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April 3, 2020 3:49 PM

UPDATE 4/3, 4PM – No distance learning in Spring Break. Housing for homeless. CDC face coverings.

No SMMUSD distance learning during Spring Break (Apr 6-17). State/FEMA program secures 6,867 rooms for homeless. CDC provides face covering guidance. IRS economic impact payments going out in upcoming weeks, with direct deposit by April 17.

UPDATE 4/3/2020, 4:00 PM

Malibu City Hall is closed. However, essential City staff, including the Emergency Operations Team, are working. The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) was activated on March 13 and is operating 7 days a week. Staff is answering the City’s main phone line (310-456-2489) but, due to the high number of calls, it is recommended that residents email info@malibucity.org for the quickest response. Thank you for your patience – we will respond as quickly as possible.

SMMUSD ANNOUNCES NO DISTANCE LEARNING DURING SPRING BREAK (APRIL 6-17) - SMMUSD reminds school families that distance learning will not continue during the District’s Spring Break from April 6-17. Upon the return from spring break, a more standardized learning plan for students will be provided, including an outline of expectations for students and teachers from each individual school’s principal. If a student needs a device or internet access for distance learning, contact your teacher or administrator, or complete a request form: at https://bit.ly/SMM0420.

GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH FEMA AND COUNTIES FOR HOMELESS HOUSING DURING CRISIS - Governor Newsom announced today that a partnership with FEMA and counties throughout the state has resulted in occupancy agreements with hotels and motels to provide housing for the most vulnerable homeless individuals. He stated 6,867 rooms had already been secured as non-congregate sites, which would separate those individuals from others and, as a result, relieve stress on the shelter system and, ultimately, the healthcare system. Through an agreement between FEMA and the State, the first of its kind in the nation, FEMA will provide 75% reimbursement for costs related to this project. The State continues to work with counties to get agreements in place for additional rooms and the necessary central staffing needs, including intake processing, security, laundry services, and more. He announced that World Central Kitchen, founded and led by Chef José Andrés, would work with local restauranteurs to provide meals for those housed in this program.

CDC PROVIDES FEDERAL GUIDANCE REGARDING THE USE OF FACE COVERINGS - The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) today provided additional guidance regarding the use of face coverings during the COVID-19 pandemic. Studies show that a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms themselves. This means the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity (e.g., speaking, coughing, or sneezing) even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms. The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in in areas of significant community-based transmission (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies).

It is critical to emphasize that maintaining six-foot social distancing and washing hands often remain most important to slowing the spread of the virus. Simple cloth face coverings made from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure. These recommended face coverings are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those equipment are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance. For additional information, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover.html

IRS ECONOMIC IMPACT PAYMENTS DIRECT DEPOSIT PAYMENTS EXPECTED BY APRIL 17 - LA County Supervisor Hilda Solis announced that payments from the IRS as part of the federal stimulus package related to hardships from the COVID-19 crisis will begin to be issued in the next few weeks. The economic impact payments will be automatically deposited by April 17 for those taxpayers who have previously provided bank account information for direct deposit to the IRS. No further action from those taxpayers is required. For more information about the economic impact checks, visit https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus.

LA County is ramping up COVID-19 testing sites, opening three additional locations on April 3 and developing many others countywide. The sites opening April 3 are at the Pomona Fairplex (Gate 17 - W. McKinley/Fairplex Dr, Pomona), the South Bay Galleria (1815 Hawthorne Blvd, Redondo Beach), and the Antelope Valley Mall (1233 Rancho Vista Blvd, Palmdale). The testing is by appointment only. Walk-up appointments are not available. At this time, tests are strictly limited to residents of Los Angeles County who are in the most high-risk categories and most vulnerable. More information and frequently asked questions are available at https://COVID19.LACounty.gov/testing.

The State of CA now has a new dashboard to provide a snapshot of information and data related to COVID-19, and quick links to hospital data, case statistics, and details by County. Visit https://data.chhs.ca.gov/dataset/california-covid-19-hospital-data-and-case-statistics.

Watch Los Angeles County Public Health and elected officials' daily TV briefing on the countywide coronavirus status and response live or later on-demand on Facebook at https://facebook.com/CountyofLA, on Twitter at www.twitter.com/CountyofLA, and on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCutBHggRFn38J-tfVGC2tBw/videos. The daily briefings have been held at 12:30 PM and 1:00 PM with times, shifting as needed to allow for State briefings. The City will announce the times on social media and Nextdoor as they become available. The briefings are also broadcast live on many local TV news stations. All phone numbers, websites, and resources mentioned during this livestream are listed at https://COVID19.LACounty.gov.

City Hall, the Senior Center, and all City parks, including restroom facilities, are closed. Dial-a-Ride is operating for seniors - Call 424-346-8444. Essential City staff are working remotely. Residents wishing to contact City staff may do so by calling departmental extensions or emails:
-- Planning – 310-456-2489, ext. 485 or email MPlanning@malibucity.org
-- Building Safety – 310-456-2489, ext. 390 or email MBuilding@malibucity.org
-- Public Works – 310-456-2489, ext. 391 or MPublicWorks@malibucity.org
-- All other City business – 310-456-2489, ext. 392 or info@malibucity.org
Visit www.MalibuCity.org/VirtualRec for programs and activities for residents and families at home.

County of Los Angeles Dept of Public Health: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/
County of Los Angeles COVID-19 Dashboards: https://covid19.lacounty.gov/dashboards/
State of California: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/OPA/Pages/New-Release-2020.aspx

The City of Malibu will publish emergency information about the Coronavirus on the City website: www.MalibuCity.org/Coronavirus. Residents and businesses are asked to share emergency information with their Spanish-speaking staff and contractors.

La ciudad de Malibú publicará todas las alertas de emergencia sobre el coronavirus en el sitio web de la ciudad: www.MalibuCity.org/Coronavirus.

The City of Malibu continues to monitor the status of the Coronavirus and implement measures to protect public health and safety and is doing everything possible to support vulnerable community members.  The City continues to follow the recommendations of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LADPH), California Office of Emergency Services (CALOES) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and is taking steps to reduce the likelihood of community spread. 

All Residents should be complying with the State’s “Stay at Home” order, and leaving their homes only to conduct essential business, such as grocery shopping, medical appointments. Residents should also connect with neighbors, particularly seniors or those with underlying health conditions, to see if they need help in any way.

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