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April 21, 2020 3:53 PM

UPDATE 4/21, 4PM – Congressman Lieu offers help with small business loans. New CA volunteer website

UPDATE 4/21, 4PM – Congressman Lieu offers assistance to small businesses that applied for loans. New CA volunteer website. Earth Week activities. Properly dispose of gloves and face coverings. Complete 2020 Census. Stay safe at home.

UPDATE 4/21, 4PM – Congressman Ted Lieu’s office will research status of small business loan applications to help businesses that have applied and are having trouble. State launches website to connect volunteers with local opportunities. LA County residents urged to stay home and away from Ventura beaches. Daily activities to celebrate Earth Week. Please properly dispose of gloves and face coverings. Malibu residents urged to complete the 2020 Census. 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.


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.


STATE LAUNCHES WEBSITE TO CONNECT CALIFORNIANS WITH VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Governor Newsom announced the launch of a new website, www.CaliforniansForAll.CA.gov, to organize volunteer work, connecting California volunteers with local opportunities. The Governor asked all healthy Californians to step up and help make a difference safely in their community, by visiting the new website, signing up, and selecting from a list of volunteer interests. The State is working with a coalition of local agencies and non-profit organizations to connect volunteers with local opportunities, such as working at food banks, delivering meals, calling seniors, or acting as a 211 operator.


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/.


AS VENTURA COUNTY EASES RESTRICTIONS, LA COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH DEPT STRONGLY URGES RESIDENTS TO STAY LOCAL
With warmer weather expected this week, and the announcement that the County of Ventura has begun easing some of its stay at home restrictions this week, the Los Angeles County Public Health Dept strongly urges LA County residents to stay local, and not to visit Ventura County this week or the upcoming weekend. The County and State stay at home orders still prohibit unnecessary travel. Ventura County carefully considered relaxing restrictions based on its own COVID-19 status. Those decisions 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 Los Angeles County. LA County is regularly reviewing restrictions and will not relax stay at home orders until it is safe and sensible for the health of all LA County residents.


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.

PLEASE PROPERLY DISPOSE OF USED GLOVES AND FACE COVERINGS
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 face coverings. 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 do it. See the LADPH guidelines at http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/FAQ-Caregivers.pdf.

FREE FOOD RESOURCES FOR LA COUNTY RESIDENTS
An estimated 2 million people in Los Angeles County suffer from food-insecurity issues on an ongoing basis, a situation exasperated by the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic and economic downturn. Los Angeles County is committed to preventing hunger and ensuring access to food for all residents and is mobilizing a Countywide response to hunger by coordinating 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. See all the details in the County press release 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.

FREE SAME-DAY COVID-19 TESTING FOR ALL LA COUNTY RESIDENTS SHOWING SYMPTOMS
The County of Los Angeles is providing free, same-day tests for all 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 both drive-up and walk-up testing sites throughout the County. To ensure the sites prioritize people who need it most, only people who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 are eligible. Appointments are required. To make an appointment, see testing locations, and other information, visit https://covid19.lacounty.gov/testing. People with no access to the Internet can call 2-1-1.

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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