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.
Other resources included in this Catalina Island Public Health site include What's Open on the island, Open Services and Retail, Open Restaurants, Catalina Express Information, Catalina Island Medical Center Updates, Resources for Members, Re-Opening Resources, Face Coverings & PPE and Avalon Community Food Pantry. Navigate through these links, at the top of the page under COVID-19 RESOURCES or at the bottom of the page under IMPORTANT INFORMATION.
Catalina Island Coronavirus Updates
Catalina Island Medical Center COVID-19 Antigen Testing - as of 12/3/20
(Data provided is total since March)
12/3/20 - State of CA Dept of Public Health - Regional Stay at Home Order (Imposed if regional ICU capacity falls below 15%. Not currently in effect.)
The new temporary order aims to reduce the risk of transmission by:
- Asking individuals to remain in their homes and with their immediate households as much as possible;
- Reducing mingling with others not in your household;
- Requiring everyone to wear a face covering whenever they are engaging in activities outside their homes where they are, or can be, in contact with others not in their households;
- Reducing capacity at sites where non-household members mingle to avoid crowding.
All public and private gatherings and events with individuals not from the same household are prohibited, except for faith-based services and protests. Residents are still permitted to travel to and from essential businesses, work or provide services to a healthcare operation or essential business; residents may also engage in essential activities, or participate in permitted individual or household outdoor and indoor activities while practicing required distancing, infection control and masking. Restaurants, bars, breweries and wineries remain closed for in-person dining and drinking. They are permitted to remain open for pick-up, delivery, and take-out and breweries and wineries may remain open for retail sales at 20% occupancy.
11/23/20 - Revised LA County Public Health Order
11/22/20 - Public Health to Modify Health Officer Order to Restrict Dining at Restaurants, Breweries, Wineries and Bars Amid Surge in Cases 5-Day Average of New Cases is 4,097.
To reduce the possibility for crowding and the potential for exposures in settings where people are not wearing their face coverings, restaurants, breweries, wineries and bars will only be able to offer take-out, drive thru, and delivery services. Wineries and breweries may continue their retail operations adhering to current protocols. In person dining will not be allowed, at minimum, for the next 3 weeks. The modified order will take effect Wednesday, November 25 at 10:00 p.m. Read LA County Public Health News Release.
On Friday 11/20, the following will go into effect:
- Private outdoor gatherings may only include 15 people who are from no more than 3 households, including the host household.
- The number of patrons at outdoor restaurants, breweries and wineries will be limited to 50% maximum outdoor capacity. Restaurants, breweries, wineries, bars, and all other non-essential retail establishments must close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. This is not a curfew, but rather restrictions on operating hours. As permitted to operate, businesses can still offer pick-up and delivery services outside of these hours.
- The number of customers at cardrooms, outdoor mini-golf, go-karts and batting cages will be limited to 50% maximum outdoor capacity.
- Non-essential businesses permitted to operate indoors - including retail stores, offices, personal care services - will be limited to 25% of the maximum occupancy allowed.
- Services at personal care establishments may only be provided by appointment to customers wearing face coverings by staff wearing face coverings.
- Services that require either the customer or the staff to remove their face covering, such as facials and shaves, are not permitted.
- Food and drinks cannot be served at these establishments to customers.
In addition, the County has established thresholds for additional actions if cases and/or hospitalizations continue to increase.
If the five-day average of cases is 4,000 or more or hospitalizations are more than 1,750 per day, outdoor and indoor dining at restaurants, breweries, wineries and bars will be prohibited and these businesses will only be able to offer pick-up and delivery services.
If the five-day average of cases is 4,500 or more or hospitalizations are more than 2,000 per day, a Safer at Home Order will be mandated for three weeks. The Order would only allow essential and emergency workers and those securing essential services to leave their homes. In addition, a 10:00pm to 6:00am curfew would be mandated, with essential workers exempt.
On Wednesday, November 18, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) has confirmed 36 new deaths and 3,944 new cases of COVID-19. To date, Public Health identified 348,336 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County and a total of 7,335 deaths.
Public Health cautions, that if this County surge continues at the current rate of increase, by December 6, less than three weeks from today, daily new cases could reach 4,000.
There are 1,188 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized and 27% of these people are in the ICU. On November 1, the average daily number of people hospitalized for COVID-19 was 791.
The best way to celebrate Thanksgiving this year is to stay home and celebrate with people who live in your household. Connect with friends and family you don’t live with using all of the technology that allows us to see and hear each other from afar. If you do choose to gather, closely follow the guidance for private gatherings. Gather outdoors with no more than two other households, and no more than 15 people; wear face coverings unless eating or drinking and stay at least 6 feet apart. Limit the gathering to no more than two hours and do not share food or utensils.
A wide range of data and dashboards on COVID-19 from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health are available on the Public Health website at publichealth.lacounty.gov.
11/18/20: L.A. County Emergency Operations Center COVID-19 Incident Update (PDF)
11/18/20: L.A. County COVID-19 Virtual Press Briefing (video link)
11/10/20: L.A. County Emergency Operations Center COVID-19 Incident Update (PDF)
10/21/20: LA County Emergency Operations Center COVID-19 Incident Update (PDF)
10/21/20: County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Briefing (video link)
10/14/20: LA County Emergency Operations Center COVID-19 Incident Update (PDF)
10/14/20: County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Briefing (video link)
9/23/20: County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Briefing (video link)
9/16/20: County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Briefing (video link)
8/5/20: County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Briefing (video link)
City of Avalon
12/2/20: Minutes with the Mayor Update (video link)
12/1/20: Avalon City Council Meeting (video link)
CIMC's Dr. Daniel Davis presents COVID-19 updates and the status of public health on Catalina Island.
11/18/20: Minutes with the Mayor Update (video link)
11/10/20: Avalon City Council Meeting (video link)
11/4/20: Minutes with the Mayor (video link)
10/21/20: Minutes with the Mayor (video link)
10/20/20: Avalon City Council Meeting (video link)
10/14/20: Minutes with the Mayor (video link)
9/23/20: Minutes with the Mayor (video link)
9/15/20: Avalon City Council Meeting (video link)
- Outdoor beach dining extended into December
8/26/20: Minutes with the Mayor (video link)
8/18/20: Avalon City Council Meeting (video link)
8/12/20: Minutes with the Mayor (video link)
8/12/20: Special City Council Meeting - Budget Workshop (video link)
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.
9/16/20: Minutes with the Mayor (video link)
8/5/20: Minutes with the Mayor (video link)
8/4/20: Avalon City Council Meeting (video link)
6/16/20: Avalon City Council Meeting (video link)
6/2/20: Special Avalon City Council Meeting (video link)
5/27/20: Special Avalon City Council Meeting (video link)
5/19/20: Avalon City Council Meeting (video link)
5/13/20: Avalon City Council Meeting (video link)
5/5/20: Avalon City Council Meeting (video link)
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.
6/1/20: LA County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Briefing (no live brief 6/3)
- Watch the daily briefing from our public health experts every weekday at 1pm. You can watch live on the LA County Facebook page or tune into local news channels covering it live like ABC7 and KTLA.
State of California
The California Department of Public Health
The following have been orders have been issued:
- Gatherings should be postponed or canceled across the state of California for at least the remainder of the month of March.
- Closures of bars and nightclubs that do not serve food, gyms, fitness centers, movie and performance theaters, bowling alleys and arcades.
- Avoid non-essential travel, public gatherings, and places where large groups of people congregate.
City of Avalon & Avalon City Council
The Avalon City Council takes the health, safety, and public welfare of our community as our first and most important priority. The City of Avalon has been closely monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and are in contact with local, state, and national health agencies regularly.
There will be continuous updates on the City website (www.cityofavalon.com) regarding the situation. We will continue to pay close attention to this developing epidemic. We ask the community for your help.
City of Avalon Coronavirus Updates (link to City website)
To view the presentation on the Coronavirus given at the Avalon City Council March 2, 2020 meeting please follow the link here. (Video clip)
City of Avalon Update 3/13/20 (PDF) - Includes temporary moratorium of all cruise ship tenders in Avalon Harbor waters through April 30, 2020, Changes to City operations, enhanced cleaning schedule & procedures, etc. View
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: