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File created: 7/15/2021 In control: City Council
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Report to Mayor and City Council

Tuesday, August 03, 2021









I.                     SUMMARY

During this unprecedented pandemic, the City of Carson has had to adhere to Federal, State and County Executive orders, which 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 July 28, 2021, Los Angeles County Public Health Department has reported 10,309 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within the City of Carson, with 1,287,831 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



DISCUSS and PROVIDE any further direction.



III.                     ALTERNATIVES

TAKE another action the City Council deems appropriate.


IV.                     BACKGROUND

As of the date of this report, Los Angeles County has reported that 10,963,254 total vaccine doses have been administered with 5,886,591 individuals completing vaccination. As of the date of this report, 73.0% of Carson residents who are 16 and over have received at least one vaccine dose. 

On May 27, 2021, the Disaster Council recommended a resolution to update the City’s Mandated Mask Order to align the City of Carson with the County of Los Angeles and State of California Public Health Officer Orders. The City Council, at the June 1, 2021 meeting, adopted Resolution No. 21-071 and Ordinance No. 21-2115 establishing this modification to Section 2708.1(b) of the Carson Municipal Code.

On June 15, 2021, the State Public Health Officer updated the public health order which rescinded the Stay-At-Home order and the Blueprint for a Safer Economy and also removed all the county tier levels. Under the new order, Mega events (greater than 5,000 indoors and 10,000 outdoors) are required to verify vaccination status or testing of attendees. Mask restrictions were lifted for people who have been fully vaccinated at most locations.

On June 29, 2021, the Los Angeles County Public Health Officer released an updated health order adding language that clarifies that masks can be required for “Any business or government office serving the public that requires everyone to wear a mask.” Additionally, Public Health is now recommending people, whether vaccinated or not, wear masks indoors as concerns over the Delta variant mount.

On July 17, 2021, the Health Officer issued a Health Order re-instate mask restrictions in “all indoor public settings, venues, gatherings, and businesses (examples: offices, retail, restaurants, theaters, family entertainment centers, meetings, and state and local government offices serving the public, among others.)” to apply to all individuals whether they are vaccinated or not. Social distancing and capacity limit requirements were not part of any additional restrictions imposed.

Vaccine Distribution Sites in Carson

On February 15, 2021 through February 19, 2021, Dignity Health operated a vaccination site at the Dignity Health Sports Park for City of Carson residents and others by way of appointment only.  This vaccination event, held that week from 8:30am to 4:30pm, vaccinated 4,000 people a day for a total of 20,000 people. The site reopened from March 15 - 19 to distribute the required second shot for those who received the 1st shot previously at that location.

On February 25, 2021 the City of Carson in collaboration with Carson Pharmacy, provided a “Pop-Up” Covid-19 vaccination site that administered 225 vaccines for Carson residents who are 65 years of age and older.  Due to the success of the “Pop-Up” vaccination site, the City and Carson Pharmacy have continued to collaborate with additional clinics held on March 18, April 1, 8, and 27. Effective April 20th, the City of Carson in collaboration with Carson Pharmacy is providing a “Pop-Up” Covid-19 vaccination site every Tuesday and Thursday of each month for the remainder of 2021.

On April 10, 2021, the City of Carson in collaboration with CARE Ambulance provided a “Pop-Up” Covid-19 vaccination site at the Community Center that administered 500 vaccines for Carson residents.

On April 14th, the City of Carson in collaboration with Behavioral Health Services, Inc. provided a “Pop-Up” Covid-19 vaccination site at Veterans’ Sports Complex with 1,000 vaccines administered.

On April 14th and 15th, 2021, the City of Carson in collaboration with Tri-State Community Healthcare provided a “Pop-Up” Covid-19 vaccination site at Stevenson Park with 150 vaccines administered on each day.

On April 21st and 22nd, 2021, the City of Carson in collaboration with Tri-State Community Healthcare provided a “Pop-Up” Covid-19 vaccination site for a second week at Stevenson Park with 300 vaccines administered each day.

On Saturday, June 5th, 2021, the City of Carson in collaboration with Nikkei Credit Union/Mabuhay Credit Union provided a “Pop-Up” Covid-19 vaccination site at the Community Center with 500 Pfizer vaccines made available for those in need of their 1st shot. On June 26th, 2021, the 2nd shot for this “Pop-up” vaccination site was administered.

Due to the successful vaccination of over 70% of Carson’s 16 and over population, demand for vaccinations provided by the Carson Pharmacy at the Community Center has decreased substantially. Residents who are seeking vaccinations can secure an appointment with Behavioral Health Services for vaccination events held at the Veterans Sports Complex, or directly from Carson Pharmacy who has all three vaccines in stock for walk-up visits at their storefront location at 21720 S. Vermont Ave.

Through a partnership with County Public Health and Fulgent Genetics, a series of mobile vaccination sites were held at city parks on the following dates:

July 24, 2021, 8 AM - 4 PM - Dolphin Park

July 27, 2021, 4 PM - 7 PM - Foisia Park

July 28, 2021, 3 PM - 8 PM - Stevenson Park

July 30, 2021, 5 PM - 8 PM - Veterans Park

These sites were available for walk-up vaccinations with second shot clinics scheduled for three weeks following.

Homebound seniors can also request a mobile vaccination appointment through Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Appointments can be made by calling 833-540-0473 or via the link that can be found at

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 provided 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. To date, $6,300,000.00 in Federal Loans have been received with assistance from the City. Businesses in Carson were eligible for emergency loans of up to $30,000 from the City of Carson’s own Loan Program funded with $500,000. The City Council increased the Loan Program amount to $650,000 with a total of $650,000 being fully funded. 

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 City has approved 47 grant recipients and awarded $245,015 out of $335,932 budgeted.

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

For more information on the ERA program please visit: <> or call (310) 233-4829.

Los Angeles County residents can also apply for the state-wide rental relief program which the County of Los Angeles is a participant. Residents may apply at or call 833-320-2122.

City Hall

Effective Tuesday, June 1, 2021, City Hall opened to the public by appointment only Monday through Thursday from 7 AM to 6 PM. We continue to encourage the public to utilize online and telephonic services as well. 



July 12 - July 15


July 19 - July 22








City Events

On June 22, 2021, the City Council approved in-person public events to resume as early as July. Special events will resume either in-person or virtual depending on the time needed for planning purposes.

Also, the City Council approved the restart of meetings of Commissions, Committees and Boards (CCBs) beginning with Planning; Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Arts; Economic Development; Mobile Home Park Review Board; Women’s Issues and Youth Commission. The remaining CCBs will be restarted no sooner than September. At the July 20, 2021 City Council authorized the Measure C and Measure K Budget Oversight Committee to resume meetings in September.


Parks are open for active recreation while continuing to follow LA County guidelines.  Outside picnic reservations are now being issued.  Beginning on Monday, June 14, 2021, parks will be staffed from 12:00 pm (noon) to 9:00 pm.

Recreation Programs

Youth Sports are in full swing for t-ball, baseball and softball.  The next youth sports season will be flag football, soccer and soft ball with registration beginning July 1, 2021 through September 4, 2021.  

Adult Sports started on Sunday, April 10, 2021 running baseball games with a total of 23 teams. For softball there are 14 co-ed teams and 7 men’s teams playing. An interest list is being built of teams for soccer and basketball.

                          Kids Club/Licensed Childcare Programs

Per earlier guidance provided by State and County authorities, Kids Club/Summer Day Camp reopened on Monday, June 29, 2020. 

Community Services worked with Human Resources to interview and recruit staff for city summer programs including Summer Day camp, aquatics, parks, and an enrichment program.  Youth employment began on Saturday, July 10, 2021.

The following table summarizes the number of participants for:

Week of July 12 - July 15, 2021 













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Carson and Los Angeles County Cases per 100K

After six months of decreases and a stabilization of case counts in Los Angeles County, the previous two weeks have shown a gradual increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases. Although still relatively low compared to the winter surge thanks to vaccination rates, the increase is still concerning due to the introduction of the more contagious Delta variant. Health officials report unvaccinated people account for all COVID-19 hospitalizations at county-run hospitals.



Hospitalizations in Los Angeles County


Vaccine Education

Residents can view on the City’s website the educational Town Hall that was conducted by the City on February 11, 2021 featuring UCLA Health Physician Evelyn Curls, MD, MBA. Also available for viewing is the City’s second educational Town Hall conducted on March 25, 2021 in collaboration with CSUDH and Dr. Ana Sophia Lopes.

The City has a website at <> to inform residents about vaccines, vaccine site locations, education webinars by various entities and recorded videos of previous vaccine-related town halls. 

Individuals who are apprehensive of potential side effects, have a history of allergies or are hesitant for any reason should consult with their physicians regarding any concerns.

Vaccines with Emergency Use Authorizations (EUA)

Vaccines are not fully effective until two weeks after the second dose for Pfizer and Moderna and 2 weeks after the one dose for Johnson and Johnson.

On May 11, 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration expanded the emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine to include adolescents 12 years of age and older. Previously the approval was for ages 16 and up.


Two dose series separated by 21 days. Indicated ages of 12 years and up.


Two dose series separated by 28 days. Indicated ages of 18 years and up.

Johnson & Johnson

One dose.  Indicated ages of 18 years and up.


V.                     FISCAL IMPACT

Staff costs are being incurred by the City for the coordination, surveillance, communication and management of the COVID-19 local emergency, as well as costs for procuring related services and supplies. City costs are either being covered by existing department appropriations or new appropriations from the General Fund. All costs related to the COVID-19 pandemic are being tracked separately by staff who will continue to pursue all available reimbursements for eligible City costs incurred. 

VI.                     EXHIBITS


Prepared by:  David C. Roberts, Jr., Assistant City Manager