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April 7, 2020 10:34 AM

UPDATE 4/7, 10 AM – Drive-thru testing at City Hall. SoCalGas bill assistance. Stay safe at home.

UPDATE 4/7, 10:00 AM – Over 250 first responders & essential workers got free COVID-19 tests on Day 1 of drive-thru testing at Malibu City Hall. SoCalGas offers assistance with utility bills. LADPH urges all people to stay home even more this week.

UPDATE 4/7, 10:00 AM – Over 250 first responders & essential workers got free COVID-19 tests on Day 1 of drive-thru testing at Malibu City Hall. SoCalGas offers assistance with utility bills. LADPH urges all people to stay home even more this week.

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.

OVER 250 FIRST RESPONDERS & ESSENTIAL WORKERS TESTED ON DAY 1 OF MALIBU’S DRIVE-THRU TESTING. MALIBU COMMUNITY CAN PRE-REGISTER NOW FOR TESTING OFFERED WEDNESDAY THROUGH SATURDAY
The City of Malibu and its partners, Community Organized Relief Effort (CORE), Covid Clinic and Malibu Medical Group, conducted more than 250 free novel coronavirus (COVID-19) tests for first responders and essential workers on April 6, day one of the drive-thru testing offered at Malibu City Hall. Testing continues on Tuesday, April 7 (10AM - 4PM) for first responders and essential workers, including those serving the Malibu community at grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, and other essential businesses where they are exposed to the public. Drive-thru testing for residents of the broader Malibu community begins Wednesday, April 8 and continues through Saturday, April 11 (10AM – 4PM). Pre-register at https://CovidClinic.org/CORE, text or call 310-853-1454, or email info@CovidClinic.org.

GAS COMPANY OFFERS BILL-PAYING ASSISTANCE
SoCalGas has launched its “SoCalGas CAREs” campaign for customers whose income may have recently changed due to COVID-19 or other reasons. The campaign lets customers know of their eligibility for SoCalGas’ assistance program, California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE), which provides a 20% discount on monthly natural gas bills. Customers who have become recently unemployed or who are currently facing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic or for other reasons can complete an online application and find out instantly if they qualify. Visit https://www.SoCalGas.com/CARE.

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 on April 7 that 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.

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.

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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