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COVID-19 INFO

SEVERAL LASD EMPLOYEES CAME IN CONTACT WITH PEOPLE WHO TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19.  WHAT’S THE LATEST?

  • WE HAVE PERSONNEL FROM WALNUT/DIAMOND BAR, SANTA CLARITA VALLEY AND MALIBU/LOST HILLS STATIONS, AND THE TRANSIT SERVICES BUREAU, WHO WERE EITHER EXPOSED OR POTENTIALLY EXPOSED TO THE VIRUS WHILE ON-DUTY.  ALTHOUGH THEY WERE ASYMPTOMATIC, IT WAS OUT OF AN ABUNDANCE OF CAUTION THEY WERE SENT HOME TO SELF-QUARANTINE AND SELF-MONITOR, AS OUTLINED BY THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION. 
  • AS OF TODAY, TUESDAY, MARCH 17TH, 2020, THERE ARE 43 EMPLOYEES WHO ARE SELF-QUARANTINED; 21 OF THEM ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN EXPOSED ON-DUTY; SEVEN OF THE 21 TESTED RETURNED WITH NEGATIVE RESULTS AND WENT BACK TO WORK; 14 DID NOT FIT THE CRITERIA TO BE TESTED; THREE ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE HAD CONTACT WITH A CONFIRMED COVID-19 PATIENT.  OF THE THREE DEPUTIES, TWO RETURNED TO WORK AFTER TESTING NEGATIVE AND ONE TEST IS PENDING. 
  • 22 OF THE 43 EMPLOYEES ARE SELF-QUARANTINED.  OF THESE 22 PEOPLE, 15 ARE SWORN AND SEVEN ARE NON-SWORN.
  • WE ARE WORKING WITH OUR DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH PARTNERS TO ASSESS IF COVID-19 TESTING OF DEPARTMENT PERSONNEL IS REQUIRED.  IN THE MEANTIME, WE ARE MONITORING PERSONNEL FOR SYMPTOMS AND ENCOURAGING STAFF TO WEAR THE PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT WE ISSUED AND TO STAY HOME IF THEY FEEL ILL.
  • AS THE COVID-19 VIRUS PROGRESSES, THERE WILL CERTAINLY BE MORE AND MORE EXPOSURE, ON AND OFF DUTY.  MANY PERSONNEL ON OUR DEPARTMENT ARE MARRIED TO OTHER FIRST RESPONDERS, WHO ARE ALSO AT RISK OF EXPOSURE.  WHEN THEY COME HOME, THEY TAKE THEIR WORK WITH THEM, SO TO SPEAK. 
  • CERTAINLY, WE CARE ABOUT THE PUBLIC WE SERVE AND WANT TO PROVIDE THE MOST PROFESSIONAL SERVICE WE CAN.  PART OF THIS IS ENSURING THAT WE NOT ONLY REMAIN HEALTHY, BUT THAT WE DON’T PRESENT A RISK OF CARRYING AN EXPOSURE, FROM ONE SERVICE CALL TO THE NEXT, OR BRING IT HOME. 
  • WE ASK THAT IF YOU WISH TO MAKE A NON-EMERGENT POLICE REPORT, VISIT OUR LASD.ORG WEBSITE (http://shq.lasdnews.net/shq/SORTS/sorts_intro.aspx) AND FIRST DETERMINE IF YOUR INCIDENT IS ELIGIBLE FOR FILING ONLINE.  YOU CAN ALSO CALL YOUR LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY TO SEE IF THERE ARE OTHER OPTIONS TO REPORTING NON-EMERGENT INCIDENTS, SUCH AS LOST OR STOLEN PROPERTIES, AND THEFTS OR VANDALISMS UNDER CERTAIN DOLLAR AMOUNTS.
  • IF YOU HAVE REGULARLY SCHEDULED CHILD CUSTODY EXCHANGES OR ARE OBLIGATED TO VISIT FOR A COMPLIANCE CHECK-IN, CALL AHEAD OF TIME, ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING FLU-LIKE SYMPTOMS, FEVER OR RESPIRATORY ILLNESS, SO DEPUTIES CAN TAKE PRECAUTIONS.
  • AND OF COURSE, IF THERE IS A SITUATION IN WHICH A LAW ENFORCEMENT PRESENCE IS NEEDED TO IMMEDIATELY PROTECT LIFE, SAFETY OR PROPERTY, CALL 9-1-1.  IF THERE IS SOMEONE AT THE LOCATION OR AN INVOLVED PARTY WHO IS EITHER DIAGNOSED WITH COVID-19 VIRUS OR DISPLAYING SIGNS OF IT, PLEASE TELL THE DISPATCHER AT THE TIME OF YOUR CALL.

WHAT IS BEING DONE TO CUT THE JAIL POPULATION TO COMBAT THE SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS?

  • THE HEALTH OF OUR CUSTODY ENVIRONMENT IS CERTAINLY VULNERABLE TO WHAT COMES INTO IT, AND IS DEFINITELY ONE WE HAVE TO VIGILANTLY PROTECT.
  • LA SHERIFF ALEX VILLANUEVA RAISED THE AGGREGATE BAIL AMOUNT FOR BOOKING INMATES FROM $25,000 TO $50,000, WHICH ALLOWS MORE PEOPLE TO RECEIVE CITATIONS, RATHER THAN GET BOOKED INTO CUSTODY.  THIS REDUCES THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE ENTERING OUR JAIL FACILITIES, THEREFORE REDUCING THE CHANCES OF VIRUS BEING INTRODUCED INTO THAT ENVIRONMENT.
  • OUT OF THE 16,459 INMATES IN YESTERDAY’S MORNING COUNT, THERE WERE ZERO CONFIRMED CASES OF CORONAVIRUS.  NINE INMATES ARE IN ISOLATION HOUSING, 21 INMATES ARE IN QUARANTINE AT MEN’S CENTRAL JAIL, AND FIVE INMATES ARE IN QUARANTINE AT TWIN TOWERS CORRECTIONAL FACILITY.
  • WE INCREASED THE STRINGENCY OF OUR SCREENING PROCEDURES AND ARE DOING TEMPERATURE SCANNING OF EVERYONE WHO ENTERS OUR CUSTODY FACILITIES TO HELP MAKE SURE THAT SOMEONE WHO IS POTENTIALLY INFECTED DOES NOT EXPOSE THE REST OF THE POPULATION.
  • PUBLIC VISITING WAS SUSPENDED, TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE AT OUR JAIL FACILITIES, AND THEREFORE REDUCE THE NUMBER OF OPPORTUNITIES OF THE VIRUS TO BE INTRODUCED.

WHAT ABOUT PANIC-BUYING?  HOW IS THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT WORKING TO KEEP THINGS UNDER CONTROL AT LOCAL GROCERY STORES?

  • ALL PATROL STATIONS AND FRONT LINE COMMAND WILL REMAIN OPEN AND OPERATIONAL. IT IS IMPERATIVE TO MAINTAIN OUR PRIMARY MISSION OF PUBLIC SAFETY, RESPONDING TO CALLS FOR SERVICE MAINTAINING ORDER, AND ASSISTING THE PUBLIC, AS NEEDED.  THIS INCLUDES REMAINING OPEN FOR BUSINESS 24 HOURS A DAY.
  • STAFF VACATIONS WERE CANCELLED THROUGH THE END OF APRIL, TO ENSURE MORE PERSONNEL ARE ON-HAND, AND THOSE WORKING NON-ESSENTIAL ASSIGNMENTS CAN BE TEMPORARILY MOVED TO CUSTODY OR PATROL ASSIGNMENTS TO OFFSET AND AUGMENT MANPOWER SHORTAGES. 
  • WE INCREASED OUR PRESENCE IN THE FIELD BY DEPLOYING THOSE NON-ESSENTIAL PERSONNEL FROM OUR DETECTIVE BUREAU TO VARIOUS PATROL STATIONS.  THIS IS A PRECAUTIONARY MEASURE BECAUSE OF THE LARGE NUMBERS OF PEOPLE IN GROCERY STORES, COMMERCIAL WAREHOUSES AND SHOPPING CENTERS; THE MERE PRESENCE OF LAW ENFORCEMENT PERSONNEL SHOULD BE A DETERRENT OF CRIME, AND WE WANT STAFF THERE, JUST IN CASE THERE IS SOME SORT OF CONFLICT.
  • THESE TYPES OF SUPPLEMENTAL DEPLOYMENTS ASSIST WITH INCIDENTS RELATED TO PANIC-BUYING, WHILE ENSURING A STEADY COLLABORATION BETWEEN THE PUBLIC AND LOCAL BUSINESSES.   IT ALSO ENSURES THE HIGHEST QUALITY OF SERVICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY.  THESE DEPLOYMENTS WILL CONTINUE UNTIL I DEEM THEM UNNECESSARY.
  • IF EVERYONE REMAINS CIVIL, COMPOSED AND CALM, SHOPPING FOR EVERYDAY ITEMS CAN BE SUSTAINABLE.

HOW MANY INMATES WERE IN TODAY’S (TUESDAY, MARCH 17, 2020) COUNT?

  • 16,427

HOW MANY INMATES WERE CONFIRMED CASES OF COVID-19?

  • *ZERO.  LA COUNTY JAILS HAVE NO CONFIRMED CASES OF COVID- 19.

HOW MANY INMATES ARE IN ISOLATION HOUSING AND AT WHICH FACILITIES?

  • 10 HOUSED AT THE CORRECTIONAL TREATMENT CENTER (CTC) AT TWIN TOWERS CORRECTIONAL FACILITY.

Below are the LASD educational programs that are continuing.  Some of our programs have been cancelled at the direction of our educational providers

CTE stands for Career Technical Education. 

South – CTE, Life Skills, and College of the Canyons continuing– no high school classes

NCCF – CTE, Life Skills and College of the Canyons continuing – no high school classes

North – Life Skills continuing– no high school

MCJ – CTE only – no high school

CRDF – Gender Responsive classes continuing – no high school

TTCF – no classes

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Sheriff reassures public amid covid-19

COVID-19 Sheriff Reassures Residents; “Let’s Be Prepared, Not Scared”

During a press conference on Monday, March 16, 2020, at the Hall of Justice, Sheriff Alex Villanueva stated his reassurance that the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is working hard to ensure law enforcement services in the areas we serve remain uninterrupted by the coronavirus.

The County Emergency Operations Center (CEOC) remains open at a Level I status, fully-staffed with knowledgeable experts from other L.A. County departments.  Our Department continues to collaborate with local agencies, monitor world events and provide the most up-to-date information to the public.

Through innovative and creative measures, Sheriff Villanueva was adamant about keeping staff levels up and the inmate population count down.  Staff vacations were cancelled through the end of April to ensure more personnel are on-hand, and those working non-essential assignments can be temporarily moved to custody or patrol assignments to offset and augment manpower shortages.  This decision is particularly helpful for coverage, as a small number of personnel were self-quarantined over the weekend. 

The Sheriff raised the aggregate bail amount for booking inmates raised from $25,000 to $50,000, which allows more people to receive citations, rather than get booked into custody.  This reduces the number of people entering our jail facilities, therefore lowering chances of the virus being introduced into that environment.  Out of the 16,459 inmates in today’s morning count, there were zero confirmed cases of coronavirus.  Nine inmates are in isolation housing, 21 inmates are in quarantine at Men’s Central Jail, and five inmates are in quarantine at Twin Towers Correctional Facility. 

Personal protective equipment was issued to field personnel.  Inventory of these supplies was bulked-up, with a likely request to follow for the release of Service and Supply funds, to address the ongoing need for more items, such as masks, gloves, goggles, and sanitizer.  Patrol station and custody facility unit commanders were directed to sanitize their stations and jails as a preventative measure.  Personnel are reminded to be cognizant of hand-washing, don personal protective equipment, covering sneezes, not touching their faces, and practice social distancing while off-duty.

Despite all county buildings being ordered to close their doors to the public, Sheriff Villanueva directed all patrol stations to keep their lobbies open.  He encouraged the use of online reporting for non-emergent, qualifying incidents, as outlined here:  http://shq.lasdnews.net/shq/SORTS/sorts_intro.aspx or calling your local patrol station.  He also asked that those who must visit a patrol station for services, such as regularly-scheduled child custody exchanges or compliance check-ins, to notify deputies if they are experiencing flu-like symptoms, fever or respiratory illness so they can take precautionary measures. 

Residents are reminded to follow protective protocols prescribed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as found here:    https://bit.ly/3d6fDAQ and here:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html

As events occur, information regarding public safety and other services will be provided by our agency and updated on several platforms.  Please monitor our social media sites, @LASDHQ on Twitter, @LosAngelesCountySheriffDepartment on Facebook, and our https://lasd.org/ website for up-to-date information.

Stay connected, remain composed and we will get through this together.

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Sheriff Alex Villanueva to discuss Safety Precautions regarding COVID-19

Sheriff Alex Villanueva to discuss Safety Precautions regarding COVID-19

Posted by Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department on Monday, March 16, 2020

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Sheriff elevates the response readiness level for County Emergency Operations Center in response for CoVid-19

As the Sheriff of Los Angeles County, the safety and security of all residents is Sheriff Villanueva's top priority. As the County's top law enforcement official, the Sheriff is designated as the Director of the Emergency Operation's Center for the County of Los Angeles. Today, Sheriff Villanueva, and Supervisor Kathryn Barger, Chair of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, toured the County Emergency Operations Center to ensure the County was ready to manage the health and safety of its residents. The Operations Center, generally staffed by the Sheriff's Department and the County of Los Angeles Office of Emergency Management, houses the tools and resources needed for all County departments to coordinate their disaster and recovery efforts, ensuring continuity in response to county-wide emergencies. During these declared emergencies, County Departments send representatives to the Emergency Operations Center to begin planning efforts to support those county residents who are affected.Due to the emerging needs of the County and in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Sheriff elevated the response level from level 2 (minimal staffing by county department to provide for centralized emergency management) to a level 1, (Full staffing of the Emergency Operations Center to support centralized emergency management during a proclaimed local emergency). Since this COVID-19 is a health-driven event, the Office of Public Health and the Office of Emergency Management are the lead agencies. However, The Sheriff's Department will allocate management resources to garner all available resources better to support them. The Department is Staffing our Operation's Center 24 hours a day. It will provide a Division Chief for the County Emergency Operations Center to ensure proper management of resources and shared information across the County of Los Angeles. Sheriff Villanueva added, "It's not about being scared; it's about being prepared."LASD remains dedicated to working with all County of LA Leaders and Officials to combat and prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Posted by Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department on Thursday, March 12, 2020

SHERIFF ELEVATES THE RESPONSE READINESS LEVEL FOR COUNTY EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER For covid-19

As the Sheriff of Los Angeles County, the safety and security of all residents is Sheriff Villanueva’s top priority. As the County’s top law enforcement official, the Sheriff is designated as the Director of the Emergency Operation’s Center for the County of Los Angeles. Today, Sheriff Villanueva, and Supervisor Kathryn Barger, Chair of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, toured the County Emergency Operations Center to ensure the County was ready to manage the health and safety of its residents.

The Operations Center, generally staffed by the Sheriff’s Department and the County of Los Angeles Office of Emergency Management, houses the tools and resources needed for all County departments to coordinate their disaster and recovery efforts, ensuring continuity in response to county-wide emergencies.

During these declared emergencies, County Departments send representatives to the Emergency Operations Center to begin planning efforts to support those county residents who are affected.
Due to the emerging needs of the County and in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Sheriff elevated the response level from level 2 (minimal staffing by county department to provide for centralized emergency management) to a level 1, (Full staffing of the Emergency Operations Center to support centralized emergency management during a proclaimed local emergency).

Since this COVID-19 is a health-driven event, the Office of Public Health and the Office of Emergency Management are the lead agencies.

However, The Sheriff’s Department will allocate management resources to garner all available resources better to support them. The Department is Staffing our Operation’s Center 24 hours a day. It will provide a Division Chief for the County Emergency Operations Center to ensure proper management of resources and shared information across the County of Los Angeles.

Sheriff Villanueva added, “It’s not about being scared; it’s about being prepared.”

LASD remains dedicated to working with all County of LA Leaders and Officials to combat and prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

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Coronavirus Scams

There are unscrupulous persons out there who are taking advantage of the Coronavirus nationwide circumstances. Please prepare & protect yourself and your family, but don’t panic. The Department is aware there are a few scams out there, please read the information below to avoid becoming a victim. At this time, our Department is not aware of any local cases. We are, however, monitoring COVID-19 and making sure the public is aware of these scams. 

DO NOT click on phishing emails, links, or attachments you don’t recognize; hackers maybe be able to access your personal information if you click, open, or log in to a fake page. You may receive emails from fraudulent accounts impersonating official websites or Doctors. For example, an email will come from @CDC-GOV.ORG vs. the official email sender of @CDC.GOV. Make sure you hover over the link to verify the URL & domain name (Uniform Resource Locator).  

IGNORE fraudulent online offers claiming they are selling COVID-19 knockoff products, cures or treatments. At this time, per CDC, there is no vaccine for Coronavirus. There are scammers claiming they are selling the “N95” respirator face masks vs. regular surgical masks, or hand sanitizer that is 60% alcohol. Please purchase from businesses you trust. 

BE AWARE of fraudulent fundraising campaigns or donation requests for cash, gift cards, and credit cards. There are scammers seeking contributions via emails or going door to door. At this time, CDC is not sending persons door to door for cash or soliciting donations through bitcoin or PayPal.

PRICE GOUGING California Attorney General Xavier Becerra issued a price gouging alert due to State of Emergency. 

To get information, resources, and updates from official Departments, please visit www.CDC.gov or https://www.cdph.ca.gov . For local Los Angeles County information please visit the local webpage at http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/. If you believe you have been scammed, contact your bank and/or credit card company immediately and report it to your local law enforcement. If you think there is a situation where a business may be charging excessively, please file a complaint through the website at https://www.oag.ca.gov/ or call 800-952-5225.

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Coronavirus Update

LASD CUSTODY OPERATIONS WORKING WITH DPH AND CHS TO PREPARE FOR 2019 NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

As 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread throughout the world and new cases are being reported throughout the United States, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Custody Services Division (LASD) has been working diligently with the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services – Correctional Health Services (CHS) and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (DPH) to prepare.

Although we do not currently have any inmates in our custody who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, LASD and CHS continue to follow Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines to assess and monitor inmates in our custody, as well as newly arriving inmates, for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and will arrange for quarantine as necessary. 

If an inmate meets the criteria of a suspected coronavirus patient, the inmate will be placed in isolation and staff will follow proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) guidelines. A surgical mask will be placed on the inmate patient who will be isolated in separate housing, away from general population housing.  If that inmate is confirmed to have COVID-19, they will be re-housed in the medical ward of the jail.  Proper PPE procedures for Department members and staff include safety eye goggles, an N-95 mask, disposable gloves, and a disposable gown.

Currently, Inmates who are scheduled to be released from custody will not be impacted; however, if the county jail system begins to see cases of COVID-19 within its housing locations, those housed in quarantined areas will go through a release protocol monitored by the Department of Public Health.  The Department of Public Health will additionally monitor them after their release from custody.  

The Department is working with the Superior Court of California-County of Los Angeles on a plan to minimize the impact on court proceedings for those who are quarantined if such need occurs.  Inmates will still have access to contact their attorneys.

Monitoring and potential quarantine procedures will remain in place until CHS and DPH officials determine it is safe to return to normal operations. 

To identify if your loved one is housed in a quarantined area, please visit the www.lasd.org and schedule a visit with your loved one.  If a pop-up message is displayed that your loved one is in an affected area, he/she is under observation (quarantine) until further notice. 

—— Information about COVID-19 ——

According to the Department of Public Health, COVID-19 is a contagious disease caused by a virus.  Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. The virus is spread through respiratory droplets produced through coughing and sneezing, close personal contact with an infected person, and on rare occasions from infected objects or surfaces.

For more information on COVID-19, please visit:  http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/#

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Sheriff’s Statement on Declared Local Health Emergency

Sheriff’s Statement on Declared Local Health Emergency

LASD Executive Coronavirus Briefing and Planning Meeting

On March 11, 2020, Sheriff Villanueva and the Department's executive team met at the Los Angeles County Emergency Operations Center to discuss the Department's response to, and plan for, the potential spread of Covid-19 through the County of Los Angeles. The executive team toured the Emergency Operations Center and was briefed by the Department's tactical planning experts which are assigned to the Emergency Operations Bureau. Response readiness plans as well as equipment and resource needs were discussed in an effort to better prepare the Sheriff's Department to respond to any request if needed. Currently the Sheriff's Department is working with the County of Los Angeles Office of Emergency Management, the Department of Public Health, the Department of Health Services, the Correctional Health Services unit, and various other County/City agencies to ensure we are all ready for a county-wide response.To read more, please visit: https://lasd.org/sheriff-statement-corona-virus/ or https://lasd.org/coronavirus-update/, and http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/#

Posted by Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department on Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Earlier today the Board of Supervisors declared a local public health emergency in the County of Los Angeles, in response to the novel coronavirus.  Although this declaration is precautionary, I want to assure the residents of this great county your Sheriff’s Department is prepared to keep residents safe.

The Sheriff’s Operation Center is staffed 24 hours a day with personnel continuously and vigilantly monitoring the needs for resources across Los Angeles County.  Our Emergency Operations Bureau is co-located and in constant communication with the County of Los Angeles Office of Emergency Management to ensure we are ready for a county-wide response, if needed. 

We are collaborating with personnel from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, Correctional Health Services unit, to ensure adequate resources are available to respond to any potential outbreak, not only for the public, but for those incarcerated in our jail system, as well. 

I want to assure the public we will do everything in our power to keep our residents safe. But it doesn’t just stop there; I urge you to take precautionary measures, to help ensure your own safety.

The Department of Public Health recommends the following to protect ourselves against respiratory illnesses:

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Wash your hands often, for at least 20 seconds at a time,with soap and water. Do this especially after using the restroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Limit close contact, like kissing and sharing cups or utensils, with people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces using a regular, household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve, not your hands.
  • Face masks are most effective when used appropriately by health care workers and people who are sick.
  • Get immunized to prevent influenza, if you have not already done so this season.

As the Department of Public Health mentioned, please continue to offer welcoming environments for ALL members of our community.  Neither the California State Public Health Department nor Los Angeles County Public Health recommend that any regularly-scheduled events be canceled due to novel corona virus.  There is no community spread of the novel corona virus in the United States at this time, and the risk to the general public remains low.