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April 24, 2020 4:36 PM

UPDATE 4/24, 4PM Malibu testing. Stay local. State support for seniors. County recovery benchmarks.

430 tested in Malibu Friday. Out of area public urged not to visit Malibu. Malibu residents should stay local. State meals & support for seniors. County benchmarks to lift restrictions. County Fire guidance to prepare for fire season.

430 tested in Malibu Friday. Out of area public urged not to visit Malibu. Malibu residents should stay local. State meals & support for seniors. County Fire guidance to prepare for fire season. County benchmarks to lift restrictions.

Malibu City Hall is closed. However, essential City staff, including the Emergency Operations Team, are working. The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) was activated on March 13 and is operating 7 days a week. Staff is answering the City’s main phone line (310-456-2489) Monday through Friday, and residents can also email questions to info@malibucity.org. Thank you for your patience – we will respond as quickly as possible.

MORE THAN 400 COMPLETE DRIVE-THRU COVID-19 TESTING AT CITY HALL
The City thanks its partners Malibu Medical Group and Community Organized Relief Effort (CORE), as well as numerous volunteers, who helped process 430 individuals in drive-thru COVID-19 testing at City Hall on Friday. Combined with 320 processed yesterday and the past two weeks’ participation, a total of nearly 3,000 individuals have been tested over 11 days. The City is consulting with Dr. Benya and Malibu Medial Group about potential future testing to be offered.

MALIBU BEACHES AND PARKS REMAIN CLOSED. RESIDENTS IN SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES URGED NOT TO COME TO MALIBU THIS WEEKEND & MALIBU RESIDENTS URGED TO NOT VISIT VENTURA COUNTY BEACHES AND PARKS
All beaches, parks, trails and parking areas in Malibu remain closed. The City is putting out widespread messaging to urge residents of neighboring communities not to travel to Malibu during the warm weather this weekend. The Sheriff’s Department, LA County Lifeguards, and Volunteers on Patrol will be out this weekend to help enforce the closures of all beaches, beach parking lots, trails, and parks, and the temporary no-parking zones along PCH in Malibu and surrounding areas during the stay at home orders. Violations of the closures could result in citations and fines.

The City urges Malibu residents to help slow the spread of coronavirus and protect our seniors and vulnerable people by staying safe at home. Residents can enjoy the outdoors in your backyard, or by walking or cycling in your neighborhood. Residents should not plan to go to Ventura County, which started easing some of its stay at home restrictions this week. The LA County Public Health Dept strongly urges all LA County residents to stay local, and not to visit Ventura. The County and State stay at home orders remain in effect and prohibit unnecessary travel. Ventura County’s decision to relax some restrictions were made based on what would be safe for Ventura County residents, and newly opened sites could become overwhelmed by out of area visitors. At this point in the battle to slow the spread of COVID-19, there is concern that visitors could become infected and bring the virus back home for further spread in LA County. Malibu residents are asked to respect our neighbors in Ventura County and not visit their beaches, trails, and parks. View a video message from Mayor Pro Tem Pierson https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wn4trUCdaak.

GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH FEMA TO REIMBURSE LOCAL RESTAURANTS FOR PREPARING DAILY MEALS FOR SENIORS
In his Friday briefing, Governor Newsom announced a partnership between the State of California and FEMA, the first of its kind in the nation, to reimburse local restaurants for preparing nutritional meals for vulnerable seniors. The “Restaurants Deliver: Home Meals for Seniors” program, effective immediately, calls for preparation of three meals per day, seven days a week for delivery to seniors who meet certain eligibility requirements. The plan will help restaurants impacted by the crisis by allowing them to rehire laid-off employees. It would also generate much-needed sales tax revenues for local economies. Seniors can call 211 to find out if they are eligible for the program. Learn more at https://covid19.ca.gov/restaurants-deliver-home-meals-for-seniors/

STATE PROVIDES EMOTIONAL SUPPORT OPTIONS FOR SENIORS
The Governor announced an extension of the Friendship Line California to provide emotional support to seniors throughout California struggling with loneliness, isolations, or anxiety. Seniors can call the Friendship Line at 888-670-1360. Governor Newsom also announce the Social Bridging Project was mobilizing more than 1,000 callers to proactively reach out to older Californians who are isolated at home.

COUNTY ANNOUNCES FOUR KEY BENCHMARKS REQUIRED FOR RECOVERY
LA County Supervisor Kathryn Barger announced in Friday’s County briefing prerequisites to begin recovery from the COVID-19 crisis includes four key benchmarks that must be achieved before the County can begin lifting restrictions:
1. Capacity in the healthcare system – adequate staffing, testing, ventilators, and other medical supplies for ongoing sustainable COVID-19 and non-coronavirus related care
2. Protections for those at risk – elderly, individuals with underlying health conditions, those experiencing homelessness, those in institutional settings, and those who do not have access to services
3. Increased capability to test, isolate, and quarantine
4. Maintain physical distancing and infection control – the County will provide businesses with educational materials and guidance to enforce compliance

LA COUNTY FIRE ADVISES RESIDENTS TO PREPARE FOR FIRE SEASON
The Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD) has seen a concerning surge in home fires across the County in recent weeks. As residents continue to follow the Safer At Home Order, families are encouraged to be mindful of fire hazards at home, and to practice fire escape safety steps with family members and loved ones. The Fire Department has prepared a new family-friendly fire safety tool, the Family Instructions for Rapid Escape (FIRE) guide, and an accompanying coloring book available for free download at https://www.fire.lacounty.gov. Residents should also use this time at home to check smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors, clear leaves and other debris from roofs, gutters, and decks, create a defensible space around the home by removing flammable materials and low hanging trees around your roof, and be sure your family’s “Ready, Set, Go!” wildfire action plan is up to date. Visit https://www.fire.lacounty.gov/rsg/ for more info.

NEW COVID-19 NURSE ADVICE HOTLINE FOR UNINSURED AND MEDICAL-INSURED PATIENTS
The LA County Public Health Dept has opened a nurse advice phone line to answer COVID-19 questions for County residents who do not have health insurance or are covered by MediCal. The COVID-19 Nurse Advice Line can be reached at 844-804-0055, seven days a week from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM. Residents who have insurance should contact their primary care physician with any questions.

FREE PET ADOPTION
Take in a furry friend to keep you company while staying safe at home! The LA County Dept of Animal Care and Control (DACC) is currently waiving pet adoption fees at all seven Animal Care Centers in an effort to quickly place animals in homes during the COVID-19 crisis. The fee-waived adoptions are possible thanks to an $80,000 grant DACC was awarded from the Petco Foundation to support lifesaving efforts for Los Angeles County animals. Those in LA County wishing to adopt must first make an appointment to visit their local care center by going to www.animalcare.lacounty.gov.

GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES PLAN TO RESUME HEALTH CARE SERVICES PREVIOUSLY DELAYED BY COVID-19 RESPONSE
Governor Newsom announced plans to allow hospitals and health systems to resume delayed medical care for Californians – such as heart valve replacements, angioplasty, and tumor removals, and key preventive care services, such as colonoscopies – which were deferred as the State’s health care delivery systems prepared for a surge of COVID-19 patients. For more information, go to: https://www.gov.ca.gov/2020/04/22/governor-newsom-announces-plan-to-resume-delayed-health-care-that-was-deferred-as-hospitals-prepared-for-covid-19-surge/

OFFICE OF US CONGRESSMAN TED LIEU OFFERS ASSISTANCE TO SMALL BUSINESSES
US Congressman Ted Lieu is offering assistance to small businesses that have already submitted loan applications but have not yet heard back. Those businesses can fill out an online form and submit it to his office via email. A caseworker in his office will be assigned to investigate the application status of all forms received. Complete the form at https://lieu.house.gov/sites/lieu.house.gov/files/Privacy%20Release%20Form%20-%2033rd%20District.pdf.

PLEASE PROPERLY DISPOSE OF USED GLOVES AND FACE COVERINGS
After using gloves and face coverings while visiting essential businesses, it is important to properly dispose of them and not drop them on the ground or in parking lots. Read the LA County Dept of Public Health guidelines for proper disposal of gloves and face coverings at http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/FAQ-Caregivers.pdf.

FREE FOOD RESOURCES FOR LA COUNTY RESIDENTS
A Countywide response to hunger has been coordinated by public agencies, nonprofits, and volunteers to provide no-cost food and meals to anyone in need during the weeks and months to come. The effort includes financial help with food expenses, food and meal delivery services, connections to private sector donations, and information on how to volunteer or start up an assistance organization. Details at https://covid19.lacounty.gov/covid19-news/free-food-resources-for-la-county-residents-during-covid-19-crisis-and-ways-to-help.

MALIBU RESIDENTS URGED TO COMPLETE THE 2020 CENSUS
The 2020 Census helps to determine the distribution of federal and state funds for public safety, roads, federal stimulus and other vital resources. It is more important than ever that residents complete the Census to ensure an accurate count of Malibu’s population. With the economic impacts of the COVID-19 crisis hitting all cities and communities across the country, accurate representation and access to federal and state funding is critical for Malibu moving forward. Residents can easily self-respond to the Census online at https://My2020Census.gov/. If you prefer to respond by phone, call 844-330-2020 for English or 844-468-2020 for Spanish.

COMPLETE A BRIEF CITY SURVEY BY APRIL 30 ABOUT COVID-19 EFFECTS ON YOUR HOME
In order for the City to continue to frame its response to the COVID-19 pandemic in a way that best addresses the needs of our residents, you are invited to complete a brief online survey about how the pandemic and its related social circumstances are affecting you and your family. Complete the survey by April 30 at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/COVIDCommunitySurvey.

DISASTER ASSISTANCE FOR THOSE IMPACTED BY COVID-19
Government agencies and non-profit organizations are providing assistance for those impacted by the pandemic, including disaster loans, paid family leave, disability and unemployment insurance, delivery of groceries and supplies, and more:
For Businesses: https://www.malibucity.org/996/Resources---Businesses
For individuals: https://www.malibucity.org/994/Resources---Individuals
For Health & Wellness Support: https://www.malibucity.org/995/Health-Wellness

CITY OF MALIBU SERVICES
City Hall, the Senior Center, and all City parks, including restroom facilities, are closed. Dial-a-Ride is operating for seniors - Call 424-346-8444. Essential City staff are working. Residents wishing to contact City staff may do so by calling departmental extensions or emails:
• Planning – 310-456-2489, ext. 485 or email MPlanning@malibucity.org
• Building Safety – 310-456-2489, ext. 390 or email MBuilding@malibucity.org
• Public Works – 310-456-2489, ext. 391 or MPublicWorks@malibucity.org
• All other City business – 310-456-2489, ext. 392 or info@malibucity.org
• Programs and activities for residents and families at home – visit www.MalibuCity.org/VirtualRec
• Emergency COVID-19 information in Spanish – www.MalibuCity.org/Coronavirus (La ciudad de Malibú publicará todas las alertas de emergencia sobre el coronavirus en el sitio web de la ciudad: www.MalibuCity.org/Coronavirus)

CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19 PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE
The City of Malibu continues to monitor the status of the Coronavirus and implement measures to protect public health and safety and is doing everything possible to support vulnerable community members.  The City continues to follow the recommendations of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LADPH), California Office of Emergency Services (CALOES) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and is taking steps to reduce the likelihood of community spread. 

All residents should be complying with the Stay at Home order, and leaving their homes only to conduct essential business, such as grocery shopping, medical appointments. When it is necessary to go out, everyone is required to wear cloth face coverings when entering an essential business to help prevent the spread of the virus.
Residents should connect with neighbors, particularly seniors or those with underlying health conditions, to see if they need help in any way.

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