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File #: 2021-052    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Discussion Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 1/21/2021 In control: City Council
On agenda: 2/2/2021 Final action:
Title: COVID-19 UPDATE (CITY COUNCIL)
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Report to Mayor and City Council

Tuesday, February 02, 2021

Discussion

 

 

SUBJECT:                     

Title

COVID-19 UPDATE (CITY COUNCIL)

 

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I.                     SUMMARY

During this unprecedented pandemic, the City of Carson has had to adhere to Federal, State and County Executive orders, which initially helped slow the spread of the virus but it did so by shutting down our local businesses and severely impacting our economy.  Our residents and businesses were directed by the State to follow stay-at-home orders, with the exception of employees who were determined to have an essential job or for residents to shop for essential needs.  For the first time in its incorporated history, the City was not allowed to operate in any capacity outside of health measures dictated by the Federal, State and County governments. 

As of the preparation of this report on January 28, 2021, Los Angeles County Public Health Department has reported 7,984 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within the City of Carson, with 1,091,712 cases within Los Angeles County (which includes cases reported by the Long Beach and Pasadena Health Departments). This underreports the actual spread of the virus since those who do not display symptoms or are otherwise mildly impacted have not been tested.

II.                     RECOMMENDATION

Recommendation

                     

                     DISCUSS and PROVIDE direction.

 

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III.                     ALTERNATIVES

TAKE another action the City Council deems appropriate.

 

IV.                     BACKGROUND

Due to the Southern California Region’s ICU capacity being less than 15% (currently at 0%), Due to the 4-week ICU capacity projection of 33.3%, Los Angeles County is no longer under the regional Stay At Home Order. Los Angeles County still remains in the most restrictive tier (Purple).

On January 4, 2021, the Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services Agency issued new directives to ambulance providers to reduce the demand surge currently experienced by overburdened hospitals. One directs ambulances to only administer oxygen to patients with oxygen saturation below 90% in order to conserve the oxygen that is in short supply. The other directs them to not transport to hospitals patients who experience cardiac arrest and cannot be resuscitated in the field - determination of death should be made instead. These measures are being taken as hospitals continue to be stretched past capacity with now over 8,000 COVID-related hospitalizations across Los Angeles County.

California has approximately 5.5% vaccinated (1st dose). States are continuing to develop strategies to increase the rate of vaccinations. As of the date of this report, the following locations are Vaccine Mega Sites for Los Angeles County:  Dodger Stadium, Six Flags Magic Mountain, The Great Western Forum and Cal State University, Northridge (CSUN). All of the LA County sites are being offered to Phases 1A, 1B and a portion of 1C. 

Small Business Programs

The City of Carson, in partnership with the California Community Economic Development Association (CCEDA), launched the Carson Small Business Coronavirus Business Assistance Program to provide support for small business impacted by the COVID-19 virus and associated restrictions.  The program has been providing technical assistance to businesses seeking Emergency Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL), Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funding (now ended), other loan programs as well as general business assistance in managing this crisis. Businesses in Carson are eligible for emergency loans of up to $30,000 from the City of Carson’s own Loan Program funded with $500,000. Please visit carson.cceda.com or call (213) 348-7504.

City Rental Assistance Program

The City of Carson has created a one-time Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) for individuals and families renting in Carson and financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will continue until funds run out. 

The financial assistance is available for up to a maximum of $10,000 per qualified households and based on actual need for monthly rent payment, and does not have to be repaid. 

For more information on the ERA program please visit: <http://ci.carson.ca.us/CommunityDevelopment/housing_cdbg.aspx> or call (310) 233-4829.

City Hall

City Hall is operating on Safer Hours and open to public by appointment on Mondays and Thursdays from 7 AM to 6 PM. The public is encouraged to utilize online and telephonic services as much as possible.

 

For the week of January 25 - January 28

 

CITY HALL

APPOINTMENTS

Human Resources

1

Purchasing

0

Public Works

0

Building & Safety

12

City Clerk/City Treasurer

13

Business License

13

Community Development

0               

TOTALS

39

Parks

Parks are open for passive activities (walking, jogging, running). A face-covering and social distancing is required. Outdoor park restrooms are open during operating hours. Tennis courts are open for individuals or members of a single household (face-covering required).

Recreation Programs

Group in-person recreation programs are currently suspended due to public health orders.

                          Kids Club/Licensed Childcare Programs

Per guidance provided by State and County authorities, the City was permitted to reopen a number of programs, namely Kids Club/Licensed Childcare programs at our parks.

The following table summarizes the number of participants for:

Week of January 25 - January 28, 2021 

PARK

ALL DAY

AFTERNOON

TOTAL

     Calas

     11

0

11

     Carson

0

0

 0

     Del Amo

4

0

 4

     Dolphin

10

0

10

Veterans

     16

0

16

 

 

 

 

Carson and Los Angeles County Cases per 100K

 

Hospitalizations