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April 18, 2020 10:12 AM

UPDATE 4/18. 10AM – Nearly 2,100 tested at City Hall. Complete 2020 Census.Plasma donations.

UPDATE 4/18, 10AM – Nearly 2,100 Malibu residents, essential workers tested at City Hall. Residents urged to complete 2020 Census. FDA asks those recovered from COVID-19 to donate plasma. Stay safe at home.

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 2,100 MALIBU RESIDENTS, FIRST RESPONDERS, AND ESSENTIAL WORKERS TESTED AT CITY HALL
The City is profoundly grateful for the hard work of its partners Community Organized Relief Effort (CORE) and Malibu Medical Group, as well as the amazing CORE and Malibu CERT volunteers, for their invaluable assistance in providing a safe and convenient opportunity for nearly 2,100 Malibu residents, first responders, and essential workers to be tested for COVID-19 over the past two weeks. The City also thanks the many local restaurants, businesses, and individuals who generously donated food for the volunteers.

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.

FDA SEEKS PLASMA DONATIONS FROM THOSE WHO HAVE RECOVERED FROM COVID-19
If you had COVID-19 and have fully recovered for at least two weeks, you may be able to help patients currently fighting the infection by donating your plasma. Because you fought the infection, your plasma now contains COVID-19 antibodies. These antibodies provided one way for your immune system to fight the virus when you were sick, so your plasma may be able to be used to help others fight off the disease. For more information about plasma donation, visit https://www.fda.gov/emergency-preparedness-and-response/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/donate-covid-19-plasma.

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.

MALIBU PLANNING COMMISSION VIRTUAL MEETING – MONDAY, APRIL 20, 6:30 PM
The Malibu Planning Commission will hold a virtual regular meeting on Monday, April 20 at 6:30 PM. The agenda and staff reports are posted in the Agenda Center at https://www.malibucity.org/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Item/4271?fileID=12910. The meeting will be held as a video meeting using Zoom, and can be watched live streaming at https://malibucity.org/VirtualMeeting or on the City’s YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/CityofMalibu/videos. Written comments may be submitted to the Commission before the meeting by email to planningcommission@malibucity.org. The public may also sign up to speak during the meeting. For additional information and public comment instructions, visit https://malibucity.org/VirtualMeeting.

STATE SUPPORT FOR UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE (UI) AND PANDEMIC UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE (PUA) APPLICATIONS
The State’s Employment Development Department (EDD) will expand its call center hours to operate 7 days a week from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM beginning Monday, April 20, to assist individuals applying for unemployment insurance (UI) benefits. The EDD will also have a one-stop shop for individuals applying for both State UI and the new federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program beginning April 28. The PUA will provide federally funded benefits distinct from UI program for certain individuals out of work or partially unemployed due to COVID-19, including the self-employed, certain employees who lack sufficient work history, independent contractors, and gig workers. PUA benefits to be issued within 24-48 hours.

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 (Share with 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.

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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