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South Bay

Safe in the South Bay Program
The “Safe in the South Bay” program has been created for restaurants and businesses in El Segundo, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, Palos Verdes Peninsula, Redondo Beach and Torrance. The Chambers of Commerce from those cities have partnered with Beach Cities Health District to provide health guidance and a self-certification process related to Los Angeles County’s Health Officer Order. Learn more here.

Los Angeles County

Los Angeles County Post Surge Response Plan

The Los Angeles County Post Surge Response Plan, which aims to protect the most vulnerable residents, keep hospitals and the healthcare system functioning, prevent unconstrained spread and significant illness, and prepare for future challenges presented by the evolving conditions of the virus, uses several metrics to assess risk. These metrics are tied to associated community prevention strategies and early alert signals that trigger a review of contributing factors and potential changes to community and sector-specific prevention strategies.

While the County welcomes the recovery from the dangerous Omicron variant surge, they recognize that post-surge does not imply that the pandemic is over or that there will not be additional unpredictable waves of surges that will require different monitoring metrics and approaches to meet changing mitigation needs. 

Los Angeles County’s Early Alert Signals allow the County to quickly determine any concerning trends that can result in future higher rates of transmission and/or increased illness severity. 

These signals include three community-wide measures: variants of concern (or VOCs), Emergency Department COVID-19 visits and cumulative crude case rate in high poverty communities. The signals also include four sector-specific measures, which are: new outbreaks at Skilled Nursing Facilities, new outbreaks at TK-12 schools, new outbreaks at settings with Persons Experiencing Homelessness and clusters at worksites.

If there are alerts in two or more sectors, which reach the threshold for moderate or high concern, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health will conduct an in-depth review of contributing factors and consider changes to community prevention strategies. Sector-specific alerts that reach the threshold for moderate or high concern will result in mitigation measures that are tailored to that setting.

Health Officer Order Appendices

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SMARTER Plan Announced
As California emerges from the Omicron surge, on February 17, Governor Gavin Newsom unveiled the state’s SMARTER Plan, the next phase of California’s pandemic response. Building on lessons learned over the past two years and the state’s ongoing commitment to equity, the SMARTER Plan will guide California’s strategic approach to managing COVID-19 while moving the state’s recovery forward. Emphasizing continued readiness, awareness and flexibility, the Plan will ensure California can maintain its focus on communities that continue to be disproportionately impacted, and stay prepared to swiftly and effectively respond to emerging COVID-19 variants and changing conditions. For more information, click here.

Beyond the Blueprint for a Safer Economy

United States

Path Out of the Pandemic: President Biden’s COVID-19 Action Plan
President Biden is implementing a six-pronged, comprehensive national strategy that employs the same science-based approach that was used to successfully combat previous variants of COVID-19 earlier this year. This plan will ensure that we are using every available tool to combat COVID-19 and save even more lives in the months ahead, while also keeping schools open and safe, and protecting our economy from lockdowns and damage. Learn more here.