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April 25, 2020 10:17 AM

UPDATE 4/25,10AM – 3000 tests at City Hall. Stay local this weekend. Pandemic Unemployment 4/28.

Nearly 3,000 community members tested to date at City Hall. Out of area public urged not to visit Malibu. Malibu residents stay local. Pandemic Unemployment for independent contractors 4/28. Meals & support for seniors. Prepare now for fire season.

UPDATE 4/25, 10:00 AM – Nearly 3,000 community members tested to date at City Hall. Out of area public urged not to visit Malibu. Malibu residents should stay local. Pandemic Unemployment for independent contractors 4/28. Meals & support for seniors. Prepare now for fire season.

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.

NEARLY 3,000 DRIVE-THRU COVID-19 TESTS COMPLETED 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. A total of nearly 3,000 individuals were tested over 11 days spread out over the last three weeks. The City is consulting with Dr. Benya with Malibu Medial Group and CORE about potential future testing to be offered at City Hall.

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. As the weather improves and temperatures rise, the City is putting out widespread messaging all week urging residents of neighboring communities not to travel to Malibu. In addition, today and tomorrow the City will send a Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) to all cellphones within range of Malibu cell towers reminding people that the beaches and parks are closed and to stay safer at home.

The Sheriff’s Department, LA County Lifeguards, and Volunteers on Patrol (VOP) will be enforcing closures at beaches, beach parking lots, trails, and parks, and the temporary no-parking zones along PCH during the Stay at Home orders. Violations of the closures could result in citations and fines.

The City also urges Malibu residents to help slow the spread of coronavirus and protect our community’s most vulnerable 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 areas with eased restrictions. 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.

PANEDEMIC UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE (PUA) APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED BEGINNING APRIL 28 FOR THOSE INELIGIBLE FOR STATE UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE (UI)
Beginning Tuesday, April 28, the California Employment Development Dept (EDD) will begin accepting online applications for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) Program, which provides financial assistance for those who are self-employed, independent contractors, and others who are not eligible for Unemployment Insurance (UI). A new one-stop shop will allow people to apply for either UI or PUA if they don’t qualify for UI.

LABOR SECRETARY TEMPORARILY STOPS REQUIREMENT TO RECERTIFY FOR UI
The CA Labor Secretary announced the temporary suspension of the requirement to certify UI eligibility before a payment can be made, usually required every two weeks. This change is effective for UI claims submitted for the weeks ending March 14 through May 9, 2020. Claimants must still notify EDD immediately if they return to work during this time period. https://www.labor.ca.gov/2020/04/23/labor-secretary-issues-directive-to-employment-development-department-to-suspend-unemployment-insurance-certifications/

GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH FEMA TO REIMBURSE LOCAL RESTAURANTS FOR PREPARING DAILY MEALS FOR SENIORS
On April 24, 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, while also generating sales tax revenues to boost 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 ISOLATED SENIORS
The Friendship Line California is available to provide emotional support for seniors struggling with loneliness, isolations, or anxiety. Seniors can call the Friendship Line toll-free at 888-670-1360. The Social Bridging Project has also been mobilized with more than 1,000 callers proactively reaching out to older Californians who are isolated at home. Callers will check on the individual's well-being, connect them to resources, and connect with them on a personal level.

COUNTY ANNOUNCES FOUR KEY BENCHMARKS REQUIRED FOR RECOVERY & LIFTING RESTRICTIONS
LA County Supervisor Kathryn Barger announced on April 24 the County’s 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.

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 requested to complete a brief online survey about how the pandemic has affected you and your family. Complete the survey by April 30 at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/COVIDCommunitySurvey.

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.

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 Dept 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, leaving their homes only to conduct essential business, such as grocery shopping or 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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