On July 18, to slow the spread of the COVID-19 and protect students, teachers and the school community, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued a new Health Officer Order that adheres to California Department of Public Health’s directive that schools in Los Angeles County and 31 other counties on the State’s monitoring list, cannot resume in-person learning next month. Read the Health Officer Order here.
The state order allows superintendents to submit school district waiver requests to re-open elementary schools for approval by the local health officer only after review of local epidemiological data and intervention strategies, and in consultation with CDPH. In order for schools to re-open their campuses, Los Angeles County will have to remain off the monitoring list for 14 consecutive days. Counties are on the monitoring list because they have not achieved more than 150 tests per day per 100,000 people, or have more than 100 cases per 100,000 residents, or have case positivity rates greater than 8%, or have a 10% or more increase in hospitalizations over the past 3 days compared to the prior three days, or less than 20% of ICU beds are open, or less than 25% of ventilators are available.
On July 14, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health modified the Health Officer Order to align with Governor Gavin Newsom’s directives to prevent more cases, more serious illnesses, increased hospitalizations and more deaths. Read the Health Officer Order here. The Health Officer Order requires the closure of additional indoor operations for certain sectors which promote the mixing of populations beyond households and make adherence to physical distancing with face coverings difficult:
Gyms and Fitness Centers
Places of Worship
Offices for Non-Critical Infrastructure Sectors as identified at covid19.ca.gov
Personal Care Services (including nail salons, massage parlors and tattoo parlors)
Hair Salons and Barbershops
- On July 8, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued a new Health Officer Order: Access to Diagnostic Testing through Healthcare Facilities. Healthcare facilities must provide diagnostic testing to symptomatic persons regardless of age, hospitalization status, co-morbidities or other risk factors for COVID-19 and persons with or without symptoms who were a close contact of a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19. The Health Officer Order is effective July 31. Read the Health Officer Order here.
- On July 1, a revised Health Officer Order aligned with Governor Newsom’s directives and required the closure of the following for at least 21 days: indoor, in-person dining at restaurants, indoor museums, indoor children’s museums, and indoor operations at zoos and aquariums, and cardrooms and satellite wagering facilities. The Health Officer Order also requires businesses with three or more known cases of COVID-19 within the workplace over the span of 14 days, to report the outbreak to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Employers who have one known case within the workplace must have a protocol that requires that person to self-isolate at home and anyone exposed to self-quarantine. Read the Health Officer Order here.
Starting June 18, Governor Gavin Newsom is requiring Californians to wear face coverings in public. View the full guidance.
- As of July 10, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports there have been 3,106,931 positive cases of COVID-19 and 132,855 deaths. Infections have been reported internationally.
❯ LA County
• On June 29, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health released a Health Officer Order for the temporary closure of public beaches and prohibition of fireworks shows to prevent dangerous crowding over the Fourth of July weekend. Read the Health Officer Order here. All public beaches, piers, public beach parking lots, beach bike paths that traverse that sanded portion of the beach and beach access points will be temporarily closed to the public as of 12:01 a.m. on July 3 until 5 a.m. on July 6. Please note, surfing is not permitted.
•On June 28, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health amended the Safer at Work and in the Community Health Officer Order in response to Governor Newsom's directive to require all bars, breweries, brew pubs, pubs, wineries and tasting rooms in the county to close unless they are offering sit-down dine-in meals. This includes closing bar areas in restaurants. Read the Health Officer Order here.
• On June 18, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued an updated Safer at Work and in the Community Health Officer Order to allow the following sectors to reopen as early as June 19: Cardrooms, satellite wagering facilities and racetracks with no spectators, personal care services including: esthetician, skin care and cosmetology services; electrology; nail salons; body art professionals, tattoo parlors, microblading and permanent make-up; and piercing shops; and massage therapy, and bars, wineries, breweries and tasting rooms. Read the Health Officer Order here.
• On June 11, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued an updated Safer at Work and in the Community Health Officer Order to allow music, film and television production, day camps, fitness facilities, museums, zoos, aquariums, professional sports without audiences, campgrounds, RV parks, outdoor recreation, and hotels for leisure travel to reopen. Read the Health Officer Order here.
• On May 29, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued an updated Safer at Work and in the Community Health Officer Order to allow hair salons, barbershops and restaurants for in-person dining to reopen. Read the Health Officer Order here.
• On May 26, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued a Safer at Work and in the Community Health Officer Order which allows the following activities to resume or reopen: faith-based services with capacity limited to less than 25% or maximum of 100 people (whichever is lower), office worksites, all indoor and outdoor retail at 50% capacity, flea markets, swap meets and drive-in movie theaters, pools, hot tubs and saunas that are in a multi-unit resident or part of a homeowners association, and public protests with attendance limited to 25% occupancy or a maximum of 100 attendees (whichever is lower). Read the Health Officer Order here.
• On May 22, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued an addendum to the Safer at Home Order to allow for the reopening of beach bike paths and parking lots, indoor mall curbside service and select vehicle parades. Read the Health Officer Order here.
• On May 13, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued an addendum to the Safer at Home Order to allow all retailers that are not located in an indoor mall or shopping center to reopen for pickup and delivery only. Manufacturing, warehouses and logistic businesses that supply retail can reopen. Beaches can reopen for active recreation in addition to select recreational facilities. Local jurisdictions may also close streets to allow for greater physical distancing. Read the Health Officer Order here.
• On May 8, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued an addendum to the Safer at Home Order to allow the following non-essential business to reopen for curbside pick-up with adherence to distancing and infection control protocols: bookstores, clothing stores, florists, music stores, sporting goods stores, toy stores and car dealership showrooms (open for sales with adherence to distancing and infection control protocols). The following outdoor parks and recreational facilities can reopen provided all activities adhere to distancing and infection control protocols: golf courses (not including pro-shops or dine-in restaurants), trails, trailheads and parks. Read the Health Officer Order here.
• On April 24, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued a new Health Officer Order to prevent COVID-19 transmission in licensed congregate health care facilities. Read the Health Officer Order here.
• On April 10, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health extended the Safer at Home Order through May 15. The Health Officer Order continues to prohibit all indoor and outdoor public and private gatherings and events, and continues the closure of all indoor malls and shopping centers, all swap meets and flea markets, all indoor and outdoor playgrounds, beaches, trails and trailheads, and in-person operations of all non-essential businesses. Read the Health Officer Order here.
• Also on April 10, it includes the following:
‥ Essential businesses are required to provide cloth face coverings to all employees, to wear while performing duties which involve contact w/other employees and/or the public;
‥ Essential businesses are required to post their physical distancing plans; and
The public is required to wear a face covering to enter essential businesses
• On March 27, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued an addendum to the Safer at Home Order to include the temporary closure of public trails and trailheads, beaches, piers, beach bike paths and beach access points. Read the Health Officer Order here.
• On March 25, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued two new Health Officer Orders: Home Isolation and Home Quarantine. The Isolation Order states that all individuals who have been diagnosed with or who are likely to have COVID-19 must isolate themselves in their home for a period of 7 days, and 3 days of being symptom-free. The Quarantine Order states that all household contacts, intimate partners, caregivers and close contacts who have been in close contact with a person diagnosed with or likely to have COVID-19 while that person was symptomatic must quarantine themselves for 14 days.
• On March 21, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued an enhanced Health Officer Order to reconcile elements in the March 19 Health Officer Order necessary to be consistent with the Governor’s Order. The enhanced Order prohibits all gatherings and events, and clarifies that golf courses and personal grooming services (including hair and nail salons) are non-essential services that are closed. Read the Health Officer Order here.
• On March 19, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued a Safer at Home order to help slow the spread of COVID-19. The Order further restricts and limits gatherings and requires the closure of malls, shopping centers, children's playgrounds and nonessential retail businesses. Essential businesses like grocery stores, gas stations, hospitals and pharmacies are open. Read the Health Officer Order here.
• On March 16, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued a Health Officer Order to prohibit group events and gatherings, require social distancing measures and the closure of certain businesses, including bars, gyms, movie theaters and entertainment centers. Read the Health Officer Order here.
• On March 9, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reported it was investigating two additional cases of COVID-19. One case traveled through Japan. One case has an unidentified source of exposure, therefore LACDPH has determined this is the first possible case of community transmission in LA County.
• On March 4, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and the Department of Public Health declared a local and public health emergency in response to increased spread of coronavirus across the country and six additional cases in LA County. LACDPH stated that none of the new cases are from community spread, and all of these new cases were exposed to COVID-19 through close contacts. None of these cases were linked to the first case reported in LA County in January.
• LA County officials recommend reviewing emergency supplies such as extra food, water and medications. For more emergency preparedness tips, visit ready.gov or bchd.org/emergency-preparedness.
• On May 4, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that California will be prepared to move into the early phase of Stage 2 of reopening on Friday, May 8 based on the state’s progress in meeting metrics tied to indicators. Stage 2 allows gradual reopening of lower-risk workplaces with adaptations including bookstores, clothing stores, florists and sporting goods stores, with modifications. Other Stage 2 sectors such as offices, dine-in restaurants and shopping malls will be part of a later Stage 2 opening. View the State Reopening Roadmap Report Card here.
• On April 14, Governor Gavin Newsom outlined six critical indicators the state will consider before modifying the Stay at Home Order. Learn more about the six indicators here.
• On March 19, Governor Gavin Newsom announced a Stay at Home Order for the state of California: All individuals living in the State of California are to stay home or at their place of residence, except as needed to maintain continuity of operation of the federal critical infrastructure sectors, critical government services, schools, childcare, and construction, including housing construction. More information here.
• On March 15, Governor Gavin Newsom directed closure of California's bars, brewpubs, wineries and nightclubs, and called on people over 65 and others at higher risk of serious complications from exposure to the virus to stay at home.
• On March 11, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that California public health officials this evening issued an updated policy on gatherings to protect public health and slow the spread of COVID-19. The state’s public health experts have determined that gatherings should be postponed or canceled across the state until at least the end of March. Non-essential gatherings must be limited to no more than 250 people, while smaller events can proceed only if the organizers can implement social distancing of 6 feet per person. Gatherings of individuals who are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 should be limited to no more than 10 people, while also following social distancing guidelines. Read more here.
❯ United States
• On March 16, the White House released Coronavirus Guidelines for America:
• If you feel sick, stay home. Do not go to work or school.
• If someone in your household has tested positive for COVID-19, keep the entire household home. Do not go to work or school. Contact your medical provider.
• If you are an older adult or person with a serious underlying health condition, stay home and away from other people
• Work or engage in schooling FROM HOME whenever possible
• If you work in a critical infrastructure industry, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security, such as healthcare services and pharmaceutical and food supply, you have a special responsibility to maintain your normal work schedule. You and your employers should follow CDC guidance to protect your health at work.
• Avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people
• Avoid eating or drinking at bars, restaurants and food courts - use drive-thru, pick up or delivery options
• Avoid nonessential travel and activities
• Do not visit nursing homes, retirement or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance
• Continue to practice good hygiene
• On January 31, the Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II declared a public health emergency to aid the healthcare community in responding to the coronavirus.
• The first confirmed instance of person-to-person spread was reported in the U.S. on January 30, 2020.
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For more information on COVID-19, visit:
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
California COVID-19 Response - covid19.ca.gov
California Department of Public Health
Los Angeles County COVID-19 Response - covid19.lacounty.gov
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
World Health Organization