California Stay at Home Order Remains in Effect as COVID Cases Continue to Surge

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State of California’s Health and Human Services Secretary, Dr. Mark Ghaly, announced that the State Regional State Stay at Home Order remains in effect at this time for the region as the rate of new COVID cases and hospitalizations in the Southern California region continues to increase, straining the healthcare system and causing alarmingly low Intensive Care Unit (ICU) availability. The Order first took effect on Sunday, December 6, 2020.

According to the California Department of Public Health (CPDH), a region is only eligible to exit from the Order if ICU capacity projections are above or equal to 15 percent availability. CDPH reports that available ICU capacity for the Southern California region is 0.0 percent.

Everyone in California must adhere to the State Regional Stay at Home Order when it is activated in a region. Community members are required to stay at home as much as possible and minimize mixing to reduce unnecessary exposure.

For details about the State Regional Stay at Home Order, please visit the CDPH website, which contains links to the full Regional Stay Home OrderSupplement to the Order, and frequently asked questions. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, additionally, revised its Temporary Targeted Health Officer Safer at Home Order, to align it with the State Order.

The City of West Hollywood is suspending the following parking regulations for the duration of the State Regional Stay at Home Order while the order remains in effect for the Southern California region: Permit parking enforcement on all residential streets; Street sweeping enforcement; and AM/PM peak hour enforcement on Fountain Avenue. Safety violations will continue to be enforced. Please contact the Parking Violations Bureau at (800) 687-2458 with all citation related questions. Details are available at www.weho.org/parking.

On Monday, December 28, 2020, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health confirmed 73 new deaths and 13,661 new COVID cases. According to LA County Public Health, LA County consistently exceeds 13,000 cases per day with some days exceeding 15,000 cases. The current surge began 58 days ago; at that time, the average number of cases was approximately 1,200 cases per day. Since early November 2020 average daily hospitalizations of people with COVID-19 have increased more than 670 percent and average daily deaths have increased by 600 percent. Currently, on average, 9 to 10 people in LA County test positive for COVID-19 every minute, which equates to 540 to 600 people testing positive every hour. In LA County, there are currently approximately 7,000 people with COVID-19 hospitalized and 20 percent of these people are in the ICU.

The City of West Hollywood has declared a local emergency in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Individuals are advised, at this time, to stay at home as much as possible and limit close interactions to those in your household. When in public for essential needs, community members should maintain your space with social (physical) distancing of at least six feet, and cover your face. Public Health officials recommend that everyone continue to follow physical distancing and infection control directives and wear a clean face covering that securely covers both your nose and mouth when in in public. Additionally, people 65 years old or older and all people of any age with underlying health conditions should remain at home whenever possible; people in these categories should only leave their residences to seek medical care, exercise, or obtain food or other necessities.

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