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April 6, 2020 4:06 PM

UPDATE 4/6, 4 PM - County grant funds. Drive-thru COVID-19 testing at City Hall 4/6 to 4/11.

UPDATE 4/6, 4 PM – County grant funds. Drive-thru COVID-19 testing at City Hall 4/6 to 4/11. Senator Stern virtual town hall 4/6. Virtual Malibu Planning Commission 4/6. Manage COVID-19 information. Guidance on face coverings. Stay safe at home.

UPDATE 4/6, 4:00 PM – The County announced $500,000 in employer assistance grants. Drive-through coronavirus tests available for first responders and essential workers (April 6 & 7) and residents (April 8–11). Senator Henry Stern hosts a live, virtual town hall meeting April 6 at 4 PM. Malibu Planning Commission virtual meeting on April 6, 6:30 PM. SBA Loans and other assistance resources. Guidance on face coverings. 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) 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.

LA COUNTY WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OFFERS $500,000 IN EMPLOYER ASSISTANCE GRANTS
The Los Angeles County Dept of Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services (WDACS) announced today that $500,000 in employer assistance grants will be available for businesses with fewer than 50 employees. Grants up to $10,000 will be offered for businesses based on demonstrated need to cover expenses and working capital costs with approximately 25% of the grant funding reserved for social enterprises serving vulnerable populations. A webinar to provide guidance for businesses on the grant application process will be offered tomorrow at 1:30 PM. Due to limited funds, applications will be processed on a first come, first served basis. Applications will be accepted beginning Wednesday April 8, at 8:00 AM.

LA COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH URGES RESIDENTS TO NOT GO OUT IN PUBLIC THIS WEEK, IF POSSIBLE
The Director of the LA County Dept of Public Health stated today many more COVID-19 cases are expected this week and over the next few weeks. She strongly urged all residents that have enough supplies in their home to skip shopping altogether this week and next week, if possible, or arrange for medicines and groceries to be delivered due to the significant increases in confirmed cases and an unknown number of individuals who may be infected without symptoms, but who can spread the virus.

CITY OF MALIBU & CORE OFFER FREE CORONAVIRUS DRIVE-THROUGH TESTING FOR FIRST RESPONDERS & ESSENTIAL WORKERS & RESIDENTS
The City of Malibu is partnering with the Los Angeles-based, global non-profit organization Community Organized Relief Effort (CORE), Covid Clinic and Malibu Medical Group to provide coronavirus (COVID-19) drive-thru testing for first responders, essential workers and Malibu residents Monday, April 6 through Saturday, April 11 at City Hall (23825 Stuart Ranch Road, Malibu CA 90265).

Phase 1 – Monday, April 6 and Tuesday April 7, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM - Free testing provided only for first responders and essential workers serving the community in Malibu, including firefighters, law enforcement, lifeguards, medical professionals, and individuals working in Malibu grocery stores, pharmacies, and other local essential businesses. Pre-registration is requested, but not required.

Phase 2 – Wednesday, April 8 through Saturday, April 11, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM - Testing will be provided for residents in the greater Malibu community. Pre-registration is required. The testing organization asks that only those with COVID-19 symptoms pre-register. They can use their insurance or their insurance will be billed. No onsite payments will be accepted. They will be asked about symptoms onsite. This is meant to ensure that those with the highest need are prioritized for testing.

Pre-registration: To pre-register, visit https://covidclinic.org/core or text or call 310-853-1454, or email info@covidclinic.org./


SENATOR STERN TOWN HALL – MONDAY, APRIL 6, 4:00 PM
Senator Henry Stern is hosting a live town hall today, Monday, April 6, at 4:00 PM to discuss COVID-19 and its impact on our community. Topics for Monday's town hall will include resources for small business owners, unemployment insurance options, and workplace safety during the pandemic. Speakers will include small business owners, community leaders, and workers experiencing unemployment. For more information, to RSVP and submit questions, go to https://airtable.com/shrUwlP4xzdVL6b9Z

VIRTUAL PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING – MONDAY, APRIL 6, 6:30 PM
The City of Malibu will conduct its first virtual Planning Commission Meeting tonight, Monday, April 6, at 6:30 PM. To view the agenda and information on how to view the meeting and submit comments, go to https://www.malibucity.org/agendacenter.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES – COPING WITH STRESS, DEALING WITH RUMORS, HOW TO HELP
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are providing resources for individuals to absorb and manage the tremendous amount of information available about COVID-19.
• Coping with stress – The CDC has recommendations for what you can do to support yourself by managing your anxiety and stress. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/managing-stress-anxiety.html
• Combating Disinformation and Rumors: FEMA created a Rumor Control page on its website to help the American public distinguish between rumors and facts regarding the response to COVID- 19. The public can help control the spread of rumors by visiting and sharing https://www.fema.gov/coronavirus-Rumor-Control.
• How to help: FEMA has information on how both the public and private sector can help during the crisis at https://www.fema.gov/coronavirus/how-to-help.

LA COUNTY GUIDANCE FOR CLOTH FACE COVERINGS
The Los Angeles County Dept of Public Health provides public health information on how members of the general public can safely use cloth face coverings when they need to leave their home for a short period of time to obtain essential goods or services. It is important to note that face coverings do not protect you from getting the virus and are not a substitute for always practicing physical distancing and frequent handwashing. N95 and other medical masks are reserved for first responders and medical personnel. http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/GuidanceClothFaceCoverings.pdf

DISASTER ASSISTANCE FOR INDIVIDUALS AND BUSINESSES
There are numerous opportunities for individuals and businesses that have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic to get help from government and non-profit organizations, including disaster loans, paid family leave, disability and unemployment insurance, delivery of groceries and supplies for seniors in need, and more. The City is compiling these resources on the City website, so check back regularly for new resources:
For Businesses: https://www.malibucity.org/996/Resources---Businesses
For individuals: https://www.malibucity.org/994/Resources---Individuals

LA COUNTY COVID-19 TESTING
Los Angeles County is making Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing available at several locations in the County, strictly limited to County residents who are in the most high-risk categories and most vulnerable. For people who prefer not to visit a drive-through test center, there are a limited number of tests available at a walk-in clinic. FAQs about the testing: https://lacovidprod.service-now.com/rrs?id=rrs_faq. For more information, and to find out if you are eligible for a test, visit the County website at https://lacovidprod.service-now.com/rrs.

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 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
Visit www.MalibuCity.org/VirtualRec for programs and activities for residents and families at home.

LATEST COVID-19 STATISTICS
County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/
County of Los Angeles COVID-19 Dashboards: https://covid19.lacounty.gov/dashboards/
State of California: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/OPA/Pages/New-Release-2020.aspx
California COVID-19 Hospital Data & Case Statistics: https://data.chhs.ca.gov/dataset/california-covid-19-hospital-data-and-case-statistics.

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.

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.  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 State’s “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 in public for essential business, residents are recommended to wear cloth face coverings to help prevent the spread of the virus. Residents should also connect with neighbors, particularly seniors or those with underlying health conditions, to see if they need help in any way.

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