Public Health

The City of Avalon is working with Los Angeles County and the State of California to safely reopen all of Catalina Island 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 RestaurantsCatalina 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.


Latest News

7/1/20 LA County Safer at Home: Examples of What's Open In LA County

7/1/2020 Governor Newson order the following sectors to Close Indoor Operations:

  • Restaurants 
  • Wineries and tasting rooms
  • Movie theaters 
  • Family entertainment centers (for examples: bowling alleys, miniature golf, batting cages and arcades)
  • Zoos and museums
  • Cardrooms

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Temporary Closure of Public Beaches, Piers, Beach Bike Paths and Beach Access Points and Temporary Prohibition of Fireworks Shows and Events - 6/29/20

CA Public Health Bar Closure Guidance -6/28/20

CA Public Health Face Covering Guidance - 6/18/20

City of Avalon

6/16/20: Avalon City Council Meeting (video link)

6/10/20: Avalon Mayor Anni Marshall "Minutes with the Mayor - Week 11"

6/3/20: Avalon Mayor Anni Marshall "Minutes with the Mayor - Week 10"

6/2/20: Special Avalon City Council Meeting (video link)

5/27/20: Special Avalon City Council Meeting (video link)

  • Council approves attestation with goal of accelerating reopening of island.

5/27/20: Avalon Mayor Anni Marshall "Minutes with the Mayor - Week 9" (video link)

Avalon Community Food Pantry/Food Bank and Avalon Mutual Aid

  • Collecting food and donations. The Food Pantry is located at the Avalon Community Church Teen Center, 236 Metropole.
  • Food Pantry is open weekly on Wednesday from 12pm to 2pm.
  • Donate food - there are 5 drop off locations: Leo's, Vons, US Bank, City Hall Courtyard, Teen Center.
  • Monetary contributions can be made on the City of Avalon website here.
  • All donations go to supporting the local Food Pantry and putting food on the table
  • If you are in need of other assistance such as grocery shopping, prescription pick-up, dog walking, laundry, etc. please don't hesitate to call the City of Avalon Mutual Aid Hotline at 310-780-0938

5/20/20: City of Avalon Mayor Anni Marshall COVID-19 Update (video link)

5/19/20: Avalon City Council Meeting (video link)

5/13/20: Avalon City Council Meeting (video link)

5/13/20: City of Avalon Mayor Anni Marshall COVID-19 Update (video link)

5/6/20: City of Avalon Mayor Anni Marshall COVID-19 Update (video link)

5/5/20: Avalon City Council Meeting (video link)

4/15/20: City of Avalon Mayor Anni Marshall COVID-19 Update (video link)

4/29/20: City of Avalon Mayor Anni Marshall COVID-19 Update (video link)

Los Angeles County

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6/18/20: LA County Reopening Safer at Work and in the Community - Stage 3 of Resilience Roadmap

6/17/20: LA County Emergency Operations Center COVID-19 Incident Update

6/17/20: LA County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Briefing (video link)

What's Open in Los Angeles County (PDF - updated 6/12/20)

Los Angeles County is moving forward on the Roadmap to Recovery and reopening key economic and community sectors, including day camps, fitness centers, spectator-free professional sports, museums, campgrounds and entertainment production.

In the most comprehensive reopening since strict public health guidelines were put in place in March, yesterday the Los Angeles Department of Public Health announced that the Health Officer Order will be modified today to include infection control and distancing requirements for re-opening the following sectors on June 12:

  • Gyms and fitness facilities
  • Professional sports without live audiences
  • Day camps
  • Museums, galleries, zoos and aquariums
  • Campgrounds, RV parks and outdoor recreation
  • Music, film and television production
  • Hotels, lodging and short-term rentals for tourism and individual travel

The County continues to monitor the spread of the virus and the capacity of the healthcare system to provide residents with essential services. 

With these reopenings, Los Angeles County will be in Phase 3 of the State’s Resilience Roadmap.

See more under Reopening Resources

6/3/20: LA County Emergency Operations Center COVID-19 Incident Update

6/1/20: LA County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Briefing (no live brief 6/3)

5/27/20: LA County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Briefing

  • 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.

5/27/20: LA County Emergency Operations Center COVID-19 Incident Update

5/13/20: LA County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Briefing (video link)

5/13/20: LA County Emergency Operations Center COVID-19 Incident Update

5/6/20: LA County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Briefing (video link)

5/6/20: LA County Emergency Operations Center COVID-19 Incident Update

LA County Will Send Vote-By-Mail Ballot to Every Voter

  • Will send mail-in-ballots to every eligible voter in all elections starting with the November 3, 2020 General Election

State of California

 

As California moves further in the the Resilience Roadmap, every business should take steps to reduce the risk of COVID-19. Find industry-specific guidance and checklists to create a safer environment for everyone.

FEATURED SERVICES & INFORMATION

6/8/20: State Officials Announce Latest COVID-19 Facts

6/8/20: Governor Newsom Announces Federal Health and Safety Certification of Life-Saving N95 Masks

6/5/20: Governor Newsom Signs Executive Order on Actions in Response to COVID-19

6/3/20: Governor Newsom Signs Executive Order on Safe, Secure and Accessible General Election in November

6/2/20: State Officials Announce Latest COVID-19 Facts

Governor Newsom announced that counties approved for accelerated reopening can begin to reopen hair salons and barbershops. Statewide, retailers and places of worship can reopen with modifications. Read the new guidance, find industry-specific checklists and learn more about California’s resilience roadmap.Update to Statewide Guidance:

Stay Home Q & A - updated 5/27/20

Business & Employer Info - updated 5/22/20

5/22/20: Governor Newsom Launches California Connected – California’s Contact Tracing Program and Public Awareness Campaign

5/20/20: LA County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Briefing

  • 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.

5/20/20: LA County Emergency Operations Center COVID-19 Incident Update

5/12/20: Governor Newsom Provides Update on the State’s Response to #COVID19 (video link)

  • The Stay-at-Home Order is in effect until further notice.
  • As of May 8, the Stay-at-Home order was modified. We are now in early Stage 2 of California's Resilience Roadmap. This means in addition to essential activity, curbside retail is allowed, along with the infrastructure to support it.
  • As of May 12, offices, limited services, and outdoor museums are also permitted to open with modifications. The state is issuing guidance to help these workplaces reopen safely.
  • Six key health and scientific indicators for modifying the Stay-at-Home Order will be considered before modifying the state’s stay home order to allow additional Stage 2 activity.
  • Stay-at-Home Order FAQ's and What's Open & Closed
  • Read the California Department of Public Health Order (PDF-5/7/20)

5/4/20: Governor Newsom Provides Update on California's Progress Toward Stage 2 Reopening

  • Governor’s Report Card indicates California will be prepared to move into the early phase of Stage 2 of reopening this Friday, May 8 (view the 4 Stages)
  • Stage 2 allows gradual reopening of lower-risk workplaces with adaptations including bookstores, clothing stores, florists and sporting goods stores, with modifications 

California DMV Extends All Expiring Drivers Licenses

  • Customers eligible to renew license online encouraged to do so
  • Commercial licenses extended through June 30; drivers under 70 extended through May 31
  • Drivers can request an optional free temporary paper extension online
  • Drivers 70 and older will automatically receive temporary paper extension valid for 120 days

4/28/20: California EDD Launches Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) Program

  • As part of the federal CARES Act, the new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program helps unemployed Californians who are business owners, self-employed, independent contractors, have limited work history, and others not usually eligible for regular state UI benefits who are out of business or services are significantly reduced as a direct result of the pandemic. 
  • Click here or on the link above to find our more about eligibility and how to file a claim.

4/28/20: California Governor Gavin Newsom provides an update on California’s response to the #COVID19 outbreak (video link)

  • California has made progress bending the curve but the risk of #COVID19 is still very real.
  • Governor Gavin Newsom announced details on how CA plans to modify the Stay-At-Home order in the future.
  • These modifications are based on science, health & data & will happen in 4 stages.
  • 4/14/20: California's Roadmap to Modify the Stay-at-Home Order (PDF link)

4/27/20: LA County Department of Public Health Antibody Testing FAQ's

4/26/20: California Department of Aging Expands "Friendship Line California"

  • Supports lonely & isolated older Californian's
  • 24-hour toll-free number provides emotional support, call 1-888-670-1360

4/23/20: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools and Homes

4/22/20: Los Angeles County Department of Health Services (DHS) Projections of Hospital-based Health Care Demand (PDF report link)

4/22/20: California Governor Gavin Newsom provides an update on California’s response to the #COVID19 outbreak (video link)

4/22/20: City of Avalon Mayor Anni Marshall COVID-19 Update (video link)

4/22/20: COVID-19 Briefing with LA County Officials (video link)

  • 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. 

4/22/20: LA County Emergency Operations Center COVID-19 Incident Update

4/19/20: State of CA Employment Development Department Expanded Call Center Hours Starting April 20

  • For general program questions or technical help, including registration, password resets, EDD Account Number, and how to use UI OnlineSM, contact us at 833-978-2511 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Pacific time), seven days a week. Note: Representatives will not have access to your claim or payment information.

4/18/20: LA County Department of Public Health Guidance for Food Facilities

4/16/20: Internal Revenue Service Launches "Get My Payment" Tool

This new online tool will allow taxpayers to get information about the status of their Economic Impact Payment:

  • Payment status
  • Payment type
  • Whether the IRS needs more information from you, including bank account information

4/15/20: COVID-19 Briefing with LA County Officials (video link)

  • 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. 

4/15/20: LA County Emergency Operations Center COVID-19 Incident Update

4/15/20: LA County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Cases

4/10/20: Los Angeles County Revised Safer at Home Order (PDF)

4/9/20: CDC - No Sail Order Renewed for Cruise Ships (PDF)

4/7/20 LA County Department of Public Health Guidance for Restaurants Offering Grocery Items

Testing Sites

LA County is working to bring testing sites to areas of the County where testing service gaps may exist. This week, testing sites look to open at Charles H. Drew University of Medicine and Science, as well as in East Los Angeles and Santa Clarita.

Testing is free and open to any member of the public who qualifies for testing. No one will be turned away, regardless of immigration status or lack of insurance coverage. To be eligible for testing, you must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • You have symptoms and are 65 and older;
  • You have symptoms and have chronic health conditions; or
  • You are subject to a mandatory 14 day quarantine period due to a confirmed COVID-19 exposure (with more than 7 days of quarantine remaining).

If you're eligible for testing, you must make an appointment, in order to get tested. Schedule an appointment by:

The County of Los Angeles continues to expand its network of testing sites. For the latest information on drive-up, mobile testing sites, click here

COVID-19 Digital Communications Guide

LA County's Joint Information Center has created a digital communications guide to help cities, partners, and stakeholders navigate digital communications in response to COVID-19 and the County's Safer at Home order. It includes Best Practices, Do's and Don'ts, Key Messaging, and our Social Media Toolkit, with multi-lingual graphics and messages like the ones seen below. To view our COVID-19 Digital Communications Guide, click here. To access our Social Media Toolkit, click here.

People with no symptoms can spread novel coronavirus, too. The best way to stop the spread is to #stayhome. Homebodies help save lives! #COVID19 #SaferAtHome

4/1/20 Los Angeles County Emergency Operations Center COVID-19 Update

Relief, Public Health Guidelines & the 2020 Census

The County of Los Angeles is regularly updating resources on COVID-19 and offers today's update in an effort to keep you and yours informed. Please share the following up-to-date information:

Relief

If you or a loved one has lost your job, or just need assistance, the County of Los Angeles has a number of ways to help. For help with accessing food, cash, health or in-home care programs, apply online at www.dpss.lacounty.gov. For assistance over the phone, call (866) 613-3777.

NEW Guidelines from LA County's Department of Public Health

For more information on how to stay safe visit LA County's covid19.lacounty.gov.

COVID-19 & the 2020 Census

During this time of crisis, getting an accurate census count helps ensure the County of Los Angeles has the resources it needs to protect and support its local communities. When you are counted, you help increase funding for hospitals, health care services, child care centers, parks and affordable housing programs in LA County.  If you haven't already done so, take a few minutes to complete your census form online at www.my2020census.gov or by phone in any of the following languages:

Remember - your information remains confidential, and under federal law, can only be used to produce statistics.


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.

COVID-19 flowchart

California Department of Public COVID-19 Updates


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 Cancelled Events (PDF)

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: