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The City of Avalon is working with Los Angeles County and the State of California to while following all state and local directives. We've put together resources for Catalina Island residents, businesses and visitors. On this page you'll find the Latest News on the pandemic from the City of Avalon, LA County, the State of CA and the Federal Government.
Catalina Island Coronavirus Updates
Catalina Island Medical Center COVID-19 Antigen Testing - as of 1/27/22
(Data provided is total since March 2020)
* last positive test reported 1/24/22
1/11/22: The Los Angeles County Responding Together at Work and In the Community Health Officer Order has been updated.
Please note that the updated definitions for mega events were effective as of 1/15/22 and the masking requirement is effective no later than 1/17/22. Changes are highlighted in yellow on the document:
- Isolation and Quarantine Requirements are revised to mainly align with the State Public Health Officer's revised Guidance for Local Health Jurisdictions on Isolation and Quarantine for the General Public, released on January 8, 2022. This guidance does NOT apply to healthcare personnel in any setting or emergency services personnel. See AFL-21-08.7.
This guidance doe NOT apply to TK-12 Schools. See Appendix T1 & T2. In the workplace, employers are subject to the Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) or in some workplaces the Cal/OSHA Aerosol Transmissible Diseases (ATD) Standard (PDF), and should consult those regulations for additional applicable requirements.
1/5/22: The updated LA County Department of Public Health Officer Order was issued on Wednesday, January 5, and effective as of 12:01 on Thursday, January 6, 2022*. Changes to the order are highlighted in yellow. *Updated definitions for mega events effective as of 1/15/22; Masking requirement effective no later than 1/17/22.
- Masks must be worn at all times when indoors at Cardrooms. Patrons may remove masks only when actively eating or drinking in designated dining areas and may not consume food or beverage while playing or gaming.
- As soon as possible, but no later than January 17, 2022, employers are required to provide their employees, who work indoors and in close contact with other workers or the public, with and require them to wear a well-fitting medical grade mask, surgical mask or higher-level respirator, such as an N95 filtering facepiece respirator or KN95, at all times while indoors at the worksite or facility.
- In alignment with the State Public Health Officer's December 31, 2021 Order, beginning January 15, 2022, attendance thresholds are lowered to 500 attendees for Indoor Mega Events and lowered to 5,000 attendees for Outdoor Mega Events.
- Recognizing the protection provided by masking while indoors and in crowded settings, there is a strong recommendation that at Mega Events, Performance Venues, Movie Theaters and Entertainment Venues, food and drink may only be consumed, where possible, in designated dining areas.
- Mega Events, Performance Venues, Movie Theaters and Entertainment Venues are responsible for messaging, signage, and compliance with masking requirement unless spectators/customers are actively eating or drinking.
1/2/2022: The updated Health Officer Order ENCOURAGING COVID-19 VACCINATION AND BOOSTER DOSE COVERAGE WITH SIGNIFICANT RISK REDUCTION MEASURES was issued on Friday, December 31, 2021. Changes are highlighted in yellow: In light of the drastic increases in cases and resultant hospitalizations, and to lessen the severity of the Omicron and Delta variant surge in Los Angeles County and protect against overwhelming the health care delivery system, the following changes are being made to this Order:
- Isolation and Quarantine Requirements are revised to mainly align with the State Public Health Officer's revised Guidance for Local Health Jurisdictions on Isolation and Quarantine of the General Public, released on December 30, 2021. This guidance does NOT apply to healthcare personnel in any setting. See AFL-21-08.6. In the workplace, employers are subject to the Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) or in some workplaces the Cal/OSHA Aerosol Transmissible Diseases (ATD) Standard, and should consult those regulations for additional applicable requirements.
- As soon as practicable, employers should provide and require employees to wear a well-fitting medical grade mask, surgical mask or higher-level respirator approved by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), such as an N95 filtering facepiece respirator, at all times while indoors at the worksite or facility.
The Isolation Order has been revised as of December 31, 2021 and supersedes the December 17, 2021 Public Health Emergency Isolation Order. All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, previous infection or lack of symptoms, who reside in the Los Angeles County Health Jurisdiction who have tested positive for or been diagnosed with COVID-19 are required to isolate themselves and follow all instructions in this Order. Other pertinent information on isolation can be found on the COVID-19: Isolation Instructions for People with COVID-19 webpage.
The Quarantine Order has been revised as of December 31, 2021 and supersedes the November 8, 2021 Public Health Emergency Quarantine Order. All individuals who reside in the Los Angeles County Health Jurisdiction who have been in close contact with a person who was diagnosed with COVID-19 (based on a positive viral COVID-19 test result) are required to quarantine themselves and follow the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health's instructions for self-quarantine, unless they meet exemption criteria, as specified in this Order. Other pertinent information on quarantine can be found on the COVID-19: Quarantine and Other Instructions for Close Contacts webpage.
12/31/21: The updated Health Officer Order ENCOURAGING COVID-19 VACCINATION AND BOOSTER DOSE COVERAGE WITH SIGNIFICANT RISK REDUCTION MEASURES was issued on Friday, December 31, 2021. Changes are highlighted in yellow: In light of the drastic increases in cases and resultant hospitalizations, and to lessen the severity of the Omicron and Delta variant surge in Los Angeles County and protect against overwhelming the health care delivery system, the following changes are being made to this Order:
12/16/21: Updated LA County Health Officer Order (Issued December 16, 2021. Effective as of 12:01 a.m. on Friday, December 17, 2021).
- Updated to align with the State Public Health Officer's requirement that beginning December 15, 2021, all persons attending an Indoor /or Outdoor Mega Event, who cannot provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19, must present proof of a pre-entry negative COVID-19 test result from either an antigen test within one day or a PCR test conducted two days prior to entry. For Indoor Mega Events children under 2 years of age are exempt from the pre-entry testing requirement for entry. For Outdoor Mega Events children under 5 years of age are exempt from the pre-entry testing requirement for entry.
- Continues to require that masks be worn in all public indoor settings, irrespective of vaccination status.
- Encourages everyone ages 16 and older to receive a COVID-19 booster vaccination dose as soon as they are eligible.
12/14/21: Travel Advisory, LA County Public Health. Updated to align with the California Department of Public Health Travel Advisory. All travelers arriving in or returning to California from other states or countries should test 3-5 days upon arrival.
12/13/21: State of California, Department of Public Health reinstates indoor mask mandate. Read more.
12/13/21: State of California, Department of Public Health Beyond the Blueprint for Industry and Business Sectors (Including Mega Events) Read more.
- Updated testing requirements for those who cannot provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination status to require a negative COVID-19 test within 1 day for an antigen test and 2 days for a PCR test prior to entry into an event.
11/21/21: LA County Public Health. Guidance for Having a COVID-Safe Winter Holiday Season
10/21/21: Best Practices to Prevent COVID-19 Guidance for Museums, Venues & Cultural institutions - October 21, 2021.
Best Practices to Prevent COVID-19 Guidance for Mega Events was updated October 21, 2021.
Businesses and venues that host indoor events with more than 1,000 attendees or outdoor events with more than 10,000 attendees are considered Mega Events and must follow State Guidance for Mega Events and the provisions of the LA County Health Officer Order that apply to Mega Events. Please see the Best Practices to Prevent COVID-19 at Mega Events page for information on specific rules that apply to Mega Events. In the City of Los Angeles, events with 5,000 or more attendees are also required to check for proof of vaccination, per LA City Ordinance.
Effective October 7, 2021 (11:59 p.m.), all attendees ages 12 years and older at Outdoor Mega Events (10,000+) must show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 or a pre-entry (diagnostic) negative test result prior to entry. All attendees must wear face masks at all times, except when actively eating or drinking. Outdoor Mega Event operators must prominently place information of all communications, including reservation and ticketing systems, to ensure guests are aware of both the County Health Officer's Order that all persons must wear a face mask while in attendance and the County Health Office requirement that all attendees, ages 12 and older, either be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or obtain a negative COVID-19 viral test prior to attending the event.
Effective October 7, 2021 (11:59 p.m.), bars, breweries, wineries and distilleries must require patrons 12 years and older to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination status with a photo ID for entry. Between October 7 and November 3, 2021, all patrons must provide proof they received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccination for entry to obtain indoor service. And, beginning November 4, 2021, all patrons 12 and older must provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 for entry into the facility indoor service. Children under age of two years are exempt. Additionally, by November 4, 2021, all on-site employees must provide their employer with proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.
Effective October 7, 2021 (11:59 p.m.), nightclubs and lounges that are only open to persons 18 years and older, must require patrons and on-site personnel to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination status with a photo ID for entry. Between October 7 and November 3, 2021, patrons must provide proof they received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccination for entry to obtain indoor service at a nightclub or lounge. And, beginning November 4, 2021, all patrons must provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 for entry into the facility indoor service. Additionally, by November 4, 2021, all on-site employees must provide their employer with proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.
A negative COVID-19 test result does not qualify as an alternative to providing proof of COVID-19 vaccination.
Beginning November 1, 2021, Outdoor Mega Event operators are required to cross-check proof of full vaccination or negative COVID-19 viral test results against a photo ID for all attendees who are 18 years of age or older. Operators are to make face masks available for all attendees.
9/22/21: LA Dept of Public Health Updated Public Health Emergency Quarantine Order
9/17/21: Modified LA County Public Health Order to Include Proof of Vaccination for Outdoor Mega Events and Bars, Breweries, Wineries, Distilleries, Nightclubs and Lounges for Indoor Service.
9/15/21: Public Health to Modify Health Officer Order Adding Vaccination Verification Requirements at Select High-Risk Settings (Press Release)
Vaccine verification will also be required for customers and employees at indoor portions of bars, wineries, breweries, night clubs, and lounges.
On September 1, 2021, the California Department of Public Health updated the Guidance on Isolation and Quarantine for COVID-19 Contact Tracing to state that for workplace exposures, facilities should follow the more conservative standards. For this reason, employees with workplace exposures should continue to follow the Cal/OSHA Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) Return to Work. This means that they cannot return to work for at least 10 days from when they were exposed. Please see the Return to Work section of the Responding to COVID-19 in the Workplace for more information on the Cal/OSHA requirements.
In addition, please see updated Best Practices to Prevent COVID-19 for the following Businesses and Employers:
- Food and Beverage Services
- Indoor Fitness
- Large Events
- Office-Based Businesses
- Personal Care
- Communities of Faith
8/23/21: The Los Angeles County Health Officer Order was modified, effective as of 11:59pm on Monday August 23. Changes to the HOO are highlighted in yellow. Brief highlights:
- Aligns with the State Public Health Officer's August 18 Order regarding Indoor Mega Events
- Beginning September 20, 2021 all attendees at Indoor Mega Events involving 1,000 or more persons must, prior to entry, show verification of COVID-19 vaccination status or a negative COVID-19 (diagnostic) test result. This is a lower attendance threshold than the previous requirement of 5,000 participants.
- Clarifies that for all Indoor Mega Events scheduled on or after September 20, 2021, self-attestation is no longer permitted method for vaccine verification or verification of negative COVID-19 test.
- Requires specific infection control protocols for Youth Sports effective September 1, 2021, attached to the order as Appendix S.
As a reminder, the updated HOO also requires universal masking at outdoor mega events with more than 10,000 people, except when actively eating or drinking, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status. Outdoor mega events are outdoor events with crowds greater than 10,000 attendees and include music or food festivals, car shows, large endurance events, marathons, parades, sporting events and concerts.
8/16/21: LA County Health Order Update
- Requires all person at an Outdoor Mega Event to wear a face mask, except when actively eating or drinking.
- Clarifies that "actively eating or drinking" is the limited time during which the mask can be removed briefly to eat or drink, and that it must be immediately put back on afterward.
Health Officer Order UPDATED as of July 30, 2021, brief highlights include:
- Incorporates by reference, the July 26, 2021 State Public Health Officer Order that mandates specific public health requirements regarding worker vaccine status, respirators or masks, and testing requirements for Acute Health Care and Long-Term Care settings, High-Risk Congregate Settings and Other Health Care Settings.
- Reiterates that because the County is currently experiencing high rates of COVID-19 community transmission, all persons, in indoor public and business settings, must wear a face mask regardless of vaccination status.
7/16/21: L.A. County Community Transmission of COVID-19 Increases from Moderate to Substantial; Reinstating Masking Indoors for Everyone
Community transmission of COVID-19 has rapidly increased from Moderate to Substantial, based on the trend in daily new cases of COVID-19. The Los Angeles County Health Officer Order has been modified to require masking for everyone while indoors, regardless of vaccination status, as Los Angeles County sees more than a seven-times increase in new cases since the June 15 reopening. Wearing a mask when indoors reduces the risk of both getting and transmitting the virus. This additional layer of protection can help to slow the spread and does not limit business occupancy and operations.
The L.A. County indoor masking requirements for everyone will be effective, Saturday, July 17 at 11:59 p.m. Some exceptions will apply, similar to masking requirements that were in place prior to the June 15 reopening. The modified Health Officer Order has been posted online and will become effective at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, July 17.
Highlights of the Order include the following:
- Requirements to wear face masks by all persons regardless of vaccination status for indoor public settings and businesses
- Urges everyone to continue to exercise caution and good judgement to protect against community transmission
- Aligned with CDC requirements
Required for everyone in the following settings:
- On public transit
- In transportation hubs
- Indoors in K-12 schools, childcare and other youth settings
- Healthcare settings
- State and local correctional facilities and detention centers
- Homeless shelters, emergency shelters, and cooling centers
- All indoor public settings, venues, gatherings, and businesses
- Individuals, businesses, venue operators, and hosts of public indoor settings must post clear, easy to read signage communicating masking requirements for all patrons
On June 15, the day of the full reopening, the County saw 210 new cases and yesterday the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health confirmed the highest number of new COVID-19 cases since mid-March with 1,902 new cases. The current test positivity rate is 3.8%; on June 15, the test positivity rate was around 0.5%
According to Muntu Davis, MD, MPH, Los Angeles County Health Officer, “We expect to keep masking requirements in place until we begin to see improvements in our community transmission of COVID-19."
6/15/21: California is Open for business.
UPDATED BEST PRACTICES GUIDANCE & NEW SIGNAGE
Los Angeles County has posted an updated Best Practice Guidance and updated Signage on 6/18/2021. Please review them here.
As a reminder, EVERYONE, regardless of vaccination status, must wear a mask:
- On planes, trains, buses, ferries, taxis and ride-shares, and all other forms of public transport,
- In transportation hubs like airports, bus terminals, train stations, marinas, seaports or other ports, subway stations, or any other area that provides transportation,
- Healthcare settings,
- Shelters and cooling centers,
- Indoors at any youth-serving facility (such as K-12 schools, childcare, day camps, etc.), AND
- ANY business or government office serving the public that requires everyone to wear a mask.
In addition, people who are NOT fully vaccinated against COVID-19 must also wear a mask in indoor public settings and businesses, for example:
- Movie theaters
- Retail Spaces
- Family entertainment centers
- Government offices serving the public
The above indoor public settings and businesses may continue to require masks for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, if they are unable to verify the vaccination status of customers. Signage has been created to support this.
Signage (translation is pending)
- Indoors - Masks required for everyone English
- Indoors - Masks required for people who are not fully vaccinated English
- Outdoors - Masks recommended for people who are not fully vaccinated English
- Steps for handwashing English Spanish
- Stay away if you are sick English/Spanish
- Prevent outbreaks in the workplace English
Please visit ReopeningLACounty.com for all the information you need to Stay Safe, Stay Healthy, & Get Vaccinated. Thank you for your ongoing efforts to protect the health and well-being of Los Angeles County residents.
6/3/21: The Health Officer Order Blueprint for a Safer Economy – Yellow Tier Risk Reduction Measures was recently updated. Changes are highlighted in yellow: Revised to permit the operation of Overnight Organized/Children’s Camps in compliance with the requirements of Appendix K-1. Owners and operators must give prior notice of intended operation to County Environmental Health to allow sufficient time for an inspection of the premises before reopening.
5/17/21: State Officials Announce Latest COVID-19 Facts read
5/14/21: California Roars Back: Governor Newsom Presents $100 Billion California Comeback Plan read
5/13/21: Governor Newsom Proposes $95 Million for Travel and Hospitality Industry to Promote California as a Travel Destination read
City of Avalon
8/4/20 - Avalon City Council gave direction to the LA County Sheriff to begin strict enforcement of mask covering mandate. Citations will be issued for failure to properly wear a face covering while in public areas with within 6 feet of others. The citation will result in a $100 fine for non-compliance.
Los Angeles County
- LA County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Cases (updated daily)
- COVID-19 Surveillance Dashboard (link to interactive dashboard that provides an overview on COVID-19 testing, cases and deaths along with maps and graphs showing testing, cases and death data by community poverty level, age, sex and race/ethnicity)
- Antibody Testing FAQ's
- View our updated COVID-19 Digital Communications Guide, and get tips on Best Practices, Do's and Don'ts, Key Messaging, and our Social Media Toolkit - with multi-lingual graphics and messages.
The California Department of Public Health
Additional information about the coronavirus can be found here:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- California Department of Public Health
- U.S. Travel Association
- Federal Guidance for COVID-19 Preparedness Response and Mitigation Efforts (PDF)
- A list of guidance provided by the Federal government to help State, local, tribal elected and appointed leaders, business and community leaders, and American citizens effectively respond to COVID-19. This content has previously been communicated by Federal intergovernmental affairs team members to relevant stakeholders and is categorized below by issuing Department/agency. Although extensive, this is not a comprehensive list, but rather a catalogue of guidance and information most relevant to State, local, and tribal leaders.
- The CDC updated the following guidance on their website:
- Resources to support people experiencing homelessness:
community/homeless-shelters/ coronavirus/2019-ncov/ https://www.cdc.gov/
- Resources for Businesses and Employers: https://www.cdc.gov/
coronavirus/2019-ncov/ community/organizations/ businesses-employers.html
- Resources to support people experiencing homelessness: