted.
- Breweries, Wineries, Distilleries that do not serve meals can remain open outdoors and can also open indoors at 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer.
- Restaurants can increase capacity for indoor dining to 50% capacity or 200 people, whichever is less.
- Places of Worship can hold services indoors at 50% capacity.
- Fitness Centers can operate indoors at 25% capacity and indoor pools can now re-open.
- Movie Theatres can increase capacity to 50% or 200 people, whichever is less.
- Family Entertainment Centers can open indoors at 25% capacity for distanced activities, such as bowling or escape rooms.
- Grocery and Retail Stores can increase capacity to 75%, although Public Health strongly recommends grocery stores remain at 50% capacity until April 15 to allow as many grocery store workers as possible get vaccinated.
- Museums, Zoos and Aquariums can be open indoors at 50% capacity.
- Youth and Adult Recreational Sports can apply to Public Health for approval for athletic events, tournaments or competitions that involve more than two teams or multiple individuals.
With this exciting news comes the reminder that while COVID-19 cases are continuing to decrease in LA County, they are rising nationwide, and we must continue to be vigilant to ensure that this does not happen here as well. Whenever there are more opportunities for interactions with people not in your household, there can be more opportunities for transmission of the virus. Avoiding large to medium-sized gatherings, wearing your face coverings, and maintaining physical distance will help keep you and everyone around you safe while vaccine rollout expands.
Reminder: San Marino Fire Distributing Vaccines to Homebound 65+ Population
As a reminder, our Fire Department is partnering with the County Department of Public Health to offer vaccines to our homebound 65+ population. Our Fire Department and Emergency Operations Center are currently calling residents who may qualify and will arrange a time for SMFD personnel to administer the vaccine to them at their homes. All of our paramedic personnel have received the necessary training to administer the vaccines. If you think you or someone you know may qualify under this program, please call our Resident Support Hotline at (626) 300-0731.
Starting today (April 1st), LA County residents 50 years of age and older are now eligible for the vaccine, regardless of employment or health status. On April 15th, eligibility will expand to anyone 16 years of age or older (this is because the vaccine is only approved for people 16 and older at this time). This will be the largest number of people becoming eligible at any one time since the vaccination effort began in mid-December, and while the County is projecting an increase in vaccine doses, demand will be high for the next month.
If you are eligible, we encourage to you frequently visit the County’s site at vaccinatelacounty.com to find ways to sign up for a vaccination appointment. This County website links you to all possible options for vaccines, including signing up for County-run sites through the https://myturn.ca.gov/ registration page, or at a nearby pharmacy. If you are having difficulty navigating the County website, our Resident Support Hotline staff are available to assist you during regular business hours at (626) 300-0731.
In the event you are on the fence about whether or not to get the vaccine, in a study released earlier this week of about 4,000 health-care personnel, police, firefighters and other essential workers, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that the vaccines reduced the risk of both asymptomatic and symptomatic infection by 80% after one dose, and 90% following the second dose. This study of at-risk people shows just how effective the vaccines are in preventing infections in real-life conditions. The findings of this study are significant and provide evidence that the vaccines can both reduce transmission and save lives. For more information about the study, you can go here: https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2021/p0329-COVID-19-Vaccines.html.