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March 18, 2020 10:08 AM

UPDATE 3/18/20, 10AM - Seniors-only grocery store hrs, State Park campgrounds closed. Gov actions.

UPDATE 3/18, 10 AM – Gov activated CA National Guard & eased restrictions on delivery of critical supplies. State Parks closed all campgrounds; beaches & trails are open. LA County update on confirmed Coronavirus cases. Library offers pickup hours.

UPDATE 3/18, 10:00 AM – The Governor activated the CA National Guard and eased restrictions on deliveries of critical supplies. State Parks closed all campgrounds; beaches and trails remain open. LA County issues latest update on confirmed cases of COVID-19. Library offers on-hold item pickup hours.

Malibu City Hall is closed. Staff is answering the City’s main phone line (310-456-2489) but, due to the high number of calls, it is recommended that residents email info@malibucity.org for the quickest response. Thank you for your patience – we will respond as quickly as possible.


LOCAL GROCERY STORES ADD SENIORS-ONLY SHOPPING HOURS
Effective Wednesday, March 18, supermarkets in Malibu have altered their hours of operation to provide a safer, easier shopping opportunity for our senior community:

-- Whole Foods will open from 7:00-8:00 AM to Seniors only
-- Ralphs will open Friday 7:00-8:00 AM to Seniors only
-- Vintage will open from 6:30-8:00 AM to Seniors only
-- Pavilions will open from 6:00-7:00 AM to seniors only


LA COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH PROVIDES LATEST UPDATE – NO CONFIRMED CASES IN MALIBU
On March 17, the Los Angeles County Dept of Public Health provided an update on COVID-19 in the County. The report shows 50 new confirmed cases, bringing the total to 144 cases confirmed throughout LA County. The report also listed confirmed cases by City. There are no confirmed cases in Malibu. http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/phcommon/public/media/mediapubhpdetail.cfm?prid=2271.


STATE PARKS
On March 17, California State Parks announced the temporary closure of all campgrounds in the State Park system, Non-campground outdoor areas of parks, including trails and beaches, remain open. Visitors are reminded to practice social distancing and maintain at least six feet between other visitors and anyone who is coughing or sneezing. Restrooms also remain open, and visitors are advised to carry soap for hand washing and alcohol-based hand sanitizers for when water is not available. In addition, the State Parks concessionaire on the Malibu Pier is providing take-out food service only. Read the State Parks statement at https://www.parks.ca.gov/NewsRelease/943. https://www.parks.ca.gov/.


BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OF MALIBU (BGCM) OFFERS COMMUNITY SUPPORT
Although BGCM is closed for normal activities, it continues to work in support of the Malibu community. BGCM established a fund for donations to support its efforts. Tax deductible donations are accepted at emergencyrelief@bgcmalibu.org. BGCM has partnered with Waveside Church to meet the needs of Malibu’s senior citizens and most vulnerable families with FREE, non-perishable food pantry items and supplies. Donations of non-perishable food items can be delivered to the BGCM lobby Monday-Thursday, 10AM-1PM (call 310-457-2582 before coming). BGCM staff and members of Waveside Church will collect, sort, deliver, or schedule pick-up for these items. For more information, visit https://bgcmalibu.org.

BGCM continues to offer Wellness Center counseling to all Malibu public school children and their families via video conference during this time. To request a video conference therapy session with a clinicians, call or email Wellness Center Director Randi Goodman at 818-312-7107 or wellnessinfo@bgcmalibu.org.


MEALS ON WHEELS WEST DELIVERS
Meals on Wheels West is available to deliver food and hygiene kits to seniors or people living with disabilities who cannot shop, cook, or otherwise provide for themselves. To enroll in the program, email clientservices@MealsonWheelsWest.org or call 310 394-5133 x1 to enroll. Visit http://www.mealsonwheelswest.org/ for more information.


LA COUNTY LIBRARIES OPEN LOBBIES FOR ON-HOLD PICK-UP
All 86 LA County community libraries remain closed through March 31. However, in an effort to continue to provide service to the community during this time, nearly half of the local Library lobbies, including the Malibu Community Library, will be opened for hold item pickup during the hours of 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday, effective immediately. For more details and a full list of library locations with this service, visit https://lacountylibrary.org/coronavirus/


STATE SUPPORT FOR SCHOOLS AND SCHOOL FAMILIES
On March 17, the Governor, in partnership with State agencies, Including the Department of Education and Health & Human Services Agency, released new guidance for K-12 schools to help education leaders meet the needs of all students affected by school closures, with an emphasis on assisting low-income children and those with disabilities. The Guidance will help schools prepare to provide distance learning, school meals, services for students with disabilities, and support for parents seeking child care. Read the details at https://www.gov.ca.gov/2020/03/17/california-releases-new-covid-19-guidance-for-k-12-schools


OTHER STATE ACTIONS
Governor Newsom signed an executive order executive order to ease restrictions on commercial drivers delivering critical supplies and equipment to retailers throughout the state. Read the Executive Order at https://www.gov.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/3.17.20-EO-motor.pdf

On March 17, the Governor placed the California National Guard on alert with direction to be prepared to perform humanitarian missions across the state, including food distribution and ensuring resiliency of supply lines, as well as supporting public safety, as required. The announcement is consistent with duties routinely performed by the National Guard during natural disasters and other emergencies.

Governor Newsom requested a federal waiver to make it easier for 13 million Medi-Cal beneficiaries in California to quickly and effectively receive care. The waiver would ease certain federal rules governing doctors and other health care providers who treat people covered through Medi-Cal, California’s version of Medicaid. It also would loosen rules regarding the use of telehealth and where care can be provided, making it simpler to protect seniors and other populations at high risk for harm if exposed to the virus. Read the full announcement at https://www.gov.ca.gov/2020/03/17/california-requests-federal-government-waiver-to-cover-medi-cal-recipients-and-expand-tele-health-options/

CalOES created 14 task forces to work on all issues related to the State’s response to COVID-19. Task forces include: Hospitals; Schools; Transportation; Commodities; and Logistics.


FEDERAL GOVERNMENT
The US Small Business Administration (SBA) issued revised criteria for states or territories seeking an economic injury declaration related to Coronavirus (COVID-19). The relaxed criteria will have two immediate impacts: 1) Faster, easier qualification process for states seeking SbBA Disaster Assistance. 2) Expanded statewide access to SBA Disaster Assistance Loans for small businesses. These new criteria will apply to current and future disaster assistance declarations related to Coronavirus.


CITY OF MALIBU
City Hall, the Senior Center, and all City parks, including restroom facilities, are closed. Essential City staff are working remotely. 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


SPANISH LANGUAGE EMERGENCY INFORMATION
The City of Malibu will publish emergency information about the Coronavirus on the City website: www.MalibuCity.org/Coronavirus. Residents and businesses are asked to share emergency information with their Spanish- speaking staff and contractors.

La ciudad de Malibú publicará todas las alertas de emergencia sobre el coronavirus en el sitio web de la ciudad: www.MalibuCity.org/Coronavirus.


LA COUNTY CLOSES RESTAURANTS, BARS, FITNESS CENTERS, THEATERS, EXCEPT FOOD SERVICE PICK-UP & DELIVERY PERMITTED
On March 16, the Los Angeles County Health Officer, Department of Public Health, issued an order that immediately required all bars, nightclubs, gyms, fitness centers, movie and live theaters to be closed. Restaurants, including bars that serve food, may continue to provide food only by delivery, takeout, or drive-thru pickup. Hotels and motels that serve food may only do so through room service.


SMMUSD PROVIDING STUDENTS MEALS
SMMUSD is providing breakfast and lunch for its students through April 3 while school is closed. Meals are available for drive-thru pickup at Webster Elementary School in the pickup and drop-off area between 7:00-9:00 AM. No ID is required. Meals will be provided to students under 18, with an adult or guardian, or to high school students that drive themselves.


LA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT OFFERS GRAB N GO MEALS
LAUSD opened 60 Grab n Go Food Centers across Los Angeles for students in need starting Wed, 3/18/20, open weekdays 7AM to 10AM. Thank you LAUSD! https://achieve.lausd.net/resources


SENIORS
All seniors and those with chronic conditions are strongly urged to home-isolate. The Malibu Senior Center is closed, but Dial-a-Ride is operating for seniors needing transportation to medical appointments or other necessary locations. Reservations can be made by calling 424-346-8444. Dial-a-Ride program hours are Monday through Wednesday, 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM, and Thursday and Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.


CDC CALLS FOR CANCELLATION OF ALL GATHERINGS OVER 50 PEOPLE NATIONWIDE
The CDC recommends that for the next eight weeks, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States. Events of any size should only be continued if they can be carried out following guidelines for protecting vulnerable populations, hand hygiene, and social distancing. When feasible, events should be made virtual. For more information, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/large-events/mass-gatherings-ready-for-covid-19.html.


ALL LA COUNTY FACILITIES CLOSED
All Los Angeles County facilities are closed to the public effective March until further notice, including Department of Animal Control’s (DACC) seven animal care centers. DACC officers will continue to respond to emergency calls for service including dangerous dogs, sick or injured animals, police assistance, removal of dead animals, and animal cruelty investigations. People who find or lose a pet should download https://shadowapp.com to reunite lost pets with their families. For more information, visit https://lacounty.gov/.


ONGOING
-- City Hall, Senior Center, and all City parks, including restroom facilities, are closed
-- All State Parks
-- All bars, gyms, fitness centers, and theaters closed. All restaurants, including bars that serve food, may prepare and serve food by delivery, pick-up, or drive-thru only. Hotels and motels may serve food via room service only. (LA County Public Health Officer)
-- All California residents are protected from eviction due to nonpayment of rent, or foreclosure, if the inability to pay due to loss of income or substantial out-of-pocket medical expenses as a result of coronavirus (Governor)
-- All City Parks closed, including restroom facilities (City)
Senior Center Closed – City staff is available to assist seniors. Call 310-456-2489.
-- Malibu Dial-a-Ride program continues to operate. Dial-A-Ride vehicles are regularly disinfected.
-- All LA County Libraries, including Malibu Community Library, are closed. Online services available - www.LACountylibrary.org
-- All SMMUSD schools and programs are closed. Breakfast and lunch available to SMMUSD students for pickup at Webster Elementary School, Monday-Friday, 7:00-9:00 AM – www.SMMUSD.org


FINANCIAL RELIEF
-- US Small Business Administration (SBA) low-interest federal disaster loans for California small businesses. Complete online application at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela, call 800-659-2955, or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov
-- Caring for an ill or quarantined family member? You may qualify for Paid Family Leave (PFL) - Visit https://edd.ca.gov/Disability
-- Lost your job? Hours reduced? File an unemployment insurance claim with the State Employment Development Dept (EDD) – Visit https://edd.ca.gov/Unemployment
-- If you are unable to work due to medical quarantine or illness, or got sick on the job, you may qualify for paid sick leave, Disability Insurance, or Workers Compensation – visit https://edd.ca.gov/about_edd/coronavirus-2019.htm
-- Has your business been impacted? Find help for you and your employees at https://business.ca.gov/coronavirus-2019/


CORONAVIRUS 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. There are currently no known cases of Coronavirus in Malibu. 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. 


Residents are encouraged to be prepared with three weeks of food, medication, and toiletries on hand for your family and pets in case you need to stay home. Residents should also connect with neighbors, particularly seniors or those with underlying health conditions, to see if they need help in any way. These individuals are at higher risk and Governor Newsom is calling for all seniors and individuals with chronic conditions to home-isolate,.

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