COVID-19 Update: Expanding COVID-19 testing to shelters and bridge housing.

City Hall
Friends,

During today’s Council meeting, I introduced an initiative to provide COVID-19 testing on-site at all permanent and temporary homeless shelters.

Recently, the City announced that free Coronavirus testing was available to all residents, making Los Angeles the first major city to have testing available on such a large scale. Eight testing sites have been set up across the city, and two additional locations are opening (Northridge Fashion Center and Baldwin Hills-Crenshaw Plaza).

People experiencing homelessness often have underlying conditions that make them more vulnerable to COVID-19. Navigating the public transportation system to access testing can be very challenging, and pose an additional risk of exposure to the virus. We need to ensure that residents living in our shelters have free testing on-site.

Knowing your status is a critical first step in flattening the curve of the pandemic and with this initiative, no Angeleno will be left behind, making us all safer in the long run.

Stay safe,


MITCH O’FARRELL
 

RELIEF FUND FOR LA COUNTY RESIDENTS


LOS ANGELES - The California Community Foundation (CCF), in collaboration with its partners, have launched the Relief Fund for L.A. County Visual Artists to support visual artists who are struggling due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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UPDATE: EXPANDING TESTING HOURS


LOS ANGELES - Mayor Garcetti announced that COVID-19 testing sites will now have expanded hours to accomodate as many Angelenos as possible. Testing is now open to all, regardless of whether there are signs of symptoms. Additionally, same or next day testing appointments are now available at locations across the city.

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TEAM MITCH MAKING A DIFFERENCE


EAST HOLLYWOOD - The Council District 13 Clean Team helped remove palm fronds that were laying on the street at Sierra Vista Ave near Oxford Ave. The work helped to clear parking spaces for residents. If you see an area that needs attention, please contact the Echo Park District Office at (213) 207-3015.

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GO WITH THE FLOW AT THE LAKE


ECHO PARK - Visitors at Echo Park Lake will notice new signs indicating one-way along the walking path. All users are being asked to follow a counter-clockwise direction, always maintain six feet of physical distancing, and wear face coverings while enjoying our beautiful park! Coming soon - directional decals on the walkway as a constant reminder.
 

BUS STOP IMPROVEMENTS


HOLLYWOOD - Metro Los Angeles bus stops across Hollywood in the 13th District are undergoing improvements to make them more accessible for bus patrons. Once completed, 14 bus stops will have upgrades with additional lights, improved ADA access ramps, and installed decorative details in the sidewalk.
 

MORE CORONAVIRUS UPDATES

CITY

City of Los Angeles Official Website Dedicated to Coronavirus News and Info
 
FAQ: COVID-19 Eviction Protections 

City Attorney: Consumer Alerts Related to Coronavirus

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Response to Coronavirus

 
Sign Up for NotifyLA - Receive Emergency Alerts

Department of Cultural Affairs Emergency Arts Funding
 
COUNTY
 
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Daily Updates on COVID-19
 
LA Homeless Services Authority Response to COVID-19 

Assistance for Seniors
 
LA SCHOOLS
 
Los Angeles Unified School District Info for Parents and Students
 
Los Angeles City College Classes