March 25, 2020
Dear South Bay Community,
Our Regional Joint Information Center continues to work in coordination with the Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management, the Area-G Disaster Management Coordinator, and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACoDPH) to provide timely, accurate, factual information to our communities.
Social Distancing Reminders
Over recent days, our South Bay beaches, parks and trails have experienced an influx of crowds. It’s important to remember that if you need to be outdoors, you MUST maintain 6ft of social distancing.This is mandated by the Los Angeles County Public Health Order “Safer at Home,” and all individuals are required to comply with this order. We understand how difficult it is to maintain distance, especially in our close-knit communities. Still, by staying at home as much as possible, you are not only protecting your health, you are making it safer for the people we depend on (first responders, healthcare workers, grocery and restaurant workers) to continue working. We can do this and be a great example of how communities work together to beat this pandemic. For a list of FAQs, please click here.
National Guard Questions
On Friday, Governor Newsom requested the California National Guard be deployed in the State to provide short-term assistance to food banks providing humanitarian assistance. Again, no formal request has been made nor received by the County of Los Angeles. Emergencies are scary enough. Let’s not add to the fear by spreading misinformation. The California National Guard are our neighbors and our friends. They want what’s best for our communities; they live here too. The California National Guard is not here for martial law or military rule. Any news to the contrary is FALSE. For information on how the California National Guard is supporting our community efforts, please visit https://www.nationalguard.mil/coronavirus/.
The South Bay cities continue to work with Los Angeles County within the scope of the Public Health Officer Order and have the resources to support the current needs of our communities. For the latest information from Los Angeles County, please visit www.covid19/lacounty.gov.
The USNS Mercy hospital ship operating at the Port of Los Angeles is there to alleviate hospital surges by treating non COVID-19 patients. All coordination is being managed by Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services.
Revised “Safer at Home Order”
To help slow the spread of COVID-19, the County of Los Angeles Health Officer issued a Revised Health Officer Order on March 21, 2020, that supersedes (replaces) the prior County Orders. This latest, “Safer at Home Order,” is aligned with the Governor of California’s March 19, 2020 Order, which requires Californians to Stay At Home.