|Page last updated: May 30, 2020||City’s COVID-19 Hotline, (562) 220-2242|
| Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Paramount (statistics provided by L.A. County Public Health): 345
The City of Paramount is working closely with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (DPH) to monitor the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), including having City officials participating in regular conference call updates with the Department and partner agencies.
As with any situation, it’s best to know the facts. Here’s a short, helpful video that explains the coronavirus.
As we live through these challenging times, the City wants to thank all of our residents who have been staying “Safer at Home” and following social distancing and other guidelines to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
The City, also, expresses its heartfelt wishes of support to those in our community, and their families, who have contracted the coronavirus. We trust that everyone affected is on their way toward a full recovery, if they haven’t already reached it.
As your Mayor, I want you to know that the City has been doing everything possible to maintain a sense of normalcy amid the pandemic. Our employees continue to provide the community with essential services and we have produced a steady stream of public information through our website and social media outlets.
Below is a list of some of the City’s efforts over the last month:
- Masks – Free distribution of 30,000 cloth masks to residents.
- Delinquent Water Accounts – Suspended delinquent fees and water-service shut-offs for failure to pay a water bill.
- Street Sweeping – Suspended street sweeping citations.
- For our seniors – home delivery of meals; welfare checks by phone; pharmacy pickups; at-home birthday celebrations.
- STAR afterschool program – Making wellness calls to 1,200 families to see how the students are doing, let them know they are missed.
- Rental Assistance – Persuaded the County to reallocate funds and expand existing grant-funded assistance program to help residents unable to pay rent due to COVID-19.
- Unemployment Services – Promoted local workforce board’s efforts to help residents filing for unemployment and essential businesses in need of workers.
- Public Information – Created COVID-19 Webpage on paramountcity.com with a wealth of information and resources, updated daily.
- City COVID-19 Hotline – Created dedicated English/Spanish hotline, seven days a week. (562) 220-2242.
- Electronic Message Boards – Rented and placed four of these on major boulevards with a new message each week with COVID reminders.
- Local Resource Sharing Page – Connecting businesses who can provide a useful product or service with residents.
- Public Safety – Deputies conduct patrol checks of grocery stores, banks, Home Depot, distribution centers to insure safety of residents.
- Grocery Worker “Thank You” – Large Thank You posters signed by the City Council and City Staff given to grocery store employees expressing appreciation for helping our community.
- Local Restaurants – Sending emails with an attached video informing restaurants selling groceries about County rules.
We are all in this together. We will get through it and come out the other side as the same strong, vibrant community we have always been. Be safe, and thank you again for helping to overcome COVID-19.
Remember, too, that the City is here for you, and can be reached at (562) 220-2000 or by email at paramountcity.com/how-do-i/contact.
For specific information on the listed topics, click the appropriate title, or you can scroll down to see each subject.
Coronaviruses primarily cause respiratory illness in people, including fever, cough, and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. Severe illness can lead to pneumonia and, in rare cases, death. There is no treatment for COVID-19; however, healthcare facilities can minimize transmission and help prevent more severe illness
Here are some notable facts about COVID-19 as shared by the LA County Public Health Department:
- 80% of those who contract COVID-19 experience only mild symptoms and get better on their own with proper self-treatment and isolation.
- The most at-risk population are those with underlying health conditions (i.e. heart disease, etc.) and the elderly (over 65 years old).
To help slow the spread and transmission of COVID-19, LA County Public Health Department recommends the following tips for the public:
- Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. Also, sanitize surfaces commonly touched.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Refrain from touching your face, specifically your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Cough or sneeze into your sleeve.
- Stay home if you experience any mild symptoms like a fever or coughing.
- Always consult your doctor for medical advice.
A new Los Angeles County Health Officer Order has been issued that keeps the County moving through Stage 2 of its Roadmap to Recovery. It still requires specific higher-risk businesses to remain closed while allowing more retail businesses to open conditionally as long as they adhere to County protocols.
At the same time, it encourages all residents to stay in their homes as much as possible and to continue practicing social distancing when out in the public and wear a cloth face covering.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) has confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the City of Paramount. To see the daily updates from Public Health, please click here.
Public Health is investigating all new cases and will notify close contacts who are household members, intimate partners, and healthcare professionals to assess and monitor them for signs and symptoms of illness. Close contacts are quarantined. The details of this individual (name, age, address, locations visited, etc.) will not be released by Public Health. In a press release, Public Health stated the following: “Because there are positive cases across the entire County, the public should not think one location is safer than the other.” That underscores the need for residents in Paramount and every community to take social distancing and hygiene protocols very seriously.
To see the latest press release from Public Health, please click here. This includes numbers of cases by city and the age groups affected.
The Los Angeles County Department of Health Services (DHS) has released its COVID-19 Hospital Demand Modeling Projections showing that physical distancing is slowing the rate of COVID-19 transmission in the County. The projections indicate that if current levels of physical distancing are not maintained, there will be an exponential rapid increase in the rate of infection, severely hampering the ability of the hospital system to meet that demand.
“Physical distancing has ‘flattened the curve’ by slowing the rate of transmission of the virus. Because of this, our healthcare system is able to meet the demand for treatment for COVID-19 patients, providing quality lifesaving services to all those who need them,” DHS Director Dr. Christina Ghaly said. “However, we need to remember that while, yes, transmission is slowing, we are still on a growth curve, and thus need to maintain the public health interventions in place. Physical distancing is the single biggest action we can take to continue to fight this virus. If we went back to life as normal today, by late summer the vast majority of Los Angeles County residents would likely have experienced infection with the virus, putting excessive strain on the healthcare system.”
The modeling team was tasked with taking available data and making the best possible predictions regarding the spread of COVID-19 in Los Angeles County and associated demand for hospital-based care including hospital beds, intensive care unit (ICU) beds, and ventilators. The team assessed the effectiveness of current physical distancing efforts in slowing the spread of COVID-19 and “flattening the curve.”
The predictive analysis which models the impending surge provides a depiction of the best- and worst-case scenarios for Los Angeles should physical distancing efforts continue and to what degree. The model projects that if we reverted to pre-order physical distancing behavior now, by August 1, 95.6% of Los Angeles County residents will likely have been infected over the course of the pandemic. Under this worst-case scenario, Los Angeles County would face an infection rate at such magnitude that the healthcare system would not be able to treat patients who need hospitalization, underscoring the need to continue to maintain current levels of physical distancing.
The modeling presentation produced by LA County Department of Health Services can be found here.
A limited number of businesses have been allowed to re-open with appropriate safeguards in place. All businesses must apply distancing and infection control protocols. For more details, and to find a poster with the full Roadmap to Recovery and its five stages, click here.
If you or a family member becomes ill, please call your doctor for advice about treatment and testing. The city does not provide testing services. If you do not have a healthcare provider, please call 2-1-1 for the Los Angeles County Department of Health’s information line.
Two Los Angeles County Health Officer Orders were released March 25 regarding quarantines and isolations.
The first requires “the self-quarantine of persons exposed to a person diagnosed with or likely to have COVID-19.”
The second requires “the self-isolation of persons diagnosed with or likely to have COVID-19.”
The City now has a dedicated hotline for residents to call with questions about COVID-19. The number is (562) 220-2242 and it is available from 8am-8pm, seven days a week, in both English and Spanish.
Staff will have information about updates to City services and general questions related to COVID-19. Some specific questions may need to be redirected to L.A. County Public Health or other agencies.
For a list of the differences between various illnesses, and suggestions for treatment options, take a look at this guide put together by RiteAid.
The City of Long Beach has opened a Rapid Assessment Clinic to provide medical assistance to people who might otherwise feel compelled to visit an emergency room for their medical conditions.
The no-cost clinic, located at the Long Beach City College Pacific Coast Campus, will operate from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., seven days a week, until further notice.
The Rapid Assessment Clinic is available to individuals who are not experiencing flu-like symptoms on a walk-in basis. No appointment is necessary. Patients can obtain assessment and treatment for common ailments such as earaches and urinary tract infections. They can also obtain and renew prescriptions for common medications such as oral contraception, and medications for hypertension, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), thyroid issues, cholesterol, diabetes, depression and allergies. Those needing prescription renewals are urged to bring a list of their current medications with dosages and/or pill bottles if they have them.
People who arrive with moderate flu-like symptoms, including a cough, fever without rash or sore throat will also be evaluated on site. These patients will leave the clinic with a patient care plan.
The clinic will not perform X-rays or fill prescriptions on-site.
There is also drive-through appointment-only COVID-19 testing available for those who need it, in an area adjacent to the Rapid Assessment Clinic. Interested individuals should visit the City's COVID-19 testing page and answer several pre-screening questions. Testing will continue to be prioritized for individuals who are symptomatic, those who have underlying health conditions, or are 65 years or older. The City expects to test approximately 100 people per day initially.
Test results take approximately 48 hours to process. Long Beach Health Department case investigators will call individuals whose test results are positive. Individuals whose test results are negative will be notified by letter via the United States Postal Service.
Free parking is available in the college campus parking lot near Orange Avenue, north of Pacific Coast Highway. Signage and staff will direct individuals accordingly.
The clinic is staffed by members of the Long Beach Medical Reserve Corps which consists of volunteer non-medical and medical professionals from the community, including public health professionals, doctors, nurses, medical assistants and nurse practitioners. Individuals interested in volunteering, should visit longbeach.gov/MRC.
- Immigration status
- Insurance status
- Underlying health issues
- Visit the website lacovidprod.service-now.com/rrs.
- Answer a series of questions. The answers determine if you are eligible for an appointment.
- If you are eligible, you will receive an appointment confirmation number by email.
- Bring the confirmation number and photo ID to your appointment.
- People with no access to the Internet can dial 2-1-1 for help making an appointment.
- People without a car can be tested as long as they have an appointment. The sites can accommodate pedestrians.
- There are NO walk-up appointments available for people who do not register.
- For a full list of locations and answers to questions about testing, go to covid19.lacounty.gov.
Hair salons and barbershops can reopen and in-person dining in restaurants can resume immediately with safeguards as Los Angeles County moves forward on the Roadmap to Recovery.
The State of California today approved the County’s request for a variance to state guidelines because the County has met the necessary public health thresholds to safely allow critical sectors of the economy and community to begin serving residents.
The County has demonstrated that it has controlled the spread of the virus, and is protecting residents and essential workers. Hospital testing and contact tracing capacity are appropriate in response to the outbreak. Los Angeles County is now in the advanced stages of Phase 2 of the State’s Resilience Roadmap.
This new phase of Los Angeles County’s reopening better aligns the County with neighboring counties, moving Southern California towards a regional recovery and supporting our service-oriented businesses, many of which are small and locally owned It’s a testament to the efforts of residents who adhered to the Safer At Home order, practiced physical distancing and wore cloth face coverings.
However, this step forward doesn’t mean the threat of COVID-19 is gone. Residents must continue to practice physical distancing, wear cloth face coverings and follow public health guidelines in place.
If at any time, the County’s rate of infection and other key metrics return to unsafe numbers, the Department of Public Health can limit or close reopened sectors.
“This is a fine line that we’re walking in the County of Los Angeles, “said Supervisor Janice Hahn. “We are threading the needle between keeping the public safe and allowing our economy to reopen.”
Dining in restaurants and getting a haircut will be a different experience than we’re used to. Just as is required for all out-of-home activities, clients and staff will have to practice physical distancing and wear cloth face coverings. There will be limited capacity and enhanced cleaning and disinfecting procedures.
Key, specific guidelines for customers at hair salons, barbershops and in-person restaurant dining are below:
Barbershops and hair salons
- Physical distancing measures will be in place.
- Employees and customers will be screened for symptoms, including cough and fever. Clients feeling unwell should reschedule their appointment.
- Everyone, including clients, must wear cloth face coverings while in the salon or barber shop and clients are encouraged to wear face coverings with earloops to ensure the face covering does not interfere with the hair service.
- Magazines, coffee and other amenities will not be available.
- Clients are encouraged to use credit cards and contactless payment systems. If electronic or card payment is not possible, customers should come with exact cash payment or check, if available.
- Stylists may only serve one client at a time.
For the detailed protocols visit: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/coronavirus/.
Personal grooming that is still closed, or prohibited, at this time:
- Nail salons
- Spa services, including massage, facials and waxing
In-person dining in restaurants
- Physical distancing measures will be in place.
- Employees and customers will be screened for symptoms, including cough and fever. Patrons feeling unwell should not eat at a restaurant.
- Outdoor seating and curbside pickup are prioritized.
- Reservations will be encouraged.
- Customers will be asked to wait for their table in their cars or outside the restaurant to prevent crowds from gathering.
- Diners must wear cloth face coverings when not eating.
- Bar areas will be closed.
- Occupancy capacity will be limited to 60% for the next three weeks.
For the detailed protocol visit: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/coronavirus/.
Los Angeles County is under a Safer At Work And In The Community order and public and private gatherings of people outside of a single household unit are not permitted except for public protests and faith-based services, which are permitted to operate with limits on the number of participants.
Everyone must continue to follow physical distancing and infection control protocols and wear a cloth face covering when in contact with others not in your household.
Still closed are:
- Gyms and fitness centers
- Beach piers
- Indoor entertainment venues including arcades, bowling alleys, movie theaters, live performance theaters, concert halls, stadiums, arenas, theme parks, gaming facilities and festivals
- Indoor museums, galleries and zoos
- Click here for a detailed list of what’s open and closed in L.A. County
NOTICE: CORONAVIRUS SOCIAL DISTANCING MEASURES
Most City of Paramount facilities are closed to the public, but essential City services are still available.
CITY SERVICES ONLINE OR BY PHONE
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|Business Licensing||(562) 220-2013|
|Dog Licensing||(562) 220-2010|
|Yard Sales||At this time, we have suspended issuing Yard Sale permits until further notice.|
|Water Services||Set up an account and pay online.||(562) 220-2010||www.paramountcity.com|
|Parking Citations||Pay or contest online
|Planning and Building Services||Building permits, planning applications, schedule an inspection, plan checks, and zoning information.||(562) 220-2036|
|Community Services and Recreation||We are only taking reservations for facility rentals with dates after June 1. Register for recreation classes online or by phone.||(562) 220-2121
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|Public Records Request||E-mail the City Clerk or call.
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|Public Safety||Call 9-1-1 for emergencies. Report non-emergent calls online using the Sheriff's Online Report Tracking System (SORTS) at lasd.org||www.lasd.org|
The City Yard
The Sheriff’s Station
Paramount Park Gym
Paramount Park Community Center/Senior Center
Spane Park Learning Center
Skate Park at Village Park
Learning Center at Spane Park
Mommy and Me
PEP Scholarship Sponsorship Social - 4/24
Weekly Farmers Market
Friday Night Market 5/8
Summer Registration Night
Registration Night for summer programs – 4/9 (registration will begin 4/10 for residents on-line or you can call 562.220.2121.)
Tepic Sister Cities Day of the Child - 4/11
Spring Paramount Park Open Gym - 4/13 - 4/17
Eco-Friendly Fair - 4/18
The Paramount Water Department has been closely monitoring events and public health recommendations surrounding the outbreak and spread of COVID-19. We want to reassure our customers that your tap water is available, plentiful, and safe. There is currently no evidence to support that COVID-19 is transmitted through drinking water.
Paramount’s Water Treatment Process
Paramount provides drinking water from a blend of groundwater wells and imported surface water from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD). Groundwater pumped from deep underground aquifers provides a natural filtration process that facilitates the removal of contaminants. Additionally, when the groundwater reaches the surface, it is further treated to maintain its purity. MWD utilizes multiple steps in their treatment process that physically removes, disinfects and chemically inactivates any living organisms. This level of treatment meets the stringent state and federal drinking water standards that ensure water is safe for consumption. There is no human contact throughout this water purification process.
Here’s more information about the Paramount water system:
For a statement on safety from the Central Basin Municipal Water District, please click here.
To see information about this from the CDC, please click here.
On March 15, Governor Gavin Newsom and the CDC issued new guidelines to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Among those was the following:
- Advising all people 65 or older and those with underlying health issues to self-isolate at home.
This can present a challenge for the elderly when it comes to obtaining food. The State of California says it is working on this effort. In the meantime, Northgate Market, Super A Market, and El Super are offering special shopping times for seniors 65 years and older from 7:00 am to 8:00 a.m. Northgate is located at 16259 Paramount Blvd., Super A is at 13120 Downey Ave., and El Super is located at 14601 Lakewood Blvd. The City is asking other markets in town to follow this example. We are also doing what we can to reach out to our senior population to ensure their welfare, including delivering care packages of food and necessities and making wellness calls.
To see a list of other things the City is doing to help our senior population during this difficult time, please click here.
Additionally, the Emmanuel Reformed Church, through their Paramount Care Foundation, has food distribution every Friday from 8:30-10 am at 8206 Alondra Blvd. This is open to all ages.
No, the City is not administering coronavirus tests. According to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, “If you are sick, your health care provider may decide to do a test for coronavirus. Only health care providers can test for COVID-19. Since most people will get better with rest and time, there is no need to see a doctor if you have mild symptoms. If you are sick and think you should be tested for COVID-19, call your doctor before going in for care.”
No. Due to Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliance, the City does not have access to resident information about coronavirus. For up-to-date information about COVID-19 cases in the area, please visit http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/. The County is issuing press releases that now list the cities where cases have been confirmed.
The City is closely monitoring and assessing the situation, but has no scheduled date for resumption of activities. We will continue to monitor Public Health Guidelines and recommendations and assess City services and programs, and update residents as dates change. Please do your part to engage in social distancing to help contain the spread of COVID-19 and keep Paramount safe and healthy.
No, the City (like most other municipalities) has no healthcare agency. For local health information, please visit http://publichealth.lacounty.gov.
Based on a new State of California directive designed to limit the spread of the coronavirus, and out of an abundance of caution in the interest of public health, the City of Paramount, as of March 17, 2020, is only issuing building permits that are of an urgent nature. If you have any questions, please contact us at (562) 220-2036.
The City has put together a Virtual Recreation page on our website with all sorts links and resources for staying healthy, entertained, and informed during this time of being “Safer at Home.”
It’s a great resource to explore with your kids.
Online fitness classes, visual and performing arts sites, games and crafts, educational resources … these are just a few of the topics included. Check it out at paramountcity.com/virtualrecreation
In accordance with Los Angeles County’s Safer at Home Order to stem the spread of COVID-19, and its call for a ban on outdoor gatherings and for persons to practice social distancing during outdoor activities, the City has closed Salud Park and the skate park at Village Park indefinitely.
Salud is located at 7167 Somerset Blvd. and Village is at 7718 Somerset Blvd.
The cleanliness of our City streets is vital during our efforts to fight COVID-19.
Recognizing this difficult time for our residents, the City suspended warnings and citations for vehicles parked during street sweeping hours over a month ago. But it has become a challenge to keep our streets free of litter and debris, including used masks and gloves.
As a result, the City receives daily phone calls and emails from residents voicing concerns about the condition of our streets and requesting that we again conduct parking enforcement.
So the time has come to resume issuing parking citations in the name of public health and safety – on Monday, May 11 for our major boulevards and Monday, May 18 for all residential streets.
We are currently looking for parking lots for residents in our more congested areas of town to use temporarily. Please check this website for updates.
Also, if you have a lawn, know that you can park there on street sweeping day and not receive a ticket.
The City sends out a big thank you to our residents who managed to move their vehicles on their street sweeping days during this time and helped out by picking up litter and keeping our streets free of trash.
If you have any questions, please call (562) 220-2002.
The following parking lots will be available for residents in adjacent neighborhoods to use on street sweeping days for a maximum of three hours beginning on May 18.
A permit must be obtained at the Paramount Sheriff’s Station, 15001 Paramount Blvd., and must be displayed on the vehicle’s dashboard. No overnight parking will be allowed on any of these lots.
Distribution of these permits will begin Monday, May 11, 2020, and they will be in effect until further notice.
You must show proof of address to be issued a temporary permit.
· Major Lynn Mokler School - 8571 Flower St.
· Paramount High School – West Campus 4708 Paramount Blvd.
· Howard Tanner School - 7210 Rosecrans Ave.
· Frank J. Zamboni Middle School - 15733 Orange Ave.
· Paramount Park – 14400 Paramount Blvd.
· Progress Park - 15500 Downey Ave.
· Salud Park - 7167 Somerset Blvd.
· Spane Park – 14400 Colorado Avenue.
· United States Postal Office (west of the building only) - 7200 Somerset Blvd.
The City expresses special thanks to the Paramount Unified School District and the United States Postal Office for their generous help.
Further City Information
SEACCA (Southeast Area Animal Control Authority), which serves the City of Paramount, has released a statement regarding its operations. To read it, please click here.
Out of an abundance of caution due to COVID-19, many facilities throughout L.A. County that process collected recyclables have suspended operations. Even so, in Paramount, the City's contracted trash hauler CalMet Services will continue collecting recycling and green waste along with trash and bulky items.
Residents and businesses should continue to place their trash, recycling, and green waste in the appropriate bins. However, you may see only one truck collecting the material from all your bins during this time.
Below are common guidelines to follow to ensure proper processing and the health and safety of sanitation workers and the public.
- Continue to separate recyclables and green waste and place them in the correct bin; recyclables should be empty, dry, and clean.
- Ensure the lids of your bins are closed and that the bins are placed at curbside properly to allow for trucks to collect the material without sanitation workers having to touch the bins.
Together we can flatten the curve while protecting sanitation workers and preserving the environment.
For any questions regarding your service, contact CalMet Services at (562) 259-1239.
The City of Paramount has expressed its support for a number of State and Federal efforts to provide financial relief to cities and individuals as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Attached are letters from Mayor Peggy Lemons regarding the following:
- Encouraging Gov. Newsom to offer more economic/financial relief for cities.
- Supporting SB 1410 (COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program) to Senator Lena Gonzalez for more tenant/eviction protections.
- Supporting HR 6492 (Ensuring HOMES Act) to Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard for protocols on mortgage deferment guidelines.
- Supporting H.R. 6515 (Rent and Mortgage Cancellation Act) to Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard for cancelling rent/mortgages retro to April 2020.
Below is a list of various resources and services available to City of Paramount residents during the “Safer at Home” Public Health Order. If your organization or business is able to provide a useful product or service to the community please complete the form at the “How can you help?” link below.
The City is reaching out to our residents who may have physical disabilities or significant health issues that limit their ability to get out of their homes. If you know of someone who may need assistance, call us to see if we can help or coordinate at (562) 220-2121 or 220-2093.
We also encourage all residents to check on and stay in contact with your elderly, disabled, or health-compromised neighbors.
For our seniors 65 and older, local pharmacies are allowing City staff members to pick up prescriptions for home delivery to them. There are a number of criteria that must be met. Call (562) 220-2121 to find out the specifics.
The pharmacies are: Walmart – 14501 Lakewood Blvd.; Rite Aid – 8447 Alondra Blvd.; Santa Maria – 16279 Paramount Blvd., Suite G.;CVS Pharmacy y Mas – 8859 Alondra Blvd.; St. Luke – 16402 Paramount Blvd.; Walgreens – 9031 Rosecrans Ave.; CVS – 4909 Paramount Blvd., Lakewood; Paramount Family Pharmacy, 8010 2nd St.
The City thanks these businesses for their flexibility, thoughtfulness, and concern during these extraordinary times. We are all in this together.
Are you falling behind on your rent due to the COVID 19 crisis? Or facing possible homelessness for other reasons?
On behalf of the City, our non-profit partners at Kingdom Causes are now accepting requests for rental assistance from Paramount residents who are facing homelessness or are behind on their rent due to COVID-19.
Please contact Kingdom Causes at (562) 804-2189 to see if you qualify for the program. You will need documentation such as a letter from your landlord, proof of income, a lease or rental agreement, etc.
Community Legal Aid SoCal provides free support and services to help low-income people who are struggling with civil legal issues in the Paramount community.
They can address a variety of legal challenges including COVID-19-related issues such as housing and employment.
For contact information in English & Spanish, click here
Clean Power Alliance, which all Paramount electricity customers are enrolled in through Southern California Edison (SCE), has created a $1 million COVID-19 Relief Program that provides bill assistance to impacted residential and small business customers who sign up for financial assistance through SCE.
This is applicable to customers who enroll in CARE, FERA, or Medical Baseline and who call SCE at (800) 655-4555 to get on a payment plan. Please visit cleanpoweralliance.org/covid19 to find out if you are eligible for $25 to $50 electricity bill credits, available on a first-come, first-served basis until the funds are exhausted.
Customers not eligible for Clean Power Alliance’s COVID-19 Relief Program can visit sce.com/safety/coronavirus for other resources.
Paramount Unified School District’s Grab & Go Breakfast and Lunch provides meals for students for pick up on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at four campuses.
Parents can get the meals, students do not need to be present.
On Monday, you receive meals for Monday and Tuesday; on Wednesday, you get the meals for Wednesday and Thursday.
The schools are:
Collins Elem., 6125 Coke Ave., Long Beach;
Los Cerritos Elem., 14626 Gundry Ave., Paramount;
Mokler Elem., 8571 Flower Ave.,Paramount;
Wirtz Elem., 8535 Contreras St., Paramount.
Sadly, online scams and hacking attempts are being perpetrated in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. They can take the form of requests from fake charities, selling counterfeit products, and more. Read this Special Bulletin from the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department Fraud and Cyber Crimes Bureau, attached here.
Paramount residents can file specific types of crimes or incident reports from home with the Sheriff’s Online Report Tracking System (SORTS) on the LASD.org website. Once your report is reviewed and accepted, you will receive a free copy of the approved report emailed to you for your records.
You can report the following incidents:
· Lost or stolen cell phones valued $950 or less
· Lost or stolen property valued $950 or less
· Vandalism, excluding graffiti, where damage is valued under $400
· Theft from an unlocked vehicle valued $950 or less
· Theft from an open or unsecured area valued $950 or less
· Supplemental Loss Form (Must already have a LASD report number)
All cases filed within this system will be reviewed. Department policy will dictate the level of investigation needed for the incident you report to us. A Deputy Sheriff may need to follow-up by email, telephone, or in person, if the incident requires further investigation.
Southern California Edison is temporarily suspending disconnections and waiving late payment charges for customers facing financial challenges including inability to pay their bills. Visit https://www.sce.com/safety/coronavirus for more.
Southern California Gas is temporarily suspending service disconnects for customers who are having a hard time paying their bills. Natural gas service will still be there and SoCalGas will continue to make essential and emergency service appointments. Visit http://socalgas.com/coronavirus for more.
And while Gov. Gavin Newsom today issued an executive order restricting water shutoffs to homes and small businesses for consumers who may not be able to pay for their water service due to COVID-19-related issues, the Paramount Water Company has for the last several weeks temporarily suspended water turn-offs and waived late payment fees. Call (562) 220-2013 to learn more.
There have been reports of price gouging during this public health crisis. If you think you are a victim of this, please report it here:
211 LA County is a team of devoted community resource experts committed to providing LA County residents with accurate, timely, and trusted information on the COVID-19 health crisis. Before making that 211 call, here is a quick guide on the Do's and Don'ts of 211 LA County:
211 can help with...
- Information on COVID-19: symptoms, spread, disinfecting
- Questions about the "Safer At Home" Health Order
- Guidance for Employers, Businesses, Workers, Medical Professionals, and
- Referrals to sign up for health insurance or find a clinic if you don’t already have a
- Referrals to food pantries, food distribution sites/programs, or CalFresh food benefits if you are struggling financially to purchase food
- Shelter referrals, motel vouchers for homeless families only, and eviction
- Information on County services
- Referrals to health, human, and social services and supports - please note service
hours and delivery is changing
- Reporting an act of hate or bullying motivated by country of origin, race, religion,
gender, sexual orientation
211 cannot help with...
- Requesting a COVID-19 test or testing kit
- Requesting an exemption from the Safer at Home Health Order
- Requesting or ordering masks, sanitation supplies or medical supplies, or accepting donations of these supplies
- Screening/testing for COVID-19 symptoms or admission to a clinic, hospital, or
quarantine center (contact your doctor, medical or clinic provider)
- Locations to purchase groceries or meals (grocery stores are restocking, and many
restaurants are open for pick up or delivery)
- Booking hotel rooms at any hotel/quarantine housing
- Direct connection to County officials or Department of Public Health
- Lists of services and providers
- Filing a police report, or reporting a dispute or crime not motivated by discrimination of a protected class
You can also visit 211la.org to learn more about how 211 LA County can help.
If you are receiving public assistance through programs like CalFresh, CalWORKs, General Relief, Medi-Cal, Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAPI) or others through the Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services, or if you need to apply for one of these programs, please click here for important information and updates.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has released new guidelines allowing restaurants in L.A. County to sell groceries as part of their delivery, take-out, and curbside delivery services. Supervisor Janice Hahn and the Board of Supervisors directed the Department of Public Health to issue these guidelines after several restaurants that had reinvented themselves as markets during the COVID-19 crisis had been shut down for operating without a grocery license.
“These new guidelines allow restaurants to sell grocery items and unprepared food through takeout, delivery, and curbside pickup,” said Supervisor Janice Hahn. “I hope this helps our local restaurants stay in business, keep their employees and customers safe, and continue to feed their communities during this crisis.”
Under these new guidelines, restaurants may add grocery items such as unprepared food to their menus for purchase. Restaurants in L.A. County continue to be prohibited from offering dine-in services under the Safer At Home Public Health Order. All business must be done through delivery, take-out, or curbside pickup.
The new updated guidelines can be accessed here
· Restaurants offering grocery type products (e.g. raw ingredients, products, etc.) for retail sale may only include them on their menu for delivery or take-out. They are not allowed to set-up a grocery store in their dining room for customer self-selection as this defeats the purpose of closing dining rooms to customers and is outside of their existing permit.
· Public Health will not enforce labeling of packaged products that are packaged for convenience purposes, provided they are able to provide ingredients to customers upon request.
· Restaurants are strictly prohibited from engaging in high-risk packaging:
· Reduced-oxygen packaging that has not been approved by CDPH.
· Bottles of sanitizer solution being sold without any of the required EPA labeling.
· If a restaurant is using a portion of their dining room as back-up storage for non-food items, they must prohibit customer self-selection of these items. These products are to be provided as part of the delivery or take-out purchase.
The County of Los Angeles has expanded its temporary eviction moratorium. This expansion now includes all residential and commercial tenants in L.A. County - with the exception of those who live (or conduct business) in cities with an eviction moratorium of their own. (Paramount does not have such moratorium.)
L.A. County's moratorium includes a ban on evictions for:
- Nonpayment of rent, if the tenant can show they have been financially impacted by the health emergency.
- No Fault reasons, such as owner/relative move-in or Ellis Act evictions.
- Violations due to additional occupants, pets, or nuisance related to COVID-19.
This is retroactive from March 4 to May 31, 2020, unless extended.
A partial list of these actions taken by the County includes:
- Renters will have 12 months after the moratorium ends to pay any back rent (previously six months).
- Landlords may not impose any new passthroughs or charge interest or late fees for unpaid rent during the moratorium period.
- Payment plans that allow landlords to accept partial payments from tenants during the moratorium are encouraged.
- Tenants may provide self-certification of their inability to pay rent, and landlords must accept this as sufficient notice.
- Landlords may not harass or intimidate tenants who choose to exercise their protections under this moratorium.
If you're experiencing a landlord-tenant issue, please contact the L.A. County Disaster Help Center by:
Phone: (833) 238-4450
The Disaster Help Center also provides expanded foreclosure protection assistance for landlords with 15 or fewer units. If you are a property owner facing financial difficulty, contact the Help Center to learn about available resources for your situation.
For answers to Tenant and Landlord FAQ, click here.
An estimated two million people in Los Angeles County suffer from food-insecurity issues on an ongoing basis. That vulnerable community is sure to swell because of pandemic-related economic losses in the months to come, but Los Angeles County is committed to preventing hunger and ensuring access to food for all residents.
The County is currently mobilizing a Countywide response to hunger by coordinating public agencies, nonprofits, and volunteers to provide meals to anyone in need during the weeks and months to come. The County is also launching new digital resources to help members of the public access food at no cost — including program sign-up information, maps, and frequently asked questions — all located on the County COVID-19 website.
Individuals/Families in Need Can:
- Get help with food expenses. CalFresh is a Nutrition Assistance Program that can help people in low-income households purchase food by increasing their food-buying power. Apply here and see eligibility requirements here.
- Find free food near you. County agencies and partners that provide free groceries and meals are expanding their services during COVID-19. Click here to see options and find food distribution sites near you. Some programs also provide delivery.
- Get food delivery assistance. The County has launched a Critical Delivery Services program to deliver food and other vital items to adults age 60+ and individuals with disabilities who are unable to leave their homes due to COVID-19. Items must be prepaid and ready for pick-up. There is no cost to the client for delivery. For more information, click here or call 1-888-863-7411.
- For assistance, or if you do not have access to the Internet, please dial 2-1-1. Multilingual operators are available to help members of the public find free food resources.
Service Providers/Nonprofits in Need Can:
- Request volunteers. L.A. Works matches community organizations with volunteer labor and other resources. More information here.
- Request food to redistribute. The L.A. Regional Food Bank is accepting new applications for partner agencies. Partner agencies receive free food and re-distribute it to community members. More information here.
- Join a food recovery network. There are a number of organizations that use mobile apps with matching technology to recover unused food from restaurants and other businesses and re-distribute it to communities in need. If you are interested in donating food or receiving donated food to re-distribute, look for the following in your mobile app store:
Here Are Other Ways Los Angeles County Residents Can Help:
- Giving food-related offers and donations. Does your business or organization seek to sell or donate food-related resources to support COVID-19 response efforts? The County is helping to match available food resources with those in need. Fill out an online questionnaire to let us know what food resources you have to share. Our partner providers are in need of food resources, services, and equipment including:
- Prepared meals ready-to-eat meals: no heating required
- Prepared meals: just heat and service
- Groceries: non-perishable, shelf stable food items and perishable food such as produce, meats, and dairy
- Specialty foods: Vegan, kosher, gluten-free, and other specialty options
- Food delivery: drivers and vehicles, including special vehicle types such as refrigerated trucks
- Other types of donation and support. Looking for other ways to lend a hand during this crisis? Explore the County’s COVID-19 resource page to learn how you can help, from doing wellness checks on older neighbors to donating blood.
- Starting a food pantry. Interested in offering free food to community members? If you already have food to re-distribute or are planning to collect food items from private sources, please follow these Guidelines for Charitable Feeding Operations. If you are interested in receiving donated food to re-distribute, consider partnering with the L.A. Regional Food Bank, which is currently accepting new applications for partner pantries. More information here.
- Joining a food recovery network. There are a number of organizations that use mobile apps with matching technology to recover unused food from restaurants and other businesses and re-distribute it to communities in need. If you work for a restaurant or other business that is interested in donating food, look for the following in your mobile app store:
- Volunteer your time. L.A. Works matches community organizations with volunteer labor and other resources. More information here.
- Home Visiting Programs are still enrolling new clients and serving families in LA County. Home Visitors provide support and services during pregnancy; coaches parents on how to support children during difficult times; offers techniques for lowering stress; and connects parents to educational training, job opportunities, and other resources. For the health and safety of our clients, all home visiting programs have temporarily moved all in-person visits to telehealth visits to continue providing support to all our families. For more information, call (213) 639-6434.
- MAMA’s Program is providing services to pregnant women and those who have recently delivered during the COVID-9 crisis by offering telehealth telephonic and video visits for medical and behavioral health services, social care navigation, and nursing support. The telehealth platform lessens the face-to-face contact for these women without decreasing the number of visits they require or desire. Pregnant women in the safety net who need prenatal and immediate postpartum services can call 844-37-MAMAS for appointments and enhanced perinatal services.
- Doula services provide emotional support, physical comfort, education, and advocacy to African American pregnant women and persons during pregnancy, childbirth, and the newborn period. Call (213) 639-6448 for more information and eligibility requirements.
- Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program provides healthy foods and other resources to pregnant women and families with a child under 5 years of age. For more information and eligibility requirements, text APPLY to 91997, visit phfewic.org or call (888) 942-2229.
- Cash aid and food purchasing services are available through CalWORKS. This program provides monthly financial assistance to help pay for housing, food, utilities, clothing, medical care and other necessary expenses. For more information and eligibility requirements, call (866) 613-3777.
- Early childhood education and childcare services are available for essential workers. Call (888) 92CHILD (922-4453) or visit lacoe.edu/childcare for more information and resources.
- Emotional support services are available for pregnant and parenting families feeling anxious, panicked, or stressed. Mental health professionals are available at (800) 854-7771.
- California Women, Infants and Children (WIC) services are available and include nutritious foods and more resources that are available to all eligible families affected by COVID-19. WIC welcomes military families, migrant families, fathers, foster parents and legal guardians with eligible children. If your income has been affected by recent events, and you are:
- Breastfeeding (up to the infant’s first birthday)
- Non-breastfeeding women (until the infant is six months old)
- Women up to six months after a pregnancy loss
- For infants and children, up to the child’s fifth birthday.
- To find out if you’re eligible, California residents can start by texting APPLY to 91997, call (888) 942-2229 or visit phfewic.org
- Stay home. Avoid contact with people who are sick.
- Have food delivered to your home so you can avoid checkout lines at grocery stores.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing, or using the restroom.
- Clean and disinfect your home to remove germs: practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces (for example: tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks & cell phones).
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has unanimously approved a proposal by Los Angeles County Supervisors Janice Hahn and Sheila Kuehl to send a Vote-by-Mail ballot to all eligible LA County voters for all elections—starting with the general election this November.
“It is hard to imagine that, amid the coronavirus crisis, we have a major election coming up this November,” said Supervisor Janice Hahn who authored the motion. “No one should have to choose between their health and their right to vote. We don’t know what challenges we will be facing in this pandemic this fall, but by sending every voter a mail-in-ballot we can ensure that everyone can cast their ballot safely, no matter what the future holds.”
The current “Safer At Home” public health order is set to expire May 15, 2020 but health officials have acknowledged that some form of social distancing will be needed for an extended period of time and that “Safer At Home” orders may be reenacted if deemed necessary to slow the spread of COVID-19. These issues could present challenges for the General Election, including possibly hampering the recruitment of election workers or making it difficult for in-person voting locations to meet capacity demands while ensuring social distancing.
“Nothing, including all the challenges related to COVID19, should be allowed to prevent voters from casting their ballots in November,” said Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, who coauthored the motion. “This motion takes necessary steps to ensure that all LA County voters could vote by mail in November.”
The measure was passed unanimously Tuesday and will mean that the County of Los Angeles will send mail-in-ballots to every eligible voter in all elections starting with the November 3, 2020 General Election.
In addition, the Registrar-Recorder will take appropriate measures to align in-person voting options for the General Election with guidance from the Department of Public Health to ensure the safety of both voters and election workers.
- Phone: (833) 238-4450
- Online: LACountyHelpCenter.org
- E-mail: DisasterHelpCenter@lacounty.gov
As LA County’s communities of color remain the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, they are at a higher risk for exposure to the virus because many cannot work from home, cannot afford to miss a day of work, and often have jobs that require interacting with large numbers of people. Communities of color are on the frontlines of this pandemic: they work in health care, agriculture, transportation, restaurants, grocery stores, delivery services, and many other fields that make our country strong.
As of May 1, the Department of Public Health had identified 23,182 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of LA County, and a total of 1,111 deaths.
- Race and ethnicity are so far available for 99% those who died:
- 38% of deaths occurred among Latinx residents,
- 28% among White residents,
- 19% among Asian residents,
- 13% among African American residents,
- 1% among Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander residents,
- and 1% among residents identifying with other races.
“Many of our hardest working families are either uninsured or underinsured and do not normally seek access to health care, which is why increasing access to COVID-19 testing sites remains one of my top priorities,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis. “We know that widespread testing will help flatten the curve. I’m pleased all essential workers regardless of symptoms can be tested. That includes our first responders, healthcare professionals, grocery workers, and critical government workers. Asymptomatic individuals who are either over 65 or have chronic underlying health conditions can also be tested. For all LA County residents being tested for COVID-19, immigration status and health insurance are never requested or taken into account.”
There are now 35 drive-up testing sites throughout LA County. They are safe, free, and do not require proof of medical insurance. If you have symptoms such as difficulty breathing or a high fever, or are a first responder, please make an appointment at the website covid19.lacounty.gov/testing or dial 2-1-1 to find a neighborhood testing site near you. You must have an appointment for a test, but there are many time slots available—including same-day, or next-day appointments.
There are also resources for people who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, but do not have health insurance. If you are having difficulty breathing or have a high fever, you can dial 2-1-1 to find a neighborhood clinic near you. You may also qualify for My Health LA, a free health care program with a network of more than 200 community clinics for low-income LA County residents who are 26 years or older. Undocumented immigrants qualify for My Health LA. Call 844-744-6452 for information on how to enroll.
L.A. County families are also reminded that a healthy start in life begins with getting immunized to prevent diseases. Starting, and staying, on schedule with recommended immunizations protects our children from diseases that can spread easily and that can cause serious health problems, especially during this public health crisis.
To ensure the care of our newborns and young children, we ask that families keep up with child immunizations for preventable diseases like hepatitis B, chickenpox, measles, mumps, and whooping cough. L.A. County doctors and healthcare providers are taking steps to make sure their clinics and offices are safe spaces where families can bring their children in for their immunizations.
The priority is newborn care and the immunizations of infants and young children (through 24 months). We also ask that everyone – including teenagers and adults – continue with routine immunizations. Call your provider to learn how they have modified their spaces and their schedules in order to bring children in for their immunizations. As always, visit covid19.lacounty.gov or dial 2-1-1 for more assistance.
Los Angeles County reopened previously closed trails and parks on Saturday, May 9. And while many had the opportunity to return to the great outdoors for a little physical and mental self-care, the County reminds residents that physical distancing, face coverings, and avoiding gatherings are a must!
Help keep LA County trails open by following these Do's & Don'ts:
- Prepare before you visit a trail. Check with the park in advance, know which areas or services are open, and bring what you need with you. You can find the latest trail re-opening information at https://trails.lacounty.gov/.
- Follow all park, trail or nature preserve rules, regulations and any posted access restrictions.
- Stay at least six (6) feet from others who are not members of your household at all times. This might make some open areas, trails, and paths better to use than others. Avoid crowded areas. Everyone needs a face covering at the trailhead/ parking lots and on any trails where there are other groups of people nearby.
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- Pack out all trash.
- Don’t use trails that you know are crowded. If you can’t stay 6 feet away from others that are not part of your household, choose a different trail. If you are on a trail and notice a crowd ahead of you turn back. If it is unavoidable, be sure to wear your cloth face covering as you pass by and do not stop to gather or converse with other groups.
- Don’t leave your home if you are sick with a fever or respiratory symptoms or are currently under isolation or quarantine.
- Do not gather in groups or linger at any one location except as needed for brief rests.
- Do not share food or water while out on the trails.
To map out your hike, find a family-friendly hike or for information on incline levels, visit trails.lacounty.gov.
Los Angeles County has announced three new openings in advance of the holiday weekend, allowing increased outdoor and retail activities for residents. Beach bike paths are now open, indoor malls can open for curbside service, and car parades will be allowed.
Beach Bike Paths and Parking Lots
The opening of bike paths follows the May 13 announcement that County beaches would be available for active recreation. Allowable recreation activities now include swimming, surfing, running, walking, skating, and biking. Beach bathrooms remain open, and beach parking lots at Dockweiler State Beach, Will Rogers State Beach, Zuma Beach, and Surfrider Beach will be open at partial capacity. Santa Monica lots are closed, as are most public beach lots in coastal communities.
Safety protocols and additional information about beach visits include:
- #BYOM—Bring your own mask. Everyone needs a face covering while out of the water if there are other people nearby. Infants and children under the age of 2 should not wear cloth face coverings.
- Practice physical distancing. Stay at least six feet away from other people who are not in your household. Avoid crowded areas or crowding around others at the beach.
- Gatherings of any size or other events are not allowed on the beaches including athletic competitions, youth camps, or recreational programming.
- Chairs, umbrellas, canopies, coolers, and grills are not allowed.
- Piers, volleyball courts, and boardwalks are closed except for the purpose of customers accessing retailers curbside and doorside and essential businesses along the boardwalk.
- Concessions and food vending are not allowed. Bring what you may need with you.
More information on LA County beaches and parking lots can be found at beaches.lacounty.gov.
Indoor Shopping Malls
The County will also open indoor shopping malls for curbside service. Retail establishments and their customers must practice social distancing and wear face coverings, and the businesses must also be in compliance with the conditions laid out in this Checklist for Retail Establishments Opening for Curbside Pickup. It is recommended that shopping malls createclearly-marked curbside or outside pickup points that maintain physical distance with visual cues or other measures, and have purchased goods available there or available through home delivery. Retailers located within a mall may take orders and deliver goods to the public outside of the mall from these marked locations.
Car parades are now allowed so that graduations, birthdays and other special days and achievements can be safely celebrated. Car parades can not include participants on a bicycle, a motorcycle, a convertible with the top open, or a vehicle with no doors such as a golf cart. If any of the windows on a vehicle is open, the occupants of the vehicle must wear a face covering.
Any organization coordinating a large-scale parade must have a designated organizational host who is responsible for ensuring compliance with the rules for the parade and adherence to the State’s Stay At Home Order that precludes gatherings. Only those personnel of the organization necessary to facilitate the parade and to ensure compliance can be present at the location designated by the host.
The host must:
- At its own cost, arrange for and provide security sufficient to ensure compliance with the State’s Order and address any traffic and safety issues.
- Develop a parade plan that deals with State’s Order, traffic and safety issues, parade participants, and social distancing requirements.
- Ensure participants and personnel adhere to the face covering and physical distancing requirements.
- The host may provide a significant document to one vehicle parade participant at a time, such as a diploma or other paper, while adhering to face covering and social distancing requirements.
The parade must:
- Take place in an outside location large enough to accommodate the social distancing requirements.
- Proceed by the host’s invitation only, with the parade limit of vehicles tied to the capacity size of the location.
- Not allow sales or exchanges of any items or food.
The State of California has a one-stop website for COVID-19 information and resources at https://covid19.ca.gov/. There is substantial information about the coronavirus along with links to pages for unemployment, paid sick leave, and other benefits, help for small businesses, and much more.
Gov. Gavin Newsom has issued an executive order to extend the eligibility period for important safety net services to ensure that California’s most vulnerable residents can continue to receive health care, food assistance, and in-home supportive services in a timely manner during the COVID-19 outbreak. The order waives eligibility re-determinations for 90 days through June 17, 2020 for Californians who participate in:
- Medi-Cal health coverage
- CalFresh food assistance
- Cash Assistance for Immigrants
- In-Home Supportive Services
The change will allow current recipients of these safety net programs to continue receiving them without interruption.
Governor Gavin Newsom has announced that Californians economically impacted by COVID-19 may receive 90-day grace periods to make mortgage payments. Financial institutions have agreed not to negatively impact credit reports as a result of accepting payment relief. Click here to see the full story.
Governor Gavin Newsom on March 27 issued an executive order banning the enforcement of eviction orders for renters affected by COVID-19 through May 31, 2020.
The order prohibits landlords from evicting tenants for nonpayment of rent and prohibits enforcement of evictions by law enforcement or courts. It also requires tenants to notify the landlord in writing, no more than seven days after the rent comes due, that the tenant cannot pay all or part of their rent due to COVID-19.
The tenant would also be required to retain documentation proving their inability to pay, but not required to submit it to the landlord in advance. The tenant would remain obligated to repay full rent in a timely manner and could still face eviction after the enforcement moratorium is lifted. The order takes effect immediately, and provides immediate relief to tenants for whom rent was due on April 1.
A copy of the Governor’s executive order can be found here.
While the State of California has banned all residential evictions through May 31 if a tenant is unable to pay rent due to the COVID-19 outbreak, it’s important to remember this does not forgive the rent payments, it only delays them.
A tenant still owes the landlord the terms laid out in their lease or rental agreement. The tenant remains obligated to repay the full rent “in a timely manner” and can still face eviction after the moratorium is lifted.
This means that even if you can’t pay rent, the landlord can still file an eviction case, though it will not proceed until at least 90 days after the end of the state of emergency.
So, experts say, if you can afford to pay the rent, you should.
Tenants and landlords who have any questions about this process can seek help through the Fair Housing Foundation, which serves Paramount. Its housing assistance hotline is 1-800-446-FAIR and website is fairhousingfoundation.com.
If you do not have a source of health care coverage or have recently lost your employer-sponsored health care coverage, click here for a fact sheet of some options you can explore. Contact the specific programs for more information.
AARP is providing all Californians – but especially older adults and their families – a single, trustworthy resource with clear guidance on where to get the most up-to-date information on COVID-19.
The Governor’s Office, the California Department of Aging, and AARP CA have partnered to launch the California For All resource card, a free, one-stop information guide.
The resource card includes information on how to get caregiving support, how to stay safe at home, and how to find important resources through the California Aging and Adults Information line. There are also contacts to report fraud, abuse, or neglect and more.
The resource card is a centerpiece of the “Stay Home. Save Lives. Check In.” campaign, which urges all Californians to help combat social isolation and food insecurity by checking in on vulnerable neighbors with a call, a text, or a “physically-distanced” knock on the door.
The California For All resource card is digitally available in English, Spanish, and Chinese. The cards are available electronically and can be downloaded HERE.
The California Department of Social Services has selected 12 immigrant-serving nonprofit organizations to help individuals apply for and receive this disaster relief assistance in their region.
Paramount’s Assemblymember Anthony Rendon recently held a virtual Town Hall meeting on this topic. As a follow-up, click here to learn more.
"To ensure the welfare and safety of the general public as well as officers and agents in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic response, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will temporarily adjust its enforcement posture beginning today, March 18, 2020. ICE’s highest priorities are to promote life-saving and public safety activities.
"ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) will focus enforcement on public safety risks and individuals subject to mandatory detention based on criminal grounds. For those individuals who do not fall into those categories, ERO will exercise discretion to delay enforcement actions until after the crisis or utilize alternatives to detention, as appropriate.
"During the COVID-19 crisis, ICE will not carry out enforcement operations at or near health care facilities, such as hospitals, doctors’ offices, accredited health clinics, and emergent or urgent care facilities, except in the most extraordinary of circumstances. Individuals should not avoid seeking medical care because they fear civil immigration enforcement."
Declaración del Servicio de Inmigración y Control de Aduanas de EE. UU. (ICE)
"Para garantizar el bienestar y la seguridad del público en general, así como de los oficiales y agentes a la luz de la actual respuesta ante la pandemia de COVID-19, el Servicio de Inmigración y Control de Aduanas (ICE) de EE. UU. Ajustará temporalmente su postura de cumplimiento a partir de hoy, 18 de marzo de 2020. Las principales prioridades de ICE son promover actividades que salven vidas y seguridad pública.
"Las operaciones de ejecución y remoción de ICE (ERO) enfocarán la aplicación de la ley en los riesgos de seguridad pública y las personas sujetas a detención obligatoria por motivos penales. Para aquellas personas que no caen en esas categorías, ERO ejercerá la discreción para retrasar las acciones de aplicación hasta después de la crisis o utilizar alternativas a la detención, según corresponda.
"Durante la crisis de COVID-19, ICE no llevará a cabo operaciones de cumplimiento en o cerca de las instalaciones de atención médica, como hospitales, consultorios médicos, clínicas de salud acreditadas e instalaciones de atención de emergencia o urgencia, excepto en las circunstancias más extraordinarias. Individuos no deben evitar buscar atención médica porque temen la aplicación de la ley de inmigración civil ".
The IRS is delivering economic impact payments to eligible taxpayers. Unfortunately, there are scams out there.
In order to avoid falling victim to fraudulent individuals either impersonating or claiming to represent the IRS, here are some tips.
- The IRS will generally first contact people by mail, not by phone, about tax-related matters.
- If the IRS does contact you by telephone, they will not insist on any pre-payment using an iTunes card, gift card, prepaid debit card, money order, or wire transfer, in order to receive economic impact payments.
- The IRS will also never request personal or financial information by e-mail, text, letter, or any social media.
- If you do receive a call or e-mail from someone claiming to be with the IRS asking for a pre-payment or for your personal or financial information in order to receive economic impact payments connected with the coronavirus pandemic, you can report it at https://www.treasury.gov/tigta/contact_report_covid.shtml.
The IRS has started to deposit coronavirus stimulus checks into Americans' bank accounts. If you have not gotten yours but are eligible for a payment, you can track your payment with the new IRS Get My Payment tool. You will need to input your Social Security number and the mailing address on your last tax return to check the status of your check. Note that the tool has been overwhelmed so be patient and check back again if it gives you problems.
- If you are on Social Security retirement or disability, you will also automatically receive your payments.
- If you do not typically file a tax return and haven’t provided the IRS with your bank account information, you may have to wait a bit longer.
- If the IRS doesn’t have your direct deposit info but you filed a tax return in 2018 or 2019, you can use the tool to submit your bank account details so you can get your stimulus deposit faster. If you typically do not file a tax return but are still eligible for the check, you can send your information to the IRS using this online portal.
Remember: Unfortunately, scams are out there. The IRS will never request your personal information by email, text messages, or social media. Be careful giving out any personal and financial information. Click here for more information on IRS-related coronavirus scams.
Is the City forcing businesses to close?
The City is receiving information from the L.A. County Department of Public Health, the State of California, and the Federal government on an hourly basis. We are working closely under the guidance of L.A. County Public Health and State health officials to ensure we are complying with Executive Orders and Public Health mandates. Enforcement of closures will be coordinated by the County Health Officer and enforced by the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department.
The Labor Market Information Division of the Employment Development Department of the State of California (EDD) collects, analyzes, and produces labor market data of interest to employers and the business community. Click here to find information and resources related to the impacts of COVID-19.
Workers in California may be eligible for benefits due to illness from COVID-19. For more information on disability insurance, paid family leave, unemployment insurance, paid sick leave, and workers’ compensation, please visit https://www.labor.ca.gov/.
If your employer has reduced your hours or shut down operations due to COVID-19, you can file an unemployment insurance (UI) claim. UI provides partial wage replacement benefit payments to workers who lose their job or have their hours reduced. For more information, visit https://edd.ca.gov/about_edd/coronavirus-2019.htm
There are a number of resources that can help you understand and navigate the process of applying for Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits.
Find instructional videos providing an overview of UI Online, how to create an online account, and the steps for filing a new claim in both English and Spanish at https://www.edd.ca.gov/Unemployment/UI_Online.htm.
Find written material to understand the process at the State Employment Development Department’s (EDD) website, https://edd.ca.gov/about_edd/coronavirus-2019.htm.
For help completing the application, call your America’s Job Center of California to schedule a phone appointment with an EDD representative. Locally, that is the Southeast Los Angeles County Workforce Development Board at (562)484-5020. (Be prepared to provide the EDD representative with your contact information.)
Keep in mind that, according the EDD, it takes at least three weeks to process a claim for unemployment benefits and issue payment to most eligible workers.
Whether you are a business owner struggling to keep your doors open or a worker who’s uncertain about their next paycheck, L.A. County has launched a centralized call center and website providing free, one-on-one counseling and support for those adversely affected by the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis.
The Business & Worker Disaster Help Center, jointly operated by the Departments of Consumer and Business Affairs (DCBA) and Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services (WDACS), is open Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and can be reached by:
Struggling small businesses affected by the COVID-19 can apply for various forgivable loans and other programs provided through nearly $350 billion available in the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
Some of the Small Business Administration (SBA) relief programs include:
The Paycheck Protection Program (providing and forgiving loans for small businesses with fewer than 500 employees if all employees are kept on payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities)
Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program
Economic Injury Disaster Grants
Employee Retention Credit
More information, including how to apply and a sample of the application form, can be found on the SBA website. Here is a fact sheet created by the U.S. Treasury Department. Below, for example, is a comparison of two of the programs.
The California Economic Development Department (EDD) is accepting applications for the New Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program:
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)
- Independent contractors, individuals who are business owners, self-employed, have limited work history, and those who are not currently eligible for state unemployment benefits are eligible for PUA. For more information visit the Labor & Workforce Development Agency's website.
Here are some answers to frequently asked questions regarding unemployment benefits:
Q: How do I know I am eligible for PUA?
A: You may qualify for PUA benefits if you are unemployed, partially unemployed, unable to work or unavailable to work as a direct result of a COVID-19 related reason and you meet one of the following criteria:
- You are a business owner, self-employed, independent contractor or gig worker (and are not participating in the UI Elective Coverage program). You will be able to indicate if you have no employment wages (for example, you did not receive a W-2), solely for the purpose of applying for the PUA program (and not to be used for any other purpose). However, you may proceed with a regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim if you believe you were misclassified and have wages from an employer.
- You don't have sufficient work history. This generally means you don't have enough wages reported as an employee during the last 18 months to establish a regular UI claim. This could be the case if you are self-employed or an independent contractor. But this could also be the case if you are an employee with insufficient earnings. To qualify for PUA based on insufficient work history, you must have been recently employed, which could be satisfied if you had a bona fide offer to start working on a specific date but were unable to start as a direct result of a COVID-19 related reason.
- You have collected all unemployment benefits for which you were eligible and remain unemployed or partially unemployed as a direct result of a COVID-19 reason. This means that you were qualified for regular UI but have exhausted those benefits, as well as any extended benefits.
Q: How much will I receive in PUA benefits?
A: PUA provides a minimum "base benefit" of $167 per week for people in this part of the workforce, including part-time workers, affected by the virus. On top of their base benefit, affected workers will receive $600 per week in unemployment assistance through the end of July.
Q: How long will it take to start receiving PUA benefits?
A: Qualified applicants will be able to receive their benefits within one to two days upon determination of eligibility.
For more information visit the EDD website.
Additionally, here is more information from EDD on Recertifying Benefits for those who already receive benefits:
- Individuals who are currently receiving unemployment insurance payments no longer have to recertify their claims every two weeks to keep receiving the money.
- This applies to the dates for weeks ending March 14 through May 9.
- If you work during this time, you will still have to report the earnings to EDD. For more information, visit the EDD website.
Here is a message for all small businesses in Paramount. The Paramount Chamber of Commerce will connect you with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for assistance in applying for programs available from the federal Small Business Administration (SBA).
A business owner can contact the Chamber to then meet with an SBDC counselor. Meetings can be done remotely, over the phone, or in person at the Chamber office, and coping, printing, and scanning of anything necessary for applying is offered at the office at no charge.
And you don’t have to be a Chamber member to participate.
Call 562.634.3980 to learn more.
L.A. County wants to guide you and your businesses as you embark on the Road to Recovery. In order to boost the local economy, and maintain the public's safety during the COVID-19 health crisis. County Health Inspectors are making their rounds to ensure businesses (like yours) are in compliance with the Health Officer Order.
If you're a retail business owner, these are the five areas our Inspectors will cover:
(1) Workplace policies and practices to protect employee health.
(2) Measures to ensure physical distancing.
(3) Measures to ensure infection control.
(4) Communication with employees and the public.
(5) Measures to ensure equitable access to critical services.
Make sure you're compliant by following the full checklist here.
To help you protect employees and customers, alike, the County has also created signs. These are ready to be posted on-site, to remind everyone how they can protect themselves (and others) from COVID-19.
- "Curbside Pickup Only"
- "Please Stay Away if You're Sick"
- "Please Stay 6 Feet Away"
- "Wear a Cloth Face Covering"
If you still have questions on compliance, call LA County's Department of Public Health at (888) 700-9995 or visit our DPH website for more information.
Here are some other public health resources featuring accurate information and facts:
- For information from the Federal government.
- How to protect yourself from the virus.
For information from the State.
For answers to frequently-asked questions from the County.
For up-to-date information from the County on closures.
- Dial 211 for Public Health information
- Social media
o LA County Public Health (@lapublichealth)
o Center for Disease Control (@CDCgov)