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April 20, 2020 4:14 PM

UPDATE 4/20, 4 PM – Preliminary results of antibody study. Malibu Monday Earth Week activities.

UPDATE 4/20, 4 PM – Preliminary results of antibody study. Malibu Monday Earth Week activities. Please properly dispose of gloves and masks. Complete 2020 Census. California Closing the Digital Divide. Stay safe at home.

UPDATE 4/20, 4 PM – County-USC Antibody Study preliminary results released. Daily activities to celebrate Earth Week. Please properly dispose of gloves and face coverings. Complete 2020 Census. State issuing 70,000 laptops, tablets to close Digital Divide. Extended open hours for State’s Employment Development Dept. Complete the City’s COVID-19 survey by April 30. Free same-day COVID-19 testing for LA County residents with symptoms. 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.


USC AND LA COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH RELEASE PRELIMINARY RESULTS OF ANTIBODY STUDY
At today’s County daily briefing, Dr. Barbara Ferrer, Director of Los Angeles County Dept of Public Health, announced preliminary results from a USC-LA County serology study, which suggest that COVID-19 infections far exceed the number of currently confirmed cases in the County. The study of 1,000 randomly selected adults estimates that approximately 5% of LA County residents have been infected, which means 95% have not, mostly thanks to cooperative physical distancing. The results also suggest the mortality rate is significantly lower, dropping from 4.5% to .1-.2%. Dr. Ferrer stated the study results will help the County recalibrate its models for more accurate data that is used to guide public policy decisions moving forward. For more about the study and its results, visit https://priceschool.usc.edu/.


THE CITY OFFERS FUN, EDUCATIONAL EARTH WEEK ACTIVITIES WHILE SAFE AT HOME
April 20-26 is Earth Week, and this Wednesday, April 22, is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, the global day of environmental action. In celebration of this important milestone, the City of Malibu Community Services Dept and Environmental Sustainability Dept are offering inspired activities that can be done while staying safe at home. There will be different themed activities every day, including an Earth Week Bingo game, art activities, story time with the children’s librarian from the Malibu Library, and activities provided by Tree People. The week will culminate with an astronomy night in your backyard! For a week full of fun, free ways to learn about protecting the environment, visit MalibuCity.org/MalibuMondays.


MALIBU PLANNING COMMISSION VIRTUAL MEETING – MONDAY, APRIL 20, 6:30 PM
The Malibu Planning Commission will hold a virtual regular meeting tonight, 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.


PLEASE PROPERLY DISPOSE OF USED GLOVES AND FACE MASKS
As Los Angeles County residents practice physical distancing and wear face coverings and gloves to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 while out food shopping or in other essential businesses, Public Health officials urge community members to properly dispose of used gloves and facemasks. Communities across the country, including Malibu, are seeing increasing PPE (personal protective equipment) litter in parking lots and on sidewalks. The LA County Dept of Public Health offers guidelines on how to properly dispose of such equipment. Remember, if you don’t pick up your used gloves, someone else has to. See the LADPH guidelines at http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/FAQ-Caregivers.pdf.


STATE PROVIDING 70,000 LAPTOPS, TABLETS TO CLOSE DIGITAL DIVIDE IN CALIFORNIA
Jennifer Siebel Newsom, California First Partner, announced that 70,000 students throughout the state will receive laptops, Chromebooks and tablets this week to close the digital divide that has 50% of low income families and 42% of families of color who do not have access to necessary distance learning equipment. Tony Thurmond, Superintendent of Public Instruction, announced hotspots will be provided for WiFi access in all student homes. He also announced the formation of the Closing the Digital Divide Task Force. Learn more about the State’s efforts to provide educational opportunities for all by visiting https://www.cde.ca.gov/ or make a tax-free donation to the California Bridging the Digital Divide Fund https://bit.ly/CADigitalDivide.


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.


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.


SAME-DAY COVID-19 TESTS NOW AVAILABLE FOR ALL LA COUNTY RESIDENTS SHOWING SYMPTOMS Free, same-day tests are now available for all LA County residents who have symptoms of COVID-19. Symptoms include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. The following factors do not affect eligibility: immigration status; insurance status; age; underlying health issues. There are currently 29 operational sites throughout the County, both drive-up and walk-up. To ensure the sites prioritize people who need it most, only people who are experiencing symptoms are eligible. Appointments are required. To make an appointment, visit https://lacovidprod.service-now.com/rrs. People without internet can dial 2-1-1 for an appointment. There are NO walk-up appointments available for people who do not register. For a full list of locations and answers to questions about testing, visit https://covid19.lacounty.gov/testing/.
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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